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Diabetes Awareness in Suffolk

Diabetes Awareness in Suffolk

Earlier this year DUET diabetes offered their services free of charge to support a local care home to run a “Diabetes Awareness” event for residents/families/staff during Diabetes Week (11-17 June 2017). In response two homes, Bethesda Eventide Homes in Ipswich and Gracewell of Kentford near Newmarket, have worked with DUET diabetes to plan events. Part of the plans include “Let them eat cake” - a fun interactive session which will be run by Helen Stephen (co-founder of DUET diabetes); discussing sugar content and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst still having a little of what we fancy.

 

Designing safer systems of care delivery for older patients

A new study published in Age & Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, identified incidents when poor communication between secondary and primary care and failures within primary care led to patient harm and highlights how improved communications systems could help protect older patients from harm. Timely electronic transfer of information with standardised formats could reduce medication and clinical decision-making incidents. Electronic alerts and expanded use of bar-coding are examples of systems which could tackle drug administration incidents.

 

Wiltshire Farm Foods launches BDA endorsed training

Wiltshire Farm Foods, the UK’s number one provider of home-delivered frozen meals, has launched its first British Dietetic Association (BDA) approved CPD training course for healthcare professionals.
 
The free two-hour training course, on the subject of Good Nutrition for Older Adults, is written by Wiltshire Farm Foods’ Registered Dietitian Helen Willis, endorsed by the British Dietetic Association and delivered by Registered Dietitian Sue Baic.

Bakewell team unveils well-dressing at RHS Chatsworth

Bakewell team unveils well-dressing at RHS Chatsworth

BURTON Closes Hall Care Home and Bakewell AJ Welldressing have unveiled their well-dressing at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

 

More than 90,000 people are expected to attend the five-day event, which takes place from 7th to 11th June.

 

The Bakewell team is one of only five to showcase their well-dressing skills at the first ever RHS Well Dressing Competition.

 

The design focuses on one of Bakewell’s oldest buildings, Burton Closes Hall, which is now a care home operated by the Hill Care Group.

 

Carl J D Fisher, home manager at Burton Closes Hall, said: “We’re delighted to unveil the stunning design from the AJ Welldressing team at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

Diabetes: an educational service for the care sector in East Anglia 

Diabetes

In the “My Diabetes, My Care” report by the Care Quality Commission (updated 20 September 2016) one of the recommendations was that “diabetes training is made available for care workers to help them to fully support and care for people with diabetes”. 

Last Autumn “Panorama” (3 October 2016) and “Inside Out East” (24 October 2016) chose to cover the topic of diabetes and the impact this long-term condition has on lives if not adequately managed. Poorly treated/managed diabetes may lead to long term health problems (known as complications) such as amputation (toes, feet and even legs), kidney dialysis, blindness to name a few. Families have the right to expect that those caring for their loved one have the necessary knowledge and skills to do so. 

Stirling Care Provider Drives Forward Energy Efficiency With Eco Car

Stirling Care Provider Drives Forward Energy Efficiency With Eco Car

A housing and care provider in Stirling has invested in a brand new eco-friendly car to energise its care at home service.

In a move that will appeal to the increasingly environmentally-conscious, Blackwood’s Broom Court development, which provides at home support for people with physical disabilities, has acquired the e-car to enhance its services in the community.

Taking inspiration from the Stirling Car Club scheme, where multiple people share an e-car, the vehicle will ensure Blackwood’s staff have access to a reliable mode of transport to travel to and from the homes of customers and are not reliant on public transport around Stirling’s one way system.

 

The Urgent Need for Intergenerational Care

The Urgent Need for Intergenerational Care

Intergenerational care is on the rise, and is increasingly gaining attention as a way to bring the elderly and young together. Both in the UK and abroad, there are inspiring examples of homes where such collaboration is underway, and where the opportunity to interact and play together is putting smiles on the faces of those at both ends of the age spectrum. This is something that we must encourage and foster through intergenerational care initiatives in care homes, starting from now.

