What is dementia?

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 – what is it and how to prepare?

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?”

Supporting patients with Aspergers – Care advice for Asperger’s Syndrome

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”

Signs of Autism: Babies and infants

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 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”

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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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.
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”

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.

It literally can mean the difference between life and death! Continue reading “Anaphylaxis: What You Need To Know About This Potentially Fatal Condition”

Managing Stress for Health Care Workers

A Free Guide on Managing Stress (for health care workers) by Online Care Courses – www.online-care-courses.co.uk

Ironically, jobs devoted to improving the wellbeing of others can be extremely stress-inducing themselves.  The health care industry requires excellent problem solving skills, a deep level of sensitivity towards other people’s needs and high attention paid towards time management.  Which begs the question, how does someone eliminate stress in the health care sector without sacrificing the quality of the work performed? Continue reading “Managing Stress for Health Care Workers”