While long-term care facilities encounter the same hospital-acquired infections as hospitals, the nature of the environment presents a different set of challenges. Dr. Fontaine Sands, ALM Clinical Advisor, points out that because long-term care residents are mobile, as opposed to being confined to rooms as is most often the case in hospitals, infections can spread rapidly.
Long-term care facilities, nursing homes, hospice, etc., are also subject to regulations concerning linen. However, many of these businesses use on-site processing equipment rather than outsourcing to a large laundry, so how to ensure cleanliness and good outcomes may vary from the commercial laundry. Another difference, long-term care facilities have personal attire and bedding to process for residents.