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Updated December 22, 2020
On December 22, 2020, Governor Holcomb announced that the National Guard Members will remain in Indiana’s nursing facilities to continue to provide support until the end of February 2021. The assistance provided by the National Guard Members was previously set to end on December 31, 2020. National Guard Strike Teams containing clinical personnel will also continue to be available based on facility need, including for residential care facilities.
Updated November 19, 2020
The IHCA/INCAL has received information on the approval of three roles that National Guard Members can perform at nursing facilities:
Social Interaction – Service members may interact with residents to reduce social interaction if the following criteria are met:
Moving Sanitized Furniture – Guard Members may assist other LTCF staff with movement of sanitized furniture to other areas of the facility. Guard members are NOT to be in resident rooms unaccompanied or only with the room resident.
Meal Tray Delivery – Guard Members are able to deliver meal trays to hallways outside of the rooms if this task is normally handled by clinical staff, and permits the clinical staff to perform direct clinical care. Guard Members are to remain in the “cold zone” hallways.
Updated Nov. 11, 2020
Presented below are some informational resources and an updated version of the National Guard Deployment for Indiana’s long-term care facilities. Please access these new resources below:
On October 21, 2020, Governor Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Health (IDH) announced the Indiana National Guard would be utilized for administrative and other similar tasks at nursing facilities in Indiana, in order for nursing facility staff to be able to focus their time on providing resident care.
The Indiana National Guard will be sent to nursing facilities in three phases—on November 2, November 9, and November 16—based on the need / outbreak status of the facility. Those nursing facilities in Phase 1 and Phase 2 will be assigned three guard members each, and those nursing facilities in Phase 3 will be assigned two guard members each. For a list of the phases and to locate your nursing facility in the applicable phase, please download the following spreadsheet. For more information regarding coverage times at the nursing facilities, please click here. The Indiana National Guard are expected to provide assistance through the end of February 2021.
While onsite, the Indiana National Guard will provide support that is not direct resident care and will report to the facility’s Administrator to be assigned day-to-day responsibilities. Each Indiana National Guard member will also have a supervising officer, who will be the facility’s point of contact for questions or concerns. IHCA/INCAL has asked that the Indiana National Guard members provide that contact information to the facility’s Administrator upon their initial arrival.
Recommendations for how best to utilize this role are as follows:
In addition to training provided by the Indiana National Guard, all guard members assigned to nursing facilities will undergo orientation training provided by Probari on the structure of nursing facilities, infection prevention and control practices, and HIPAA and compliance issues. Nursing facilities will likely need to provide additional training based on the tasks assigned.