Common Maintenance Issues at Senior Care Facilities and How to Budget for Them

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around two million Americans currently reside in nursing or senior care facilities which would roughly account for the entire population of New Mexico. And the number of senior citizens who call a senior care facility home continues to grow each year.

Common Maintenance Issues at Senior Care Facilities and How to Budget for Them

These senior citizens rely on the personalized medical care or socialization and community that they can receive from their senior care facility of choice. However, when it comes to either providing high-quality medical care or a community atmosphere, maintenance plays a key role in making sure that the residents are safe in all aspects of their life. Accidents like falls, equipment failures and lack of proactive maintenance measures can place a heavy burden on a facility and the team that diligently works to ensure the safety of their residents.

To help ease the burden, Yingst Engineers & Associates, Inc. can help pinpoint areas of improvement before they turn into costly disasters.

Preventative maintenance can help save in unanticipated costs and more importantly the safety of the residents.

Ignoring preventative maintenance can lead to replacing HVAC systems, electrical units and can have a direct impact on the health of the senior citizens.

An example of lack of preventative maintenance would include failing to replace HVAC air filters. By not replacing these filters, seniors can have a greater risk of respiratory complications and illness, which can result in pneumonia and even death. By putting simple maintenance tasks like reminders to change filters on a schedule, facility managers can better maintain the well being of all the residents.

Yingst Engineers & Associates, Inc. is a leading provider of physical needs assessments for Senior Living and Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) and as your consultant, we are dedicated to providing candid, precise and timely reports that safeguard your interests and assist you in meeting the community’s financial and strategic goals.

Our consulting services are intended to assist management in identifying significant facility components that will require major capital expenditures for maintenance, upgrades or replacement over a 10- or 20-year study period. By recognizing the potential upgrades and improvements, administrators can have a better understanding of how to budget for the big ticket purchases. By having a general idea when essential equipment would need to be replaced, facility administrators can shop around for the best company to replace the aging tools.

Staying on top of maintenance needs of an assisted living facility, retirement community and other senior housing residences means avoiding unnecessary expenditures while improving the quality of life – and safety – of its seniors.

Our team of licensed Professional Engineers, Registered Architects, design professionals, Reserve Specialists, as well as certified septic and radon testing professionals create a custom plan to accomplish any project.

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