Storing Medication: Practical Tips

In 2016, the NHS reported that 1,104.1 million prescribed drugs were issued by hospitals and UK doctors.  A high percentage of these were to patients in care homes. A busy care home may have dozens of residential patients that have diverse and unique needs.  These patients may require multiple types of medication to treat anything from infections to serious illness.  Storing medication and the allocation of prescribed drugs to patients for numerous patients can be a challenging task.

When providing care – it is your responsibility to ensure medication is stored safely.  Here we offer some tips on how to do it.

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Food allergies and allergic Reactions

Food allergies are where the body’s immune system reacts unusually to specific foods. A large proportion of people in the UK have an allergy of some kind. The allergic symptoms are very common in children but adults need to identify the signs as well. These symptoms include itching, swelling of the throat, the tongue or lips, repetitive breath, shortness of breath, weak pulse, hives, vomiting, skin rashes, and diarrhoea. The timing of allergic reaction can differ based on the severity. Continue reading “Food allergies and allergic Reactions”

First Aid for Care Homes and Care Home Providers

Life is unpredictable and emergencies can happen. Sometimes, minor injuries can lead to major medical issues because proper care was not provided immediately. Care homes are no different to other places of work and in some ways can be more dangerous. As a care home provider it is essential to identify areas of risk and employ measures to counter them.  Training can be a practical way of reducing risk but courses specific to the requirements (IE first aid for care homes) relating to an idividual home can be hard to find  Our aim here is to make this easier.

This article covers some basic aspects of first aid in care homes and suggests some courses you or your staff can take to deal with accidents or emergencies in your care home. Continue reading “First Aid for Care Homes and Care Home Providers”

Dealing with Challenging Behaviour for Care Workers

The life of a care worker is not an easy one. You always have to be on your toes to ensure that the right level of care is provided for your patients. Working in a care home it is quite common to come across someone that exhibits signs of a challenging nature. Left untreated this can be very difficult to manage. Before we move into the detail of how you can deal with this sort of condition, it is important to understand exactly what challenging behaviour is. In short a person’s behaviour can be described as challenging if it puts them or the people near them in danger.

Challenging behaviour includes:

  • Aggression to their carers
  • Aggression towards other patients or family members
  • Attempts to self-harm
  • Intense feelings of fear and paranoia

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Duty of Care: What is it?

Duty of Care Act
Duty of Care Act

The duty of care, as defined in tort law, is a legal obligation that is imposed on an individual requiring adherence to reasonable care while performing any acts that could potentially harm others.

The duty of care applies to anyone who is in a position to influence something that can cause some sort of harm to others or the stakeholders. For example, the duty of care applies to a lawyer who has the duty to study the defendant’s case properly and to the judge who has to pass a valid judgment without any favoritism. Continue reading “Duty of Care: What is it?”

Drug and Alcohol Awareness Programme

Many people associate the cause of psychological issues to the work-related stress in their workplace. However, as a matter of fact, the modern workplace can hold solutions to provide relief from several psychological and stress related issues rather than aggravating them. For example, the misuse of alcohol and drugs are known to be triggers for depression or other mental issues. But with a drug and alcohol awareness programme in your organisation, it can lead to a better quality of life allowing individuals to work to their full potential by reducing their dependency on drugs and alcohol. Continue reading “Drug and Alcohol Awareness Programme”

Managing Conflict in Care Homes

Conflict is regarded as normal and part of life. Human beings are so unique from each other that disagreements may occur due to diverse needs. In many cases people do not voice their grievance and unhappiness for fear of offending someone and as a result ignore the conflict reactions.  This can be as bad as heated disagreements, with issues simmering in the background.  Managing conflict in care can be a minefield.

Conflict is mostly associated with raised voices, frustration and heated arguments which give someone a bad reputation at workplace. Conflict is sometimes regarded as a good thing based on our response to make it either a destructive or creative process. 

Conflict in the work environment is unfortunately inevitable. The truth is that when two or more people come together to exchange ideas, the conflict doorway is already open.  Continue reading “Managing Conflict in Care Homes”