“Giovanni has important and very smelly pressure sores and for me being close to him, as well as for the staff of the facility, it had become a nightmare,” says Giuliana, his wife. “In the facility they started using air sanitisers: the smell almost completely disappeared and I was able to sit next to him again. I do not think I am exaggerating when I say that thanks to the elimination of the smell, I was able to find the joy again in being next to him, I was able to tell him again “I love you”.
Smells bring us together, smells move away. Smells can turn love into fatigue or rediscovered joy.
In an environment of care, the health of the area is noticed in the first breath: an air that smells of good, clean, fresh makes people feel welcomed and cared for, contributes to the serenity and well-being of guests, families and personnel.
In healthy and sanitised environments, you feel safe and protected so the quality of life and work improves significantly. One breath at a time.
A sense of well-being, love of life, good memories: our sense of smell is connected to our brain. Smells are more rapidly and strongly associated with memories than visual or auditory cues because smell is the only sense directly connected to the limbic system of the brain, which hosts emotions and memories
In nursing homes and similar facilities, bad smells can come from a variety of sources, they are related to the bodies, the preparation of food, the use of products to clean and disinfect. This should not come as a surprise, because whenever people live together, eat and sleep in close proximity to each other, receive medical attention, it is inevitable that odours directly affect people’s quality of life, whether they are residents or staff.
A bathroom that does not smell of disinfectant makes washing time more pleasant and relaxing; a fresh-smelling common room improves mood and the ability to relate to others, a dining room that smells good increases appetite and makes the meal easier and more manageable.
For the staff, healthy and clean air means the possibility of caring and assisting more precisely, dedicating the time needed to each one, without the effort of having to manage one’s own resistance to very intense odours, because where the smell is good you work much better and with less stress. For relatives and family members the air you breathe upon entering the facility is an indicator of the quality of care and assistance, it tells of a place where the elderly is welcomed with attention and respect for every element of their life, a place, therefore, to be chosen with confidence and serenity for loved ones.