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Understanding the impact of Brexit on care staff

Given that a relatively high proportion of workers in care homes come from other EU states, it is important that operators and employees regularly review any changes to Brexit arrangements, says Tom Lumsden, a partner at CooperBurnett LLP

The challenge of meeting local demand for care

If we cannot match local supply to local demand for elderly residential care, many people will continue to be cared for miles away from the area in which they lived, says Mike Short, founder and director of CSI Market Intelligence

How more natural light can positively impact wellbeing

Jim Lowther, sales director, Xtralite, discusses the positive impact that natural light can have on the wellbeing of care home residents and how this can be achieved in both new build and renovation projects

How to promote a clean bill of health for water systems

From Legionella control to environmentally efficient water systems, Clarke Bird, healthcare specialist at Clearwater Technology, explains how care homes can safely and reliably overcome significant risks and challenges when it comes to managing their water supplies

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

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