People suffering from dementia have specific needs that will vary from person to person. An individual going through the process of slowly losing their memory and capacity to carry out normal activities may be extremely frustrated at times, and for many families the experience of caring for someone in this position can be very difficult. Often, it’s the case that people with more advanced stages of dementia may have no choice but to move into a care home in order for their needs to be met on a daily basis.
There are, of course, several different types of care home for families to consider when looking for a suitable home for a loved one. Different levels of care may be offered, including personal care such as help with getting dressed, eating and washing. Nurses may also be on hand most or all of the time to offer medical help, and some homes specialise in caring for people specifically with dementia. In many cases, homes will look to recruit these staff or provide funding for their existing staff to gain qualifications in this field. Dementia training courses for professionals in the UK are widely available and ensure that all staff are training to the same level, which should reassure anyone looking for a suitable residential care home. Continue reading Choosing a Care Home for a Dementia Patient
Handling hygiene within care homes is clearly an issue that’s of vital importance. Protecting the health of patients and residents should be the top priority in any home, as elderly and ill people are much more susceptible to the risks posed by inadequate cleaning. Very high standards must be maintained at all times, and this is only possible when a strict code of conduct is drawn up and implemented by the managers of any home. Many staff may not realise all the risks involved or understand how to control them, but it’s essential that they are instructed and training in an organised way.
In addition to day-to-day duties, dedicated in-depth hygiene services are offered by hospital cleaning companies like KDC (Kitchen Deep Cleaning), and example of a firm with a great reputation and years of experience in the field. Regular deep cleaning carried out by such companies should be essential in many care homes. However, in order for this approach to be effective, it must be supported by staff having a good overall understanding of health and safety when it comes to cleaning, including the following basic knowledge.
Have staff clean different areas. Use a rotation system to ensure different team members cover each particular area of the care home that needs cleaning. This means if one person makes a mistake, even if it’s part of their routine, it should be corrected by someone else who is unlikely to miss the same thing.
Have clear systems and guidelines. Using systems like colour coding can make it easier for staff to understand what areas are high priority for cleaning, what products are suitable for use in each area and so on, even without much specific training. Continue reading Cleaning & Hygiene Services for Care Homes