Over the past decade, over 11,000 front-line fire-fighting jobs have disappeared. Having a personal level of experience with fire safety practices in the current climate is important, but this goes doubly if not more so for care homes, especially given that there is specific legislation in place. This article seeks to outline some general fire safety guidance, before going deeper into what is required in a care home setting. Continue reading “Fire Safety in Care Homes”
What is Dementia? Dementia is a complex, often misunderstood condition that causes great distress to families. Roughly 850,000 people suffer from dementia in the UK, with 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 suffering from some form of the condition.
These numbers are expected to rise to over 1 million people with the condition come 2025, and 2 million by 2051. Approximately 40,000 under the age of 65 suffer from the condition, and 25,000 victims come from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. This article asks what dementia is, and its causes. Continue reading “What is dementia?”
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.”
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.
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”
Epilepsy is a condition that most people are familiar with; disclaimers warning epileptics about flashing lights or visual patterns in movies or games are ubiquitous in modern society. This article aims to outline what epilepsy is, and what to do if somebody you know is suffering from the seizures caused by epilepsy. Continue reading “Epilepsy – what is it and how to prepare?”
Strokes can be life-threatening, and they are also not uncommon. As such,
it is important to understand what strokes are, and how you can help care for someone who is suffering or has suffered from a stroke. In a stroke act FAST.
Continue reading “STROKE ACT FAST – What to do if a patient has a stroke?”
One of the common injury types sustained in work environments is known as musculoskeletal disorders. These account for around a third of all workplace injuries and are very commonly caused due to poor handling techniques when lifting or moving objects. The purpose of this article is to discuss some of the basic advice that exists to make manual handling safer, and to give an overview of the legislation in place that is of relevance to workers and employers. Continue reading “Manual Handling Training (MHOR) – What is it?”
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”
Patients with Aspergers syndrome can have difficult lives, typically with difficulties in understanding and processing language. People may find out they have Aspergers as a child, or during later life, but in either case, sufferers frequently report feeling overwhelmed by the world; other people, it seems, intuitively know how to hold conversations, but people with Asperger’s syndrome struggle to build a rapport. As such, this article will provide some advice on how to help people live comfortably with Aspergers. Continue reading “Supporting patients with Aspergers – Care advice for Asperger’s Syndrome”