Special offers on linen products during October
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National Arthritis Week 2017
As we come to the end of National Arthritis Week 2017 the search for ways to alleviate and cure this common health condition continues. Arthritis Research UK asks for support from sufferers and carers. Read more.
How to get a good night's sleep
Sleep is important for our physical and mental health. Here are some top tips to ensure you get a good night... and what to do if you wake up and can't get back to sleep! Read more
The importance of sleep
We're currently running some excellent offers on quality bedding products like duvets and pillows, and comfy sheets and pillow cases. But do you know about the important health benefits of a great night's sleep? Read more
Fairfield Care - celebrating the different generations
Helping to highlight Grandparents Day and the International Day of Older Persons on 1st October, Fairfield Care’s Marketing Executive shared a personal insight into the family challenges of care and the value of spending time with the older generation.
International Day of Older Persons October 1st 2017
Sunday 1st October is Older People’s Day – an international day to celebrate the achievements and contributions of older people to society. It also coincides with the UN International Day of Older Persons established to help promote the development of society for all ages, and here at Fairfield Care we want to help you celebrate and show appreciation for older individuals!
Whether you’re lucky enough to know, or have known, your grandparents, most of us have fond memories of an elderly person who has touched our lives at some point. However, despite the many ways we are loved and cared for by the elder generation, the care is not always felt the same way in reverse. Sadly, a recent poll has found that 7 in 10 (71%) of elderly people (average age of 63) have said they experience loneliness, despite having family and friends around them.
So, with people living longer than ever before, what can be done to combat loneliness amongst the elder generation?
The older generation have so much to offer – from wisdom and insight, to company and laughter – and by simply spending more time with them, we not only show them we care but also get a huge amount out of it ourselves. It is particularly good for children to spend time with their grandparents – they learn to interact and socialise with the older generation, build bonds and special memories and gain a sense of respect and admiration.
Studies have also shown that there are huge benefits to be had from the elderly spending time with their grandchildren. One study found that grandmothers spending one day a week with grandchildren were more likely to have a lower risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s, whilst another study shows that encouraging a grandparent-grandchild bond might actually lower the risk of depression for both parties.
Elderly people tend to come from a simpler generation – before mobile phones, tablets and endless TV channels so it’s far easier to spend time with an older person and show them you care than you might think. Simply going for a walk, stopping in for a cup of tea, or encouraging your children to make a card or write a letter to them will mean the world to the special older person in your life.
Here’s a few other things you can do to show an older person that you care, whether this be a grandparent, a parent, a care patient, neighbour or just someone else you know:
Baking Cakes and Cooking
So many of us learnt how to cook from our parents, so why not encourage your children to spend time with their grandparents by baking a cake? There’s some great basic cake recipes here but if you don’t have children, simply cooking and eating a meal together is a wonderful way to spend a few hours in the company of an older person.
Clean their house
So often with age, physical activities become difficult and basic daily tasks, such as cleaning, can become challenging for the older person. Offering to give their bathroom a good clean, or organising a cupboard so things are easily accessible is a really good way to show you’ve thought about trying to make their life easier.
Getting outside and breathing in fresh air is beneficial to everyone no matter your age. Why not invest in a National Trust membership and visit some of the stunning properties and gardens around the UK? With senior membership starting at only £4.05 a month this is a great, economic and interesting way to spend time with an elderly loved one.
So many of the older generation take great pride in their gardens. Whether it’s a pristine lawn or a prize winning cucumber that sparks their enthusiasm, you and your kids can have fun spending time in the garden with a grandparent whilst learning some green fingered tips at the same time!
Not all of us have grandparents or close elderly relatives to spend time with, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show an old person that you care! The Royal Voluntary Service is a great charity to get involved with if you’re interested in volunteering with the older generation with opportunities to become a befriending volunteer and spend time with a lonely elderly person in your community.
You may not always be in the same area, or even same country, as an elderly loved one – but that doesn’t mean you can’t let them know you care! Writing a letter or a postcard is a wonderful way to show you’re thinking of them – you can even turn your own photos into postcards with Apps such as Touchnote.
