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In nursing homes and assisted living communities, minorities suffer most from Covid-19, research says | Health & Fitness

“As in the nursing home study, we also see that assisted living communities with more minority residents have more cases, and we confirm that communities with a higher proportion of residents with dementia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and obesity, experienced more COVID-19 cases,” Temkin-Greener said.

Those findings were based on data from seven of 13 states that publicly reported Covid-19 data from nursing homes and residential care settings through May 29, 2020.

Communities need ‘same attention’ as nursing homes

Unlike nursing homes, assisted living communities are not subject to federal regulation; they are regulated by the states “with varying degrees of rigor,” Temkin-Greener said.

Several factors leave them “ill prepared” to deal with a pandemic, the study found.

For example, assisted living communities are often financially challenged, care for increasingly sick residents, operate under limited oversight, and experience staff and PPE shortages. The workers providing daily care are often personal

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Minorities suffer most from COVID-19 in nursing homes and assisted living communities

Older racial and ethnic minority residents and their caregivers bear the severest brunt from COVID-19 across the entire spectrum of U.S. nursing homes and assisted living communities, University of Rochester Medical Center researchers report in two studies published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

For example, nursing homes with disproportionately higher numbers of racial and ethnic minority residents reported two to four times as many new COVID-19 cases and deaths per facility than other nursing homes for the week of May 25.

The findings — the first to be reported based on newly mandated, weekly data reported from 15,587 U.S. nursing homes to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — are also the first to document the disproportionate impact on racial and ethnic minorities in nursing homes across all states.

Disparities of this magnitude, said Dr. Yue Li, professor of public health services, suggest that long-standing, fundamental

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