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How to ensure the long term success of your care home

Every year, a record number of care homes become insolvent. However, there is one thing you can do to help ensure that you not only avoid insolvency, but that your care home succeeds in the long term, says Christopher Briggs, director, Quality of Care

Opportunities for education, insight and networking

Closerstill Media, the event organiser behind the Health Plus Care event, has launched The Residential & Home Care Show as part of the new Health Plus Care series, which will take place from 26-27 June at Excel London

How interior design can unlock wellbeing benefits

Joyce McLelland and Dana O’Donell, senior interior designers at Blueleaf, look at how expert interior design know-how can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing for staff as well as residents and contributes to the overall success of a care home

Maximising inclusivity and accessibility of bathrooms

Occupational therapist, Kate Sheehan, has been working with washroom manufacturer, Armitage Shanks, to determine what the bathroom manufacturer can do to further support customers in the care sector

How digital transformation can improve care quality

Jim Ward, UK director, Fastroi, discusses how technology can be used to fix some of the process issues that not only affect the levels of stress that staff experience, but may also be putting vulnerable individuals at unnecessary risk

How to manage a fear of reflection in dementia care

Steve Duff, managing director at New Vision Signs and Graphics in Bradford, considers why people with dementia may fear a reflection they no longer recognise and the impact this can have, and looks at how care homes can manage the situation and help minimise any adverse effects

Designing for infection control and efficiency

In the second article in a series on laundry management, Clare Long, business account manager for care within the professional division at Miele, describes how to successfully design a care home laundry

Integrating technology into elderly residential care

Technology will become increasingly important and it is vital that care providers embrace change, maintain an awareness of key developments and have plans in place to enable them to adapt quickly, says Jonathan White, commercial director, Adaptive IT

A positive approach to dementia management

Understanding the individual behind a dementia diagnosis and their specific needs is crucial, as is being positive and open, says Jackie Pool, director of memory care, Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare

Recognising the benefits that technology can bring

Whether technology is used to reduce administration and improve the evidencing of quality care or residents begin to expect it, adoption is inevitable, says Simon Hooper, co-founder of RemindMeCare

Building a better future for our ageing population

John McDonald, group director of corporate development at Graham Construction, discusses the role of the built environment in delivering sustainable solutions capable of tackling the pressures facing our health and social care system

The future of regulation in adult social care

Avnish Goyal, chair of Hallmark Care Homes and chair of Care England, highlights some of the key issues that face care providers and the responses of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as discussed with new CEO Ian Trenholm and Martin Green, CEO of Care England

How to tackle the issue of general data protection

Robert Masson, founder of The DPO Centre, discusses some of the lessons learnt about data protection from working with a range of organisations and how they apply to the care sector, and explains how some basic principles can be applied across the board

Shaping the future of social care

The Dementia, Care and Nursing Home Expo will take place from 26-27 March at the NEC Birmingham

Listening to the needs of those with hearing loss

Andrew Thomas, chair of the International Hearing Loop Manufacturers Association (IHLMA), looks at how hearing loops can help address the needs of people with hearing loss, ensuring homes provide person centred care and meet equality legislation

Society depends on your successful care business

Ensuring that the provision of high quality residential care can work as a business model is vital – and not just because our ageing population deserves it, but because our society depends on it, says May Prentice, regional operations manager for Scotland, Silverline Care

How to ensure your laundry meets inspection standards

Clare Long, business account manager for care within the professional division at Miele, advises care home owners and managers on how to digest the available information to ensure their laundry practices are more likely to meet inspection standards

Enhancing the environment for residents with dementia

The physical world can have a significant impact on a person’s experience of dementia, says Tracy Ann Shelbourn, founder and director of Tanglewood Care Homes, which has introduced a project to give residents more choice over their living environment

The wellbeing benefits of natural light and ventilation

Daylight has been shown to have a beneficial effect on wellbeing, helping to reduce the average length of a hospital stay. Scott Leeder, commercial director at Velux Modular Skylights, looks at how to access these benefits

Key design elements in the care homes of the future

Avnish Goyal, chair of Hallmark Care Homes and chair of Care England, discusses some of the key design elements that help to ensure care homes provide the best possible living environment for residents and stand the test of time

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