The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has identified the oral hygiene of care home residents, both older people and those with a learning disability, to be an issue across the UK and plan to visit 100 homes across the UK early next year.
The issue may be due to a multitude of factors for example training, resident resistance or lack of involvement from the health sector. The CQC has asked all local Healthwatch to feed-in any intelligence they have gathered on the matter in order to build a picture of the prevalence of this issue across different regions.
To assist this piece of work Healthwatch Derbyshire is visiting a number of residential homes across the county to gather feedback from staff and residents. The findings from this project will be compiled into a report that will then be shared with the CQC. Healthwatch Derbyshire will also address this at a local level, if issues are identified, to look for solutions to the problem.
As a result of this work an informational report on how oral hygiene needs of residents/clients in care homes across Derbyshire are attended to was created. Challenges and barriers to delivering oral care and accessing dental healthcare services, from a resident/client and staff perspective are included in the report.
Oral Hygiene in Care Homes across Derbyshire