HealthySole in Long-Term Care Facilities
Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF) in the U.S. are a major hub for infections. Over 4 million Americans are admitted to nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities each year and nearly 1.5 million live in assisted living facilities. There is an astounding 1.6 to 3.8 million serious infections and 380,000 deaths in these facilities annually. It is also widely discussed that due to high rates of hospitalizations of patients from LTCF’s, many infected patients are a source of origin of infectious pathogens in hospitals.
With the increasing population of those in need of assisted living, LTCF are becoming an increased medical priority. LTCF’s include services such as assisted living facilities, nursing homes, residential care communities, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehab, and long-term acute care facilities. It is estimated that those in need of LTCF’s will likely double from 13 million in the year 2000 to 27 million in 2050 (5.3 million in nursing homes by 2030). Research also indicates that over 40% of Americans over 65 years old will be admitted to a nursing home before they die. The number of deaths due to high infection rates in these facilities are of major concern for both patients and family members involved.