Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Toll COVID-19 Takes & Compassionate Care

As we have seen in the outbreak in Washington state, nearly half of all residents infected were hospitalized and approximately 20-25% died. While we are seeing similar widespread outbreaks in some facilities, others are experiencing only a small number of residents infected. Regardless, long term care staff need to prepare for residents becoming ill with COVID-19, possibly needing hospitalization, and unfortunately for some residents, succumbing to the virus.

You can take the following steps to help prepare.

Also make sure you are taking steps to ensure compassionate care. Advance care planning or end-of-life conversations can be difficult in the best of circumstances, let alone the current environment with restrictions, heightened emotions, and scarce resources.

Read more about steps you can take to be prepared as well as tips on having these conversations.

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