For anyone with a loved one in a long-term care situation like a nursing home or assisted living facility, it is important to protect them as much as possible. With this pandemic threatening the health and safety of everyone, it is more important than ever to make sure our elderly relatives are safe from the virus.
One of the most important ways to protect elderly relatives is to know which facilities are handling the COVID-19 pandemic well, and which are handling it poorly.
Miami-Dade and Broward County confirmed coronavirus cases
According to Local 10 News in Coral Springs, 73 long-term care facilities in Miami-Dade County and 50 in Broward County have confirmed coronavirus cases. The article quotes American Association of Retired Person (AARP) spokesperson Dave Bruns as saying “‘This virus, if it gets into a facility, is going to run like someone running through a dry wheat field with a flame thrower.’”
Sunrise and SIGNATURE top the list in Miami-Dade County
According to the Coral Springs report, Sunrise Community, Inc. had 83 confirmed coronavirus cases, which included 49 staff members and 34 residents. An update to the report corrected previously unreported cases from SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE CENTER of Waterford. The updated numbers are much worse than what they had previously reported, with the numbers now reaching 72 confirmed cases (including an alarming 70 residents and two staff).
NSPIRE and NININGER Veterans top the Broward County list
In Broward County, NSPIRE HEALTHCARE LAUDERHILL topped the list in Broward County with 5 residents and 38 staff members totaling 43 total confirmed cases. ALEXANDER “SANDY” NININGER STATE VETERANS NURSING HOME had 37 cases, all residents who were transferred.
It might be worse than the numbers indicate
Unfortunately, the dramatic numbers seen in certain facilities throughout Broward and Miami-Dade counties have likely become much worse since that report came out. This report out of Coral Springs came out in early November 2020, so its numbers were culled before the holidays. According to a later report from Wesh 2 News, an AARP report confirmed that cases of coronavirus increased dramatically during the holidays throughout the state.
If you have a loved one receiving care in a nursing home or assisted living facility, it might be wise to get them out if they are in one of the facilities where the pandemic has struck particularly hard. If you are looking into a facility, make sure you investigate how well any potential facility has handled coronavirus. If the facility is unwilling to disclose that information, it is likely untrustworthy to care for someone you love. As always, it is best to work with a lawyer who focuses on elder healthcare issues and can help you make safe, smart decisions for long-term care solutions.