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Harm and Abuse in a care home setting

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Harm and abuse that could occur in a Care home setting. A hazard is a situation that poses a level of threat to life, health, property, or environment. Most hazards are dormant or potential, with only a theoretical risk of harm; however, once a hazard becomes "active", it can create an emergency situation. A hazard does not exist when it is happening. A hazardous situation that has come to pass is called an incident. Hazard and vulnerability interact together to create risk. A risk is the probability or threat of damage, injury, liability, loss, or other negative occurrence, caused by external or internal vulnerabilities, and which may be neutralized through pre-mediated action. The possibility of harm or abuse that may occur in a Care home setting to: Care and support staff: In the care home, staff must be extremely careful when working in some conditions and with certain equipment, chemicals etc. Staff must protect themselves when using dangerous and irritant chemicals, by wearing correct clothing (e.g. ...read more.


Precautions should be taken to prevent physical abuse from patients and visitors. If staff feel like they are going to be physically abused then they should remove themselves from the situation and report to a manager, if they have been abused then they should also report to a manger/senior staff member, too deal with the scenario. CCTV cameras should be fitted in all public areas of the care home where necessary, if any evidence is needed to prove assaults and they can also be used to prevent any future abuse. When using dangerous equipment, staff should take caution and prevent any injuries when handling it. Disposal of waste medicines/needles etcetera should be carried out according to the care homes guide lines as to prevent this. Care home residents: Service users that live in the care home need to be aware of the care home so that they are not putting themselves in any potential situations that could cause harm and abuse; staff should also help patients when doing this. ...read more.


This also links in to patients that are confused, some patients may be more vulnerable too being taken advantage of and precautions should be undertaken to prevent this from happening. This could include; CCTV cameras and more checks on visitors and/or staff. Visitors: All visitors should sign in where necessary, in case of fires etc, and so that staff are aware of people that are visiting. Vigilant security enquiries should be also be undertaken when visitors are entering the building/premises. Precautions should be taken, so that visitors do not infect care home residents and ill residents do not infect visitors, for example; anti bacterial disinfectant gel/soap should be used to disinfect any harmful bacteria that could cause infection. Visitors that are ill should be advised not to enter the home as this could be a risk too residents. Abuse from service users (especially dementia patients) should be dealt with as necessary and should be reported too senior staff members. Too prevent visitors from injuring themselves e.g. tripping or falling, measures should be took too make sure that hazardous objects or equipment are made safe or moved. ...read more.

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