Palliative Care – What is Palliative Care?

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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Reablement – What is reablement?

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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Data protection – what does a data protection course involve?

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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Preventing falls – A guide for carers

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”

Duty of care law

The term ‘duty of care’ is mentioned often, but few people understand the intricacies of what it means. As the law surrounding duty of care applies to both private and public environments, to both businesses and individuals, it is important to understand the concept and its applications properly. Continue reading “Duty of care law”

Conflict resolution – The patient is always right, mostly.

Understanding and addressing your patients’ needs is the ultimate goal of the conscientious care worker. In any work environment, too often, when employees are confronted by angry customers, they inadvertently escalate the situation rather than address the root cause. Conflict resolution and customer service are key skillsets used effectively by experienced carers. Continue reading “Conflict resolution – The patient is always right, mostly.”

Online courses – How online training benefits care sector workers

In the past, career specific tuition typically was split between the classroom and the workplace. For further education, students would leave secondary school and sit A Levels or attend sixth form colleges with vocational centric training. Those seeking higher education would move to Universities across the country.  Training was seen as face to face; in lecture halls or workshops focused on a degree.  Today, with access to online courses becoming easier, more and more school leavers, full time employees are turning to online teaching.

This article looks at the advantages of online classes and why it works well for those in the care sector.

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Understanding the Care Certificate

The Care Certificate is the most important piece of certification for anyone wanting to work in the care sector. It can be difficult to understand exactly what it is and what it includes, so the purpose of this article is to enable the prospective carer to understand what they are required to study in order to be able to work in their field. Continue reading “Understanding the Care Certificate”

Care Home Fire Safety – Fire Safety law and fire inspections

Care home owners legally must abide by The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005. To comply with the order, Care home managers must designate a Responsible Person (RP) to coordinate strategy in the event of a fire. They are also responsible for preventative measures, all care home fire safety and ultimately an evacuation plan should the worst happen.

The (FRS) Fire and Rescue Services conduct regular inspections on high risk, none domestic premises such as care home to ensure organisations comply with regulations and take the necessary precautions to minimise risk to members of the public.  Continue reading “Care Home Fire Safety – Fire Safety law and fire inspections”

Diabetic Patient Care – A guide for carers with diabetes symptoms

Approximately 3 and a half million people are diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, with a further half million believed to be living undiagnosed. This equates to roughly 1 in 16 people, meaning it’s likely that, as a carer, you will come across people living with the condition; as such, it is important to know how to help care for them should they require it. This article outlines what diabetes is, and explains how diabetic patient care can ensure they live a relatively normal life. Continue reading “Diabetic Patient Care – A guide for carers with diabetes symptoms”