Recruitment and retention of a competent workforce is a top priority for skilled nursing and assisted living providers in Georgia. The US Census projects that Georgia’s over age 85 population will grow by 83% from 2010 to 2030, the highest growth rate in the Southeast. This creates an increased demand for skilled caregivers in the long term and post-acute care profession in the State. This need becomes especially acute with a declining number of individuals seeking and maintaining careers in the profession in the State and nationally.
GHCA/GCAL is dedicated to supporting members in their efforts to attract, recruit and retain skilled caregivers. Included below are workforce development tools and resources designed to assist our members in those efforts. Should you have questions or need additional resources, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The GHCA/GCAL Career Center allows member centers to post available employment opportunities free of charge. Additionally, the Career Center allows those seeking employment in long term care to view available jobs and submit resumes through their website. Click here to access the GHCA/GCAL Career Center.
GHCA Education & Research Foundation Scholarships
The GHCA Education & Research Foundation functions to develop, promote and support the professional development and education of individuals who desire to specialize in long-term and post-acute healthcare. Established in 1991, the nursing scholarship program was created to financially assist nurses to obtain or advance their education and to encourage specialization in long term and post-acute care. The program is funded by contributions to and participation in the annual Scholarship Golf Tournament and other donations received throughout the year. Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has awarded approximately 300 scholarships to deserving recipients to assist with their nursing education. Learn more.
GSW Bachelor of Science in Long-Term Care Management Degree & Scholarship
The Bachelor of Science in Long-Term Care Management (LTCM) is an academic program offered online and in the classroom setting through Georgia Southwestern State University. It is a four year interdisciplinary degree addressing the need for a better prepared workforce for our nation's aging and disabled populations. It is interdisciplinary as students will take courses from a variety of disciplines - sociology, psychology, business, nursing and the caregiving institute.
The John and Betty Pope Scholarship Program scholarship program provides financial assistance to students desiring to study caregiving and family support through the Bachelor of Science Long-Term Care Management degree at Georgia Southwestern State University. Admission Requirements: This scholarship program is intended for adult learners (who graduated from high school at least one year ago and have joined the workforce) with ambitions to return to school and complete a four year college degree. Click here for a program flyer. Click here for more information and to apply online.
AHCA/NCAL WORKFORCE Resource Guide
Employing a stable and well-trained workforce is a fundamental part of sustaining and improving quality care in long term and post-acute centers nationwide. As the aging population creates an increased demand for services, and the impetus to improve quality intensifies, the profession faces a shortage of caregivers. High employment opportunities and reimbursement cuts that impact competitive wages contribute to this trend. This issue is projected to worsen - the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the number of Americans aged 65 and over will nearly double to 88 million between now and 2050.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) provide members guidance and resources to address the caregiver shortage and other workforce challenges.
Click here for more information regarding the tools available to members.
2015-2018 AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative Integrated Management System to Drive Quality and Business Outcomes
The two approaches that form the foundation of the 2015-2018 AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative are the Baldrige Performance Excellence Criteria and Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement (QAPI). To achieve and sustain the Quality Initiative goals and drive overall business success, an organization must engage in a systematic performance improvement model, such as Baldrige or QAPI. Through an integrated management model, adapted from the Quantum Performance Group, systematic change results from a comprehensive process where various key aspects of operating a business are continuously analyzed, leadership and strategy are driven by the customer and all staff are empowered to provide high quality, individualized service for the customer through effective work processes.
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The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program
The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program provides a pathway for providers of long term and post-acute care providers to journey towards performance excellence. The program is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.
Member centers may apply for three progressive levels of awards: Bronze - Commitment to Quality, Silver - Achievement in Quality, or Gold - Excellence in Quality. Each level has its own distinct rigors and requirements for quality and performance excellence. Applications are judged by trained Examiners who provide feedback on opportunities for improvement to support continuous learning.
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Staff Stability and the AHCA Quality Initiative
The American Health Care Association (AHCA) has broadened its Quality Initiative to further improve the quality of care in America’s skilled nursing care centers. The expansion challenges members to apply the Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework—the foundation of the 2015-2018 Quality Initiative—to meet measurable targets in eight areas with a focus on three key priorities: improvements in organizational success, short-stay/post-acute care, and long-term/dementia care.
The first goal under organizational success is Staff Stability. Those who work most closely with residents are at the core of providing quality care and achieving quality outcomes. Research shows that satisfied and happy staffs provide better quality care and contribute to greater quality of life for the residents in skilled nursing centers.
With a more satisfied, well-trained and committed staff, providers see increased retention rates and fewer work-related accidents and injuries, all of which contribute to better overall performance of the center. The more consistent and dedicated the staff is, the more they understand and can effectively respond to everyone’s care needs – reinforcing the long-term care profession's commitment to delivering person-centered care. AHCA has created an excellent resource for members to achieve this goal, the AHCA Toolkit: 4 Key Strategies to Retain New Hires and Reduce Employee Turnover.
Click Here to access the AHCA Toolkit: 4 Key Strategies to Retain New Hires and Reduce Employee Turnover.
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