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Long-term care struggles for COVID-19 resources speak to deeper societal issue, leaders say

Assisted living communities’ and nursing homes’ difficulty in securing personal protective equipment and testing to prevent or contain the spread of COVID-19, despite the fact that older adults are at higher risk for serious complications related to the disease, speaks to a deeper societal issue in the United States, leaders of national and state industry associations said Thursday.

Assisted living could be target for COVID-19-related criminal investigations, attorney general says

Although skilled nursing facilities are the target of newly announced criminal neglect investigations in Pennsylvania amid COVID-19 outbreaks, the state attorney general’s office said those investigations could extend to other types of long-term care facilities, which could include assisted living communities and personal care homes, in the future.

White House announcements do nothing to help non-nursing home settings, LeadingAge says; AARP opposes litigation immunity for providers

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.

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