Bipolar Disorder: how to live with the diagnosis

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”

Mental Health Treatments

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”

Medication management in Care

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”

Diabetes Reversal – Is It Possible to Reverse Diabetes?

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?”

Specialist care training – what is it?

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?”

Health and Social Care Professionals – why become one?

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

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”

Manual Handling of Patients

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.

 

Manually handling of patients
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.

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The Importance of End of Life Care

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

End of life care
End of life care and support for patients and family members

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”

Hartlepool care home receives gold star award

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.

“Our 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.