The COVID-19 outbreak has hit many nursing homes particularly hard, and long-term care facilities like these are having trouble getting the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they need to protect their staff and patients due to hospitals' more intense needs. However, the rate of fatality or severe illness is much higher for elderly and immunocompromised patients who are often found in nursing homes. The extreme shortage of PPE for nursing home workers has accelerated the spread of the virus, subsequently leaving nurses, residents, and their families at higher risk.
We started NursingHomePPE in California to help centralize and facilitate PPE donations to our healthcare heroes who are caring for patients in nursing homes. So far, we have connected and delivered multiple PPE donations to nursing homes throughout Northern and Southern California. Most recently, we have started expanding to serve nursing homes in other areas around the country, including Washington D.C. and New Haven, Connecticut.
WHAT WE DO
NursingHomePPE serves as a centralized platform that connects community members in high-risk areas to nearby nursing homes that are in need of PPE. The NursingHomePPE community consists of three integral parts: donors, nursing homes, and volunteers.
Donors are matched with a nursing home based on location and demand. Then, there are three possible methods of delivery:
Deliver their donations directly to the facility
Ship their donations to the facility
Get matched with a volunteer from the DonatePPE community,
who can deliver their donations to the facility
Nursing homes can request for certain PPE and be added to the map on our site to
let members in their community know which facilities are most in need of help.
Volunteers help deliver donations to nursing home facilities in their community and
reach out to more nursing homes and members in their community.
“You all are superheroes for donating your time and energy to front line healthcare providers!
God bless you all and our fragile elderly population.”
Garden Park Care Center (Southern CA)