Alzheimer’s Awareness Day
21st September is World Alzheimer’s Day – the day Alzheimer’s organisations around the world focus on raising awareness about dementia and Alzheimer’s by highlighting the issues those suffering with or affected by dementia face, and how, by working together, we can begin to overcome these challenges.
An estimated 850,000 people in the UK alone are living with dementia and it is expected that over one million people will suffer with dementia by 2025. Sadly, there is no cure – but there is plenty that can be done to raise awareness, increase understanding and help those affected.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Dementia is the name for a number of symptoms and issues that often include memory loss, confusion, problems with thinking and language:
Alzheimer’s is a physical disease that affects the brain and is the most common form of dementia.
Whilst the exact cause of Alzheimer’s is yet to be known, it is suspected that abnormal structures known as ‘plaques’ and ‘tangles’ form in the brain caused by a build-up proteins which lead to the damage and killing of nerve cells and brain tissue.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease with the symptoms becoming more severe as the illness develops over time.
The symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
Being a progressive illness, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s develop over time, and are often mild to begin with, with the impact on daily life becoming more severe as it goes on.
Symptoms often vary, and are not always related to Alzheimer’s, but the following warning signs can indicate the begin stages of the disease:
- Memory problems
- Language difficulties – particularly following conversations or repeating what’s been said
- Issues with visions such as judging distances or seeing objects in 3D
- Struggling to concentrate, plan or organise
- Signs of confusion or losing track of the day or date
Alzheimer’s Risk Factors
Whilst the exact cause of Alzheimer’s is unknown, there are a number of risk factors that are thought to contribute to the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Medical conditions such as heart problems, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol are all known to increase the risk of both dementia and Alzheimer’s. By controlling these conditions, the risk may be reduced, so maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle is considered to be important.
Other factors, however, cannot be controlled. Age is a factor, with over 65’s being the most affected, and for unknown reasons twice as many women as men in this age group are affected. It is often speculated that genetics play a role in increasing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, with people believing it can be inherited. The potential of genetically inheriting the disease is still being investigated, but on the whole the influence of genetics is very subtle.
Treating Alzheimer’s Disease
Sadly, a cure for Alzheimer’s is yet to be developed but a mix of drug and non-drug care can significantly help somebody with the condition live better.
The most common drugs used to treat the early stages of Alzheimer’s are donepezil, rivastigmine or galantamine and can be used to help temporarily alleviate the mild to moderate symptoms of the illness.
There are many other ways someone with Alzheimer’s can be helped. Enabling someone to remain independent and cope with the symptoms is often effective so developing a routine, memory aids such as a weekly pill box and lists and ensuring the person still takes part in activities they enjoy are all great places to start.
Furniture specially design to aid someone with memory loss is also available – such the Harley Dementia wardrobes which have enough hanging space and shelving for one day’s clothing – making it easy to help adjust to living with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. The Harley Dementia range also has features such as rounded corners on the furniture and rail upstands behind furnishings to prevent things falling behind wardrobes and cabinets. Fairfield Care stocks the full Harley Dementia furniture range which you can take a look at here.
World Alzheimer’s Awareness Day: Getting Involved
In terms of getting involved with World Alzheimer’s Awareness Day, there’s plenty you can do to help raise awareness and support Alzheimer’s organisations:
With no cure as yet, the only way to beat Alzheimer’s is through research. If you’d like to help visit Dementia Research in the UK to see to see what opportunities are available.
Raising money is a great way to get involved and support both research and those affected by dementia. Visit the Alzheimer’s Society website for some great fundraising inspiration.
With much of the support for those affected by Alzheimer’s being provided by charities, the help of volunteers is invaluable. Contact your local association to find out about how to get involved.
Host an awareness day
Hosting a day at your place of work or school is a great way to get others involved and provide awareness-raising information. There’s plenty of helpful resources available – such as these posters from Alzheimer’s Disease International.
Whether it’s a one off gift or a regular donation through direct debit, one of the easiest ways to support Alzheimer’s charities is to donate. Employers often operate a ‘give as you earn’ scheme too.
Care Home Housekeeping Checklist: Cleaning Procedures, Schedule & Products
At Fairfield Care we know that maintaining good health and hygiene practice in a care home is not only imperative to providing a good service to residents, but key to abiding with care health and safety regulations.
