Assisted living facilities today have become much needed care centers for elderly and disabled residents. Not surprising is that the majority of assisted living residents are women, and due to advanced age, frailty, poor eyesight, impaired hearing, and their resulting confusion during any sort of emergency — flood, smoke or fire event, electrical outage, or severe weather — the challenge to patient care and safety is significant. When severe weather threatens, advance weather service warnings may allow assisted living staff time to move the most at-risk patients to facilities away from the weather threat. Floods, smoke and fire events provide little advance warning, which makes patient safety for these events a critical concern.
Requirements for sprinkler systems and outdoor smoking regulations have helped to reduce smoke and fire incidents in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, inpatient hospice facilities, and other facilities providing all-inclusive care for the elderly. Paul Davis companies throughout the U.S and Canada can offer support to management of these facilities. By conducting periodic facility reviews, Paul Davis emergency staff and technicians can serve as another expert set of eyes to identify potential hazards and reduce the likelihood of emergencies. By contacting your local Paul Davis company, facility management can also become acquainted with Paul Davis emergency technical staff, and these specialists can learn the layout of facilities. Should an emergency arise, this advance inspection often helps to minimize damage and speed restoration so that facilities are back to normal more quickly. Where our most vulnerable populations reside, damage control and restoration clearly dictate that This Is No Time for Second BestTM.