Members of Congress Send Letter to Assisted Living Operators Inquiring About COVID-19 Response
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) have sent a letter to the largest assisted living operators asking a series of questions about COVID-19 outbreaks at their facilities and the actions they are taking to prevent and mitigate outbreaks when they occur. The letter was sent to Brookdale Senior Living Sunrise Senior Living, Five Star Senior Living, Atria Senior Living, Life Care Services, Senior Lifestyle Corporations, Capital Senior Living, Affinity Living Group, Enlivant, Eclipse Senior Living, and Gardant Management Solutions, each of which owns or operates more than 5,000 assisted living units nationwide. The letter highlighted that assisted living facilities share many of the same risk factors as nursing homes but are largely unregulated by the federal government and have no national reporting requirements. The letter poses concern about “a parallel crisis (which) has been playing out with far less scrutiny in another setting housing vulnerable seniors: assisted living” (as reported by the Boston Globe). Read the letter »
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