January 4, 2023

How can assisted living improve for future emergencies? Report shares ideas

McKnights Senior Living

“It is essential that the assisted living COVID-19 experience be understood to prepare for future emergencies,” researchers from the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living write in a  special article published Dec. 30 in JAMDA — The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

Calling assisted living a “vital part of long-term care,” the researchers made several recommendations after examining COVID-19’s effect on the sector, reviewing what is known about COVID-19 cases and deaths, infection control and the pandemic’s effects on residents and staff members. Further research is needed to document the importance of the sector, the authors said.

The researchers referred to CEAL’s 15-year Assisted Living Workgroup Report to highlight how gaps — and successes — in adopting previous recommendations may have affected assisted living’s pandemic preparedness.

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