COVID-19 Turns Families From Nursing Homes

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According to a new piece by The Wall Street Journal, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned families from nursing homes, prompting them to avoid them “and keep loved ones in their own homes for rehabilitation and other care.” Even though the United States has the largest number of residents in nursing homes in the world, doctors and families “have been reluctant to send patients to such facilities, fearing infection and isolation in places ravaged by COVID-19.”

This trend has brought nursing home occupancy down by 15%, “drive both by deaths and by the fall in admissions.” This comes alongside a push to send patients home if possible, with several hospital systems creating “new offerings to support sicker patients recovering at home.” Many patients prefer to be at home, as well, and COVID-19 effects have turned families from nursing homes, realizing that their loved ones are happier and often safer at home. The article covers several stories of elderly people who fully recovered at home after suffering injuries and sickness, with the help of at-home nurses and aids.

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