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The Changing Picture of Maintenance Work at Senior Care Facilities
In the 21st century, the nature of senior living — and thus, the facilities that must be developed to accompany new paradigms — is evolving. In the past, one of the greatest concerns expressed by seniors moving into such a facility was disconnect, or the sense of having to remove oneself from a vibrant, loving community to be placed in an insular, closed-off building that is more hospital-like than homey. These days, as explained by FacilitiesNet, the very shape and structure of new senior facilities is being crafted with the notion of integrating into existing communities, rather than separating from them. This requires innovative new architectural work, great planning, and a listening ear.
Top Concerns of Senior Living Facility Managers
In any conversation with long-term care facility managers, the top concern is always financial pressure. This is followed by emergency systems requirements and other compliance issues as well as security concerns. Facility managers are under constant pressure to keep costs down, but yet are expected to maintain the facility and patient safety as well as meet any new regulations that may come along.
Three Ways to Reduce Senior Care Facility Costs without Compromising Patient Care
As the U.S. populations ages, competition for senior care facilities will increase as more senior care facilities will be coming online to meet demand. And the coming numbers are astounding. According to the US Census Bureau, by 2050, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to be 88.5 million, more than double its projected population of 40.2 million in 2010. So how can you reduce costs to stay competitive while not compromising patient care?
Healthcare Facility Management and Compliance
Compliance is at the forefront of every healthcare facility manager’s mind. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are regulated, in most states, by a combination of state (Department of Health) and federal authorities (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS). Inspections are usually done, unannounced, at least once per year.
Failure to comply with regulations could result—in the most dire of circumstances where patient safety is threatened—in penalties that include fines, appointed facility supervisors, suspension of new resident admissions, or license suspension. Findings that do not pose an imminent threat to patient safety will call for nursing home administrators to offer a “plan of correction.”
Preventative maintenance is key when it comes to compliance because once an inspection is underway, it is too late to fix things.
So, what are the compliance issues that healthcare facility managers have to be on top of? As we see it, the main issues are: emergency preparedness, control of infection, fire safety, HVAC, utilities, and the overall safety of residents (including general maintenance of things like elevators, furniture, floors, beds, carts, etc.)
Making Senior Facility Maintenance MORE Efficient and LESS Costly
As senior living facility managers know, nursing homes and assisted living centers, face a unique set of issues when it comes to facility maintenance. This population is even more prone to falls and other accidents, with many residents frail ordealing with disabilities and/or dementia. Needless to say, the maintenance of these facilities must meet the highest standards. In this blog, I’d like to present someways for senior living facility managers to achieve these high standards of efficiency, while at the same time cutting the maintenance crew’s time on each job—and maintenance costs overall.