Copper Coating for Retirement Homes

Elderly residents of retirement homes or care centers often need assistance with various tasks. This could include dressing, bathing, personal grooming, bathroom assistance, administering of insulin and other medication, or post-surgical or hospital care. The increased need for assistance from nurses or care staff is one of the reasons that the elderly can be at risk for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). There are over 200,000 HAI incidents every year in Canada, with about 80% coming from healthcare workers, patients, and visitors, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. The elderly are particularly vulnerable to developing HAIs as well. In addition to how the immune system can weaken with age, certain complications of aging—such as incontinence—can create extra modes of infection. All it takes is one incident of cross-contamination to get someone sick.

The Limits of Traditional Hygiene

Standard hygiene conditions dictate the washing of hands regularly. The World Health Organization dictates five periods when hand washing should be performed: before and after touching a patient, prior to a clean procedure, after a fluid exposure risk, and after touching the patient’s surroundings. While most elderly care workers will follow this practice as best they can, they are not infallible. Whether due to being forgetful or busy or not performing as good a job of washing as they think, hygiene sometimes slips. Visitors can also bring in outside pathogens that are harmless to them, but can be transmitted to the more vulnerable elderly residents.

There is also the problem of hardy and resistant pathogens that can survive hand washing. Many notorious culprits of HAIs such as norovirus and gram-negative bacteria are difficult to get rid of without targeted measures. This is why additional means of ensuring proper hygiene need to be employed.

Antimicrobial Metals

Certain metals, such as copper, are capable of disrupting the bonds that hold a microorganism’s protective membrane intact. This causes the membrane to rupture and leads to the death of the pathogen. One of the benefits of this is that the antimicrobial benefit happens simply by contact. It does not require someone to remember hand-washing or cleaning procedures to be successful in preventing HAIs. Furthermore, antibiotic resistance of the pathogen is irrelevant—copper works just as well on resistant bacteria.

Aereus Shield

Since it can be expensive and in some cases impractical to get all-copper furniture, Aereus Technologies has used the latest biotechnology to devise Aereus Shield™. This is a copper-alloy coating that creates a protective layer over top any surface. Aereus Shield is so effective that it can kill 99.9% of bacteria within the first hour. It can persist between cleaning and creates a safe environment.

Aereus Shield has been proven to work on the most common kinds of HAIs. This includes viral, bacterial, and fungal pathogens so that the elderly can be fully protected whether they are in a hospital, nursing home, or care facility.