Involving residents with infection prevention in the care home

Involving residents with infection prevention in the care home

By Josie Winter- Clinical Director, Advanced Clinical Solutions.

Infections in care homes pose a potential threat to residents, as it is a shared living environment residents will inevitably share micro-organisms. Residents can often be more susceptible to opportunistic infections, due to health conditions and older age. Both healthcare staff and capable residents can play a crucial role in preventing the spread of infection.

Some of the most common infections seen in care home are listed below: -

Respiratory infections 

Most respiratory illnesses are spread by droplet or contact transmission, one of the most common respiratory infections within care homes is Influenza.

Urinary tract infections 

Flexible, Versatile, Wheelchair Accessible Minibuses

Flexible, Versatile, Wheelchair Accessible Minibuses

Red Kite manufacture, supply and service, safe, reliable 9 –17 seat minibuses across Great Britain. For over 35 years your safety and the safety of your passengers has been at the forefront of our supply process. Working from your instruction or with our ‘Specialist Vehicle Option Team’, customers can choose their new or pre-owned accessible vehicle from any of the leading manufacturers. 

Choose your new Red Kite accessible minibus from any of the leading manufacturers:

The Peugeot Boxer accessible minibus range offers 1 – 4 wheelchair positions with the option of a fully tested third point cant rail fixing for wheelchair passengers, complemented by flexible seating plans to suit your particular requirements.

Borough Care Residents Get Out And About With Oomph!

Ladies on a day out after the Borough Care partnership with Oomph!

Borough Care, the largest not for profit provider of care for older people in Stockport, has partnered with Oomph! to provide its residents with more day trips out to destinations further afield.  Oomph! provides wellbeing and activity programmes specifically designed for older people.  Borough Care will work with the Oomph! Out & About service, to offer residents regular visits to places of interest.  Oomph! Out & About provides a tailored programme of fully managed excursions, which make it easier to keep elderly residents connected to the people and places that matter to them. 

Abbeyfield House Celebrates Alnwick's History

Abbeyfield House Celebrates Alnwick's History

Residents at an Alnwick care home have partnered with local school children to commemorate 100 years of life in the town and the new-found friendships have led to some amazing revelations. Abbeyfield House, a well-established and popular care home which accommodates 25 people in a purpose-built facility just outside Alnwick town centre, successfully bid for a £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund Grant to unite young and old people by celebrating the town's rich culture and history.

How the introduction of new technology has improved patient safety

How the introduction of new technology has improved patient safety

Claire Buckle, Manager at Coach House Care Home for the Elderly, discusses how the introduction of new technology has improved patient safety within their care home

Care home residents take on average 7.2 medicines per day and with each additional medicine comes an increased risk of errors when prescribing, monitoring and administering to residents. Reports show that 70% of care home residents have experienced at least one error in their medication regime. Recently Coach House Care Home for the Elderly introduced new technology to tackle this serious issue and improve the safety of their residents. 

The NHS at 70

Credit BBC -  Britain's Best Junior Doctors - NHS

By editor Victoria Galligan

As the NHS turns 70, we take a look at a round-up of news, views and events which are taking place across the country to celebrate the world’s greatest health service. Our nation became the envy of the world when, on 5 July 1948, the NHS was launched by Health Secretary Aneurin “Nye” Bevan, at Park Hospital in Manchester (now Trafford General Hospital). This was the first time that hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists had been brought together under one umbrella to provide services for free at the point of delivery.

Southern Care Maintenance Ltd introduced a new on-line and secure customer portal

mySCM portal

With so much equipment now requiring routine testing and servicing, it is now increasingly difficult to have all the paperwork, inspection certificates, LOLER certificates etc up-to date and readily available when needed. It is all too easy for these to become lost, or filed away in the wrong place.

Two years ago, SCM, Southern Care Maintenance Ltd introduced a new on-line and secure customer portal, mySCM, which has been providing a real benefit to their customers.

Infection Prevention Show 2018

Infection Prevention Show 2018

Sunday 30th September - Tuesday 2nd October

Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, Scotland

The Infection Prevention Society (IPS) is pleased to announce that registration for its annual conference, Infection Prevention 2018, is now open! The conference will begin on the changed date of Sunday 30th September and close on Tuesday 2nd October in the Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow. 

High Quality Care is a Winner

Social Care

At RedRoyal Consultancy our passion is to raise the standards of Health and Social Care in pursuit of excellence. At the centre of any Health Care and Support, the emphasis must always be on the individual customer. The Care and Support therefore should always support the individual to live as independently as possible, maintaining their rights, dignity, health and wellbeing. 

Win Alzheimers, dementia and arts therapies book package from JKP

dementia books

Jessica Kingsley Publishers' dedicated Alzheimer's and dementia team have kindly given four books for one lucky Care & Nursing Essentials reader to win.


The package consists of the following titles:


The Economics of Therapy: Caring for Clients, Colleagues, Commissioners and Cash-Flow in the Creative Arts Therapies

Edited by Daniel Thomas and Vicky Abad, Foreword by Brynjulf Stige

New partnership to help elderly LGBT community

Gables Care Home support LGBT community

A TEESSIDE care home, Gables Care Home, has teamed up with a charity to tackle the challenges faced by elderly members of the LGBT community.

The Gables Care Home has begun working with Hart Gables, which supports all those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans (LGBT) in the North East.

The partnership is part of the Stockton-on-Tees based charity’s ongoing project – Ageing with Pride in Middlesbrough.

They aim to help elderly members of the LGBT community in need of support find a care home or sheltered housing.

Development workers from Hart Gables visited The Gables Care Home, on Highfield Road, in Middlesbrough, to run an arts and crafts workshop.

 Royal College of Physicians – 'Patient safety compromised by NHS understaffing' 

Understaffing -  Royal College of Physicians

Senior doctors have raised new concerns for patient safety in the NHS across the UK in a new report released today.

The fears are highlighted in "Focus on Physicians 2017 - 18", the annual census of consultant physicians and higher speciality trainees (HST) workforce across the UK. The report has been jointly published by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Physicians of London.

Old Images of Sheffield at forefront of new dementia care service

Fulwood Lodge Care Home has hand-picked key landmarks from the city

Pictures and memories of bygone Sheffield are set to provide a pivotal link with residents at the city's newest dementia care service, Fulwood Lodge Care Home.

Fulwood Lodge Care Home has hand-picked key landmarks from the city as a way to connect with the minds of residents set to fill 17 new beds.

Roy Young, managing director of Sheffield-based Silver Healthcare that runs the home, said:

"At the heart of high quality dementia care is the need to ensure residents are kept calm, safe and happy. Loss of short term memory is regularly an early sign of the illness but long term memory can remain pin sharp. A high proportion of our residents are Sheffield born and bred and providing the links with the past are vital ingredient in their overall care and stimulation."