Accomplishing high quality cleaning in aged care facilities.

Health and Aged Care Cleaning

As a generation enters their golden years, demand for aged care services continues to rise. While in-home assistance options are being expanded, live-in facilities can be expected to continue meeting a large portion of this ever-growing need for aged care. When it comes to impressing discerning decision-makers, facilities with impeccable cleaning standards will shine.

Aged care cleaning challenges

Accomplishing high-quality cleaning in aged care is a challenge as it differs from those experienced in either a home or a standard medical facility. Simple janitorial staff may not be equipped to deal with the other detritus a residential care environment produces. Aged care providers need to recognize that cleaning is not merely an ancillary service but an integral part of community health. Maintaining a clean environment should be a priority as the aged are uniquely vulnerable to disease. However, the following circumstances can present unique challenges:


The need for daytime cleaning:

It can be difficult as cleaners attempt to navigate around elderly residents and staff and cope with complaints about harshly scented chemicals. Planning must be careful on routes, managed access to electrical outlets and layouts, and patience employed as work may be interrupted by an incident at any moment.

The possibility of an unexpected visit to check compliance:

High cleaning standards; thus, both audits and unannounced visits are experienced in an aged care facility. All cleaning tasks must be routinely completed, and the quality of record-keeping must be pristine. Failure to comply with stringent regulations can have severe consequences.

Waste management:

Medical and human waste is an added hazard in facilities with nursing care. Cleaning contaminated areas and linen and cleaning cloths secured in plastic bags for transport to waste disposal (or the laundry, if reusable) should be carried out promptly.

Aged care cleaning solutions

At I-Shine Cleaning, proper cleaning of an aged care facility is adhered to by trained cleaning staff. Some of the solutions are discussed below:


Make daytime cleaning easier:

We choose cleaning options that won’t be irritating to people in surrounding areas; microfiber cloths and mop heads and equipment that is easy to navigate in spaces that may be crowded.

Ensure compliance with the easy record-keeping systems and forms:

We allow our cleaning staff the ownership of record-keeping and provide records and systems to facilitate ease of documentation. When audits are performed, this can help and enable compliance to be proven during unannounced site visits.

Waste management solutions:

We determine if disposable or reusable cleaning options will provide the best service, taking the facility’s laundry capacity and the added requirements for cleaning contaminated materials into account.

Eliminate inappropriate cleaning equipment or practices:

At I-Shine, we consider common cleaning appliances such as dusters or vacuums unsuitable in some areas and cleaning cloths and solutions appropriately used to avoid cross-contamination.

Since aged care is a closed environment, meeting challenges with well thought out preventive solutions and implementing strict adherence to stringent cleaning practices can help avoid serious health hazards.

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