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Coronavirus may hide something else in nursing homes

Over the quarantine period, most elderly residents have been confined to the walls of nursing homes or assisted living spaces in order to protect their health and visitors’ health. It is an entirely rational thought since millions of Americans participated in the same acts but the comforts of their home.

However, the quarantine may trap some elderly residents in abusive or neglectful situations. For example, a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington, experienced a significant Coronavirus breakout where several residents died and one employee was hospitalized.

Initially, the first death went unreported by the home. However, after more than 50 residents started showing signs of the virus, the home closed doors and restricted access to visitors and new applicants. The negligent action of not reporting the behavior turned into a large-scale outbreak that the nursing home couldn’t control.

But my home is following proper procedures.

Many residents and family members believe that nursing homes are doing whatever they can to protect proper protocols. And most homes are. Some facilities are not acting responsibly for their seniors.

You know your assisted living facility is following guidelines if:

  • There are strict guidelines for who enters or visits the residents.
  • There are multiple forms of protective equipment for all staff members, including gloves, face masks and use of sanitizer.
  • There are no communal dining or activities among residents/
  • The home offers alternatives to traditional visits such as phone calls, video chats and incorporating staff members to communicate for residents.
  • No staff members may come to work sick or exposed to ill family members.
  • Employees are regularly screened to make sure that they aren’t carrying the virus.
  • The facility reduces contact as much as possible with outside vendors.

If your home is dealing with a coronavirus outbreak, it’s the facility’s responsibility to protect and treat their residents. They need to act in the interests of their patients instead of the interests of the overall company, so if you feel a nursing home is not following proper protocols or risking residents’ lives, it might be a form of elder abuse.

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