By Mary Hopfner-Thomas / Posted on April 7th, 2014
None of us would argue that staff turnover creates a host of problems for organizations. Staff retention is vital from a quality perspective, but what about the economic impact it plays for a health care provider?
The issue is explored by the Director of THE GREEN HOUSE® Project, David Farrell and PHI Strategic Advisor, Steven Dawson, in the Spring/Summer 2014 publication of the Indiana Health Care Association “Insight”.
High turnover of your direct care workers can mean reduced quality of care, increased stress for the staff, inefficiencies across many levels, the constant need to recruit and train—which lead to some very high dollar issues.
While some nursing home providers say it is “inevitable”, when they sit down and truly calculate those costs they are shocked so see their annual turnover costs! In the article Farrell and Dawson discuss investing in proven retention strategies.
Click here to read the full article and let us know how turnover has affected your organization!
Are you curious about staff turnover in a Green House home?
The Green House model gives Elders four times more contact and reduces staff turnover. A Green House home is created from the ground up to foster the same feeling and experience you get from living in a real home. Each home is designed for 10-12 Elders keeping it flexible and maintaining a warm feel. The comfort of private rooms and bathrooms are combined with the family-like atmosphere of open common spaces.
The innovative organizational structure in the Green House model is based upon “the conviction that we need a new framework around which to organize the experience of those who protect, sustain, and nurture our Elders.” The structure challenges the traditional nursing home hierarchy to create environments that empower elders and those who are closest to them.