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Catheterisation in Care Homes

Catheterisation in Care Homes

Managing continence is one of the fundamental aspects of providing high quality nursing care.  Maintaining a person's continence needs can improve their quality of life significantly. Many older people in residential care settings need support to manage their continence needs via the use of continence products and/or physical care from nurses and carers. Long-term indwelling catheters ...

  1. Categories: Continence, Infection Control, Nursing Notes

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Continence Promotion in Care Homes

Continence Promotion in Care Homes

. Prevalence and Cost of Incontinence. Historically it is challenging to obtain accurate statistics around the prevalence of incontinence; due to the stigma associated with the condition, people have tended to suffer in silence due to feelings of embarrassment or shame. However, it is thought that around one in four people will suffer from a degree of urinary incontinence during their lifetime....

  1. Categories: Continence, NRC Show, Nursing Notes

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Pressure Damage and Skin Health in Care Homes

Pressure Damage and Skin Health in Care Homes

The largest organ in the body.... Skin accounts for 15% of a person's overall body weight. The skin's three layers, Epidermis (Outer), Dermis (Middle), and subcutaneous tissue are responsible for: Protecting the body, from mechanical damage, from UV light, bacteria and other damaging toxins, Acting as a pain receptor, helping the body to recognise damage such as pressure, heat or cold , ...

  1. Categories: Handy Guides, NRC Show, Nursing Notes, Wound Management

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Infection Prevention and Control

Infection Prevention and Control

With the NRC Show coming up in a few weeks' time and infection control being one of the key discussion items in the clinical stream, we thought it was the perfect time to share our tips for infection prevention and control in care homes. Our Clinical Operations Manager (and former Care Home Manager) Claire Bailey shares her advice below. Infection Prevention and Control....

  1. Categories: Handy Guides, Infection Control, NRC Show, Nursing Notes

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Nutrition & Hydration in Care Homes

Nutrition & Hydration in Care Homes

. Malnutrition affects 1 in 3 adults admitted to hospital or care homes, and 25% of elderly people suffer from chronic mild dehydration.. With the NRC Show coming up in a few weeks' time and nutrition being one of the key discussion items in the clinical stream, we thought it was the perfect time to share our tips for nutrition and hydration in care homes. Our Clinical Operations Manager (and former Care Home Manager) Claire Bailey shares her experience below....

  1. Categories: NRC Show, Nursing Notes, Nutrition and Hydration

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Stock Control: Managing Medicine Inventories

Stock Control: Managing Medicine Inventories

How much time is spent each month on the ordering and receiving of medicines in Care Homes?. Medicine inventory management demands a great deal of time from carers working in care home environments. Carers are required to remove themselves from regular tasks for entire days at a time whilst they manually count medicines in stock, quantities to be ordered and then count medicines in upon receiving them at the care home....

  1. Categories: Medication Management

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Chronic Pain Management

Chronic Pain Management

  A study by Help the Aged in 2008 identified that "Older people are more likely to experience pain, less likely to complain about it and less likely to comply with medication". (Schofield and Reid, 2006). Although hard to quantify, research suggests that up to 80% of people living in a care home suffer from chronic pain. It is important to remember that pain is not an inevitable part of ageing....

  1. Categories: Medication Management, Nursing Notes, Pain Management

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AutumnCare Software Integrations

AutumnCare Software Integrations

AutumnCare integrates with a range of risk management, benchmarking and financial software systems. These integrations are available now to clients who wish to integrate their AutumnCare clinical system with their other business applications for a more seamless workflow. AutumnCare recognise that the majority of our clients use AutumnCare in conjunction with other business applications that are essential to business processes within a care facility....

  1. Categories: AC News, Integrations, IT Infrastructure

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New Electronic Care Management System Boosts CQC Inspection Results

New Electronic Care Management System Boosts CQC Inspection Results

    An impressive review of care planning and care record processes at Drovers Call left staff pleased with their decision to upgrade the homes care management system.. The recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission took place just before Christmas with the results being published early January 2017. Inspectors were pleased to find "care records were personalised" and ...

  1. Categories: Care Planning, CQC, CQC Inspection Results

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Why Work In A Care Home?

Why Work In A Care Home?

It is well documented that the UK is on the brink of a Social Care crisis. There is a lack of health care workers and nurses wanting to work in residential settings, with people seeming to favour the acute hospital environment. Sharon Allen, chief executive of Skills for Care, the employer-led workforce development body for adult social care in England, agrees that recruitment and retention is "the number one issue for the sector"....

  1. Categories: Nursing Notes

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Identifying and Managing Delirium in Older People

Identifying and Managing Delirium in Older People

. Delirium is a serious disturbance in mental abilities that results in confused thinking and reduced awareness of the individual's environment.. It can be difficult to distinguish between delirium and dementia as both conditions exhibit similar signs and symptoms. Adding to the complexity of making a diagnosis, delirium frequently occurs in people living with dementia. The individual may well have both conditions....

  1. Categories: Health Conditions, Nursing Notes

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Falls Prevention and Management

Falls Prevention and Management

  Identifying the risk factors for falling can help care staff in their assessments and assist them to prevent falls whilst preserving and promoting independence. Risk Factors. Some of the most common risk factors include: -  Risk Factors for the older person:. Continence issues, Dizziness & blackouts, Weak muscles, Cognitive impairment, Slower reaction time, ...

  1. Categories: Falls Prevention, Nursing Notes

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