Nursing Homes and Assisted Living (Long-term Care Facilities)
Nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities, (collectively known as long-term care facilities, LTCFs) provide a variety of services, both medical and personal care, to people who are unable to manage independently in the community. Over 4 million Americans are admitted to or reside in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities each year and nearly one million persons reside in assisted living facilities. Data about infections in LTCFs are limited, but it has been estimated in the medical literature that:
- 1 to 3 million serious infections occur every year in these facilities.
- Infections include urinary tract infection, diarrheal diseases, antibiotic-resistant staph infections and many others.
- Infections are a major cause of hospitalization and death; as many as 380,000 people die of the infections in LTCFs every year.
Fact sheets, guidelines, reports, and resources
Fact sheet, patient safety and other information
Checklists, fact sheet, toolkits, and additional links
Specialized training and resources for nursing home staff
State-developed resources and information
The Department of Health and Human Services has developed a strategy to address infections in Long-term Care Facilities in Phase 3 of the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Eliminationexternal icon
Making nursing homes better places to live, work, and visit.
National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaignexternal icon