Nursing Home Care Risks Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
Nursing home residents tend to be frailer, have more functional limitations, and have more chronic and complex conditions than the general adult population.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions, like heart or lung disease or diabetes, are likely to develop more serious complications from the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. This fact puts nursing home residents at the highest risk for serious illness as a result of exposure — but it’s not the only risk.
Most nursing home residents require assistance with one or more activities of daily living, such as turning and repositioning, getting in and out of bed, using the toilet, bathing, feeding, incontinent care and more. In order to adequately provide these services, nursing homes must be sufficiently staffed.