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20th August 2020

What is an acceptable room temperature for a Nursing Home?

What should room temperature be in a Care Nursing home ?

Dear P,

Thank you for your question. Rooms that are either too hot or too cold for certain groups of people can be dangerous so make sure that rooms have thermostats that can be adjusted to suit individual needs, preferences and the weather is important. A comfortable room temperature is around 18- 20 degrees. Some people may not be able to regulate their body temperature, so staff must check what the room temperature is frequently. It is also worth noting that portable fans are not to be used during an outbreak of any infectious disease including COVID as there is a risk of spread the virus. Public Health England has published useful information which I have attached here.

*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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