Depression symptoms and warning signs

Depression is extremely common; it affects over 300 million people and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. At its most severe, depression can lead to suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide. Depression does not discriminate and can affect people from all walks of life; many successful people experience depression at least once in their lifetime. This article focuses on depression symptoms and the warning signs that can help the diagnosis of a patient or loved one  suffering from the illness. Continue reading “Depression symptoms and warning signs”

News – Worst Care homes in England not linked to income level

The worst care homes in England for good standards of care are not linked to postcode areas in areas of low income. A new investigation by consumer champion Which? has found that the wealthiest borough in London leads the table in number of beds requiring improvement.

Worst Care Homes

Of 351 total beds in Westminster only 31% were classed as outstanding or good. A massive 69% were listed as requiring improvement or inadequate.
Next came Manchester with 58% of their 2374 beds assessed lacking adequate standards of care. Continue reading “News – Worst Care homes in England not linked to income level”

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”