Why are skin infections so common in nursing homes?

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2024 | Nursing Home Negligence |

Your loved ones deserve the best, leading you to rely on nursing homes that promise top-notch care and support. Unfortunately, many facilities fall short of expectations. Skin infections, a common consequence of nursing home neglect, can pose severe health risks to aging adults with already compromised immune systems. Leaving them unchecked may result in serious health complications.

Nursing homes as a breeding ground for bacteria

Caring for older adults demands diligent efforts that many facilities are unable to provide. While there are many factors that contribute to skin infections in residents, they often stem from negligence in nursing homes.

Thinning, fragile skin leaves older adults more vulnerable to infections like cellulitis, conjunctivitis, and necrotizing fasciitis. When nursing homes are understaffed or poorly maintained, it can result in inadequate care for residents. Overlooked bruises and bedsores can become gateways for bacteria. Moreover, facilities that prioritize profits may compromise the resources needed to properly sanitize living quarters, shared spaces, medical equipment and eating utensils.

Despite being seemingly minor, skin infections pose a serious threat to those with weakened immune systems. Complications such as bacterial meningitis can lead to seizures, hearing loss or even death. Furthermore, infections may heighten the risk of sepsis, potentially leading to septic shock.

Safeguarding your loved one’s health

Although you cannot be with them at all times, you can still advocate for your loved one’s health. On visits, inspect for signs of skin infections, such as bruises or open wounds. Call the staff’s attention if necessary so they can take action. Given the potential risks of skin infections, including life-threatening conditions, it’s crucial to be proactive.

If you suspect neglect, there are legal avenues available that you may explore.