Alabama Nursing Home Association President & CEO Brandon Farmer today issued the following statement on how Alabama nursing homes are responding to COVID-19, or coronavirus.

Brandon Farmer

“Alabama’s nursing homes are closely monitoring updates related to COVID-19 and responding accordingly. They take this threat seriously and are working to ensure the safety and well-being of their residents, patients and staff. Our facilities are aggressively following directives such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities and regulations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“The Alabama Nursing Home Association is in close contact with the Alabama Department of Public of Health and receives regular updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Health Care Association. We have provided guidance to our member nursing homes for several weeks and have increased the frequency of those communications in recent days.

“We ask that anyone who is sick to refrain from visiting nursing homes and use alternative methods to check on their loved ones. This helps minimize the risk to our residents, patients and staff.”

About the Alabama Nursing Home Association

Founded in 1951, the Alabama Nursing Home Association represents 94% of the state’s nursing homes. It is Alabama’s oldest and largest long-term and post-acute care trade organization. For more information, visit anha.org.