Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our way of life has changed drastically. Gone are the days of dining in at restaurants, or going to a movie or play. Even recreational activities have been impacted in order to stop the spread. Furthermore, supply chains have been severely disrupted which has decreased access to consumer goods. First toilet paper, bleach wipes, eggs, bread, and milk were nowhere to be found. Then prices for items like cereal, cookies, seafood, and poultry started to spike. This is a stark contrast to just a few months ago when life seemed slower and easier, in a pre-COVID-19 world. Although these challenges affect everyone, everyone is not impacted by the same measure. Those at greatest risk, are also those with the greatest restrictions and most limited access to vital supplies such as personal-protective-equipment (PPE). This group of individuals includes American Seniors over the age of 60 and those with underlying conditions who also reside in a senior living community.
While many conflate Nursing Homes and Senior Living Communities, the two are quite different from one another. Senior Living Communities include a broad range of living options for seniors including independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care. And while both are vital, Senior Living Communities to date, have not received any government assistance in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in their facilities. Nursing Homes have received priority access to personal protective equipment (PPE), greater access to testing, and additional financial support. This is all in addition to their government reimbursement for the care of their residents from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This prioritization of funding and supplies have made it difficult for essential Senior Living providers to obtain vital and mandatory PPE. In order to enhance their bargaining power with suppliers, Senior Living Communities quickly banded together to obtain ample PPE reserves to keep their residents and staff safe as they serve on the frontlines of the pandemic.
In order to provide residents and staff with the necessary equipment for their health and wellbeing, JEA Senior Living is proud to support, Standing with Seniors, the advocacy campaign efforts of Argentum to encourage Congress to prioritize Senior Living in the federal response to COVID-19. This campaign is focused on directing support from the latest legislative package towards senior living communities to help protect and care for the vulnerable population of American Seniors.
Please consider how you can help protect and care for American Seniors by getting involved in support of this campaign. Click the image below to visit the campaign page to learn more and lend your support. Thank you for helping protect seniors across our country by Standing with them!
From Argentum’s campaign page: “Argentum recently launched its grassroots advocacy campaign, Standing With Seniors, to encourage residents, family members, community staff, and other advocates to join us in our efforts to prioritize senior living in the federal response to COVID-19. Our goal is for 500,000 letters to be sent to Congress. With Congress expected to act soon on its fourth major legislative package, following up the $2.2 trillion CARES Act and supplemental funding, it’s critically important that lawmakers hear from senior living advocates now. Please take a moment to send your federal legislators a note on the urgent need to prioritize senior living in the COVID-19 response. Check out Argentum’s pre-written letters, and send a letter today!“