From compliance to competence – How to embrace technology to make your care home safer

Due to the personal nature of the care sector, patient safety is the single most important issue for all care home owners and managers. Due to several recent high profile cases of abuse and poor service, the sector and its workers, yet again, find themselves in the spotlight when it comes to safety and training.

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Care Intelligence launched at Health + Care!

Two of the sector’s leading service providers, CareShield and MED e-care, are working together to provide the data, systems and processes needed to help care providers deliver consistent quality outcomes across the continuum of care. their combined offer, ‘Care Intelligence’, combines service user and staff intelligence, enabling the management team to re-educate, re-focus and re-engineer the way it runs the care facility. This combined clinical and operational intelligence assists the management team in improving care delivery resulting in clinical and financial benefits.

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Dementia Awareness and Training

When it comes to dementia, every individual is unique. Each person will experience dementia in a different way – particularly in the early stages. Other factors that will affect the way in which someone can live with dementia includes the environment that they are based in and the people that are around them. 

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Happy International Nurses Day to our dedicated, hardworking and compassionate Nurses!

International Nurses Day is celebrated internationally on May 12th, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. It focuses on how Nurses make such a significant difference locally, nationally and internationally. Nursing staff are considered the superheroes of health care, using their acquired skill-set to change and improve lives daily. 

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Happy New Year!

With all best wishes for 2017 - especially those on duty over Hogmanay -  and we very much look forward to working with you in the New Year! 

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Season's Greetings!

‘I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? 
And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’  Lewis Carroll

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Axial Tilt is the Reason for the Season

Late dawn. Early sunset. Short day. Long night. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. 

It’s when the sun on our sky’s dome reaches its farthest southward point for the year. This year, the Northern Hemisphere has its shortest day and longest night of the year today - Wednesday, December 21.  Meanwhile, the Southern Hemisphere, on the day of the December solstice has its longest day and shortest night.

A solstice is an astronomical event, caused by Earth’s tilt on its axis, and its motion in orbit around the sun. Because the Earth doesn’t orbit upright, but is instead tilted on its axis by 23-and-a-half degrees, Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places in receiving the sun’s light and warmth most directly. The tilt of the Earth – not our distance from the sun – is what causes winter and summer. At the December solstice, the Northern Hemisphere is leaning most away from the sun for the year.

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The Festival of Winter Walks

‘It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.’

John Burroughs, “Winter Sunshine”


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I’d agree with you, but then we’d both be wrong ……………

As Anger Awareness Week draws to a close, here at CareShield we've been wondering whether anyone has been fortunate enough to avoid conflict all together? We can't believe anyone has, especially when we considered all the difficult situations - both at work and at home - that we've found ourselves caught up in. 

Many of us work with challenging patients who perhaps suffer from aggressive forms of dementia – and as a result have to deal with difficult situations through no fault of our own.  But often, we forget we can be part of the problem and that usually there are two sides to every story.

The aim of Anger Awareness Week is to identify anger as an issue which needs to be addressed effectively,  helping people befriend anger by using the right tools to calm themselves down and to deal effectively with this emotion, be it of their own or that of others.  This is especially true, both in the run up to, and over Christmas.

As part of Anger Awareness Week, the British  Association of Anger Management have created an innovative Keep Your Cool Over Yule Kit, which can be used by individuals, organisations, families, schools and other groups.

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