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Dealing with the complex issue of illegal asbestos

Asbestos was once a useful material in building. However, by the late 1960s it was recognised as one of the most significant health hazards in the world and its use is now illegal. Tom Lumsden, a partner at CooperBurnett LLP, looks at the complex issue of how to deal with asbestos

Why quality of care comes down to the whole team

Following the publication of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) State of Care report, Fay Gibbin, CEO at BB Training Academy, is encouraging care homes to make training a priority to drive quality of care in the sector and give more carers the opportunity to progress

Building environments that are flexible and future proof

Dementia is the biggest challenge facing social care today. We have a responsibility to create sustainable communities that can accommodate this growing and vulnerable section of the population, says Jitesh Patel, senior development manager, Kajima Partnerships

Creating a homely and empowering environment

Millennium Care was recently selected to participate in a parliamentary review publication as a best practice representative for its Worthington Lake care home development. Neda Ehtemam discusses some of its special and unique features

Learning lessons from Europe and challenging the norms

Urban Edge Architecture’s Sonia Parol has recently returned from a study trip to Europe where she visited care homes and senior living schemes in Copenhagen and the Netherlands that have been designed to promote social connection, happiness and wellbeing.

How together we can lead the ageing revolution

The ageing revolution is not just about retirement living, it is also about the environment and its functionality. What is needed is a change in thinking and an acceptance that what has been done in the past was not ideal, says David Williams, chief executive, The St Monica Trust

Smart lighting schemes for improved wellbeing

Daylight has a profound effect on health and wellbeing, it is linked to the correct functioning of our biological clocks and it helps us to stay in tune with the time of day. Dr Gareth Jones, CEO, LUX-TSI, discusses why lighting is particularly important for elderly people

What does ‘good’ practice in dementia care look like?

It is clear that good care is happening in many places and our challenge is to mainstream this good practice and make it everyone’s experience, but the needs and aspirations of citizens are changing, says Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive, Care England

How residents benefit from the use of outdoor spaces

As we encourage residents to make better use of their gardens, we hope that all providers will help us support all care home residents to live well, says Avnish Goyal, managing director of Hallmark Care Homes and chair of Care England

Dementia care mapping to improve the environment

Sue Goldsmith, director of care quality and dementia, The Care Home Coach, considers how dementia care mapping can be used to assess the effectiveness of the care home environment and to establish how this can impact on overall wellbeing

Inspiration and innovation

The Care Show is dedicated to bringing new products, services, inspiration and innovation to those running a care business and will take place at the NEC Birmingham from 17-18 October 2018

Recognising the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning

Simon Main and Hilary Bath, directors of Bath and Main Associates, highlight the key sources, signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and explain what the Gas Safe Charity is doing to raise awareness of the risks

Taking measures to protect residents from risk of fire

How can you ensure that you are doing all you can to keep your residents safe, while still enabling them to enjoy their lives and the environment in which they live? Carl May-Smith, associate barrister at Browne Jacobson, identifies some key duties and responsibilities

Why we must continue to invest in dementia care

As we continue to implement the dementia strategy, raise awareness of the condition and fundraise for research, we hope that all care providers will join together and initiate similar practices, says Avnish Goyal, managing director of Hallmark Care Homes and chair of Care England

Using flooring to help create a safe, homely environment

Flooring for care homes must meet key practical requirements, but not at the expense of creating a homely environment, so it is vital that you choose your products carefully, says Joe Hurst, Altro’s key account manager for social care

How interactive art can help promote happiness and calm

Winner of Art Installation of the Year at the Design in Mental Health Awards 2018, L&M Healthcare’s Living Wall is more than just an art installation, helping to keep care home residents engaged and stimulated, says Jeanne Davies, director of L&M Healthcare

Regulator gives green light to co-located care

Care home residents experience better physical and mental health as a result of intergenerational interaction. Stephen Burke, director, United for All Ages, discusses guidance issued by Ofsted for its inspectors on registering and inspecting co-located care

How to create a dementia-friendly care home setting

Many new care homes are built with dementia care at the core of the design, but even in homes that are not purpose built, small adaptations can be made to help people with the condition recognise where they are and feel calm, says Davina Ludlow, chair of

Collaborative design in an extra care development

During the Care & Dementia Environments conference in March, Alessandro Caruso, co-founder of Alessandro Caruso Architects and Interiors and Nicola Taylor, head of care services, Abbeyfield, discussed the collaborative design of Fern House, an extra care development in West Yorkshire

Evidencing high quality leadership in care homes

The Care Quality Commission is now focussed on how well led providersare, how sustainable developments are and how the vision for the service is embedded into the business, says Ed Watkinson, director of care quality, Quality Compliance Systems

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