April 19: Weekly Long-Term Care News and Updates
Lina Camacho • April 19, 2022
Each week we will highlight three trending news articles shared from the long-term care industry. From nursing homes to skilled nursing facilities, this weekly post will catch you up to speed on what's new.
Why Nursing Homes Still Have an Edge on Home Care Despite Consumer Preference
As we emerge from the grips of the pandemic, many consumers are exploring ways to help seniors receive care at home. However, with some older adults preferring other options, there continue to be significant barriers to that becoming a reality for many.
According to a Transcend Strategy Group survey, roughly 30% of respondents indicated they would favor care in a long-term care facilities, compared to 50% of the respondents who preferred care in the home. In fact, the two most common themes surrounding why consumers said they’d prefer their loved one to be cared for in a long-term care facility were the greater attention they could receive with 24/7 staff and resources readily at hand. Approximately 41% of respondents said having professional, trained specialized staff proved a major factor, as did having access to staff or equipment (38%).
White House bolsters second COVID-19 booster for older Americans
The second COVID-19 booster provides a significant benefit to older Americans, according to new research from the Clalit Research Institute in Tel Aviv. Ashish K. Jha, M.D., the new White House COVID-19 response coordinator, told Fox News on Sunday there was “pretty compelling” data coming out of Israel indicating that the fourth shot provided significant protection for people over 60.
The fourth dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine cuts the risk of infection and severe illness in older adults when compared to a third dose given four months earlier. So far, generally mild reactions to the booster have been reported. Officials say the fourth COVID vaccine dose gives 76% added protection against death. The Center for Infectious Disease and Research Policy also reported a high level of efficacy with the second booster
Future of the CNA: Nursing Home Reform Efforts, Staffing Crisis Drive Changes in Key Role
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended many facets of life, including the way skilled nursing operators approach staffing. Case in point: Calls for nursing home reform and actions from regulators and lawmakers have drawn renewed attention to the role that certified nursing assistants (CNAs) currently play in care centers – and how their role could evolve.
Some skilled nursing operators have responded to calls for expanding the CNA role by creating more specialized positions, and legislatures in some states are supporting these moves. Expanding this role also means aligning more closely with value-based care, industry leaders say, as the pandemic and staffing crisis has forced SNFs to think about the division of labor from the top-down. The recently released National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report discussed role expansion as a crucial step toward empowerment among CNAs, as demand for the position is increasing.
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