Choosing a Care Home for a Dementia Patient

People suffering from dementia have specific needs that will vary from person to person. An individual going through the process of slowly losing their memory and capacity to carry out normal activities may be extremely frustrated at times, and for many families the experience of caring for someone in this position can be very difficult. Often, it’s the case that people with more advanced stages of dementia may have no choice but to move into a care home in order for their needs to be met on a daily basis.

There are, of course, several different types of care home for families to consider when looking for a suitable home for a loved one. Different levels of care may be offered, including personal care such as help with getting dressed, eating and washing. Nurses may also be on hand most or all of the time to offer medical help, and some homes specialise in caring for people specifically with dementia. In many cases, homes will look to recruit these staff or provide funding for their existing staff to gain qualifications in this field. Dementia training courses for professionals in the UK are widely available and ensure that all staff are training to the same level, which should reassure anyone looking for a suitable residential care home. Continue reading Choosing a Care Home for a Dementia Patient

Adding personalisation to care homes

Adding personalisation to care homes

As a care home worker or manager, there is always a focus on providing high quality care that meets the needs of residents. Of course this should be the number one priority, but it can sometimes be easy to get swept up in the busy routine of managing a home and forget to ensure nobody starts to lose their own personal identity. Residents in care homes need to remain as people in the eyes of everyone they come into contact with – vulnerable people who need support and reassurance along with good quality medical help and practical care.

A great way of ensuring this happens is to enable personalisation wherever possible. There’s no reason why anyone should have to spend their days in a bland and impersonal environment, and adding a little personal touch could make a world of difference. Engaging both staff and residents in the process of adding personalisation to rooms and communal spaces can be a really positive way to encourage a happier environment. Continue reading Adding personalisation to care homes

Decision trees & care

Engaging care homes with a decision tree

A decision tree might be a great new way for care homes to develop their status as a place where the opinions of both residents and staff are taken seriously when it comes to making decisions. This fun and quirky tool has been implemented in many care homes across the UK and we’ve heard from many home managers saying the trees are really effective at engaging people and helping everyone to feel included. Maybe it’s time you created one, if you’re currently working in care?

In mathematics, a decision tree is usually more complex than the sort we are referring to. It would be used to analyse the possible outcomes, including benefits and costs, of a particular course of action in comparison to alternatives. The decision tree you might find in a care home would be a simpler process, and usually involves some kind of prop or wall display (you might want to try painting the tree on the wall in one of the main communal areas, and this is something else the residents can be involved in). Continue reading Engaging care homes with a decision tree

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Choosing A Trusted Medical Supplier For A Care Home

Looking after vulnerable people is really the main focus of anyone who runs a care home or any kind of residential health facility. Whether people in your care are suffering with mental health conditions, disabilities or age-related problems, there is a lot of responsibility involved with choosing a trusted medical supplier to ensure you have the supplies and facilities to provide good care.

People in care homes are often more vulnerable to infections and may require specialised medical equipment to help deal with a variety of problems, both for long term conditions and for emergencies. For this reason, it’s essential to consider how your medical equipment supplier can provide you with the capacity to deal with all of the following issues on a day-to-day basis. Continue reading Choosing A Trusted Medical Supplier For A Care Home

How residential mental health care works

Mental health care is an issue that has only recently been given wider coverage in mainstream media, and given a higher priority by governments and health services in countries like the UK. “For around 1 in 5 people, mental health issues can pose a significant problem at some point in life and can create difficult situations that are hard to get out of without help,” says Peter, Managing Director of Swinburne Housing, a residential mental health care rehab in Derbyshire. “For example, thousands of people struggle to get long term employment due to mental illness without support and guidance from professionals.”

One possible solution is residential mental health care, which is a broad term including any organisation that offers services and assistance for people with mental health issues in a residential setting. This might mean service users are able to move into accommodation with 24/7 support around them, or alternatively work with service providers on independent living solutions, with regular visits to get the help they require. Continue reading How residential mental health care works

UK government provides extra £1 billion for mental health

As care home specialists we focus on a number of very different areas within the sector, including residential services designed to help with mental health problems, as well as homes for the elderly or other rehabilitation facilities. One thing that is common across the board is that funding tends to be tight, but a lack of understanding and awareness has meant mental health lagged even further behind for many years.

Recently the UK government has made it clear that mental health care is an area that improvements need to be made in. For the first time, the extent to which people are being affected by mental health issues is being recognised more clearly. For example, in any given year up to a quarter of people in the UK could be affected by a diagnosable mental health problem. Recent research also found that less than half of these people are in employment, a significantly lower percentage than the general population and even people suffering with other serious illnesses like cancer and diabetes. Residential care services for people suffering with mental health issues tend to focus on assisting with this, as finding a job has long been established as a positive influence for many people in their rehabilitation, and something many people struggle to achieve without support. Continue reading UK government provides extra £1 billion for mental health