With the coronavirus moving through facilities that house older adults, families across the country are wondering “Should I bring Mom or Dad home?”
It’s a reasonable question. Most retirement complexes and long-term care facilities are excluding visitors. Older adults are asked to stay in their rooms and are alone for most of the day. Family members might call, but that doesn’t fill the time. Their friends in the facility are also sequestered.
In a matter of weeks, conditions have deteriorated in many of these centers.
At assisted living sites, staff shortages are developing as aides become sick or stay home with children whose schools have closed.
Another concern in bringing someone home: Some facilities are telling residents that if they leave, even temporarily, they can’t return.