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6 Reasons Why Retirement Communities Need Security

Adrian Smith is currently working at Pikes Peak Security as the general and project manager. With previous military experience and enrolling in a business management program, he's continuing to expand and improve his skills and knowledge.

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As a retirement community director, your priority is to keep residents safe and healthy. You are busy with the day-to-day responsibilities of resident care, from mobility assistance to dispensing medications. You shouldn’t have to manage security emergencies. A professional security team can support your staff and increase emergency preparedness. Keep reading to learn why retirement communities need security services.

Pikes Peak Security provides top-tier security services to residents and businesses in Southern Colorado. Each of our security guards has a military or law enforcement background and is willing to sacrifice their safety to ensure your facility’s security. Trust our highly-trained staff to help care for your residents.

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Benefits of Nursing Home Security

Retirement communities come in all shapes and sizes, from 55+ gated communities to assisted-living facilities. Our services will vary depending on residents’ needs and your community’s amenities. Here are a few of the benefits of security services for a nursing home or assisted living facility:

1. Directing Visitors to Check-In Area

Visitors can slip into your facility while your staff is distracted with other tasks or through an unmonitored entrance. Though these visitors likely have good intentions, they must be logged and screened for illness before interacting with residents. 

A professional security team can monitor entrances and direct visitors to the appropriate check-in area. Security guards can also manage access to sensitive areas, such as medical supply storage. Preventing unauthorized access to these areas is a great way to prevent theft.

2. Monitoring Security Cameras

A professional security team can monitor your nursing home’s security cameras and review footage. You probably already have security cameras to deter crime and use as evidence if a crime is committed. However, your staff can’t monitor the footage for suspicious behavior regularly without neglecting other responsibilities. A security team can help you get the most out of your recording system by responding to incidents as they occur. 

3. Evacuation Assistance

If your community ever needs to evacuate due to a fire, flooding, or another emergency, it’s vital to get your residents out quickly and safely. Having a security guard to help coordinate an emergency response increases efficiency. They can also support your staff in assisting less mobile residents.

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4. Emergency Response in Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Most assisted-living facilities have an emergency response system in resident apartments that they can use to call for help if they fall or experience a medical issue. Security guards usually carry first-aid and CPR certifications, so they can respond to these calls for help if your staff has higher-priority emergencies to respond to. They can offer emergency care until your team, or other medical professionals arrive.

5. Mitigating Violence

In extreme situations, residents can become physically violent, either due to a condition like dementia or emotional arousal. Security guards can intervene to help protect your staff and residents. In addition to being trained in de-escalation techniques, professional security guards understand how to safely restrain someone and prevent them from injuring themselves or others.

6. Resident Support

Security professionals who work in assisted-living facilities understand how important it is to keep residents comfortable while providing security services. Creating a secure environment should be as unobtrusive as possible to respect the privacy and lifestyle of residents. A good security team should be friendly and willing to support residents by providing directions or mobility assistance.

Implementing Security in Your Assisted Living Facility

Contact Pikes Peak Security today if you are ready to implement security in your retirement community. Not only do we provide the best ongoing training to our security professionals, we care about your residents’ comfort and safety. Providing retirement security services requires the highest level of compassion and discretion, so trust the best in Colorado Springs security.