The tragic deaths at a nursing home in Washington state due to coronavirus have brought renewed scrutiny to how prepared these facilities are to deal with this type of emergency. While I am confident that Newton has some of the finest long-term care nursing homes and workers in the state, this is the perfect time for anyone with a friend or relative living in a nursing home to check in on them. Visit the facility in person. Ask questions of the staff about their plans to prevent and/or deal with an infectious outbreak. Ask the residents about the care they are receiving. Observe for yourself the cleanliness and treatment of residents and the professionalism of the staff. Best scenario is you will leave with more peace of mind and if not, you can express your concerns to those who are able to deal with and correct any issues you may have. Let’s be proactive amd make sure our loved ones are safe during this crisis.
John C Moore