Healthy Water & Assisted Living — What You Should Know

Assisted Living

When you think of a place where delicate hearts and minds need special care, what is your first thought?

If you were thinking about a school, you’re likely not alone. But there is a certain faction at the opposite end of that spectrum where such a need also applies.

Seniors in assisted living are typically less resistant to potential contaminants in water. Because of this, they are at a higher health risk.

Today is National Senior Citizen’s Day, and we are taking a little time to show our love and support to those that helped build our country into what it is today.

Whether you already have a loved one residing in one of these homes, or you are in the phase of choosing one, what questions should you be asking about the facilities and its water supply?

Lead Pipes

How old is your targeted assisted living establishment? Many nursing homes are built on private well sites, which do not require any regulation from the EPA. While the majority of documentation as related to lead poisoning is with children, lead is not good for anyone, particularly seniors with weaker immune systems.

Ask the provider if the facility is on municipal water or if it has its own system. If the nursing home does use well water, does it have proper prevention measures in place, such as backflow prevention devices, updated well caps that are vented, insect and vermin proof.

Contingency and emergency planning for possible contamination is also important, as there should be alternative options available in the event of a well problem.

Legionnaire’s Disease

Legionnaire’s is an atypical pneumonia caused by bacteria found in fresh water. Outbreaks of the disease in nursing homes have been well-documented over the past decade in the news, particularly when deaths are involved.

A study in 2015 of more than 2,800 cases of the disease found that 533 (19%) of cases occurred specifically in a health care facility, such as a hospital and nursing home.

The CDC has openly requested that all health care facilities do more to protect its plumbing systems from possible contamination. Ask your facility provider to provide you details on how regularly the disinfectant and chemical levels are monitored.

Filtered Water Quality

Other naturally-occurring pathogens can cause issues with impaired immune systems, such as the elderly. Generally, Americans are growing worried about polluted drinking water. Many nursing homes use on-tap filtered water systems and/or have Culligan® bottled water delivery on hand for its residents to have easy access to.

Ask if the assisted living establishment your loved ones are considering are residing in uses a filter system. Taking care of one of the most essential elements for sustainable human life can help establish trust between all parties involved. A facility that invests in the health of its residents is a good sign that it takes itself seriously as an establishment.

Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water vs. Water Filter Pitcher

What’s all the fuss about Reverse Osmosis (RO)? Why would I want to buy an RO when I could just buy a water filter pitcher? I’m glad you asked – that’s what we were just about to discuss! Let’s compare, shall we?

  1. Space. The space in your refrigerator is limited, and water filter pitchers can often be one of the biggest items in your fridge. With a reverse osmosis Under the sink reverse osmosissystem, it hooks on to your sink. This frees up space in your fridge for other things – not drinking water.
  2. Capacity. “There are some pretty big water filter pitchers out there,” you might argue. And you’re right. There are some high-capacity pitchers out there, but no matter the size, you’ll find yourself filling them up more often than you’d like. With an RO, the only thing you’ll be filling up is your glass.
  3. Availability. If you’ve ever used a water filter pitcher, you’ve seen that the filtration isn’t instant. After you fill it up (which you’ll do often – especially when you have friends over), you have to sit and wait for it to finish filtering before pouring another glass. It doesn’t take long, but you still have to wait. Wouldn’t it be better to have a reverse osmosis system to instantly give you fresh, great-tasting water at a moment’s notice?
  4. Filtration. Perhaps the most compelling difference between a water filter pitcher and an RO is that a reverse osmosis drinking water system uses a multi-stage filtration process to remove impurities (ours are typically 3‑5 stages) from your water, while pitchers usually have a single-stage carbon filter. RO drinking water systems have a carbon filter, too, but they also have additional stages to remove everything from sediment to harmful impurities like lead, radium, aesthetic chlorine, chromium‑6, and arsenic.*

Now do you see what the fuss is about? Reverse osmosis drinking water machines provide you with superior convenience and save space in your refrigerator. Contact your local Culligan Man to get more information about a customized reverse osmosis system for your home today!

* Not everybody’s water contains these impurities; yours might not. Schedule a water analysis with your local Culligan Man to find out what’s in your water.

 

Maintain Your Culligan Water System

Here’s how Culligan can help you maintain your systems:

Does your water treatment system need service, repaired, or just need regular maintenance? Who better to trust than your certified local Sharp Water Culligan water expert! Whether your water system needs a multi-point system inspection or just a simple salt delivery, your Culligan man is here to help you every step of the way. Even if you don’t have a Culligan water system, Culligan can still help with:

  • Multi-point system inspection
  • Water quality check
  • Inspect water flow and check for salt bridging in the tank
  • Adjust regeneration frequency
  • Set or re-set timers and sensors
  • Refill Salt
  • Sanitize System

Culligan Man Delivering Salt for water system

What is included in my plan?

At Culligan, we know that sometimes your water treatment system needs serviced. If you need one service call or want to start a hassle-free maintenance plan, your Culligan man is the one to trust for all of your water filtration needs. We offer:

  • System service & repair
  • Regular maintenance
  • Performance tune-up
  • Installation
  • Replacement parts
  • Salt Delivery
  • Emergency service

Sharp Water Culligan offers a variety of service plans that will fit your needs. One of these service programs is the Salt Delivery Program. This program helps with automatic water softeners, get the salt that they need in a timely manner. The Culligan Man will even fill your salt tank so there’s not more lugging around those heavy bags of salt.

Another great program that Sharp Water Culligan offers is the Maintenance Agreement. This plan is perfect for those of who have water softeners, chemical feeders, and neutralizers. With this plan comes with a reduced labor rate. The labor includes: water tests, verifying the proper operation of equipment, batch cleaning of the resin with Res-Up, resetting time clocks if needed, filter changes, and refilling of salt and other chemicals if needed.

Lastly, Sharp Water Culligan offers the Platinum Care Program. This program is meant for systems that are 5 years old or newer. For a monthly or annual cost, everything is covered by the Platinum Care Program. This includes things such as labor, parts, filters, chemicals and so much more! Systems that are covered under this program include, water softeners, chemical feeders, reverse osmosis, whole house filters, UV lights, and Big Blue Filters.