Did you or an elderly loved one develop a serious infection in a nursing home? Nursing home infections are unfortunately commonplace and may not always be avoidable. The elderly have weakened immune systems and do not fight off infection with ease. Residents also live in very close quarters sharing meals, social activities, therapy, and religious services. These factors alone can set the stage for communicable diseases spreading like wildfire.
Because of this, nursing homes have an obligation to hold to high standards of cleanliness, hygiene of residents, proper protocol for handwashing, gowning and gloving, and isolating infected residents. Identifying infection in a nursing home resident and prompt action is often critical in not only containing the infection from spreading to others, but also in preventing the infection from escalating to a life threatening event.