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Significant Security Tips For Long-Term Care Facilities

All sections of the facilities where people live and spend their time must be perpetually cared for so that they always stay secure. Assisted living facilities must also be safe, not only on all their different levels but on the outside as well as the inside. Their security needs and spaces have to be analyzed to the last detail so that their residents not only feel safe and protected but truly are. To achieve all of these goals, you need to use professionals with experience in this particular area of Security. Sure Lock & Key meets all of these requirements! Our 35 years of experience affords us the ability to make this claim with confidence. We have trained experts to give you fail proof protection regarding your building and surroundings making them as secure as possible.

Make The Exit Points Highly Secure

Long-term care facilities aren’t supposed to be like a jail where every entry and exit point is under surveillance, with no one leaving or entering freely on their own. They have to be highly secure in an unobtrusive way. It is an essential task for such places to avoid all the potential physical reminders of being a restrictive environment, to the eyes of its occupants, and still remember and initiate the facilities main purpose of allowing one to feel like home and not continually observed. How is this done? By using well-considered security measurements. This is for all intents and purposes the core element and should be kept in mind, all the time, as we are trying to make and keep the facility safe and secure. Also, it is quite important that we recognize that long-term care facilities’ residents often suffer from different memory issues, so security measurements are a must. In order to prevent them from accidentally leaving the building, we must create limited exit points. Using keypads, key fobs, or card access is an intelligent way to control who can and who can’t use each respective door.

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Security Cameras

Security cameras near the exit and entrance points are a great security solution. It helps to see everything going on, who’s entering, who’s leaving and when necessary finding someone who goes missing. If a particular facility needs a more enhanced level of watchfulness, 24/7, you can hire a professional monitoring company or create your own inhouse monitoring, taking into consideration your building's specifications and features.
Even though many assisted living facility residents need 24/7 care, we can’t install security cameras in their rooms, because people need to have their own private space. So, where surveillance is not an option, other methods needed to care for them and keep aware of what’s happening with them, need to be adopted.
elder people are sitting on a bench
elder people are sitting on a bench

In-Room Safety

Some long-care facility residents can not remain alone for a long time. Thankfully, the latest health monitoring devices can alert if something is wrong. Safety bands, beds with motion sensors are a great way to watch over residents, without uncomfortably intruding into their private life. Some of these devices can not only initiate an alarm if an issue happens but can also prevent it. It is a great investment in many ways with the additional benefit of making staff members' lives easier and residents' lives more comfortable.
safety house
safety house

Detailed Fire Safety Plan

Accidents happen all the time, and no one is protected against fires or water leaks, as an example. While water leakage can damage the building, in comparison to fire, it obviously isn’t as dangerous. In the case of an uncontrolled fire, a fast evacuation plan must be in place in order to save lives. In creating a fire safety plan, one should take into consideration that some of the residents have limited mobility, and some of them might not be able to be evacuated without essential medical equipment, etc. All these factors can seriously complicate prompt evacuation, especially in multi-story buildings. So each of them must be carefully taken into account while creating an evacuation plan.

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