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NASW-NC Member Lauren Zingraff Featured in News and Observer!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020   (0 Comments)
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NC Planned to test all nursing-home residents, staff for the coronavirus. What happened?


Lauren Zingraff, the executive director of Friends of Residents in Long-Term Care, an advocacy group based in Raleigh, is frustrated by the state’s response.
She said the continued lack of universal testing is exacerbating another crisis — loneliness, which researchers have found is correlated with cognitive decline and early death. Regulators have barred visitors from nursing homes in most circumstances for months.


“Literally — I say this without any facetiousness or sarcasm — literally, people are dying from the depression and the loneliness and the isolation and the sadness,” Zingraff said in an interview with The News & Observer. “This idea that everyone has a tablet to Zoom with their family member or FaceTime with their family member is a fallacy.”


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