Pioneering care home leads the way on looking after skin


(from left) Nicola Hambridge, Ann Marie Temperley, Debbie Hambridge, Brogan MullallyA care home has become only the second in the whole of Coventry and Warwickshire to receive a prized accreditation in preventing painful pressure ulcers and looking after residents’ skin.


Arden Park Care Home in Coventry, part of the Clarendon Care Group, has been awarded the University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Tissue Viability Accreditation – something it is offering to its own nurses as part of a campaign to stop pressure ulcers.


Only one other in more than 80 care homes across Coventry and Warwickshire have the accreditation for staff who are trained to react to red skin.


It means they are able to relieve and prevent pressure ulcers and advise families on what measures to take. Arden Park’s care staff also complete daily skin checks at the 31-bed care home and have introduced skin integrity care plans for residents.


It comes on top of a glowing inspection report from the regulator the Care Quality Commission last year in which Arden Park was found to be compliant in all regulatory standards. Arden Park manager Debbie Hambridge said: “We’re very pleased that the home has this important accreditation.


“The training and daily checks means our staff are fully aware of the risks of pressure ulcers and how quickly skin conditions can change. This will help us to prevent them occurring and reduce the risks to our residents, so they can enjoy life without the discomfort these skin conditions can bring.”


Staff at the Armscott Road home were presented with their award at a ceremony at University Hospital, Coventry and Warwickshire’s clinical sciences department.


The hospital has been running a campaign to stop pressure ulcers by training NHS nurses to react to red skin.


Arden Park Care Home is a residential home registered with the Care Quality Commission for 31 residents.




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