Monday, November 30, 2020
Last week with Thanksgiving, some families took their elders from the SNFs to be home for the holiday. But if grandma then goes back to the SNF, is she bringing a hitchhiker with her (COVID). The Tampa Bay Times discussed this in their article a few days before Thanksgiving, Residents may leave Florida facilities for Thanksgiving, could bring coronavirus back reminds us that "[a]state executive order issued in October mandates that facilities allow residents to visit their families’ homes. Experts and advocates worry that the state has not simultaneously put in place more safety protocols." Since the state doesn't require testing of residents, so as residents return to facilities and aren't tested, we just don't know how this is going to play out. "[T]he Florida Health Care Association ... reminded its member facilities that families should take coronavirus precautions if they bring their loved ones home ... [and while] not required, some facilities may test residents upon their return or isolate them,... and all homes will screen residents for coronavirus symptoms and potential exposure."
And on a somewhat related note, the following story from Canada examines the situation of elders who were taken home at the beginning of the pandemic. Pulled from care homes during pandemic, these seniors thrived — highlighting 'urgent' need for change: expert,
notes that some elders have improved when taken home, but the decision to do so has many things to consider, such as the family members' ability to provide the needed care. Two of the folks interviewed for the story express frustration with what they see as elected officials' failure to resolve the problems in long-term care.
Thanks to my dear friend and colleague Professor Feeley for sending me the link to the second story.