How safety of movement can promote independence

Good design principles and the considered use of colour and pattern within flooring applications can have a significant impact on the wellbeing of care home residents, says Catherine Helliker, marketing manager, danfloor UK

The visual, biological and emotional benefits of light

Human centric lighting can support health, wellbeing and performance by combining the visual, biological and emotional benefits of light. Lars-Fredrik Forberg, concept manager, Glamox, considers the positive effects of light exposure in people with dementia

Protection for consumers as well as for residents

Tom Lumsden, partner at CooperBurnett LLP, considers the Government response to the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) report on the Care Homes Market Study and what it means for operators

Protecting your reputation after a poor inspection rating

When fielding multiple media enquiries, it is easy to fall into the trap of merely reacting rather than taking stock of the situation, planning and taking charge, says Robert Davies, public relations specialist, Stephensons Solicitors LLP

Strategies to reduce kitchen waste and keep costs down

Mike Hardman, from Alliance Online, explains how with the introduction of efficient planning and mindful waste management strategies, residential care homes can effectively reduce levels of kitchen waste, while at the same time reducing related costs

How multiculturalism can help bring people together

In an increasingly globalised world, it is vital that our care environments make everyone feel at home, says Joanne Balmer, senior director of care and quality, Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare

Putting a greater focus on personalised care

Dan Hayes, chief executive, The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), explains why personalised care is key to the trust’s ethos and looks at how other homes can place a greater focus on this vital element of care

Building a better future for care

Health+Care 2018 will welcome care business owners, directors and managers to Excel London from 27-28 June. The show will offer solutions to the challenges they face and provide an opportunity to learn how long term integrated health care plans will affect care provision

Are you meeting the needs of a new generation?

Care homes are increasingly modernising their assets to appeal to younger customers who may be making choices on behalf of family members. Jeremy Huband, head of healthcare at HSBC, explains what measures businesses can take to ensure first impressions count

Why care homes must start improving indoor air quality

Most care home managers share the same goal. They want to offer residents a safe, clean and comfortable environment that enhances their quality of life.

Gaze and walking and how they impact on balance

The Active Ageing Research Group at the University of Cumbria is conducting some innovative research into how gaze and walking impact on balance in older adults. Using the latest in eye tracking technology, the aim is to explore how eye movement affects balance during walking

Taking steps to avoid the risks of over heating

As our climate changes, alongside the focus on keeping residents warm in the winter, the risk of overheating during the summer months is becoming an equally significant threat. Carl Davison, technical services manager, Kingspan Industrial Insulation, explains

Making dining a positive and social experience

Catering provision in a care home environment should not be viewed in isolation. The chef and catering team are a vital part of the care team and should be treated as such, says Neel Radia, national chair, National Association of Care Catering (NACC)

Using design principles in accessible bathrooms

Ed Warner, founder of Motionspot, explains how using design principles to create beautiful, accessible bathrooms can positively impact on the health and wellbeing of care home residents, their families and carers

Dedicated to growth and sustainable social care

The Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo, an event dedicated to care home growth and achieving a sustainable social care model, will be held at the NEC, Birmingham from 25 to 26 April, but what can you expect from this years’ event?

Challenging misconceptions about elderly care

Many people still have negative views about care homes, associating them with a sense of dread and loss, which is reinforced by sensationalist journalism and isolated issues, but this has to change, says Avnish Goyal, managing director of Hallmark Care Homes and chair of Care England

Transform staff practice at the touch of a button

Call systems have come a long way. While their primary function remains the same, they offer so much more than communication, says Derek Timoney, managing director, Medicare Systems

Using murals to enhance a dementia care setting

Is the use of murals in a care home a positive thing? If you follow certain guidelines, they can have a number of positive benefits for residents, staff and visitors, says Karen Clayton, dementia environment specialist, Find Memory Care

What energy efficiency means for your business

If you haven’t done it before, now is the time to check your care home property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to find out how energy efficient your building is, advises Tom Lumsden, partner at CooperBurnett LLP

Facing up to the challenge of CQC inspections

Laura Hannah, CQC regulation specialist and solicitor, Stephensons, explains why care home providers must challenge decisions that are not accurate or consistent with the CQC’s strategy and framework in order to protect their businesses and reputations