Review: The unique challenges faced by assisted living communities to meet federal guidelines for COVID-19

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Review: The unique challenges faced by assisted living communities to meet federal guidelines for COVID-19

Review: The unique challenges faced by assisted living communities to meet federal guidelines for COVID-19

This commentary outlines challenges assisted living communities face in light of COVID-19 and provides recommendations for adhering to federal guidelines in spite of these challenges.

Assisted living providers face numerous challenges concerning federal guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Among them include family visitation restrictions, transfer policies, use of third-party providers as essential workers, staffing guidelines, and rural hospitalizations. To address all of these challenges, the authors recommend effective communication practices by assisted living providers that incorporates digital technology. Different forms of online communication can be used with families, government agencies, and other providers. Because of the unique structure and needs of assisted living communities, assisted living providers need to work alongside state and federal agencies to care for and reduce the number of people with COVID-19.

|2020-07-24T11:36:23-04:00July 24th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|0 Comments

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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