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Roger Daniels of Red Homes on oral hygiene

Roger Daniel is CEO at Red Homes Healthcare. Having grown up working in and around care homes, Roger has vast experience in delivering care. Here he discusses how important it is to have an oral hygiene policy in place.

CQC research released earlier this year found that 52% of care homes were without an oral health policy, and 73% of care didn’t sufficiently cover dental health. This is such an important but often overlooked aspect of care that protects residents’ oral health and in turn their overall wellbeing.

Conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and dementia which affect a person’s ability to brush their teeth effectively, medications which reduce saliva and the fact that natural teeth are now maintained for longer all lead to greater oral health problems. For those in our care. we must not only address these issues as they arise but also put initiatives in place to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

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Martin Lowthian explains how to manage medication when resources are stretched

In a sector where recruiting and retaining permanent staff is an ongoing challenge, Martin Lowthian, compliance expert at The Access Group’s health and social care division, looks at how care home providers can manage medication safely and effectively.

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Temporary contractors – a care home worker services cup of tea

Are you aware of the recent change in law regarding temporary contractors? Here the team at Lawspeed, the UK's leading Law Consultancy dedicated to the recruitment industry, discuss the new tax rules…

Some of you will have heard recently about new tax rules known as IR35 relating to the use of temporary contractors, and due to apply in April 2020. Under current proposals businesses with a turnover of less than £10m, a balance sheet of £5m or fewer than 50 employees (excluded businesses) need not be concerned, but the rules should be noted by all other businesses that hire contractors.

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Florence's social care staffing platform

Florence tackles the social care staffing crisis head on with the addition of carers to its recruitment marketplace

London pilot expands on Florence’s promise - helping carers to find work and nursing homes to fill temporary shifts

Florence, the recruitment marketplace where care and nursing homes can find qualified staff to fill temporary shifts, today announces it has expanded – adding carers to the pool of qualified healthcare professionals working through its innovative platform.

By cutting out the costly fees associated with traditional recruitment agencies, Florence has been successful in helping care home providers to recruit nurses since its 2017 launch. With a focus on quality and continuity of care the platform now also features a pool of carers, available to work shifts in London as part of a pilot scheme in the area. There are plans to expand countrywide with its carers service within the next 12-months.

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A tablet being used in a residential care home

Colin Yates, chief support officer at WorkMobile – an award-winning mobile data capture solution – discusses the links between going paperless and the quality of residential care. 

Over the past few years, digital transformation has become an increasingly hot topic in business circles. There is a very good reason for this: done well, digital transformation drives efficiency and improves productivity, saving a business both time and money.

Enterprises in almost all industries stand to benefit from their own digital transformation projects, and the care home sector is no exception. The question is, what would this look like?

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New Evaluation Indicates A Digital-First Approach Is Key To Long-Term Quality And Sustainability In Delivery Of Social Care

everyLIFE Technologies UNVEILS FINDINGS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE AT THE NATIONAL DEMENTIA CARE EXPO TODAY

 

The new evaluation of the PASSsystem digital care platform carried out by everyLIFE Technologies with SCIE and York Consulting, highlights that going digital will be a key factor in a sustainable, ‘fit for the future’ service.

 

SCIE’s chief operating officer, Ewan King, says: “The evaluation results of everyLIFE’s PASSsystem evidence that: 

  • care providers can better manage risk by adopting the PASSsystem;
  • the PASSsystem can help care providers deliver high quality care;
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HC-One care home ‘pimps out zimmers’ to help residents recognise their frames 

Residents of a HC-One care home based in Coventry have been decorating their Zimmer frames, along with staff to help reduce the number of falls.  

The Pimp My Zimmer project aims to reduce falls after a care home matron noticed people with dementia sometimes find it hard to recognise their own frame. 

Zimmer frames are usually grey, making them hard for people with dementia to tell apart or, in some cases, see them clearly.

But with the help of staff at Brandon House, Residents have had their frames transformed into colourful works of art.