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Healthwatch Derbyshire is visiting a number of residential homes across the county to gather feedback from staff and residents on oral hygiene in care homes.
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.