Throughout the country nursing homes and long-term care facilities have been hit the hardest by the Coronavirus or COVID-19. Government officials estimate that 20 percent of all deaths in the United States caused by the Coronavirus occur in nursing homes. With predictions that over 100,000 people will die from the virus in the county, this can be a very scary and unnerving situation for those of us that have loved ones in a Missouri or Kansas nursing home.
While we are still learning about the Coronavirus, what we do know is that if a single resident, staff or family members brings the virus into the nursing home facility, its residents are in danger. This leaves all of us with concerns wondering if these facilities are following proper protocols and procedures regarding social distancing and prevention of the spread of the virus.
At Bautista LeRoy LLC, our elder abuse and nursing home neglect team will provide advice and facts on what you can be do during this pandemic to protect your loved ones. If you need our help or suspect your loved one’s facility may not be in compliance with state and federal guidelines, please give us a call.
People over 60 are some of the most vulnerable and hardest hit by the Coronavirus. This was apparent locally in Kansas City, when Riverbend Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center had four deaths and 30 residents/staff infected due to COVID-19. These deaths have led many local leaders and attorneys to press for more transparency from nursing homes and long-term care facilities in Missouri and Kansas.
Individual families are asking what can be done to protect their parents and grandparents in these facilities? Below you will find four key questions to ask each nursing home or long-term care facility director.
If the facility is unable to answer these questions to your satisfaction or if your loved one has died as a result of contracting the COVID-19 virus you need to consult an attorney. You can reach Bautista LeRoy LLC at 816-221-0382. For more questions and tips on how nursing homes should prevent the spread of COVID-19, the best resource is Cdc.gov.
In these times, you should also consider the above questions when looking for a nursing home or long-term care facility for yourself or loved one. Further, Medicare.gov, will allow you to research nursing homes and long-term care facilities in your area with ratings on health inspections, quality measures, complaints and staffing ratios. Social media and online reviews are another valuable resource to see what families and residents have to say about the facility.
Finally, once you have developed a list of potential nursing homes in the Kansas City area, give Bautista LeRoy LLC a call. We can research claims filed with the state department of aging and lawsuits against those facilities to help you narrow your search.
Do you have questions?
We have the answers to your questions and can advise you on your next steps. Give us a call at 816-221-0382 or ask us how we can help.