Thomas Lavallee, Chief Operating Officer of Alliance Health Management Services, LLC and the Chair of Mass Senior Care Association, authored an op-ed, Mass. Nursing Homes Need a Permanent Fix, which was published in Commonwealth Magazine calling for a new model for long-term care, one which prioritizes high quality and high standards for nursing home residents and caregivers.
“As the state continues with careful reopening, let’s take the learning of these terrible months and build a new model for long-term care. We need continued collaboration with the state to access PPE, implement widespread surveillance testing, support and provide the resources for strong infection control departments within nursing facilities, and establish real career ladders for our caregivers that start with entry-level care roles at living wages. We need a system that adequately funds nursing home care, built upon continued accountability and transparency. We need incentives that protect residents and make sure that all nursing facilities are high quality and held to high standards.” Read the full op-ed in Commonwealth Magazine.