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Caring for Care Homes

Here, Osprey Deepclean discuss why it’s so vitally important that Care Homes are finally treated like the healthcare facilities they really are.

Care homes were thrust into this pandemic as residents and staff were forced to shield and isolate to protect themselves and their families.

Untrained workers were asked to deliver clinical levels of environmental hygiene without the right education, tools or precise government guidance on how to clean and disinfect care homes effectively. All while the deadliest pandemic in generations continued to rage.

It’s time for owners to step up and protect the workforce who jumped into the firing line. Employees, residents and their families suffered enough through the disastrous handling of the virus’ early stages.

Investment into the best-validated technologies and appropriate training to bridge the skills gap is the minimum we should expect from care home owners.

Shifting burdens

Tesco’s decision to move cleaning responsibilities inhouse represents a growing trend where businesses and institutions are demanding their untrained staff provide expert cleaning services, rather than outside contractors.

Care homes house the most vulnerable of our population, so limiting foot traffic in and out of the building mitigates the risks of transmission. Asking employees to shoulder the cleaning regime burden is a natural step, but we need to bridge the skills gap before staff can confidently and correctly clean and disinfect surfaces and entire areas.

Choosing in the best-validated technologies with comprehensive training is the only path forward for care homes.

People are often fooled into believing the best translates into expensive, which falls short of the truth. The harmful side effect of this fallacy is the sacrifice of quality when investing in technology. In these times, we cannot afford this behaviour.

There’s no excuse for failing to adjust to the new normal of gold standard cleaning regimes, especially considering the nature of care homes, their vulnerable residents and the revolving door shared with hospitals.

Care homes are healthcare settings

Residents travel to hospitals for treatment then head straight back to the home, increasing the chances of cross-contamination. Hospitals should be the most cleaned buildings in the country, yet until now, the standards of hygiene for care homes remained vastly different.

We have formulated strict cleaning regimes into hospitals as patients are sick, vulnerable and high-risk. Care home residents fall into at least one of those categories and often all three, so we must view these homes through the same lens. We must strive to achieve the gold standard


of cleaning with the best-validated technologies and treat them like the healthcare settings they are.

Costly mistakes

A quick Google search into care home cleaning gives you a troubling insight where the focus lies. Top results for care home cleaning bring up bleach, chlorine tablets, disinfectant wipes, detergent wipes, mops, etc. While these products can play essential roles in the overall process, our propensity to reach for the chemicals and spray before understanding the basics of good cleaning will force costly mistakes.

One study by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that over two-thirds of soap buckets and 93% of sampled cleaning towels in US hospitals harboured bacteria. Statistics like this show how poor education, practices and tools can exacerbate the danger, especially when hospitals should represent the best environmental hygiene standards.

Option 1: Dry Steam Vapour

Osprey Deepclean has dedicated 20 years into engineering and testing the best-validated technologies on the market. We’ve created our Dry Steam Vapour range to tackle bacteria and viruses on three fronts with thermal and chemical disinfection and decontamination. Through the mechanical action of surface penetration and extraction, it eliminates all contaminants.

Our mix of super-heated dry steam and disinfectant destroys 99.99% of bacteria and viruses, including SARS-CoV-2.

Manual disinfection, especially by untrained employees, is susceptible to mistakes that can have deadly consequences. Our technology eliminates these issues and aids the provision of the safest possible environments for residents and staff.

Option 2: HEPA filter vacuums

Osprey Deepclean’s HEPA filtration vacuum cleaners are one of the most effective validated technologies. Standing for ‘high-efficiency particulate air’, HEPA filters must be tested against a specific standard that ensures quality and reliability. It captures at least 99.97% of particles from the air, down to at least 0.03 microns.

NASA published a study that proved even better results, showing that HEPA filters can catch ultrafine particles down to 0.01 microns, falling squarely into the range of the SARS-COV-2 particle size of 0.125, as well all other virus particulates. These statistics highlight HEPA standard filters’ extraordinary efficacy and their guaranteed effectiveness in care homes.

Standard vacuum cleaners are designed to suck up visible dust and debris. They’re not designed to capture microscopic particles, invisible to the naked eye. Instead,

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