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ADAPTING TO SUIT EVERYONE


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ADAPTING TO SUIT EVERYONE We are creatures of habit. Many of us resist change (although we may like it if we deign to give it a try!). We like the familiar. Certainly, if for whatever reason we find ourselves less able or mobile, whatever our age, we still want where we live to feel like …

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ADDRESSING THE BIG ISSUE IN INTIMATE CARE


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ADDRESSING THE BIG ISSUE IN INTIMATE CARE If you are a larger person, one issue rarely addressed, but which is probably more of an issue than you care to admit, is that of using the WC. The focus when weight is discussed is on one’s health. Wellbeing is not often considered. Going to the toilet …

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RIGHT PILLS AT THE RIGHT TIME


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RIGHT PILLS AT THE RIGHT TIME Pivotell automatic pill dispensers and reminders are highly effective in helping vulnerable adults remember to take their medication. Their use often results in improved health, more independence and a better quality of life. Although the dispensers are used mainly by people with poor memory such as those with Alzheimer’s …

Pivotell Mk3/11 and Advance automatic pill dispensers
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COUNTING THE COST OF CARE


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COUNTING THE COST OF CARE How do you quantify or qualify the cost of care? Do you look at the £, the financial outlay to contract carers to help? What about if it is a member of the family, a partner providing the care- what about the cost of their time, possibly their loss of …

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DESIGNS FOR LIFE


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DESIGNS FOR LIFE Few of us accept our ageing and deterioration gracefully. We resist as long and hard as we can. Subconsciously, the reason is often because we don’t want fixtures and fittings that look institutional or clinical: their appearance alone reminds us of our frailty. But fear not. Help is at hand. Living aids, …

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ADAPTING TO THE INEVITABLE


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ADAPTING TO THE INEVITABLE There are certain things in life that are inevitable, particularly that we all change with time. But how do you cope with that? The five core areas of ‘activities of daily living’ (ADL s)are: –        Personal hygiene –        Dressing –        Eating –        Maintaining continence –        Transferring/mobility Therefore, the majority centre round …

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SUPPORT WHEN (AND WHERE!) YOU MOST NEED IT


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SUPPORT WHEN (AND WHERE!) YOU MOST NEED IT Did you know using the bathroom is one of the most potentially dangerous activities we do in daily life? Figures indicate that more accidents and falls ‘on the level’ happen in the bathroom- getting in, out of the bath, shower, and on and off the toilet- than …

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5 Ways 21st Century Phone and WiFi Systems Help Care Homes Succeed


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5 Ways 21st Century Phone and WiFi Systems Help Care Homes Succeed We know that running a care home can be challenging. With so much on your plate, updating your technology and equipment can fall on the back burner. But having an up to date phone and WiFi system is not only important for the …

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TAKE A STAND!


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TAKE A STAND! It is widely accepted nowadays that many people struggle- be it a little or a lot- to get up from their chair. But few of us think beyond that scenario. Yet what about getting on and off the toilet? THAT is actually a bigger problem, whether at home or out and about… …

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GET OUT!


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Too often, we read about, and ourselves receive anecdotal evidence, that people with any degree of limitation stay at home, sometimes to the extent they say they feel trapped in their own home. And too often, the reason for the reluctance to venture out is worry about being able to find- and use- a suitable …

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