Viruses can be deadly case of neglect in South Florida nursing homes

Severe viral outbreaks are threatening the health and welfare of Florida nursing home residents, according to Florida Today.

The flu can spread through a nursing home like wildfire and can be particularly devastating to the older population. Sepsis and other bacteria or viral infections may also threaten the well-being of nursing home residents. A Fort Lauderdale nursing home neglect lawyer should always be consulted whenever a resident dies from a sudden illness in a Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach county nursing facility. In many faces, such illnesses could have been prevented by an alert staff properly concerned about the welfare of residents.

Florida Today reports a husband who attempted to pick his 84-year-old wife up for Christmas dinner was told the facility was on a self-imposed quarantine because of a viral outbreak. Worse, the home would not tell him what kind of virus but said his wife, who has advanced Parkinson’s disease, could not receive visitors during the holidays.

Last week, the 114-bed facility was adorned with orange signs asking visitors not to enter until further notice. The Florida Today reports the two-week quarantine was the result of a norovirus or stomach flu, which also impact seven other nursing homes and residential care facilities in the area.

The Brevard County Health Department said as many as 25 percent of residents were infected. Similar outbreaks have been confirmed in Palm Beach County, and Hendry County, according to the Florida Department of Health.