Balancing Care and Protection Against Quality of Life [Gray Area of the Law]
- August 20, 2020
- / Shawn Rader
- / Blogs,Coronavirus COVID-19 Task Force,Gray Area of the Law
Shareholder Shawn Rader discusses the problem that comes with ordering a ban on outsiders from the facility, a policy adopted by most ALFs.
Early in the pandemic, 40% of deaths were residents or staff members of long term care facilities. As a result, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ordered a ban on outsiders, a policy adopted by most ALFs.
The problem with this solution to spreading the virus is that isolation and loneliness are now taking a tremendous toll on residents. Part of this is caused by ubiquitous understaffing problems, because family members have served to fill the gap for rendering care, such as feeding, clothing, walking, etc. [...]