Having efficient cleaning procedures in place helps to ensure that you cater for all the care home’s cleaning needs. You may be able to do this in-house with a housekeeping team or you may need to consider hiring an external contract cleaning company. Whatever your needs we’ve put together a comprehensive care home housekeeping checklist. This shows the daily, weekly and monthly cleaning tasks required and could help you to manage cleaning in your home more easily, efficiently and effectively.
Save money with a consistent cleaning schedule
In addition to adhering to industry health and safety guidelines, cleaning your care home regularly means that you will maintain the quality of your furnishings for longer. This will help to save money in the long run by avoiding having to replace tired carpets or tarnished seated furniture, since with proper maintenance they will look better and last for longer.
Cleaning costs can even be minimised by keeping to a good schedule, which is an essential tool for every good care organization.
Before you decide whether to approach potential contract cleaners, you should check our cleaning checklist. This itemises some of the janitorial tasks you will need to address regularly, and you can add any of your own that specifically apply to your care home. Once you understand what is to be done, and how frequently, you can ascertain whether you can manage the work in house or if you will need to arrange and budget for a cleaning contractor.
Here is a rundown of the essential cleaning jobs to consider for your care organisation, a cleaning schedule and a list of janitorial supplies you may need.
Everyday Tasks for Housekeeping Checklist
There are various janitorial activities you should attend to regularly, for both health reasons for residents and staff, but also to present a clean and welcoming residence for visitors or inspectors.
Cleaning should also include appropriate disinfection of kitchens, break rooms and washrooms. Most of this janitorial work comes under general housekeeping.
- Discard recycling materials such as plastics and cans, empty and change bins and clear away any rubbish.
- Vacuum carpeted areas such as living spaces or private bedrooms.
- Brush or vacuum hard floor surfaces.
- Tidy office furniture and hardware including work areas, seats, tables and PCs.
- Sanitize flat surfaces.
- Mop hard floors with disinfectant cleaners.
- Polish furniture.
- Wipe mirrors and glass entrances to remove fingerprints and dirt.
- Spot clean surfaces as needed.
- Wipe down and clean cooking surface areas during and following use.
- Spray air freshener to keep furnishings and rooms smelling fresh.
Well-cleaned washrooms also help create a positive impression on visiting family members and customers. Clean facilities help secure a professional and respectable reputation, in addition to ensuring the wellbeing and safety of residents and staff.
Housekeeping in bathrooms
- Refill soap dispensers.
- Clean all toilets with disinfectant, scrubbing the bowl with a brush and wipe down all toilet surfaces.
- Refill bathroom toilet roll dispensers and hand towels.
- Change bins, remove waste, and wipe down bins with disinfectant.
- Change and dispose of sanitary waste appropriately.
- Clean mirrors.
- Sanitize bathroom surfaces including hand towel containers, hand dryers, fixtures and counter tops.
- Mop toilet and restroom floors.
- Clean windows and glass.
- Disinfect urinals.
Weekly Housekeeping Checklist
Weekly tasks for your care home maintenance and cleaning include:
- Buff and polish all hard floor surfaces.
- Clean outside glass surfaces.
- Clean windows and entryways inside once a week.
- Disinfect the fridge, microwave, and oven in the kitchen or lounges.
- Purify consoles and phones.
- Sanitise the inside of bins and lids.
- Repair any splinters and chips at entryways and on cupboards to ensure a safe, smooth surface.
Monthly Housekeeping Checklist
Finally, the monthly tasks that you will need to schedule into your housekeeping rotor:
- Vacuum vents and fabric of furniture.
- Dust and polish blinds, or remove and wash curtains.
- Wipe window frames.
- Clean and sanitize hard-to-reach or concealed spots (i.e. along the highest points of windows, cupboards, roof fans etc).
You can download a PDF version of the housekeeping checklist here, and add additional tasks if you wish: https://www.fairfieldcare.co.uk/pdf/Housekeeping-Checklist-for-Care-Homes.pdf
Now you have a full rundown of the most essential janitorial and housekeeping tasks, you can consider any other particular cleaning needs your care home may require and can determine when and who will need to manage the tasks.
