S.A.F.E. Infection control in care

S.A.F.E. Infection control in care

Safety is one of the most important factors for anybody looking for elderly care


The S.A.F.E badge is designed to help families find care providers who are going above and beyond to control infection in their care settings.


S.A.F.E. (Safety Assurance for Everyone).


How do I get a S.A.F.E. badge?

At Autumna, our mantra is transparency. We look at things from the consumers' point of view and so to get the S.A.F.E. badge, all care providers need to do is answer the questions that families looking for elderly care have - openly and honestly.

In addition, Autumna has introduced a tab that asks questions about other measures taken by providers that go above and beyond the Government guidelines on infection control. These include air filtration & purification systems, sterilisation and disinfection devices and infection screening.

Providing this information also allows care providers to display the S.A.F.E. badge.

Email Natalie for more detailed information or call her on 01892 33 53 30.

infection control tabs on Autumna
New infection control tabs

S.A.F.E. (Safety Assurance For Everyone)

The most frequently asked question on the Autumna advice lines was once: “Where’s the best care home near me?” this has been quickly superseded by the questions, “Are there any safe care homes near me?” and “How can I find a safe care home or safe home care for my elderly relative?”

During the pandemic, our team at Autumna struggled to give a definitive answer, because like the families searching for ‘safe’ care homes or domiciliary care, we also found it hard, if not impossible, to find the information online.


So, in June 2020 we launched S.A.F.E. (Safety Assurance For Everyone).

We believe that if public confidence in the elderly care sector is to be restored, then care homes and home care agencies will need to show that they are doing everything possible, going forwards, to take control of, and to eradicate, any infection outbreaks. And with visiting severely restricted, the only way to do that is online.

S.A.F.E. is not about whether your care setting is COVID-free or has, or has not had the Coronavirus. It’s about being transparent and publishing details about the infection control practices in a home or care service, that go above and beyond the government regulations and guidelines, that will help people make informed choices when it comes to later life care.

The S.A.F.E. icon is displayed and searchable on the Autumna website
Display the S.A.F.E. badge

Helping people search for S.A.F.E. service

As care providers initiate their own infection control measures, exceeding those laid down in Government guidelines, Autumna has introduced a new tab that allows them to promote these aspects of their safety standards.

Care providers who are using air filtration and purification devices, sterilisation and disinfection equipment  can display the S.A.F.E. badge. 

If their staff have undergone infection control training or providers have brought in independent assessors to evaluate their procedures and policies, then again, the S.A.F.E. badge can be displayed.

Crucially the S.A.F.E. badge is searchable by visitors to the Autumna website. Autumna has always looked at things from the point-of-view of the person looking for elderly care, and they have told us they need to be able to find the providers who are demonstrating excellent infection control.

A screenshot showing a search for care homes displaying the S.A.F.E badge in Leicestershire.

This is just the start

This is just the start of our campaign to rebuild public confidence in the safety of care homes and home care agencies.

Advances in training methods, assistive and AI technology, will soon make routine daily testing for the symptoms of any infection, commonplace in the care setting - not just for the service users and carers, but for visitors too.

And when those advances come, Autumna will be there to promote them, to promote the use of them and to allow families looking for elderly care, to search for them.

Transparency

Our mantra at Autumna has always been transparency.

Going forward we will want to add whatever third party data is available, to help reassure the public that care homes and home care agencies have the right training and infection control policies in place to ensure everybody is safe.

Give us your feedback

We have always been very open to input from the care sector and the general public. We have big ideas for what Phase 3 of S.A.F.E. should look like, but you may have suggestions too.

We’d really like to hear from you. Email Natalie, call her on 01892 33 53 30 or set up an online meeting. Autumna is always keen to hear from others and collaboration is key.

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