Since the onset of the pandemic, caregivers in nursing homes have put the safety of residents ahead of their own health. These dedicated health care professionals adapted to significant changes in care delivery, all while putting themselves at risk each day they came to work.
Despite their best efforts, nursing homes faced many challenges throughout the pandemic, including a lack of access to critical resources such as PPE, staffing shortages, loss in census and increased costs related to infection prevention.
Fortunately, there has been a significant decline in cases in long term care since the COVID-19 vaccines were offered to long term care communities late last year. This is thanks to the hard work of providers to get residents and staff vaccinated and maintain rigorous infection control measures.
However, with the Delta variant causing surges in positive COVID cases across the country, the pandemic is far from over. Nursing homes have been doing everything in their power to protect their residents from this deadly virus, but with increased costs to fight the pandemic, coupled with long-standing financial challenges, providers are struggling to stay afloat. Throughout this crisis, Georgia’s long term care communities have fought valiantly to ensure the health and safety of their residents. They will continue to do everything in their power to continue to protect those they care for and love like family. But they need help in order to continue to meet seniors’ needs now and in the future.