Caring for Older Adults with COVID in the Home: Garnering Community Support
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Older adults are dying at higher rates due to COVID-19. They may also be less willing to receive limited ICU care when younger people are in so much need. As the pandemic escalates this winter, our protocols, clinicians, and community resources must be prepared and optimized to safely manage older adults who have COVID-19 infection in the home. Are Maryland's DME suppliers ready with oxygen tanks and ultra-rapid delivery systems? Are home care providers prepared to actively manage older adults with COVID-19 in their homes?
Join Dr. Alan Abrams as he walks through real-life examples of COVID-19 care of older adults in the home, reviewing pitfalls and key lessons learned through his experiences.
This session will be moderated by Dr. Charlene Brown.
Alan Abrams, MD, MPH
Dr. Alan Abrams is a geriatrician with more than four decades of experience in developing health care delivery models for older and frailer adults and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. He sits on the Board of Directors for Senior Helpers, a national provider of in-home care services, also serving as the Geriatric Clinical Advisor for Senior Helpers franchisees across the country. Dr. Abrams is the Chief Medical Officer for PerfectHealth, a provider of personalized, comprehensive health services delivered to seniors in their homes. His leadership shaped the COVID- 19 response for both Senior Helpers and Perfect Health
Previously, Dr. Abrams served as the Chief Medical Officer of Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization and as the founding Medical Director of UnitedHealth’s Special Needs Plan for People Living in Nursing Homes and their dual eligible Senior Care Options program. In addition, he was the Cambridge Health Alliance Medical Director of the Center of Excellence for Senior Health which included a start-up PACE program as well as both a national and state award-winning house call medicine program.
Dr. Abrams was awarded the Physician of the Year Award from the National Association of Home Care in 1993 and was the AMDA delegate to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging and a Certified Medical Director. Dr. Abrams holds an MPH from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston and an MD from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts and fellowship in geriatrics at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Charlene Brown
Charlene Brown MD, MPH is a public health physician expert who has worked on global pandemics throughout her career. As a Medical Officer at USAID, she advised local teams tackling the HIV pandemic in nearly 20 countries and participated in multiple WHO consultations. Prior to USAID, Dr. Brown served as the Deputy Health Commissioner for Baltimore City and led several antiviral drug safety reviews at the FDA.
Dr. Brown has authored peer-reviewed journal articles and been featured in news outlets discussing COVID-19, including Yahoo Finance, the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, and Vox. She has worked as a clinician in nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, shelters, and more
As an entrepreneur, Dr. Brown founded CNA Simulations VR, building virtual clinical simulations for CNAs, and Caregiver Jobs Now, a platform connecting caregivers to meaningful jobs. Dr. Brown is Board-certified in Preventive Medicine, trained in internal medicine, and licensed to practice in Maryland. She is a graduate of Princeton, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health and sits on the Keswick Community Health Board.