Health & Social Care
Improve hygiene practices
Lifeways Group provides support for adults with learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and mental health needs. Lifeways opened their first care service in 1995 and have since become the largest supported living specialists in the UK, helping almost 5000 people live more independently.
Worry of hygiene practices not being followed
During the course of the pandemic, especially near the beginning, care homes were hit hard with cases and with lockdown procedures due to having to shield vulnerable residents.
Gareth Roberts, Group Head of Quality, Health & Safety at Lifeways Group explains, “Colleagues, visitors and people we support could be at risk from the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases if infection control procedures are not followed”. Gareth continues, “We were looking for ways to encourage hand hygiene amongst staff and visitors within our services during the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen our infection control management processes, which is how we came across Fireco.”
Vulnerable residents are safeguarded by improved hygiene measures
Gareth found out about Fireco’s products and thought that Germgard was “an innovative solution to encourage hand hygiene.” Lifeways Group had a Germgard Smart Sanitising System installed at the entrance of 15 residential care homes.
Germgard System is designed to promote good hygiene practices to building users with its digital signage that alerts users to sanitise their hands before gaining entry.
“Germgard has aligned with our existing infection control management processes to promote good hand hygiene and ensure that all staff and visitors to the building are sanitising their hands before entry. The customisable display message has also allowed us to create a professional-looking welcome to staff and visitors.”
Germgard is a smart sanitising system, designed to promote good hygiene practices to building users. Using digital signage, it alerts users to sanitise their hands before gaining entry.
“Fireco have been very professional and prompt, with good communication throughout the purchasing and installation process.”