COVID-19 and Nursing Home Safety

Elderly woman on respirator As the novel coronavirus works its way through nursing homes, disparities in safety protocol, cleanliness, and patient care are all coming to light. COVID-19 is highly contagious and the elderly and immunocompromised are at the highest risk for fatal complications. When a nursing home fails to take proper steps to protect its residents, the rapid spread of the virus is highly likely, and, when this occurs in a nursing home, fatalities are certain to follow.

What Steps Are Being Taken to Protect Nursing Home Residents?

The CDC has issued Key Strategies for COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities, which include steps on keeping the infection out of the facility, testing employees and residents, isolating people with the virus, and keeping a very close eye on those patients to identify complications. These steps are intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout an entire home while ensuring those who contract the virus are kept safe and alive.

Some nursing homes are doing much better than others.

COVID-19 in Colorado Nursing Homes

There are 231 nursing homes in Colorado. In addition, there are 706 assisted living facilities and 21 intermediate care facilities in our state. These have been some of the hardest hit by the virus.

In an attempt to slow – and eventually stop – the spread of COVID-19, the state of Colorado has issued a public health order to strengthen the CDC recommendations and provide its own standard of care for our most vulnerable citizens. These include:

  • Strict visitor limitations
  • At-the-door symptoms check for employees, vendors, and visitors
  • Isolation of patients with a positive COVID-19 test
  • Masks worn by all employees at all times while in the facility
  • Masks worn by residents and employees as appropriate when in public

The order also requires that all nursing home residents have access to any necessary medical care, something you may be shocked to learn was not already the standard in every long-term care facility.

Enforcement of this order is overseen by the Department of Public Health & Environment. Updates on the State’s response to COVID-19 can be found on its website.

Have You Lost a Loved One?

Have you lost a loved one to COVID-19? It may be possible that neglect played a role.

If you suspect your loved one’s death could have been avoided, we are here to help. We can conduct an investigation into your loved ones passing, identify any signs of negligence or mistreatment, and hold those responsible to account for all of the damages your family now faces.

Call Leventhal Sar at 720-667-3030 to schedule a free consultation and learn more. Located in Cherry Creek, we serve Metro Denver and all surrounding areas.

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