The coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an especially deadly threat to assisted care facility and nursing home residents. According to the CDC COVID-19 cases have been reported in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and multiple U.S. territories; many having wide-spread community transmission. Given the high risk of spread once COVID-19 enters a LTCF, facilities must act immediately to protect residents, families, and staff from serious illness, complications, and death. Strategies include recommendations to:
- Keep COVID-19 from entering the facility
- Identify infections early
- Prevent spread of COVID-19
- Assess supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and initiate measures to optimize current supply
- Identify and manage severe illness
When Orange County nursing homes don't take the proper precautions, your loved one may be at an increased risk of illness or death. The CDC details the things facilities should do to address the novel coronavirus.
The California Department of Public Health is providing data that represents the skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in California that have reported one or more confirmed COVID-19 cases, by either a resident or health care worker (HCW), within the previous 24 hours. Click here to see a list of California nursing homes with reported Covid-19 cases.
According to CANHR, "the curve inside nursing homes is spiking instead of flattening and a growing number of residents are continuing to suffer and die alone.
What You Can Do To Protect Your Loved One
- Provide the facility with an in-room camera and ask them to install it. These types of cameras are permitted in California and it will let you keep an eye on your loved one to ensure they are receive adequate care.
- Request a copy of the facility's infectious disease plan. Every California nursing home and skilled nursing facility is required to have a plan and they are required to follow it. Ask questions to ensure the facility is doing everything possible to keep their residents safe and healthy.
- Ask the facility the following questions: what are you doing to prevent COVID-19 from entering the facility? How are you providing and tracking testing of both residents and employees? What steps have you taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is a resident or employee tests positive? What type of PPE are your employees wearing? How is your staffing; are you short on nurses, are your shifts adequately covered?
If your loved one has fallen ill or passed away due to Covid-19 in a nursing home or other skilled nursing facility in Orange County, Los Angeles County or elsewhere in California, call us today at (949) 861-2990 or fill out our contact form. The attorneys at Case Barnett Law can help guide you and ensure that your family is protected.