Care Home Fire Safety Risk Assessments

A Care Home has a legal duty to ensure that any risk from fire or the effects of fire are kept to an absolute minimum. In order to accurately assess the level of risk, as a responsible care provider you would need to do a formal risk assessment. The following article covers the basics for Care Home fire safety risk assessments.

A fire risk assessment is carried out by a dedicated responsible person within the organisation. It is their responsibility to look at any of the possible risks and hazards and put in place a list of protocols to minimise risk.  These protocols would include a plan on how to deal with those hazards, assess additional risks in an emergency, establish safe escape routes and ensure that all fire safety equipment on site remains accessible and maintained. Continue reading “Care Home Fire Safety Risk Assessments”

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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