When you’re looking for a skilled nursing facility for a loved one, the criteria on which you base your decision will likely focus on meeting the resident’s physical needs. However, in order to promote a successful transition from life now, to living-and thriving-in a nursing home environment, you should look at several key aspects of the skilled nursing facilities you tour.
Recently it’s become increasingly common for nursing facilities, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to hire the services of a specialist cleaning company. There is an array of reasons for this; some of them being that it’s economically viable, more environmentally friendly, and has proven to improve the health of residents by reducing infection rates.
What to think about.
When family members must choose a nursing home to help with the care and safety of their loved one, there are many factors that contribute to that decision. While the location, the monthly fee, the professional staffing, and the planned activities are all important components, the overall cleanliness of the nursing home is often the one deciding influence.
If a family member readily sees soiled carpeting, cloudy windows, filthy surfaces, and unclean bathrooms during a tour of the facility, you can guarantee he or she is wondering:
“If this is what they feel comfortable displaying about their facility to visitors and potential clients, what is behind-the-scenes that isn’t so obvious?”
While you, as the owner or General Manager, are ultimately responsible for the overall appearance and cleanliness of your nursing home, that responsibility should get designated to two other groups of people under your supervision. And, they are:
Owning or managing a skilled nursing facility is a huge responsibility that demands many skills and expertise ~ one of which is being able to create and sustain a viable and effective budget. From staffing and training to inventory, marketing, and resident activities, each component of your budget is equally important to the overall success of your business. While your cleaning costs are certainly an integral part of your daily budget, there are ways to cut costs without compromising quality. Here’s how:
Having a good nursing facility cleaning strategy is vital to the well-being and health of your nurses, staff and patients. It is estimated that over one million infections and over ninety thousand deaths occur each year because of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). When your facility is professionally cleaned and maintained it will reduce the chances of transmission of germs and disease that may potentially cause your nursing staff to become overtaxed.
The various strategies to keep your facility clean should be familiar to the company you are hiring. This in turn will create a safe and clean work environment for your staff and a healthy nursing environment for patients.
Here are some tasks that are mission-critical to keeping your facilty clean and safe:
Every health care facility starts off with the goal of being profitable and sustainable in this economic environment. With today's continuously rising costs due to inflation, business owners need to think of ways to survive this economic reality. This is a situation everyone of us faces every day, even a nursing homes are having problems due to rising costs.
During a recent flu season, an estimated 147.8 million doses of vaccine were administered in the United States. U.S. citizens are urged more than ever to wash their hands on a regular basis. This recent flu season proved to cause a significant burden in older people and caused a higher hospitalization rate than ever before in people 65 years and older.
Getting the flu is not fun, to say the least, and washing your hands regularly helps to protect against everything including the flu, the common cold and is simply a good preventative step to keep from spreading germs around a busy place like the office or a nursing home. You must do a good job of keeping and preventing your nursing home or rehab facility free from all such pathogens. Your employees also will be more healthy, creating fewer sick days, resultin in your business to operating more efficiently.