Care homes and services up and down the country have important procedures in place to regularly check they are offering the highest standard of care. But what about those caring for relatives independently? To mark Clinical Audit Awareness Week we've gathered top tips from our care homes that you can apply if/when caring for older relatives at home.
"Around 1 in 3 adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year, and about half of these will have more frequent falls." www.nhs.uk/conditions/falls
Care services put a lot of attention into reducing the risk of falls for their residents and customers. For those caring for loved ones at home it's worth considering the following things to help with this.
The NHS website also gives important information about what to do if someone falls and cannot get up, such as trying to get help, keeping warm and changing position as often as they can.
Maintaining a clean and safe environment is key when caring for older loved ones, whether that's in a care home setting or the family home. Based on our own infection control processes here are some key things to consider when providing care in your home.
Diet is clearly important to our physical health, but it is also an expression of our individuality and can promote independence as we age. By reviewing our dining experience we've picked up some valuable tips when providing meals for those we care for, which we would encourage you to explore in a home environment.
The effects of loneliness for older people have been well documented in recent years. You can combat this and vastly improve the well-being of a loved one by help them explore opportunities to engage with others in meaningful ways.
The St Monica Trust offers care homes and services across Bristol and North Somerset. For further information and to speak to a member of our friendly team visit our dedicated care page today.