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Covid 19 & Nursing Homes

Residents of nursing care facilities are one of the populations most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. They have experienced heightened isolation due to visitation restrictions, and because of their susceptibility to infections, viruses, and disease, they have relied on their care facilities to enact and enforce adequate precautions to protect their safety and wellbeing.

Because of COVID-19, guidelines for social distancing have been widely broadcast and reinforced in hopes of educating the public about transmission and the danger of asymptomatic carriers of this somewhat unpredictable virus. While care facility visitors have been limited to stop the spread of COVID-19, care facility staff do not generally live on site, making it crucial for nursing care facilities to be vigilant about cleanliness, hygiene, and other precautionary measures.

At all times, but especially as our communities face the COVID-19 pandemic, it is reasonable to expect a high standard of care from the facilities that have been entrusted to provide safe, clean, and comfortable services for vulnerable residents. Unfortunately, sometimes facilities fail to meet those expectations, and when they fail, they must be held accountable.

For instance, Canyon Creek Memory Care facility in Billings recently failed to implement virus surveillance and testing procedures, and by doing so increased the risk of exposure to COVID-19. As a result, many of the Canyon Creek residents are now suffering from this virus. Simple measures could have prevented this outbreak, and nursing care facilities like this one must do better. The attorneys at Edmiston and Colton Law Firm are available to assist those who have suffered when a facility has failed to take reasonable measures to prevent the spread of infection and disease. Give us a call for a free consultation: (406) 259-9986.