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Care Homes

Our health and safety experts can help you make your care home or sheltered accommodation as safe as possible for your residents and your staff.

Care homes, nursing homes and sheltered accommodation differ from any other workplace because they are not only where your staff go to work, they are also where the residents you care for live.  This means it is crucial that they are managed to the highest possible standard and that any potential health and safety risks to staff or residents are handled quietly but effectively.

Traditionally, the main issues for care homes have been compliance with the demands of your Local Authority and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), ensuring the wellbeing of your staff, minimising the potential for accidents, making sure equipment and facilities are safe and controlling hazardous substances, infections and diseases.

COVID-19 has now added an even greater challenge.

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In view of our experience working with a range of care facilities over the years we know that managing health and safety alongside the other demands of running your care home is difficult.  However, if standards slip you could find you fail to achieve your CQC rating or worse, having to defend legal action from residents and their families or even prosecution from your Local Authority or the HSE.

If you are finding it hard to manage your health and safety, we can help.

Our experience includes work with a large number of care homes and care home groups including Community Integrated Care.  As a result we understand the specific health and safety issues you face.  More importantly, we know the most practical and effective ways to resolve these issues quickly and easily.

The areas we can help you with include:

  • Conducting risk assessments on your homes or accommodation
  • Urgent assistance with dealing with COVID-19
  • Reviewing and updating your current processes and procedures
  • Fire Risk Assessments
  • Assessment of and advice on infection control
  • More specific advice regarding lone working, the management of contractors, DSE, violence at work, manual handling, and handling chemicals and other hazardous materials (COSHH)
  • Providing health and safety training for your staff at every level

Once we have identified any potential risks, we will make sure addressing them is as easy for you as possible.  We will give you a clear plan that sets out the steps to follow, which are prioritised according to the level of risk associated with each hazard identified.

Most of all, we will give you peace of mind as you will know you are fully compliant and ready to offer the safest environment for your residents, their families and your staff.

What should you do next?

If you would like to speak to our care homes expert, David Paveley, please contact him by phone on 01302 499050, email davidpaveley@pragmaandassociates.co.uk or use our contact us form for a free initial consultation.

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