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My mom is not in ICU but she was recently in critical care at a hospital and has been moved to a "long-term acute care" facility. She is 80 years old and has been treated for lung cancer. About a month ago she had to have part of her intestines removed due to ischemia. She was in a nursing facility but then came down with an infection and was again hospitalized in a "regular" hospital before she was transferred to the "acute care" facility.

I don't know what I should be doing about visiting. I don't want the hospital staff to get the idea that they can neglect my mother, but if I go there to visit I could be bringing viruses with me or carrying pathogens out when I leave. My wife and I are practically the only relatives who are able to visit on a regular basis because we are both retired, but we have both had recent serious health problems ourselves and I don't think we can afford to be cavalier about the risk of contracting COVID-19.

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@ltecato, I hope that you and your wife, and your mom are all weathering this current virus superstorm. My husband and I are taking the current health precautions and staying in, too. I want to drop in and to share a discussion you might find helpful, and I bet that you will have some ideas to share with others, too, It is part of the COVID-19 Discussion Group and titled – Supporting those in hospital/care facilities with visitor restrictions
Here is the link that will take you directly to it.