Interesting, and troubling, news came out of Colorado as 21 residents and 7 staff members were reported ill with the norovirus at a suburban Denver nursing home.
Norovirus, though not considered being particularly harmful to humans, causes stomach and intestinal inflammation that can lead to dehydration and, ultimately, hospitalization in the elderly.
Although this matter has been reported to the Tri County Health Department, the facility will reportedly stay open while it conducts a cleaning procedure. This is a particularly worrisome story, regardless of how “serious” this outbreak may, or may not, be. The elderly are generally more susceptible to health issues such as these — particularly those in nursing homes already in deteriorating health.
This is why it is important to look into the sanitation procedures that nursing home facilities have in place when considering a residence for your loved one, as poor procedures or failing to follow up on procedures in place can take a bad situation and make it worse.
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