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Cape Cod's population is aging, at the same time the region has fewer and fewer working professionals to take care of the elderly. That shortage has been a factor in a number of nursing homes closing on the Cape and South Coast earlier this year. The backbone of nursing home staffing is certified nursing assistants, or CNAs.

We decided to cover this story in two parts.

In our first story, which aired October 1, 2019, we look at a creative approach by a company called Cape Cod Nursing Home. It offers a free in-house nursing assistant training program with a job afterward. 

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

When Theresa Barr woke up with a bad cough one morning recently, she and her husband Kenneth went directly to an urgent care — something they couldn’t have done ten years ago, before urgent cares existed on the Cape.

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

Nursing homes across the Cape and Islands are facing dire staffing shortages, particularly for Certified Nursing Assistants, also known as "CNAs." These workers are considered the backbone of a nursing home's staff, caring directly for residents.  Now one startup company, based in Quincy, is trying to alleviate the problem by making filling a certified nursing position like calling an Uber.

 

Courtesy of Heather Meier / Royal Health Group

Cape Cod's population is aging, at the same time the region has fewer and fewer working professionals to take care of the elderly. That shortage has been a factor in a number of nursing homes closing on the Cape and South Coast earlier this year.