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Warning, antibiotic resistant germs can be found in nursing homes

When you have a good estate plan in place that accounts for potential long-term illnesses or extended stays in a nursing home, you tend not to worry if you have to visit the doctors down the road. You may experience less stress if you have to stay in a hospital or nursing home to receive care. That's because you've set aside money for this exact purpose and know that you're covered.

But as our Melbourne readers likely know, there is more to an estate plan than just setting aside money so that you don't have to worry about it down the road. It's about planning ahead for the unthinkable and having contingency plans in place to handle these typically stressful situations. That's why, in today's post, we wanted to inform our readers about a potential danger that could be found at any nursing home in the nation. By highlighting it today, we hope it encourages our readers to ask: did I plan for this in my estate plan?

The danger we want to talk about today is carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, which is a group of germs you've probably heard mentioned more and more in recent years. That's because this particular group of germs is difficult to eradicate because they have become resistant to antibiotics. In many cases, they can cause serious illness and even death. Talked about on the news as having been found mostly in hospitals, CRE germs can crop up in just about any health care facility, including nursing homes.

It's because of the fact that CRE can be found in nursing homes and can cause death that we thought our readers may want to know about this danger. It's something unpredictable like this that could easily wreak havoc on an estate plan, especially if you do not have a contingency plan in place for something that can have such traumatic consequences. By talking about it today, we hope you will consider this possibility and makes plans accordingly.

Source: The Centers for Disease Control, "Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in Healthcare Settings," March 9, 2015

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