Post # 1
Our daughter, who is due on Tuesday, will have two great grandmothers, one of whom lives in a nursing home.
I know that in nursing homes, as in most communal living spaces, infections can spread pretty quickly and it’s much easier to catch something.
Of course, my husband’s grandmother is going to want to meet her great granddaughter, but I’m concerned about bringing her there at too young an age. Everyone in my husband’s family understands that we aren’t going to be spending hours there. Chances are we’d spend an hour there, tops.
At what age would you feel comfortable bringing your newborn to a nursing home? Bear in mind that this great grandmother in particular is 102 years old, so time may not be on our side.
Post # 3
Honestly there are germs everywhere. I would be more hesitant to take my child to a mall than a nursing home. Standard practice is to use hand sanitizer whereas in most public places you do not have that. I would just carry some hand sanitizer with you. Most first time moms do anyway. If someone has the flu or pneumonia then they are most likely not sitting around with everyone else.
Post # 4
I would call ahead and ask if you could use a small meeting room. Then everyone won’t be touching the baby. Nursing home residents love babies and everyone will want to see her. If you go in a side door right to a small meeting room you should avoid most of the germs. I would also have great grandma wash her hands and wipe down the arms of her wheelchair (or place a big blanket over it). Many elderly people don’t wash their hands well anymore and wheelchairs become a germ spreader. Even if great grandma is clean other residents grab the arms of wheelchairs. I wouldn’t wait to long after birth but at least 2-3 weeks. It is very sweet of you to make the effort. It always made me sad to watch our residents cry because they missed all important events. Praying you have an easy delivery!
Post # 5
It should be totally fine. I just wouldn’t bring her if she had a cold or something that could spread to the adults but if she is a newborn she should be good, especially with your immunities still in her. If you’re breastfeeding, it’s even less likely.
As for her getting sick, as long as there isn’t an outbreak of something, I wouldn’t hesitate, it’s usually just another “home” for people and not like being in a hospital.
I would definitely want to let the grandparents see her.
Post # 6
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I think the reason things spread quickly there is just that many of the occupants are so elderly and may have (non-contagious) illnesses that make it easier for germs to spread around. I wouldn’t worry about it. Meeting in a smaller meeting room, or in the grandmas’ own living quarters could help you feel more comfortable with it though.
Post # 7
I would call and ensure that the nursing home does not have an outbreak of anything, MRSA, VRE, CDIFF etc…If they are in the clear that way, then I would go ahead, but would make it a short visit.
Post # 8
I actually work in a nursing home and I feel it’s fine. FYI if there are residents with CDiff, VRE or MRSA, they are put on isolation and can’t leave the room so the likelihood of you coming in contact with them is slim. Plus if your Grandma had any of that, it’s best she doesn’t see her till it is cleared and most wouldn’t let a small child visit and they also wouldn’t be allowed to really tell you if they had a resident other than your Grandma with a disease like that bc it’s a HIPPA violation. I disagree with the small meeting room, those are usually communal and if you’re afraid of germs it’s best to stick to your Grandmas room. If your child is sick or in fact anyone please either don’t bring her or wear a surgical mask to protect the other residents. We do this during peak flu season bc family members bring in so much outside germs and the elderly are just as high risk as babies. Just use basic standard precautions and you’ll be fine.
Edit: For some reason missed that your baby will be a newborn. Most doctors actually recommend you wait till they are at least 2 months old when they’ve had their first round of vaccines.