My parents are living in an assisted living facility in E. Peoria. They have been in lock down for a month. People in their 70s, 80s, 90s and even 100s (gentleman turned 106 last week). Last week they had a staff member test positive. Of Course!! Staff are the ones going in and out of the place. Director says they have followed IL State Dept of Public Health guidelines. Yes, they do for their staff and facilities but as for non-infected or asymptomatic residents, there are no guidelines. Therefore, the facilities have been treating them as if they are infected. After my sister and I complained and brought this out to them, they opened up each floor so residents can go to a screened porch, one at a time. The residents still do not come in contact with anyone other than staff. They are getting 30 minutes per day of fresh air and sunshine (Vit. D). As of today, 4-23-20, when they go out onto the porch, they must wear a face mask and gloves... I guess that is because the staff will not be sanitizing the chair that they will be sitting on. The facility has not communicated with families about how a resident will be treated/quarantined if they go for a doctor appointment. I could go into more detail on that. Anyway, my 94 yr old father has made up his mind that he will not be going to any more doctor appts, even if the doctor feels he should come. He has a history of blood clots and lung issues. So, if covid doesn't get him, depression or some other physical ailment will! My mother (91 yrs) would be out protesting in the streets, if she could! I have called my state rep for the 94th district, Randy Frese. I am waiting to hear back but have asked him to see about revising the Dept of Public Health standards to include how to treat the non-infected elderly. I already have a relationship with him and I know I will hear from him. Sorry this is so long, but we have contacted a lawyer for a waiver of liability for my parents to sign to give the facility. Lawyer was not helpful. We think they will try to keep them from seeing each other if one has to leave for a doctor appointment.
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