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"What To Do If You Have A Relative In A Nursing Home During The Coronavirus Outbreak" -Julia Naftulin

  • Insider
  • New York, NY
  • (March 11, 2020)

As the infection rate from the coronavirus climbs, it's natural to want to comfort relatives who are most vulnerable to the virus, such as older people in nursing homes. Sean Morrison, MD, chair of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai said it's important to have faith and trust in the staff of care facilities because they're trained to offer much-needed support when families aren't available. “A lot of that comfort is provided on a regular basis when we're not facing a COVID-19 challenge,” he said. He added, “So I think to reassure families of people in long-term care and nursing homes that compassion is there and their loved ones will be well cared for” is important.

— R. Sean Morrison, MD, Professor, Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine, System Chair, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Director, Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, National Palliative Care Research Center

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