Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on Nursing Home Worker Shortages


I just read an article in the recent AARP Bulletin about the pandemic challenges, which have yet to end for nursing homes. “A chronic worker shortage has blocked chances for reform and rebound.” It mentions reports of call-lights going unanswered, “adult incontinence pads” not changed, etc.

Today, record-high staffing shortages are leaving residents with even less care than before COVID-19’s arrival.

The staff has to wear a mask, which is no fun as it inhibits normal communication and can bother one’s sinuses.

I can’t help but feel that the shortage will be much alleviated once we are demasked, though my only hope for that happening is following our next election for governor.


Thomas R. Hicker