Re: April 25 article Staffing shortage has District facing financial crisis
We are a local agency that does NOT do any of these things posted in that article. As a matter of fact our rates for shift relief are so low, we could likely pass as non profit. It’s the fact that these LTC homes choose out-of-town agencies and their rates, that they are struggling. If you don’t like them, don’t use them. You have a local agency, support local and chose better rates.
We are being pushed out of business by these out-of-town agencies because when we try to hire for our local homes, potential staff laugh at us because our pay rates aren’t ridiculously high like the other agencies they can apply to. This is because the LTC homes accept it. Stop accepting it. I cannot compete with these very high-priced agencies, with my low rates, because the homes are accepting of these agencies. We struggle to staff because the high-priced agencies are offering all our staff and potential new recruits a ridiculous pay rate. So, I never want to hear a LTC home respond to this and say that “TLC Healthcare Services struggles to staff them” – it’s because of them, we are struggling to staff them. They are choosing to pay PSWs and nurses really high wages through overpriced agencies, pushing the local fair-priced agencies out. The less the homes choose the high-priced agencies the more we will be able to recruit locally for these homes at a fair, normal rate.
Stop the vicious cycle. We have not raised our rates or pay rates to protect these homes and because we chose to not gouge them, we are being pushed out.
Stop the vicious cycle! Only you can do this.
I could easily start paying astronomical pay rates and raise my rates the same and gauge the homes. But TLC chose to support, not gouge, and now we are paying the price.
Only the homes themselves can change this. Please take a strong look at what you are doing to yourselves.
Sharron Brock RN
TLC Healthcare services
Shift relief company
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