Preventing falls – A guide for carers

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”

Understanding Private Duty Nursing

According to WHO (World Health Organisation), 50 million people worldwide have Dementia, with 10 million new cases every year.  These individuals often need around the clock care.  While families often bare the burden, care assistants providing private duty nursing can also be of benefit in these circumstances.

In many of our lives, a loved one is experiencing challenges like these everyday, requiring in-home care and supervision from a qualified professional. Caregiving is often a solution that best fits the needs of an ailing senior, but is there more than can be done?

Luckily, there is. Continue reading “Understanding Private Duty Nursing”

Care worker interpersonal skills – Personal skills for a care worker

Not everyone is suited to be a care worker. Working in care requires special skills and qualities, some that can be taught and others that are part of the individual carers personality. In this article we explore the most common care worker interpersonal skills.

So how many care skills do you possess – and what should you look out for when sourcing private home care? Continue reading “Care worker interpersonal skills – Personal skills for a care worker”

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?”

Diabetic Patient Care – A guide for carers with diabetes symptoms

Approximately 3 and a half million people are diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, with a further half million believed to be living undiagnosed. This equates to roughly 1 in 16 people, meaning it’s likely that, as a carer, you will come across people living with the condition; as such, it is important to know how to help care for them should they require it. This article outlines what diabetes is, and explains how diabetic patient care can ensure they live a relatively normal life. Continue reading “Diabetic Patient Care – A guide for carers with diabetes symptoms”

Home Safety for Dementia and Alzheimer Sufferers

With 850,000 people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the UK, and a significant number of the rest of the aging population suffering from dementia from other causes, it is likely that many families will find themselves trying to make the home safe for individuals with dementia.  The following is a list of proactive steps you can take as a caregiver regarding home safety for Dementia and Alzheimer sufferers. Continue reading “Home Safety for Dementia and Alzheimer Sufferers”

Managing medicines – a guide for carers

Managing medicines for a patient or loved one can be challenging, especially if they are required to take several at different times of the day.
The patient may have difficulty remembering when to take their medicine or may even refuse to do so.  This article discusses how as their carer you can correctly and safely manage their medicine.

Although anyone can legally administer medicines, they must be prescribed by a medical practitioner.

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Acute illnesses – examples for carers

An acute illness is defined as an illness where symptoms appear or change quickly. The health condition becomes chronic if it persists despite long-term treatment. Acute illnesses can range from mild to severe, and it’s important to seek diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of its to prevent it from becoming a chronic problem. Continue reading “Acute illnesses – examples for carers”

Treating acute injuries in care homes

An acute injury is one with a rapid onset of pain due to a traumatic incident or an impact affecting a specific area of the body. An ankle sprain or cut requiring stitches are both examples of acute injuries. They often need immediate treatment in the form of first aid. Although the pain from an acute injury is sudden and sometimes intense, it usually has a short duration. The first thing your doctor should do is evaluate the damage to determine its severity.

Acute injuries, acute injury
Acute injuries, acute injury

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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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