Do staff members in assisted living homes have enough personal protective equipment (PPE)?
No, staff members of assisted living facilities do not always have enough PPE. In cases where PPE is scarce, institutions are saving PPE for those who have the closest contact with residents.
Exactly how much access to PPE that assisted living staff has can vary dramatically by state, the supplier that the institution is using, and a variety of other factors. In areas where supplies are scarce, some local manufacturers are changing their factories so that they can produce urgently-needed PPE even though that is not their main product line. The availability problems that assisted living homes are experiencing are also being faced by nursing homes and hospitals.
The CDC has responded to the increased national need for PPE by issuing numerous guidelines and tools for managing the supply. In some cases, the CDC guidelines allow for the reuse of protective items and for the use of less effective but still beneficial alternatives, such as reusable cloth masks. Since supply varies by location, the best way to know if your facility has adequate PPE is to ask the management directly.
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Additional Coronavirus FAQs
- Is it safe to send my loved one in assisted living a package during coronavirus?
- How are nursing homes ensuring that residents with dementia don’t get the coronavirus?
- Why isn’t my mom’s senior living community communicating with families about which residents have coronavirus?
- Why are they letting patients from the hospital who had coronavirus come back into mom’s assisted living community?
- Should I postpone my move to an assisted living facility?
- Can I move into an assisted living facility during coronavirus?
- What steps are assisted living homes taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus?
- Are assisted living facilities allowing social events within the community during coronavirus?
- Are common areas and recreational facilities in assisted living homes open during COVID-19?
- Why can’t my mom in independent living come and go as she pleases without being quarantined for 14 days?
- Are assisted living staff members being tested for the coronavirus?
- What do assisted living homes do if some of their staff members get sick from the coronavirus?
- How can I set up a virtual meeting with my loved one in assisted living?
- Am I allowed to visit my loved one in assisted living during coronavirus?
- Can people in assisted living homes visit each other during COVID-19?
- What are assisted living communities doing to keep my loved one with dementia engaged during coronavirus?
- How can I help my loved one in an assisted living home during COVID-19?
- What happens if a person in an assisted living home gets COVID-19?
- How long are people quarantined for if they get the coronavirus in assisted living?
- Do residents stay in assisted living communities if they get the coronavirus?
- Are residents of assisted living communities required to wear masks during COVID-19?
- Are senior living communities serving food during the coronavirus?
- How do assisted living communities serve meals safely to residents during COVID-19?
- Can I tour an assisted living facility during coronavirus?
- Are staff members in assisted living facilities required to wear masks during COVID-19?
- How do I know if assisted living homes are keeping my loved ones safe during COVID-19?
- I think my mom’s care home isn’t following the state rules about coronavirus, what can I do?
- Why is my mom’s assisted living community not letting her leave to go to church?
- How can I help my family member in assisted living keep busy during coronavirus?
- How long are staff members required to stay home if they get sick from the coronavirus?