Differentiating between Nursing Homes, Congregate Care and Independent Living

“Yes, it is true that COVID-19 affects older people disproportionately, and specifically, those over 65 with multiple health vulnerabilities (with the majority of cases occurring among those over 85).

Is this reason to avoid moving into a senior community or pulling a loved one out of one?

It may be useful to first understand what precisely is a nursing home, congregate care facility and independent living community. The NC Department of Health and Human Services reports cases and deaths of residents and staff in nursing homes and in congregate care facilities. Anyone can see the latest outbreaks here. Data is updated every Tuesday and Friday at 4 pm.

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