My mother is on prolia and has not had any injection issues or reactions. The shot needs to be done every 6 months. In order to be covered by Medicare, the shot has to be done in the doctor's office. Mom's AL doesn't want her to leave, as this would endanger her caretakers and other residents. If the injection is transferred to the AL pharmacy, we would bear the $1200 cost out of pocket. Why is Medicare making us choose between a substantial cost and our health? Her backup insurer is Tricare.
Once you have found what plan handles her prescriptons you can call them and ask if because of the virus can they allow Mom to get the injection at her facility.
I just read up on this drug and it says its used only when other options have been tried.
"Long-term use of bisphosphonates increases the risk of fractures so they should not be used beyond 3-5 years. Prolia, with the generic name Denosumab, is a type of monoclonal antibody, which stops the natural breakdown of bones. Prolia is injected two times per year."
Read up on this drug. Not sure at 91 if its really going to help anyway.
I would implement all the precautions and take her to the doctor.
Unless the caregivers are staying on site they are being put at risk every time they go in public and they are putting the residents at risk.
I would dress her and then put a house dress over her clothes, put a mask on, gloves and cover her hair. When you leave the doctors office remove everything and have her wash her hands or use sanitizer until she gets home, then she can shower and put all of her clothes and shoes in the wash. This is the best protection I've seen.
It takes effort to be protected from potential contamination and it is well worth it if you are fearful of infection.