Superbugs plague care homes

Research collected from 12 studies out of the Columbia University School of Nursing and found that a large number of care homes are infested with superbugs.

In fact, their results showed that an average of 27 per cent of a large sample of care home residents were colonised with a multi-drug resistant gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB). This superbug causes the kind of infections that could potentially be fatal – like pneumonia, bloodstream infections, wound or surgical site infections, and meningitis… And it’s not just in the US, because similar concerning reports have come from the UK.

It’s not surprising, when you consider the risk factors for colonisation of superbugs. These include almost every reason why the elderly who end up in a care home: chronic disease, a history of recurrent hospitalisation, increased contact with healthcare workers, using invasive medical devices like ports or catheters, having advanced dementia, being incontinent, or bed or wheelchair-bound.

To make matters worse, when you’re in a care home, you’re surrounded by other elderly patients who fit the same bill – and therefore are just as susceptible – which is why ANY infection can spread like wildfire in one of those facilities.

Combine that with the widespread use of antibiotics the moment someone gets the sniffles… and the prevalence of antimicrobials (hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps)… and all the “good” bacteria get wiped out, opening the door for superbugs to walk right in.

So, first thing’s first, try to avoid ending up in one of these facilities. Take care of your health now… address the root causes of chronic disease… and keep your mind sharp and your body strong as long as you can.

Stay off antibiotics unless they’re absolutely necessary, and wash your hands with old fashioned way – with soap and water.

The fact is, no one wants to give up their independence… lose touch with friends and family… or have to sacrifice many of life’s pleasures once they walk through the doors at “Shady Pines”.
With the added threat of these superbugs lurking around, you’ll want to do anything it takes to stay out of a care home… for as long as possible.

Now, everybody needs a little help every now and then – but as you get older, it’s a pretty big leap to go from living independently to becoming dependent on healthcare workers and hooked up to wires and tubes 24/7.

If it gets to the point where you need a support system that’s available around-the-clock, you’ll have a much better chance of surviving – and even thriving – at an assisted living facility, where you can get a helping hand but you’re not relegated to living with the sickest-of-the-sick.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing

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