Rising Alzheimer’s Rates Create PRN Memory Care Jobs

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Rising Alzheimer’s Rates Create PRN Memory Care Jobs 

Are we finished talking about COVID 19 yet? Unfortunately, no we aren’t. Moreover, we likely won’t be for some time. Even if herd immunity is within our reach, political and social divisions regarding vaccination can come together, and a thriving economic industry were to burgeon in the next months, the effects of COVID are long reaching, rippling, and traumatizing. We need to talk about the impact of COVID, not only because it has been a global struggle, but because we need to analyze, and we need to learn. We are seeing a rise of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients’ admittance, and a rise in jobs for nurses and aides in nursing facility settings. 

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Suffering Due to Pandemic

It’s no secret that long-term care facilities, and skilled nursing facilities suffered greatly from COVID. The fact that the majority if not the entirety of patients housed in these facilities were considered at high risk of contracting the illness merely because of their age and pre-existing conditions created heightened stress among their staff and the families of patients who were completely cut off from any socialization.

Consequently, the pandemic has a lasting negative impact on people suffering dementia and Alzheimer’s. In a medical research review published early this year, “NEUROLOGY AND COVID-19 IN 2020 The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with dementia” the article reports that the lockdown measures combined with the social isolation was particularly harmful for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Undiagnosed or Delayed Due to COVID

In July, reports came out that as many as 50,000 were undiagnosed for dementia in the United Kingdom due to lockdown quarantine restrictions that impeded memory clinic referrals. In September, the Alzheimer’s Disease International group released their World Alzheimer Report 2021, with a shocking title to the press release, “Over 41 million cases of dementia go undiagnosed across the globe – World Alzheimer Report reveals“, unfortunately this can’t be dismissed as simply clickbait. While the pandemic isn’t the only culprit in such a high number of undiagnosed cases, according to the report, “90% of Clinicians identified additional delays/wait times due to COVID-19”. Click here to download the full report in English.

In the United States, we’re struggling to protect our vulnerable as well. Surveys conducted by UsAgainstAlzheimer’s A-LIST® demonstrated the isolation and anxiety of being at higher risk for contracting COVID increased depression, increased confusion, and even accelerated decline both self-reported, and reported by caregivers.

Not all persons living with dementia or Alzheimer’s reside in facilities, but the pandemic didn’t leave them alone either. The reduced access to respite services for caregivers (spouses or family members providing in-home care for their loved ones who have Alzheimer’s) and hypervigilance of their vulnerability to severe coronavirus illness has caused severe stress and depression for both the caregivers and the diagnosed, and a cognitive decline here as well. 

Early Diagnosis for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The missed and undiagnosed cases are tragic because research shows that early diagnosis results in early intervention which therefore has several benefits including:

You have an explanation for the behaviors or symptoms you’ve witnessed.

Some conditions with similar symptoms are reversible with timely treatment.

Access to more clinical trials because the progression of the disease is less severe.

Medications to treat Alzheimer’s are typically more effective early on.

Time for end of life and financial decisions to be made with a person’s input. 

Know the Symptoms Know the Disease

How comfortable are you identifying the difference between typical forgetfulness that accompanies aging and a symptom of dementia or Alzheimer’s? How much do you know about the diseases?

The Alzheimer’s Association (of the U.S.) offers 13 different free webinars on a variety of topics related to dementia and Alzheimer’s. These courses are available through the website. If you’re interested in an in-person event near you, use their community resource finder.

November 23 at 1:00pm GMT, the Alzheimer’s Disease International is hosting a webinar (in English) that will have an expert panel to answer questions and discuss breakthroughs and issues on the topic. (The webinar is free). 

Staffing Nursing Facilities to Meet Patient Intake Needs 

Skilled nursing facilities and long-term care facilities have long battled staff shortages and turnover among their registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, and other allied healthcare staff. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2020, 37% of all CNAs, 38% of LPNs, and 6% of RNs actively working were employed in these types of facilities.

CNAs are the bedrock of many day to day, hour to hour functions in a facility and that is reflected in the fact that this work setting employs over a third of the 1.4 million working CNAs in the U.S. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, a projected 13 million people will be living with Alzheimer’s Disease by the year 2050, and for now more than 6 million. As the illness progresses, at home care becomes less plausible for families and patient intake at facilities will continue to rise.

While it’s true that CNAs earn less than other licensed clinicians, the demand for them is great, and at NursaTM, we’re seeing some seriously impressive hourly rates being offered by long-term care facilities and skilled nursing facilities, all the way up to $25 per hour. 

Join Our NursaTM Platform and Earn More 

NursaTM is a per diem staffing agency that took a complicated process and streamlined it into an online platform easily navigated from your smartphone. Download our app today, and join the thousands of clinicians nationwide who work when they want, where they want, and earn more while doing it. We don’t require you work a minimum number of shifts, so you have the freedom to work as much (safely) or as little as you prefer. We have clinicians who are retired, who work PRN on the side from their other job, and others who work PRN full time. For more information about working PRN full time or the benefits that you can reap browse our blog.

Written by Miranda Booher, RN

SEO Content Marketing Manager Miranda is a 14-year registered nurse with a healthy background in travel nursing and digital marketing. She brings an interesting combination of stellar copywriting skills and first-hand nursing experience to the table. Miranda understands the industry and has an impeccable ability to write about it. And speaking of travel - Miranda currently lives in Bolivia, though she maintains an active Registered Nurse license in the state of Ohio and stays current on the latest healthcare news through her writing. When she is not creating killer copy, or serving others through her work as a nurse, you can find her spending time with her family traveling in the Andes Mountains.

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