Changes to Hand Washing

As Covid-19 spreads further, there is more guidance regarding the importance of personal hygiene. A crucial element to reducing the spread of coronavirus in care homes is washing your hands frequently and well. The NHS has advised washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

As a nursing home it is more important that we maintain high standards of cleanliness. Residents and staff of Stanfield Nursing Home are required to support the hygiene of themselves and others with regular hand washing. We have been using a Glitterbug machine for the past two years to make washing hands more fun! A special lotion or powder is applied to the hands then washed off. Any remains will glow under a Hand Inspection Cabinet using a UV light to demonstrate flaws in hand washing techniques. This provides a valuable tool for teaching proper hand-hygiene techniques to stay vigilant and avoiding passing coronavirus in care homes. Our Glitterbug machine has been invaluable during Covid-19 with all the staff and people we support, providing a real insight for all concerned.

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It is used routinely as part of the home’s staff induction as we see hand hygiene as a key aspect of all care considerations in our nursing home, not just for this period. It is used to randomly check standards of hand washing, even giving visitors the opportunity to check their skills. Everyone has found this very informative and in some cases shocking at the level of hygiene not achieved by routine washing techniques.

Making Pen Pals

A group of people from Rushwick have kindly contributed towards setting up the idea of pen pals with some of our residents. As fears of coronavirus in care homes rise, it can be difficult to ease anxieties. Due to health guidelines we have advised against visiting our Worcester care home if people are experiencing flu-like symptoms, a high temperature or a new, continuous cough. As some residents would not receive visitors as frequently as they are used to, they would greatly appreciate receiving letters and drawings from members of the public and children.

This is such a wonderful idea to implement as we adapt to the changing daily life in the home to accommodate NHS guidelines.

Contacting Stanfield Nursing Home

If you are interested in finding out more information about coronavirus in care homes then head to our website today or visit or previous blog update. Alternatively, you can call 01905 420 459 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.

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