Leading residential and dementia care provider, Runwood Homes, has launched a new ‘on-person’ guide for its carers.
The R.E.D (Residents Every Day) Care Guide, which is now carried in the tunic pockets of Runwood Homes’ 3,700 carers, is an innovative resource designed to support and promote safe, reliable, evidence-based care for residents.
Gavin O’Hare-Connolly, Chief Operating Officer of Runwood Homes, said: “The Guide is an easily accessible support and assists, using traffic light signal cues, to check residents’ health. For a consistent service, it provides standardised suggested next steps, highlighting when any issues require escalation. Providing our staff with this go-to guide will give them heightened confidence in decision making in their important role of caring for residents.”
Runwood Homes Care Assistant, Nicky Powell, added: “It’s a fantastic tool and really handy. The industry standard charts, which are tools that we refer to every day, are a great inclusion, such as The Abbey Pain Tool, Bristol Stool Chart and urine colour scale. Other prevention information included, for example, about falls, pressure sores and sepsis are also really helpful and keeps everything to look out for, front of mind, whilst still tending to residents everyday needs and wishes.”
The launch of the guide has been positively received by local authority and council partnerships, as well as by other care industry professionals.