The AP has reported that several states have passed, or are considering legislation that would protect SNFs and other long term care facilities from both criminal charges and civil lawsuits related to Covid-19 deaths. There have been over 19,000 reported deaths in US facilities, with the actual number probably being much higher. The American Health Care Association (the industry’s lobbying group) has supported, and drafted, this legislation, saying that the pandemic is an unanticipated emergency, basically an”Act of God”and they cannot be held liable for anything other than gross negligence. Watchdogs and families, etc. say that the lockdowns have prevented inspections and cite a lack of communication about testing, quarantine procedures and other problems.
What do y’all think? Have you been satisfied with communication from your LO's facility? Have you been able to observe their practices and have you felt they have done everything possible? Would you ever initiate a criminal or civil suit against the facility? Should long term care facilities just be given a blanket legal free pass for every decision they have made during this epidemic?