The actions we take in senior living communities today will have immeasurable impact on the lives and welfare of hundreds of thousands of older Americans.

Relief And Resources Are Needed Now

Senior living caregivers are protecting the nation’s most vulnerable population and desperately need additional support. Our residents and caregivers are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, and lives will be saved if we ensure they receive the relief and resources they need.

2 out of 3 senior living providers have had up to a 30% increase in overall expenses related to COVID-19

Almost 3 out of 4 senior living providers have experienced up to 30% lost revenue as a result of COVID-19

Close to 40% of senior living providers have stated that if their current financial situation does not improve, they will be forced to close communities.

Source: Argentum survey of senior living provider members conducted in October 2020 representing approximately 1,000 senior living communities across the U.S.

Financial Relief

It is anticipated that the overall financial impact to senior living communities will be $15-20 billion. And they are expected to receive only 1.7%—or $3 billion—of the total Provider Relief Fund. Comparatively, other providers including hospitals and nursing homes, have received 85%—or $145 billion. Additional relief is needed to combat the effects of:

Increased Staffing Costs

Additional staff is needed to monitor for symptoms, implement enhanced infection control and cleaning protocols, screen employees, provide personal meal delivery, and support social distancing engagement activities. Caregivers are also often being offered “hero” pay for their heroic work.

Procuring Infection Prevention and Control Resources

Like other healthcare providers, senior living caregivers need access to PPE and other infection prevention and control resources for residents and staff. Gowns, gloves, face masks, face shields, goggles, respirators, cleaning supplies – all of these items are being depleted and are needed to properly protect residents and staff.

Lost Revenue

COVID-19 has required necessary visitation restrictions, limiting community move-ins and admissions. This has taken a toll on occupancy levels.

Over 50% of senior living providers have noted challenges in getting tests paid for, for both residents and staff

Source: Argentum survey of senior living provider members conducted in October 2020 representing approximately 1,000 senior living communities across the U.S.

Testing

Residents and caregivers need consistent access to effective and rapid testing in order to identify the presence of COVID-19. Communities are receiving an unpredictable number of tests and not enough tests to effectively test both staff and residents. Support for and guidance related to a national testing strategy is needed now, and relief funding is essential to support the administration of tests and the procurements of additional tests.

VACCINES

COVID-19 cases are spiking across the country. Senior living staff, residents, and other essential caregivers (hospice, rehab, visitors, etc.) need to remain a priority for vaccine access and administration when a safe and effective vaccine is approved by the FDA. It is essential to controlling the spread of the virus among those most at-risk.

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