Senior living in the COVID era surges healthcare delivery, infection control: NIC panelists
One of the biggest ways COVID-19 will drive change in the senior housing industry is healthcare delivery, according to Nexus Insights founder and President Bob Kramer.
COVID-19 has introduced a fear of traditional healthcare delivery settings, especially among older adults, Kramer said Tuesday as he moderated a panel during the first day of the 2020 National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care Fall Conference, which went virtual this year due to the pandemic. Collectively, senior living settings, he said, are emerging as a key player in the healthcare continuum, with a major objective being to keep residents out of the hospital. And whereas health and healthcare need to be an essential focus for senior living providers, “You don’t have to do it all yourself,” Kramer told operators.
The session moderated by the co-founder, former president and CEO, and current strategic adviser to NIC, “What does senior living look like in the COVID era: The new role of health and healthcare,” opened the door to pointed discussion.