Guarding against the risk of unauthorised key copying

Paul Johnson, director of business development at Assa Abloy Door Hardware and Access Control, dispels the myths relating to ‘lifelong trademark protection’ on key profiles and offers guidance on choosing a master key cylinder system

Enhancing levels of comfort and support for residents

Putting the right equipment in place – specifically care chairs – can help make residents feel more comfortable and supported in your care. Tristan Hulbert, managing director of Yorkshire Care Equipment, discusses care chairs and how to ensure they meet residents’ needs

Enabling your residents to bath and shower in safety

Care home residents should expect to have baths or showers in a safe environment, despite the fact that other individuals may also be using the same facilities, says Jason Ashman, managing director of Reval Continuing Care

How to protect an empty property from potential risk

Rogier Donkersloot, managing director of DEX Property Management, explains why property guardianship can be an effective security solution that makes sense for owners and managers of empty and disused care home buildings

How to implement effective sensory planning

Investing time and resources into sensory planning for residents can deliver a range of benefits, helping them to regain confidence and ability and providing a ‘home from home’ experience, says Clare Long, business account manager for care within the professional division at Miele

Strategies to help your business grow and prosper

In order to grow a successful care business, you need to invest in it, spend time looking at growth strategies and consider what contributes to your key performance indicators (KPIs), says James Thomas, commercial manager at d&t

How considered design promotes independence

Peter Moran, director, Todd Architects, looks at how well considered design and the use of light, colour and scale can promote wellbeing and enhance independence and quality of life in people with dementia

Creating a clear pathway for leaders and managers

Succession planning offers a clear career pathway for workers who want to become leaders and managers and means that those they serve will benefit from a continuity of care that enables them to live fulfilled lives, says Georgina Turner, interim director for engagement, Skills for Care

Helping elderly residents to thrive in a homely setting

People with dementia often experience feelings of insecurity and anxiety, but treating them like family is one of the most important elements of providing care that genuinely improves quality of life outcomes, says Helen Walton, head of operations, Church Farm Care

Understanding the benefits renewable energy offers

Heating can account for a significant annual cost with the ongoing issues of maintenance and potential breakdowns. Guy Ransom, commercial director for Finn Geotherm, explains the benefits of renewable heating and why it needn’t be such a challenge

Delivering excellence in bathing care through design

By choosing the right specialist supplier with access to the right design technology and skills, bathroom implementation will be more effective and successful, says Malcolm Farmiloe, founder and group director, Gainsborough Healthcare Group

Making choices for walls and floors that enhance care

Whether you are building, refurbishing or developing dementia-friendly care home environments, make sure your choices for walls and floors meet legal requirements as well as enhancing quality of life for service users, says Julie Hillhouse, specifications consultant for Altro

How to mitigate risk when expanding care services

Organisations that are looking to expand their care services should be mitigating risk through analysis and proper planning in order to protect the business and those it cares for long term, says Laura Williams, business development accountant, d&t chartered accountants

Innovation and inspiration

The Care Show, which will be held at Birmingham NEC from 9-10 October, is dedicated to bringing you new products, services, inspiration and innovation to support you in improving the lives of those in your care and assist you in running your care business

The important role of dementia friendly interiors

Mark Jackson, key account manager care sector at Forbo Flooring Systems, discusses the importance of dementia friendly interiors and why specifying floor coverings that adhere to core design principles will help ensure the environment is safe

Guidelines for avoiding the risk of Legionnaire’s disease

Up to date guidance and recommendations for the prevention of Legionaire’s disease are as important as ever. David Fatscher, head of sustainability at the BSI, discusses the revised risk assessment standard, with technical content provided by Graham Thompson, Oculius Consulting and John Lee, Legionella Ltd

Modifying the environment to reduce the risk of falls

The environment can have a significant role in reducing the risk of falls in elderly people, says Saskia Poller, specialist occupational therapist and education and training lead for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Falls Prevention Service

Understanding the pros and cons of taking on a lease

Tom Lumsden, a partner at CooperBurnett LLP, looks at the advantages and the disadvantages of taking on a leasehold care home and discusses some of the most common and important issues that should be considered by operators

Key considerations in care and infection control

Nicky Whittaker, business account manager within the professional division at Miele, answers key questions on the challenges care homes face when it comes to purchasing new laundry equipment and looks at key infection control considerations

What you need to know about selling a care home

Selling a care home has its own unique challenges and processes. The state of the business and who you sell it to will greatly affect the value and outcome of the sale, says Matthew Hernon, account manager, Dynamis