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St Albans - Herfordshire

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St Albans - Hertfordshire
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6 skills needed to work as a care assistant

Working in a care home can be an incredibly rewarding job, but it does require some specific skills. Whilst many careers focus on academic abilities, care home staff are often recruited based on their personalities. We’ve put together a helpful guide on the six main skills needed to work within a care home, so you can see if you have what it takes.

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5 reasons to work in a care home

Deciding whether to start a career in the care industry can be daunting. Perhaps you haven’t been involved with a care-related job before, or maybe you’re just not sure if it’s the right career for you. That’s why we’ve put together the top five reasons to consider working in a care home. If you’re a caring person who enjoys a job filled with variety, then this could be the career for you.

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When should someone with dementia go into a care home?
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When should someone with dementia go into a care home?

Caring for someone who is suffering from dementia can be an extremely challenging and emotional task. However, deciding if and when they should move into a care home can be equally difficult.

Dementia can progress rapidly, causing the person living with the condition to deteriorate both mentally and physically within a short space of time. This means that it is important to prepare for the future and ensure that the person will always receive the right level of care that they require.

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Can social services force someone into a care home?

Everyone experiences old age differently, and every individual and family is unique, so deciding if and when to move into a care home is very personal. However, we can keep an eye out for signs that living independently is becoming unmanageable for an individual.

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What Is the Difference Between Palliative Care and End of Life Care?
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What Is the Difference Between Palliative Care and End of Life Care?

Palliative care and end of life care are related but different caregiving approaches. They both deal with serious and often incurable diseases such as dementia, motor neurone disease, kidney disease, congestive heart failure, and cancer. However, palliative care can be provided to anyone with these conditions, whereas end of life care is only given in the last stages of someone’s life.

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What Do You Do When An Elderly Parent or Relative Refuses Needed Care?

It can be extremely difficult when a loved one needs care in order to maintain their safety and wellbeing, but they are reluctant to accept it. However, it’s important not to despair and to approach the situation calmly and sensitively in order to reach a satisfactory resolution for everyone

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Administering Medication in a Care Home: An Insight

All individuals living in a care home should receive a high standard of care and support. As a large number of care home residents have health requirements, it is essential that there is a clear understanding over who is legally allowed to administer medication.

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What Is the Difference Between a Care Home and a Nursing Home?

Most of us know that when someone becomes unable to take care of themselves in their own home, it may be necessary for them to receive residential care. However, one thing many people aren’t sure about is the difference between a residential care home and a nursing home. That’s why we’ve broken down the key differences between these kinds of facilities, and how to tell which one is more suited to you or your loved one’s needs.

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Moving Into a Care Home — A Checklist

Moving into a care home can be a challenging time, whether you are moving a loved one or you are moving in yourself. You are likely to be dealing with a wide range of emotions, so being fully prepared can help you to reduce any anxiety. We hope that you find our comprehensive checklist helpful and supportive — making you feel more in control of this transition.

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How to pay for a nursing home: A guide

There are around 410,000 people in the UK living in nursing homes across the UK. The government calculates that there are approximately 5,500 different providers in the UK operating 11,300 care homes for the elderly. Around half of the people living in nursing homes in the UK pay for their care themselves, and the rest are supported fully or partially by their local authority or the NHS.

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Care home activities: Which are best for the wellbeing of residents?

St Albans – Herfordshire Fonthill House – Hertfordshire Numerous studies have found that social interaction and creative expression are an important part of physical and mental wellbeing and can improve general health. People need meaningful engagement with the world around them for personal satisfaction. Research by Age UK shows a clear link between organised activities and wellbeing. Groups of people with a shared interest and purpose are more content. The …

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What is rehabilitation care?

What is rehabilitation care? St Albans – Herfordshire What is rehabilitation care? Fonthill House – Hertfordshire We are now able to offer COVID safe visiting at our care home, contact our team for more information Rehabilitation care is specialised care that can be provided by a care home to help a resident to regain mental, physical and /or cognitive abilities that have been lost or have declined after surgery, treatment, …

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