Supporting the Seriously Ill at Home During COVID-19
Publication: NCOA Blog
Article: Supporting the Seriously Ill at Home During COVID-19
Featuring: Terri Maxwell, Ph.D., APRN
The role of community-based palliative care (CBPC) for supporting seriously ill people at home has never been more critical, with the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affecting the chronically ill and those age 60+. This vulnerable population faces a double risk, first from the virus and second from the effects of isolation on their physical and mental health
While the overall mortality rate of COVID-19 is likely to hover around 1-2%, the mortality rate for people over 80 is 14.8-21.9%, for patients with cardiovascular disease 10-13.2%, diabetes 7-9.2% and pulmonary disease 6.3-8%.