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Understanding the legal issues arising from Covid-19

Tom Lumsden, a partner at commercial property specialist law firm CooperBurnett LLP examines the legal issues for care homes arising from the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Keeping the spread of infection at bay

Rentokil Specialist Hygiene technical and innovations manager Jamie Woodhall discusses the steps care homes need to take to help protect residents from infection via cross contamination and reduce employee absenteeism during the UK's fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ensuring on-premise laundries are spick and span

Christeyns Professional Hygiene national sales manager Mark Drinkall outlines best practice in a care home laundry.

Adapting spaces for short-term use as health and care facilities

With unprecedented demand on health and care services during the Covid-19 crisis, robust solutions for adapting spaces quickly for high intensity use have become vitally important. Altro EU technical services manager Roger Moore explores how to select floor and wall solutions that are up to the task.

How abolishing ASTs could affect care homes

Tom Lumsden, a partner at CooperBurnett, considers how the proposed abolition of the assured shorthold tenancy (AST) in England could affect care homes and care home residents in the future.

How noise control can help promote resident well being

Good acoustic performance is at the heart of creating an inclusive and comfortable space. Whatever the age of the building, there are a number of ways of controlling noise in a care home, says Joe Hurst, key account manager – social care at Altro

Key factors to consider for specifying door closers

David Hindle, head of door closer sales at Assa Abloy Opening Solutions UK, discusses the main considerations when specifying new door closers for a care home site, covering key issues such as certification, performance and flexibility

Controlling infection and supporting facilities

Chris Whieldon, sales director for Teal Patents Ltd, discusses how the use of portable sinks has helped the NHS to control infection outbreaks and support facilities maintenance, an approach that could also offer benefits in residential care homes

The potential benefits of greater energy efficiency

Greater energy efficiency is undoubtedly the key to running a care home that is more sustainable in terms of both financial viability and environmental impact, according to Mark Elton, certified Passivhaus architect at Cowan Architects

The pros and cons of combining heat and power

Bill Sinclair, technical director, Adveco, discusses the operational costs and the environmental impact of onsite energy co-generation and highlights the increasing performance gap between ‘dirty CHP’ and the latest generation of highly efficient micro-CHP

Encouraging discussion about accessible design

Disabling environments make life with dementia harder than it needs to be, but problem solving and designing with people with dementia can help eliminate most of those problems, says Dr Julie Christie, service manager (international) for HammondCare

How technology is impacting the future of care homes

Silas Campbell at Blueleaf discusses how technology is impacting on and enhancing the way care homes are run; from smart home integration relieving stress and demand for staff to robots helping to fight loneliness in residents

The role of technology in the future of assisted living

The advances being made in applicable care home technology are extremely exciting, but more than that, innovation must be used to help alleviate a crisis that is only set to worsen, says Kirk Taylor, head of development at Kajima Partnerships

Save money with effective cleaning and maintenance

The cost of replacing a carpet is typically twice that of regular maintenance and inhouse cleaning will result in an even greater saving, says Howard O’Brien, joint managing director and head of sales and service partner relations, Traffik UK

Tips to help you prepare for unpredictable weather

While the winter weather may be unpredictable, plans should be put in place to protect residents, staff and visitors from potential hazards. Peter Fane, founding director of Nurture Landscapes, provides some tips to help care homes stay safe and operational

How a less institutional feel can deliver tangible benefits

A homely environment can help residents settle, put them at ease and provides reassurance. It can also be beneficial for family members who may have complex feelings about their loved ones living in a care home, says David Shannon, New Vision

Good design can ensure residents live well for longer

With calls to reduce pressure on social services and help enable those with dementia to live well for longer, Lisa Pilley, colour consultant at Dulux Trade, discusses how design and architecture are playing their part in tackling the challenge

How to improve on boarding and achieve major benefits

While talking about a new starter’s ‘experience’ may seem ill-defined, we intuitively know what is required to create the best possible experience. Get onboarding right and it can deliver major benefits, says Simon Connell, sales manager, Webonboarding

The benefits of an effective strategy for toilet finding

Many of us will have experienced stress and anxiety when needing the toilet and being unable to locate one. In people with dementia, these feelings are multiplied, but a toilet strategy can help to alleviate the problem, says Catherine Ingleby, marketing executive, Find Memory Care

Reducing energy costs and increasing comfort

Thermal skirting systems can provide sufficient heat at lower temperatures for most of the year, while still working at higher flow temperatures during the worst days of winter, says Martin Wadsworth, managing director, Discrete Heat

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