STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Some long-term care facilities are allowing essential family caregivers to visit residents

Several residents of long-term care facilities have had declining health due to isolation and not seeing their families during the pandemic. Now, the Indiana State Department of Health has released guidelines for long-term care facilities to allow essential family caregivers to visit their loved ones.

Posted: Jul 17, 2020 7:29 PM
Updated: Jul 17, 2020 7:32 PM

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI)- Due to COVID-19 several long-term care facilities have been on lockdown to stop the spread. Now, the Indiana State Department of Health has released guidance for long-term care facilities to allow essential family caregivers to see their loved ones.
"She's not doing well because of the isolation and limited contact with people," said Vickie Ayers whose mother lives at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Campus in Delphi.

Before the lockdown, Ayers's mother was an avid reader and had a much larger range of mobility. Now, that’s not the case.

"Since the lockdown, she now doesn't read at all,” said Ayers. “With speech therapy, we are hoping to regain a lot of that. Also, her cognitive scores have dropped."

Vickie's mom's isolation and decline in health aren't unique, that’s why the Indiana State Department of Health took notice. They released guidelines for long-term care facilities to allow essential family caregivers in their facilities.

"You have to have been someone who was active in that resident's life beforehand at least twice a week,” said Ayers. “You also have to have a negative COVID test."

Those are just some of the guidelines, essential family caregivers also have to present a plan to the care facility to show what they will do to enhance the resident's life.

"If she can't read to herself I can read to her,” added Ayers. “She likes to have her nails done and there is no one that can help with that."

While Vickie knows the pandemic is far from over being able to see her mom, gives her something to look forward to.

"It's the first hope that I have seen in four months,” said Ayers. “This was only supposed to be a very short term solution with the lockdown. Lockdowns weren't intended to be long-term."

Allowing essential family caregivers back into a long-term care facility is up to the discretion of the facility. To read the full list of guidance from ISDH click here.  Also, Ayers has created a Facebook page where family members who have loved ones in long-term care facilities in Indiana can connect. To become part of that group click here.

West Lafayette
Few Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 79°
Kokomo
Few Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 79°
Rensselaer
Broken Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 73°
Fowler
Broken Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 73°
Williamsport
Scattered Clouds
76° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 78°
Crawfordsville
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 74°
Frankfort
Scattered Clouds
74° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 74°
Delphi
Clear
76° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 78°
Monticello
Clear
76° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 78°
Logansport
Overcast
73° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 73°
Warm-up with muggy conditions ahead....
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 69975

Reported Deaths: 3007
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion15152724
Lake7222273
Elkhart468079
Allen3695160
St. Joseph322479
Hamilton2572104
Vanderburgh180013
Hendricks1796105
Cass17609
Johnson1674118
Porter121339
Clark112646
Tippecanoe112311
Madison87265
LaPorte85029
Howard82965
Kosciusko82412
Marshall75222
Bartholomew74947
Floyd72945
Monroe69930
Delaware66552
Dubois65512
Boone64946
Noble63829
Hancock63438
Jackson5564
LaGrange54910
Warrick54030
Shelby53027
Vigo52810
Grant51129
Dearborn47728
Morgan44034
Clinton3883
Henry36519
White34910
Montgomery34321
Wayne33710
Lawrence33227
Decatur32232
Harrison30422
Miami2602
Scott25210
Daviess25119
Greene24034
Putnam2348
Franklin23113
DeKalb2224
Jasper2162
Jennings21412
Gibson2044
Steuben2033
Ripley1947
Perry17212
Starke1707
Orange16424
Fayette1637
Posey1610
Wabash1613
Jefferson1532
Carroll1522
Fulton1502
Whitley1496
Wells1442
Knox1400
Tipton1266
Huntington1193
Washington1171
Spencer1163
Newton11410
Randolph1094
Clay1025
Adams842
Sullivan831
Jay820
Owen821
Rush804
Pulaski751
Brown701
Fountain642
Benton600
Blackford562
Ohio564
Pike500
Parke491
Vermillion470
Crawford440
Switzerland430
Martin420
Union330
Warren191
Unassigned0202

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events