A new nursing home shortage could lead to the closing of some hospitals, and the number of nursing homes that can meet demand could shrink, according to a new report from the nonprofit nursing research group AARP.
The nursing home industry is already struggling to keep up with the surge in the number and types of nursing home patients, and AARP’s report says that demand is rising faster than capacity.
The group says nursing homes in the United States are at capacity for more than 1.2 million patients in 2019, and that is expected to rise to 1.6 million in 2020.
The shortage is particularly severe in states like California, where demand is expected continue to outpace supply in the coming years.
The shortage also has a ripple effect on the health care system.
Many hospitals are not equipped to care for more patients, AARP notes.
That makes it harder for hospitals to provide essential care, such as surgery, which has to be done quickly to prevent infection and death.
And the shortage is also putting pressure on hospitals to manage their overcrowding, which limits their ability to care about patients for longer periods of time.
The report points out that hospitals are understaffed, and states have implemented programs to boost staffing, but those programs are only effective for a limited time.
It also points out the problems that nursing home staff have faced with the health crisis.
The average age of a nurse in the U.S. is 68, and more than a quarter of nursing staffs are under 50, the report says.
The problems of staffing shortages are especially acute in nursing homes.
In the last 10 years, the number in nursing home facilities has grown by more than 30 percent, with the number needing help with a nursing home-related condition growing by more as well.
But according to the report, there are currently no federal or state programs designed to help nursing home residents with a variety of conditions.
There are more than 3,500 nursing homes operating in the nation, and about 70 percent of those facilities are operated by state and local governments.
The rest are nonprofits.
The AARP report says it is not surprising that nursing homes, which are typically for the elderly and people with disabilities, have struggled to maintain capacity.
“Many states and localities are already experiencing nursing home staffing shortages,” the report states.
“With the number expected to increase, the need for nursing home beds, and capacity shortages in hospitals, could soon make nursing homes unable to provide care for those most in need.”
The nursing homes cited in the report were not selected to be included in the analysis, but some of the larger facilities that do receive federal funding were.
The report does note that the shortage may worsen if there is a lack of federal funding for health care facilities, and if states and cities are unable to keep pace with demand for services.