Hand hygiene is for all the year round

Scotland’s Care Inspectorate has urged people visiting family and loved ones in care homes to continue to be vigilant against spreading infections, especially during the winter months.

Infections such as norovirus can spread rapidly between residents, visitors and staff.

Important tips

Make sure your hands are clean: This is one of the most important ways to stop infections spreading. Wash hands regularly with soap and water, especially after going to the toilet. Everyone, including residents who have been on outings, should use the hand hygiene facilities in the care home on entering and leaving. Look for the notices at the entrance to care homes advising you what to do and where.

Don’t visit if you are feeling unwell: If you are feeling unwell or have an infection such as flu or a heavy cold, or if you or a member of your household are suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting. If you have vomiting or diarrhoea you should not visit a resident in a care home or patient in a hospital until 48 hours after your symptoms have stopped.

Speak to the care team if you have any concerns: You should feel free to speak to any staff member about whether they have cleaned their hands. You can talk to the person in charge if you have concerns about hygiene in the care home or if you are worried or unsure about infection prevention issues.