Covid-19 has presented new challenges to the health and safety of those within the social care sector. However, the old risks are still existent too.
The industry has been shattered by coronavirus, after the infection swept through homes and killed almost 20,000 elderly residents in England and Wales.
Managers had to adapt to the complex tasks posed by the pandemic. Whether it was introducing staggered start times for staff, adhering to social distancing rules, or regular temperature checks, there was a range of regulations implemented to protect the residents and staff alike. This also included temporarily halting visits from friends and family.
Now as lockdown eases, care homes throughout the UK have been carefully opening their doors to allow visitors once more. This follows government advice that visits can be arranged so long as the social distancing and protect equipment rules followed.
Care home safety – previous regulations still exist
Despite the plausible focus on ensuring care homes are Covid-secure, the fact remains that all health and safety challenges that existed before the pandemic still need to be addressed and monitored. The regulations that police them have not been changed or relaxed.
If a person cannot readily or freely move on the stairs, this can lead to a serious breach of health and safety regulations. Particularly as many injuries to staff are caused by moving and handling people – especially during emergencies.
Should a resident require urgent hospital attention, due to showing Covid symptoms for example, then there is a risk of injury occurring to both staff and residents, if the correct health and safety procedures are not in place.
Stanley offer a range of mobility products for use in healthcare environments, designed to improve user mobility, comfort and boost the quality of care given to those that are less mobile. All whilst improving operational efficiency, safety and the professional image of care home providers.
Continued safety issues – fire and lift evacuation
Not only this, but a Stanley wheelchair stair climber also is especially useful during fire evacuations and lift failures, providing a safe and reliable solution for the disabled and the mobility impaired, during this type of emergency.
It can take weeks for an engineer to diagnose a broken lift fault, let alone order the part and fix the problem. In the meantime, the care home must have a plan to continue operating whilst protecting the needs of those in their care.
Stanley is currently providing 10% off wheelchair stair climbers to provide peace of mind knowing that your fire and evacuation health and safety procedures are current and up to date.
Competitive 0% finance plans are available as well as the option to hire on either a short- or long-term contract. Extra peace of mind is provided knowing that between hires each unit is thoroughly disinfected. Appropriate familiarisation training is provided before use.