The daily headlines are filled with horrific stories describing hundreds of coronavirus deaths at nursing homes across the country. The most vulnerable in the country are the elderly and those with underlying health issues. Nursing homes, by their very nature, house those who are in fact the most susceptible to COVID-19.
Despite the fact that nursing homes provide care to the most vulnerable, Federal, State and local authorities are not doing enough to protect their residents.
Nursing home owners and administrators claim that leadership from the Federal government is extremely weak because of a longstanding culture of adversarial relationships. The industry sees the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) focusing on “inspect, identify weaknesses and punish” rather than providing support and guidance. John R. Grace has operated nursing homes for more than forty years: “We are the stepchildren in the healthcare systems and serve the forgotten generation.”