RLNC COVID-19 #2

Serving nearby areas by Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, Florida

 

Welcome to Romano Law Nurse Corner

We are Susan Ramsey and Amie Goldberg, both practicing attorneys and nurses here at the Romano Law Group.  Here is a little more about each of us:

Susan

Susan Ramsey is both an attorney and an RN. Ms. Ramsey’s professional experience began as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Yale New Haven Hospital. While pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree, she was a counselor with the New Haven Rape Crisis Program. During her time with the Program, Ms. Ramsey counseled sexual assault survivors and performed seminars for local police departments, universities, and high schools. During her time working as a registered nurse, Ms. Ramsey decided to attend law school. Ms. Ramsey graduated from CUNY Law School, and has practiced law in several different State and Federal Courts.  She is a Florida Heath Care Risk Manager and a member of the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force.  Ms. Ramsey actively litigates cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death on behalf of survivors, cases include injuries suffered by victims of professional negligence, product liability and medical negligence.

Amie 

Amie Goldberg is both an attorney and a certified APRN.  After completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Whittier College, Ms. Goldberg attended nursing school at Emory University.  Ms. Goldberg’s professional experience started as a Registered Nurse at Egleston Children’s Hospital taking care of children with heart defects. After a few years, she continued working in all areas of the hospital while attending Kennesaw State University on weekends in order to get her Master’s Degree in Nursing with a specialty of Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner.  During her time as an APRN, Ms. Goldberg decided to attend law school at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida.   Since graduating, she has mainly practiced in the areas of personal injury and worker’s compensation, fighting for the rights of injured people. Since joining the Romano Law Group, Ms. Goldberg has been the Director of the Opioid Litigation Project.  Ms. Goldberg also practices in the area of medical malpractice and nursing home negligence, bringing an inside perspective and knowledge to help get justice for our clients. 

RLNC COVID – 19

#2

 

We are one more week into this COVID-19 Pandemic.  This is getting tedious.  We have been social distancing and staying home for weeks now.  We are bombarded with information yet so much is unknown. For most of us, some level of “over it” has set in.  It is most important to continue to be vigilant in your efforts to be safe and stop the spread of this virus.  We can all do our part and must continue to do so.  Together we can stop this virus. 

If you are curious about the most up to date, current statistics of the Virus throughout the world, you can find the most updated World Health Organization situation dashboard:  https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/685d0ace521648f8a5beeeee1b9125cd

For up to date COVID-19 information for the State of Florida: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov

How many of us are worried about our parents, family members and friends?  There is so much information out there, about how the elderly are at greater risk from this virus, which can cause fear, anxiety and panic in an already chaotic time.  How can I best protect my elderly loved ones from this outbreak?  How can I stay connected to my family and loved one in a locked down facility?

According to Jennifer Wolff, a professor of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, This is a good time for families to take stock and revisit contingency plans and to identify family and friends to help with such activities as grocery shopping, [and] stockpiling essential items. The virus is going to expose and exacerbate the fragile systems that are in place that primarily rely on family and other unpaid caregivers.

Remember, Social Distancing is not shutting out the world. We all need human connection.

We are lucky we live in a time of many distanced ways to connect. 

  • Especially with your elderly friends and family, increase contact by phone, video, online communications, etc.
  • Stay in contact. 
  • Be aware of what mode of communication is the most comfortable for your situation, many times the elderly are not completely adept at some of the latest technology and you do not want to cause more frustration for them. 

It is important to boost morale during this time of social isolation. While some of this might seem a bit awkward at first, humans tend to adapt. It really can help ease some of the fear that you and your loved ones are feeling:

  • Share a virtual meal with your family member.  You can call a delivery service, have a meal delivered, and then plan to call or video chat while enjoying the meal.  Many restaurants are open for delivery and it helps support local businesses as a bonus. 
  • Have groceries delivered using one of the many available services.   
  • Plan group activities such as board games or hobby type activities to do together, by telephone or video chat.  Be creative.

 

General Advice for Caregivers

  • Contact health care providers to obtain extra necessary medications and stocking up on over-the-counter drugs.
  • Monitor needed medical supplies related to a loved one's condition or treatments (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) and common supplies such as tissues and cough syrup. 
  • Purchase enough nonperishable food items so you are prepared to stay home for some time. 
  • Those with a loved one in a care facility should monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently and know the protocol if there is a coronavirus outbreak.
  • Reschedule Wellness appointments.
  • Continue to be vigilant and aware of all of these things as time progresses and things change rapidly. 

 

Loved one in a Quarantined Facility

If your loved one is in a facility of some kind, locked down and unable to have visitors, you can be proactive and find out important information to be sure your loved one is safe. Here are some helpful questions you can ask.  [For Full Article: https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/health/info-2020/questions-for-quarantined-facility.html]:

Questions to ask when your loved one is in a quarantined facility:

1)            Is the facility properly and efficiently cleaning the environment to keep the infection risk low for residents? Find out the protocols of the employees and the administration for taking care of patients amid this pandemic.

2)            Are important healthy-living programs maintained and operating? Are the residents still receiving physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other programs to continue to keep their bodies from deconditioning?  This is very important to overall health. 

3)            Are the residents engaged and some life enrichment provided? Find out what exactly the facility is providing along these lines.

4)            How can you communicate with your loved one?  What kind of technology is available for residents’ communication with their family and friends? Is staff assisting patients with newer technology?  Many facilities are aware of the difficulties the elderly have with current technology and are providing help for residents to enable them to maintain contact with their loved ones.  Be sure to make sure you are aware of what the facility offers.

5)            How is the facility handling drop-off deliveries?  Is there a process in place to drop food and other items your loved one might need?

As caregivers and family, we can help.  You may find resistance to your efforts to help.  Here are some hints for “stubborn” parents:

  • If you have those “stubborn” parents/loved ones, try to use other resources, such as their trusted friends and other community members, to pass on important information.
  • Ask your parents/loved ones questions to get an idea what they have heard and what they believe about this pandemic. 
  • Try to encourage open discussions. Find out what, if any, preparation they have done and what it is. Share what you have done to prepare.
  • Try to be aware of how your own stress level comes across to your parents. 
  • Be patient.

As the time we are living this way continues to take its toll on each of us, please try to keep in mind that everyone is feeling this fear of the unknown.  We all must continue to do our part to stay safe and help keep others safe. 

 

Stay Safe,

Susan, Amie