To many infection preventionists, nursing homes had been ticking time bombs long before early last year. One-on-one, the job had always been manageable. En masse, it was an entirely different story.
COVID-19 has shaken the trust in infection control and safety that seniors and their families place with senior care organizations like yours. 49% of seniors don’t trust safety at senior care organizations according to a recent survey. This broken trust is having a major impact on census, staff morale, and relations with residents and their loved ones.
COVID risk management is critical for long-term care facilities. Over 540,000 people associated with 21,000 long term care facilities have been infected with COVID-19. Unfortunately, another leading vaccine candidate in stage-3 clinical trial is on hold because of a patient illness. COVID will be a challenge for long-term care facilities for years.