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-19 is a wake-up call to the entire skilled nursing and LTC industry. Organizations must stay informed on legal issues related to COVID-19 and understand business practices that contribute to civil and criminal lawsuits. With knowledge in hand, best practices can be put in place to help LTC operators protect themselves from lawsuits.
History may come to see COVID-19 as the seminal event shaping infection control practices in healthcare. While the pandemic, so far, has spotlighted the ineffectiveness of current processes to assess, plan and manage infection control risks, there is also a bright side. The urgent need to keep residents, staff and visitors safe has inspired long-overdue innovation in proactively managing all infection control risks at nursing homes and other care sites.
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