Allergies – why are they increasing?

An allergy is a medical condition that most carers will have come across at some time. Whether it is something they experience themselves or something their patients have allergies are now unfortunately a common occurance.

Today, it seems that more and more people talk about their allergies, or seem to start experiencing them without a history of them. As it turns out, this isn’t a baseless anecdotal observation; researchers have shown that allergy rates are rising, and immunological research has suggested several causes for this. This article aims to identify common symptoms and discuss ways of managing the impact on sufferers.

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Online Training – Why Care homes should use Online Care Courses

Quality patient care is the objective of every care management team. To achieve this requires careful planning, long-term commitment and working within a tight budget. More importantly, it requires highly skilled staff with a dedication to a career that can be extremely stressful. Skills that can be honed or developed further through online training.

A study by the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee found that 48 per cent of care staff leaves within a year of starting. While pay and working hours are a factor, the lack of career development and training is often a recurring complaint within the industry.

Investing in your employees through Online Care Courses can make the difference. Continue reading “Online Training – Why Care homes should use Online Care Courses”

Signs of Autism: Babies and infants

The prevalence of autism continues to grow, making it a primary concerns for new parents. The signs of autism can be difficult to spot in babies and infants. There is some debate as to whether there has been an actual increase in prevalence or if this is mainly due to a greater understanding surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as tools and techniques being developed to better diagnose the condition earlier on. Continue reading “Signs of Autism: Babies and infants”

Care Home Safety Management

It’s important to understand the elements of a good process safety management program to protect employees from harm when they’re in the work environment. Implementing such a program (Care Home Safety Management) is impossible without cooperation from every level of the organisation, managers and non-managers alike. Following are the core elements of a successful care home safety management program: Continue reading “Care Home Safety Management”

Diabetes and diabetic pathophysiology

Prior to exploring the functional changes that accompany a diagnosis of diabetes, it is wise to understand what diabetes is, to explain the different types that exist, and what can cause this disease.

Diabetes is a disease of the body that occurs when one’s blood glucose (commonly called blood sugar) is elevated. As the main source of energy in our body, blood glucose is extracted from the food we eat and is used to power our brain and body throughout the day. Continue reading “Diabetes and diabetic pathophysiology”

Understanding Private Duty Nursing

According to WHO (World Health Organisation), 50 million people worldwide have Dementia, with 10 million new cases every year.  These individuals often need around the clock care.  While families often bare the burden, care assistants providing private duty nursing can also be of benefit in these circumstances.

In many of our lives, a loved one is experiencing challenges like these everyday, requiring in-home care and supervision from a qualified professional. Caregiving is often a solution that best fits the needs of an ailing senior, but is there more than can be done?

Luckily, there is. Continue reading “Understanding Private Duty Nursing”

What is end of life care and palliative care?

The terms end of life care and palliative care can be confusing.  Patients and their families may be asked to consider these kinds of specialist care for those suffering from terminal illnesses. While the two are linked, they both have unique areas that a care specialist focuses on. Continue reading “What is end of life care and palliative care?”

Building patient rapport – effective communication

The care profession relies on staff that can communicate effectively; as a team and more importantly one to one with their patients.  In our current series of articles we discuss techniques that can help care workers further develop their communication skills through a series of short posts.  Today our focus is on building patient rapport. Continue reading “Building patient rapport – effective communication”

Self-harming signs and triggers | Online Care Courses

Self-harming is the act of an individual committing harm on themselves.  It is typically a cry for help and can affect anyone at any age.  There is no stereotypical profile for a self-harmer so care workers need to understand the warning signs in order to deduce whether someone is engaging in self harming behaviours.   This article highlights some of the common self-harming signs and triggers that care workers may come across. Continue reading “Self-harming signs and triggers | Online Care Courses”

GDPR for care homes | GDPR Health and Social Care

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the European Union (EU). This framework sets out the principles of data management in regards to the rights of the individual and covers all companies that deal with data of EU citizens.  The GDPR will come into effect across the EU on May 25, 2018.  This article discusses potential implications of GDPR for care homes and care professionals. Continue reading “GDPR for care homes | GDPR Health and Social Care”