If you have a loved one currently living in a nursing home, you’re probably worried about COVID19 in nursing homes right now. You may not be able to visit them or check in on their care. You may be afraid that the next COVID19 outbreak will strike their facility.
And … you may be struggling with the decision about whether it’s best for them to stay in the facility, or if you should bring them home.
These are all reasonable concerns. There have been more than 5,670 coronavirus deaths in long-term care facilities nationwide, according to state health data reported by NBC News on April 15.
But would Mom or Dad fare better, even with all due social distancing, in the family home?
Some issues to carefully consider if you are struggling with this question now:
These questions, and more, should be addressed before making the decision to remove your loved one from a nursing facility. Check with an elder law attorney who is familiar with your situation, state and federal laws, and nursing home policies who can explain your options and guide you to an informed decision.
Resources: NBC News, Coronavirus deaths in U.S. nursing homes soar to more than 5,500, April 15, 2020; March 18, 2020;
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