While no single group of citizens in the U.S. are immune from catching COVID-19, there is one group in particular that is vulnerable and more likely to develop severe symptoms that could lead to death—the elderly. Our aging population along with individuals who have a serious underlying medical condition are considered to be at a greater risk of catching the virus and suffering severe illness, says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because nursing homes have been identified as places that serve as a breeding ground for viruses and infections, now is the time for health officials to take measures into their own hands to ensure these vulnerable residents are protected and cared for.
Here are some of the measures Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed nursing homes follow to help fight against the spread of COVID-19.
CMS recommends that all nursing homes:
- Restrict all visitors, effective immediately, with the exception of those providing compassionate care, such as end-of-life situations. CMS advises in the guidance that all visitors are equipped with personal protective equipment such as masks and the visit will be limited to a specific room.
- Restrict all volunteers and nonessential health care personnel and other personnel (i.e. barbers).
- Implement active screening of residents and health care personnel for fever and respiratory symptoms.
Because understaffing and a lack of supervision have both served as issues for many nursing homes in the past, many families now find themselves worrying about the wellbeing of their loved ones who are living in a Mississippi nursing home despite CMS’s new measures. If you are concerned about the type of care your loved one is receiving or fear your relative is at risk of being neglected, there are a few things you might consider doing:
- Find out if you can install a camera so that you can monitor your loved one to ensure he/she isn’t being neglected. You can contact a local nursing home neglect attorney in Jackson, MS to learn more about the state’s laws that govern this.
- Keep in contact with the healthcare workers at the facility. If you haven’t been informed on how the facility intends on addressing the COVID-19 outbreak, get in contact with someone who can explain what workers are doing to keep residents safe.
- Know who to contact if you need to relocate your loved one. Moving an aging individual out of one facility and into another might be risky to do which is why you should contact Williams Newman Williams if you are considering relocating your loved one. The Jackson, MS nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at this firm can help you better understand how you should address a situation involving a nursing home resident who isn’t receiving the proper care.
Should you need to speak with a nursing home abuse lawyer in Jackson, MS now, call 601-228-6722.
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Jackson, MS 39201