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Gwên am byth: a programme introduced to improve oral health of older people living in care homes in Wales -from anecdote, through policy into action

Howells, Elisabeth P., Davies, Rosalyn, Jones, Vicki and Morgan, Maria Z. 2020. Gwên am byth: a programme introduced to improve oral health of older people living in care homes in Wales -from anecdote, through policy into action. British Dental Journal
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Abstract

1. Older people living in care homes are some of our most vulnerable citizens and may require day to day support with tasks such as oral hygiene. They may have complex health needs and good oral health is important for their general health, nutritional intake and wellbeing. 2. Care home staff require training to safely support residents with effective and appropriate mouthcare. Mouthcare assessment helps to identify individual resident’s needs and leads to a care plan tailored to those needs. Community Dental Service teams can support care home oral health programmes. 3. A Welsh Government funded programme (Gwên am Byth) is described which ensures a consistent approach across Wales with the aim to improve the oral health of older people living in care homes. 4. Includes practical pointers for those who want to secure resources for vulnerable older people living in care homes and turn policy into action.

Item Type: Article
Status: In Press
Schools: Dentistry
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 0007-0610
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 June 2020
Date of Acceptance: 11 June 2020
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2020 14:15
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/132360

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