On April 9, California nursing homes were already in a state of crisis. Employees were staying home, fearing for their safety without proper protection. Facilities reported deaths daily.
At 12:30 p.m. that day, the chief advocate for California’s nursing home industry dispatched an email to officials at the California Department of Public Health. The email listed seven urgent concerns facing nursing homes, including child care and housing for workers.
The most detailed priority on the list: “The continuing bleed of $$$ to respond to COVID.”
“We’ve been working … on getting rate increases but making that happen sooner than later will help,” the industry advocate wrote.
Increased protective equipment for staff members and testing were the final items on the list.
Those priorities came from Craig Cornett, the CEO of the California Association of Health Facilities, an industry group representing 80 percent of the nursing homes in the state.