Cancer social care

The social side of cancer care

Over a million people in the UK are currently caring for someone with cancer at any one time. This statistic may be shocking and it is still increasing, although some of the figures are more positive. The proportion of people who survive cancer is also gradually increasing, and we have millions more people in the country right now who have survived the disease. However, the point where these groups of people interact is still somewhat blurred with uncertainty, and despite our improving methods for battling cancer, many people still don’t have access to the help they need, whether they are patients or carers.

A major factor involved with this problem is that the social side of cancer care is so often overlooked. From the moment someone is diagnosed, their needs quickly become complex and this goes far beyond immediate medical needs. Someone coping with a diagnosis will mostly likely need a lot of emotional support, but identifying this need (and offering a solution if there is not a simple one to hand) may not be easy for a professional, let alone friends and family members who don’t even consider themselves carers. Continue reading The social side of cancer care

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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

Tips for looking after someone with dementia

Nearly one million people in the United Kingdom have now been diagnosed with dementia, in fact almost 20% of people over the age of 80 will suffer from the disease. For every new person who hears this diagnosis, many more people will find themselves in the difficult position of caring for someone suffering from memory loss and other issues. Whether this person ends up in a care home or you are looking after them at home, here are some of the best tips to bear in mind if you find yourself in this position.


1) Expect things to change

People mainly think of memory loss immediately when they consider dementia, but it’s important to know about the other behavioural changes someone will probably experience with the illness. Anything from exercise to simple daily activities like getting dressed could quickly become difficult for your loved one to deal with alone, and it may be up to you to help them overcome the inevitable frustration and feel supported. Continue reading Tips for looking after someone with dementia

The top 7 qualities of a great care home

Many people with experience in the field would argue that the most important factor in ensuring UK care homes are up to a high standard is listening to the people who experience the sector first hand. In our own experience, here are the top 10 features the best care homes will have.

1) Culture

The values held by the care home as whole will be vitally important, whether this is a small company or a larger organisation. People at the top should genuinely and honestly want what’s best for patients and staff, and if this happens it will trickle down and create the necessary positive culture.

2) Regulation

It is the responsibility of the government as well as authoritative bodies such as the Care Quality Commission to ensure these people on the front lines are listened to, and any necessary changes to the system as a whole are implemented. This allows individual care homes to follow the necessary guidelines properly and enjoy the benefits of having a framework in place, rather than following bureaucratic rules for the sake of it, and at the expense of residents. Continue reading The top 7 qualities of a great care home

Why older people still have to suffer low quality care

In the UK we have an ongoing problem with healthcare in general, but care homes in particular provide a great example of why we have to keep working to tackle the issue. It is one of balance and equality across the board when it comes to medical care; specifically, why do we have such a high standard of care in many cases, but in others there are shocking lapses all too often? In fact, investigations have repeatedly found that older people living in care are subject to horrendous failures in the systems put in place to protect them on a daily basis.

This is all despite the fact that in the majority of cases, care in UK homes is up to an outstanding standard, and of course there are thousands of highly skilled and compassionate health workers who are doing a wonderful job looking after the elderly. We always aim to support businesses and individuals who are doing their part to ensure the system works, and it’s easy to find examples of great care being provided across the UK all the time. Continue reading Why older people still have to suffer low quality care

GPs encouraged to continue visiting patients in care homes

In the UK there is always a lot of talk about the constant pressure on the National Health Service, and it’s currently even more of a hot topic than usual. Doctors specifically are under a lot of strain, and being forced to push back against the government over pay and other issues to do with their mounting workload. The British Medical Association was recently forced to speak out, saying they are looking at what they can do to stop care homes being left behind as more inevitable cuts are made.

The fear is that NHS doctors won’t be able to visit the 400 thousand care home residents in the country as often as they should, and there are concerns that this is already becoming the case. Specialists in medical care for older people in care have argued that it is necessary for NHS doctors to continue with routine visits to ensure that their patients are not discriminated against compared to others. With pressure on doctors building, it’s feared that only people who are physically able to travel to surgeries and attend appointments will be seen, and those who have to wait for help to come to them at their care home will be left without that important support.

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