Using an external contract cleaner
If you are considering entering into an agreement with a contract cleaner, work closely with your own housekeeper to arrange a cleaning plan that works for you, before you sign any agreement with an external provider. If you enter into a contract ensure that you explain exactly what you need and expect from the contractor. Make sure that their methods and techniques are thorough and that you supply the correct equipment and janitorial supplies for them for each task.
Britex cleaning products
Our Britex cleaning product range is perfect for care homes and other commercial settings, so you can provide your staff or external cleaners with the right janitorial supplies for the job.
We’ve put a list together of the Britex products we supply, segmented into helpful categories and paired with an outline of the product and its useful cleaning features, so you can easily find the right product for every housekeeping job. The janitorial supplies below are split into the following easily identifiable, colour-coded categories:
- Handcare and hand sanitisation
- Catering cleaning supplies
- General janitorial supplies
- Washroom janitorial supplies
Handcare and Hand Sanitisation
Bactericidal Liquid Soap - catering and food grade anti-bacterial hand soap. Bactericidal rich deep cleansing lather. Free from solvents and harsh chemicals. Helps to prevent skin infections. Suitable for all industries where a mild yet effective soap is required, including: Engineering, garages, building trade, foundries, janitorial, hospitals, schools, textile, printing works etc. but especially for the food industry and catering trade where a sanitising soap is essential.
Hand Alcohol Gel – alcohol rub for sanitising hands. Kills 99.9% of E-Coli and MRSA. Quick acting, non-tainting food safe, approved to both BS EN 1500 and BS EN 1276. Non-sticky and non-tainting with built in skin conditioners. BRiTEX Hand Alcohol Gel is suitable for frequent use in medical and care service applications. Proven to kill Influenza Type A Flu Virus. Effective against Avian and Swine flu viruses.
Luxury Pearl Hand Soap – mild, rich, pearlised hand soap with a fresh bouquet fragrance. Deep cleansing lather. Can be used in the workshop or office. Suitable for use through wall mounted dispenser units. Safe to use as a body shampoo. Extremely effective as a toilet soap. Mild enough for general use with extra emulsifying powers for grease and grime removal.
Catering Cleaning Supplies
Kitchen Surface Sanitiser – Bactericidal surface cleaner for food preparation areas. Kills bacteria fast. Powerful degreasing agents remove grease and grime. Pass EN1276. Proven to kill MRSA and E.coli. Non-tainting and food safe, does not require rinsing. Spray on, wipe off odourless bactericidal degreaser for wherever sanitary conditions are essential.
Concentrated Liquid Detergent - Highly concentrated liquid detergent. Mild, long lasting foam, perfect for dishwashing by hand. Leaves all crockery and glassware sparkling clean and streak free. Contains additives for spot free drying of glassware. For all-round cleaning of walls, paintwork, upholstery etc. Biodegradable, phosphate free. Suitable for cleaning floors, walls, cutlery, worktops, vinyl and cloth and all light duty hand washing.
Concentrated Lemon Detergent - Highly concentrated liquid detergent with lemon fragrance. Mild, long lasting foam, perfect for dishwashing by hand. Leaves all crockery and glassware sparkling clean and streak free. Contains additives for spot free drying of glassware. For all-round cleaning of walls, paintwork, upholstery etc. Fresh lemon fragrance - adds freshness to cleanliness. Biodegradable, phosphate free. Suitable for cleaning floors, walls, cutlery, worktops, vinyl and cloth and all light duty hand washing.
Bactericidal Floor Cleaner - Powerful degreaser, cleaner, sanitiser specially formulated for kitchens and food preparation areas. This janitorial product is fully tested with proven effectiveness against Gram+ve and Gram-ve bacteria. Passes EN1276. Disperses and dissolves fats, blood stains, shortenings in food processing/catering. Controlled foam for scrubbing and wall washing, even pressure washing. Highly concentrated and economical in use. Safe on aluminium.
Foam Oven Cleaner - Powerful low-odour foam cleaner specially formulated for ovens that clings to vertical surfaces. Easily applied using trigger spray with an effective ready to use formula, this foam cleaner can be used as an oven cleaner, as well as for the fast removal of blood and other baked-on food products.
