Nicky Whittaker, national account manager at Miele Professional, discusses the challenges of the modern commercial laundry room within the care home and how choosing the right practices can maximise both hygiene and efficiency
The pandemic will go down in history as one of the biggest disruptors the world has ever seen. Those few months of masks, lockdowns, and restrictions changed the way we live our lives in so many ways, both at work and at home, forever.
Even before the virus reached the UK, preventing the spread of infection in the care sector was already a top priority which brought with it significant challenges. However, as it began to infiltrate every corner of the country, new and unprecedented challenges which required innovative and difficult solutions began to emerge. As a result of learnings gleaned during the pandemic, hygiene protocols in the care sector would never be the same again
Personal protective equipment (PPE) was one of the biggest political talking points in the news at the time, as it became apparent that many care homes were understocked and were desperate for new supplies which did not always arrive. As we continue to settle back into what can loosely be called a state of normality, this remains an issue; the PPE requirements which are now deemed necessary to control infection are not in place, as care homes do not receive the support and funding they need to purchase it for their staff.
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