Improving moving and handling care practices

Many individuals with dementia are likely to express unmet needs due to poor moving and handling practices. Melanie Sturman, moving and handling strategic lead for Norfolk County Council, discusses the challenges of manual handling and how to address them

Meeting individual care needs and expectations

Susan Goldsmith, director of care quality and dementia, The Care Home Coach, provides some helpful hints for creating a dementia friendly environment that promotes wellbeing through orientation and familiarisation

Taking steps to prevent water-borne diseases

Des Dolan, building services brand manager at Durapipe, discusses why the specification and installation of pipe systems should be considered at the design stage of a project, where possible, to reduce the risk of water-borne diseases

Designing a happy and healthy home from home

While current approaches to design and architecture often focus on meeting a budget or targets, the sector needs to be looking to the future, says Becky Smith, part II architectural assistant, Leonard Design

How music therapy can improve quality of life

Ming Hung Hsu, chief music therapist at MHA, explains how music therapy can help carers manage the symptoms of dementia, helping to regulate the emotions, reducing anxiety and creating a relaxed environment for those who are affected and those around them

Reliable and safe heat and hot water provision

Gina Roche, care home sector specialist at Calor, discusses the benefits liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has to offer, particularly to rural care homes, which include heating efficiencies, security of supply and the fact that LPG tanks can be buried underground

How can the care home sector help itself?

Truly successful care homes will be those that fully engage with their local communities, resulting in rising standards, new social venues and fantastic publicity for the homes themselves, says Debbie Harris, founder of Chosen with Care

Screening and control to prevent dehydration

Sophie Murray, head of nutrition and hydration for Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare, considers the problem of dehydration and provides tips on how to ensure care home residents are encouraged to drink more in order to avoid it

What we know and what the future holds

Louise Walker, research communications officer at the Alzheimer’s Society, discusses the scale of the problem, the progress being made in the field of dementia research and what future research has in store

Are we ready to care for an ageing population?

Kenneth MacKenzie, managing partner, Target Advisers, considers the implications of our ageing population, including the background to and the scale of the problem in the UK, the challenge ahead and the potential opportunities it brings to the care home sector

Providing a secure living and working environment

David Hodgkiss, national sales manager for Assa Abloy Access Control, advises on the factors care home managers need to consider in order to secure a site for residents and staff, as well as discussing the latest access control technology available to help achieve this

Good indoor air quality can support wellbeing

Phil Mangnall, national sales manager for Jaga Heating Products (UK), discusses the considerations that design engineers must be aware of when looking at the options for providing ventilation in a care home environment

Availability and funding of care across the market

In December 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched a study to review how well the care home market works and whether consumers are being treated fairly. Emma Watt, solicitor, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, discusses the scope of the research

Health+Care 2017

Health+Care –a national event dedicated to securing the future of care –will take place from Wednesday 28 to Thursday 29 June 2017 at Excel London

Boosting performance to improve efficiency

Tracey Fletcher, business director for UK care homes at Berendsen, explains how outsourcing laundry can provide a more effective and reliable alternative to in-house operations as care home providers work to boost performance while improving efficiency

Effective signage to orientate and enable

Well thought out dementia signage has a key role in ensuring residents are safe, happy and reassured as well as in enabling them to have as much independence as possible, says Tony Stead, business development manager, New Vision

An overview of assisted bathing technology

Gordon Farmiloe, managing director, Gainsborough Specialist Bathing, describes how innovations in specialist bath design are helping to meet the needs of those service providers that are responsible for the care of people with dementia

Dementia and design: facing the challenges

When the design and manufacturing team at Shackletons wanted to learn more about designing for people with dementia, they turned to industry expert Dr Claire Craig from Sheffield Hallam University for her advice and guidance

How can you protect the rights of EU employees?

Care operators that employ EU nationals need to consider their corporate position in relation to Brexit and how much involvement they will have in driving the immigration/ residency agenda, says Charles Avens

Eliminating heat loss to maintain comfort

Veronica Leeke, proprietor of The Heat Loss Detector, discusses ways in which heat loss can be reduced to provide a warm and comfortable care home environment, thereby enhancing the wellbeing of residents and lowering energy costs