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Care & Nursing Essentials' round-up of news and advice on the coronavirus outbreak for those working in care homes, including a printable guide…

Care homes urge visitors to stay away

As coronavirus cases in the UK continue to rise, many care homes have now taken the decision to ban visitors unless absolutely necessary.

Despite the government’s decision not to advise distancing, many care providers took the decision to reduce the number of people coming in and out of care home settings in order to help stem the spread of the virus. 

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Nurse award
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A nurse working at Scotia Heights in Stoke-on-Trent, has been recognised for her hard work with a national care award 

Clinical nurse manager, Rebecca Hyland, has been announced as the winner of The Good Nurse Award at this year’s Great British Care Awards. The national final, which took place over the weekend, welcomed care home workers from across the country to celebrate the very best of social care.  

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alzheimers and dementia
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New research commissioned by social venture Social-Ability to mark World Alzheimer’s Month has shone a light on current understanding around Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia revealing alarming limitations to public understanding of the condition and its symptoms, despite more than half of respondents (51%) living with dementia in their family. Social-Ability is now calling for new initiatives to raise awareness around early symptoms of dementia.

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Mandatory vaccinations
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A new law which makes COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for employees and workers in care homes has divided opinion, sparked national debate and is now subject to judicial review, but what does this new law mean for a sector which is already

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Arelle
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If you are one of the millions of people affected by incontinence, you will know that choosing the right product is absolutely vital for your comfort and security. Whether you are looking for disposable or washable items, pads or briefs, mattress or seat protection, we specialise in supplying a range of high quality continence care products to help with toileting, bathing and other aspects of day-to-day life.

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Missed dementia
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Reports that as many as one in 10 dementia cases could have been missed during the pandemic are extremely concerning, as they suggest that the mental health impacts of living with dementia could be even more widespread than previously thought, particularly with recent lockdowns exacerbating the issue of loneliness among people with dementia. This news should therefore spur the sector to protect against a new epidemic of loneliness.

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Pay in Perspective
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In the UK, there are almost two million adult social workers that contribute a combined economic value just shy of £120 billion every year. Responsible for the assistance of day-to-day activities of vulnerable and elderly people, carers lie within the unique position of being both highly needed, yet historically poorly compensated for their efforts.

Although there are signs of carers’ wages increasing, these rates are by no means appropriate as per the daily responsibilities undertaken by these compassionate individuals.

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Powerful Cleaning
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With the additional threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, cleaning with products that areeffective and powerful has never been more important. Especially when caring for and cleaning around elderly residents, being mindful of the products you are using and what ingredients they contain is a top priority, not only for the health of our planet, but also our own wellbeing. 

For cleaning that is kinder for ourselves and the planet, try Ecozone

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Great North Run
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Louise Damms, the manager of Care UK’s Cheviot Court care home in South Shields, was selected of one of 13 people to be thanked in a very public way along the course of last weekend’s Great North Run.

Louise was selected by the organisers as one of 13 inspirational individuals who went above and beyond to support their community during the pandemic.

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dementia centre
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Quality Compliance Systems (QCS), a leading provider of content, guidance and standards for the social care sector, has launched the Dementia Centre.

The Dementia Centre, is the realisation of a strategy which looks to add comprehensive 'condition'specific support to its already industry-leading best practice and compliance systems.

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Retirement Village
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Woodland Court, a luxury retirement village in Downend, Bristol, is hosting its first open day since the pandemic, showcasing some of the beautiful retirement apartments they have available. 

The open day, taking place Saturday 25th September, 2 pm - 6 pm, will allow locals, family and friends to take advantage of easing restrictions, and embark on a tour of the one and two-bedroom apartments Woodland Court has to offer. 

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unvaccinated carer
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As customer and carer concerns over COVID-19 vaccinations mount, Elder looks at how the nationwide debate could see an increase in the demand for live-in carers.
 
63% of customers would feel uncomfortable being looked after by an unvaccinated carer, or having an unvaccinated carer look after a loved one, according to a recent customer survey by live-in care agency Elder
 

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end-of-life care
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Royal Star & Garter in High Wycombe has been awarded a national Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Quality Hallmark Award for its delivery of end-of-life care.

It was given as part of the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Virtual Awards, which recognises health and social care providers delivering quality care in the final year of life.

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National read a book day
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Mysteries, Romances, Winnie the Pooh, Agatha Christie and Charles Dickens Get Voted The Best

In honour of today’s National Read a Book Day, passionate reader Sheila Richard, a resident at Friends of the Elderly’s Bernard Sunley care home in Woking, has been reminiscing about her favourite books, authors and characters and sharing her memories, thoughts and insights with the home’s care team.

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Safety guidance
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As restrictions ease, face-to-face events are returning and the eagerly-anticipated Naidex is one of the first up on the list. Naidex welcomes everyone living with a disability or impairment as well as those that provide support for those individuals.Safety guidance for Naidex

This year Naidex is focusing on bringing everyone back together and celebrating the independent living community and everything it has to offer. Featuring everything from inspiring keynote speakers, interactive workshops and live product demonstrations, Naidex offers something for everyone.

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