New Hampshire’s nursing properties will obtain one other $11.four million from the CARES Act, however the head of a bunch that represents a lot of New Hampshire’s nursing properties says it’s not sufficient.
The funds are supposed to rent and prepare workers, purchase protecting gear like masks and face shields and pay for testing.
The state’s nursing properties have obtained $19.78 million in CARES Act cash, and Gov. Chris Sununu earmarked one other $30 million for nursing properties, from the state’s pool of CARES Act cash.
New Hampshire’s congressional delegation cheered the funding in a information launch.
“These federal dollars will play an vital position guaranteeing our nursing properties have the tools, coaching, and workers they should maintain their residents protected,” Rep. Chris Pappas mentioned in an announcement. “Extra help is required, and I’ll proceed to advocate for New Hampshire to obtain all the help we’d like.
“This funding will instantly be put to make use of to rent further skilled workers and defend residents and caregivers from COVID-19,” mentioned Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
Brendan Williams, president of the New Hampshire Well being Care Affiliation, a commerce group for long-term care services within the state, mentioned the cash is welcome however extra is required.
“For our sector, the pandemic shall be an existential risk till the day all nursing residence residents and workers might be vaccinated,” Williams wrote in an e-mail. “Faculties and universities nationwide are the most recent to learn how fantastically contagious this virus is in a congregate dwelling scenario, it doesn’t matter what precautions you are taking.”
However Williams mentioned nursing properties are having hassle retaining workers and hiring new employees. He added that it’s not doable to coach individuals towards Licensed Nursing Assistant certifications in nursing properties now, given the specter of COVID-19 to residents and trainees.
The $11.four million introduced Saturday is New Hampshire’s piece of $2.5 billion for nursing properties throughout the nation, distributed by the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers.
President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act into regulation in late March, however among the funding the CARES Act appropriated has been gradual to be distributed, Williams mentioned.
“And but the (Trump) Administration has hoarded the appropriated help as if it have been Scrooge McDuck sitting on a pile of cash,” Williams mentioned.