Contact: Lisa Sanders
March 10, 2021, Washington, DC—Following is a statement from Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge, the association of nonprofit providers of aging services, including nursing homes, on CMS’ revised recommendations on nursing home visitations:
“There is no substitute for an in-person visit, even in nursing homes that have gone to extraordinary lengths to support residents and find creative ways to keep them connected with loved ones throughout the pandemic.
As we wrote in our Feb. 24 letter to the Biden administration, COVID-19 vaccines are the most significant development of the pandemic. With today’s announcement, federal policy now reflects the real progress that has been made in vaccinating nursing home residents and staff. This is the right thing to do.”
We represent more than 5,000 nonprofit aging services providers and other mission-minded organizations that touch millions of lives every day. Alongside our members and 38 state partners, we use applied research, advocacy, education, and community-building to make America a better place to grow old. Our membership encompasses the entire continuum of aging services. We bring together the most inventive minds in the field to lead and innovate solutions that support older adults wherever they call home. For more information visit leadingage.org.