Long Term Care Homes have the great advantage of bringing skilled professionals and equipment together where they are needed. They bring with them also the disadvantage that residents are easily victim of the regular epidemics, called outbreaks, that spread rapidly despite all the stringent precautions taken.
One of the annoying but effective counter measures used, which irked but thoughtful residents appreciate, is isolation & where necessary gowns etc. worn by visiting staff. These actions initiated by the medical staff in a timely manner do a great deal in preventing an outbreak and the many inconveniences to all that outbreaks incur.
Whenever there are outbreaks outside appointments are cancelled & these are often made months ahead etc. Residents all appreciate the precautions taken & hopefully the ones in isolation understand.