We are all well aware by now of the unprecedented risks COVID-19 presents to nursing home residents due to their age and serious underlying medical conditions. Justice in Aging is a national organization that uses the power of law to fight senior poverty by securing access to affordable health care, economic security, and the courts for older adults with limited resources. The group recently put out an excellent resource for families looking to keep their loved ones safe from nursing home abuse and neglect due to COVID-19 disruptions. Many families are profoundly concerned about how the transfer of residents infected by coronavirus between facilities will be done safely.

Transferring Residents Based on Diagnosis

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) waives some portions of transfer/discharge regulations, but only in three situations: