Keeping care home residents happy and healthy
Good Hydration! is a quality improvement initiative designed by care homes for care homes to reduce urinary tract infections (UTIs) through structured drinks rounds. Developed in partnership with East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, it is now delivering sustained improvements and spreading further afield.
Key outcomes to date:
- UTI hospital admissions reduced by 66%
- UTIs requiring antibiotics reduced from one every nine days to one every 51 days in pilot care homes
- One residential home has been UTI-free for 243 days!
This award-winning project has spread beyond east Berkshire and been implemented within Oxfordshire and Luton CCGs. Plans are also underway for adoption through Milton Keynes, Berkshire West, Swindon and Coventry & Rugby CCGs.
Guidance, training and project resources relating to Good Hydration! are available here – see links below.