Geriatrician believes that the virus will eventually strike every nursing home in America

Dr. Michael Wasserman is a geriatrician and president of the California Association of Long Term Care Medicine, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. He’s also medical director of Eisenberg Village in Reseda and has been a vocal critic of how Los Angeles County has handled the COVID-19 crisis in nursing homes. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, photographer)

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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.”

Lisa Cook at the Stoney Point Healthcare Center in Chatsworth, CA Wednesday, April 29, 2020. For several days Cook had no communication with her 62-year-old husband, a resident in Stoney Point nursing home in Chatsworth. When she finally convinced a nurse to let her FaceTime with her husband who recently had a stroke, she could barely recognize him. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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.

What’s in the Box?

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.

whats in the box

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.

Lisa Cook at the Stoney Point Healthcare Center in Chatsworth, CA. visiting her husband. (Courtesy Lisa Cook)
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