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Combatting Coronavirus: Our Fight To Protect Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities in Long Term Care

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are working nationally with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure nursing hom​​es, assisted living communities, and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities receive necessary supplies and guidance to prevent the spread of this disease.

Visit this website regularly for the latest information that AHCA/NCAL has to share with long term care providers about COVID-19. 

Help Us Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Long Term Care Facilities

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 Providers

 

Please note that skilled nursing providers should consult the guidance put forth by CMS and the CDC, and assisted living communities can consult AHCA/NCAL's guidance​. Providers should also check their local and state health departments for updates and potentially stricter guidance, but these are general, national prevention and containment tips: 

 
 
​​​​Infection Control: M​​aintain infection control policies and procedures, updated​​ where needed and increase transmission-based precautions.
 
 
Staff: Remind about hand hygiene and proper use of PPE. Tell them​​ to stay home if they're sick. Screen all personnel coming into the building.​​
 
Limit Interactions: Restrict all non-essential visitors and group activities. Implement social distancing within the facility.
 
 
PPE: Preserve your current supply if you're running low. Ask for help from local and state officials and document requests.
 
 
Communicate: Report suspected or confirmed cases to authorities. Keep residents, families and staff informed about your developing situation. Prepare for media inquiries.
 
 
Engagement: Keep residents connected with loved ones remotely and stimulated with meaningful activities adapted for this situation​.
  
If a staff member shows symptoms of COVID-19Have them go home immediately. 

If a resident shows symptoms of COVID-19​Implement droplet precaution, and contact the local health department. 

 

 Families and Friends

 
Coronavirus (COVID-19) poses a serious threat to older adults (especially 80 years old and older) and those with underlying health conditions. This is why the federal government and many state governments are restricting visitors to nursing homes and assisted living communities. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for end-of-life visits. We understand this is difficult, but the safety and wellbeing of your loved one is our top priority.  

Here’s how you can continue to stay in touch with them, and how you can help: 
  1. Communicate with your loved ones through alternative ways for the time being, whether by phone, video, social media, or other methods. Ask the facility about ways they can help with this.  
  2. Make sure your loved one’s facility has your emergency contact information. The facility may need to communicate with you about any developments regarding your loved one or about the facility as a whole.  
  3. If you must come to the facility, such as a loved one is near end-of-life, coordinate with the staff ahead of time.  
    1. They may ask you some questions before or when your arrive. This is to make sure you do not pose as a potential risk to residents and staff.  
    2. If you are asked to not enter the building, please understand this is for the safety of your loved one and everyone else in the building. Nursing homes and assisted living communities are following direction from the government to prevent the spread of this virus.  
    3. ​If you are permitted in, please wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer immediately upon entering and throughout your visit. Avoid touching your loved ones or other individuals in the building. Again, we know this is difficult, but the virus is very contagious and social distancing is important at this time. ​
  4. ​Warn your loved ones about potential scammers during this crisis and encourage them to be cautious.
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 Residents and Patients

 
Coronavirus (COVID-19) poses a serious threat to older adults (especially 80 years old and older) and those with underlying health conditions. This is why the federal government and many state governments are restricting visitors to nursing homes and assisted living communities. We understand this is a difficult and stressful time. Those who work in long term care facilities are focused on your safety and wellbeing.  

Here’s how you can continue to stay in touch with your loved ones, and how you can help: 
  1. Ask the facility about other ways you can communicate with your loved ones, whether by phone, video or social media.  
  2. Follow everyday preventive actions such as: 
    1. ​Washing your hands or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers 
    2. Covering your cough and sneezes 
  3. ​Ask other individuals (including staff) to avoid touching you with handshakes, hugs or kisses. Ask them to wash their hands. Do not be shy! It’s okay to remind people.
  4. Watch out for potential scammers​ during this crisis. 
  5. If you begin to experience difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell​, tell a staff member immediately.  ​​

 

 AHCA/NCAL Guidance and Resources

 
 

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