Managing Conflict in Care Homes

Conflict is regarded as normal and part of life. Human beings are so unique from each other that disagreements may occur due to diverse needs. In many cases people do not voice their grievance and unhappiness for fear of offending someone and as a result ignore the conflict reactions.  This can be as bad as heated disagreements, with issues simmering in the background.  Managing conflict in care can be a minefield.

Conflict is mostly associated with raised voices, frustration and heated arguments which give someone a bad reputation at workplace. Conflict is sometimes regarded as a good thing based on our response to make it either a destructive or creative process. 

Conflict in the work environment is unfortunately inevitable. The truth is that when two or more people come together to exchange ideas, the conflict doorway is already open.  Continue reading “Managing Conflict in Care Homes”

Dementia: how you may be able to reduce the risk

Dementia affects millions of people worldwide each year. It is believed that over 18 percent of all men and women over the age of 75 experience some degree of dementia.  Annually this figure is rising with many younger people, sometimes as young as 40 developing symptoms.

While genetics and other factors play a part, research has found that there are a number of ways individuals can change their lifestyle to help prevent or delay the onset.  Obvious preventable measures include smoking, a reduction in alcohol intake and a move away from a sedentary lifestyle.
In addition, the following suggestions have been found to have a positive impact on reducing risk. Continue reading “Dementia: how you may be able to reduce the risk”

Anaphylaxis: What You Need To Know About This Potentially Fatal Condition

As a designed first aid responder at your workplace, it’s imperative you’re prepared for anything and everything – from a small cut to a loss of consciousness. Most workplace accidents are relatively minor, but other problems such as anaphylactic shock (anaphylaxis) can be deadly.

It’s imperative that you understand the outcomes that come from this infrequent but serious reaction to allergies because it could save a person’s life.  The life of the next person you meet could be in your hands, so know the causes, the symptoms and what needs to be done.

It literally can mean the difference between life and death! Continue reading “Anaphylaxis: What You Need To Know About This Potentially Fatal Condition”

Epilepsy Awareness – how can you help spread the word

Epilepsy is one of the most common brain disorders, which is also the most neglected and misunderstood. In this disorder, our brain feels a sudden transitory disturbance, which can lead to generalized fits in the whole body, all at once, including our face and the four limbs. In certain cases, it can cause fits on a certain limb or its part; for example, on an arm, foot or muscle of the face. In addition, it may also affect a certain part of your body at first and then the other part of the body also shows the same symptoms. The aim of this article is to offer suggestions on how to help inform others about the disorder increasing Epilepsy awareness worldwide.

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Treating elderly patients in care with dignity and respect.

Working with the elderly can be a fulfilling experience, and at times a frustrating one as well. Above all else, the key is to treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve.

It may give you peace of mind that you are doing an honourable task; yet, there are times when you will feel that things aren’t going smoothly for you. Quite often, you may feel frustrated in certain situations if you are working with older adults, but it is important to remember that they may be frustrated too. Therefore, there are certain traits, which you need to adapt in your personality. Whether you have a senior family member, with whom you look after on a daily basis, or you are working in senior home care, these traits can help you to work to your best potential without getting frustrated or stressed. Continue reading “Treating elderly patients in care with dignity and respect.”