OPINION: Don’t be Afraid to Ask Nursing Homes Questions About COVID-19

OPINION: Don’t be Afraid to Ask Nursing Homes Questions About COVID-19

To the editor:

As each day of the Coronavirus pandemic passes, family members, staff and communities are becoming increasingly worried about the health and safety of those inside long-term care facilities. For those with a loved one in a nursing home, AARP Wyoming recommends asking the facility six key questions:

  • Has anyone in the nursing home tested positive for COVID-19? 
  • What is the nursing home doing to prevent infections? 
  • Does nursing home staff have the personal protective equipment and training they need to stay safe and keep their patients safe? 
  • What is the nursing home doing to help residents stay connected with their families or other loved ones during this time? 
  • What is the plan for the nursing home to communicate important information to both residents and families on a regular basis?
  • Is the nursing home currently at full staffing levels for nurses, aides, and other workers? 

For those who are concerned about the safety of a loved one living in a nursing home, contact the Wyoming Long Term Care Ombudsman, Patricia Hall at 307-777-2885. Families and caregivers can also find additional information and resources about COVID-19 at www.aarp.org/coronavirus

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Sam Shumway
State Director
AARP Wyoming