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Water Leak Detection Systems for Assisted Living Facilities
Managing undetected leaks in nursing homes, residential care communities (RCCs), and long-term care facilities (LTCFs) can protect residents and employees from slip and falls.
Systems for promptly detecting and shutting down water leaks and overflow can be valuable tools for assisted living and long-term care facilities where residents are more vulnerable to slip and fall accidents.
When falls result in a resident injury, assisted living facilities run the risk of being downgraded in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 5-star rating system; are exposed to liability claims; and sometimes even subjected to increased insurance premiums. Water on the floor from undetected leaks and overflowing sinks and toilets can also result in an increase in employee injuries. Undetected leaks can also lead to mold and air quality issues, requiring expensive remediation.
|Concern||Undetected Plumbing Leaks Lead to…|
|Resident Well-Being||Roughly 20-30% of falls result in moderate to severe injuries; undetected leaks can lead to mold and air quality issues|
|Maintain a Good CMS Rating||Slip and falls resulting in emergency room visits can downgrade facility CMS rating|
|Control Costs||Water from an undetected leak can quickly spread and cause substantial property damage; slip and falls can lead to liability claims and increased insurance premiums|
|Maintain Suitable Staff-to-Resident Ratios||Falls by employees can lead to workers’ compensation claims and unplanned time off|
Water on the floor is especially challenging in nursing homes and elder care facilities where residents may cause overflows by forgetting to turn off a water source or inadvertently plugging a drain. Smart deployment of water sensors, alarms, notification systems and automatic shut-off valves can help alert you to potentially hazardous conditions and catastrophic plumbing leaks before it’s too late. Reliance Detection can help you outfit your buildings with the correct equipment to effectively manage water leaks, control costs, and better ensure the well-being of your residents.
How can you detect water leaks and water on the floor in your facility?
Call us at 888-771-4929 or fill out this short form to discuss your building’s plumbing leak vulnerability points, including…
- Sinks, toilets & tubs
- Medical equipment feed lines
- Water heaters
- Washing machines
- Beverage dispensers & ice machines
- Aging valves and pipes
- HVAC condensate pans
- And other water-fed appliances and plumbing fixtures
References: 1. According to the National Council for Assisted Living (NCAL).