Some Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facilities Limit Visits Due to H1N1

In an effort to help prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus to patients, some health care facilities including nursing homes and assisted living facilities are temporarily raising the minimum age of visitors to 18. This is in response to the increase in H1N1 prevalence in children.

Families are also being encouraged to limit all visits during the flu season to immediate family only.

With the safety of  both patients and visitors at risk, any visitors that display cold or flu-like symptoms are asked to refrain from visiting patients until the visitor is symptom-free for at least 24 hours.The visitor guidelines vary by facility, but are gaining popularity because of H1N1 (Swine Flu). The elderly and the sick, in nursing homes and hospitals, present a higher risk when infected with the flu than healthier individuals.

“Children and young adults are particularly vulnerable to this new flu, and we know from seasonal flu that children are often the source of influenza outbreaks,” said one care center public relations associate. “By limiting child visitors, we are attempting to protect vulnerable patients from exposure to H1N1 and to protect the youthful population from unnecessary exposure as well.” For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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