In the early days of the pandemic, New Jerseyans were horrified by the tragedy unfolding all around them – but the plight of residents living in nursing homes and long-term care facilities was particularly frightening. A vulnerable population faced a deadly plague with no place to hide, no effective treatment and certainly no vaccine.
The state responded with a series of new laws and requirements, some of which are just now taking effect. A major component of that response was a task force appointed by Gov. Phil Murphy to come up with recommendations to improve home and community-based services, staffing levels, inspections, workforce development and other issues.
That group has yet to issue its report. Andy Aronson has maintained contact with the task force, and, as CEO of the Healthcare Association of New Jersey, he will play a large role in helping nursing home operators deal with whatever new changes emerge – as he did with the first round of state intervention. The association represents and advocates on behalf of nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
In this edition of NJBIZ Conversations, Aronson discusses the aftermath of the pandemic, how operators have handled the changes and the significant challenges – including with staffing – that they still face.