Support CCRCs in This Year's Budget
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) provide a full range of services including independent housing, adult care facility (ACF)/assisted living, and nursing home care all on one campus-like setting. The full array of services allows residents to move through the continuum of care as they age and their needs change. This innovative model encourages seniors to invest in their care and housing needs rather than divesting their assets to qualify for Medicaid-funded services. Unfortunately, while the number of CCRCs has grown considerably across the nation, only 12 CCRCs are currently operating in New York. Pennsylvania, for example, has over 100 operating CCRCs.
Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on the importance of investment in the long term care sector in New York. Although the residents served by CCRCs are at highest risk for severe illness from COVID-19, CCRCs were not prioritized for government distributions of personal protective equipment (PPE) or access to testing in the early months of the pandemic and could not procure them at any price. To combat COVID, while maintaining the highest possible quality of life for residents, providers are spending exorbitant, unbudgeted sums on PPE; weekly staff testing; additional staff to support testing and screening, virtual visitation and safe in-person visitation; hazard pay and overtime; improvements to air filtration systems; and enhanced cleaning and disinfection.
For these reasons, we are urging lawmakers to enact a State Budget that supports CCRCs and high-quality care by taking the following actions:
- Enact legislation consolidating oversight authority of CCRCs within the Department of Health.
- Reject - or exclude CCRCs from - direct care spending ratios that will discourage investments in infrastructure to support infection control, physician services, staff recruitment and training, and PPE and COVID testing.
- Enact legislation allowing nursing homes statewide to utilize medication technicians to provide routine medication passes in nursing homes, freeing nurses to provide other care.
- Enact legislation permitting nurses to practice nursing services in ACFs.
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