Self-harming signs and triggers | Online Care Courses

Self-harming is the act of an individual committing harm on themselves.  It is typically a cry for help and can affect anyone at any age.  There is no stereotypical profile for a self-harmer so care workers need to understand the warning signs in order to deduce whether someone is engaging in self harming behaviours.   This article highlights some of the common self-harming signs and triggers that care workers may come across. Continue reading “Self-harming signs and triggers | Online Care Courses”

Home Safety for Dementia and Alzheimer Sufferers

With 850,000 people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the UK, and a significant number of the rest of the aging population suffering from dementia from other causes, it is likely that many families will find themselves trying to make the home safe for individuals with dementia.  The following is a list of proactive steps you can take as a caregiver regarding home safety for Dementia and Alzheimer sufferers. Continue reading “Home Safety for Dementia and Alzheimer Sufferers”

Managing medicines – a guide for carers

Managing medicines for a patient or loved one can be challenging, especially if they are required to take several at different times of the day.
The patient may have difficulty remembering when to take their medicine or may even refuse to do so.  This article discusses how as their carer you can correctly and safely manage their medicine.

Although anyone can legally administer medicines, they must be prescribed by a medical practitioner.

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Care worker interpersonal skills – Personal skills for a care worker

Not everyone is suited to be a care worker. Working in care requires special skills and qualities, some that can be taught and others that are part of the individual carers personality. In this article we explore the most common care worker interpersonal skills.

So how many care skills do you possess – and what should you look out for when sourcing private home care? Continue reading “Care worker interpersonal skills – Personal skills for a care worker”

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”

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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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”