How You Can Help Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Long Term Care Facilities

As concerns arise with the emerging coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, the American Health Care Association is working nationally with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure nursing hom​es and assisted living communities receive necessary supplies and guidance to prevent the spread of this disease.

​CCOVID-19 can pose a serious threat to older adults (especially 80 years old and older) and those with underlying health conditions. For this reason, many facilities are restricting visitors to nursing homes and assisted living communities. We understand this is difficult, but the safety and wellbeing of residents is our top priority.  

During this time, here are a few ways that you can continue to stay in touch with loved ones, and how you can help: 

  1. Communicate with your loved ones through alternative ways for the time being, whether by phone, video, social media, or other methods. Residents, family members, and friends are invited to post photos and share tips on how they’re staying connected to their loved ones during the pandemic.
  2. Make sure your loved one and ICR has your emergency contact information. ICR may need to communicate with you about any developments regarding your loved one or about the facility as a whole.  
  3. If you must come to the facility, such as a loved one is near end-of-life, coordinate with the staff ahead of time.