OP04 Ownership and COVID-19 in Care Homes for Older People

During the COVID-19 pandemic, for-profit nursing homes were criticized for their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent study featuring PISC Postdoctoral Fellow Michelle Degli Esposti, PhD, examined whether for-profit adult care homes had worse COVID-19 outcomes than nonprofit adult care homes. The team analyzed data from twenty-nine studies across five countries. Results indicated that both for-profit and nonprofit adult care homes had the same rates of COVID-19 outbreaks. However, further analysis proved that for-profit adult care homes had significantly higher rates of accumulative infections and deaths following an accumulative outbreak. Cost-cutting strategies such as crowdedness, size, and PPE shortages may contributed to the higher rates of infections and deaths. Because most adult care in the United States is run by for-profit providers, it is essential to understand the variations in care among providers to “improve health outcomes in vulnerable populations and reduce health disparities.”

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