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Tips on Tackling Special Cleaning of Long-Term Care Facilities

The concept of “cleaning for health” takes on a far more important meaning in these settings.

man spray cleaning wheelchairCleaning senior and long-term care (LTC) facilities can be more involved and require more detailed attention than cleaning other types of locations. The concept of “cleaning for health” takes on a far more important meaning in these settings. 

Kaivac offers the following hygienic cleaning suggestions for cleaning professionals responsible for LTC facilities: 

  • Designate which surfaces need to be cleaned with a germicidal disinfectant (areas at high risk for contamination), a sanitizer (moderate risk), or an all-purpose cleaner (low-risk zones such as offices).
  • Staff should avoid eating in clinical areas or nurse stations; food waste provides nourishment for microorganisms and can become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.
  • Phones should be cleaned with a sanitizer several times per day
  • Restrooms should be cleaned using sanitizers or disinfectants when there is an elevated health concern.
  • Food service areas also need to be cleaned with sanitizers, and a disinfectant should be used when health concerns are elevated.

Along with traditional high-touch areas (such as light switches and doorknobs), a big concern in LTC facilities is fomites. Fomites are touchable areas in LTC facilities that can spread disease. These areas include: railings, bedside tables, remote controls, carts, push buttons, trash receptacles, seating and tables, walls and privacy and window curtains. 

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