We are part of the activity team from Westholme, a Hampshire County Council care home based in Winchester. We are a 74 bed home made up of 34 residential beds, 30 nursing beds and 10 discharge to access beds. We also specialise in dementia.
We started working on the hydration project about 2 years ago, after being selected as a trail home for the Red Cup Project.
The Red Cup project replaced all our glasses with red plastic ones.
Staff were all given a training lesson led by the Clinical Commissioning Groups on the importance of hydration. It was explained the red cups were going to replace the clear glasses and the hope was that resident would take more notice of the red cups and it would remind them to drink.
After this training session the manager appointed the activity team and a member from the kitchen as hydration champions. She also asked what would help staff with promoting hydration. Staff suggested that blenders would be a great help on each unit and smaller jugs so residents would be able to pour their own drinks.
The Red Cup Project went extremely well and we saw a huge decline in the amount of falls & UTIs across the whole care home.
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