Bedfordshire’s Smile Award programme has grown considerably this year with 35 settings participating in the accreditation scheme. In house training is being delivered across Bedfordshire and Luton to residential homes for adults with learning disabilities which is linked to the NICE guidelines. Homes have to meet seven standards around oral health including having in place an oral health policy, daily monitoring of oral health, mouth care assessments, regular dental visits and annual staff training.
The participating settings we have this year are:
1 Lansdowne Road
Azalea House 1 & 2
Brookside Residential Home
Holly Tree Lodge
The Crescent Nursing Home
HF Trust – Clifton View
HF Trust - Clifton Court
2 Saxon Close
60 Bullpond Lane
10 Newbury Lane
95 Ashburnham Road
8 Brantwood Road
135 Tennyson Road
Rose Court Care Home
The Smile Award is a unique programme aiming to improve the oral health of adults with learning difficulties. The award is not a ‘one off’ but rather recognises the year on year achievement of promoting optimum oral health.
The award runs from February to September each year beginning with registration and culminating in the Smile Award ceremony.
Every participating home or day centre is supported by the Smile Award team to achieve the criteria of the six standards:
- Snacks and celebrations: Ensuring celebrations are fun and tooth friendly
- Snack provision: Drinks and foods between meals need to be tooth friendly
- Individual care: Dental care and treatment is embedded into care plans and health care passports
- Oral health activities: Engaging service users with fun, creative learning opportunities around oral health
- Awareness raising with staff: Ensuring staff feel confident that they are providing the best support regarding oral health
- Family involvement: Families are aware of the practices which affect and which can improve oral health.