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Visitors to experience hypos at diabetes healthcare event

Hypos (hypoglycaemic events) are one of the most common complications of diabetes. They happen when blood sugar levels fall too low, and symptoms include blurred vision, disorientation, dizziness and difficulty focusing.

But how many healthcare professionals have experienced what it really feels like to have a hypo?

Now, for the first time, HCPs involved in diabetes care will get the chance to put themselves in their patients’ shoes at Diabetes Professional Care 2017 (DPC2017). A new Hypo Hub* feature includes a Simulation Station where, with the aid of a virtual reality headset, visitors can experience the effects of having a hypoglycaemic event first hand.

 

Biometric Access Contol Offers Real Benefits To Care Homes

Biometric Access Contol Offers Real Benefits To Care Homes

Modern biometric scanners from ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of biometric recognition systems, are giving care homes both enhanced security and reliable data.

 

Swipe cards, numeric key pads and other traditional methods of access security are rapidly being replaced by more convenient biometric technology within the Care Home sector, providing enhanced security for residents and vital time and cost saving benefits to allow staff more time to provide the personal care their residents deserve.

 

Elderly pedal power raises funds for allotment and charity

Elderly pedal power raises funds for allotment and charity

ELDERLY care home residents cycled over 14 miles to raise funds for an allotment and the Alzheimer’s Society.

 

Specially adapted bicycles allowed the residents of Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, Newcastle, to cover the distance and raise over £450.

 

They were joined by staff, family and friends, who all cycled from the home, on Bewick Crescent, to Wylam Hills Farm and back.

 

The bicycles were rented from Newburn Leisure Centre, which had them made to enable elderly and those with a disability to take part in cycling.

 

What To Look Out For In Care Homes

When we think about people who need to live in a full-time care home, we normally think about the elderly or the vulnerable.

It can be difficult for both the family and the person going into care to adjust to the new living situation and it can be difficult for the family or friends of the loved one going into care knowing that they were unable to look after them anymore and feel an element of guilt. But it’s important that they’re given assurance that the care home will be able to look after them.

The Key Safe Company To Return To The Care Show

The Key Safe Company To Return To The Care Show

Market leaders in key safes, The Key Safe Company will be returning to the 2017 Care Show held at the NEC in Birmingham for the second year running.

During the two day event, which starts on Tuesday the 10th of October, visitors to the show will be able to witness first hand and discuss with a team of experts the industry-leading One Touch Personal Alarm and the Supra C500 KeySafe™.

The One Touch Personal Alarm is a personal monitoring system, which, unlike many traditional services, allows the wearer to travel outside their home. It operates using a roaming SIM and allows the end user to alert up to three contacts in the event of an emergency and activates a two-way conversation with the responder, who can alert relevant family members or care professionals.

Making resources last, whilst reducing infection risk

Making resources last, whilst reducing infection risk

Improving waste management procedures is a serious issue that care home facilities need to tackle. Cromwell Polythene Managing Director, James Lee explores what can be done.

 

The UK government forecasts that, between 2015 and 2020 the number of people aged over 85 will increase by 18% (300,000 people). While this is a triumph when it comes to life expectancy, many of these people may require some form of long-term care, including community and residential care.

 

Laundry, Detergent-Free.com Lifestyle with DIRO®, endorsed by the World Wildlife Fund has come to UK

Laundry, Detergent-Free.com Lifestyle with DIRO®,  endorsed by the World Wildlife Fund has come to UK

16th May, Sweden, WWF endorsed the Scandinavian water filter company SWATAB (Scandinavian Water Technology AB) for the unique features of their innovative and patented Cleantech product DIRO®, and its positive impact on the environment. DIRO® won WWF’s award for being a “Climate Solver 2017”.

30th May, UK, Milton Keynes, water filter company Smart Water Filters Limited (also trading as SWF®) secured an exclusive manufacturing and distribution agreements for DIRO® with SWATAB. The agreement covers the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Somerset-based hospice St Margaret’s has appointed a visiting professor in what’s believed to be a unique innovation among UK Hospices.

Somerset-based hospice St Margaret’s has appointed a visiting professor in what’s believed to be a unique innovation among UK Hospices.

Professor Max Watson is well known as a palliative care clinician and academic and the driving force behind the highly successful Project ECHO in Northern Ireland. The ECHO model uses video-conferencing technology to create communities of practice linking primary care doctors, nurses, and specialist clinicians. It provides expert advice, peer to peer learning and support on caring for patients with complex health conditions in the community, including end of life care.

Brent King Healthcare Finance

Brent King Healthcare Finance

Hello, I'm David King and welcome to our late Summer newsletter of 2017.

One thing this typical British weather does is make the garden grow. So how do you maintain your care home's gardens? Do you actively encourage your residents to indulge in their gardening hobbies or does this fill you with dread in how to manage their pruning skills?

Care home owners I know who have the most successful gardening  'partnerships' with their residents have stated agreements in place so that everyone knows what they can (and can't) do.

Lollipop & Tinkerbell to Travel to Care Homes

Lollipop & Tinkerbell to Travel to Care Homes

Our lovely miniature ponies Lollipop & Tinkerbelle will travel to Residential/Care Homes even going in lifts to visit residents who are unable to leave their rooms. They are gentle and affectionate and the residents love interacting with the ponies and there are smiles all round.

 

The ponies wear special tabards to prevent any little accidents left behind which gives everyone peace of mind. Ponies are known to offer therapeutic benefits to the vulnerable , elderly and very young.

 

They are intuitive and respond to the emotions of the people around them. The ponies also enjoy the visits as they get the occasional piece of  forbidden cake or biscuit. 

Retaining and rewarding top talent within the care home sector

care sector

Staff in the care home sector provide invaluable care to some of the UK’s most vulnerable people, but these employees and the industry as a whole are facing unprecedented change.

According to Skills for Care, in 2016 the adult social care sector employed an estimated 1.5 million people, a large number of them low-wage staff. The introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) and the overwhelming shortage of skilled carers, compounded by Brexit, is directly impacting resources. It is now more important than ever for care homes to retain staff and drive employee engagement and productivity to ensure we can continue to care for those most in need.

The challenges facing the sector