Review: Preparing nursing homes and assisted living facilities for COVID-19
This video released by the Centers for Disease Control provides guidance to nursing homes and assisted living facilities on how to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
The advice notes that nursing homes and assisted living facilities should:
- Restrict visitors, volunteers, non-essential personnel, cancel field trips for residents, and make sure those who need to leave the facility for medical reasons wear facemasks
- Communicate with residents and families about the new policies, about infection control and prevention practices, and social distancing
- Incorporate alternate methods of conversations such as phone and video conferences
- Screen health care personnel for typical and atypical presentations for COVID-19 and stay home when they are sick
- Visitors may be allowed for end of life situations but such visitors need to be screened
About the Author: Seema Mohapatra
Seema Mohapatra is an Associate Professor of Law and Dean's Fellow
at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, She teaches Introduction to Health Care Law and Policy, Genetics and the Law, Torts, and Bioethics and the Law. Seema Mohapatra is an expert in the areas of health care law, public health law, bioethics, torts, and international health and family law. Her research interests include the intersection of biosciences and the law, assisted reproduction and surrogacy, international family and health law, health care disparities in the United States, and informed consent. Her work has been published in several journals, including the Wake Forest Law Review, Colorado Law Review, Brooklyn Law Review, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Policy. Professor Mohapatra currently teaches Torts, Introduction to Health Care Law, Bioethics, and Genetics and the Law. She has authored articles and book chapters on topics such as insurance coverage of infertility and assisted reproduction, genetics and health privacy, international surrogacy laws, and equity in healthcare coverage. Professor Mohapatra regularly presents her research nationally and internationally at legal and medical conferences and symposia. Prior to teaching, Professor Mohapatra practiced health law in Chicago at Sidley & Austin and Foley & Lardner. She earned a J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law and has a master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University. She earned a bachelor of arts in Natural Sciences (with a minor in Women's Studies) from Johns Hopkins University.