Learning first aid can be the difference between life and death for someone who has been in an accident, or otherwise suffered an injury. Whilst there are many first aid qualifications out there, most can be expected to have a similar kind of structure. This article aims to outline what can be found on a first aid course, and to provide some advice on how to make the most effective use of time on the day.
In a care environment, challenging behaviour can be difficult to deal with. Learning how to deal with challenging behaviour effectively and empathically is vital to providing the best care for patients, and for maintaining a positive mentality. This article explains challenging behaviour- in what forms it appears and its possible triggers- and gives advice on how to handle it when it arises.
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Whilst stress is commonly interchanged with the word ‘pressure’, it is, in fact, a totally different thing. Stress is the feeling one suffers when they feel out of control of their life or circumstances. Stress can cause a multitude of physiological or emotional problems, all of which impact productivity and well being. Stress may be associated with a mental state but managing stress is a skillset that individuals should work on in order to achieve a good healthy work-life balance. Continue reading “Managing Stress – Finding a work-life balance that is healthy for all”
If you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, know this: Although it is a diagnosis that is not going away, it can be very manageable if you know how to take care of yourself. Gaining knowledge is the first key step. Below you will find information to help you understand the disorder and discuss it with others. You will also find information to help tackle the symptoms of the disorder. Lastly, you will gain the basic knowledge that you need in order to live well with bipolar disorder. Continue reading “Bipolar Disorder: how to live with the diagnosis”
1 in 5 adults are living with some variety of mental health issue which negatively affects their lives. Needing to locate facilities that offer different mental health treatments can be a complicated process. Like physical health issues, mental issues can get worse without appropriate treatment.
There are a variety of mental health treatments available. Often, an individual may receive more than one type of treatment while they are getting help with a mental health issue. For instance, a person may learn about their condition (education), talk to a counsellor or therapist, and make some lifestyle changes to support the positive things that they are making in their life. Continue reading “Mental Health Treatments”
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 this article we discuss at its core, what makes a care worker and what are the required care worker skills needed to help others. Continue reading “Care Worker Skills”