Every year, more than 5 million older adults and individuals with disabilities receive care in a long term care facility, such as a nursing home or assisted living community. More than half of our nation’s seniors require long term care at some point in their lives, and with a growing elderly population, the demand for these services will only increase.

But right now, seniors’ access to the care they may need is in jeopardy as COVID-19 has taken a toll and exacerbated long-standing challenges in this health care sector. We need leaders in Washington to address the immediate crisis at-hand and help us build a stronger long term care system for the future.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahcancal.org.