19th News: The pandemic continues to strain nursing homes. What happens if a lot of them close?

19th News: The pandemic continues to strain nursing homes. What happens if a lot of them close?. “Nursing homes were closing before the pandemic: more than 550 from June 2015 to June 2019, more shuttering each year than the previous one, affected by staffing shortages, high costs and a decline in occupancy. But the coronavirus pandemic has hit nursing homes particularly hard, killing more than 186,000 residents and staff and pushing the industry into what experts have warned is its ‘worst financial crisis in history.’ Now, only one in four of the country’s 15,600 nursing homes is confident it can survive the coming months, according to a recent survey. ”

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