Heavy Duty Cleaner - General purpose hard surface and floor cleaner. A food safe cleaner that effectively cleans the heaviest build-ups of grime and grease from most hard surfaces. As the product is free from solvents, it is suitable for use in kitchens and food preparation areas. Suitable for use on linoleum, PVC, rubber, sealed wood, sealed cork and thermoplastic floors. Excellent wall and hard surface cleaner.
Dishwasher Detergent – Dishwasher detergent with low tannin remover. Designed to be used in cabinet dishwashing in both hard and soft water areas Effectively cleans & removes the build-up of heavy soiling from plates etc in dishwashing machines.
Rinseaid Liquid – Soft water rinse aid application for use in dishwashers to ensure sparkling crockery and cutlery. Effectively assists the final drying process of dishes and cutlery washed in cabinet dishwasher and glass dishwasher machines. Effective results can be achieved with the minimum of product. A temperature of at least 60ºC should be provided for the rinse aid to work effectively.
Spray and Wipe Pink Sanitiser – Bactericidal surface cleaner for use in kitchens and food preparation areas.
Descaling Liquid – Aluminium cleaner and descaler. For the cleaning and brightening of aluminium and its alloys. Also suitable for the descaling of industrial and kitchen equipment. Designed to remove lime and hard water scale from automatic catering equipment such as machine dishwashers and glasswashers.
General janitorial supplies
Window and Mirror Cleaner – Advanced formula ensures a smear-free finish. Free from abrasives - will not damage delicate surfaces. Ammonia free - pleasant and easy to use. Simply spray on and wipe off for a sparkling finish. For all windows, mirrors, ceramic tiles, chrome and porcelain. Ideal for use on computer VDUs, its high level of purity helps prevent re soiling.
Multi-Purpose Cleaner – This janitorial product is a fast acting, high performance cleaner, perfect for cutting through grease and grime. With a tangy lemon fragrance and a new formula, free from acids or caustics, it gives off a lovely fresh aroma. Rapid action cuts through grease and grime. Effective maintenance cleaner for all hard surfaces. Low foam reduces cleaning time.
Furniture Polish – Non-smear clean and shine furniture polish. Easy to apply. A light wipe with a duster brings out the shine. Resists dust and finger markings. Highly concentrated silicone formulation for economy in use. Cleans and shines as you dust. Pleasant waxy lavender perfume. For furniture, tiles, marble, stainless steel and most plastic and vinyl coated surfaces. Removes finger marks, surface dirt, smudges etc and produces a glowing finish to be proud of. Eliminates vigorous polishing but brings up a brilliant, protective, long lasting shine.
Bactericidal Hard Surface Cleaner – Multi-purpose bactericidal cleaner to help prevent cross-contamination. 99.9% effective against MRSA. Kills Swine Flu, HIV, Hepatitis C, MRSA & Clostridium difficile. Passes EN 1276, 13704, 14476 & 14675. Manufactured in the UK to ISO 9001, 14001 & 18001. Cleans and sanitises frequently touched items such as door handles, tables, banisters etc and is suitable for damp mopping floors. Independently proven to kill H1N1 Influenza viruses. Also certified to kill Clostridium difficile and common food poisoning bacteria including Salmonella typhimurium, Listeria monocytogenes and Escherichia coli. Essential everyday product in the fight against cross infection. It is particularly suitable for use in the care sector. Bleach free, non-hazardous, non-toxic and safe to use on all common water washable surfaces. Pleasantly perfumed and leaves a freshly cleaned fragrance to rooms.
Lemon Disinfectant – Kills smells and malodours. This janitorial disinfectant leaves a fresh lemon fragrance. Conforms to BS 6471 QAP 60. Effective against Escherichia coli. General disinfectant for floors, walls, drains. Not suitable for use in food preparation or serving areas.
Pine Disinfectant - Powerful and fragrant disinfectant. Kills smells and malodours, leaving a fresh pine atmosphere. Conforms to BS 6471 Grade Q.A.P. 30. Contains a broad spectrum quaternary biocide. General disinfectant for floors, walls and drains. Not suitable for use in food preparation or serving areas.
