Ensuring that your clients are satisfied can be hard for Residential and Nursing Home owners. We know how hard it is run a Nursing Home and having to manage staff and supplies on a daily basis, seven days a week. It doesn’t ever stop, so when your home needs maintenance, it’s reassuring to know that we have over 18 years experience working on new builds and repairs to existing Nursing Homes.
We can help your staff by overseeing repair jobs as and when they happen, show them how to check the fire alarms so that weekly tests are carried out and make recommendations for areas requiring remedial work.
We offer a free site visit in which we attend the Nursing Home to make an initial assessment. We can provide advice about any potential faults and plan a yearly maintenance schedule.
When updating bedrooms or doing refits, we can help by working with the Nursing Home to ensure the resident’s safely. We appreciate that you are running a business and that the option of closing is not realistic.
Electrical testing for nursing homes
In order to comply with council requirements and ensure resident safety, testing of fixed wiring is required on a five yearly basis. Without this, many insurance companies will either refuse to issue insurance – or worse still, refuse a claim in the event of an incident.
Apart from providing this service, we can also hold the certificate for you. Next time your copy disappears in the Manager’s office, don’t turn the office upside down – just give us a call.
Nursing home kitchens
Providing three meals a day, together with snacks and supper in between, can cause wear and tear on any busy kitchen. We know it is one of your most important areas.
Wecan help with the installation of new kitchen equipment or repair existing items including extraction fans and dishwashers. We can also supply walk-in fridges and split fridge freezers in Marine Grade 304 and 316 stainless steel. These are ideal for durability in a commercial kitchen.
Following the introduction of gas shut off regulations in 2007, residual current devices (RCDs) are no longer recommended for commercial kitchens in 24 hour operation. We use steel conduit or armored steel wire for all new installations to prevent RCD tripping and to guarantee continuous service to your residents.
Laundry services for nursing homes
This is a very busy area so we know that having the right sized supplies with sockets at chest height is a must. Gas based tumble driers should have a cut off button to facilitate isolation in case of emergency, without causing disruption to the central heating or kitchen.
Nurse call systems
Should your nurse call system malfunction or need upgrading, we can source and replace it when required so that patient care is not affected.
All emergency lights (whether bulkheads or interrogated units) should be inspected every 6 months, with a full three hour test done on an annual basis. In order to comply with BS7671, it is essential that emergency lights provide sufficient light for working. They should come on when the main power fails or are turned on at the board with a key switch.
In many older care homes, the emergency lights do not meet these standards. This means that if there is a trip on the main circuit, the emergency lights would fail to work. We can check compliance with BS 7671 and undertake any remedial work required.
We can provide staff training in the use of the fire alarm and offer support in the event of a fault developing. Fire alarms should be tested on a weekly basis and the findings recorded in a log book. It is also important that night staff know how to operate the fire alarm and what to do in the event of a fault developing.
We can provide a comprehensive testing service. This is usually done on a three monthly basis and includes checking that smoke detectors, strobes and door closers are all functioning correctly. We also check alarm sound levels and the presence of dust in the detectors (which may result in false alarms) and analyse any fault patterns since the last visit.
Given the frequent use of switches and extended usage, socket lights are unlikely to have a long life span. We can replace traditional lighting with LED lights using tried and tested branded products. These are far more economical to run and will save money on electricity and avoid the hassle of frequently replacing bulbs.
With electricity bills in Nursing Homes averaging from £500 to £2,000 per month, replacing traditional tungsten lights with LED lighting can result in savings of up to £200 per month. Depending on your mains supply and voltage, the use of voltage optimizers can also result in savings of up to 15%.