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  • NEW GRANT FROM THE CARE WORKERS’ CHARITY PUTS FAMILY FIRST New Grant from The Care Workers’ Charity puts Family First The Care Workers’ Charity launches its all new Child Care Costs grant exclusively for care workers. Care workers can now apply for a Child Care Costs grant (including retrospectively, from 23rd Mar 2020) which will offer support up to £2,000.
  • Home Instead Senior Care has launched it’s ‘You Can Care’ campaign Home Instead Senior Care has launched it's 'You Can Care' campaign to get more people caring as a career. The home care company brought their staff together through a nationwide photo competition to find 'real moments of care'.
  • Brexit Implications on Health and Social Care Sector In this guest post, Nadra Ahmed OBE addresses how the impact of the decision to exit the EU presents additional challenges to the social care sector.
  • How to Raise Money for a Charity Challenge Event Raising money for a challenge event can be intimidating and for most people it will be the most money they ever raise for a charity. Don’t know where to start? Do not fear - here are tried and tested top 5 fundraising ideas for raising money in a busy 2019.
  • Winter Tips for Care Assistants The winter months can be difficult for a lot of us, especially those working in care. Regardless of the weather conditions, customers still require care and it is the responsibility of care assistants to ensure they get the support they need, when they need it.
  • Our Greatest Asset and Most Fragile Force In this guest post, Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish Care, examines the role of care staff and the critical part they play within the industry and community at large.
  • 10 Ways That Technology Can Help You Deliver Better Care Mobile phones are magical. Not only can we do our weekly shop, but also navigate around busy cities, pay our taxes and send messages across the world! And while many industries have been reborn using such wizardry, social care has yet to catch up with the level of technology currently available.
  • The Importance of Good Nutrition for the Older Community In this article, Helen Willis, Dietitian at apetito and Wiltshire Farm Foods examines the common issues around nutrition in the older community. Click here to learn more.
  • The Importance of Quality Training in Homecare There is nothing more important in homecare than well-trained, compassionate staff. In this article, UKHCA’s Learning and Development Specialist Jayne Easterbrook discusses how training has grown in emphasis and the support UKHCA can provide to both homecare organisations and their care staff.
  • Social Care: Provider and Local Authority Collaboration With the current debate surrounding adult social care following a recent release from central government, it’s imperative to discuss the provision of services and their wider social impact. Adam Hutchison, from Belmont Healthcare, examines the issue.
  • Hartford Care Trek for Charity Hartford Care recently undertook the mammoth challenge of trekking the remote highlands of Iceland, raising an incredible £13,000 for The Care Workers Charity. So what's it like to trek across vibrant coloured mountains, wade through glacial rivers and camp under the stars?
  • The Importance of Third Sector Organisations Working Together to Fill the Gaps In an age when some of society's most entrenched taboos are being eradicated, it seems that one is proving particularly hard to shift: Many people feel a strong social stigma associated with having financial difficulties.
  • How Care Worker Apprenticeships Are Creating the Next Generation of Carers Recruiting and retaining a hardworking and devoted workforce has been a continuous dilemma for care providers. The pressure to find a solution to staffing challenges is increasing day by day.
  • Choosing a Care Home: A Definitive Checklist Choosing a care home can be extremely difficult. The home must have everything you or your relative needs, in the right location at an affordable price. It needs to be a care home where the resident can still do the things that matter to them, where they have choice and control and where their emotional needs are valued and their rights are upheld.
  • Falls in the Elderly Falls are a serious problem for older adults, often leading to injury, hospital admissions and in some cases, long-term health conditions. Indeed, 1 in 3 of adults over 65 living at home will have at least one fall a year. In this short introductory guide, we'll cover the main reasons for falls and how best to reduce the common risk factors that can lead to an accident.
  • Care Worker Interview Questions If you like a varied job where no two days are the same, then care work could be your perfect career. But first, you must overcome the job interview. In this article, we'll analyse typical interview questions and how best to showcase your skills.
  • Back Pain: An Introductory Guide Back pain is a widespread phenomenon and has been shown to cause more disability than any other condition. The care industry may be particularly at risk, with back pain affecting both care workers and care recipients alike. In this article, we aim to provide an introduction to the topic.
  • The Healing Power of Music We all know that music can change lives – whether it’s a child’s favourite nursery rhyme, the first-dance song at a wedding, or a tune that brings back memories of youth, music has the power to move.
  • 23 Activities for the Elderly As we get older it can often be difficult to do the activities we once enjoyed. Whether due to illness or immobility, this can impact on our quality of life. Luckily there are many other alternative options to remain engaged in daily life. Whether you're someone affected by health issues or care for someone who is, this article should provide ideas for individual and group activities for the elderly.
  • Happiness and Health in Care It may seem obvious that there's a link between happiness and health. And yet, it's not always clear what that link is and how to strengthen it. Knowing how to maximise our health and wellbeing are fundamental to enjoying a good quality of life. So whether you work in care, receive support or simply want to help a loved one, click here to discover more.
