Nursing Home Visits Restricted amid Coronavirus National Emergency Proclamation by President Trump
Updated: Apr 18
With the announcement on March 13, 2020, by President trust declaring a national emergency over the COVID-19 (coronavirus) there has been a strict policy on visitations at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Based on recommendations from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the Trump administration’s guidance, visitation, volunteering and non-essential personnel is restricted with a few exceptions such of end of life situations. The risk to our seniors is tremendous and unprecedented. Recent studies show a mortality risk for those over the age of 80s year is close to 20%. The virus is easily spread and this means that it is very important to minimize exposure to our most high-risk population. The safety of nearly two and a half million nursing home and assisted-living facility residences is a major concern as the coronavirus is making its way across the nation. In Kirkland, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, at least 19 people have died at the Life Care Center nursing home and it was reported that nearly 50 employees have tested positive for the virus. For a useful summary of the briefing by the President please find a link to a CNN article "Nursing home visits restricted under national emergency". At this time, taking all precautions to avoid exposure and limit transmission of the virus is key. We send our sincerest wishes that you and your loved ones stay safe in these uncertain times. As always we are here (virtually) to assist in any way we can.