AARP is providing information and resources about COVID-19 to help older Ohioans, and their families protect themselves from the virus and prevent it from spreading to others.
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. AARP has consulted with leading nursing home experts to provide you with some key questions to ask the nursing home:
1. Has anyone in the nursing home tested positive for COVID-19?
2. What is the nursing home doing to prevent infections?
3. 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?
4. What is the nursing home doing to help residents stay connected with their families or other loved ones during this time?
5. What is the plan for the nursing home to communicate important information to both residents and families on a regular basis?
6. 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 your regional long-term care ombudsman program, or call 1-800-282-1206.
You can also contact Adult Protective Services through your county Department of Job and Family Services or call 1-855-OHIO-APS (1-855-644-6277) toll-free 24/7. For more information on Adult Protective Services, please visit the Ohio Department of Aging Website.
Resources from AARP are also available online at www.aarp.org/coronavirus
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