Six questions to ask the nursing home

If you have a loved one currently in a nursing home, you are probably worried about their health and safety amid the ongoing pandemic. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) recently released a list of questions to ask the nursing home.

  1. Has anyone in the nursing home tested positive for COVID-19?
  2. What is the nursing home doing to prevent infections?
  3. Does nursing home staff have the personal protective equipment (PPE) that they need to stay safe and keep their patients safe?
  4. What is the nursing home doing to help residents stay connected with their families or loved ones during this time?
  5. What is the plan for the nursing home to communicate important information to both residents and families on a regular basis?
  6. Is the nursing home currently at full staffing levels for nurses, aides, and other workers?

According to AARP state director Kimberly Campbell, these questions are to help provide family members and outside caregivers the direction they need to make sure their loved ones are being properly protected from COVID-19.

“Anxiety has really risen with those family members and those outside caregivers, so this is just about making them have really good partnership with the nursing home,” Campbell said. “You want to be well informed to make the best decisions for your loved ones.”

To hear Campbell talk more about the AARP’s directional plan, take a listen to the video below.