Hampshire County Council owns and manages over 23 care homes across the county caring for over 900 people. Hydration has been identified as an issue and following a small trial of Hydrate in Care Homes in a few of their care homes they have decided to spread this to all their Care homes. Hydrate in Care Homes is a set of steps that educates the staff team and introduces resources and processes. In NE Hants and Farnham this approach was evaluated and shown to reduce falls, UTIs and hospital admissions. It was then spread across Kent, Surrey and Sussex and similar outcomes shown. Hants CC has a project team that is implementing this work.
This project is ongoing. It was presented to all the nursing and care homes in April 2018 and was very well received. Training dates are booked in May and the project will be rolled out over the next 6 months. It is being evaluated by Public Health at HCC and by the homes with some assistance from Wessex AHSN.
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