Edgemont view is a care home based in Bristol that homes 21 residents. The care home was hit very hard with the Coronavirus in 2020 with 11 deaths in the care home. Ten Three Cleaning were tasks with completing a full decontamination of the virus. Planning From the outset it was clear that this job was a dangerous and potentially life changing operation. This meant that extremely detailed planning of the job was necessary to ensure the safety of our team and the effective decontamination of the care home. Phone calls were held with the management of the care home to establish the exact details of their requirements, their safety concerns and other details that would enable us, and our team execute a safe and effective decontamination of the care home.We obtained the floor plans of the home to enable us to effectively plan safe a methodical clean of the premises. This included looking at safe entrances and exits of the premises, areas of higher risk (such as communal areas) and the layout of resident’s rooms.
Scope of works
To carry out the decontamination effectively we decided at a manual discontinuation would be the best course of action. We could not use fogging machines in the premises as there were residents still present, therefore there would be significant safety risks of inhaling atomised chemicals if using a fogging machine. We were tasked with using a manual decontamination procedure to methodically clean each room and area within the care home, eradicating the virus and rendering it safe for the residents
Ten Three Cleaning have a specialist decontamination team that have additional, specific training in decontamination as well as additional health and safety training. This team would be the one to complete the decontamination of the care home
A breakdown of our process:
The team arrived on site at 8:30am on Thursday morning. Their first task was to establish communication with the manager of the site and obtain permission for them to carry out the planned works. This was obtained and the team set to gearing up and creating an allocated safe zone. This is an area in which is separate to the premises that staff can put on the necessary PPE and then remove all PPE after the work has been complete.
The team entered the premises and quickly set about ensuring that all health and safety measures were in place. A major consideration of care homes (and other premises in which there are potentially venerable people present) is supervision when entering residents’ rooms to negate the issue of liability. This also provided residents piece of mind that we were there to help as team members can look intimidating when in full PPE (full coverall suits, heavy duty black gloves, shoe covers, respirators and eye protection).
Once H&S was taken care of the team then moved to carrying out the methodical manual decontamination process. Using a highly concentrated disinfectant chemical in tandem with spraying systems they worked thought the 21-bedroom care home over the course of the following 2 days.On completion of any job that Ten Three Cleaning take on we seek a job satisfaction feedback review from out clients. Within this review we have a scoring system of 1 – 10 as a general satisfaction review of the work carried out. On this occasion the team obtained a 10/10 review with the client saying: “The team were extremely professional while working on site and respectful of our residents” In review, Ten Three Cleaning took on a job that was extremely dangerous with such vital importance to ensure safety of our clients. The 2-day job was meticulously planned and completed with professionalism and respect with safety as the prominent element.