Covid-19 Pandemic Sheds Light on Decades of Nursing Home Neglect

The New England Journal of Medicine is bringing awareness to the issue of nursing home neglect in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a recent article published by the journal, the pandemic revealed to all that ” . . . U.S. nursing homes were unstable even before Covid-19 hit. They were like tinderboxes, ready to go up in flames with just a spark. The tragedy unfolding in nursing homes is the result of decades of neglect of long-term care policy.” The U.S. coronavirus outbreak affected over 153,000 residents and employees in nursing homes alone, accounting for 35% of the country’s deaths.

Many nursing homes lacked funding to fight the virus due to declining resident numbers, and continue to struggle to pay for testing and personal protective equipment, while also paying their rent and employees. The article suggests the need for new policies to provide safe and affordable residential options.

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