A huge part of offering an individual plan of care within a care home setting is assessing the risks to each resident. These risks will be as varied and specific as the individuals within our care and there needs to be room within a risk assessment to describe how risks identified will be properly managed to keep the person as safe as possible without encroaching on their absolute right to take risks if they so wish.
Many risk assessments used (particularly in hospitals) tend to just be tick box exercises which, while maybe effective for some, can’t possibly work for everyone. With that in mind we have developed an individual infection control risk assessment for our residents. It includes space to describe and reflect on the risks of infections present from the environment AND the clinical condition of the resident in addition to any extra precautions which need to be taken. By inputting qualitative data it becomes so much easier to action specific and individualized plans for residents.