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”

Duty of care law

The term ‘duty of care’ is mentioned often, but few people understand the intricacies of what it means. As the law surrounding duty of care applies to both private and public environments, to both businesses and individuals, it is important to properly understand the concept and its applications. Continue reading “Duty of care law”

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”

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?”

Care Home Fire Safety – Fire Safety law and fire inspections

Care home owners legally must abide by The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005. To comply with the order, Care home managers must designate a Responsible Person (RP) to coordinate strategy in the event of a fire. They are also responsible for preventative measures, all care home fire safety and ultimately an evacuation plan should the worst happen.

The (FRS) Fire and Rescue Services conduct regular inspections on high risk, none domestic premises such as care home to ensure organisations comply with regulations and take the necessary precautions to minimise risk to members of the public.  Continue reading “Care Home Fire Safety – Fire Safety law and fire inspections”

Allergies – why are they increasing?

An allergy is a medical condition that most carers will have come across at some time. Whether it is something they experience themselves or something their patients have allergies are now unfortunately a common occurance.

Today, it seems that more and more people talk about their allergies, or seem to start experiencing them without a history of them. As it turns out, this isn’t a baseless anecdotal observation; researchers have shown that allergy rates are rising, and immunological research has suggested several causes for this. This article aims to identify common symptoms and discuss ways of managing the impact on sufferers.

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Online Training – Why Care homes should use Online Care Courses

Quality patient care is the objective of every care management team. To achieve this requires careful planning, long-term commitment and working within a tight budget. More importantly, it requires highly skilled staff with a dedication to a career that can be extremely stressful. Skills that can be honed or developed further through online training.

A study by the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee found that 48 per cent of care staff leaves within a year of starting. While pay and working hours are a factor, the lack of career development and training is often a recurring complaint within the industry.

Investing in your employees through Online Care Courses can make the difference. Continue reading “Online Training – Why Care homes should use Online Care Courses”