Nursing home staffing issues were a concern years before COVID-19 surfaced, particularly regarding the health, treatment and safety of the vulnerable individuals in a facility’s care.
When thinking about a slip and fall injury, you might envision an able-bodied adult slipping on a wet store floor, falling on ice-covered pavement or tripping down poorly maintained stairs. Yet among all age demographics, the elderly population experiences a high percentage of slip and fall injuries, including those in a nursing home or other care setting.
When it comes to opioid addiction, the common scenario involves someone who is prescribed the medication to recover from a major surgery or car accident, only to get hooked. It’s less common to associate opioid addiction with the elderly, let alone a nursing home patient.
As the Coronavirus pandemic surges on, nursing homes across the country have become major hotspots. This pattern emerged in spite of new changes implemented by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to stop the virus from spreading.
Proper sanitation precautions can prevent disease outbreaks from occurring in nursing homes. Yet, sometimes regular handwashing and patient isolation is not enough. As “7 On Your Side” found after investigating a deadly superbug in a Brooklyn nursing home, certain conditions appear to have no source.