For-Profit and Non-Profit Nursing Homes

Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ) interviewed Michael Gelder, PhD, adjunct research assistant professor of disability and human development and faculty in the School of Public Health's undergraduate programs, on nursing home outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Gelder argues while the virus poses challenges, preparing for a pandemic should be a core function of nursing home operations.

You’re supposed to anticipate emergencies. You have to have a plan, like a fire drill in a school. You didn’t know when a pandemic would happen, but you knew there would be one. The facility should have an infection control policy, staff training, access to PPE and ways to isolate individuals so you can keep the vast majority of residents safe.

Michael Gelder, PhD  |  Undergraduate public health faculty