If your loved one currently resides in a nursing home, it is likely that you have been (and continue to be) concerned about their well-being in the midst of COVID-19. Nursing home residents are one of the most at-risk populations during this pandemic, which has forced nursing home facilities to take serious action in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their residents. However, for many residents, the changes came too little, too late.
Recommendations from the CDC
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended the following precautions for nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
- Restrict visitation from those outside the nursing home
- Restrict non-essential volunteers and healthcare personnel from entering the facility
- Cancel group activities and communal dining
- Implement regular health screenings for all residents and employees
While many believe that these restrictions should be lifted as the state of Florida enters Phase 2 of reopening, it may be beneficial to continue to keep these restrictions in place. The phased reopening of Florida is meant to keep residents safe and reduce the risk of a second spike of COVID-19 cases, so it is important to keep in mind that these restrictions are continuing to be kept in place in order to keep one of the most at-risk populations safe. Additionally, Governor DeSantis did not order regular testing of all residents and staff, as recommended by the CDC, meaning we do not know for sure whether COVID-19 remains a significant risk to residents and staff.
What To Do If You Suspect Your Loved One Is Not Being Kept Safe
While nursing homes should always be a safe place for your loved ones, especially during a global pandemic, this is not always the case. If your loved one has been put at risk due to a lack of care or concern at their nursing home, it is important to seek legal help immediately.
Our team of personal injury attorneys are committed to the health and safety of our clients. During this time, we are adhering to social distancing by using masks when meeting in person and doing all that we can to work with our clients remotely through email, phone calls, and video meetings.
The personal injury attorneys at Beltz & Beltz will represent the victims of nursing home abuse and neglect anywhere throughout the state of Florida. If you feel that your loved one has suffered injury or even death, during COVID-19, contact Beltz & Beltz for a free case evaluation.