Long-term Care

Information about the impact of COVID-19 on the long-term care, skilled nursing, assisted living, and home health care workforce.

(02/24/21) Is the End of the Long-Term Care Crisis Within Sight? New COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities Are Dropping
A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis found that the number of residents contracting and dying of COVID-19 in nursing homes has significantly declined after the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine. This analysis compares trends in new COVID-19 cases and deaths among nursing facility residents with trends in all other new COVID-19 cases and deaths excluding nursing facility residents through February 7, 2021.

(02/23/21) Home Health Care Workers Having Little Success Getting Access to COVID-19 Vaccine
Home health care workers are struggling to get COVID-19 vaccines in Florida. It is unclear how many of the 80,000 home health care workers in Florida have been vaccinated but many health workforce agencies in the state are saying only a small portion of their workforce have been vaccinated so far.

(02/16/21) Keys to Building a Stronger, More Equitable LTC Workforce
This article highlights the key features of a new report from nonprofit research and consulting group Altarum and national research, advocacy, and workforce innovations organization PHI. The report examines the state of the long-term care workforce in the state of Michigan, but also offers recommendations that are likely to help strengthen direct care workers throughout the nation.

(02/11/21) A Constant Trauma: Senior Living Providers Face Mental Health Crisis Among Covid-19 Workforce
This article discusses the mental health burden among frontline workers in senior housing and long-term care facilities.

(02/09/21) About 60% of Nursing Home Staff Declined COVID Vaccines, Walgreens Exec Says
This news article discusses the challenges that Walgreens and CVS Health are facing due to vaccine hesitancy among staff members of long-term care facilities.

(01/31/21) Anxiety Grows As Long-term Care Awaits COVID-19 Vaccines
This article discusses the long wait for COVID-19 vaccinations at long-term care sites and how this delay is causing great anxiety for the residents.

(01/15/21) CVS and Walgreens Under Fire for Slow Pace of Vaccination in Nursing Homes
A federal program to send pharmacists from CVS and Walgreens into long-term care facilities to vaccinate staff and patients has reportedly hampered the vaccination process in many of these locations, according to nursing home directors, health care officials, and others. This article from CNN and Kaiser Health News covers these difficulties.

(01/06/21) January 14 Web Event: A Shot in the Arm for Long-term Care Facilities? Early Lessons From the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout to High Priority Populations
The Kaiser Family Foundation has announced an upcoming interactive web event featuring expert advice and key takeaways of the COVID-19 vaccine administration in the long-term care industry. The webinar will take place at 12pm EST and will include perspectives from patients, nursing home officials, and pharmacy providers performing vaccinations, among others.

(01/05/21) COVID-19 Vaccine May Not Get to Long-term Care Facilities Quickly Enough
This article from NPR covers the current deadly reality of the COVID-19 pandemic in long-term care facilities. Although vaccination has begun in long-term care facilities across the United States, deaths from COVID-19 among staff and residents are on the rise.

(12/31/20) Ohio Gov: 60 Percent of Nursing Home Staff Elected Not to Take COVID-19 Vaccine
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recently announced that a majority of staff in long-term care facilities in Ohio have refused to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Ohio does not require these health care workers to be vaccinated for COVID-19, but strongly encourages it.

(12/17/20) Nursing Homes, Ravaged by COVID-19, Start Vaccinating the Most Vulnerable
In this article from The New York Times, nursing home administrators discuss their optimism over vaccines for COVID-19, but warn the battle to end the pandemic is far from over. Staff and residents of long-term care facilities in several states are now receiving some of the earliest doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

(12/10/20) Another COVID-19 Effect: Hospital-at-home Care Is Starting to Pick Up
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a rise in hospital-at-home care, with patients opting to receive treatment they otherwise would have gone to the hospital for in their own home settings. With hospital-at-home seen as a potentially safer mechanism for delivering health care, more hospitals and health insurance companies are offering it as a covered treatment option.

(11/25/20) COVID-19 Has Claimed the Lives of 100,000 Long-Term Care Residents and Staff
This article from the Kaiser Family Foundation reports a grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic for long-term care: more than 100,000 residents and staff from long-term care facilities have died of COVID-19.

(11/23/20) Diving Into the Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act
This article highlights new legislation introduced by Maine Senator Susan Collins and Maryland Senator Ben Cardin with the intention of creating rules for reimbursement for telehealth services offered in a home health care setting, which has already been operating without reimbursement in many locations due to its effectiveness.

(11/17/20) COVID-19’s Deadly Lesson: Time to Revamp Long-term Care
A blog post featured on Health Affairs covers many of the issues in long-term care laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic. Understaffing and infection control issues have remained long-standing issues in the long-term care industry, with a need to revamp understanding of the role of long-term care and increase regulation to improve the situation.

(11/16/20) Nursing Home and Assisted Living Workers Face COVID-19 Surge—As They Cope With Grief
This article covers the impact of COVID-19 on many in the long-term care workforce, where workers have been stretched thin treating one of the most vulnerable populations to COVID-19. Trouble sleeping and difficulties processing grief from outbreaks, deaths, and fear are all reported problems experienced by these workers.

(11/16/20) Demand for Home Health Care Surges Amid COVID-19, Shifting Industry Landscape
With a significant number of deaths from COVID-19 occurring in nursing home settings, beds are opening and patients are seeking to stay home for their long-term care and rehabilitation arrangements. This article highlights how the home health care industry is experiencing increased demand and shifting the landscape of long-term care.

(11/12/20) Nursing Homes Still See Dangerously Long Waits for COVID Test Results
This article shines a light on the current problems surrounding the safety of staff and residents in nursing homes throughout the nation. The validity of rapid-testing, the turnaround time for more accurate testing, and the question of whether asymptomatic people should get tested all come into play in the discussion.

(11/05/20) What COVID-19 Exposed in Long-term Care
This article covers the difficulties experienced by nursing homes and other long-term care facilities across the United States in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Years of financial and staffing issues contributed to a setting where 40% of all deaths from COVID-19 occurred in long-term care.

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