27 July 2018 – CQC
CQC are calling on those who work or volunteer in health and adult social care services to be #TempAware so that older citizens, and people living with disabilities or in vulnerable circumstances, stay cool and are appropriately supported.
Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, said: “While many of us are enjoying the heatwave, the risks of overheating and not getting enough to drink are much greater for older people and people in vulnerable circumstances.
“That is why it is so important that those living in care homes and other health and care settings, particularly people living with long-term illnesses and complex conditions, are appropriately monitored and supported to maintain their usual health and wellbeing.
“Most of this is common sense – thinking about the environment and having person-centred care plans will help you to identify people at greatest risk and make sure they have the support they need.
“There’s also lots of good advice available from Public Health England and NHS England in the Heatwave Plan for England including specific advice for care homes as well as hospital services. Information published by the Care and Support Alliance has a useful section on extreme weather conditions too.
“So, let’s enjoy the summer sunshine but let’s prepare and be #TempAware too.”
Spread the word on Twitter @CareQualityComm using the hashtag #TempAware.