Announcements from federal health authorities on Friday found the senior living industry still on the outside looking in as nursing homes, hospitals and even dentists were identified as recipients of new COVID-19-related resources from the federal government.
Independent living occupancy levels were the least affected by COVID-19 in late June and early July, and skilled nursing occupancy levels were the most affected, according to the results of a new survey. Effects vary by region, however.
It should come as no surprise to anyone reading this column that the pandemic has had mental health effects on workers. Recent research on the topic may surprise you, however.
Senior housing occupancy in the second quarter was at the lowest level on record since the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care began reporting data in 2006, NIC said Thursday. Individually, the sectors of assisted living and independent living set or matched previous record lows for occupancy in the second quarter, NIC Chief Economist Beth Burnham Mace told McKnight’s Senior Living.
McKnight’s Senior Living has won a Grand Award in the Best Website category and three other awards in the 32nd annual Awards for Publication Excellence, or Apex Awards, sponsored by Communications Concepts.
Now that Sens. Warren and Markey and Rep. Maloney realize what the industry has been saying to anyone who would listen for months now — that senior living operators need resources to battle COVID-19, too — it’s time for them to convince their colleagues in the Senate and House of their discovery and then put their (our, actually) money where their mouths are.
Assisted living communities would be required to report confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 to federal, state and local health officials, as well as to residents and their families — and would have one day to do it — under legislation announced by two U.S. senators and one congresswoman. The report on which the bill is based, however, “falls short” and is “misleading,” according to one association representing operators.