With the cold weather bringing an increase in illness, and an influx of visitors encouraging the spread of infection, the festive period can be a worrying time for healthcare providers.
It’s important to be prepared, and ensure you have vigilant procedures in place to reduce the risks that come with this time of year.
Read on below to get our tips on effective infection control in care homes, including actionable advice and guidance on products to help keep your care home running smoothly throughout the festivities.
Ensuring that hand sanitiser is readily available for anyone who visits your facility is always a good idea, particularly at this time of year. Ideally, you should place sanitiser products in a prominent position in the entrance of the care home. This way, you can reduce the risk of guests spreading infections when they interact with residents and use the care home facilities.
It’s important to highlight the responsibility staff have when it comes to keeping residents safe from infection. If a member of staff is ill themselves, they will need to take adequate time to recover at home, to avoid passing the illness on to vulnerable residents. Staff should also be prepared to be extra vigilant with infection control procedures, and should help encourage visitors to adopt procedures such as sanitising their hands.
Make sure your healthcare facility is fully equipped with signs to remind people to wash their hands and sanitise regularly when visiting.
As challenging as this may be during the festivities, make sure to be even more rigorous with your usual cleaning regime. This can be done by increasing the number of cleaning checks and audits that occur daily. Remember to consider laundry as part of this too, as bacteria can build up on bed linen and towels, which can increase significantly if a resident is ill.
To help make your cleaning routine more manageable, we’ve put together a free care home cleaning schedule which you can download and print to make sure you’ve got everything covered.
When you’re so busy caring for residents, it can be difficult to keep on top of things. Delegating specific problem areas to different members of staff is an effective way to keep on top of infection control, whilst making the task at hand much more manageable for everyone. For example, allocate kitchen surfaces and bathroom facilities to small groups of staff who can regularly inspect the area.
At Care Shop, we offer a wide range of products to assist with implementing an effective infection control programme. To keep your staff, residents and guests safe this winter, it is important to have the correct supplies readily available at all times. For more advice on helping to prevent the spread of infection in your care home, read our blog on Managing Infection Control in Care Homes.