Assisted living facilities cater to the needs of the elderly, who need constant care and attention. Unlike clinics and other medical environments, senior living facilities are more like residential areas and thus pose unique challenges in painting such buildings. The importance of painting elderly living facilities interior and making it more resident-friendly cannot be overstated. However, painting projects involving senior living facilities are especially hard to tackle because of the people involved and because there is no off-time.
Not all painters are the same. Such delicate tasks are better not left in the hands of non-professional workers lest they mess things up badly for the communities inhabiting your care facility. This article will explain why that’s the case and how you can get the best out of your assisted living facility painting project.
Full Repaint Or Regular Touch-Ups?
Before we drag this conversation any further, let’s get settle one detail in the very beginning. What is that you’re looking for, a complete repaint of the healthcare facility or just some regular maintenance work on the paint coat you have on already?
Both jobs are different. The latter will not take up much time as the goal is not to rejuvenate the whole place but only to eliminate the imperfections. Of course, this does not mean that an unskilled worker will be able to perform just as well as a professional painter, not a chance.
Even touch-ups require a keen eye, professional expertise, and the right tools if you want flawless results. However, complete repainting projects are even harder to handle, as we will see in the next header. An unskilled laborer cannot hope to contend with the challenges posed by such projects, but painting professionals, such as our team a re:fab, are always ready for such projects as it allows them to express their skills much better. Whether it is a regular touch-up job or a complete repainting project, you should not think twice before calling in the experts to handle it if you want it done right!
Here’s Why Only Pros Can Handle Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Facility Paint Jobs
We made it pretty clear that assisted painting projects in living facilities demand a lot of care and professional expertise. This section will break it down part by part and explain how a professional would do things differently with a care facility painting job and why it is important that they do so. Commercial painting services only offer this level of flexibility and professional excellence; you can’t even expect half of it from unskilled workers:
Highly Flexible Schedule & Minimal Disturbance
The thing with assisted living facilities is that they don’t have any off-hours. Patients will stay in the building, as it is technically a home. This creates the first big hurdle towards a paint job: the presence of elderly patients. We all know that wet paint emits fumes that are not only unpleasant but may also cause respiratory problems in the elderly, considering how sensitive their bodies can be. Moreover, if an elderly happens to walk by the site, they may slip and fall on wet paint. Then there’s the noise and disturbance associated with such jobs, making it difficult for the residents and the staff.
However, commercial painting crews are more than prepared for all of this. Half of these hurdles can be circumvented by simply showing flexibility in the schedule, thus avoiding the traffic of the elderly in an area when it is being painted. For instance, the cafeteria should be left alone in the daytime when the residents are supposed to sit and eat. Instead, the crew should go for it in the evening when the traffic will be minimal. Thus it would be easy to temporarily cordon off the area and avoid any mishaps.
Similarly, by operating in the evening and nighttime hours, professional painters can ensure that they cause minimal friction in the way things are run. And since they know how to keep the noise down (no shouting, or dragging the ladder, or music, etc.), you can rest assured that all will be peaceful and calm. At least, this is how we operate, and we’ve never had a complaint! You can’t expect a non-professional to show this level of flexibility for a painting project, especially for the scheduling part.
Assistance With The Paint Selection Process
Though they have a residential component, assisted living facilities are still primarily medical buildings. Thus the paint selection must be made accordingly. You have to consider the health safety of immuno-compromised elderly residents before picking up a paint box.
But there’s a problem: they all look the same!
This is where the professional expertise of commercial painters comes into play, as they will help you pick products that are perfectly compatible with the type of safe environment you wish to create. Many low VOC and zero VOC paints have hit the shelves with a bang as they don’t emit any toxic fumes (when dry) and thus are perfectly safe for medical environments.
Of course, only a professional can offer advice on picking the most appropriate product from the host of options available. There are a ton of other features to consider as well, putting aside the safety component. For instance, not every paint type is suited for all surfaces. And the paint products for the exterior and interior cannot be the same either because the former must endure harsh weather conditions, intense sunlight, rain, and so on. The paint choice of a professional painter always encompasses all the factors involved.
Paint Colors Are More Important Than You Think
Assisted living facilities are home to the elderly battling with disease and weakness. Thus every source of inspiration is much appreciated. The effect of colors on the psychology of people and their healing potential have both been studied in great detail by researchers. They have concluded that shades like green, blue, turquoise, eggshell white, and many more have proven capabilities of calming and soothing patients’ minds. This, in turn, allows their bodies to catalyze the healing process and ensure their good health. Besides all of these scientific facts, colors are known, culturally, to create a serene environment. Thus professional painters make it a point to suggest the best options to their clients before going on with the actual painting job. It is best to go with neutral colors because they don’t break the calm atmosphere.
Tidiness Is Priority Zero
Lastly, you want everything neat and tidy with a painting job, not just the walls themselves but everything else in the room as well. Painters ensure this by moving all the small effects before starting and covering the rest while keeping them at a distance from the walls.
They also use plastic sheets to cover the floor. Thus you can expect completely tidy, neat, and fine finishing with every job.
re:fab Offers Value & Excellence For Every Painting Job
Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, senior living homes, and all sorts of other residential-medical buildings need nothing short of the best to handle the intricate task of painting the place. Professionals equipped with vast knowledge of painting in general and such settings, in particular, are thus in high demand.
If you, too, are looking for the right party for such a project, then look no further because you’ve found us. For over 30 years, we at re:fab, have been endlessly engaged in delivering premium-level painting services in all residential, medical, and commercial settings.
And in all of this time, we have never failed to appease our clients with the perfection of our work and the commitment of our professional painting crews. Contact us today, and we’ll show you how we deal with our work with apt professionalism!