Finding great care services doesn’t have to be difficult

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Nearly 1.2 million people in the UK aged 65 and over are not currently receiving the extra care and support they need with daily living activities. This means it’s highly likely that we all know at least one person who would benefit from receiving health and social support, whether this person is elderly, has a learning difficulty or has a disability. 

 

Dunham-Bush LST Radiators Deliver Safety And Warmth To Luxury Care Home

Dunham-Bush LST Radiators Deliver Safety And Warmth To Luxury Care Home

Two hundred and twenty three Dunham-Bush System Low Surface Temperature radiators fitted with SAV/Danfoss PT 40 flow and pressure monitoring thermostatic valves have been installed at Manor Grange luxury care home in Corstorphine, Edinburgh. Manor Grange focuses on caring for people suffering from dementia from the age of 65 years upwards and provides support for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Care home staff recruitment crisis - how to solve with carehome.co.uk

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A new and innovative CV search tool has been launched by carehome.co.uk to help care homes find the right staff.

The tool allows care homes (employers) to search for candidates based on the desired job role, salary expectations, languages spoken, location and type of contract that they have stated. Over 60,000 CVs are already on the website. 

The innovation will provide vital support to care homes that are currently facing competition with the NHS for staff, and the prospect of a declining pool of nurses as a result of Brexit. 

When an employer clicks on a CV they are interested in, they can then save it, add notes and email the candidate directly.

Elderly hydrated in the heat 

Expert tips on keeping the elderly hydrated in the heat 

  • Dehydration can cause serious health problems in the elderly

  • One in five older people in care homes are not drinking enough fluids

  • A person with dementia is more likely to become dehydrated

Lack of hydration can cause various health problems in the elderly which can become more prevalent in warmer weather. Medications can impact on dehydration with some having a diuretic effect - increasing visits to the bathroom and other medications causing increased sweat. Thirst can decrease with age, along with kidney function, making it harder for the body to conserve fluid.

Implementing a robust hygiene strategy during renovation is a must

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Chrissie Rowlinson, product marketing manager at Cannon Hygiene, discusses why care homes need to keep hygiene front-of-mind during renovation works and the strategies to do so.

 

Because care homes often have to remain fully operational during refurbishment projects thereby creating a “live” environment for contractors, there can be unavoidable disruptions to some residents and staff. However, hygiene should never slip and it’s vital that strategies are in place to minimise health and safety risks.

 

NHS reports huge drop in overseas nurses

NHS reports huge drop in overseas nurses

The number of foreign nurses joining the NHS has plummeted, according to latest figures.

Recruitment specialist Randstad highlighted the NHS recruitment drop which has seen EU nurses applying to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) fall by 96%.

The fall has been blamed on poor working conditions, including long hours and inadequate pay, as well as the introduction of tough new language tests for foreign nursing staff.

Making connected homes a reality

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FireAngel’s new connected homes project is tapping into an increasingly connected world to revolutionise fire safety.

 

The ‘connected home’ is expected to be the next technological revolution. There are already an estimated 10 billion devices globally, which are connected to the internet, and this figure is set to rise to 50 billion by 2020.

 

But what does the delivery of services over broadband mean for safety in the home? Europe’s leading home safety supplier FireAngel has teamed up with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service to trial connected home technology, installing a number of smoke, carbon monoxide (CO) and cold alarms which feature new and enhanced remote functionality in the homes of those who are most at risk.

 

Apprenticeships: the key to tackling the skills gap

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Jill Whittaker (pictured), Managing Director of Conntect2Care, the leading training and apprenticeship provider in the care sector, explains the benefits of investing in apprenticeships.

“Recruiting and retaining staff in the care and nursing sector has never been more important. According to Skills for Care, just under 340,000 social care employees leave their job each year. To put this into perspective, on any one day there are 90,000 vacancies for social care jobs in England. Apprenticeships may be the way to address this problem.

11 Ways Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) helps

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Caring for elderly patients is demanding, and can be thankless, but it’s an immensely important service in the lives of the patients and their families.

 

Not only is it taxing of your body and mental resolve, but it can be difficult seeing human beings suffer as they age.

 

That’s why it’s wonderful to inject some extra happiness into the lives of elderly men and women who may struggle to find joy otherwise, whenever the opportunity arises.

 

Fundraisers pedal their way to victory in care home cycling challenge 

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A charity cycling event saw young footballers and elderly care home residents join forces to cover almost 200 miles on exercise bikes. 

One of the participants was 75-year-old Margaret Waggitt, a lifelong cycling enthusiast from Pelton Grange Care Home in Chester le Street. 

Margaret covered almost two miles in just one sitting and added a further three miles later on in just 15 minutes.

Recognition for Rachel’s outstanding support!

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Outstanding care, commitment and dedication has gained recognition for Rachel Turner for providing “truly life-changing support” to a care service user.

From accompanying him to frequent dialysis treatments for his kidney failure to helping him build better relationships with other people, Rachel’s efforts have won praise from service users and colleagues alike.

The 30-year-old support worker, who works at Gordon Avenue, a supported living service near Camberley in Surrey, has also had her efforts recognised by being shortlisted as a finalist in the Support Worker category of this year’s National Learning Disabilities Awards - an outstanding achievement for someone who has not yet been working in the care industry for a year.