The demand for sufficient supplies of personal protective equipment for nursing home workers continues to grow. A new survey from AARP revealed that a vast majority of seniors want healthcare workers to get all the PPE they need to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
“Older Americans are demanding legislative initiatives that would address the crisis in nursing homes, lack of equipment for healthcare workers, need for food assistance, relief for caregivers, and persistent unemployment, especially among older Americans,” AARP researchers wrote.
The survey also found that 96% of seniors think nursing homes, assisted living and residential care facilities should be required to disclose any active coronavirus infections.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced an interim rule that mandates nursing homes to report COVID-19-related infections directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Providers are still awaiting guidance details.
Other findings revealed that most seniors also support requiring providers to enable video visitation and providing a federal tax credit to family caregivers for their incurred costs during the pandemic. Full findings can be found here.