Alison Hirschel, managing attorney for the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative, a Lansing-based nonprofit advocacy organization, said friends and relatives of loved ones in these other long-term facilities deserve this information now.
“Just like in a nursing home, families are concerned and residents are concerned to know if there is COVID-19 in the building,” she told Bridge. “Are these facilities taking precautions to protect residents?”
“There are a handful of facilities — maybe more than a handful in our state — that were not well prepared and didn't take the right steps to react to the outbreak when it did occur,” said Salli Pung, the state’s independent long-term care ombudsman who advocates for Michiganders in nursing homes.
“Families and residents may still have questions about the current status of COVID-19 in a particular nursing home,” Pung said in an email. “The data may be more helpful if it reflected both the number of current cases as well as cumulative cases.”
"We don't think the information will be audited. Whenever information is self-reported you have concerns on whether it will be accurate." said Alison Hirschel, managing attorney for the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative.
"I'm really concerned about this population. ... I think nursing homes have gotten a lot of attention, and need a lot of attention, but these settings can slip under the radar and there are very vulnerable people living in those settings as well," she said. "I'm sure family members will want to know if COVID is present in the facility, whether the facility has adequate (personal protective equipment), whether they're conducting tests, and some families may want to consider bringing the resident home temporarily." Read more here.
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LANSING — Elder abuse has always been present in the shadows of Michigan’s communities, but with the creation of a state-wide task force last year, progress has been made to stem the problem, according to member Alison Hirschel, the managing attorney of the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative.