Hi everyone, been a long time since Ive posted, but I like to dip in and out from time to time, there is always a wealth on information and advice which is so gratefully received. Which is why Im back...to pick your brains if i may.
Dad has been in the care home now for coming up a year and we're quite happy with the care he has received. However, recently he has developed an itchy rash, mainly on his torso (front and back) but also on his legs and arms, we thought that they looked like an insect bite. The care home's own doctor took a look at dad last week. The senior carer on dads ward/unit spoke to us as told us that the doctor had said that it 'wasnt scabies' we hadnt even mentioned scabies to them, it hadnt even crossed our minds to be honest, so the suggestion that it may have been scabies obviously came from the care home. However, the doctor has prescribed some Permethrin/Lyclear for dad which I understand is specifically for scabies or crab lice. I have done a little bit of research myself and it certainly looks and sounds like scabies to me. I know that several of the other residents at the home have rashes too. I feel that maybe the carehome are trying to cover this up.
What makes me cross is that we are always visiting dad, mum is there every single day without fail. She was actually asked to apply his Lyclear herself (dad can be very difficult) It hadnt occured to mum that what he may have could be highly contagious with prolonged contact. Im worried now that we're all infected!!!
Apart from the obvious, treating everyone and making people (visitors) aware, what else should they be doing?? Do they have to report this as an infestation outbreak or report it to infection control somewhere??
Thanks in advance
Itchy Wendy!! :eek: