Long-Term Care – Archive

(06/29/20) Caregivers on the Front Lines in Nursing Homes Risk Health, Safety During Pandemic
An article covering the difficulties many long-term care facilities are experiencing protecting their workers and patients amidst the COVID-19 crisis. High turnover, low pay, little or no paid sick leave or health insurance, and lack of adequate personal protective equipment have put many workers in long-term care facilities at risk.

(06/25/20) Senior Living Gets Reprieve as Healthcare Workers Treating Coronavirus Patients Are Exempted From Federal Freeze on Immigration Visas
An article explaining the exemption from the federal freeze on immigration visas in the assisted living and long-term care industry. Immigrant workers have been crucial in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic within the long-term care industry, where recruitment is difficult with long hours and low pay.

(06/22/20) Market Forecast: COVID-19’s Long-Term Impact on Home Care
An article covering some of the predictions for changes coming to home health care following the COVID-19 pandemic. The article discusses many of the changes currently in effect for home health workers and how these may change or remain.

(06/18/20) COVID-19 Collaboration Reducing Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities
An article discussing how the University of Virginia Health System has been working with long-term care facilities to effectively address the COVID-19 pandemic, seeing lower mortality rates from outbreaks of infection compared to other parts of the United States.

(06/16/20) People With Disabilities Find the Coronavirus has Cut Them Off From Their Caregivers
This article examines how COVID-19 has exposed vulnerabilities in Wisconsin’s health care system, especially those designed to serve older people and disabled residents.

(06/16/20) Under the Radar: States Vary in Regulating and Reporting COVID-19 in Assisted Living Facilities
This article examines how states are regulating assisted living facilities in response to Covid 19. There are significant variations in reporting for assisted living facilities between states related to visitors, staff screening, and staff use of PPE.

(06/11/20) Nursing Homes Run Short of COVID-19 Protective Gear as Federal Response Falters
An article from NPR covering the difficulties nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and long-term care industry is experiencing acquiring personal protective equipment for their health workforce. While help was promised, deliveries were delayed and inadequate to protect the workforce.

(06/10/2020) A New Way To Fight COVID in Long Term Care
An article discussing how a “strike team” of medical professionals was formed in Henderson County to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 amongst long-term care facilities. This article outlines when and how the team worked to protect the residents.

(06/09/2020) How To Redesign Long-Term Care for Older Adults After COVID-19 
An article covering how COVID-19 has exposed long-standing issues in the long-term care industry, as well as offering some suggestions for improving the industry following the COVID-19 pandemic. These suggestions include more funding, more home health care, and better coordinated care.

(06/08/2020) COVID-19 Has Highlighted the Risks Home Health Workers Face — Here’s What Can Be Done To Help
An article covering many of the risks home health workers face during the COVID-19 pandemic, most of which stem from even before the pandemic. Low pay and insufficient hours or seasonal employment both increase risk of infection for the workers and their patients and lead to issues maintaining a home health workforce.

(06/04/20) Hundreds of Nursing Homes Ran Short on Staff, Protective Gear As More Than 30,000 Residents Died During Pandemic
An article covering the inability of many nursing homes to deal with the surge of COVID-19 cases within their long-term care facilities. Issues acquiring personal protective equipment and maintaining staffing levels exacerbated issues among an already at-risk population.

(05/29/20) ‘It’s Getting Worse.’ Nursing Home Workers Confront Risks in Facilities Devastated by Coronavirus
An article covering the more personal lives and perspectives of the nursing home, home health, and long-term care workforce amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Low pay and lack of protective equipment continue to be issues for workers throughout the long-term care industry.

(05/26/20) CVS Head of Specialty Pharmacy Sees Future of Healthcare at Home After COVID-19
In this interview Prem Shah, head of CVS Health’s specialty pharmacy strategy, discusses the adaptations the pharmaceutical industry has had to make to adjust to increases in encounter volumes while attempting to maintain safety for patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the potential long-term impacts of these changes.

(05/22/20) To Test Our Way Out of the COVID-19 Nightmare, Focus on Nursing Homes
An article outlining the risk of COVID-19 infection to both patients and workers in long-term care facilities, and a call for increased funding to focus testing on these populations

(05/19/20) 9 Ways COVID-19 May Forever Upend the U.S. Health Care Industry
An article describing some ways in which the health care industry has changed as a result of COVID-19. These include increased adoption and advancement of telehealth technologies, shifts in the long-term care industry to home health care, and changes to scope of practice for non-physician clinicians.

(05/18/20) How Coronavirus Could Forever Change Home Health Care, Leaving Vulnerable Older Adults Without Care and Overburdening Caregivers
An article by Maghuri Reddy, instructor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School, and researchers at the University of Toronto describing the impact of COVID-19 on the home health care industry, including the risks to home health workforce and the restriction of available funding for home health care services.

(05/11/20) Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle: Home Health Workforce is Essential to Addressing COVID-19
An article discussing comments from former United States Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and other experts regarding the importance of home health care in reducing the burden of COVID-19 on hospital systems and improving treatment options for patients.

(05/08/20) Health-Care Industry Loses 1.4 Million Jobs in Pandemic
An article describing how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the health care industry, where nearly one in twelve jobs were lost in April. Settings impacted the most include hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, diagnostic labs and home health.

(04/28/20) AGS COVID-19 Policy Brief Offers Roadmap To Government Action In Oft-Overlooked Sphere: Assisted Living Facilities
This policy brief from the American Geriatrics Society discusses strategies for responding to COVID-19 in assisted living facilities. It is a follow up to their policy brief on nursing homes released April 8, 2020. Strategies discussed range from federal to local levels of response.

(04/23/20) COVID-19 And Workers At Risk: Examining The Long-Term Care Workforce
This brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation details the risk of COVID-19 to the long-term care workforce, which includes the workforce of skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and home health providers. Findings suggest that demographics and wage differences may exacerbate issues with infection.

(04/14/20) Home Health Care Workers at Tipping Point Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
An article discussing the issues facing home health workers including lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and increased demand for home health services as individuals are avoiding hospital and nursing home treatment during the COVID-19 outbreak. The article also discusses increased use of telehealth from the home and calls for industrial reform to the home care industry.

(03/27/20) Epidemiology of COVID-19 in a Long-Term Care Facility in King County, Washington
A research article describing the epidemiology of COVID-19 in a long-term care facility in Washington State. This article describes how the virus spread throughout the facility and what steps can be taken to keep the long-term care workforce, patients, and facilities safe.