When asked about the levels of cleanliness and hygiene, a worrying 86 per cent of people perceive visiting a care home or long-term care facility as high to moderate risk.
These are the findings from a survey about how Covid-19 has affected perceptions of cleanliness and hygiene in the healthcare sector, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Kimberly-Clark Professional™.
77 per cent of respondents showed concern about toilets, while 61 per cent considered hygiene levels in washrooms as the most important aspect.
“Early experiences after the first lockdown did not meet expectations, and more needs to be done,” says Olena Neznal, vice president, Kimberly-Clark Professional™ EMEA.
“The latest surge in cases has put the healthcare sector under pressure yet again to balance the responsibilities of keeping everyone safe, whilst continuing to deliver essential care.”
To reassure care home residents and families, Kimberly-Clark Professional™ has introduced the 360˚ Hygiene & Protection programme to help the healthcare sector deliver the highest possible levels of cleanliness and restore confidence in a care home’s infection control.
The new data shows that additional focus must be given to public areas such as foyers, washrooms and waiting rooms to ensure hygiene provisions and surface wiping protocols are not only effective in these high traffic areas but are also reassuring.
Kimberly-Clark Professional™ offers specific healthcare facility support through considering need areas, and tools to assess your facility and identify germ hotspots, such as door handles, sink fixtures, lift buttons, chair arms, and stair rails.
They support with implementing cleaning and disinfecting protocols and introducing the correct hand hygiene and surface wiping solutions, whilst also promoting hygienic workplace practices by providing communication tools to help create awareness.
Kimberly-Clark Professional™ offers a Virtual Hygiene Walk to review a facility and provide expert guidance on cleaning and hygiene protocols, recommending the right product solutions to tackle key hygiene hotspots.
For more information on how to improve infection control in your care home, listen to our two roundtable infection control podcasts.