From April to September 2016, UK fire and rescue services attended around 87,000 fires, which resulted in 88 fatalities and 1,570 casualties, according to recent government figures. With many vulnerable people living under one roof, fire safety should be an absolute priority for your care home to reduce the risk of your residents and staff adding to these unfortunate numbers.
The task of hydrating residents in a care home has its own unique challenges. When it comes to the drinking water system, the emphasis has to be on hygiene – the consequences of ignoring this can be dire for vulnerable residents.
World Health Organization, Water, Sanitation and Health Guidance states: "Water is a basic nutrient for the human body and is critical to human life. It supports the digestion of food, absorption, transportation and use of nutrients and the elimination of toxins and wastes from the body."
A teenager with quadriplegic cerebral palsy has had his dream bathroom fitted out with adjustable products from Pressalit Care.
Thomas Dixon, who lives with his mum and dad in Darlington, is delighted with the new bathroom – especially the lime green colour he selected for the shower chair and arm supports.
To allow Thomas the freedom to move around the house with the space and ease of access he requires, his parents bought a new bungalow, and for the last 18 months have been adapting it with three extensions to suit their needs.
As many as three adults over the age of 65 have a serious fall every year, and around 70% of those fear falling again, according to health and care technology experts telmenow.com.
When someone takes a nasty fall it can have a huge psychological impact, as well as a physical one, but there are steps you can take to restore the confidence of your residents and reduce the risk of them falling again.
Chief executive of telmenow.com Norman Niven has a wealth of advice for people looking at ways to help make a difference.
Life-threatening errors are unwittingly being made by carers and relatives looking after elderly and ill patients. Patients who live at home are often given the wrong drugs or no drugs at all. A recent study reported that more than 90% of carers looking after people at home make potentially deadly errors with their medicines. Experts fear that thousands are being put in danger because drug administration at home is rarely monitored, potentially becoming a serious patient safety issue and another demand on the NHS.
The movement sensor came about when a handyman at a care home complained about pressure mats short life span and how easily damaged they are, also more worrying was that some residents know that if they stand on them a nurse arrives so try to step over them sometimes falling in the process.
My background is not only in nurse call but intruder alarms as well so I decided to build a small discrete sensor that covered both sides of the bed.
The first ones were wired to a nurse call point and worked well but one of the drawbacks of the pressure mat also applied to the sensor, it could be unplugged!