Caregiving

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AARP supports increased spending for home and community based services (HCBS), dementia awareness, telemedicine parity and a wage increase for direct care workers. The organization has strongly supported these advances, and in some cases, for several years.
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COVID cases in nursing homes are concentrated among the unvaccinated: nationally, those residents were three times as likely to contract COVID-19 last month compared to residents who are fully vaccinated.
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'Increasing vaccination rates in nursing homes is one of the most common sense and powerful actions we can take to protect the lives of vulnerable older adults,' says AARP's Nancy Leamond.
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AARP calls on nursing homes to require vaccinations of residents and staff. AARP Nursing Home Dashboard Report shows COVID cases, deaths in Michigan down slightly from previous report.
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New AARP Nursing Home Dashboard Report shows just 6% of Michigan nursing homes meet industry benchmark for staff vaccinations.
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New AARP Michigan white paper proposes using one-time federal funding to rebalance the state's long term care system and improve the quality and safety of care provided by nursing homes.
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Thousands of residents have died in nursing homes and other long term care facilities since the start of the pandemic.
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Staff cases fall, but staffing and PPE shortages also rise during the four weeks ending May 16 in Michigan, updated AARP dashboard indicates.
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 Deaths of nursing home residents in Michigan dropped to .04 per 100 residents, the lowest number since the dashboard was launched in June of 2020, and down from .08 in the previous report. But COVID cases increased to .52 per 100 residents, compared to .32 in the prior report.
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Lower prescription drug prices, nursing home reforms, expansion of home and community based services, bridging the digital divide, and increased access to health care through telehealth are among AARP Michigan's priority issues this year.
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