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Nursing homes face staff shortages

June 26, 2014

Nursing homes in Germany are facing a dangerous shortage of professional caregivers.

Ausländische Pflegekräfte in Deutschland
Image: picture-alliance/dpa
Right now some 2.1 million elderly require care - in 2020 that number is expected to reach 2.9 million. Germany already has a deficit of 40,000 nursing home staff and that number will only grow. The job is difficult and wages are below the national average.