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Nursing homes are unprepared to deal with coronavirus

| Mar 11, 2020 | Nursing Home Neglect |

New Mexico nursing homes may struggle with basic sanitation and infection control issues even without the threat of coronavirus. Nursing homes nationwide are routinely cited by the federal government for their failure to take measures to prevent infections among their residents. These nursing facilities may not do the simple daily things that keep residents safe from this possibly deadly ailment.

Some nursing homes will have difficulty keeping the spread of coronavirus in check among their residents. Many of these facilities cut back on their staffing so that they can increase their profits. Nursing homes are routinely cited by both the state and federal government for basic infection control failures, including not taking the proper steps to sanitize critical medical equipment.

In the meantime, nursing home residents worry that they are highly susceptible the coronavirus because of their own risk factors and due to the fact that their environments are already prone to infection. One nursing home in the Seattle area was at the epicenter of coronavirus. It lost 16 residents who passed away from the virus. Nursing homes may not be properly prepared to deal with a new infectious disease given their difficulties dealing with things such as infection and the flu.

Families that are concerned about the conditions in the nursing home where their loved one lives may contact an attorney to help them deal with nursing home neglect and the effect that it has on their family member. If their loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a nursing home, including contracting an infection, the attorney may help them file a lawsuit against the nursing home. Legal representation might be important when taking on nursing homes in court that are frequently sued by residents’ families.