Bacteria and Mold Hazards in Senior Citizens Housing

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Written by Robert Sheriff , MS, CIH, CSP and Henry P. Shotwell, PhD, CIH, Vice President

November 5, 2018

Continuing Care Retirement Communities typically offer complete independence in living arrangements for seniors, typically for those 55 and older. Within these communities, residents are offered assistance with basic activities of daily living. Protecting residents from environmental hazards is an important consideration, because seniors can become increasingly sensitive and vulnerable to these hazards.

Perhaps one of the most common hazards comes from exposure to Legionella, a naturally occurring bacteria that flourishes in hot water.  The reason senior citizen communities are at increased risk is that water cannot be too hot for fear of scalding senior skin.  But this more temped water temperature can encourage growth of the Legionella Bacteria.  Residents of assisted living communities are also more susceptible to reactions from pollens, dander and molds. Changes in seasons, which also bring changes in temperature and humidity, can greatly affect exposure. Spring and autumn are notorious for increases not only in both plant pollens, but also in mold such as Cladosporium and Penicillium/Aspergillus.

Exposure to these agents not only cause discomfort but may result in secondary bacterial or viral infection. Unrecognized leaks from rain water or condensation from high humidity can promote the growth of molds behind walls, carpeting and wallpaper. These growths may release significant amounts of mold spores into a facility’s living areas for quite some time before they are observed. Regular inspections, which may include taking air, bulk or water samples, can provide an early warning, so that corrective action can be taken in a timely fashion.  Roof leaks, condensation, flooding, water leakage and spill must be addressed rapidly.

Atlantic Environmental, Inc. is a full service environmental testing/sampling company with over 40 years’ experience. Our staff of environmental scientists stands ready to assist you.

Our primary service areas for Bacteria and Mold Hazards in Senior Citizens Housing are: NJ, NY, NYC, PA, CT, DE, (Boston) MA, RI, Wash DC, WI, MD, MI, (Chicago) IL, VA, IN, (Atlanta) GA, AL, NC, SC, TN, (Dallas, Ft Worth) TX, OK, DC, AR, we can service most other areas of the U.S. but with some added travel charges.