Mold in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

It’s a hard decision and tough to find the right nursing home for your loved one.

It’s never a happy time in anyone’s life when they realize it’s time to find a nursing home or assisted-living facility for their parent or loved one. There is so much emotion involved with the decision, and then the guilt that the family member won’t get the best care when in a facility.

But sometimes there’s no other choice, especially when the medical needs of the loved one exceed the capabilities of the family caregiver. But that doesn’t make the decision any easier, and it still leaves the need to find and choose an appropriate facility.

Recently, inspectors from the California Department of Justice performed surprise inspections in 14 nursing homes across California. The results were grim. With the violations that the inspectors saw, including peeling wallpaper, there’s no doubt that there was mold in many of these derelict facilities.

If you’ve noticed that your family member or loved one has exhibited symptoms of mold sickness as shown below, you should insist that the building be inspected for mold. If you suspect mold is already in the building—if you’ve noticed signs in the bathrooms or ceilings or if the facility has recently had flooding, then you should insist that the facility owners or administrators call a licensed mold remediation team immediately.

Common symptoms of mold exposure include:

  • Sneezing
  • Itching Skin
  • Redness and skin irritation
  • Watery Eyes
  • Itching Eyes
  • Headache

Advanced symptoms of mold exposure include:

  • Constant Headaches
  • Nose Bleeds
  • Feelings of Constant Fatigue
  • Breathing Disorders
  • Coughing up Blood or Black Debris
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Weight Loss
  • Hair loss
  • Skin Rashes
  • Open Sores on the Skin
  • Memory Loss “Short Term”
  • Neurological & Nervous Disorders
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Swollen Glands in the Neck Area and under the Armpit
  • Sudden Asthma Attacks or Breathing Disorders
  • Ear Infections and Pain
  • Chronic Sinus Infections
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Pain in the Joints and Muscles

Of course, some of these symptoms can be attributed to the advanced age and other medical conditions of the residents, but there are several which are sure signs of mold exposure. Don’t let your loved one’s health suffer further! Our trained professionals operate 24/7 in Orange County and can respond to existing mold problems and emergency flooding situations for immediate quarantine and clean-up.

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