Managers and caregivers in nursing homes have grappled with extraordinary challenges over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents’ vulnerability to the illness as well as the physical environment of many care facilities have created serious safety concerns. Here are some ways that nursing homes have worked towards keeping residents safe.
Prohibiting or limiting visitation in nursing homes has been a great hardship for many families. However, keeping residents isolated is one of the most effective ways to prevent outbreaks among the resident population.
Personal Protective Equipment
It is common for a handful of staff members to interact with dozens of residents in the course of a normal workday. Wearing essential PPE such as masks can reduce the risk of one individual passing the virus on to many of the residents who they are caring for.
Immunization for staff members is one of nursing homes’ best defenses against the virus. Likewise, facilitating residents’ access to vaccines and any necessary boosters is a key priority.The problems with COVID and nursing homes will continue to impact managerial practices and procedures for administering care. Many of the adjustments that they have had to undergo will play a role in shaping permanent policy changes aimed at emergency preparedness and protecting a vulnerable population from highly transmissible infections.