Care Homes

Male care worker urges young men to consider a career in care

Developing the next generation of care staff
 “More must be done to encourage young men to consider a career in the care sector,” says Jarred Stansfield, a 20-year-old care assistant in Surrey and one of Anchor’s youngest employees.

Jarred Stansfield

Having left college at 17, Mr Stansfield flitted between different jobs for two years before finding a role he says has helped…

Care Home fined after fall from window

How often do you check your care homes window restrictors?
The following incident which happened in 2013 re-inforces the need to be vigilant in keeping a regular check on simple safety measures within your care home designed to keep residents from risk of harm.  Take a moment to check your windows and make sure you have a regular inspection routine set up to identify and if necessary replac…

Bed blocking crisis – care homes offer a solution

Bed Blocking crisis to cost the NHS £3.3billion in the next five years.
This is the suggestion made by the think tank ResPublica in its report Care after Cure: creating a fast track pathway from hospitals to homes.   

The report suggests that around 8,500 people a day occupy NHS hospital beds even though they are medically fit and ready for discharge or transfer to a care home.  T…

Lottery funds dementia care home gardens

care home garden

Thirty care homes are to have their gardens landscaped using a £1.3m National Lottery grant to improve the well-being of patients with dementia.
The Learning Through Landscapes charity said outdoor spaces in many dementia care homes were rarely used but residents missed their own gardens.

It follows a pilot project at a care home in Herne Bay, Kent, which was given a seaside area.

A beac…

Safe use of bed rails in care homes

carer holding an older persons hand

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has re-published guidance on the correct and safe use of bed rails in residential and nursing care homes.
Bed rails are often also know as side rails, cotsides and safety sides.  Bed rails are used to prevent bed occupants from falling out of bed and injuring themselves.  They are not designed or intended to to prevent people from…

Legionella control in care homes

Run A Care Home sopecialist consultants to the care home sector

Control measures and routine procedures for the prevention of legionella in care homes are important tasks that need to be undertaken regularly.
Sadly, these measures for legionella control in care homes  are often overlooked and the reasons behind them not fully understood by the staff given the role of managing the process.
Very often we will audit a care home and find that housekeeping…

Care homes can help the birds

Run A Care Home encourages care homes to feed the birds

Residential and Nursing care homes across the UK can really make a difference to birds this winter by providing fresh food and water to help our feathered friends get through the cold period.  So if you run or manage a care home why not try it and see how your residents can get involved.
Feeding the birds not only helps many of them to survive, but also provides a meaningful activity that…

Care Home Management Magazine

Run A Care Hoome specialist consultants to the care home sector advert

Care Home Management
Run A Care Home provides interim care home management services to providers of care in both residential care homes and nursing homes.  We are able to offer our clients a personal service and work with them to agree and deliver achievable outcomes to support a  successful care home business.

We have recently been delighted to work with Care Home Management Magazine in…

Remembrance Day in Care Homes

Run A Care Home Remembrance Day poppies

Remembrance Day in Care Homes
As we approach Remembrance Day this year there will be a national and international focus on ceremonies and services up and down the country on both Remembrance Sunday and also on Monday the 11th at 11am.  We can none of us avoid seeing the very recognisable emblem of remembrance, the red poppy, as we go about our everyday lives as people wear their poppy wit…

Prepare your care home for winter

Chico the Chuhuahua

Chicos top tips for care home managers and staff.  He always welcomes feedback.

This weeks top tip is to prepare your care home for winter as it will be soon upon us.  It’s a good time to make sure the boiler has been serviced, radiators are all working and that you have a supply of portable heaters should you need some extra warmth.   It’s also a good time to review your emergency planning…

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