As a second wave of the COVID-19 virus has spread through communities, it has unfortunately made its way into local nursing homes. Over the past year, the pandemic has exposed some significant challenges faced by nursing homes and assisted long-term care facilities and the staff who work hard to care for its vulnerable residents. The creation of a new, bipartisan oversight group known as the Nursing Home and Assisted Living Oversight Working Group, will pick up where a third-party analysis of Connecticut’s nursing home challenges left off.
The Nursing Home and Assisted Living Oversight Working Group
Based on a comprehensive report issued by the independent firm Mathematica, which evaluated the state and the long-term care industry’s COVID-19 preparedness and response, Governor Ned Lamont declared that his administration would be collaborating with the Connecticut General Assembly to create a bipartisan Nursing Home and Assisted Living Oversight Working Group.
The group will be responsible for making recommendations on proposed legislation for the 2021 legislative session addressing lessons learned from COVID-19. This new working group will advocate for and ensure that vulnerable nursing home or long-term care facility residents’ quality and safety remain a top priority. Members will make recommendations on proposed legislation for next year, including changes needed to meet the demands of any future pandemic and any structural challenges in the operation and infrastructure.
The Nursing Home and Assisted Living Oversight Working Group is comprised of a diverse group of executive and legislative representatives, long-term care providers, organized labor, consumer advocates, and a care ombudsman who represents residents of long-term care facilities and their families.
The working group will also form subcommittees such as Infectious Disease Protocols and COVID Recovery Facilities, Staffing Levels, Socialization, Visitation, and Care-Giver Engagement and Infrastructure/Capital Improvement Funding.
The group will hold a majority of its meetings on Thursdays at 10:00 am and be available to the public to watch via the Connecticut Network (CT-N).
Connecticut providers have previously stressed the need for creating COVID-only recovery centers since early in the pandemic. The goal is to help create additional bed space and prevent the disease from spreading throughout facilities. Health officials plan to begin transferring COVID residents into the new facility starting this week, opening up 120 new beds for COVID residents.
To ease the stress on nursing providers throughout the state, four centers have already opened, including Quinnipiac Valley Center in Wallingford, Riverside Health and Rehabilitation Center in East Hartford, the former Westfield Care and Rehabilitation Center in Meriden, and Torrington Health & Rehabilitation in Torrington.
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