With the right strategies, some agencies have largely been able to sidestep the caregiver shortages crisis. Here are some of the key caregiver recruitment and retention initiatives they’re using.
Recruiting caregivers is easy. Long lines of qualified caregivers are competing with each other to get hired –and those who do get hired are easy to retain for as long as you need them. If you’re struggling to hire and keep good caregivers, you must be doing something wrong.
Said almost nobody.
The fact of the matter is that recruiting and retaining solid caregivers is harder today than it’s ever been. Skyrocketing demand for caregivers, increased competition from other companies inside and outside of home care, and a robust economy that favors job seekers all contribute to a perfect storm of recruitment and retention struggles for home care companies.
Interestingly, there are companies who have largely sidestepped this crisis by identifying the right best practices and following them. The right initiatives have given some home agencies a significant upper hand in finding, hiring, and keeping the best caregivers.
It’s important to recognize that there are no shortcuts; to be a competitive employer, you need a good culture, competitive pay/benefits, and good scheduling, among other things. However, if you’re competing against an array of other businesses that offer these, you might benefit from something that goes above and beyond.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are a few of the key ways we’ve seen individual agencies and whole companies do that moved the needle on recruitment and retention. If you’ve considered any of these and decided not to use them, this might provide insight on why they could be worth your time.
While some of these initiatives could be best implemented with resources or platforms that cost money, all of them could be implemented at no cost to your agency beyond the cost involved in some time from you or your staff.
Agencies around the country are increasingly using these initiatives to drive results. Are you?