Senior living and care industry representatives are speaking out against racial inequity in response to rising protests across the country following the death of George Floyd and data on COVID-19 cases in long-term care disproportionately affecting minority residents.
With a nod to essential frontline caregivers battling COVID-19, “Caring is EssentiAL” has been announced as the theme of this year’s National Assisted Living Week.
The American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living has released guidance on innovative methods that senior living and care communities can use to keep residents and family members connected while maintaining a mindset on infection prevention and control.
Testing every U.S. assisted living community and nursing home resident and staff member for COVID-19 one time would cost $672 million, according to data released Wednesday by the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living.
Testing every U.S. assisted living community resident and staff member for COVID-19 one time would cost $232 million, according to data released Wednesday by the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living.
Nobody in long-term care is begrudging skilled nursing facilities for the $4.9 billion that began flowing to providers on Friday to fight effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but associations are asking federal and state governments not to forget senior living operators.
Almost one-third (30%) of senior living companies that are members of Argentum or the American Seniors Housing Association still face challenges in securing adequate personal protective equipment in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the organizations told the Senate Special Committee on Aging in a statement submitted for the record of the committee’s May 21 hearing, titled “Caring for Seniors Amid the COVID-19 Crisis.” AHCA / NCAL also submitted comments.
States must take an “all-hands-on-deck” approach to helping assisted living communities and nursing homes address workforce needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living said Thursday.
Testing all of the nation’s skilled nursing residents and staff just once for COVID-19 would cost $440 million, according to data released Wednesday from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living.
Two associations representing long-term care providers on Monday called for more funding for COVID-19 testing for assisted living communities as well as skilled nursing facilities after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a plan for the relaxing of the restrictions put in place in the nation’s nursing homes due to the pandemic.
A national online survey on the COVID-19 effects on assisted living communities and nursing homes found that voters believe the government has failed to support long-term care facilities, and that these facilities deserve the same resources as hospitals.
The White House’s recommendation that all states test nursing home residents and staff members for the novel coronavirus over the next two weeks, and President Trump’s comment that “we have prevailed” on COVID-19 testing — both made Monday — leaves unanswered the question, “What help does this provide to millions of vulnerable adults cared for in non-nursing home settings?” LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan said. Meanwhile, the AARP on Monday sent a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asking them to reject proposals to grant immunity from COVID-19-related lawsuits to assisted living, skilled nursing and other long-term care providers.
AHCA / NCAL and 87 members of Congress wrote letters to federal officials this week asking that senior living operators be prioritized for COVID-19 testing, funding and personal protective equipment.
Industry associations are supporting the transparency requested by three members of Congress who have asked 11 assisted living companies to detail their case counts and strategies related to COVID-19 — including use of personal protective equipment and testing, but the associations also continue to call on the federal government to prioritize assisted living operators for PPE and other resources to battle the disease.
President Trump’s remark Thursday that seniors are being taken “very special care of” is “false,” and federal government efforts “far short of what’s needed to protect the most vulnerable Americans from the coronavirus,” LeadingAge CEO Katie Smith Sloan said. AHCA / NCAL CEO Mark Parkinson said the announcement was “an important first step,” and Argentum CEO James Balda said “there is much more that needs to be done for senior living communities.”
LeadingAge is urging the federal government to ensure that all aging services providers — not just nursing homes, and not just for-profit providers — receive “meaningful” amounts of personal protective equipment, “effective and efficient” testing, and a “comprehensive approach to supporting older adults and the workers who care for them” as providers fight to prevent or contain the spread of COVID-19.
The long-term care industry repeated a call to government officials to prioritize COVID-19 testing, staffing and emergency funding to support senior living in the COVID-19 battle. The effort comes as another association launched a campaign to call attention to the need for PPE in senior living.
The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living has developed a resource guide for operators. The tool will help users better manage options to grants and loan programs during the current pandemic.
In a move that may provide leverage in the battle for legal immunity for long-term care providers, the Department of Labor released a statement Tuesday providing some liability protections for meat industry employers if workers contract coronavirus on the job.
While national and state associations seek legal immunity against claims arising out from actions related to fighting COVID-19, a House task force has prioritized long-term care and affordable senior housing for future COVID-19-related relief efforts.