Caring Times, November 2017
A Shrewsbury-based care provider has run training for staff by restricting their senses with goggles, mittens and ear plugs to help them gain a greater understanding of dementia.
The initiative was part of Morris Care’s ‘In Their Shoes’ campaign at its homes in Shropshire and Cheshire which aimed to give a different perspective on dementia for World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in September.
The voluntary sessions involved staff losing part of their normal senses of touch, sight and hearing – by wearing goggles, gloves and ear plugs at intervals– to simulate what it can feel like to live with dementia when trying to perform daily tasks.
An apprenticeship scheme run by care home and retirement housing charity Anchor has been rated the best in the country.
Anchor, which is England’s largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing for older people, has come tops in the Rate My Apprenticeship Award, coming-in ahead of Virgin Media, Deloitte, Land Rover and BAE Systems.
The award saw apprentices from across the UK rate their apprenticeship, basing their views on how valued they feel, the support they get on programme, development opportunities and how much they earn.
“We’re incredibly honoured to be voted the number one employer of apprentices, especially as it is our apprentices’ feedback which has got us there,” said Katie Rankin, Anchor’s qualifications & apprenticeships manager.
“We’re passionate about developing future talent, giving young people the opportunity to gain new skills and make a real difference to older people’s lives. We’re extremely … Read More »
‘Pioneers of social care’ was how Dr Claire Royston described the care professionals who attended the Best Practice conference in Birmingham on September 20.
Organised by Caring Times and sponsored by Four Seasons Health Care, the event brought together dozens of examples of forward-thinking and best practice from care homes across the country.
In her keynote address Dr Royston, who is group medical director for Four Seasons, said care homes needed to raise awareness of the many initiatives being taken to improve the lifes of elderly people and those with special needs.
“There are wonderful things happening in the sector but we don’t always shout about it,” said Dr Royston.
“It is a huge problem that many in the NHS feel that only they have the answers and that they need to tell the care sector what to do.
“We are all pioneers and it … Read More »
Staff from Buckinghamshire New University visited Sunrise of Purley recently to learn about aspects of dementia care.
The Skills and Simulation Team at the university is seeking to enhance its nursing teaching programme and has drawn inspiration from the dementia-friendly environment at Sunrise of Purley, to continue its practice-based learning opportunities for its students.
The university’s staff observed the way in which Sunrise team members interact with residents who live with dementia, the way the care community is decorated, and also learnt about the memory boxes that are created and displayed outside residents’ rooms.
The collaboration is set to continue, with team members from Sunrise of Purley having been invited to visit Buckinghamshire New University in the near future. It is hoped the continued dialogue and sharing of ideas between the two organisations will ensure the highest standards of dementia care, both in … Read More »
A survey of organisations providing specialist palliative care services to care homes has highlighted the good work they do and identified the key challenges they face.
Commissioned by Public Health England and undertaken by the Marie Curie Research Centre at Cardiff University, with input from the National Council for Palliative Care and Hospice UK, the survey examined the role of specialist palliative care in providing support to care homes in England.
One hundred and eight specialist palliative care services based in hospices, the community or hospitals were surveyed between November 2016 and January 2017. 90% of those surveyed had been providing services to care homes for 10 years or more. Just over half provided services within one Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area, while 5% covered 5 CCGs. 72% were specifically commissioned to provide palliative care support in care homes, while the other … Read More »
Dementia can result in sensory impairments, the effects of which are not alway understood by care staff. So Mark Banham and Luis Soares devised a workshop based on experiential learning which resulted in changes in practice
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HC-One’s Rose Court care home in Radcliffe, Manchester, has received high praise for its role as part of a government-backed pilot scheme in the recently published Teaching Care Home Impact Report.
Rose Court was one of a group of services chosen to take part in the scheme, led by Care England and funded by the Department for Health. The pilot scheme aimed to improve the learning environment for care home staff, develop new undergraduate nurse apprenticeships and encourage nurses to join learning placements in care homes.
The impact report, launched at a Parliamentary reception in the House of Lords, highlighted how the pilot had helped staff at Rose Court to increase knowledge, skills and confidence in using reflective practice to improve their work, as well as increased confidence in their ability to carry out their work. The pilot built upon HC-One’s existing … Read More »
Care providers have until Friday, March 31st to enter the City & Guilds Group Princess Royal Training Awards – a programme which celebrates the impact of training and development on business performance.
Last year, 33 organisations reached the standard and received an award at a reception hosted by Princess Anne at St James’s Palace. Among the recipients were the Caring Homes Group and Home Instead Senior Care. Now in the second year, the awards are free to enter. Businesses of all sizes and from all sectors are encouraged to apply.
For more information on how to apply and for support with the application, visit: www.princessroyaltrainingawards.com
Marie Curie has launched a free online resource for health and social care professionals who don’t have expertise in palliative and end of life care.
The charity says it is the first time that a comprehensive and robust suite of end of life care material has been made available free, quickly and easily accessible all in one place. Tracey Buckley, Marie Curie’s Palliative Care Knowledge Zone project lead and former clinical nurse manager at Marie Curie, said evidence suggested that some health and social care professionals felt uncomfortable talking about the dying process because they don’t have the knowledge and confidence to do so, and this could be a huge barrier to providing high quality care.
“The new Marie Curie Palliative Care Knowledge Zone aims to help give generalist health and social care staff the confidence to talk openly with their patients … Read More »
Caring Times, November 2016
Caring Homes Group has been recognised in the first Princess Royal Training Awards for its dementia training programme, ‘My World’.
The award is a new honour for employers in the UK who have created lasting impact by successfully linking their skills development needs to business performance. Caring Homes shares the accolade with the likes of Bentley Motors, BAE systems, Asda, Unipart Group and IBM.
Caring Homes developed and implemented its My World dedicated dementia training programme to all colleagues across all its care homes during 2015-16. Accredited by City & Guilds, the programme has received very positive feedback from the wider care industry, colleagues and the families of residents.
My World was created to support carers understand how those living with dementia see the world, with the intention of increasing understanding on how people can be best supported. The three-level programme aims to … Read More »