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Federal guidance for nursing homes state that members of the public and non-essential health care personnel and staff shouldn’t be permitted to visit (with a few exceptions, such as an end-of-life situation — as long as the visitor isn't showing signs of a respiratory illness), according to guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
AARP’s recent article entitled “6 Questions to Ask if Your Loved One Is in a Quarantined Facility” explains that assisted living communities are a different situation, because they're governed by the states. As a result, there have been no broad rules covering their management during the outbreak. However, the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living, an industry trade group, is advocating that its facilities to follow the federal government's guidance for nursing homes.
To ease the anxiety, many of these residences are making great efforts to communicate with family members, such as emails, phone calls and websites, outlining their policies and instructions for connecting with residents and posting photos of residents’ daily activities.
However, many family members are still worried about how their loved ones are doing, when they can't confirm their well-being first-hand person. Therefore, if you have questions about their care, you need to be assertive. Be firm, polite and persistent. Here are some questions that you might ask, if your loved one is in a quarantined facility:
Reference: AARP (April 15, 2020) “6 Questions to Ask if Your Loved One Is in a Quarantined Facility”
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