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Can nursing homes keep residents safe from coronavirus?

Coronavirus is all over the news, and with good reason. Patients are dying from this respiratory illness. One set of cases in another state might have some individuals in Florida concerned. In Washington, many victims of this viral illness were residents at a nursing home. This brings up the question about whether nursing homes can actually keep residents safe during this virus outbreak.

According to an article published in the New York Times, there are more than 4 million individuals who are admitted into or residing in nursing homes each year. There are around 15,000 nursing homes in America. Of those, there are 691 nursing homes licensed in Florida who care for around 71,000 people. On top of those, there are another 3,080 licensed assisted living facilities that can house an estimated 106,103 people.

It is imperative that all of these facilities take a proactive stance against coronavirus, but people who have loved ones in these homes might want to know what they can do to make sure the residents are being cared for. There are three primary facets of care that must be priorities now – having enough staff, using proper sanitation standards and monitoring residents.

Because of coronavirus, nursing homes might place restrictions on who can visit. As long as you’re healthy and haven’t been exposed to it that you’re aware of, you can check on your loved one with a visit. While you’re there, look for signs of sanitation, such as frequent hand-washing, soap available at all sinks and hand sanitizer placed in public areas.

Ask the nursing home how they’re handling cases of individuals who have a fever and cough, which are two common signs of coronavirus. Ask how they’re monitoring residents. They should be able to tell you a clear plan.

If your loved one does contract an illness in a nursing home, including coronavirus, because the staff members were neglectful in their duties, seeking compensation is likely possible. Review this option and ensure that your loved one is being cared for properly quickly.


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