Members of Angus Community Dental team visited St David’s care home in Forfar to present NHS Tayside’s Oral Health Award, a new programme aimed at improving the oral health of care home residents.
Tayside Oral Health Award is a local programme developed by the oral health improvement team within NHS Tayside and adapted from the national Caring for Smiles resource which was launched in June 2010.
Care homes are invited to work towards the Tayside Oral Health Award, which recognises good practice and requires the care homes to achieve 10 criteria, including having daily care plans, appropriate resources, access to a dentist and oral health champions.
The award encourages care homes to include new oral health standards as part of the residents’ care packages with the support of oral health professionals who offer training to care home staff throughout Tayside.
NHS Tayside’s Community Dental Service has been working in partnership with care homes across Tayside for many years to ensure that their residents receive appropriate daily oral care and dental treatment.
Donna Kirk, principal co-ordinator of national dental strategies, said: “We have been working across Angus and are pleased that seven care homes have now received their award which is supported by The Care Inspectorate and Scottish Care.
“This is a great accolade and again demonstrates the high standards of care available in care homes.”
Dental health support worker Eileen Masson, who covers all care homes in the Angus area, added: “The staff, especially the identified oral health champion, have worked hard over the past few months to meet the criteria. I look forward to working with other Angus Care Homes to encourage participation and promote oral health issues.”