As a solicitor specialising in Nursing and Care Home injury and abuse it makes a very welcome change to be able to report on a positive development in the sector.
So we congratulate Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Integrated Adult Nursing Service for taking positive action and providing training for staff at 15 Care Homes in their region.
After research revealed a high number of urinary tract infections (UTI) in care home residents, and that these were not always detected, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group provided funding for training across the region.
Care Home staff were taught how to use a dipstick to detect infection and reported greater confidence in being able to detect infection and provide appropriate care.
After the training a resident at Littleborough Care Home was detected with a UTI and treatment was given the same day. 48 hours after the end of the treatment the infection had cleared.
This is a great example of the other side to the often dark story of Care Homes; good research followed by effective action resulting in good results all round. Early detection means less cost and burden to the health system, and helps ensure residents have the care, comfort and dignity they expect and deserve.