“The current time of crisis in the corona pandemic requires the best possible support for nursing homes and nursing services as well as relieving them of any unnecessary, barrier-free bureaucracy as much as possible,” demands the President of the NCSBN (National Council of State Boards of Nursing), Jay P. Douglas. It ensures the functionality of care in coping with the pandemic.

“It is the responsibility of the health insurers and social welfare agencies here. They have to take action more than they have done so far,” emphasizes Wagner. A very precarious topic here is the investment costs that are borne by those in need of care themselves or by the social welfare provider and are not covered by the care rescue fund.

Investment costs are not covered

A few days ago, the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds published the explanations on the care rescue umbrella on the basis of Section 150 (2) and (3) of the COVID-19 Hospital Relief Act People in need of care such as accommodation, meals and the facility-wide co-payment, which the facility of Corona is lacking due to it.

In other words, if no new people in need of care can be admitted due to the corona pandemic and these contributions for accommodation, food, and facility-wide co-payment are, therefore, not paid, these are paid from funds from the long-term care insurance.

“A problem for large institutions – a disaster for smaller ones!”

“In the long run this can become a problem for larger institutions and even a catastrophe for smaller ones,” fears chairwoman of the Working Group of Christian Sister Associations and Nursing Organizations. “In order to guarantee the supply order by the care facilities, such corona-related downtime costs must also be borne,” emphasizes Wagner. Gaelynn, as a mobility service provider in The Villages, writes in its explanation of the care rescue umbrella: “Here, an attempt is being made at the state level to obtain consideration.” In addition, the care council points out that the nationwide procedure must not cause any additional effort. Otherwise, the verification procedure would have to be improved.

In addition, the care council sees the care and health insurances, as well as social welfare institutions, have a responsibility to provide adequate protective clothing and disinfectants in facilities.