Nursing homes require a significant change, as COVID-19 exposed the underlying issues facing these facilities. Nursing homes face a myriad of problems, like poor living conditions and violation of health codes. 94% of nursing homes were cited for health violations and 17% of these caused physical injury to patients, including bedsores, medical confusions, faulty diet or nutrition, and abuse and neglect.
These problems create serious concern, as the necessity for nursing homes has risen over the years. Furthermore, 65-year-olds have a 70% chance of needing long-term care, and 20% of them will require care for more than five years. According to Ritz Flooring, nursing homes also face financial issues in addition to problems with treatment. From 1999 to 2008, 50% of hospital-based facilities shut down, 11% of freestanding facilities closed, and 10% of rural facilities shut down.
Nursing homes are expected to adhere to a standard, and if they are unable to, they face a higher risk of shutting down. Nursing homes fail faster with certain factors like poor occupancy, poor recreation options, and poorly constructed physical design, and other failures like inadequate medical reimbursement, high overhead costs, and breaches of biohazard safety.
It is useful to use ergonomic appliances and technology, high-quality, budget-friendly, economically priced technology, and most importantly, to use high quality of care and attention to organizing the building, as the patients should always be the top priority. Investing in cost-effective architecture, including luxury vinyl tiles for smooth and fall-proof, slip-resistant surfaces and waterproof stone particle composite, will take steps to ensure safety.
Throughout COVID-19, you must examine hygiene with high priority to protect the patients from the virus and enforce a feeling of safety through cleanliness when designing the facilities. Action must be taken to restore the faith in these nursing homes as facilities for care and it can be done with small steps, starting with architecture.