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Care homes win oral health prize

Posted by Yvonne Wallace

Care homes in Scotland have been awarded for their oral health standards by NHS Tayside.

Angus Council’s St Drostan’s House in Brechin, Windyedge Cottage in Forfar and Balhousie’s Lisden House in Kirriemuir were picked to receive the Oral Health Award, reports the Brechin Advertiser.

Donna Kirk, principal coordinator of National Dental Strategies, said all of the members of staff at each of the facilities should be proud of their achievements.

“This is a great accolade and again demonstrates the high standards of care available in care homes,” she said.

A range of ten different criteria have to be met by those who want to win the prize, such as daily care plans, appropriate resources, access to a dentist and oral health champions.

The award has also been given to Seaston Grove, Arbroath and Camus House, Carnousitie.

Researchers in Australia recently found that the oral health of patients with mental illnesses may be falling short of the required standards, reported Nursing Times.

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