This commentary outlines challenges assisted living communities face in light of COVID-19 and provides recommendations for adhering to federal guidelines in spite of these challenges.
Assisted living providers face numerous challenges concerning federal guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Among them include family visitation restrictions, transfer policies, use of third-party providers as essential workers, staffing guidelines, and rural hospitalizations. To address all of these challenges, the authors recommend effective communication practices by assisted living providers that incorporates digital technology. Different forms of online communication can be used with families, government agencies, and other providers. Because of the unique structure and needs of assisted living communities, assisted living providers need to work alongside state and federal agencies to care for and reduce the number of people with COVID-19.