The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for Connecticut's nursing home residents, their loved ones, and nursing home staff. As the 2021 Connecticut legislative session gets underway, lawmakers need to act NOW to stop the spread of COVID-19, help residents stay connected to their loved ones, and support staff.
Please take a moment to tell your legislators to make nursing homes a top priority in 2021.
Please Act Quickly to Protect Nursing Home Residents
Dear [Decision Maker],
The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented public health crisis, and no one has been harder hit than nursing home residents. More than 13,000 Connecticut nursing home residents have contracted the virus since March, and more than 3,500 residents have died. These devastating losses have exposed long-standing and serious deficiencies in the systems that we rely on to serve older adults and people with disabilities.
Legislators need to act immediately to curb the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes, address staffing shortages, ensure that residents can stay connected to their loved ones, and hold facilities accountable for lapses in care. Take action now to:- Increase minimum staffing ratios and improve pay for nursing home staff- Ensure that residents are allowed to use a variety of communication devices in their rooms and address the devastating impacts of ongoing social isolation- Ensure that all nursing homes have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE)
Nursing home residents and their loved ones cannot wait any longer. As the legislative session begins, please take immediate action to protect residents, support workers, create accountability, and help families stay connected to their loved ones.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]