If you’re running a senior living and care facility, then you’re well aware of the associated maintenance challenges. Your number one goal is provide a safe, functional, efficient facility that provides maximum comfort and quality of life for your residents.

You have a lot of people relying on you for 24/7 support. When something goes down, it’s worse than just a piece of machinery delaying production of a product in a factory. It’s potentially causing active damage to your residents’ lives.

Taking control of senior care maintenance

We work with a wide variety of senior living and care facilities. Some might use computerized maintenance management software already, but often, we run into spreadsheet-based systems — or even paper. Why is this bad?

  • Inefficient work order tracking increases the risk of things slipping through the cracks.
  • It’s difficult to pull reporting when you may have to collect data from several sources.
  • Capital planning isn’t easy when you lack a reliable asset management system.

Computerized maintenance management system, or CMMS, platforms aim to resolve this issue — and more.

Track work orders in a system actually designed for It

CMMS wasn’t always on the market. And earlier implementations may have lacked key features. Obviously, maintenance departments have made do without it out of necessity. You even may have a system that works pretty well.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. Modern CMMS options are packed with features designed to work together to boost the strength of your maintenance program and are put together with care to remain easily accessible for users of all levels of experience.

With this design in mind, you can be confident that a good CMMS system truly does mean a step forward in your facility management.

Assign, complete and report on work orders from anywhere

CMMS eliminates manual steps from the maintenance process and replaces them with automation. Why does this help? Because every manual step comes with the risk of being forgotten, or insufficiently completed.

In contrast, setting up automated work order scheduling — such as checking on your heating equipment, means that your staff is getting the notification every time it needs to be done.

As things need attention outside of a schedule — such as when a resident lets you know the air conditioning is broken — and a CMMS allows you a process for new tasks to be recorded in a consistent way, reducing the chance of something going unaddressed.

Know where you are with asset management

Besides simply providing a better process for maintenance work to get done, a CMMS also can help you with your asset management.

You can record pertinent information about your equipment — such as make, date of installation and every bit of maintenance done on it. You’ll be able to track expected lifetimes, giving you a convenient heads up when something is due for replacement.

With all this information in one place, your financial planning will be a lot simpler. You don’t have to dig through old paperwork. It’s all just there.

Happier residents through better maintenance

With a CMMS on your side, you’ll spend less time encountering unhappy residents because, chances are, you’ll be able to address issues in a timelier manner and avoid many issues altogether.

If you’re concerned about how your maintenance processes are affecting the well-being and comfort of your residents, then it’s probably time to look into how CMMS can eliminate those problems.