“At the moment we’re lucky here at Arbor Springs, blessed that we don’t have any COVID or anything,” said Nick Olmstead with the Arbor Springs Nursing Home. And they haven’t had any cases in over a year. Strict COVID-19 restrictions have protected residents and their families at the West Des Moines long-term care facility. But the resumption of visitors can all stall again. “For us, that would mean just getting a few positive cases,” said Arbor Springs administrator Sejla Cosic. Seventy-five percent of their employees are vaccinated and more than 90 percent of their residents have had their vaccinations. President Joe Biden orders that nursing home staff be vaccinated nationwide or that funding be lost. And the mandate could go into effect as The Iowa Health Care Association says a mandate for an industry that’s already reaching its limits might be a bad idea ce in other sectors, “said IHCA President Brent Willett. The retention was not an issue for Arbor Springs, but for other nursing homes it can cause some to leave. ” I think no matter what percentage of employees are vaccinated, the concern is always there. With staffing in the industry, it hurts a lot to lose a person or two, “Cosic said.

“At the moment we’re lucky here at Arbor Springs, blessed that we don’t have any COVID or anything,” said Nick Olmstead with the Arbor Springs Nursing Home.

And they haven’t had any cases in over a year.

Strict COVID-19 restrictions have protected residents and their families at the West Des Moines long-term care facility.

But the welcome back visitor can all stall again.

“For us, that would mean just getting a few positive cases,” said Sejla Cosic, Arbor Springs administrator.

75 percent of their employees are vaccinated and more than 90 percent of their residents have had their vaccinations.

President Joe Biden orders nursing home workers across the country to get vaccinated or lose funding.

And the mandate could come into effect this month.

The Iowa Health Care Association says getting a mandate for an industry that’s already reaching its limits might be a bad idea.

“A mandate that requires 100 percent overnight vaccination simply leads to a brain drain to other sectors,” said IHCA President Brent Willett.

Retention was not an issue for Arbor Springs, but it was for other nursing homes.

Getting all employees vaccinated has always been a goal, but they fear that a mandate could lead some to leave the company.

“I think no matter what percentage of employees are vaccinated, those worries are always there. When it comes to staffing in the industry, it hurts a lot to lose a person or two,” said Cosic.