Evaluate the effectiveness of the recommended controls In reducing the Incidents or harm or Injury. When I visited Millrace house I noticed a number of hazards which could have affected several people including residents at the home, members of staff and visitors to the home. In the risk assessment I also recommended some controls in an a attempt to reduce the risk of harm of injury for these people, but how effective were they really?Wires trailing around the lounge area – At Millrace house there were wires, from electrical appliances such as the TV, trailing around the lounge area which posed a risk to the residents and any staff who were walking around the room. My recommendation was to keep the wires to the edges of the room, and If necessary you could place warning signs in the room to let them know that there is a hazard. By keeping the wires to the edge of the room it is reducing the risk of people tripping over them, and it is quite an effective method of reducing the risk of incidents occurring.
However the wires may not be long enough to reach the edges of the room ND the layout of the room may have to be rethought. Chairs sticking out in the dining area – In the dining area, when people had finished their meal, there would be chairs left sticking out. This could cause a problem if there was an emergency because the staff may not be able to get there as fast as possible, or an elderly person may hit their hip on the chair and cause Injury. I recommended that staff should put the chairs In If the residents forget, and to remind the residents to put them back after use.However a lot of the residents are very elderly and may forget to o this, and members of staff could be too busy to be pushing chairs In after everybody. Spilled water in the bathrooms (without signs) – In the bathroom I noticed that there had been a spillage of water, and the staff hadn’t put any signs up to warn people about it. If a resident, or even a member of staff, comes into the bathroom without caution they could slip and cause themselves a serious injury. Staff should be informed about the importance of these signs, and they should know where they are if they need to access them.
If the staff place these signs up it will warn people that the floor is slippery and it could prevent harm, however some of the residents may not notice the signs (if their vision isn’t as good as others) and they could walk Into them and trip. Hazardous substances left In the kitchen – Having hazardous substances, such as bleach, laying around In the kitchen could be a very serious risk. Although residents may not have access to the kitchen, they could still wonder In for a drink one day and pick up something which Is dangerous for them.
Be fatal.There should be a designated cupboard where substances like this should be placed, and residents shouldn’t have access to them. This would require getting a locksmith in (to get a lock on the door) which would be quite expensive for the setting, but it would be beneficial in the long term.
Uneven paving outside – The paving slabs leading up to the home were uneven and some of them were wobbly. This could be a hazard, especially for elderly residents, because they may not be able to lift their legs as high and their balance may not be too good.Someone could trip veer the slabs and have a serious fall, or they may feel uneasy on the wobbly ones. There should be warning signs around the uneven paving to warn people about this, however eventually the setting should get the paving refitted to totally prevent risk of injury. Having the hazard signs would be useful, but they still may not totally prevent injury because some people may not notice them or they may not be able to walk in a way to avoid the uneven ground. However getting the paving refitted would cost a lot of the money for the setting, but it would get rid of the hazard completely and would sat a long time.Cups and plates with chips in them – A chip in a cup or a plate could be a hazard to anyone who was eating in the home, whether that is residents or members of staff.
This problem is quite easily solved; all of the pottery that have chips or cracks in them should be thrown away. There should be a policy enforced that when a cup is broken it must be thrown straight away. This is an effective way of reducing this hazard in the setting, the only problem would occur if someone didn’t notice that there was a chip in the plate/cup.