TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — It sounds like everything is going great at ASU's Mirabella - Life Plan Community. But the truth is, they've been dealt a bad hand when it comes to staffing, and they're not alone. New numbers from the Arizona Health Care Association show a workforce crisis in nursing homes and assisted living centers across the state, with 85% of facilities reporting a shortage of staff members.

Mirabella memory care wing

Mirabella has delayed the opening of its memory care wing because it doesn't have enough staff to keep it running around the clock.

Tom Dorough is the executive director of Mirabella. "It's a burden on some of our employees because they end up having to pick up extra shifts and work overtime," said Dorough. "We're very fearful that they'll begin to get burned out."

Mirabella has about 30 open positions, everything from caregivers, nurses, maintenance, food service and the list goes on. In fact, Mirabella has delayed the opening of its memory care wing because it doesn't have enough staff to keep it running around the clock.

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David Voepel is CEO of the Arizona Health Care Association. He said things have gotten so bad that many long-term care facilities have had to stop admitting new patients. "Facilities are having to watch how many people they admit, and when you have a staffing crisis like this, if you can't serve with quality and safety the folks you have in the building, you can't admit any more."

Voepel attributes the assisted living staffing crunch to a number of factors. People are reluctant to return to work during the pandemic, the challenges of the job and positions that don't always pay what people expect them to.

Nursing home staff shortage

Mirabella has about 30 open positions, everything from caregivers, nurses, maintenance, food service and more.

"We had a staffing problem before COVID hit," said Voepel. "COVID just exasperated it and made it so much worse."

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