Long-Term Care Facilities

The risk for severe illness with COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk. Compared to younger adults, older adults are more likely to require hospitalization if they get COVID-19. Those who live and work in long-term care facilities or congregate living settings should consider the following precautions to protect staff and residents from COVID-19. 

 

Facilities: 

To protect friends and family members in these long-term care or communal living facilities, CDC and DHS has advised to:

Learn more about the risks among people who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities and about CDC’s guidance for nursing homes and long-term care facilities. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  has also developed guidance for visitations under various circumstances.

Additional Resource:

·         View more COVID-19 Guidance for Shared or Congregate Housing

Families:

The best way to protect yourself for you and your loved ones, and to help reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 is to:

  • Wear a mask, when you interact with others.
  • Limit your in-person interactions with other people as much as possible, particularly when indoors.
  • Keep space between yourself and others (stay 6 feet away, which is about 2 arm lengths).
  • Wash your hands often. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Then wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and things you touch often.
  • Learn additional information for adults with disabilities.
  • Learn How to Protect Yourself

·         If you are family member of someone who lives in a long-term care facility or congregate living setting, consider the level of risk before deciding to go out and ensure that people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and those who live with them, are taking steps to protect themselves.

·       If you start feeling sick and think you may have COVID-19, get in touch with your healthcare provider within 24 hours.

 

Being isolated from loved-ones during this pandemic can be difficult. It can cause mental and emotional distress and overwhelming emotions. 

  • The facility will notify you if a case of COVID-19 is in the facility. If COVID-19 has been identified in your loved ones facility, to protect the vulnerable residents, actions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 may need to be put in place such as, restricting all visitors , increased monitoring or staff and residents and limiting activities within the facility for a period of time. 
  • Be aware and utilize alternative methods of visitation if the facility you or loved one lives in is restricting visitors

 

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