Take the Home Meadow home in Cambridge, which has been welcoming seven children, aged one to four, on a weekly basis. The visit of these young children has been voted the residents’ ‘highlight of the week’, offering the chance to join together in dance, arts and crafts and singing activities.

Calculating VAT for care homes - not as simple as it seems

Calculating VAT for care homes - not as simple as it seems

By Tamara Habberley, Senior VAT Consultant, The VAT People

 

VAT is an incredibly complex aspect of business to calculate, leaving many businesses in differing sectors and of varying sizes tempted to sweep it under the rug. Care and nursing homes in particular often view the matter of VAT as irrelevant after a change in legislation exempted care home providers from VAT altogether.

 

However, to believe that this means care homes no longer have to worry about VAT in any way, shape or form would be untrue. Here, we explore VAT for care homes, looking at significant considerations operators need to make in order to ensure they are fully compliant with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) regulations.

Duplex - Steaming In On Bugs

Duplex - Steaming In On Bugs

In medical and nursing establishments the knowledge that cleaning can be combined with a proven infection control programme is a vitally important factor to be taken into account when considering a machine purchase for use in a clinical environment.

 

To demonstrate the efficacy of the products from our range most used in the healthcare sector we commissioned independent tests by the Hospital Infection Research Laboratory, Birmingham.

 

Care Plan Example Booklet

Care Plan Example Booklet

Our new Care Plan Example Booklet contains all of our forms including the initial assessment (support plan), care plans, associated assessment tools and other ‘day to day’ forms to accompany the care plans such as Food Charts, Body Maps and Stool Charts.

The comprehensive 70 page booklet demonstrates how to use our care planning system and how they look filled in. A ‘must have‘, for all care homes concerned with excellent, robust and person centred care planning.

It goes through a serviced user’s pre-assessment and admission to the care home, how they should be assessed and included in their decisions about day to day support required. It looks at mental capacity issues with various examples of when mental capacity assessments should be done.

Care Home Hosts Traditional Burns Supper

Care Home Hosts Traditional Burns Supper

A Bo’ness care home had a Burns Night to remember as they hosted an evening of fine dining, music and quizzes – all with a distinctly Scottish flavour.
 
Bield’s Woodlands care home, on Kinneil Drive, celebrated the birth of the Ploughman Poet, with an evening of crafts and sing-a-longs, topped off by a traditional rich three course menu.
 
The classic Burns Night menu was on offer for the night and tenants tucked into a starter of Scotch broth, followed by a main of haggis, neeps and tatties or square sausage stovies. For dessert Scottish tablet ice cream, tea and coffee with shortbread or even a "wee dram" was on offer.
 

Directing A Successful Career In Care

Directing A Successful Career In Care

A former care home manager from Glasgow, who started out as a part time nurse for a care service provider, is celebrating after being promoted – to regional director.

Lyn McConville, who began working night shifts two days a week at Bupa’s Darnley Court care home on Nitshill Road, has revealed how this can lead to a successful career path in the industry – using her own career as evidence.

 

Now a Regional Director, Lyn is responsible for a team of care home managers across nine care homes, ensuring each one delivers the highest possible standard of customer care for residents and their relatives.

10 key reasons why exercise benefits the elderly

Many people wrongly think they’re too old or unfit to exercise; yet health experts advise that regular exercise for the elderly offers great benefits, including extending lifespan. Sadly, only one in four people between the ages of 65 and 74 exercises regularly. According to the National Institute for Aging, exercise is good for people of any age and can ease symptoms of many chronic conditions. Many symptoms we link to old age, such as weakness and poor balance, are actually linked to inactivity, rather than age. Nicki Bones, Operations Director at SweetTree Home Care Services comments, ‘At SweetTree we are passionate about exercise and have seen the benefits first hand on many of our clients.

Omnicell launches OMNICELL EMAR to improve Medication Management

Almost 70% of care home residents have experienced at least one error in their medication regime (1). Omnicell UK & Ireland, a leading provider of medication adherence packaging and automated healthcare solutions, has launched a new automated medication management system that will help tackle this serious issue by reducing the risks associated with using a paper medication administration record (MAR) sheet in a managed care home.