As we saw firsthand during the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors are among the most vulnerable in our community. Older people are more susceptible to illness and disease, which means that nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other spaces where seniors reside and frequent must be safeguarded.
In senior living facilities, infection can spread quickly. As a result, deep cleaning and disinfection must be top priority. Without it, facilities run the risk of putting the well-being and lives of their residents, staff, and guests at risk.
Cleanliness counts in senior living communities
Every detail matters when it comes to the health and safety of senior living facilities. Cleanliness and disinfection not only reduce the spread of infection, but help make residents feel more comfortable and content.
Working with an experienced commercial cleaning company can help senior living facilities:
- Reduce the risk/spread of illness and infection, which could cause disability, injuries, or even death
- Improve the overall environment
- Impact overall morale and satisfaction
- Market themselves to new residents/families in search of a new facility
Developing a commercial cleaning plan
One of the most important things a facility must do is to work with a trusted commercial cleaning company to create a comprehensive and strategic plan. Such a plan would include the following:
Regular cleaning schedule:
This plan would strategically address what the facility needs daily, weekly, monthly, etc. Daily facility cleaning would involve bathrooms and highly-trafficked areas such as waiting rooms, cafeterias, and high-touch surfaces and spaces like elevators, doorknobs, toilets, handles, and railings, etc.
The focus would be ensuring the senior living space is not only meticulously cleaned, but visually appealing as well.
Deep cleaning practices:
The needs of each senior living community are unique, but the necessity of deep cleaning is something they have in common. Failure for diligent and regular deep cleaning in long-term care facilities can be catastrophic because of how vulnerable seniors are when exposed to health risks such as virus and bacteria.
Regular deep cleaning is especially important for hard-to-reach areas and to ensure overall cleanliness and prevention of infection and bacteria growth, which could lead to odor and cross contamination.
The emotion and mental well-being of residents must be kept in mind when developing an appropriate (and ideally discreet!) cleaning schedule. It’s important to keep senior residents comfortable and happy.
As such, not every portion of a resident’s room needs daily cleaning, however regular attention should be paid to garbage disposal and the proper use of disinfectants to combat the spread of germs, bacteria, and viruses.
Advanced cleaning equipment and methods:
The use of proper cleaning equipment and the most cutting-edge strategies are critical when it comes to ensuring superior cleanliness and disinfection in your senior living facility. Such equipment includes EPA-approved, hospital-grade disinfectants, electrostatic sprayers, and microfiber cloths and mop heads.
Electrostatic spraying, in particular, is highly recommended for senior residential spaces. Electrostatically charged mist can be sprayed onto wide surfaces and objects to kill germs, bacteria, and viruses. Safe, efficient, effective with a touchless application means virtually no cross-contamination.
Rely on ABS for all your senior living commercial cleaning needs
With more than 810,000 Americans currently residing in assisted living communities, and the rapid expansion of other senior facilities, there will continue to be a need for high-level commercial cleaning services.
Look no further than ABS for all the cleaning needs in your senior living community. From daily to deep cleaning and more, our reliable, dedicated, and experienced team is here to ensure that the health and safety of your residents, employees, and guests are top priority.
We’ll work closely with you and your team to identify potential risks, thoroughly examine your facility, and develop a comprehensive plan that meets your needs and ensures the safety and well-being of your senior residents.
Contact us today and let’s schedule a complimentary walkthrough of your senior living facility. Rest assured that the vitality of your residents and facility are in exceptional hands with ABS!