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Depression in Older People and Learning How To Listen

On 24 July, UK charity Samaritans is running ‘The Big Listen’ – an awareness day that shines a light on the importance of listening to people experiencing depression or who are struggling to cope with their feelings. While we can all feel down or worried at different stages in our lives, when it becomes harder …

How the General Election Might Affect the UK Care Sector?

On Thursday 4 July, the country will go to the polling stations to vote in the 2024 General Election. This will not only decide which political party will run our Government, it could also mean change for the UK’s healthcare and social care provision, as the victorious party sets about realising its plans for this …

Combatting Loneliness and Isolation in Care Home Residents

It is a sad fact that, for many people, social networks can get smaller following long-term illness, old age or moving into residential care. It is not always that friends and family intentionally withdraw, but that a change in living circumstances can interrupt previous social habits, routines and traditions. Loneliness and feelings of isolation can …

Working with Autistic and Neurodiverse Residents

An increasing awareness of the challenges faced by people living with autism and other neurodiverse conditions has meant that greater emphasis is being placed on this important aspect of health and social care. While many neurodiverse people are able to live independently, or with certain levels of support, in their own homes, others require residential …

Five Ways To Champion LGBTQ, Diversity And Inclusion in Your Care Home

June is LGBT Pride Month – 30 days dedicated to celebrating the achievements and diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and related communities. Normally referred to as ‘Pride Month’, the event commemorates the Stonewall riots/uprising that took place in New York City in June 1969 with a series of Pride marches and themed events across …

How Care Vision Can Support Male Care Residents with Their Health?

On average, women live an average of 3.6 years longer than men into older age according to a 2019 report from Age UK (Source: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/reports-and-publications/later_life_uk_factsheet.pdf). However, the same report also states that men only enjoy an average of 8.9 years of disability-free life after 65, while women enjoy the slightly extended time of 9.9 years. …

How to Care For Your Carers This Carers Week?

June sees the arrival of Carers Week (10 to 16 June), an annual initiative that highlights the valuable work that carers do. This year, the theme is ‘putting carers on the map’, or raising awareness of the amazing service that unpaid carers provide every single day. In the healthcare sector, residential care home carers also …

The Importance of a Good Work-Life Balance When Working In Care

We should all familiar with the phrase ‘work-life balance’. It is important for people working in all sectors to look after their mental health and life away from work, while still being able to meet deadlines and complete essential tasks at work. This is particularly true of the healthcare sector, where there can be a …