The Patients Association’s Care Home Charter is an evidence-based and expert-led tool to help improve medication practices for people living in care homes across the UK.

You can download the Charter in full here.

Top ten tips for ensuring that the charter is embedded into the culture within your home

  1. Introduce the charter at a staff management meeting and discuss how they believe it could be best implemented within the home
  2. Provide a copy of the Charter to all staff, residents and relatives and place a copy on prominent display. 
  3. Ask the care home manager to visit the care home charter website and complete the online assessment to obtain a certificate confirming the home’s commitment to the charter and place in a prominent location within the home. http://www.carehomecharter.org/
  4. Require all new staff to visit the care home charter website, watch the healthcare professional videos and complete the online assessment to obtain a certificate, which confirms their commitment to the charter and place in a prominent location within the home
  5. Train staff to identify possible signs and symptoms of dysphagia. http://www.carehomecharter.org/identifying-dysphagia
  6. Introduce the charter and website within your staff bulletin.
  7. Introduce staff to Newt Guidelines or Swallowing Difficulties website to show them where they can find information on what to do when a resident has swallowing problems. http://www.carehomecharter.org/resources
  8. Identify a senior member of the team to undertake the online course to enable them to develop a better understanding of the administering medicines to residents with dysphagia. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/dysphagia?lr=25
  9. Incorporate the standards for the charter into the different audits performed within the home. http://www.carehomecharter.org/documents/Care%20Home%20Charter%20for%20Swallowing%20Medicines%20Audit%20checklists.pdf
  10. Incorporate the charter recommendations into your electronic care plans. http://www.carehomecharter.org/documents/Care%20plan%20reminder%20template.pdf

Download the Charter here.

Read more about the Care Home Charter here.

Get involved: Do you work in or manage a care home and want to adopt the Care Home Charter? We can support you to do just that – email [email protected] to express your interest.