Central Coast Voices: The impact of COVID-19 on Central Coast nursing homes

May 6, 2020

Nursing homes have been ravaged by coronavirus throughout the nation. Data shows that people who reside or work in long-term care facilities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, and a new report shows that as of April 23, 2020 there have been over 10,000 reported deaths due to COVID-19 in long-term care facilities (including residents and staff), in the 23 states that publicly report death data, representing 27% of deaths due to COVID-19 in those states.  So how is the Central Coast responding to the threat of COVID-19 in local long-term care facilities? What is being done to protect both residents and employees? And what is the future of nursing homes?

Join Kris Kington Barker as she hosts the program from home, speaking with Karen Jones, executive director and program manager with Long Term Care Ombudsman Services of San Luis Obispo County, and Darren Smith, CEO of Compass Health, Inc. They will be talking about how residents of Central Coast long-term care facilities and their families are doing during the pandemic and discuss what measure facilities have in place to keep both residents and workers safe from COVID-19. 

Broadcast date: 5/7/20

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.