​As Election Day nears, the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) said residents of long term care (LTC) facilities have a right to have their voices heard, even if the communities in which they live are operating with COVID-19 restrictions.

“With the election less than a month away and a pandemic that uniquely targets the LTC population still rampant, providers have an opportunity to play a larger role in helping residents exercise their right to vote in 2020,” AHCA/NCAL said.

“As the prevalence of COVID-19 continues to require targeted restrictions and precautions for indoor visiting, previous strategies to facilitate voting for residents, such as making facilities polling places on Election Day, have likely shifted to reduce the risk to residents and staff. Nonetheless, our seniors and other residents have a right to make their voice heard, and providers should make every effort to assist them in doing so.”

To learn more, go to https://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Helping-Residents-Vote-in-2020.aspx.

In other developments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is releasing a new pathway through its National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) LTCF COVID-19 Module that will allow providers to report the results of their Point of Care (POC) COVID-19 testing. Read More.