During the spring of 2020, the spread of infection gained great focus in both Sweden and around the world as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Great attention was quickly paid to the city's nursing homes, where risk groups were hit hard by the spread of the virus.


Infection prevention became a central topic, which directly affected Rydebäck's nursing home, which was on the drawing board at the time.


The property management placed great focus on ventilation with countercurrent heat exchangers, as well as cooling. This heat exchanger means that the fresh outdoor air can not be mixed with the exhaust air, ie. the air leaving the house (exhaust air may contain airborne infectious agents). The cooling in the house means that no extra fans or portable cooling machines are needed on the premises. This reduces air movements, which can spread airborne infectious agents.

The property management has further developed a number of infection-proof measures:

  • Electronically controlled waste disposal system on each floor (this is to avoid transporting possible infections in elevators and through corridors and other spaces)
  • Electronically controlled washbasin system on each floor. Applies to both bedding and rental clothing for staff (reason same as above)
  • Folding walls to be able to share the activities in the common space and dining room
  • Extra doors for extended zoning if necessary
  • Adapted floor plans so that corridor lanes do not expose the dining room and kitchen
  • Resolve logistics issues so that all deliveries are controlled so that the departments do not have to be approached by outsiders
  • Separate visiting room with dividing glass to enable visits during pandemics. Reached from the outside.
  • The living rooms' bathrooms have been fitted with smart toilets that wash and dry without staff involvement. The bathrooms also have their own washing machine, to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.
  • Large stock of emergency supplies for pandemics and the like
  • Changing rooms on each floor to reduce staff interaction between departments (normally a changing room for the whole house)
  • Non-contact taps in large parts of the house
  • Plastic mats and tiles with surface layers that simplify cleaning and thereby reduce virus / bacterial accumulation.

Estimated budget 3,500,000 includes: Electronic garbage and laundry disposal systems, plastic mats and tiles, folding walls to be able to share the activities in the common space and dining room, non-contact taps, smart toilets that wash and dry, doors for zoning and living rooms.

Impact target

To develop infection-proof measures for the city's nursing homes so that risk groups were not hit hard by the spread of infection.


Name: Bo Andersson
E-mail: bo.andersson1@helsingborg.se