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.

Report reveals shortage of well-trained home carers

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.”

Stourport care home honoured with dementia care award

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.

Wymeswold care home improves after critical CQC report

The owners of a care home in Wymeswold have responded to a damning inspection report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), confirming that a number of improvements have now been made.

The original report, published last May, flagged up a number of problems at the Wymeswold Court care home. These mainly related to the provision and quality of care and the staffing of the home, as well as the level of care training undergone by existing staff members.

Southern Cross Healthcare currently runs the home, and its area manager Tracie Bailey recently spoke to the local press to confirm that fundamental improvements have been made to the way the home is run. She said:

“A new deputy manager has been appointed and all staff have received re-training on key areas, plus support and supervision to address any of the concerns outlined in the report.

A positive relationship has been built with the local GP and district nurse and there is a new recruitment drive in place to secure further highly qualified staff members. Staff and management at the home have been working closely with the service quality adviser to ensure improvements are made and sustained.”

New dementia wing opens at Hucknall care home

A nursing home in the Nottinghamshire town of Hucknall has proudly unveiled a new dementia wing capable of caring for at least 10 new residents.

The manager of the Hallcroft nursing home, Emmeline Bingham, said the decision to cater for people with dementia came from having to turn people away. She said:

“We realised that we provided a nice environment and we were missing out on a niche market where we could really help some residents.

The idea of all this is to serve the community better. We are focused on quality care.”

Thanks to a £50,000 injection of cash from its parent company, Four Seasons, the home has now undergone extensive renovations. It has a ten-bed unit, new bathrooms, redecorated bedrooms and brand new lounge, kitchen and dining facilities – all of which have been specially tailored for people with dementia.

The expansion has also meant that new specialist staff have joined the team at Hallcroft, using the skills and knowledge they learned on extensive dementia training courses to provide the highest level of care for residents.

The Hallcroft care home has been running in the town for nearly 20 years, and has the capacity to care for 30 residents.

Staff suspended at Gwynnedd adult home over care failings

According to BBC News, six staff have been suspended from a care home for adults with learning difficulties after authorities uncovered a number of failings and slipping standards.

Inspectors visiting the Cerrig Camu facility in Dolgellau, which cares for 24 adults in four buildings, found a number of worrying issues. One of the main problems was the bathrooms and toilets at the home, which were in a poor state of repair and were institutional in their appearance. In addition, all communal areas smelled unpleasantly and strongly of disinfectant.

Other problems included poor staff morale and poor communication amongst team members, as well as medication being dispensed and recorded incorrectly. In fact, inspectors found that staff had had not had sufficient administration of medication training.

Food quality was also found to be poor, and was served without much consideration for the health and nutritional needs of the home’s residents.

The home’s owner Regard Partnership Ltd, which was told by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) to make immediate improvements, released a statement saying:

“The findings of that independent report have led us to take immediate action and suspended six of our care staff at Cerrig Camu, pending further enquiries,”