Assisted Living Installs Bipolar Ionization for Healthier Living
As we enter flu season, the risks of COVID-19 transmission are also increasing. Camellia Place Assisted Living & Memory Care is uniquely designed to promote spending time outdoors, which also has a secondary effect of improving infection control. Camellia Place feels like home, rather than a hallway. Our neighborhood includes six houses, plus the clubhouse. That physical separation means that there are fewer opportunities for infection exposure compared to communities that are all in one building.
Nevertheless, we still want to reduce the risk of transmission at Camellia Place by improving air quality in the communal areas. We have recently installed Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization, or “NBPI” to all common area air handlers. According to the manufacturer, “NBPI’s electrically charged plasma field ionizes the air as it flows by, attacking pathogens in droplets and aerosolized particles. Ions inactivate pathogens by robbing them of life-sustaining hydrogen, wherever they try to hide. It fights pathogens, particles and odors, including inactivating 99.4% of SARS-CoV-2 in 30 minutes in lab tests.”
NBPI has been implemented in schools, hospitals and senior living communities to reduce infection risks. Although NBPI works well in Assisted Living communities, it is especially important in Memory Care, where residents may not have the patience or awareness to wear masks when there is an active infection in the house.
Although this will not eliminate the risks of COVID-19 or the flu, it is giving us at Camellia Place a better chance to get through flu season safely. And in the meantime, when the weather is comfortable, we’ll be outside having fun!