Eldercare has too often been left out of our national health care discussion. Now, as COVID-19 tears through long-term care facilities, the need for high-quality care has never been more clear.
The on seniors in long-term care facilities is stark, accounting for 8% of all COVID-19 cases but 40% of deaths. The number of cases in nursing homes in good part because, even after six months, many facilities still lack the supplies, staff and testing needed to control the virus’s spread. The situation puts senior citizens at risk ― and their caregivers, too.
These caregivers work long hours for low pay; many work more than one job to make ends meet, increasing transmission between facilities, .