care homes

Three new Parklands care homes planned in £16million Highlands investment

One of three new care facilities planned by Parklands

The latest phase of a multi-million pound investment by independent care provider Parklands Group has been given the green light. Plans for a £6.5 million care hub for older people in Inverness, one of three new Highland care homes planned or already under construction, have been approved by the Highland Council.

The largest single investment by Parklands, the Inverness facility will be built in two phases, the first consisting of a two-storey care home featuring 48 bedrooms, a café, hairdresser and eight day rooms. The second phase will offer 16 assisted living suites, with three day rooms, and will be linked to the care wing on both ground and first floor levels. The site will include landscaped gardens, 42 parking spaces and sheltered cycle racks.

How healthcare professionals can reduce dehydration

Dehydration - a nurse offers an elderly patient some water

There is good evidence that dehydration causes a significant increase in the incidence of urinary tract infection (UTI) and other severe infections associated with it. Jennie Wilson, member of the Infection Prevention Society, provides these key facts to help you prevent your patients becoming dehydrated:

1. Keep drinking

Adults need to take in a minimum of 1.5 litres of fluid every day. This is equivalent to at least 8 large cups or mugs of fluid.  Make sure that drinks are offered to patients enough times during the day to enable them to drink this amount of fluids.

2. Older people are more vulnerable to dehydration

Why therapeutic sensory support is important for people with dementia

Joanna Grace - Sharing Sensory Stories

by Joanna Grace, author of Sharing Sensory Stories and Conversations with People with Dementia

You may have heard people saying they do Sudoku or the crossword daily to keep their grey matter active. Well they are right to do this, but in order to maintain our brains we need to experience a broad range of stimulation, including sensory. Many people in later age end up in environments of limited sensory scope so there are always benefits to bringing in the sights, smells, sounds, tastes and touch sensations from other places.

Clinically connected care homes could reduce NHS demand by £1bn

Clinically connected care homes could reduce NHS demand by £1bn

A large-scale project led by senior nurses to improve the health of care home residents in Calderdale, Yorkshire has reduced emergency admissions by 33 per cent with the help of technology-enabled care. Analysis1 commissioned by Tunstall, has indicated this type of care model could release £1 billion NHS capacity if deployed on a national scale.

CQC launches 'Learning from safety incidents' guides

CQC - Learning from safety incidents

The independent quality regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has published a new series of resources – ‘Learning from safety incidents’ – to help those in charge of running health and care organisations ensure the safety and well-being of people using their services. 

Developed to share common critical issues initially identified from CQC’s criminal prosecution work against nine health and care providers that have failed to provide care and treatment in a safe way; each of the resources describe the issue – what happened, what CQC and the provider did about it and the steps that can be taken to prevent similar serious incidents from happening again in the future.

The key themes include: 

1. Problems with the quality and use of risk assessments

Tips for achieving dementia friendly design in Care Homes

Tips for achieving dementia friendly design in Care Homes

According to the Alzheimer’s society in 2014 69% of care home residents were estimated to have dementia; and with that number only increasing due to an aging population, it’s vital that care homes continue to re-fit or re-design their care homes with dementia in mind. But what should people be keeping in mind when trying to achieve a dementia friendly design and is it that important?

Dementia-friendly design can reduce pressure and stress on families and care home staff. If someone with dementia is calmer and feels more in control, they are likely to make fewer demands on others and cause less potential disruption. 

Balhousie Care Group raises over £34,800 for Alzheimer Scotland

Balhousie Care hand over the cheque to Alzheimer Scotland

Balhousie Care Group, with 25 care homes across the North East of Scotland, has successfully raised £34,891.29 for their chosen charity partner, Alzheimer Scotland.

Alzheimer Scotland was announced as charity partner in December 2016 after conducting a staff poll. The charity is very close to hearts of staff at Balhousie Care Group, with around 800 Balhousie care group residents living with dementia or cognitive decline.

As part of their 25th Anniversary year, the group aimed to raise £25,000 for the charity, with each of the group's 25 homes tasked with raising £1,000.

Three ways to reduce food waste in your care home

Food waste care home kitchen

As care homes tighten budgets, it is galling to know that up to three quarters of food waste which we bin is safe to eat*. Not only is this unsustainable due to the negative environmental impact it's having, but it could also be costing your care home a lot of money.

It’s extremely important to pay attention to care home kitchen functionality in order to be able to serve residents with delicious and nutritious meals.

There are steps you can take to reduce food waste in your care home kitchen, and we're going to give you some tips that will help. 

Age Space: an online resource for relatives going through care process

Age Space Annabel James

Editor Victoria Galligan spoke to Annabel James, founder of Age Space, about how people caring for elderly relatives were crying out for some more support – and what she did about it.

Eight weeks visiting her mum in the Stroke Unit at Poole Hospital started Annabel James thinking. She felt increasingly isolated and anxious about the decisions that had to be made; not knowing where to find answers – or even what the questions were some of the time. 

As Annabel shared her experience with family and friends it became clear that she wasn’t alone. She then spent a year researching possible solutions which led to her setting up agespace.org  – a one-stop online resource for anyone anxious about or caring for elderly parents or relatives.

PickaShift strikes group deal with leading NI Care Home provider

PickaShift

PickaShift, the innovative new app and software designed to help providers of nursing and residential homes make significant savings, has struck its first group deal with Wilson Group.

The deal will see the App rolled out across its 5 nursing homes with around 300 staff accessing the platform. Their homes are based in Belfast, Bangor, Whitehead and Larne in Northern Ireland.   

The App which connects Nurses, Care Assistants and Ancillary Staff directly with their employers in residential and nursing homes, informs staff quickly about shifts that have become available at short notice and encourages them to pick up those shifts at an increasingly favourable rate until the shift is claimed.

Tania Plahay on her book: Yoga for Dementia

Yoga for Dementia cover

Care homes are embracing yoga as a method of promoting mindfulness through meditation, as well as improving cardiovascular fitness and reducing depression. Tania Plahay runs a pilot therapeutic yoga programme for people with dementia in care homes and her book Yoga For Dementia is based on the findings from that programme. Tania has a dedicated page to Yoga for Dementia on her website yogafordementia.com. Here, she tells Care & Nursing Essentials editor Victoria Galligan about her book and the benefits of yoga for residents, families and staff... 

 

How does yoga help people living with dementia?

More than one in three pensioners think that Carbon Monoxide poisoning symptoms will ‘get better on their own’

Carbon Monoxide poisoning

From headaches to nausea, the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning are being dangerously confused with seasonal illnesses. Despite one person dying every other week from carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK, new research from the CO Be Alarmed! campaign shows that while overall 92% of people above the age of 65 have a smoke alarm only 62% in the UK have a carbon monoxide alarm that could save their lives.

Karantis Partners with DCSL Software to Create Karantis Care App

Karantis Care App

Karantis Ltd has partnered with DCSL Software to create the Karantis Care App for carers and families across the world. Karantis provide solutions that increase the productivity, quality of service, transparency and accountability of the global care industry - particularly focused on those with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Loneliness and Depression.

Having worked closely with carers and families, Karantis were aware of the main care challenges both sides were facing. Carers felt too much time was spent manually filling out paperwork reports when they could be spending more time with their client, and families were worried that they had no visibility of, or connection with, the people caring for their loved ones, especially if some family members were not located nearby.