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 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”
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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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”
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”
Dementia affects millions of people worldwide each year. It is believed that over 18 percent of all men and women over the age of 75 experience some degree of dementia. Annually this figure is rising with many younger people, sometimes as young as 40 developing symptoms.
While genetics and other factors play a part, research has found that there are a number of ways individuals can change their lifestyle to help prevent or delay the onset. Obvious preventable measures include smoking, a reduction in alcohol intake and a move away from a sedentary lifestyle.
In addition, the following suggestions have been found to have a positive impact on reducing risk. Continue reading “Dementia: how you may be able to reduce the risk”
Epilepsy is one of the most common brain disorders, which is also the most neglected and misunderstood. In this disorder, our brain feels a sudden transitory disturbance, which can lead to generalized fits in the whole body, all at once, including our face and the four limbs. In certain cases, it can cause fits on a certain limb or its part; for example, on an arm, foot or muscle of the face. In addition, it may also affect a certain part of your body at first and then the other part of the body also shows the same symptoms. The aim of this article is to offer suggestions on how to help inform others about the disorder increasing Epilepsy awareness worldwide.
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Working with the elderly can be a fulfilling experience, and at times a frustrating one as well. Above all else, the key is to treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve.
It may give you peace of mind that you are doing an honourable task; yet, there are times when you will feel that things aren’t going smoothly for you. Quite often, you may feel frustrated in certain situations if you are working with older adults, but it is important to remember that they may be frustrated too. Therefore, there are certain traits, which you need to adapt in your personality. Whether you have a senior family member, with whom you look after on a daily basis, or you are working in senior home care, these traits can help you to work to your best potential without getting frustrated or stressed. Continue reading “Treating elderly patients in care with dignity and respect.”
Diabetes is a serious medical condition that causes the amount of sugar in your blood to become too high. This sugar is what your body burns for fuel, and to do that, it needs a hormone named insulin to transfer that sugar from your blood into the cells of your muscles and organs. When your body is unable to use its insulin well, or make enough insulin, the sugar you get from your food stays in your blood, which starves your cells of energy. Diabetes comes in two varieties, type I and type II. Continue reading “Diabetes Basics”
As the population ages, many more people must deal with diminishing cognitive abilities that signal the onset of dementia. More help is available for dementia than ever before in terms of medication, social services and specialized care. Aging is the greatest single risk factor for dementia, but genetics and lifestyle also play a part. The actions you take today to keep your body and mind healthy can pay off in healthy cognition throughout your life. Continue reading “6 Tips For Reducing Your Risk of Dementia”