Long-Term Care

Facility noise

LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, December 1, 2011

Studies have shown that excessive noise has many negative physical and emotional effects on both residents and staff members. Untoward mental and psychosocial effects of excessive noise on residents and staff members include:

  • Increased feelings of stress
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Impaired judgment
  • Altered perceptions
  • Difficulty concentrating

Known negative effects of noise on overall resident and family satisfaction, length of stay, and service recovery are:

  • A longer length of stay related to prolonged healing time and inadequate response to care
  • Lower overall resident satisfaction with care
  • Family dissatisfaction
  • A higher rate of rehospitalization

This is an excerpt from the HCPro book, The Long-Term Care Nursing Desk Reference, Second Edition, by Barbara Acello, MS, RN.

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