The importance of hygiene procedures in care homes

All care homes should always have a good hygiene practice in any environment. A poor hygiene procedure could lead to serious health risks to the elderly patients. We all know that elderly are more prone to disease and illnesses and by implementing a good hygiene practice, the chances of risks can be lowered or prevented. It will also ensure that they have a comfortable and clean environment where they can relax and be safe.

Implement standard procedures

Hygiene procedures are carried out through different tasks by the employees. So to implement the hygiene procedure, we must first educate each member of the staff about the importance of following the standard procedure. All staff should also be provided with protective clothing and hygiene products for skin and hands before doing their care duty. When it comes to food hygiene, all staff should be aware of how to handle and prepare food cleanly and professionally.

Importance of food hygiene

Hygiene rules are essential for food preparation and kitchen environment. Food preparation must be followed through with hygiene rules to prevent any food contamination. All care homes should only register and source their food from companies that follow the same standard of hygiene.

The effects of poor hygiene

Poor hygiene in care homes can lead to many severe conditions on the health of the elderly. If the regular care is not carried out with the correct hygiene procedures, it could lead to many health effects. For instance, a carer may not have changed a dirty bandage that could lead to an infection. All tasks including bathing, changing clothes and feeding should always be kept at a high level of cleanliness.

Staff Education 

Staff should be able to spot any types of disease or infection to prevent any further health risks and from spreading to other residents. The most common condition that you can find in a care home are fungi, viruses, diarrhoea, ringworm or oral thrush.

The Benefits of Specialist Bed Bathing Products For the Elderly

Bed bathing can be an extremely sensitive subject and is often uncomfortable for both the patient and the caregiver. Nevertheless, in instances where mobility has become a serious problem, bed bathing may become the only realistic prospect for maintaining health and hygiene.

The good news, however, is that with such fantastic products available created specifically for bed bathing, the process need not be difficult or uncomfortable.  Specialist bed bathing wipes, in particular, have revolutionised the way the industry approaches bed bathing practices. From continence care wipes to 2% Chlorhexidine Wash Cloths and more, there are so many advantages that come with an investment in the highest quality made-for-purpose products.

1 – Convenience

For example, the convenience of using bed bathing wipes and related products is exponentially greater than that of carrying out a traditional bed bath. With no water required, no towels and no additional equipment whatsoever, it really couldn’t be easier to give any patient a comprehensive cleanse at any time.

2 – Regular Hygiene Maintenance

The fact that these kinds of products make it so much faster and easier to go about personal hygiene routines enables caregivers to manage patient hygiene much more meticulously. While carrying out a full traditional bed bath is something that may require plenty of time, equipment and assistance from others, use of specialist bed bathing products is infinitely easier.

3 – Cost-Effective

It’s also worth bearing in mind that specialist hygiene wipes and related supplies can over the course of time work out considerably cheaper than the comparable bed bathing equipment that would be required.  Once again, with no additional equipment, no water, no towels and quite literally nothing else needed, specialist wipes represent an enormously cost-effective solution.

4 – Single-Use

In terms of cleanliness and hygiene, the fact that all such wipes and associated products are designed to be thrown away after one use guarantees absolutely outstanding hygiene. You take the wipe from the pack, you carry out the cleansing and you throw it away – it really couldn’t be simpler.

5 – The Fastest Way To an Anti-Bacterial Clean

Last but not least, Clinicept 2% Chlorhexidine Wash Cloths represent perhaps the fastest and most convenient way of all of carrying out an effective antibacterial clean. These incredible wipes provide effective cleansing with no need for rinsing and a fantastic moisturising effect. What’s more, they can even be heated prior to use for maximum comfort.

Choosing a Care Home for a Dementia Patient

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

Adding personalisation to care homes

Adding personalisation to care homes

As a care home worker or manager, there is always a focus on providing high quality care that meets the needs of residents. Of course this should be the number one priority, but it can sometimes be easy to get swept up in the busy routine of managing a home and forget to ensure nobody starts to lose their own personal identity. Residents in care homes need to remain as people in the eyes of everyone they come into contact with – vulnerable people who need support and reassurance along with good quality medical help and practical care.

A great way of ensuring this happens is to enable personalisation wherever possible. There’s no reason why anyone should have to spend their days in a bland and impersonal environment, and adding a little personal touch could make a world of difference. Engaging both staff and residents in the process of adding personalisation to rooms and communal spaces can be a really positive way to encourage a happier environment. Continue reading Adding personalisation to care homes

Decision trees & care

Engaging care homes with a decision tree

A decision tree might be a great new way for care homes to develop their status as a place where the opinions of both residents and staff are taken seriously when it comes to making decisions. This fun and quirky tool has been implemented in many care homes across the UK and we’ve heard from many home managers saying the trees are really effective at engaging people and helping everyone to feel included. Maybe it’s time you created one, if you’re currently working in care?

In mathematics, a decision tree is usually more complex than the sort we are referring to. It would be used to analyse the possible outcomes, including benefits and costs, of a particular course of action in comparison to alternatives. The decision tree you might find in a care home would be a simpler process, and usually involves some kind of prop or wall display (you might want to try painting the tree on the wall in one of the main communal areas, and this is something else the residents can be involved in). Continue reading Engaging care homes with a decision tree

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Choosing A Trusted Medical Supplier For A Care Home

Looking after vulnerable people is really the main focus of anyone who runs a care home or any kind of residential health facility. Whether people in your care are suffering with mental health conditions, disabilities or age-related problems, there is a lot of responsibility involved with choosing a trusted medical supplier to ensure you have the supplies and facilities to provide good care.

People in care homes are often more vulnerable to infections and may require specialised medical equipment to help deal with a variety of problems, both for long term conditions and for emergencies. For this reason, it’s essential to consider how your medical equipment supplier can provide you with the capacity to deal with all of the following issues on a day-to-day basis. Continue reading Choosing A Trusted Medical Supplier For A Care Home

Tips for looking after someone with dementia

Nearly one million people in the United Kingdom have now been diagnosed with dementia, in fact almost 20% of people over the age of 80 will suffer from the disease. For every new person who hears this diagnosis, many more people will find themselves in the difficult position of caring for someone suffering from memory loss and other issues. Whether this person ends up in a care home or you are looking after them at home, here are some of the best tips to bear in mind if you find yourself in this position.


1) Expect things to change

People mainly think of memory loss immediately when they consider dementia, but it’s important to know about the other behavioural changes someone will probably experience with the illness. Anything from exercise to simple daily activities like getting dressed could quickly become difficult for your loved one to deal with alone, and it may be up to you to help them overcome the inevitable frustration and feel supported. Continue reading Tips for looking after someone with dementia

Why older people still have to suffer low quality care

In the UK we have an ongoing problem with healthcare in general, but care homes in particular provide a great example of why we have to keep working to tackle the issue. It is one of balance and equality across the board when it comes to medical care; specifically, why do we have such a high standard of care in many cases, but in others there are shocking lapses all too often? In fact, investigations have repeatedly found that older people living in care are subject to horrendous failures in the systems put in place to protect them on a daily basis.

This is all despite the fact that in the majority of cases, care in UK homes is up to an outstanding standard, and of course there are thousands of highly skilled and compassionate health workers who are doing a wonderful job looking after the elderly. We always aim to support businesses and individuals who are doing their part to ensure the system works, and it’s easy to find examples of great care being provided across the UK all the time. Continue reading Why older people still have to suffer low quality care