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”

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.”

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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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”

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”

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”

Care Home Safety Management

It’s important to understand the elements of a good process safety management program to protect employees from harm when they’re in the work environment. Implementing such a program (Care Home Safety Management) is impossible without cooperation from every level of the organisation, managers and non-managers alike. Following are the core elements of a successful care home safety management program: Continue reading “Care Home Safety Management”

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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