I want you to know that 6Beds is aware of the challenges being faced by providers as it relates to shortages of food and supplies as we deal with COVID-19. We know that local grocery stores and other retailers are subjecting residential care facility owners/operators to the same quotas as individual households.
6Beds has been in direct contact with the highest levels of Community Care Licensing (CCL) to report to them the on-the-ground challenges that facilities are facing with regard to the shortage of food and supplies. In turn, CCL is in direct contact with the Governor’s Office in regards to a potential solution.
We will notify you as soon as any solution is announced. In preparation for a potential solution specific to residential care facilities, please make a copy of each of your facility licenses or take a picture with your smartphone of each of your facility licenses that you can show grocers and other retailers.
On Friday March 14, 2020, Community Care Licensing (CCL) issued the following Provider Information Notice (PIN) 20-07-ASC: PREVENTION, CONTAINMENT, MITIGATION MEASURES, AND STATEWIDE WAIVER FOR CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19).
Earlier on Friday March 14, 2020, CMS issued the following guidance pertaining to visitors at nursing facilities.
Restrictions on Visitors to Assisted Living
At Governor Newsom’s press conference on Sunday March 15, 2020, he announced a prohibition on visitors to Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities, except in end-of-life situations. We are awaiting official written direction, but while that is still pending, we want to get this information to you right away. As soon as the written directive is available, we will forward it to you.
Self-Isolation for Those Over 65
The Governor’s directive also included that all persons 65 and older should self-isolate, which should apply to most residents of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs).
6Beds will continue to monitor the situation and the impact on Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) and Adult Residential Facilities (ARFs) in California. It is also advisable to consult your local public health department for any specific guidance applicable in your local community.
There is no specific treatment currently for Coronavirus. Most infected people will recover on their own. If you or a family member have traveled recently to an erase of risk, or if you think you may have been exposed to the virus and have symptoms of respiratory illness, you should call your healthcare provider or the advice number on your health insurance card for further instructions.
Coronavirus usually causes an upper respiratory tract illness like the common cold. Patients with this new coronavirus have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath according to the CDC.
It’s still cold and flu season, and the same practices that stop the spread of these common illnesses are recommended:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are at risk.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch.
Coronavirus Resource & Links:
Information about COVID-19 in the United States
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Coronavirus advisory information
World Health Organization
World Health Organization
Source: Kaiser Permanente