Senga will try to answer as many of your Scottish Social Care questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.
Looking at an environmental audit for the care home, what course should I aim?
I support people who live with dementia and have been advised to look at an environmental audit for the care home which may improve the outcomes for people, which of course is my aim. I can’t find the audit, are you aware of it?
Yes, I can help you with that.
It is surprising how making a few changes to the environment can have an impact on service users lives. I looked at this with a group of care homes. We recorded the statistics on falls and incidents of complex behaviour, did the audit and implemented suggested changes, then examined the same statistics again. We were all surprised at the reduction in falls and incidents of complex behaviour.
I would urge you to conduct this audit and try to implement as many changes as possible and measure the results. This will demonstrate self- evaluation improving outcomes for people. You will find some suggested environmental audits below.
What would you like to ask Senga?
Senga Currie is Head of Care Development (Scotland) at QCS, she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a registered mental nurse and registered general nurse for 38 years, working in various areas within the NHS, community nursing, the field of addictions and the private sector. With 21 years of experience working with care homes, starting as a nursing sister and moving into roles of home manager, regional manager, care services manager and regulation manager.
Senga will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.
Please note that Senga cannot offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the Care Inspectorate Scotland.