Providing specialist adult care in a post-Covid world

Exemplar Health Care chief executive John Whitehead shares his reflections on lessons learned from Covid-19 and how changing public opinions are helping to shape the future for adult specialist care providers.

Artful care home design is just across the corridor

Interior designer Jacqui Smith, co-director of Sussex-based practice HomeSmiths, explains how enlightened use of corridor spaces can enhance the experience of care home residents without blowing the budget

How technology can help achieve outstanding results

Technology in care has become increasingly important, transforming the way in which care is delivered and the use of digital care systems has resulted in many people experiencing better and safer care, says John Rowley, at Cura Systems.

Avoid the potential risks associated with indoor air

Have you considered the quality of the air residents, staff and visitors are breathing? The quality of indoor air is an issue that is rising quickly up the agenda, says Clare Noble, head of healthcare for hygiene services provider PHS Group

Blue sky thinking: the power of biophilic design

David A. Navarrete, director of research initiatives and content development at virtual skylight maker Sky Factory, explains how biophilic design increases care home residents’ connectivity to the natural environment

Supporting people with dementia in care homes during Covid-19

Rishi Jawaheer, director of the Jawa Group of care homes in South London, takes a look at some of the issues arising from Covid-19 that affect people with dementia, and what care home professionals can do to help.

What does ‘new normal’ look like for care homes?

Meaningful Care Matters managing director Peter Bewert explores how to combat loneliness in a world of self-isolation.

Minimising viral spread via the laundry process

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, MAG Laundry Equipment managing director Mark Dennis outlines the best practice for killing viruses through the laundering process, re-programming machines for heightened thermal control and general servicing recommendations to help see care homes through turbulent times

How to avoid getting into hot water

Rinnai UK operations director Chris Goggin explains hot water heating and its safe delivery in the care home environment.

Understanding the legal issues arising from Covid-19

Tom Lumsden, a partner at commercial property specialist law firm CooperBurnett LLP examines the legal issues for care homes arising from the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Keeping the spread of infection at bay

Rentokil Specialist Hygiene technical and innovations manager Jamie Woodhall discusses the steps care homes need to take to help protect residents from infection via cross contamination and reduce employee absenteeism during the UK's fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ensuring on-premise laundries are spick and span

Christeyns Professional Hygiene national sales manager Mark Drinkall outlines best practice in a care home laundry.

Adapting spaces for short-term use as health and care facilities

With unprecedented demand on health and care services during the Covid-19 crisis, robust solutions for adapting spaces quickly for high intensity use have become vitally important. Altro EU technical services manager Roger Moore explores how to select floor and wall solutions that are up to the task.

How abolishing ASTs could affect care homes

Tom Lumsden, a partner at CooperBurnett, considers how the proposed abolition of the assured shorthold tenancy (AST) in England could affect care homes and care home residents in the future.

How noise control can help promote resident well being

Good acoustic performance is at the heart of creating an inclusive and comfortable space. Whatever the age of the building, there are a number of ways of controlling noise in a care home, says Joe Hurst, key account manager – social care at Altro

Key factors to consider for specifying door closers

David Hindle, head of door closer sales at Assa Abloy Opening Solutions UK, discusses the main considerations when specifying new door closers for a care home site, covering key issues such as certification, performance and flexibility

Controlling infection and supporting facilities

Chris Whieldon, sales director for Teal Patents Ltd, discusses how the use of portable sinks has helped the NHS to control infection outbreaks and support facilities maintenance, an approach that could also offer benefits in residential care homes

The potential benefits of greater energy efficiency

Greater energy efficiency is undoubtedly the key to running a care home that is more sustainable in terms of both financial viability and environmental impact, according to Mark Elton, certified Passivhaus architect at Cowan Architects

The pros and cons of combining heat and power

Bill Sinclair, technical director, Adveco, discusses the operational costs and the environmental impact of onsite energy co-generation and highlights the increasing performance gap between ‘dirty CHP’ and the latest generation of highly efficient micro-CHP

Encouraging discussion about accessible design

Disabling environments make life with dementia harder than it needs to be, but problem solving and designing with people with dementia can help eliminate most of those problems, says Dr Julie Christie, service manager (international) for HammondCare