Now some of the homes that I visit wouldn't meet my own or Nigel's criteria. Even some where you'd think that all that should be making your eyes water is the price of staying there. But is this somewhat inevitable? One of my colleagues thought that it might intermittently be the case in places where often residents with challenging behaviour are doubly incontinent . Certainly lots of carers on the Internet think that it is too. My favourite Viz-like top tip was to shove a load of Vicks up the nose before going to work so as not to notice the smell. But is this really the answer? Even though I thought I knew what the solution might be I decided to investigate by quizzing a residential home manager. I've got to know her well over the years. She has an almost pathological obsession with searching out and eliminating nasty niffs and her work place which, in spite of being carpeted and soft upholstery, smells as fresh as a daisy.
Surprise, surprise she told me that it's down to good cleaning. When someone, for instance, has wee-ed on a cushion it isn't just turned over in the chair! Accidents are dealt with immediately using neutraliser and good cleaning products. The company that she buys from have trained her staff in their proper use. What's more, the residents have regular toileting regimes which means that they're not so likely to have accidents and they're changed quickly when they do by kind, sensitive staff who know the people that they are looking after. Just one poor lady there is so seriously incontinent that it was difficult to keep up with cleaning the carpet in her bedroom and a decision was made to replace it with lino.
And that's it. No rocket science or strict residency criteria based on super hot bladder and bowel control needed! Then again I didn't expect anything different. I'll be spreading the message far and wide now. And perhaps by writing this it will help others to get the word out there too. Your relatives don't need to live in stinky care homes. If you're told otherwise there's likely to be some very poor excuses involved!