New Hampshire's nursing home care providers thank Governor Chris Sununu and the Executive Council for building on last year's vital efforts to support long-term care with Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds by approving, on October 13, a new infusion of this desperately needed federal assistance. The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee added its bipartisan approval on October 22.
Our vital long-term care system will need more help, as we're in it for the long haul. As Harvard Professor David Grabowski predicted in September 2020, "The amount of fatigue that the direct caregivers are feeling right now is going to begin to manifest itself in individuals leaving the workforce, choosing a different profession."
In New Hampshire we pride ourselves on the nation-leading quality of our nursing home care, and yet that quality is challenged by a workforce shortage. We will continue to need the innovative solutions that the N.H. Department of Health & Human Services can come up with as we work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic and its severe repercussions, and we thank the Department, Commissioner Shibinette, and a public health team that is second to none for all their hard work.
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