Advice for Keeping the Vulnerable Safe in Care Homes
Providing the best care for residents inside your care home or assisted living facility is always going to be a top priority. There are several risks that staff must consider in order to maintain a safe and secure environment for each and every person that walks through the doors. Despite 2020 being one of the worst years for many residential properties, constant advances in technology are helping to improve quality of life for residents and provide their families with hope for the future.
If you want to know more about how you can keep your residents safe inside a care home or assisted living facility, then here are 5 main areas in which you can focus your efforts to achieve the best results.
Security systems including panic alarms should be installed to allow residents to alert staff in times of an emergency, occurrences such as experiencing pain or discomfort. These can be linked directly to nurses and care staff to let them know that a resident needs their urgent assistance. To add to this, a CCTV (closed-circuit television) camera both inside communal areas and outside of buildings can help you to monitor your care home or assisted living facility in order to maintain a safe and secure centre, helping you to spot dangers before they grow to larger issues.
Disease and Infection Control
The pandemic has encouraged care homes and assisted living facilities to put an even higher focus on disease and infection control. Regulations for tackling Covid-19 is such a debated topic and has created much fear for the future of residential businesses. Hygiene monitoring for patients and visitors requires constant attention to ensure the wellbeing of staff and residents.
Reducing risks requires constant deep cleaning using sanitisers, as well as the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks and gloves. Diseases and infections can spread from person to person very quickly, especially in a closed or confined space, so you must make an effort to prevent the scenario from occurring.
For information on visiting care homes please refer to the advice provided by the UK government here.
Quality Locking Systems
Having a reliable locking system in your care home or assisted living facility is such an important aspect of your residents' safety. Each guest must feel secure inside their room or suite, whilst ensuring that residents who may are vulnerable to injuring themselves are kept out of harm’s way.
To provide complete accessibility for staff and security for residents, a master key system is a perfect option - it can be described as a cylinder lock system whereby specific keys are able to open multiple doors within a complex. The highest-level key, or ‘master key’, is able to open all doors, whilst keys at lower levels have restricted access. Our top-rated Adapta Prime High Security TS007 cylinder locks meet the high standards set by the British Standards Institution for resistance to break-ins
Assessing Trip, Slip and Fall Hazards
As we get older, we lose muscle mass and our joints can become much stiffer. This can affect balance and equilibrium, increasing the risk of slips, trips and falls. It’s important that you can assess hazards that might encourage trips, slips and falls and take action towards reducing the likelihood of it happening. Address any apparent causes for concern whilst considering how someone with little manoeuvrability would be able to handle passing obstacles in walkways. Elderly people can take a long time to recover from injuries caused by falls, and so preventing accidents from happening should be a high priority.
Services by Master Key Systems for Care Homes
Since establishing in 1994, Master Key Systems has provided many care homes and assisted living facilities with high-security master key systems. We pride ourselves on work quality and always operate safely, considering the risks brought on by Covid-19 and applying measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
If you'd like to speak to us with regards to how MasterKey Systems can help improve your care home or assisted living facility, you can call 01902 737 672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We're happy to help.