Working in a care home, or indeed in any domiciliary care role will require you to understand the principles of medication management. While the focus of any care role is on the patient, you are also responsible for the care of others in their locale. The onus ultimately is on you and mistakes with medicine can be fatal. This article looks at medication management and explains how the management of any prescribed or over the counter medicine is an important aspect of the job.
Patients are in care because they require a level of support. This support may be in the form of physical support, such as moving a patient or it may be emotional support. In health and social care, it is important to remember at all times that no two patients are the same – some may have mobility issues, some chronic illness and others may need help with simple tasks that others take for granted. Continue reading “Medication management in Care”
Around the world, about 300 million people are suffering from diabetes, an ailment in which the blood glucose levels remain high. For a long period, diabetes was described as a condition and not a disease and therefore, incurable. It was believed that once you have it, all you can do is to manage and try to live with it for the rest of your life. But recently, studies conducted in various corners of the world points to the fact that diabetes reversal is possible and patients can lead a normal life without medicine and extensive diet control. Continue reading “Diabetes Reversal – Is It Possible to Reverse Diabetes?”
As a carer working in the health care sector, it is crucial that every patient is afforded the correct support and care. Specialist care training courses can provide the skills and knowledge necessary to complete a range of specialist tasks, including the management of instances relating to conflict or challenging behaviour. Continue reading “Specialist care training – what is it?”
As the population ages rapidly, more and more people will rely on health and social care professionals. The care home sector is huge in the UK but improvements in health and social care services, along with advances in technology now mean that the elderly are able to stay in their own homes longer.
In 2016 a study by skillsforcare.org revealed that 1.55 million people in the Uk work in the field. With an average age of 43, it is an industry that attracts health and social professionals both young and old. The role of domiciliary carers has increased dramatically over the past decade but the vast range of careers in this sector brings people of all types to work. Roles as diverses as individual support for those with disabilities or learning difficulties to care homes managers and child care assistants. Continue reading “Health and Social Care Professionals – why become one?”
Care worker skills are gained through experience, training and most of all hard work. Yet to date, care workers, no matter how experienced, qualified or committed they may be are still undervalued by our society.
Care work is a sub-class of work that incorporates all assignments that lead to the support, care and administration of others. It is frequently (incorrectly) separated from skilled professions when listed as career choices due to the driving factors behind such a choice. For example Care workers do not tend to be driven by remuneration, more by their preference to support others in need. The truth though, is quite the reverse. Care Workers tend to be highly skilled individuals.
In the healthcare assistance industry, professionals may have to come across varying kinds of patients. Some are physically disabled and other mentally. Both situations can cause limitations in the extent of the patients’ mobility. On the other hand, there are situations where the patients are not exactly disabled but may need help moving around to reduce stress. This article covers the basics in relation to the manual handling of patients.
Moving and handling the patient is not always with supports like wheelchairs, walkers or sticks. In many cases, the healthcare assistant has to manually handle the patient. This may involve lifting, moving, turning, and more. It is not an easy task. While many may think that is a mere inconvenience but professional and passionate healthcare assistants hardly think about it. They know it is their job and they are kind enough to support a fellow human.
End of life care is also referred to as EoLC. Many people have the misconception that such healthcare option is only available for those who are literally spending the last hours or days of their lives. But this is not true. End of life care is a broad term that also encompasses patients with terminal illnesses or conditions that will become worse with time are incurable.
The end of life is one truth that no one can deny. We are all going to reach old age. As we grow old, we lose our abilities to maintain the quality of life. This is why we need support from others. Every human being has the right
to be comfortable and content even when they are fast approaching their final day. On the other hand, we have patients who are faced with terminal health conditions. Such patients have a harder time as many are not even old. They too deserve to maintain a sense of normalcy despite death being the inevitable result. Continue reading “The Importance of End of Life Care”
An end-of-life care home in the North East town of Hartlepool has been honoured with a prestigious national award for providing exception care to its residents.
The Charlotte Grange Residential Care Home, which is located on Flaxton Street in Hartlepool, was given the Gold Standard Framework Award after demonstrating very high standards of care. The home, which has 46 residents, completed a two-year portfolio in which it proved that it met all of the 20 standards required to attain the award.
The manager of the home, Margaret Spence, expressed her delight at the home winning the award in the Peterlee Mail newspaper. She credited her staff and the high level of care training they had received with the success, saying:
“We are delighted to have been given this prestigious award.
It shows that we implement the necessary gold level standards, something which provides great satisfaction to residents and their family members.
â€œOur success is ultimately down to the staff at Charlotte Grange. We couldn’t have achieved this without all their hard work.”
The Gold Standard Framework Award aims to set the benchmark for standards of care in nursing homes throughout the UK.
A new report published by the think tank IPPR has concluded that due to a shortage of well-trained care staff, an increasing number of elderly people are receiving poor quality care at home.
IPPR researchers found a number of factors that appeared to be contributing to the UK’s failing home care system, including high staff turnover rates, an over-reliance on migrant workers and low wages. This situation appears to be worse in London, where as many as 75 per cent of home care workers are from overseas.
Care staff are under too much pressure to be able to spend more time with the person and properly assess their needs, and they have often not been given the proper care training. The report stated:
Previous research has shown that the majority of elderly people would like to remain in their homes for longer rather than moving into nursing home, but to do so requires the right level of home care.
IPPR Research Fellow Jonathan Clifton said:
“We need super carers high calibre people, paid at decent levels, with good career prospects, who are valued by society and equipped to provide personalised services for elderly people.”
Staff at the Ravenhurst Care Home in Stourport have been honoured with a prestigious award for their efforts in improving care for dementia patients.
The award was presented to Anastasia Meredith, the manager of the Sanctuary Care-run home, and her deputy Mary Grannell at the headquarters of Worcestershire County Council. At County Hall, the prestigious Improving the Quality of Dementia Care award was presented to them by Eddie Clark, the council’s director of adult and community services.
Ms Meredith attributed the award partly to the support the home has had from the community, but mainly to the enthusiasm and hard work of her staff and the excellent training in dementia care they have undergone. She also revealed what the Ravenhurst Care Home plans to do with the £7,500 grant that accompanied the award, saying:
“The improvements this grant will allow us to make will help to support the independent and meaningful activities people living with dementia need, to ensure their well-being.”
To this end, the home plans to create a outdoor environment for residents, along with sensory garden and farmhouse dining experience, that is actually located inside the home.