In Michigan, 36% of nursing homes reported at least one COVID-19 case among staff. Also, nearly 35% reported a staff shortage and 32% had insufficient Personal Protection Equipment.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issues order allowing indoor visitation at nursing homes in counties with lower risk levels, as long as the facilities have had no new cases, including those involving residents or staff, within the prior 14 days.
Experts said during an AARP Michigan telephone town hall today that getting a flu vaccine this fall can help keep people stay safe during the convergence of the coronavirus pandemic and the flu season.
Residents of Michigan nursing homes should be allowed outdoor visits with friends and family, and be given the option of indoor visitation, according to a state task-force report released this week.Since the start of the pandemic, nursing-home residents and staff have comprised 12% of Michigan’s confirmed coronavirus cases and 32% of deaths.
AARP Michigan strongly endorses the Elder Persons Millage on the ballot in Ingham County in the Aug. 4 primary election. The funds from the senior millage -- which would raise about $2.3 million each year for four years -- would pay for in-home services that help older adults 60 years and older live independently in their own homes.
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan's 6th Congressional District was featured in a telephone town hall hosted by AARP Michigan. He talked about vaccines, testing devises, stimulus checks, high-speed internet and help for small business.
AARP Michigan hosted a telephone town hall with the Governor and Robert Gordon, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services. Protection of older adults in nursing homes during the COVID-19 outbreak was a main topic.
Nursing homes reported coronavirus deaths of 1,947 residents and 20 staff. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services orders testing for COVID in all nursing homes.
The five-bill package, strongly supported by AARP Michigan, would expand telemedicine services to Michigan's Medicaid population. The legislation has been approved by the House and is expected to be signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has several options for filing complaints about care for your loved ones at nursing homes across the state.
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