care homes

Preventing infection in care: management of blood and body fluids

Video resource which documents how to manage spillages of blood and body fluids in care homes.

Preventing infection in care: occupational exposure management

Working in a care home, people may on occasion be exposed to items or substances that have the potential to be harmful.

This video resource looks at the steps that can be taken to minimise and deal with the exposure.

Preventing infection in care: control of the environment

People who live, visit, and work within the home must be protected against any risks associated with infection. Cleaning is an essential step in preventing and controlling the spread of infection – and a clean and tidy environment is a good indicator that the highest possible quality of care is being provided.

This video resource documents procedures for keeping care environments clean and how to comply with regulations.

Preventing infection in care: management of care equipment

There are many items of equipment within the care home that require regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent and control the risk of infection.

This video resource documents how to maintain equipment in care homes.

Preventing infection in care: providing care in the most appropriate place

Staff in care homes have a responsibility to provide the best possible level of care and support to all who live, work and visit the care home. When an individual is found to be or thought to be suffering from an infection, it is necessary to consider the possible source and route of transmission in order to institute appropriate control measures – this may include separating an individual.

This video resource documents infection control procedures, including separation.

Preventing infection in care: management of linen

Incorrect handling, laundering and storage of clean, used and infectious linen can pose as an infection hazard, therefore it is essential that all linen and laundry is adequately washed, dried and stored correctly in order to prevent and control the spread of infection.

This video resource documents the correct management of various types of linen.

Preventing infection in care: safe management of waste

Care homes for older people produce many different types of waste some of which requires special handling and disposal. This would include waste such as sharps, used continence products, wound dressings from individuals and waste generated from people who have or may have an infection, particularly during an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.

This video resource documents the safe disposal of all waste by those involved in the handling, transporting and processing of it.

Quest for quality: an inquiry into the quality of healthcare support for older people in care homes - a call for leadership, partnership and improvement

Report that describes current NHS support for care homes. It tells a story of unmet need, unacceptable variation and often poor quality of care provided by the NHS to the estimated 400,000 older people resident in UK care homes.

Improving the quality of care in Scotland: an overview of Care Commission findings 2002 to 2010

The Care Commission began operating in April 2002 and this report presents what has been learned over the eight years of regulating care services in Scotland. It sets out the context for the Care Commission's work, examines the impact its regulation work has had on outcomes for the people who use care services, and makes strong statements about where the care sector needs to improve.

Scottish Care launch manifesto

The Scottish Care “Manifesto for the future of care and support services for older people in Scotland” has been published. The manifesto is a means to highlight current concerns and outlines proposals for the way forward for care and support services in Scotland.