Standard 5 - Requirement (3) (c)
Furniture, fittings and equipment are safe, clean, well maintained and suitable for the consumer.
Intent of this requirement
This requirement covers the need for furniture, fittings and equipment in the service environment to be safe, clean, well maintained and suitable for consumers to use.
The furniture, fittings and equipment in each service environment are different. This means that organisations should consider how they will make sure equipment is safe, clean, well maintained and suitable.
If a consumer owns the equipment they need, the organisation needs to make every effort to make sure that it’s clean, safe and suitable for the consumer to use. This would include raising any concerns with the consumer, or their representative, so that the equipment can be maintained, cleaned or reassessed.
- How does the organisation assess and plan what furniture, fittings and equipment they provide to make sure consumers have suitable and safe items?
- How do furniture design and the layout of furniture and fittings help consumers who are frail, less flexible and less mobile to be comfortable and independent?
- How does the organisation ask for and consider consumers’ opinions about furniture, fittings and equipment?
- What are the systems for ensuring that any equipment used in the course of the provision of care and services, including equipment owned by the consumer, is clean safe and well maintained?
Examples of actions and evidence
- Consumers say they have access to a range of good-quality equipment and furnishings that meet their needs and preferences.
- Consumers say they feel safe when using the furniture, fittings and equipment.
- Consumers are confident the workforce knows how to safely operate the equipment they use to support their health and well-being.
- Consumers say the design of furniture and fittings helps them to be independent and adds to the comfort of the service environment.
Workforce and others
- The workforce can describe the organisation’s options for adapting or replacing furniture, fittings or equipment that doesn’t suit the consumer’s needs. They can also describe how they assess this.
- The workforce understands that when multiple consumers use equipment and devices, they must be cleaned and disinfected between each use. They also understand that single-use and single-consumer devices mustn’t be reused or shared.
- The workforce says that equipment is suitable and there’s enough equipment to support them to deliver quality service.
- Evidence that suitably qualified members of the workforce are involved in the assessment of suitability of furniture, equipment and fittings to meet consumers’ needs
- Workforce orientation, education other records show that the organisation supports the workforce in this requirement.
- Observations that the furniture, fittings and equipment are safe, clean, well maintained and suitable for the consumer.
- Evidence that the organisation can purchase, service, maintain, renew and replace indoor and outdoor, furniture, fittings and equipment.
- Evidence that the organisation acts promptly when furniture, fittings and equipment need to be maintained or replaced.
- Records of arrangements with third-party contractors and the systems in place to make sure any safety, cleaning or maintenance of the service environment undertaken by third-party contractors is delivered as arranged.
- Records of arrangements with third-party contractors and the systems in place to make sure any furniture, fittings or equipment provided by third-party contractors meet the organisation’s specifications.