Seniors living in long-term care facilities have been deeply disadvantaged due to their congregate living and are considered to be the most highly vulnerable population for COVID-19. Due to the unknown etiology and the lack of research available, many seniors fell victim to this virus, becoming infected and dying at unprecedented rates. Isolation from family members while congregating with other seniors did nothing to reduce risks and a lot towards increasing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, fear, and confusion among this group. Services were often inadequate, late to be delivered, or non-existent in the plight against COVID-19. We discuss one case study where gaps in knowledge caused massive health issues and could have been fatal but consistent family involvement helped to overcome the virus.
Webinar Presented by:
Dr. Betty Perez-Rivera, MS, EdD, MCHES
Dr. Tiffany C. Rivera, MA, DHA, MCHES
New York State Public Health Association
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Albany, NY 12203
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