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How to tell if a senior has viral pneumonia

On Behalf of | Mar 10, 2022 | Nursing Home Negligence

Placing a loved one in a New Mexico nursing home can be cause for anxiety. You want to make sure that your senior relative is well taken care of and that the facility you place them at has the highest possible standards of care. You will always be looking out to make sure your senior is safe from harm.

What are the signs of viral pneumonia?

No one wants to see their loved one suffer from any type of nursing home injury. This includes any type of infection that they may receive during the time they are living in the home. One of the most dangerous infections that a senior can come down with is viral pneumonia. This illness has several tell-tale signs that you should be looking out for. Some of the most common indicators of viral pneumonia include:

  • Fever
  • A dry cough or one that produces yellow or green mucus
  • Chills
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Listlessness
  • Muscle aches
  • Loss of appetite
  • A bluish tint that appears on the lips
  • General weakness

What to do if your loved one is ill

The fact that your loved one may have come down with viral pneumonia can be evidence of neglect in the nursing home. If this is the case, you need to take action. You should speak immediately to the supervisor or owner of the facility.

Nursing home neglect is a serious matter. Your senior relative may have come down with pneumonia as a result of understaffing, negligence or sheer oversight. Whatever the reason may be, you need to get to the bottom of it to prevent the incident from occurring again.


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