America’s greatest generation deserves our support.
The health and safety of our seniors should be our top priority.
Caregivers in nursing homes and assisted living communities are courageously fighting to protect their residents from COVID-19 – but without proper government support, our nation’s greatest generation and those most vulnerable remain at risk.
In this unprecedented time, everyone must rally around long term care residents and staff. We need proactive policies that provide adequate testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), staff support and funding to help nursing homes and assisted living communities battle the pandemic and prepare for the future.
Covid 19 Impact Timeline
In a CNN interview, AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson called on the Centers for Disease Control to provide adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing for long term care communities in response to COVID-19, which he called “a perfect killing machine.”
AHCA/NCAL published the results of a new survey that showed growing support among voters for increased funding to nursing homes and assisted living communities as they battled COVID-19. 72% of voters agreed that a lack of government funding had a negative impact on the quality of care that residents of these facilities are receiving.
AHCA/NCAL sent a letter to HHS and FEMA, requesting support and funding for assisted living providers who primarily care for seniors, but have not received any federal aid.
“The price of inaction would be devastating – to our residents, to their loved ones, and to those who work in assisted living communities who see their residents as family members.”Mark Parkinson and Scott Tittle
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) urged Congress to provide an additional $100 billion in funding for the Provider Relief Fund and allocate a sizable portion to long term care providers.
AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson and Massachusetts Senior Care Association President Tara Gregorio wrote an op-ed in InsideSources expressing the need for continued support as long term care providers continue to battle COVID-19.
“While we have made great progress in implementing and executing protocols to protect our staff and residents, the fight against COVID-19 is far from over.”Mark Parkinson and Tara Gregorio
AHCA/NCAL released a report showing that weekly new COVID-19 cases in nursing homes had reached a record high due to community spread among the general population.