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 Nation Favors More COVID-19 Support for Nursing Centers, Assisted Living

A new national survey shows that a vast majority of U.S. voters believe long term care facilities, including nursing centers and assisted living communities, need more support from the government to battle COVID-19, and the lack of funding thus far to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and boost testing has negatively impacted their ability to protect seniors.

Voters asked in the survey said by a three-to-one margin that nursing facilities and assisted living communities need more money for PPE, staff, and testing capabilities. The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) commissioned the national survey conducted on May 6-9 among 1,500 U.S. registered voters by GS Strategy Group.

“By an overwhelming margin, U.S. voters want the government to provide long term care facilities with the same level of support as hospitals, including more than 80 percent of those over 65-years-old supporting an additional $10 billion in funding for long term care facilities to provide additional PPE, staff, and testing to residents,” according to the survey.

Mark Parkinson, president and chief executive officer, AHCA/NCAL, said the survey shows that Americans are deeply concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on long term care facilities and want their government leaders to rally around nursing facilities and assisted living communities.

“The American people want federal and state leaders to rally around nursing home and assisted living residents the same way we have around hospital patients and workers,”  Parkinson said.

“They understand this is an unprecedented health crisis requiring significant funding to protect residents and caregivers. That’s why eight out of 10 voters support our request for the federal government to provide $10 billion in emergency funding for expanded testing, PPE supplies, and additional staffing. Long term care providers can also be part of the solutions as the country recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, but we need the tools to do so.”

To see AHCA/NCAL’s survey summary, click here.

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