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AARP Urges Legislators to Focus on Nursing Home Safety
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As lawmakers develop the fiscal 2022–23 state budget, AARP Michigan is urging them to shift the balance of long-term care funding toward home- and community-based services, with less emphasis on nursing homes and other institutional settings.
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As COVID-19 cases decrease, increased boosters and reforms still needed.
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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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