This week, industry experts called on Congress for “targeted, direct relief to assisted living, independent living, memory care and continuing care retirement communities” to fight the surge of COVID-19 cases. The relief is for “on-the-ground resources,” such as PPE, testing, and staffing. It was projected that the senior living industry lost $11-15 billion due to costs during the pandemic. This comes with move-in declines, a lack of federal funding, caregiver funding, and insufficient testing.
Chris Hyatt, the president of New Perspective Senior Living, argued that the mortality rate would drop if seniors received more funding and testing, particularly PCR tests– “the gold standard for testing,” instead of Antigen tests, which are “not the best use of testing in asymptomatic individuals.” He and other industry leaders hope that the elder community will not be forgotten in the coming months as decisions for funding are made.
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