San Gabriel Valley Tribune: “Wasserman is confident that the coronavirus will eventually strike every nursing home in the country. He also believes that preparation regarding infection prevention and control, staffing, resource allocation and leadership and management will make a difference in terms of the ultimate outcome.”
Don’t Open Up For Visiting Too Soon
Let’s not be in any big rush to open up senior living facilities too soon. Last night there was a very touching news segment where a reporter hooked-up his elderly mother with her first Zoom session. Mom got all excited and emotional because she hadn’t seen her soon in a long time due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Maybe we will all have to provide our elderly brothers and sisters with technical assistance if not actual digital devices. I realize that for some of my fellow residents personal visits are very important for their mental and emotional health. In my opinion we need to ramp up digital visiting for this and many other reasons. What if we have a second tsunami? The pseudo-reality of a virtual visit is better than suffering a real COVID-19 death.
Zoom works with tablet computers as well as smartphones. Senior citizens are a lot more technically adept than people sometimes think they are. Let’s not open up retirement homes for visiting too soon.