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COVID-19 is far from over and we are reminded daily by the media, CDC, CMS, politicians and our state surveyors that our population of residents living in long-term care facilities, skilled nursing and rehabilitation settings, and assisted living residences are at highest risk of morbidity and mortality related to COVID-19 infection. Despite the odds, residents in nursing homes and assisted living residences are recovering from COVID-19 infections.
Most are weak, forgetful, confused, deconditioned, and maybe not even able to get out of bed causing a layering effect of even more complications. Some of our COVID-19 surveyors will experience significant lung fibrosis – scaring of the lungs and reduced lung function and because of the likelihood of preexisting illness that complicates things more, are prone to developing pneumonia and wounds after their COVID-19 recovery in spite of everything we do to prevent that.
Our attention to COVID-19 survivors’ recovery and rehabilitation will need focus and consider the following as you design individual COVID-19 person-centered recovery plans of care: