How are nursing homes ensuring that residents with dementia don’t get the coronavirus?
Nursing homes have put several emergency safety measures in place including restricting visitors, screening staff members for symptoms, and enforcing enhanced hygiene protocols to ensure that residents with dementia don’t get the coronavirus. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and CDC have advised nursing homes to:
- Strictly limit visitors to only essential personnel, or completely close the community to visitors
- Discontinue communal dining and bring residents meals directly to their rooms
- Discontinue group activities and encourage residents to utilize independent and online entertainment options
- Frequently screen staff members by taking their temperature and checking for symptoms of the virus. Many communities screen staff members at the beginning of each shift, and have encouraged staff not to travel or to take a leave of absence from work if they have traveled recently.
- Regularly take residents’ temperatures and monitor their health for any signs of the virus. If any resident of a community does contract the virus, all residents and staff will be tested.
People with dementia may need more guidance than others to adhere to safety guidelines like washing their hands regularly and wearing a mask, so staff should be taking extra precautions with these patients to ensure they are following all expert recommendations. For example, some communities may enact scheduled handwashing times for dementia patients several times throughout the day.
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Additional Coronavirus FAQs
- Is it safe to send my loved one in assisted living a package during 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?
- Do staff members in assisted living homes have enough personal protective equipment (PPE)?
- 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?