Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare
The next 2 slides say it all – we have reason to be very grateful for the COVID-19 vaccine:
“In detail, the report said recent data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) show nursing homes have seen a 96 percent decline in new COVID cases among residents since the peak during the week of Dec. 20, 2020, when there were more than 30,000 new resident cases. Along with the lowest number of new COVID cases, AHCA/NCAL’s new report shows COVID-related deaths in nursing homes declined by 91 percent since that December peak.
“We are not out of the woods yet, but these numbers are incredibly encouraging and a major morale booster for frontline caregivers who have been working tirelessly for more than a year to protect our residents,” said Mark Parkinson, president and chief executive officer of AHCA/NCAL.
“This trend shows that when long term care is prioritized, as with the national vaccine rollout, we can protect our vulnerable elderly population. Now we need Congress to prioritize our nursing homes for the long-term by considering the initiatives in the Care For Our Seniors Act to improve the quality of care for our residents.”
Let’s keep working on providing more vaccinations to LTC residents as well as the staff in our LTC and Senior Care Living facilities! There’s more work to be done but these results should inspire hope and gratitude.