Long-Term Care Facilities: Keeping Nursing Homes Safe During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been dire for the elderly. Those living in long-term care facilities, like nursing homes and retirement communities, are especially vulnerable.

The statistics: Experts believe that over 40% of deaths linked to COVID-19 have been associated with long-term care facilities. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that in some first-world countries, figures are as high as 80%.

Why Is the Risk of Contracting COVID-19 Greater in Nursing Homes?

Retirement communities are at greater risk of getting COVID-19 for a number of reasons.

First, to live in a nursing home—for either short-term rehabilitation or long-term assistance—residents must require around-the-clock care. This puts residents and staff in close quarters for extended periods of time. 

In addition, more than 90% of elderly people face at least one chronic condition like diabetes or heart disease. This means that many nursing home residents already struggle with their immune function.

So, retirement communities are rife with people facing underlying conditions—conditions that increase the likelihood of contracting a severe case of COVID-19. Then, with people in close proximity to one another, the transmission of infection is much higher.

Can Hand Sanitizer Help Protect Retirement Homes?

Wearing face coverings and using hand sanitizer can help protect nursing home residents and staff.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing the hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

If soap and water aren’t available, hand sanitizer composed of 60% or more alcohol can help protect against the novel coronavirus as well.

Keeping the Hands Clean: The Correct Way to Sanitize

Unsure of the right way to sanitize the hands?

The process is simple:

  1. Apply the product on the palm of one hand.
  2. Rub both hands together.
  3. Cover all surfaces of the hands for 20 seconds (or until the hands feel dry).

Surely you want to keep your loved ones safe. And with visitation restrictions in place at many long-term care facilities, knowing your elders’ have access to top-quality hand sanitizer can bring peace of mind.

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