Winter Care: Infection Prevention and Control

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) is about protecting our residents and staff from avoidable infections and minimising the rise of antimicrobial resistance.

During the winter months, it is especially important to safeguard the health and well-being of our elderly residents. Cold weather can bring various health challenges, particularly for older adults who may have weakened immune systems or chronic health conditions.

Here are some practical tips and strategies to ensure our elderly residents are protected and comfortable during the winter months.

  • Flu season coincides with winter, making flu vaccinations a top priority at Leigh Place. Keeping all vaccinations, including COVID-19, up to date can significantly reduce the risk of infectious outbreaks, which can be particularly severe for the elderly.
  • Staying hydrated is as important in winter as it is in summer. We encourage residents to drink plenty of fluids, as dehydration can still occur in cold weather. Nutrition is also vital.
  • We monitor all residents for any signs of colds, flu, or other respiratory conditions. Early detection and prompt medical attention can prevent minor issues from becoming major health concerns.
  • Physical activity helps maintain overall health and boosts immunity. At Leigh Place, we encourage residents to engage in light indoor exercises in a safe and supervised environment.
  • Winter often brings an increase in viral infections. We therefore take this opportunity to reinforce the importance of good hygiene practices among residents, staff and visitors. Frequent handwashing, using hand sanitizers, and proper sneezing and coughing etiquette can significantly reduce the spread of infections. Our communal areas are cleaned regularly and thoroughly.

Protecting our elderly during the winter months requires careful planning and proactive measures. At the heart of our efforts is the commitment to compassionate and attentive care, making winter a safe and enjoyable time for all.