AARP Virginia urging government action involving nursing homes
According to reporting in Augusta Free Press earlier today, 382 of the 684 COVID-19 deaths reported in Virginia as of Monday morning occurred in long-term care facilities, with 74 percent of the death tally taking the lives of state residents ages 70+.
“Older adults are at much greater risk from the coronavirus. It is critical that Congress continues to help older Americans confront health care and financial needs that are only growing,” AARP Virginia State Director Jim Dau said Monday.
AARP is urging state and federal officials to require facilities to provide and support virtual visitation for their residents, so they can remain connected to loved ones and their families can stay apprised of their health and wellbeing.
AARP is also asking Congress to support increased testing, adequate personal protective equipment for staff, and sufficient staffing in all long-term care facilities.
Finally, AARP is urging the daily public release of the names of nursing homes and other care facilities with confirmed COVID-19 cases among residents and staff and ensuring transfer and discharge rights for residents and their families.
Story by Chris Graham