Hospital Transfers and Isolating in Place
During the COVID-19 crisis, Assisted Living Facilities, Nursing Homes, and Hospitals are working together to manage safe transitions of care that leverage the strengths of each setting. It’s more critical than ever that these health care provider types understand admission and discharge criteria as well as the capabilities of each.
As Assisted Living Facilities get access to testing, they may find that residents who are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic test positive for COVID-19. Despite testing positive, if the resident’s condition does not require hospital level of care, the hospital will likely not admit the resident until and if signs and symptoms do appear.
Depending on the resident’s clinical history and current status, the asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic resident may need to be isolated and cared for to the extent possible based on the ALF’s capabilities.