Updated: Aug 10, 2020
Ultraviolet Sanitation Solutions from United UV-C
One-Third of All U.S. Coronavirus Deaths are Nursing Home Residents or Workers. Amidst the outbreak of the Covid-19 Pandemic, within a few short months the virus had infected more than 153,000 at some 7,700 facilities. Nursing home populations are at a high risk of being infected by — and dying from — the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Covid-19 is known to be particularly lethal to older adults with underlying health conditions, and can spread more easily through congregate facilities, where many people live in a confined environment and workers move from room to room. Assisted Living Facilities have been forced to improve their strategies for improving sterilization and cleanliness.
Families making the choice to place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility often focus their research on available social activities, friendliness of staff, or the comfort of the space. However, with the growing concern over the spread of infectious viruses and community-acquired infections, the ability for a facility to effectively clean and disinfect on a regular basis to prevent and/or control infections is becoming a more critical factor in that decision. As loved ones were put on lock down and isolated into quarantined during the pandemic - the demand for hospital grade sanitation became expected for our most vulnerable family members and those who care for them.
INFECTIONS IN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES
While there is no comprehensive system of collecting all data on outbreaks in long-term care facilities, the CDC indicates that up to 3 million serious infections occur in assisted living facilities each year. A recent study by Columbia University School of Nursing, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, reported that between 11-59% of nursing home residents are "colonized" with certain types of "superbugs."
Efforts are underway to build a more comprehensive approach to addressing this public health issue in assisted living facilities. Facilities are being educated on strategies, such as better infection prevention and other control mechanisms.
ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT FOR DISINFECTION
Facilities need additional tools to help protect those entrusted into their care. Many cleaning methods rely on the diligence of staff to properly follow the instructions on disinfectants to ensure they are killing germs in a space. Bacteria and viruses can often last for weeks or months on surfaces, if not handled properly.
However, there is now an option that provides an additional layer of defense against these germs.
United UV-C has a proven, cutting-edge solution for facilities that is still cost-effective. Our Clean Slate Service Plan uses High Output (HO) UV-C Light technology to kill bacteria, fungi, mold, and viruses in minutes.
The goal is for the facility to start off each week with a "Clean Slate" of disinfection.
With a Sterilization Process performed each week, the staff and residents are better protected and can rest assured that their facility starts off each week as clean as it can be. UV-Tec's EPA Certified Technicians can quickly disinfect common spaces and individual rooms discretely and without the use of any harsh chemicals. UV-Tec's service is available for on-demand cleanings or contracted for a weekly service to enhance existing cleaning protocols.
For more information, contact United UV-C to find out how we can help assisted living facilities do more to protect the health and well-being of loved ones entrusted in their care.