Long-term care facilities (LTCF) have experienced the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic very acutely. The challenges of caring for our most vulnerable populations in a congregate setting while managing the threat of COVID-19 creates incredibly challenging, stressful circumstances. While we are grateful for the efforts of those on the front lines in LTCFs, they need more than our gratitude. It is imperative that LTCFs receive continued support in their efforts to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under funding provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) appropriation under the 2019 Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC) – Enhanced Detection Expansion (EDE) grant, the Regional Congregate Care Assistance Teams (RCAT) will continue to provide COVID-19 prevention, preparation-for and response support to Facilities from July 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021. Those facilities eligible for the RCAT and RRCHP programs will continue to be eligible for RCAT prevention and response support.
The RCATs will help facilities by supporting COVID-19 readiness and response, improve quality of care, and implement strategies for infection prevention and mitigation, including best practices for quarantine and isolation. The strategies include, but are not limited to, infection control consultation and implementation, collaboration to identify treatment options, alternate care settings and opportunities for mutual aid as per exiting RCAT frameworks.
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