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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Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Care

Safeguarding people simply means protecting people from potential threats. However, when it comes to safeguarding vulnerable adults in care, it means so much more. Safeguarding vulnerable adults in care includes:

  • Protecting their rights to live in safety.
  • Protecting them from abuse, neglect, and lack of care.
  • Ensuring that wellbeing is embraced and adults are wished, blessed, and given importance.

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Disability Carers | Key skills for working with those with disabilities

Overview for disability carers

It’s normal to feel somewhat dubious conversing with or connecting with somebody who has a physical, tangible, or scholarly incapacity. Associating with individuals with disabilities ought to be the same as some other socialisation. Be that as it may, in case you’re not acquainted with a given handicap, you may fear either saying something hostile or doing the wrong thing by offering help. Disability Carers are trained to overcome this. Continue reading “Disability Carers | Key skills for working with those with disabilities”

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”

Dementia: how you may be able to reduce the risk

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.
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Anaphylaxis: What You Need To Know About This Potentially Fatal Condition

As a designed first aid responder at your workplace, it’s imperative you’re prepared for anything and everything – from a small cut to a loss of consciousness. Most workplace accidents are relatively minor, but other problems such as anaphylactic shock (anaphylaxis) can be deadly.

It’s imperative that you understand the outcomes that come from this infrequent but serious reaction to allergies because it could save a person’s life.  The life of the next person you meet could be in your hands, so know the causes, the symptoms and what needs to be done.

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Treating elderly patients in care with dignity and respect.

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.”