Safeguarding in a care home is essential, and legislation and policies are in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your elderly loved ones. However, it can be a worrying time when a loved one needs to take the next step into a care home, so we’ve put together a guide on what safeguarding means and how it is followed in care homes.
Safeguarding is the protection of people’s wellbeing, health and human rights. Safeguarding allows people to live without neglect, harm or abuse. Organisations are responsible for ensuring people in their care are kept safe and protected. There are protocols in place if safeguarding requirements have not been met to ensure that people are protected at all times.
Safeguarding in a care home means keeping the residents safe, cared for and out of harm’s way. Staff working in a care home must protect their residents’ rights. Safeguarding for elderly patients focuses on independence and choice, which many people feel they have less of as they get older. All care home providers must ensure that their resident’s rights, health and wellbeing are protected.
There is legislation in the UK to ensure that care homes follow certain rules to ensure their patients are cared for correctly and not put in harm’s way.
Safety is a Care Quality Commission (CQC) fundamental standard that all care homes must follow – you must not provide unsafe care or treatment or put people at avoidable risk of harm. Care homes must safeguard from abuse, improper treatment and neglect.
All care home managers and staff should be trained in their responsibilities for reporting and recording their concerns about neglect and abuse. In addition, there must be a whistleblowing policy in all care homes to protect staff from speaking up about the mistreatment of patients.
The Care Act 2014 defines a framework for safeguarding adults, and all care homes must have procedures and policies that reflect the statutory guidance in the Care Act. Understanding and following these procedures is a skill required by care assistants.
There a 6 safeguarding principles that are embedded in the Care Act 2014.
Safeguarding is incredibly important in care homes. Vulnerable adults need protection, and care homes need to have certain policies and processes that reflect statutory guidance. In addition, care homes have a duty of care to their residents and prioritise the health and wellbeing of their patients.