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.