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Going into the pandemic and recession, the seniors housing and care sector was already struggling with the supply and cost of labor. When unemployment skyrocketed, some believed that would begin to alleviate the supply problem. But early on, it did not seem to have the expected effect, as many potential employees were scared off by the risk of working in senior care where so many residents and staff had contracted the virus, not to mention that the supplemental unemployment benefits were a disincentive to taking on a new job.
Under the Biden administration, there will be a push for a $15 federal minimum wage, if not higher over time, a level that will cause financial harm for some providers. This is especially true since employees already at or above that level will demand their pro rata increase as well. Just as the recovery is hopefully taking place, how will providers cope with this, and where will the money come from to pay higher wages? Can anything be cut in an already budget-tight business model? The answers will have to come sooner rather than later.
Steve Monroe, Managing Editor, The SeniorCare Investor (moderator)
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