In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, more emphasis is being placed on respiratory illnesses and their impact on residents of skilled nursing and senior living facilities.
According to a report from the Office of the Inspector General, more than 12% of nursing home hospitalizations are a result of lower respiratory issues like pneumonia and COPD related problems.
Some contributing factors to respiratory illnesses may be in the environment, specifically the carpet. Dust, dirt, mold, allergens and irritants can become trapped in carpet, both in patient rooms and in common areas.
Carpet is often a good choice for skilled nursing facilities as well as those who cater to seniors. Carpet allows for more sure footing with less possibility for slipping and it can cushion falls.
Skilled nursing and senior living facilities can help keep their residents safer and healthier with regular and thorough professional carpet cleaning. Professional carpet cleaners will utilize special equipment and cleaning solutions that not only provide a thorough cleaning but deodorizing as well. Lifting and suctioning away these respiratory irritants and odors can greatly improve the air quality and overall indoor environment.
It is best to consult with a professional to discuss your facility and special needs of your team and/or residents. Getting on a regular schedule will not only be a proactive way to keep residents and staff healthier, but it also will enhance and extend the overall life of your carpet.
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