Up to 25 percent of people with Parkinson’s reside or spend time in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.
A recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that long-term care facilities account for eight percent of all coronavirus cases but more than 40 percent of all COVID-19 deaths. As of November 24, 2020 the cumulative number of long-term care facility COVID-19 resident and staff deaths reached a staggering 100,030.
Urge your elected officials to support several bills to ensure no cost, regular COVID-19 testing for residents and personnel; supply of personal protective equipment; require data collection and reporting; and expand tele-visitation to ensure residents and their loved ones are able to stay connected. The legislation also requires stakeholder representation to include caregivers, individuals with disabilities, older adults and their advocates to advise on a state’s use and distribution of federal funds directed toward this effort.
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