RECENT FEATURE ARTICLES

Putting residents at the centre of everything you do

Ewan King, director of business development and delivery, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), discusses how to build a shared understanding of what personalisation or person-centred care means in a care home setting

Enabling residents to lead happier lives

Earlier this year, Susannah Millen attended the official opening of the Weald Heights care home in Sevenoaks, where she met Richard Pearman, business development director for operator Care UK, who told her more about the new home and the business

How new CQC guidance will affect your ratings

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published new guidance for its inspectors, which will impact on how care homes are inspected and rated. Martin Hodgson, lead commentator, Wolters Kluwer’s Croner-i Care Home Management, examines the changes

Enhancing flexibility and stability through activity

Falls can destroy confidence, increase isolation and reduce independence, with about one in 10 older people who experience a fall being afraid that they may fall again. Elaine Everett, founder, Motivation & Co, describes a programme that is helping to address the issue

The role of movement and exercise in later life

Pat Taylor, director of health and Helen Tite, owner, The Core Health Consultancy and iCareiMove, discuss the role and importance of movement and exercise in later life, and how it can improve both health and wellbeing

Choosing fabric is about more than aesthetics

Harriet Green, product manager for healthcare, Camira, discusses how specialist healthcare performance fabrics can be waterproof, stain repellent, flame retardant and antimicrobial, as well as meeting recognised sustainability criteria

Care home planning and design considerations

Dana O’Donnell, interior design manager at NHG Project and Supplies, discusses the use of colour and technology in care home design as well as the importance of ensuring it is fit for purpose and what the future holds

Maintaining an infection free care environment

Drew Heald, a Bio-Rite franchisee, discusses the challenges associated with infection control in the care home environment and how to manage them to ensure that the health of vulnerable residents is not put at risk

Improving moving and handling care practices

Many individuals with dementia are likely to express unmet needs due to poor moving and handling practices. Melanie Sturman, moving and handling strategic lead for Norfolk County Council, discusses the challenges of manual handling and how to address them

Meeting individual care needs and expectations

Susan Goldsmith, director of care quality and dementia, The Care Home Coach, provides some helpful hints for creating a dementia friendly environment that promotes wellbeing through orientation and familiarisation

Taking steps to prevent water-borne diseases

Des Dolan, building services brand manager at Durapipe, discusses why the specification and installation of pipe systems should be considered at the design stage of a project, where possible, to reduce the risk of water-borne diseases

Designing a happy and healthy home from home

While current approaches to design and architecture often focus on meeting a budget or targets, the sector needs to be looking to the future, says Becky Smith, part II architectural assistant, Leonard Design

How music therapy can improve quality of life

Ming Hung Hsu, chief music therapist at MHA, explains how music therapy can help carers manage the symptoms of dementia, helping to regulate the emotions, reducing anxiety and creating a relaxed environment for those who are affected and those around them

Reliable and safe heat and hot water provision

Gina Roche, care home sector specialist at Calor, discusses the benefits liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has to offer, particularly to rural care homes, which include heating efficiencies, security of supply and the fact that LPG tanks can be buried underground

How can the care home sector help itself?

Truly successful care homes will be those that fully engage with their local communities, resulting in rising standards, new social venues and fantastic publicity for the homes themselves, says Debbie Harris, founder of Chosen with Care

Screening and control to prevent dehydration

Sophie Murray, head of nutrition and hydration for Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare, considers the problem of dehydration and provides tips on how to ensure care home residents are encouraged to drink more in order to avoid it

What we know and what the future holds

Louise Walker, research communications officer at the Alzheimer’s Society, discusses the scale of the problem, the progress being made in the field of dementia research and what future research has in store

Are we ready to care for an ageing population?

Kenneth MacKenzie, managing partner, Target Advisers, considers the implications of our ageing population, including the background to and the scale of the problem in the UK, the challenge ahead and the potential opportunities it brings to the care home sector

Providing a secure living and working environment

David Hodgkiss, national sales manager for Assa Abloy Access Control, advises on the factors care home managers need to consider in order to secure a site for residents and staff, as well as discussing the latest access control technology available to help achieve this

Good indoor air quality can support wellbeing

Phil Mangnall, national sales manager for Jaga Heating Products (UK), discusses the considerations that design engineers must be aware of when looking at the options for providing ventilation in a care home environment