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LST radiators being cleaned in a care home

It’s essential for care and nursing homes to be easy and efficient to clean as it has to be done so often. Care homes can become quite busy as the staff occupy the residents, care for them and during visiting hours.

Part of the staff's role involves the use of lifting and manoeuvring equipment, transporting users from one room to the next and ensuring that daily activities-like mealtimes are efficiently carried out.

Ass care and nursing environments can be busy, the need for resources that are low maintenance is essential.

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Heating - an LST radiator in a care home lounge

When it comes to safety considerations regarding heating, retirement villages have some special requirements. Here, we explore radiators and client needs…

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LST Radiator

In spite of the tight regulations laid down by the Health and Safety Executive, concern is continuing to grow around resident safety in care homes. Some care homes are endangering the safety of the service users by not adhering to strict guidelines around safe surface temperature radiators and pipework.


The recommended surface temperature for radiators and pipework is 43°C. Non-compliant homes risk warning notice or even closure by The Care Quality Commissions or The Health and Safety Executive. 
Under threat of closure and prosecution, many care homes seek the cheapest possible solution covering their often insufficient heaters with budget radiator covers designed for decorative purposes rather than safety.

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Creating Safer Heating In The Care Sector

Despite the tight regulations laid down by the Health and Safety Executive, concern is continuing to grow around resident safety in care homes amid reports that some homes are endangering the safety of service users by not adhering to strict guidelines around safe surface temperature radiators and pipework. 

The recommended surface temperature for radiators and pipework in care homes is 43°C. Above this the risk of burns and scalds increases, and residents are put in danger of potentially life-changing injuries if they are exposed to hot surfaces. The result of these injuries, however, is not only catastrophic for the resident; it can also be damaging both financially and legally for care home managers. 

 

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