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Can you guess which percentage of all staffing hours in nursing homes social workers account for?

Senior woman with her caregiver at home
Who discussions options with our seniors?

Social workers have one of the most important responsibilities in an assisted living facility. The social worker is the person who communicates not only between the resident, family and the facility, but between the various caregivers for each of their clients.

Can you guess, on average, which percentage of all staffing hours in nursing homes social workers account for?

  1. 60%
  2. 21%
  3. 13%
  4. 5%
  5. 2%

The CDC reports that in 2016, aides accounted for 60% of all staffing hours in nursing homes, compared with licensed practical or vocational nurses (21%), registered nurses (13%), activities staff members (5%), and social workers (2%).

Source: CDC/NCHS, Harris-Kojetin L, Sengupta M, Park-Lee E, et al. Long-term care providers and services users in the United States: data from the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers, 2013–2014. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 2016;3(38).