The question of whether senior living should include a healthcare component is no longer up for debate. The COVID crisis has shown in the most dramatic way possible that elderly residents not only need to be kept safe from infection, but also need access to reliable healthcare providers.
Pandemic underscores impact of social determinants of health Before the pandemic hit three months ago, one of the hottest industry topics was the social determinants of health. Recognition has been growing over the last several years that a huge amount of healthcare costs is driven by people’s lives outside of the doctor’s office. Factors such as food insecurity, isolation, and lack of access to services are just a few of the social elements that contribute to healthcare outcomes. A frail elder without social support is unlikely to manage the intricacies of a complex healthcare system.