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Friday's Ask the Experts: Nursing home benchmarks

August 28, 2009
Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Recently, there was a question regarding the national average for hospital cleaning per hour -- 1,500 to 2,000 square feet per hour. Do you have a national average (benchmark) for time to clean a nursing home resident room, or a number for square foot cleaning?
The answer
We often get this sort of question because people feel there is value in knowing a national average.
My response is simple.
Do your own benchmarking in your own facility with your own staff and your own equipment, and you will indeed have something worthwhile.
I’m not saying national averages (when you can find them) are entirely meaningless, but unless you know that the facilities and circumstances match yours closely, they can be.
Benchmarking is done by breaking down various operations into their essential parts and then timing the parts to get an idea of what needs to be allowed in the future for a similar effort.
For example, when you have measured ...Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX associate editor, lekrafft@juno.com
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