Safe and compliant

It is vital to enable residents to be independent however, the fact that many are vulnerable means we play a part in ensuring safety. This includes helping to prevent slips, making maintaining hygienic interiors easier, and supporting way-finding. As well as a duty of care to residents, care homes are also obliged by law to protect staff from unsafe working conditions. These obligations are reflected in industry standards and regulation.

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 says that patients must be ‘protected against the risks associated with unsafe and unsuitable premises, by means of…suitable design and layout…maintenance and …operation’.

Compliance with the Health and Social Care Act is taken into account by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which regulates healthcare providers. Requirements include the safety and suitability of premises, cleanliness and infection control. Failure to comply is an offence and so it’s at the heart of how a care home is managed and has an impact on which fittings and fixtures are installed. We can help with any compliance questions you have about your obligations and our solutions. Please speak with your Altro consultant, or contact us directly.