Statewide Survival Coalition Survey Shows COVID Challenges Could Result in Shortage of Providers Supporting People with Disabilities and Older Adults

(Madison) – A statewide survey of more than 500 disability and older adult service providers by the Survival Coalition shows nearly 20% of these small businesses fear they are not financially sustainable as a result of COVID-19. The loss of any portion of these providers will only amplify the provider shortages that already exist and result in people not getting needed supports and services that keep them healthy and able to stay in their homes.

Hundreds of providers of disability services, located throughout all regions of Wisconsin, offer supports to people with disabilities and older adults living in the community, ranging from personal care in people’s homes, to coaching in community jobs, daily living skills training, prevocational and day activities, residential services and other supports.

More than 80% of the survey respondents are small businesses serving under 100 people and with staffs under 50. Read full press release. View provider survey’s findings.