Summary of report content
K Lodge cares for up to 40 residents. Most residents were mobile although some were confined to a bed, and a number had dementia. The residents congregated in the lounge area and this was where they could have their meals and take part in any organised activities. There was a good range of activities. Meals were cooked on site and most residents said that the food was good, and that they had what they wanted to drink. The residents Healthwatch spoke to were not concerned about dental hygiene but access to a dentist is difficult for both them and the home.
The key finding and recommendation from the research is that the home endeavours to register the residents with a local dental practice and that individual residents who are unable to leave the home to visit a dentist are referred to the Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) Salaried Primary Care Dental Service. Healthwatch also recommends that the home investigates training for staff and information on the importance of oral care for residents.