The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) issued a congratulatory message to President-elect Joseph Biden on Nov. 9, declaring the association prepared to work with the new administration on the pressing issues facing the long term and post-acute care profession.

“We congratulate President-elect Biden and all those elected to Congress. We look forward to working with the new administration and discussing the challenges long term care facilities have faced in recent years, but most especially during the pandemic,” said Mark Parkinson, president and chief executive officer of AHCA/NCAL.

“We will call on the Biden Administration and Congress to help us address the immediate crisis at-hand and ensure that facilities have the resources they need to protect our nation’s most vulnerable.”

He added that “we must also reflect upon the lessons to be learned and welcome a national discussion on how to improve the country’s long term care system for a growing elderly population.”

However, Parkinson said with record-breaking COVID cases across the country just this past week, the nation’s seniors and their caregivers cannot wait until January to bring about the assistance facilities need right now.

“We urge lawmakers to take action immediately, during the Lame Duck Session, and pass a COVID relief package that includes additional funding for our health care providers, including those in long term care. Our health care heroes need help acquiring substantial personal protective equipment, testing, and staff support to keep the virus at bay and protect our nation’s Greatest Generation.”​