Celebrating Ourselves: Beating Burnout
The number of older Americans who need and will need care increases daily. By the year 2013 there will be 72.1 million older adults in the US (20% of the population), more than double the population of older adults in 2001.
Paid care providers who work with older adults do challenging and important work, often for very little compensation or recognition. Workplace injuries, low pay, and job stress often lead to absenteeism, burnout and turnover, creating costly and harmful gaps in care, expertise, and liability. Low staffing levels in nursing homes contribute to frequent deficiency ratings, and low supervisor support is a major factor that predicts certified nurse assistant staff turnover.
Stressed staff make mistakes. One-fourth of Medicare beneficiaries admitted to a hospital are victims of medical harm, and 1/3 of all medical injuries in the US are due to staff errors. Nursing home staff experiencing burnout are more likely to have an attitude of acceptance towards elder abuse.
Responding to stress, HCEI held the first-ever nationwide focus groups with caring people. As a result the seminar “Celebrating Ourselves: Beating Burnout” was developed and has been presented for thousands of persons internationally.
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