Older adults (65+) are at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and have higher incidences of adverse events. Nursing home residents are particularly vulnerable due to congregate living and the need for personal care. CMS has issued many guidelines on best nursing home practice and care since March of 2020. In June of 2020, the ISDH conducted statewide nursing home testing for all residents and staff.
To assess the attitudes and beliefs of nursing home staff, regarding their experience with COVID-19 testing, working in a pandemic, and uptake of a future vaccine.
Over 1.25 million people reside in nursing facilities in the United States. Nursing facilities have reported 268,707 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 61,765 COVID-19 deaths as of the week of November 2, 2020. Indiana was one of the first states to implement guidance to re-open nursing facility visitation, starting with outdoor visits in March of 2020. Without family visits or other outside social contacts, residents may become lonely, despondent, and have feelings of abandonment which may lead to depression, weight loss, and worsened behavioral symptoms of dementia.