How someone dies is a very important part of the culture of the long-term care organization. Odds are your community can improve its culture in this area.
The elderly are more likely than younger people to have compromised immunity and experience infections while grieving, according to a British study.
The general public could never understand the emotional bonding that we have with our residents. Granted, not every resident pulls at our heartstrings. I enjoy watching how one particular resident will connect with a specific employee. For example, I might find a resident "challenging" while my co-worker will find her endearing.