We are often asked if it is really worth auditing mattresses, for reasons like:
“Our mattresses are regularly cleaned”
“We have no dirty mattresses in here”
“I am sure we keep an eye on them ourselves”
However, have a look at the gallery on this article – these are a regular sight to our technicians and are obviously far past their useful (or safe) life. We point these out not to be “telltales” but to relay our ethical concern that until these were audited and exposed, residents were sleeping in these heavily stained mattresses, and they and their carers are exposed to serious health risks.
Always, always, always look beneath the cover – there is plenty of guidance on what is and what isn’t acceptable, this is MHRA’s own guidance on the matter.
Scroll down to check out the gallery, and the videos…