Staffed beds refer to licensed and physically available beds that, should they be occupied by patients, have staff available to attend to them. When calculating the number of staffed beds at a facility, both occupied and vacant beds are included.
Staffed beds do not include beds unavailable due to facility renovation or lack of staffing.
One of the greatest constraints on the number of staffed beds at a facility is the number of workers, with smaller workforces from staffing shortages resulting in fewer staffed beds. Rising hospitalizations also threaten staffed beds, as the number of staffed beds is still set by the number of workers but can be exceeded by the number of patients requiring care.