  • Loneliness Guide: How to Overcome Social Isolation Loneliness is a growing epidemic around the world. Although it can affect anyone at any age, it's become a common phenomenon in health and social care settings. Older adults may be particularly prone to suffer feelings of isolation, where health conditions or bereavements may result in social withdrawal. In this article, we'll look at loneliness, its effects and best solutions.
  • Person-Centred Care Care workers routinely go above and beyond to deliver the best service for their clients. Using their induction, training and more importantly, on the job experience, they learn approaches to deliver the safest and most effective care. Part of this best practice involves person-centred care, a way of empowering clients to assume a more prominent role in their management.
  • How to Choose a Home Care Agency Many individuals around the UK require extra help at home either due to ageing, illness or disability. If family members aren't available to provide that help, often a professional home care agency must be employed. In this article, we'll cover a checklist to help you make an informed choice.
  • 16 Benefits of Exercise for the Elderly Exercise is one of the most important activities to maintain independence in older adults. Although many of us know this, becoming more sedentary with age is often the reality. So here are 16 concrete benefits that may encourage you to move more.
  • Home Safety for the Elderly: A Simple Checklist Staying safe at home becomes more important for older adults, especially during illness or disability. Minimising risk around the house can reduce the likelihood of emergencies or accidents that could lead to hospital admissions. So let's take a look.
  • 18 Qualities That Make an Exceptional Care Worker Care work is a hugely rewarding, yet at times, challenging profession. Which is why the role requires a special type of person. In this article, we'll explore the essential qualities and personality traits for a career in care work.
  • Care Worker Writing Competition Care workers go the extra mile every day and these stories recognise that vital work. Not only do they demonstrate the passion and dedication of the care community but its positive impact on some of the most vulnerable groups in society.
  • Care Training: The Essential Guide (2019) Like any job in health and social care, you need training to be a safe and effective care worker. Click here to learn more.
  • Home Care: The Essential Guide (2018) As you grow older or following the diagnosis of a medical condition, help is often required to continue with your normal activities of daily living. Home care is one such service and in this article, you can learn if it's a suitable choice for your situation.
  • The Essential Carers’ Guide (2019) Do you know the difference between a care worker and carer? Often the terms are used interchangeably, and although their roles do overlap, there's a significant difference between them. Click here to discover why.
  • End of Life Care: A Helpful Guide (2018) Being diagnosed with a terminal condition is an emotional time and many people aren't sure what end of life care offers. Not only are you dealing with the impact of the illness and its symptoms, but also investigating the support options available. Here, we hope to answer some of your questions.
  • Palliative Care: A Helpful Guide (2018) Being diagnosed with an incurable illness is a traumatic time, both for the individual concerned and their loved ones. At such an emotional time, it can be hard to focus on getting the care and support you need. Let's take a look at your options.
  • Extra Care: The Essential Guide (2018) Approaching a certain age, it's common to feel that you need some extra support. Maybe this is due to a medical condition, loneliness, or wanting to be closer to family. Extra care can provide that option.
  • Respite Care: The Essential Guide (2018) While caring can be hugely rewarding, it's also important that carers and care workers remain healthy themselves. This is where respite care plays an important role. Read on to discover how it may help you.
  • Emergency Care – Home, Residential and Nursing Services Guide Care needs are nothing if not unpredictable. While we would all enjoy stable health, the reality is that our medical status frequently changes. And this is where emergency care can be so important.
  • Nursing Care: The Essential Guide (2018) Nursing care is one of various health and social care services and is individually tailored to each client. If you have slightly more complex needs which require extra attention, this care service might be a suitable option. So how do you know if you need specialist nursing care?
  • Overnight Care: The Essential Guide (2018) Often illness and disability can cause additional care needs. Much of the time, day care is sufficient to keep an individual independent. For others, overnight care is just as important.
  • Domiciliary Care: The Essential Guide (2018) The world of health and social care can be confusing. And domiciliary care is no different. With all the different options available, it can be hard to know which services will best support your needs. In this guide, we look to break down domiciliary care and some of the services it can provide.
  • Elderly Care: The Essential Guide (2018) Ageing affects us all, and at some point, we have to consider its implications...Whether that's for ourselves, or for our family and friends. Although it can be stressful and confusing to discover what assistance is available, we hope this proves a useful introductory guide.
  • Care Workers’ Guide (2019) Are you a caring person who enjoys helping those in need? If so, care work may be your perfect career.
  • Health and Social Care Services: The Essential Guide (2019) Knowing exactly what UK health and social care services you can access can be confusing. Click here to discover your options.
  • Dementia Care: A Helpful Guide (2018) Today, about 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia. In this article, we'll look a closer look at the condition as well as some of the interventions available.