AARP Colorado Calls for Transparency about Spread of Coronavirus and Prevention in Nursing Homes

AARP Colorado State Director Bob Murphy issued the following statement today, in response to the state’s efforts to control the spread of coronavirus in nursing homes and long-term care facilities:

“AARP Colorado is concerned about the rapid spread of COVID-19 and rising number of deaths in our state’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities. While we appreciate the actions that our elected leaders have taken to address the crisis, we believe more must be done to protect Colorado’s nursing facility residents and staff. Our office has sent a letter to Gov. Jared Polis and to Jill Ryan, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

“We are also deeply troubled that some families remain in the dark about the care that their loved one is receiving and precautions facilities are taking to ensure the health of residents and staff. As nursing homes and long-term care facilities have prohibited most visitors, AARP has repeatedly called for them to provide virtual visitation to help residents stay connected with their families. We also urge clear and timely communication when residents and staff are diagnosed with coronavirus.

“We know that older adults and those with underlying health conditions are more vulnerable to coronavirus and more likely to die from this disease. State officials, nursing home operators, and family caregivers must all work together during this crisis to ensure residents remain healthy and connected with their families.”

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