Advanced Illness Care in Long-Term Care Facilities: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Thursday, October 29th
About the Session
The COVID-19 Pandemic has had its most tragic impact in our nation’s long-term care facilities, with disproportionate infection and death rates for both residents and staff. This crisis has also been heartbreaking for isolated residents, families desperate to see their loved ones, advocates unable to access their clients, and facility staff facing the complex challenges of protecting residents, themselves, and their families from the virus. This panel will provide insights from resident advocates and providers. Speakers will discuss what they have experienced during the pandemic and the challenges the system has faced attempting to ensure seriously-ill residents receive appropriate care that aligns with their care plans and preferences. They will offer examples of best practices in facilities, lessons that have been learned for the future, and ideas for policy and programmatic improvement.