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Integral Senior Living is taking a layered approach to mitigating the effects of viruses, including COVID-19, with technology aimed at improving air quality and surface cleaning.

The Capstone at Station Camp, an ISL-operated and Hunt Midwest-owned assisted living and memory care community in Gallatin, TN, is using Healthe’s CLEANSE UVC solution in its high-traffic elevators as an added layer of protection, as well as Healthe ENTRY and Healthe AIR.

The CLEANSE bars are meant to improve air quality in the elevators and clean the upper cabin air with UVC 222nm light triggered by motion sensors. The technology is designed for small, low-ventilated, high-traffic spaces, such as elevators, offices, conference rooms and restrooms. 

Healthe ENTRY uses UVC light to clean personal belongings and clothing in doorways as people enter a building. Health Air uses HEPA-carbon activated filtration with UV sanitation to clean the air before it reaches an HVAC’s duct openings into the central system

“For ISL, the well-being of our residents, associates and guests is our top priority,” ISL President and CEO Collette Gray said. “It helped us provide an additional layer of protection to our already rigorous mitigation strategy.” 

Doug Coleman, Hunt Midwest senior vice president of acquisitions and investments, said that adding the UVC technology solution to its multi-layered mitigation strategy was a “no-brainer.”

“Our highest priority continues to be providing peace of mind for our residents and team members, and Healthe’s products are another tool to help us achieve that,” he said. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that senior living communities mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing, and encourage hand hygiene and masking to reduce the spread of illness. Guidelines for maintaining healthy environments include ensuring proper ventilation, modifying layouts to protect social distancing and installing physical barriers.

The American Institute of Architects in mid-2020 released strategies to help senior living communities mitigate risk of COVID-19, including using touchless access and equipment and air flotation systems, increasing cleaning and maintenance protocols, holding more activities outdoors, controlling access, setting up handwashing stations, creating exterior entrances, and using in-room dividers and antimicrobial finishes.