Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Assisted Living Provider Survey Shows Communities Low on PPE

Katherine Preede

NCAL recently conducted a survey of assisted living communities on the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE). The survey found that more than half of assisted living communities have less than a two-week supply of vital PPE supplies and that more than 70 percent of communities have asked for help from state and local health agencies and yet were not able to procure the supplies. 

The survey also highlighted that many communities are reusing PPE in accordance with CDC strategies to optimize supplies and many facilities are still having to use homemade or improvised PPE (e.g., handsewn face masks).

As a reminder to all those communities that still need PPE, AHCA/NCAL has compiled a list of vendors that have successfully delivered PPE to members during the pandemic. Identifying reliable PPE suppliers during the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for providers. AHCA/NCAL has vetted countless vendors and concluded that the best indicator of potential suppliers is members’ experiences ordering and receiving supplies in this uncertain time. 

The survey also showed that COVID-19 testing continues to be a significant point of concern for LTC providers. AHCA/NCAL has resources around testing that members can utilize. Please also be aware of COVID scams as you are working to procure materials for your community.  

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