Care homes - nursing

Nursing homes are care homes where residents receive 24-hour nursing care, where needed. Residents may have a long term condition (LTC), physical disabilities or complex additional needs. In 2014-15, 86,000 people were accessing Long term Support (Nursing)*. The majority of nursing homes residents are over 65; there are now 11.4 million people that fall into this age bracket in the UK. 1.5 million people are aged 85 or over. By 2040, nearly one in four people in the UK (24.2%) will be aged 65 or over**.

With residents including the elderly, people with sensory impairment, those with dementia and people with physical disabilities, the risk of a slip or fall is high, making safety flooring a must in high-risk areas and recommended in communal areas. The Age UK ‘Stop Falling’ Report states that:

  • Every minute six people over 65 suffer a fall.
  • Every year, more than one in three (3.4 million) people over 65 suffer a fall that can cause serious injury and even death.
  • Currently there are a reported 310,000 incidents per year of fractures as a result of falling.

Good hygiene is vital to protect residents with low immunity by reducing the spread of infection so an impervious, easy to clean walls and floors system has an important role to play.

However, the emphasis is on the word ‘home’. These are not hospitals so while residents must be protected, a personal touch is needed and expected.

*Connect Innovate report on Assisted Living
**Later Life in the United Kingdom’, Age UK June 2016.

Two elderly ladies sitting in a living area at Norse Care at Westfields Care Home with Altro Wood Safety installed on the floor