Infection Prevention and Long-term Care Facility Residents

Key points

  • The resources on this page can keep you and your loved ones safe.


Long-term care facilities provide many services, both medical and personal care, to people who are unable to live without help.

If you live in a nursing home, assisted living facility or other long-term care facility, you have a higher risk of getting an infection. There are steps you can take to reduce your risk:

  • Tell your healthcare provider if you think you have an infection or if your infection is getting worse.
  • Take antibiotics exactly as prescribed and tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects, such as diarrhea.
  • Keep your hands clean. Remind staff and visitors to keep their hands clean.
  • Get vaccinated against flu and other infections to avoid complications.

Resources for staying safe in long-term care facilities

Resources for family members and caregivers

  • Medicare resources for long-term care residents and caregivers.