Wax Free Polish – Wax-free clean and shine polish. Rapid action clean and shine polish. Contains silicones for easy polishing and superior resistance to staining. High shine performance polish, perfect for melamine and vinyl surfaces. Fresh perfume leaves that ‘just cleaned’ fragrance. Easy to use, fast shine removes finger marks, smudges, dirt and dust at a wipe from most everyday surfaces. Wax free with a high shine, it is ideal for office cleaning and general surfaces. Use on wood, ceramics, tiles, shelves, vinyl, paintwork, metal, enamel, chrome etc.
Pot Pourri Air Freshener - Clean, fresh fragrance, deals with odours quickly and effectively. Use in pubs, clubs, offices, shops and many other social environments. Not for use on fabrics or furnishings.
Enzyme Deodoriser Digester – Biological enzyme carpet deodoriser. Enzymatic action, natural and effective odour eliminator. Breaks down organic soiling and stains. Powerful citrus scent, immediate relief from foul smells. Ideal for washrooms and use on carpets. Suitable for use on a wide range of carpets, absorbent surfaces and fabrics. May also be used in and around sanitary ware, drains, waste pipes and tiled surfaces to prevent unpleasant odours in the washroom and housekeeping environments. Micro-organisms produce enzymes which immediately begin to digest the organic matter breaking down the stain and eliminating odour. The strong citrus fragrance provides immediate relief from unpleasant odours until the biological action is complete. The biological action continues until the organic matter is completely consumed or until the area dries.
Carpet Extraction – Low foam extraction liquid cleaner for synthetic and wool carpets and upholstery. This low foaming product is suitable for use with either hot or cold water machines.
Spot and Stain – Effective removal of spots and stains on carpets. Woolsafe approved formulation. Removes spots and stains from carpets and upholstery. Suitable for use on all colour safe washable fabrics including wool. Can be used as a single solution or as a pre-spray prior to extraction cleaning. For more carpet cleaning products, click here.
Odour Neutraliser – Ready-to-use, fast acting neutraliser with a zesty lemon fragrance.
Lemon Gel – Advanced formula lemon fragrance floor gel. Made from natural citrus oils and vegetable oil derived emulsifiers to be environmentally friendly. Ideal damp mopping solutions for all surfaces. Economical maintenance for polished floors - will not remove or dull polish film at recommended dilution. Readily burnished to a slip resistant shine. Perfect for spray cleaning, removes dirt and heel marks with ease. For the regular cleaning and maintenance of linoleum, PVC, rubber, sealed cork, sealed wood, terrazzo and thermoplastic floors.
Pine Gel - Advanced formula pine fragrance floor gel. Ideal damp mopping solution for all surfaces. Economical maintenance for polished floors - will not remove or dull polish at recommended dilution. Perfect for spray cleaning. Removes dirt and heel marks with ease. For regular cleaning and maintenance of linoleum, P.V.C., rubber, sealed cork, sealed wood and thermoplastic floors.
Washroom Janitorial Supplies
Acid Toilet Cleaner – Rapid descaler for ceramic surfaces, WCs and shower cubicles.
Toilet Cleaner and Descaler – Viscous formula clings longer for more thorough action. A concentrated lavatory cleaner which removes limescale and organic deposits. Cleans and descales washroom areas, and is perfect for using on all ceramic and stainless steel urinals and toilets.
Bactericidal Bathroom and Washroom Cleaner – Bactericidal thick foam cleaner. Mildly acidic to remove scale build-up when used on a regular basis. Pleasantly fragrant. Safe for use on ceramics. Sanitises, cleans and freshens all baths, sinks, ceramics and enamelled surfaces.
Bleach - This essential janitorial product disinfects and kill germs on most hard surfaces and eradicates malodours at the source. Keeps drains and toilets clean and sweet smelling. A powerful bleach effective against a wide range of pathogens. Use on drains, floors, lavatories and for general disinfecting and cleaning.
Thick Beach – Powerful thick formula effective against all pathogenic organisms. Contains added detergents for improved cleaning. Pot-pourri fragrance keeps drains and toilets fresh and sweet smelling. For the general disinfecting of drains and toilets etc.
Cream Cleaner – Another vital janitorial supply, this non-abrasive cleaner and polisher is ideal for ceramic, chrome, enamel, laminates and stainless steel surfaces. Vitreous Enamel Association tested and approved. Its superfine chalks reduce the risk of scratching.
The Britex collection is a range of professional cleaning products for all types of commercial cleaning including kitchens, offices, factories, schools and care homes.
