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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Basic First Aid for Parents of Young Children | First aid for Carers of Young Children

Basic First Aid for Parents of Young Children
Basic First Aid for Parents of Young Children

No parent wants to think of their child in a situation that requires emergency first aid but, by learning some basic first aid techniques, a parent may be able to provide the necessary care to save a child’s life.This article offers some tips on basic first aid for parents of young children (a young child is from one year old to puberty).

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Care Home News Digest – December 2017

Care homes are particularly busy around the Christmas and New Year Period. Online Care Courses reports on the most relevant care home news over the festive period with links to the sites listing their articles found in the public domain.

This months news bites cover an interview with an activities co-ordinator in Weymouth, Reindeer visits in Warwickshire and two new care homes planned for 2018 in East Dorset and South Essex. Continue reading “Care Home News Digest – December 2017”

Care Home Fire Safety Risk Assessments

A Care Home has a legal duty to ensure that any risk from fire or the effects of fire are kept to an absolute minimum. In order to accurately assess the level of risk, as a responsible care provider you would need to do a formal risk assessment. The following article covers the basics for Care Home fire safety risk assessments.

A fire risk assessment is carried out by a dedicated responsible person within the organisation. It is their responsibility to look at any of the possible risks and hazards and put in place a list of protocols to minimise risk.  These protocols would include a plan on how to deal with those hazards, assess additional risks in an emergency, establish safe escape routes and ensure that all fire safety equipment on site remains accessible and maintained. Continue reading “Care Home Fire Safety Risk Assessments”

World Autism Awareness Day – 2nd April 2018

What is World Autism Awareness Day?

On the 1st November, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly designated the 2nd April as World Autism Awareness Day through resolution “62/139”. In subsequent years, its member states have used the day to raise awareness of autism and funds, in an effort to improve the quality of life for those who suffer with autism.

Autism is a lifelong condition which can affect anyone in society irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status. There are a range of symptoms on the Autism Spectrum that can vary significantly between those affected. It is normally diagnosed in early childhood and currently around 700,000 people in the UK fall within the spectrum. This means that, including family members, autism has a direct impact on millions of people within the UK. Continue reading “World Autism Awareness Day – 2nd April 2018”

Depression symptoms and warning signs

Depression is extremely common; it affects over 300 million people and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. At its most severe, depression can lead to suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide. Depression does not discriminate and can affect people from all walks of life; many successful people experience depression at least once in their lifetime. This article focuses on depression symptoms and the warning signs that can help the diagnosis of a patient or loved one  suffering from the illness. Continue reading “Depression symptoms and warning signs”

News – Worst Care homes in England not linked to income level

The worst care homes in England for good standards of care are not linked to postcode areas in areas of low income. A new investigation by consumer champion Which? has found that the wealthiest borough in London leads the table in number of beds requiring improvement.

Worst Care Homes

Of 351 total beds in Westminster only 31% were classed as outstanding or good. A massive 69% were listed as requiring improvement or inadequate.
Next came Manchester with 58% of their 2374 beds assessed lacking adequate standards of care. Continue reading “News – Worst Care homes in England not linked to income level”