It is the beginning of November. Snow is not far off and colder weather has already set in. The Chicagoland area is no stranger to winter storms and freezing temperatures. With the winter weather fast approaching, nursing homes need to be prepare their facilities and residents for the winter season.
Nursing homes are required by law to maintain safe and functioning facilities. This means nursing homes and their staff should be checking furnaces for proper function and safety which includes reviewing every resident's room to be sure the temperatures remain warm.
Nursing home residents are more susceptible to cold and flu viruses. All nursing home residents should receive flu shots in order to protect them this winter.
Furthermore, icy conditions can often leave to damaging falls and accidents. To avoid icy conditions, salt and sand may be used on outdoor pathways to ensure resident and staff safety.
If you or a loved one lives in a nursing home, be sure to ask the staff what they are doing to prepare the facility for the cold weather and winter storms.