COVID-19 is disproportionately dangerous for those over age 65, making nursing and residential care facilities vulnerable to outbreaks of serious infection. About 40% of coronavirus deaths in the United States have occurred among residents and employees of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.
These facts make it vital for facility managers to ensure consistent cleaning and disinfection – without putting residents or workers at risk. Fortunately, implementing an on-site generation (OSG) system that produces cleaning and disinfecting solutions in senior living communities can increase both your access to effective solutions and the overall safety of your cleaning program.
Caring for Senior Living Communities
One way for facility managers of nursing homes and long-term care facilities to show they care for their senior residents is to keep the environment clean and free of infectious pathogens. Using an on-site generator supports cleaning programs in long-term care facilities in the following three ways:
- Continuous Access to Solutions. Using only salt, water and electricity, the on-site generator produces an all-purpose cleaner/degreaser and a sanitizer/disinfectant in your facility, on demand, in the desired volumes. To clean more often, as senior living facilities may require, facility managers can simply create more solutions.
- Effective Cleaning and Disinfection. The electrochemically activated solutions (ECAS) produced by the OSG system effectively remove soils and kill 99.999% of bacteria. In addition, the disinfectant has proven itself effective against human coronavirus and other viruses more resilient to disinfection.
- Peace of Mind. Some conventional cleaning and disinfecting chemicals are toxic and corrosive, presenting risks to those using them and vulnerable residents. Some can cause adverse symptoms or, if improperly mixed, severe harm. OSG, however, creates solutions that are non-irritating to skin and eyes. Workers will appreciate that their employer considers their health and safety, and residents may feel safer knowing there is reduced risk of chemical exposure. In addition, family members of residents and staff will be comforted knowing their loved one lives in a clean facility.
Guarding the Golden Years
As COVID-19 continues to spread, many nursing homes and long-term care facilities are continuing to clean and disinfect frequently and thoroughly. As a result, they should carefully review their cleaning programs and make any necessary adjustments in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Generating solutions on site can be an effective alternative that provides on-demand access to cleaning and disinfecting solutions and allows for successful germ removal without the health risks that toxic and corrosive conventional chemicals may present to residents and staff. Ultimately, OSG helps senior living facilities demonstrate they care for building occupants – and gives facility managers the peace of mind that comes from knowing residents and employees feel safe during these difficult times.
To access the CDC’s training module on “Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection” in nursing homes, visit https://www.train.org/cdctrain/course/1081815.