Sally Pung, the state ombudsman for long term care, fears the isolation is literally killing people, saying she’s hearing from some of the state’s larger guardianship organizations that nursing-home deaths are up, not just from COVID-19 but because “some of the residents have just given up.” Read article
The task force will be comprised Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon or his designee, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Orlene Hawks, the state long-term care Ombudsman Salli Pung or her designee, two Whitmer appointees each from the state House and Senate and 13 more Whitmer appointees with “personal or professional interest in the health, safety, and welfare
“They lose their caregivers, their roommate, everything that’s familiar to them in their facility. And all the sudden they’re in a different home,” said Alison Hirschel, managing attorney for the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative. Read more here.
But Salli Pung, the Michigan state long-term care ombudsman, said Friday she believes the creation of the regional hubs in existing facilities was the "appropriate choice" for "meeting the unique care needs of people requiring nursing facility level of care." Read the article
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.”