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Reducing excessive noise in aged care facilities

5 strategies to promote residents’ health and wellbeing

As we age, our hearing and cognitive abilities may decline, making it more challenging to navigate noisy environments. This is especially true for seniors residing in aged care facilities, who sadly may experience excessive noise levels on a daily basis.

Excessive noise levels in aged care facilities can have a significant impact on residents’ physical and mental health. Let’s take a closer look at some effective strategies to reduce noise levels in aged care facilities.

1) Install sound-absorbing materials

One of the most effective ways to reduce noise levels in aged care facilities is to reduce reverberation in the space. The most effective way is to install sound-absorbing materials such as acoustic tiles, curtains, and carpets that can help to absorb sound and reduce the overall level of noise in the building.

2) Implement quiet hours

Establishing quiet hours during specific times of the day can also help to reduce noise levels in aged care facilities. For example, it can be helpful to establish a quiet period during the night to promote better sleep for residents.

3) Carry out regular maintenance

Worn or damaged equipment can run more noisily, which is why regular maintenance of systems such as air conditioners and medical devices can help to reduce the noise they produce. This includes checking for damaged or worn parts, lubricating moving components, and ensuring that equipment is in good working order.

4) Ensure staff are fully trained

Educating staff on the importance of reducing noise levels and the impact of noise on residents’ health can help to promote awareness and understanding of the issue. This can include:

  • Training staff on how to communicate with residents in a quieter tone
  • How to avoid noisy activities during quiet hours, and
  • How to reduce noise levels during routine tasks

5) Create a calm environment

Working to build an overall calm and peaceful environment in aged care facilities can help to reduce noise levels. This includes playing soothing music, providing noise-cancelling headphones, using aromatherapy, and promoting relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga. These strategies not only help to create a more comfortable and supportive environment for residents, they can also help to promote their overall health and wellbeing.

Speak to the noise control experts at Avenue

Reducing noise levels in aged care facilities is essential to promote the health and wellbeing of residents. Soundproofing, implementing quiet hours, proper maintenance of equipment, staff training, and creating a calm environment are all effective strategies to reduce noise levels and create a more comfortable and supportive environment for residents. By taking these steps, we can help seniors in aged care facilities to live their best lives and promote their physical and mental health.

For more information about noise control for aged care facilities, contact the team at Interior Systems on 1300 827 177.

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