Overlooked and Undercounted: The Growing Impact of COVID-19 on Assisted Living Facilities

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

Overlooked and Undercounted: The Growing Impact of COVID-19 on Assisted Living Facilities is an analysis that “examines the impact of COVID-19 on assisted living facilities as well as changes over time, using state-level data on COVID-19 cases and deaths reported in early June 2020, and again in early August. These counts are a subset of the state-level COVID-19 cases and deaths in all long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, as reported in other KFF analyses.”  It is an interesting read, to be sure.

“While COVID-19 outbreaks and deaths in nursing homes have received a fair amount of attention, assisted living facilities (ALFs), which are home to over 800,000 mostly frail, elderly residents, have been largely overlooked. Unlike nursing homes, assisted living facilities are not federally regulated, leaving states to decide whether or not to publicly report data or to impose restrictions to protect residents.”

Here are some of the key points that are addressed:

  • Less Than Half of All States Report COVID-19 Cases in Assisted Living Facilities and Even Fewer Report Deaths
  • COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Assisted Living Facilities Have Increased, With a Notable Increase in Cases Among Staff

This is an interactive graphic.  Click on any state to see reporting status.  Scroll down to the bottom of this webpage to find TABLES -> in the far right corner.  There is additional data found there as well.  To view the KFF methods, scroll down to the bottom of the TABLES webpage to find that link.

Be sure to read KFF’s Discussion on the analysis as well.

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