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”

Home Safety for Dementia and Alzheimer Sufferers

With 850,000 people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the UK, and a significant number of the rest of the aging population suffering from dementia from other causes, it is likely that many families will find themselves trying to make the home safe for individuals with dementia.  The following is a list of proactive steps you can take as a caregiver regarding home safety for Dementia and Alzheimer sufferers. Continue reading “Home Safety for Dementia and Alzheimer Sufferers”

Care Homes News Digest | Care home news Feb 2018

As we move into the last month of the first quarter of 2018, a week that has had unprecedented bad weather in the UK, it is time once again to look at articles from around the care sector with a focus on the NHS.  We also look at specific topics relating to health, highlighted by several MPs and an article on why research for dementia should focus on the kinds of care offered patients as well as any cure. Welcome to Care Home News Feb 2018 edition. Continue reading “Care Homes News Digest | Care home news Feb 2018”

Managing medicines – a guide for carers

Managing medicines for a patient or loved one can be challenging, especially if they are required to take several at different times of the day.
The patient may have difficulty remembering when to take their medicine or may even refuse to do so.  This article discusses how as their carer you can correctly and safely manage their medicine.

Although anyone can legally administer medicines, they must be prescribed by a medical practitioner.

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Care worker interpersonal skills – Personal skills for a care worker

Not everyone is suited to be a care worker. Working in care requires special skills and qualities, some that can be taught and others that are part of the individual carers personality. In this article we explore the most common care worker interpersonal skills.

So how many care skills do you possess – and what should you look out for when sourcing private home care? Continue reading “Care worker interpersonal skills – Personal skills for a care worker”

Acute illnesses – examples for carers

An acute illness is defined as an illness where symptoms appear or change quickly. The health condition becomes chronic if it persists despite long-term treatment. Acute illnesses can range from mild to severe, and it’s important to seek diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of its to prevent it from becoming a chronic problem. Continue reading “Acute illnesses – examples for carers”

Care Homes News Digest | Care home news Jan 2018

The new year often sees an increase in activity online with Care homes issuing press releases on new projects or plans for the next 12 months. Online Care Courses reports on the most relevant care home news throughout January with links to the sites listing their articles found in the public domain. Welcome to Care home news Jan 2018 issue.

This months news bites cover an interview with Wales Care Forum chair regarding ‘social care timebomb’ in his area, alleged ownership clauses in patient contracts allowing care homes to sell on residents belongings after death and the Aussie Flu bug that is affecting Care Homes in Gloucestershire. Continue reading “Care Homes News Digest | Care home news Jan 2018”

Treating acute injuries in care homes

An acute injury is one with a rapid onset of pain due to a traumatic incident or an impact affecting a specific area of the body. An ankle sprain or cut requiring stitches are both examples of acute injuries. They often need immediate treatment in the form of first aid. Although the pain from an acute injury is sudden and sometimes intense, it usually has a short duration. The first thing your doctor should do is evaluate the damage to determine its severity.

Acute injuries, acute injury
Acute injuries, acute injury

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Healthcare assistant skills and qualifications | Registered nurse skills

A Healthcare assistant (HCA) may work with other healthcare assistants or under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) to provide direct care to patients. They work in a variety of healthcare settings, such as medical clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and the private homes of patients. This article looks at the necessary healthcare assistant skills required to work in the role as a carer or through further qualification as a registered nurse.

People interested in a career where they provide direct patient care often begin as a healthcare assistant because they can obtain their credentials quickly. Before enrolling in a training course, it’s important to know what to expect regarding coursework and personal qualities that make a successful healthcare assistant.

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