Each product has its own COSHH Material Safety Data Sheet available as a downloadable PDF from www.britexproducts.co.uk
We hope you found this information helpful, and don’t forget to download your free Fairfield housekeeping checklist here: https://www.fairfieldcare.co.uk/pdf/Housekeeping-Checklist-for-Care-Homes.pdf
For more information on any of the products we offer, do get in touch with a member of the Fairfield Care team.
Tools and Equipment that Care Homes Need | Fairfield Care UK
Supplies and Equipment that Make For an Effective Care Home Service
At Fairfield Care, we work with our care home and nursing home customers to raise awareness of the everyday issues that are important to them.
We also work with a number of care homes and care agencies around the world to highlight important causes and key industry topics. That’s why today we’ve collaborated with Arcare Aged Care to discuss the importance of having the correct supplies and equipment in care homes and nursing homes.
Like all health care facilities, care homes should be well equipped to provide excellent daily services for residents. Any deficiencies can not only upset and frustrate the elderly people who are living there, but can also jeopardise the safety of residents and care staff. To efficiently carry out the duties of the professionals employed in the care facility, and to address the needs of the residents, every nursing home should have the necessary supplies and equipment.
Important medical instruments and equipment in aged care facilities
Blood pressure is regarded as the determinant of a person’s overall cardiac and circulatory health. High blood pressure, or hypertension, can signify that a person has a high risk of stroke, heart attack, heart failure, artery damage, chronic kidney disease, and others. On the other hand, low blood pressure or hypotension can result in dizziness, blurred vision, palpitations, confusions, weakness, nausea, and fainting. If the condition is severe, it can even lead to extreme oxygen deprivation, leading to heart and brain damage.
Because the risk of heart disease increases with age, blood pressure monitoring is important when caring for the elderly. A sphygmomanometer can help aged care home staff to accurately measure blood pressure, thus enabling them to determine if a resident needs further medical attention to prevent complications.
Similar to the aim of using a sphygmomanometer, a heart monitor can help nursing home professionals know the condition of a resident’s heart so they can immediately start medical treatment when necessary.
As one of the four vital signs, measuring body temperature is essential. Compared to younger people, seniors have lower physiological reserves to fight off infectious diseases due to the biological changes that naturally occur as a person ages. Because fever is considered as the “cardinal sign of infection”, and because elderly people have an increased risk for morbidity and mortality due to infections, thermometers should be available in every aged care home to accurately measure temperature, spot infections as early possible, see if hypo- or hyperthermia is present, and administer proper treatment right away.
Thermometers can be either glass or digital in design. Digital thermometers are often the preferred option for their ease of use and safety.
Ease of mobility is important for the elderly to go about their daily lives. Thus, crutches, wheelchairs and other walking and mobility aids should be present in care homes to provide comfortable transportation for those who cannot walk or have impaired mobility.
There are two types of wheelchairs: automatic and manual. While manual ones are more portable, automatic wheelchairs provide more independence. Having both types in an aged care facility gives residents the option to choose which one they are more at ease with.
The importance of sanitation in elderly care cannot be stressed enough; every precaution should be made in order to prevent residents from catching common diseases, like coughs and colds. One of the ways to control cross-contamination and the spread of germs and viruses is for care workers to wear gloves.
Another way to maintain sanitation is for nursing home staff to have disinfectants with them, such as hand sanitisers, antibacterial wipes, and antibacterial soap to help keep everything and everyone clean.
As the elderly can be prone to accidents, a first aid kit is essential in preparing for emergencies, including treating burns, bruises, cuts, sprains, and other minor injuries. First aid kits should include forceps, scissors, gauze, adhesive tape, bandage, instant cold pack, antibiotic ointment and prescription drugs.
Blitz through the cleaning with quality kitchen towel
In a busy environment little accidents happen. For all those day to day drips, spills and even puddles Regina Blitz kitchen towel is the ideal solution.
It’s perfect around the kitchen, bathroom and anywhere you need to clean up.
The kitchen roll’s 3-ply triple layer strength and high quality means that it’s perfect for every kind of spill and won’t disintergrate when wet. Plus you’ll need less product to clean up, saving on costs and the environment.
