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Managing Falls and Fractures in Care Homes for Older People

Managing Falls and Fractures in Care Homes for Older People: Good Practice Self Assessment ResourceManaging Falls and Fractures in Care Homes for Older People is a good practice self-assessment resource from the Care Inspectorate to help care home staff assess how well falls prevention and management and the prevention of fractures is being addressed in their service and how to make improvements. The resource was updated in 2016 and includes an introduction to falls and fractures in care homes, self-assessment form and a range of tools which can be downloaded and used in a care home to help improve or change practice. See below for a video on how to use the resource.

A survey was undertaken in 2011 to evaluate the use and early impact of the resource pack. The findings from the survey were published in May 2012.  

This falls awareness educational video links directly with each section of the resource pack.

A national falls improvement project called 'Up and About in Care Homes' took place over 1 month which aimed to reduce the number of falls in participating care homes by 50% by the end of 2015. Sponsored by the Scottish Government, the project was implemented in three partnership areas: West Dunbartonshire, North Highland and Dumfries and Galloway. You can read about the work of the project and the many positive outcomes on the Knowledge Network's Falls and Bone Health Community website

Make Every Moment Count

MEMCMake Every Moment Count is a Care Inspectorate resource designed to improve the quality of life of older people receiving care services. The guide highlights how making the most of every moment can make a real difference to a person's quality of life in simple but very meaningful ways. By providing key messages on how to better understand an individual’s needs, values and lifestyle, the guide can help people working in care services to deliver an enhanced experience for Scotland’s older people. You can also access a poster as a reminder of the key messages.



Care...about physical activity

Care...about physical activityCare... about physical activity is a Care Inspectorate resource that offers support for everyone in a care home to get involved and become physically active in different ways and not just through formal exercise sessions. Developed in partnership with the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health at Loughborough University, the resource is designed to help national and local organisations to promote physical activity in care homes. It will stimulate simple solutions and practical approaches to enable all residents to choose to be active every day.

A Care...about physical activity iPad app is also available on the Apple Store. 

An article has been published in the Working with Older People journal (Emerald Insight) which outlines how the approach has been taken forward to improve opportunities and increase levels of physical activity among residents in care homes in Scotland. The article is written by the Care Inspectorate's Edith A. Macintosh and Bob Laventure Consultant, Physical Activity and Older People, at BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health.


Building better care homes for adults

Building better care homes for adultsBuilding better care homes for adults is a guidance document produced by the Care Inspectorate on design, planning and construction considerations for new or converted care homes for adults. Aimed at service providers and local authority/NHS commissioners among others, ‘Building better care homes for adults’ outlines what guidance our staff use to assess plans or when giving advice on building care homes for adults. The guidance also provides information on other regulatory bodies, legislation and best practice which must be taken into consideration when designing a care home for adults or applying to the Care Inspectorate to register or vary an existing condition of registration.


Let Me Be Me

Let Me Be Me is a Care Inspectorate video for care home staff, and others who work with older people in care. It explains the importance of person-centred care and activities, and provides ways to enhance the quality of life for older people, particularly with dementia. For copies of the DVD email



Promoting continence for people living with dementia and long term conditions 

The Care Inspectorate has published a resource highlighting the fundamental and essential care and support required to give people the opportunity to remain continent and maximise their quality of life. Its production involved people living with dementia and their families and carers as well as staff from across the health and social care sector.

You can watch a video on this resource here and also access a poster here



Arts in Care

The Care Inspectorate has partnered with Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival which takes place annually across Scotland, to promote the importance of creativity by developing a resource to support care staff to plan and run creative arts sessions and also to work with professional artists. Go to The Hub page on Arts in Care for more information.

Caring for Smiles Guide for Care Homes

Caring for SmilesCaring for Smiles is guidance produced by NHS Health Scotland on oral care for older people in care homes.  Developed in collaboration with key stakeholders and endorsed by the Care Inspectorate, the guidance contains eight units, including 'Core oral health knowledge', 'Dementia and oral health' and 'Oral health risk assessments, care plans and recording of daily care'.  





Oral health for adults in care homes

Oral Health for Adults in Care Homes

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance which covers oral health, including dental health and daily mouth care, for adults in care homes. The aim is to maintain and improve their oral health and ensure timely access to dental treatment.



Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Care Homes

Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Care HomesThe Scottish Government recently published revised guidance on fire safety in care homes, Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Care Homes. The guidance has been substantially edited to make it more user-friendly, taking account of comments received during a public consultation exercise. It contains important information about the responsibilities of care home providers in ensuring fire safety. 




Promoting Excellence

Promoting Excellence - A framework for all health and social services staff working with people with dementia, their families and carersIn 2011, NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council developed Promoting Excellence: A framework for health and social services staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers. Designed to support delivery of the aspirations and actions outlined in the Scottish Government's National Dementia Strategy, the framework details the knowledge and skills that health and social services staff should aspire to achieve in relation to the role they play in supporting people with a diagnosis of dementia, and their families and carers.

They have created an accompanying learning resource, Promoting excellence in supporting people through a diagnosis of dementia, to help health and social services staff further develop their ability to support people with dementia and their families before, during and after receiving a diagnosis of dementia. And there are further resources on the Scottish Social Services Council section on Promoting excellence in dementia care, including how to get involved as a  Dementia Ambassador.


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