Studies indicate that a clean and comfortable environment significantly improves a person’s health and well-being. It is a critical factor prospective customers inspect when searching for retirement home facilities for their loved ones. Keeping older loved ones comfortable in their twilight years is a way to show them how much they are loved.
Retirement home managers should not be satisfied when they see the home clean. Clean doesn’t mean it is safe from disease-causing microorganisms. Regular inspection for sanitation purposes should be done to prevent residents from getting infected with certain diseases. You would not want to risk an outbreak in your facility because it could ruin the business. People talk, and by word of mouth, they could destroy your retirement home’s reputation.
Tips to Keep Your Facility Clean and Hygienic
- Clean and disinfect on a regular basis
Older people’s immune systems are not as strong as when they were young. They are easily prone to respiratory diseases. Ensure all rooms, especially residents’ rooms, are cleaned on a daily basis. Check for spilled foods and drinks that could become breeding grounds for germs and bacteria.
It is also not sufficient to just wipe doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls. Disinfect these high-touch items with cleaning solutions that are certified safe. Do not risk residents getting in contact with toxic chemicals.
Studies have shown that an increasing number of work-related respiratory diseases are caused by toxic cleaning solutions and disinfectants. It is particularly the case among health workers in hospitals and retirement homes.
- Eating facility
The cafeteria is a source of contamination if cooking and eating utensils are not properly washed and stored. Cockroaches could raid your kitchen and eating area at night and could spread germs.
- Prevent limescale on bathrooms
A limescale build up could only mean one thing – poor maintenance. It is a definite no-no in a retirement home. Regular cleaning with the use of a non-toxic solution or green product is recommended.
Bathrooms should also be kept clean at all times. Disinfect toilet bowls, tubs and lavatories, as well as shower handles.
- Keep a sanitized laundry facility
The laundry area, even if it is not a place visited by residents, should be kept clean all the time. Residents’ clothes are washed here, and bacteria that get in contact with their clothes could be easily transferred once the clothing is worn.
Use a laundry system that could disinfect clothes during washing, at the same time keep it smelling fresh and clean. An efficient laundry system lowers electricity cost and work time for laundry employees. Clothes, bedding, etc. tend to look whiter when washed in a good laundry system.
- Start from the top most floor downwards
Cleaning should always begin at the higher floors. When you start on the ground level going up, there is a huge possibility that the lower floors could become messy again from dirt and grime on the upper floors. You would be wasting a lot of time cleaning this way.