John H. Guinan, MBA CLTC
ACSIA Partners LLC

Coronavirus Risk in Long-Term Care Facilities May Be Reduced Thanks to New Guidelines, Says John Guinan

AgentMendota Heights, MN March 19, 2020 -- The new respiratory disease – coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – has been spreading globally and there have been outbreaks in long-term care communities. "That's bad news," says John Guinan, MN-based agent with ACSIA Partners LLC. "But there's good news," Guinan adds. "Guidelines on how to mitigate the risks have just been published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)."

These pointers and recommendations, Preparing for COVID-19: Long-term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes, are now available online. (Just click the title, above.)

The helpful information falls into three categories:

1. Symptoms of infection:

2. Preparedness checklist for nursing homes and other long-term care settings. This is an extensive tool to develop a comprehensive COVID-19 response plan, including specific plans for:

3. Additional guidance for infection prevention and control for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. This includes updated guidance to recommend that nursing homes:

"If you or a loved one is or soon will be residing in a long-term care facility, you can probably count on the organization to heed these guidelines," says Guinan. "But it doesn't hurt to ask about them, especially those that most affect you personally."

If long-term care is an upcoming need, should you plan for in-home care versus institutional care? "All options should be considered," says Guinan. "It depends on future unknowns. For example, a few years from now a whole new health issue may appear, with COVID-19 a well-controlled thing of the past."

It's best to get expert advice and prepare for wide-ranging risks and solutions, Guinan emphasizes.

As a certified long-term care insurance agent, Guinan helps families and businesses find the right policy for their personal planning needs and preferences. Guinan also advises on other planning options, which include:

Guinan may be reached at http://www.jguinanltc.com or 651-646-2200.

Guinan is a licensed long-term care insurance agent who represents the company in IA, IL, MN, MO, NC, ND, SD, WI.

In California the company is known as xACSIA Partners Insurance Agency; in other states, as ACSIA Partners.

# # #