With Spring finally upon us, your thoughts could be turning to freshening things up with a good spring clean. When it comes to residential care, it’s important to ensure you have a thorough cleaning regime in place, not just now but all year round.
Keeping a care home clean is not just beneficial to both residents and staff, it’s also a legal requirement. Infections can start and spread quickly, so keeping on top of cleanliness is an important way of protecting vulnerable residents from harm.
Care homes can be crowded and involve close contact between residents and staff. They are also often places where people are likely to have weaker immune systems and so are at particular risk of catching an infection.
Microorganisms have been known to survive for weeks or even months on some surfaces, which can mean that contamination risks are high even after outbreaks appear to be over. So regular cleaning and disinfecting is a must if you want to prevent infections from spreading.
One of the best ways to ensure good cleanliness standards in your care home is to put together a schedule to ensure that every room is thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. Here at Care Shop, we’ve put together a free care home cleaning schedule for you to download and use, to help you keep on top of things.
Critical areas to focus on will include kitchens, bathrooms and communal lounge areas, but it’s important to ensure that no area is overlooked. To make sure nothing is missed, carry out an assessment of your care home and note down any areas which need particular attention, such as hard to reach spots. Add extra sections to your care home cleaning schedule if you need to, and organise a meeting with your cleaning team to talk them through what’s needed and why it’s so important.
Infection control is one of the most important considerations in any care environment, and every care home needs to have a control policy in place by law.
This will include ensuring that staff are trained to deal with prevention and outbreaks, as well as following proper hand washing techniques. Sanitation must be dealt with correctly and all incidents of illness should be reported and logged. You must also ensure that any resident suffering from infection is properly isolated to prevent it from spreading.
One of the most effective methods of infection prevention and control is through regular cleaning and hand washing routines. Clean and sterile surfaces, along with the provision of hand santisers, can significantly reduce the risk of infections spreading.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the organisation responsible for regulating the cleanliness of care homes. They will assess your building and award it a rating based on their findings, outlining any additional work that needs to be done. This rating will be included in your inspection report and it could have a big impact on your care facility’s future.
In order to meet CQC guidelines and achieve an outstanding mark in your assessment, make sure you have a thorough cleaning schedule in place, and stock up on the cleaning products you need to keep your care facility spotless.
We hope you’ve found our guide to care home spring cleaning useful. Here at Care Shop, we sell everything you need to keep things spick and span, from mops and wipes to disinfectants, so you’ll have everything sparkling clean in no time.