Eighty percent of nursing homes are for profit organizations operating on Wall Street’s greed. These facilities are ignoring Health Department orders to practice pandemic protocols. As a result –
OVER HALF OF ALL COVID DEATHS OCCUR IN NURSING HOMES!
With only ONE PERCENT of facilities implementing legally required pandemic protocols, they have become accelerators for the virus. Tens of thousand of patients and staff are dying, and infecting the population at large.
This preventable tragedy builds upon the many well-documented problems in the elderly-care business. Even before COVID-19, the industry was rampant with systemic negligence, insufficient staffing, egregious patient mistreatment, and general resource deprivation, all in the pursuit of profit before people. Beyond the alarming moral implications, this emphasis toward cost cutting and profit seeking intersects with a healthcare system that regularly charges exorbitant prices only to provide sub-standard care to their patients. Never a tenable situation, nursing home neglect is now a public health emergency.
To prevent COVID-19 deaths from erupting from nursing homes into the community, we demand the following be implemented at all nursing homes and long term care facilities:
- Immediate and periodic testing of all patients and staff.
- Establishment of Contact Tracing Procedures.
- Proper number of trained staff at all times.
- Adequate Personal Protection Equipment.
- Enforcement of Pandemic Protocol Procedures at all facilities.
- Monitor Monitor Monitor!
SUPPORT UNIONIZED NURSING HOMES NOW!
EXPAND NON-PROFIT NURSING HOMES NOW!
END NURSING HOME DEATH FOR PROFIT NOW!