Whether facing an exodus or a trickle, LTC operators are activating these hiring strategies ahead of mandate deadlines

When Salmon Health and Retirement instituted a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for its four Massachusetts nursing homes, CEO Matt Salmon was confident in the decision because he expected state officials would soon do the same for all skilled settings in the Bay State.

Several weeks later, he’s working to get the final 14% of his staff vaccinated so that he won’t have to terminate them come the statewide Oct. 10 deadline. He’s part of a crowd thousands deep as skilled nursing leaders nationwide grapple with an as-yet undetermined federal mandate deadline and the threat of losing much-needed staff.

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