Hazards in a Care Home

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Explain 6 potential hazards in a health and social care

In this report I will be explaining 6 potential hazards that I saw in my health and social care setting. The health and social care I had my work experience in was a Nursing home.

For My work experience I worked in a nursing home. The residents living in nursing home does not have many abilities to do thing for them; they are dependent on the carer’s. The residents living in nursing home are aged between 80 to 105 years old.

Wheelchairs in the corridor:

Wheelchairs in the corridors are a tripping hazard, to avoid this hazard the possible thing we can do is that put the wheelchairs in a corner. People who are affected by this hazard are the staff, visitors, and the residents. To avoid this hazard I would have to make sure that the wheelchairs are put away in the store room and only take them out when needed, also for resident’s safety I would ask the maintenance person to check the wheelchair if it is secure for the residents to sit in. The potential harm and abuse for this hazard is that the person who gets hurt can fracture their knee. The wheelchairs should not be hazard for anyone who walks in the nursing home.

Pad boxes in the reception:

Pad boxes in the reception are tripping hazard, top avoid this hazard I would have to make sure that they are stored in a safe place. People who are affected by this hazard are the staff, visitors and the residents. The residents are really vulnerable so we have to protect them from these types of hazards. To avoid this hazard the possible thing I can do is, store the pad boxes in the personal and hygiene store and only take them out when they are needed; also I can do a risk assessment on the pad boxes to find out that they are not a risk for anyone in the future. The potential harm and abuse the pad boxes can cause is, the person who trips over the pad boxes can hurt their leg or possible get bruised.

Bags on the floor:

Bags on the floor is a tripping hazard, this is the most obvious hazard that will come out with when we go to a nursing home. The visitors and also the staff leave their bags behind the chairs or under the dining tables. To avoid this hazard we can put the handbags away in the safe place. People who are affected by this hazard are the staff, visitors and residents. The residents in the nursing home cannot do much to protect themselves so it is our responsibility to protect them. To avoid this hazard I would keep the handbags locked in the lockers provided or hang them on the hangers provided behind the doors. The handbags should not be a hazard for anyone who comes to the nursing home.

Spilt water on the floor:

Spilt water on the floor is a getting slipped hazard; to avoid this hazard the first possible thing we can do is put the wet floor sign up, so that everybody should watch out; and then ask the cleaners to mop the floor. People who are affected by this hazard are the staff, visitors and the residents. There are only a few residents who can walk in the nursing homes, so we need to make sure that there is no spilt water on the floor for the few who can walk. To avoid this hazard I would have to tell the cleaners to always check if the entire floor is clean, and do a risk assessment for the future to find out who is affected by this hazard. Spilt water on the floor should not be a risk for anyone in the nursing home.

Tea trolleys blocking the toilets:

A tea trolley blocking the toilets is a getting burnt and also falling over hazard. To avoid this hazard I would have to make sure that the trolley is kept in a safe place. People who are affected by this hazard are the staff, visitors and the residents. There are only a few residents who can toilet themselves in the nursing homes so we need to make sure that the toilets
entrance is clear for them at all times. To avoid this hazard I would have to make sure that I speak to kitchen staff, to tell them not to leave the trolleys in front of the toilets. The potential harm a tea trolley can cause is you can get burnt with the hot boiling water and also hurt you’re back while moving the trolley out of the way. The tea trolley should not be a risk for anybody who works or live in the care home.

Newspapers and books on the floor:

Newspapers and books on the floor are getting trapped and falling over hazard. Top avoid these hazards I would have to make sure that the books and the newspapers are kept in a safe place. People who are affected by this hazard are the staff, visitors and the residents. To avoid this hazard I would have to make sure that the books and the newspapers are kept in the space provided so that nobody gets trapped and hurts themselves. Also I could do a risk assessment for future to make sure the book and newspapers are not a hazard for anyone in the nursing home. Books and newspapers should not be a hazard for anyone working or living in the nursing home.

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