Senior living facilities face major risks, challenges | Burns & Wilcox

The state of New York mandates no visitors in senior living facilities, requires PPE and temperature checks for employees, isolating COVID-19 positive patients, designating staff members to care for coronavirus patients, and transferring COVID-19 patients to another facility if they are unable to care for them. In Michigan, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services begins releasing facility-specific COVID-19 information and Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order requires nursing homes to report COVID-19 cases and outlines procedures for isolating patients.

 

“Care providers are under a tremendous amount of stress. Not only do they worry about their residents, they worry about their own health and safety as well as their family’s health and safety. This stress is magnified with additional concerns over potential malpractice lawsuits as they do their best to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic.” –Margaret Karnick, Senior Underwriter, Professional Liability, Burns & Wilcox, Chicago, Illinois

 

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