If you have a spouse, sibling, parent, or other loved one in a nursing home, you may be worried about their safety and well-being because of the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some key questions to ask the nursing home:
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 (PPE)—like masks, face shields, gowns, gloves—that 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?
If you are concerned about the safety and well-being of a spouse, parent, or other loved one who lives in a nursing home, contact the North Dakota Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program by calling toll-free 855-462-5465, select option 3 and ask for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.
AARP is providing information and resources about COVID-19 to help older North Dakotans and their families protect themselves from the virus and prevent it from spreading to others.
This story is provided by AARP North Dakota. Visit the AARP North Dakota page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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