Phobias can be very common in society, from the ever-present fear of the dark to more obscure fears like being afraid of long words. But what exactly constitutes a phobia, and what distinguishes genuine phobias from uncomfortableness?
This article discusses what defines a phobia, and explains how phobias develop.
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”
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?”
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?”
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”
The prevalence of autism continues to grow, making it a primary concerns for new parents. The signs of autism can be difficult to spot in babies and infants. There is some debate as to whether there has been an actual increase in prevalence or if this is mainly due to a greater understanding surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as tools and techniques being developed to better diagnose the condition earlier on. Continue reading “Signs of Autism: Babies and infants”
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”
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).
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”
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.