3 Tips to Safely Secure your Long-term Care Facility, Protecting Your Staff and Residents
The health and safety of residents at a long-term care facility is always the top priority of its managers. Security and resident safety should be a focus not just externally, but inside the facility, as well. Fortunately, new advancements in security technology have made it possible to keep long-term care facility residents even more secure, enhancing both their safety and their families’ peace of mind.
The HSI Security proudly provides security solutions for healthcare facilities across the Tristate area. Whether you want to increase security around the perimeter of the facility or for each patient inside, we can customize solutions to meet your goals. Take a look below at some solutions for areas of concern and call us to get started!
3 Long-term Care Facility Best Practices
1. Identify and Secure Exit Points
Residents of long-term care facilities often struggle with memory issues such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. They may not remember where they are and may try to leave, risking their safety. Creating limited exit points for memory care units and using key fobs, keypads, and card access systems to control who goes in and out can ensure a more secure environment for those with memory loss. Controlled locking doors and door alarms can prevent unplanned exits and sound an alarm if such exits occur.
2. Secure & Surveil Points of Entry
Staff members and visitors should be able to enter the facility as needed but in a controlled manner. While visits will someday be allowed once again, secure entry points are especially important during the time of COVID-19. Plus, deterring trespassers should always be part of your entrance safety plan. Security camera systems, an intercom system that notifies staff members of anyone at the perimeter, and double-entry doors will ensure that you can keep an eye on anyone entering the facility.
3. Create a Fire Safety Plan
In any facility, fire alarms are essential to notify everyone in the building about impending threats from smoke or fire. However, they are even more vital for long-term care facilities, as many of the residents will have limited mobility and there will likely be combustible medical equipment on the premises. We can put develop a building specific fire safety plan that takes all of these elements into account and will keep you, your residents, and your staff members safe.
If you like the ideas we’ve discussed today, give us a call and we can help you take the appropriate measures to protect your staff, equipment, and customers. Providing you with peace of mind.
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