March 31, 2022

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) released a “fact sheet” on March 24, 2022 entitled “Nursing Home Quality Improvement During the COVID-19 Pandemic” in which they state: “America’s nursing home caregivers delivered on quality improvements for residents, even during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only did these health care heroes go above and beyond to help protect their residents from the virus, but they also spent more time with residents and continued to make clinical advancements, despite an unprecedented global crisis.”

“The nature of COVID-19, which spreads through asymptomatic carriers and uniquely targets older adults with comorbidities, led to the tragic loss of life in nursing homes during the pandemic. Additionally, any declines in specific aspects of residents’ health can likely be attributed to government restrictions and measures that kept residents isolated and confined to their rooms—not because of inadequate care from our frontline heroes.”

The fact sheet states that during the first nine months of 2020, “The number of nurse staff hours per resident day remained steady or, if anything, increased slightly during the pandemic.” The fact sheet further states “72% of the more than 110,000 infection control focused inspections of nursing homes conducted from 2020-2022 were deficiency free.”

The fact sheet states that “nearly 60% of nursing home resident deaths due to COVID occurred during the first 7 months of a multi-year pandemic, before vaccines were available” and more than 730,000 nursing home residents have recovered from COVID.

The fact sheet states that the risk of COVID mortality for those 85 years and older is more than 340 times higher than for those 18-29; the average age of nursing home residents is 85; and, “almost everyone has an underlying health condition – if not multiple chronic conditions.”

“At the height of the Omicron surge in mid-January [2022], residents were 4x less likely to succumb to the virus compared to the height of the winter surge in 2020, before the availability of vaccines.”

The fact sheet cites the following “Quality Improvements During the Pandemic”: for long-stay residents, hospitalizations were down 15%, urinary tract infections were down 8%, and use of catheters were down 12%; for short-stay residents, functional improvement rose 8%.

The fact sheet stated that the “bottom line” is: “Nursing home caregivers are heroes for their efforts during the pandemic. They should be commended and supported.”

Source

The AHCA/NCAL website states: “The American Health Care Association and the ​National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) is the largest association in the United States representing long term and post-acute care providers, with more than 14,000 member facilities. Our diverse membership includes non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities.”

If you or a loved one suffered injuries (or death) while a resident of a nursing home in the United States due to an infection acquired in a nursing home such as COVID-19, nursing home neglect, nursing home negligence, nursing home abuse, or nursing home fraud, you should promptly contact a local nursing home COVID-19 claim attorney in your state who may investigate your nursing home claim for you and file a COVID-19 nursing home claim on your behalf, if appropriate.

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