Allred Urges North Texans to Seek Resources Available to Seniors and Protect Loved Ones in Long Term Care Facilities

May 22, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) today made additional resources available on his website aimed at helping to keep seniors safe from the threat of coronavirus. Visit the site at https://allred.house.gov/coronavirus#Seniors

North Texas seniors will be able to find resources on ways to stay healthy, benefits assistance, transit assistance, disability information, and long-term care facility resources such as information on knowing your rights and how to file a complaint as a resident. 

“Our seniors are one of the most vulnerable groups to COVID-19, and we must ensure every North Texan, no matter their age, has the resources and information they need to stay safe,” said Allred. “Though no group or individual is free from risk, folks over 50 years old represent a vast majority of COVID-19 deaths. I will keep fighting to protect all North Texans, and I encourage everyone to stay vigilant so we can save lives. If you need help or assistance, I am here to help, and North Texans can call my office at 972-972-7949.” 

An estimated one-third of all known coronavirus deaths in Dallas County have occurred in a long-term care facility. As of May 21, 90 percent of deaths in Dallas County related to COVID-19 were individuals older than 50.  

Allred joined AARP Texas for a telephone town hall on the coronavirus response at 11:00 AM CT today. Listen here.  

More on Allred’s work to keep seniors safe and provide resources to long term care facilities: 

Allred voted to support the Heroes Act, which provides $150 million for states to establish and deploy strike teams to help nursing homes manage outbreaks of coronavirus and assist with clinical care, infection control, and staffing.

Allred recently highlighted a new rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requiring COVID-19 reporting requirements to family members and residents at long-term care facilities. On April 9, Allred was part of a bipartisan effort urging Congressional leadership to include funding in the next economic package for personal protective equipment and staff support for nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

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