Test-Driving New Safety Technology
Wherever you are in our retirement communities, you can be sure we’ve done everything we can to keep it safe and sanitized. From the front door, through the common areas, up the elevator, and all the way to your apartment door, if it’s been touched, we’ve disinfected it. As part of our commitment to doing everything possible to keep our Holiday family safe, we’re also testing these medical-grade cleaning technologies in some of our communities:
Thermal Imaging Temperature Screenings
Entry into our communities is denied if a visitor does not pass a temperature screening. An elevated temperature is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. A CDC report has detailed that 96% of symptomatic COVID-19 patients surveyed had a fever. Our new thermal imaging systems detect your temperature through a contactless and scan imaging scan. This type of technology decreases the risk that can be associated with solutions that require close contact between people or the touching of a temperature device.
Airless Disinfectant Sprayers
We’ve been using 15,000 gallons of disinfectant in our communities every month since March to keep our spaces clean and safe. Airless disinfectant sprayers allow us to disinfect our communities faster and more frequently. We’re already using this technology in several of our communities and continuing to deploy more.
Filled with cleaning solutions proven to kill COVID-19 and the flu, these devices spray up to 20 ounces of disinfectant per minute, completely and evenly coating surfaces with a fine mist that creates a sanitized surface in three minutes. This method is more effective and efficient than spraying and washing with a rag.
In some of our communities, we’re testing touch-less restrooms in common areas. Hands-free toilets, faucets, and soap dispensers provide heightened hygiene and limit germ transmission by reducing touch points. Research shows that in addition to lowering the number of areas touched, these contact-less features can improve hand hygiene and frequency of washing.
Air Purification in Elevators
Bipolar ionization systems kill 99% of airborne germs and have been used for decades in hospitals and other public spaces to purify air. Have a worry-free elevator ride knowing air is being actively sterilized by this medical-grade technology. It works by converting oxygen molecules into ions that swarm microparticles and deactivate viruses, mold, bacteria, and allergens in the air. The system also enlarges vehicles for viruses like breath droplets and dust, so filters can catch them more easily. Not only do bipolar ionization systems help protect you from illness, they also reduce allergies and smells by constantly returning clean air into the elevator.
Portable Disinfection Tower
Providing surgical-grade cleanliness, this ultraviolet light (UV-C) technology is used in hospitals to eliminate pathogens and prevent the spread of infectious disease. The portable disinfection tower allows us to disinfect up to 700 square feet at a time. It detects the amount of bacteria and viruses in the space, then emits enough UV-C light to kill them. We are using this in apartments and common areas as needed.
Installed in all of our senior living communities, protective plexi shields add an extra barrier of protection between visitors, residents, and our front desk team. This is another way we’re enhancing our social-distancing practices.
Keyless entry is a smartphone-based application that allows community staff to limit external access as needed.
UV-C Air Filtration System
We’re testing UV-C air filtration systems in some of our dining rooms. These surgical-grade HEPA And UV-C filtration systems go beyond regular air filtration products, and add an extra layer of protection by inactivating viruses like COVID-19 with UV-C light. With space between tables that are over the recommended distance, temperature screenings upon entry, and use of PPE, UV-C filters will complement our protocols well and make our dining rooms even safer.
Everyday Safety Measures
Every day, Holiday Retirement’s communities follow strict protocols and required routines that keep our residents as safe as possible. Our residents feel confident in the way we’ve handled the pandemic, and our infection rates are significantly lower than the national average. When surveyed, 93% of Holiday Retirement residents said that our COVID-19 measures meet or exceed their expectations. As of October 2020, we have a 62% lower infection rate than the general public.
Common spaces are sanitized several times a day with great attention to high-touch areas like railings, doorknobs, handles, restrooms, counters, tabletops, elevators, and other frequently touched areas. We clean with top-tier, EPA-registered disinfectants proven to kill Coronavirus, Norovirus, H1N1, Listeria, MRSA, and Staph and have extensive protocols in place should a resident or staff member test positive for COVID-19 or influenza.
Regular housekeeping follows guidelines and checklists informed by the CDC and certified industrial hygienists. We enlist third-party, specialized cleaning professionals into protocols as needed. Learn more about Holiday’s housekeeping program.
We’re also making social distancing easy. New dining room set-ups allow for plenty of space between diners, and our residents eat in groups of 33 or less. We’re smiling under our masks with activities that keep us connected and laughing from a safe distance. There’s no question things look different than a year ago, but the sense of family and togetherness in our retirement communities remains unchanged.
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