A Sunrise Senior Living Care Home, Eden Gardens, has
reversed losses of £60,500 incurred by a high turnover in the number of
residents following the installation of an air purification and oxidisation
system from leading European manufacturer and installer Airius.
In a very kind and generous personal testimonial to
Airius, the Executive Director of Eden Gardens assisted living communities
stated that the company has “had tremendous results from using your system…I
would recommend this system to every senior living facility and/or nursing
In this article, we examine:
Competition between care providers is fierce – there are
21,000 care homes in a market worth £15.9bn each year. There is overcapacity in
the sector – there are 67,000 more rooms than are required.
The cost of entry into the care home market is high. They
are overseen by an active regulator – the Care Quality Commission – which
publishes the results of its findings into each care home following their
thorough inspections. According to the latest Government statistics, there are
12 care homes within a 3-mile radius in an average British postcode.
This is a buyer’s market with plenty of choices for
families wanting to make sure that elderly and/or infirm relatives are housed
in the greatest comfort and cared for by staff who respect them.
Prior to installing their Airius air purification and
oxidation system, Eden Gardens was losing an average of three residents per
month from their Alzheimer’s unit. When the families were asked why they no
longer wanted their family members to stay there, they cited a persistent smell
of urine and a higher than average infection rate for pneumonia.
The care staff at Eden Garden were and are superb –
family members did not complain about the attitude of the staff or the way in
which their relatives were treated. The senior management at Eden Gardens have,
since the company’s foundation, been committed to providing market-leading care
to residents with all conditions. Part of that was ongoing and thorough cleaning
to the highest standards of all the indoor areas of their facilities.
The air with medical facilities is often recirculated –
for good reason. Non-circulated air often leads to the appearance of hot and
cold spots within a room. For a person with health issues, the discomfort we
normally feel in a hot or cold spot indoors is greatly amplified for them. The
feeling of being cold also compromises the body’s immune system meaning that
care home residents are more at risk if there is not a comfortable and even
temperature in the room or in the common areas of the building.
In addition to the good movement of air within a medical facility like a care home, the purity of the air is important. If unmanaged or managed badly, the air within indoor medical environments, like care homes or hospital wards, is full of pathogens. Pathogens, like volatile organic compounds, bacteria, and viruses, circulate in the air and they can survive for a long time because of the relatively warm environment.
MRSA, Norwalk virus, streptococcus, bird flu, swine flu, candida albicans, listeria, streptococcus pneumoniae, staphylococcus aureus, and bacillus globigii not only puts residents at risk through airborne transmission but they can also live on surfaces for a long time too.
The lack of clean, uncirculated air within premises will
lead to the presence of mould – a major risk for residents with respiratory
problems – and the presence of unpleasant odours (like the smell of urine
previously within Eden Gardens).
Airius’s approach to Eden Gardens was two-fold – clean
the air and move it around more.
To clean the air, we used the Airius PureAir system. There are two components within the PureAir Series – the Photohydroionisation Cell and the destratification unit.
The Photohydroionisation Cell oxidises the pathogens
which exist in the air. Photohydroionisation causes the same destructive effect
on pathogens that oxidation has on metal. Oxidation on metal causes it to rust
and photohydroionisation causes the cells to break in pathogens to break down.
How effective is it? Oxidation reduces to a degree of
99.99% the mould, volatile organic compounds, bacteria, viruses, and odours
within a confined space. Combined with regular thorough cleaning, oxidation
also stops mould from growing and developing inside a building.
The destratification unit recirculates the heated air
within the Eden Gardens facility and directs it back down into columns to
remove any hot or cold spots from within a resident’s room or the common areas.
What were the results of working with Airius?
Airius PureAir systems are suitable for hospitals, dentists’ practices, care and nursing homes, medical and first aid facilities and doctors’ surgeries.
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