According to recent statistics in the UK, a sixth of the adult population have a diagnosed mental health illness. The problem with the figures though, according to NHS Digital, is that in reality they probably don’t even scratch the surface.
Taking into account undiagnosed depression and post traumatic stress disorder, it is estimated that closer to one quarter of the population may at any given time be experiencing some kind of mental health problem.
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A certainty of life is that, sooner or later, it must unfortunately come to an end for us all. Palliative care (better known – though mistakenly so – as end of life care) exists to make sure this passing can come as peacefully and comfortably as possible.
It is important to be aware of what palliative care entails, and what options are available for palliative care since there are a few misconceptions about it. Discussing these will be the purpose of this article.
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There are many specialisations and roles within the medical field; being as wide reaching and complex as it is, it would be irresponsible and impractical to expect any single physician to have a comprehensive knowledge of all facets of medicine. This article takes a look at paediatrics, explaining the role and different facets of the work paediatricians do, and give an overview of the stages of training involved when becoming a paediatrician.
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Reablement is a short and intensive service (up to six weeks) usually delivered in the home, to help people get back on their feet. Offered to people with disabilities, the elderly or those recovering from an illness or injury the service is usually free.
Providing personal care, help with daily living activities and other practical tasks, reablement encourages service users to develop the confidence and skills to carry out these activities themselves and continue to live at home.
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In the UK people have the right to live an abuse free life, regardless of race, gender, age, or mental capacity. A healthy adult will demand and fight for this right. However, with vulnerable adults, due to their advanced age or intellectual impairments, they are unable to make such demands and therefore are at risk of being abused. This article looks at seven types of abuse associated with the safeguarding of vulnerable adults.
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Data protection is the protection and the legal control over access to and the use of all data stored physically and electronically. It is defined by the Data protection Act (DPA) of 1998 and was updated by the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in 2018.
Confidentiality of information is a key part of maintaining dignity for those using health and social care services. The DPA requires public bodies and their data controllers to comply with a range of predefined principles.
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Phobias can be very common in society, from the ever-present fear of the dark to more obscure fears like being afraid of long words. But what exactly constitutes a phobia, and what distinguishes genuine phobias from uncomfortableness?
This article discusses what defines a phobia, and explains how phobias develop.
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One of the more important and easily overlooked aspects of care involves the prevention of falls. When caring for those with degenerative health conditions, late-stage mental health problems, or even with the weakness that comes with old age it is vital that you take the appropriate steps to minimise the risks of those under your care from being harmed from falls. These range from medical solutions to simple steps you can take yourself. The following is a guide to preventing falls in a care environment. Continue reading “Preventing falls – A guide for carers”
Health and safety is important all year round, but there are a number of myths that have sprung up regarding the HSE and Christmas. Continue reading “Health and Safety at Christmas”
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 this every day, 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”