Senior leaders in senior living are issuing warnings that the federal government is “abandoning and letting the elderly and their caregivers.”
Argentum President and Chief Executive James Balda said that the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives passed an amendment to cancel the $1.8 billion allocated to group gatherings, which is “unreasonable.” This removed any reference to the elderly in the legislation.
Barda said in a statement: “The assisted living communities have been at the forefront of the pandemic, providing people most vulnerable to COVID-19 with services for a full year, with almost no federal relief or resources.” The Relief Fund guarantees that less than 2% is provided to the living community, and so far only half of it has been received.”
He said that more than half of life assistance providers are at a loss and are in danger of closing their doors in 2021. Barda added that these closures would result in workers losing their jobs, elderly people losing their homes, and the burden of medical insurance and Medicaid will “surge.”
“Because of the high costs and the decline in revenue due to COVID-19, they have been left behind because other businesses are much less risky, while the US rescue plan can get billions of dollars in relief. Enough.” He Says. “The federal government disappoints the elderly and their caregivers when they need it most. We need legislators to act now before it’s too late.”
Argentum has previously stated that the next COVID-19 relief plan must include $5 billion for assisted living, independent living, memory care, and continuous care in retirement communities to help meet personal protective equipment, staffing, and testing needs.
Leading Age President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan said in a separate statement that the bill is not enough to support low-income seniors living in federally-funded affordable housing and still Healthcare providers struggling with the economic consequences of the pandemic.
She said: “They have gone largely forgotten.” “Congress must pass legislation to provide more vaccines, regular and rapid testing, access to a wealth of affordable personal protective equipment, additional staffing support and strong Funds to provide 24/7 health and long-term care for the most vulnerable Americans.”
Leading Age calls for at least US$120 billion in provider relief funds for care providers and US$1.2 billion to meet the needs of senior citizens in housing and urban development assistance. A survey of HUD community providers in January revealed that most people did not receive additional financial support to cover COVID-19 expenses or lost income.
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