Nursing homes, hospice centers respond to COVID-19 outbreak

Posted at 6:50 AM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 06:50:25-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Older people are one of the most at-risk groups when it comes to getting very sick from COVID-19, especially those who are over the age of 60. Organizations that cater to the older generation are making sure they stay safe.

Several nursing homes in Lexington have suspended visitation, like Cambridge Place, Mayfair Manor, and The Willows at Citation.

Bluegrass Care Navigators has increased its disinfecting process and changed the paid sick time policy to allow sick employees to take the necessary time off, without the fear of losing their job or pay.

The hospice care organization is also working with its patients who receive in-home care to make sure they know the risks and how to screen visitors.

While it hasn't suspended visitors, it is limiting routine volunteer activities that involve patient care.

"Volunteers and some of our integrative medicine services, we are trying to move those to a teleservice so that, our harpist for example can play over the phone to still meet a patient and family need, but not physically be in the home,” said Cassie Mitchell, the Chief Operating Officer of Clinical Services.

Bluegrass Care Navigators is also working with its hospital partners to make sure families and employees are practicing proper hand hygiene.

You can learn more about the COVID-19 response plan on its website.