If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you need to ask questions to ensure that person is safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

So says AARP Arizona, which recommends you ask the nursing home officials if anyone in the facility, either staff members, residents or vendors, has tested positive for the virus. The organization also recommends you ask what precautions the nursing home is requiring residents to take to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, including covering noses and mouths. AARP said you also should ask if employees, residents and others are being screened for COVID-19, especially when they leave and then return to the home.

Other questions you should ask the nursing home include if the center has special staff or units designated to care for residents that have been infected. Find out if the nursing home staff has personal protective equipment, including masks, face shields and gloves, to stay safe and keep their patients safe.

AARP Arizona said you should ask what the nursing home’s plan is for communicating important information to residents and families on a regular basis. If you are concerned about the well-being of a loved one in a nursing home, contact the Arizona Adult Protective Services at 1-877-767-2385 or the Arizona Long Term Care Ombudsman at 602-542-6454.



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