Most standard kitchen rolls are 2ply so don’t stay in tact so well when they are damp. They come in a standard size too with a standard number of sheets on a roll.
Blitz is different. As well as being thicker, its surface area is almost a third larger than traditional rolls, three times longer and with more sheets per roll. Each sheet size is 33 x 26.5cm so it’s big enough to catch all your mishaps.
You can use Blitz with all cleaning liquids and on all surfaces from worktops, to floors, to glass and mirrors. The towel is lint free too so no annoying bobbling or bits on your cleaned surfaces.
When you need to Blitz through the cleaning this kitchen towel is your ally.
We have a great offer on Blitz kitchen towel £10.50 for a pack of 6 rolls (£1.75 per roll). Contact us now at email@example.com or give us a call on 01234 324530 for details and to place an order.
Care Advice and Resources
Assessing Care Needs
Determining Your Care Needs (with checklist)
Alzheimer’s Disease International
Care Home Advice
Care Home – Advice & Nursing Home Advice
The Money Advice Service – Support services available for carers
The Money Advice Service – Paying for care and acquiring funding to cover care costs
Geriatric Care Information
Geriatric Care Management – What is it & How it can help
Helping Hands, Home Care Specialists
Care Watch – Elderly Support Information
BUPA’s Elderly Care Support Hotline
BUPA’s Guide to Elderly Care
Mental Health in the Elderly
Mental Health Foundation – Advice on Mental Health in Later Life
Eating Well As We Age
Support and Advice
Age UK – Home & Care Support and Advice
Which? Elderly Care Support and Advice
NHS – Support and Advice
Campaign to End Loneliness
Transport for the Disabled and Elderly
PB Conversions – vehicle mobility adapters
Silver Wings Care Management and Travel – Special Needs Travel: Travelling the World with Care
Pegasus Home Health Care – home care providers
Willow Personal Care Assistants LLC - Personal Care Assistants
Waste Management for Care Homes
SRCL – Nursing and Care Home Waste Collection Service
Maintaining safe slings and care home equipment
Our Fairfield Care servicing team offers a full support service for patient moving equipment, such as slings, helping to keep your care home equipment in excellent condition and legally safe.
To ensure adherence to regulations, such as the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations or LOLER, slings and patient lifting equipment must be checked regularly.
Regular inspections will also help to ensure the safety of your patients and staff.
We can support your compliance including registration, notification, inspection and reporting. We can also provide emergency inspections and repairs.
To learn how we can help and to book a consultation visit our Slings Inspection page.
#Share TheLove Best Blog Competition: Winner
The Fairfield Care judges are happy to announce the winner of the #ShareTheLove blog competition as Stephanie, author of Raising Emily: A family and lifestyle blog, for her heartfelt piece about her grandma.
Stephanie mentioned to us what being involved with our Share The Love campaign would mean to her:
“I have previously mentioned my nan on my blog, on numerous occasions. She stepped in when I was younger and took responsibility for me when my parents didn't want me. I know that I will never be able to repay her for what she and my grandad did, but it doesn't mean I won't ever stop trying.
She went on to explain more about why Valentine’s was specifically important to her and her grandma.
“Valentine’s Day is a very hard time of year for my nan, as she was married to my grandad for 40 years before he died. His birthday is also February 15th and he would have been 70 this year, It's a day that I know will be extremely hard for her. Since losing my grandad, a lot of my family sadly don't bother with her anymore, and I know she feels lonely.
It would be nice to show her that we do care - although I know she knows we do as we see her every week.”
Everyone at Fairfield Care would like to offer a huge heartfelt thank you to Stephanie and the other entrants for getting involved. Whilst the competition was very close, the judges felt touched by Stephanie’s account of her grandfather passing, and the impact that has had on her grandma, and how this opportunity to spend time together on a day of love helps to combat loneliness.
Calling all bloggers - take your grandparents for tea!
Do you have your own blog? If so, then we'd like to treat you and your grandparents to a special treat on Valentines Day!
Why? To raise awareness of one thing... loneliness
Raising awareness with #ShareTheLove
At Fairfield Care, we work with a lot of care homes, looking after the nation's grandparents and great grandparents and want to raise awareness of a huge issue we see every day.
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