Epilepsy: What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a condition that most people are familiar with; disclaimers warning epileptics about flashing lights or visual patterns in movies and 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 Epilepsy?”

Fire Safety in Care Homes

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 end of life care and palliative care?

The terms end of life care and palliative care can be confusing.  Patients and their families may be asked to consider these kinds of specialist care for those suffering from terminal illnesses. While the two are linked, they both have unique areas that a care specialist focuses on. Continue reading “What is end of life care and palliative care?”

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?”

Conflict resolution – The patient is always right, mostly.

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.”

Online courses – How online training benefits care sector workers

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.

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Understanding the Care Certificate

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 – 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?”

STROKE ACT FAST – What to do if a patient has a stroke?

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.
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Manual Handling Training (MHOR) – What is it?

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?”