Whether a water shortage is due to drought, building damage or a national emergency, nursing homes must have policies in place for such dire situations. These water usage formulas typically involve two main elements: disinfection and conservation.
The first part of any emergency water usage formula for nursing homes is to conserve whatever water the facilities currently have. That usually means that regular patient baths and showers are suspended (at least for a short time) and drinking water is carefully rationed.
The second part of nursing home emergency formulas regarding water involves disinfecting it, if advised. The facility kitchen can boil water in vats or pots for residents and staff. Staff can also add a few drops of bleach to drinking water to render it safe for consumption.
Although the nursing home may have its own water supply in storage tanks, employees can be encouraged to bring their own water from home (if they can leave the facility). This is for their own drinking purposes as well as for the residents, although it is assumed that the needs of the residents will be taken care of first.
- Nursing Home Administration: Fifth Edition; James E. Allen; 2007
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