Deaths of assisted living residents spiked during COVID-19 pandemic, study reveals

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — While significant attention has been paid to COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, public health leaders have understood less about the effects of the virus in assisted living communities. These settings are also home to older adults who are often at a higher risk for disease severity, but they differ from nursing homes in key ways and present more of a challenge for data collectors.

To address this gap in COVID-19 data, researchers at Brown University and the University of North Carolina conducted what they say is the first national study of COVID-related mortality in U.S. assisted living communities. Their results, published in JAMA Network Open, showed that deaths in these settings were significantly higher in 2020 than in 2019. READ MORE