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As our loved ones age, taking care of them becomes intertwined more and more with our everyday lives. When they develop diseases like dementia, it often brings a slew of unforeseen changes which we must adapt to quickly and this often includes making changes to their home environment. Dementia causes changes to the person’s judgement, behaviour, sense of time and place, physical ability and anticipating these changes will allow you to minimize the risk of potential injuries and accidents.

Adapting a person with dementia’s home can allow them to stay in a familiar and comforting environment without worry and reduces the stress for everyone involved. The list of adaptions is endless but there’s many things you can do to dementia proof their homes and allow them to continue living independently.

1.Reduce clutter and simplify walkways

It’s important to ensure that walkways are clear and not blocked. Remove rugs and carpets to prevent falls as the person with dementia could see this as an object and trip or fall. If you’re worried about falls, think about purchasing a personal alarm for them. Perform a walkthrough to identify the different things that could cause injury.

2. Put away dangerous appliances and toxic substances

Remove any electrical appliances from the bathroom and kitchen and lock scissors and knives away in a secure place. Secure lock cabinets that contain medications, chemicals and any other toxic substances that could be mistaken for food. You may want to consider getting stove knob covers or removing them altogether and switching to devices that use heat instead


3. Utilize child-proof locks and door knob covers

Being able to rationalize between safe and unsafe may not always be possible for a person with dementia so it’s vital to lock doors that lead to areas that contain tools, equipment or chemicals that may be dangerous. On the flip side, removing bedroom and bathroom locks may be necessary to prevent accidentally locking themselves in.

 

4. Lighting

The way a person with dementia’s home is lit can have an impact on their visibility. Changes in light levels can be disorienting so make sure their home is evenly and well-lit, particularly in the evenings. Night lights can be handy in hallways, bedrooms, bathrooms and stairs to prevent accidents. Reduce glare by covering polished surfaces, mirrors and glass tops.

 

5. Colour contrast

Contrast can be beneficial in helping people with dementia distinguish space and depth within their home, having contrasting colour furniture to the walls will make objects stand out more but avoid using dark colours as these can often look like a black blur and be disorienting.

 

6. Labels

Labels can help determine what’s inside a room, cupboard or drawers. For example, a sign with a picture of a toilet on the bathroom door. Remember as well to CHECK labels on food! People with dementia often develop issues with taste and smell and are unable to identify fresh food so routinely check to see all their food is still within date.

 

Of course, even with adaptations, sometimes your loved one will require a little help – and here at Secure Healthcare Solutions, we want to help you or your loved one to stay at home in your comfortable environement, which is why we offer a range of home care options, from respite care to give you a break, to holiday help to enable you to take your loved one away. Our fully trained and qualified staff are always here to help you. Find out how we can assist with care at home.

For many workers, undertaking a 9 – 5 role, while trying to balance childcare, tackle busy transport, and generally live life can be exhausting and, at times, untenable.

While employers are starting to look at flexible working patterns when their core hours of business are generally between 8am – 6pm it’s impossible for some employers to offer the flexible working hours required by some working parents, and those with other responsibilities.

Flexible Work in West Midlands

Secure Healthcare Solutions are pleased to offer flexible working patterns, combined with good rates of pay, and shift work to suit.

With healthcare roles across the West Midlands, we can offer an alternative for those looking to fit their hours around their lives. As we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we are able to offer constant and regular work at times that fit you and your lifestyle.

This means that our applicants across the West Midlands, are able to specify their availability for work each week and be allocated hours to suit their lifestyle.

What Type of Flexible Work is Available?

Here at Secure Healthcare Solutions, we specialise in providing healthcare workers to employers such as nursing homes, care homes, NHS hospitals, and also domiciliary care at home. As our services are required 24 hours a day, there is always a shift that will suit you.

We offer great rates of pay, and full training. We take real pride in the care that we provide, so we work with you to ensure that you can provide the best care.

There are other benefits to working with us which include

  • Weekly Pay
  • 24/7 support team
  • Bonus Schemes
  • Excellent pay rates
  • Free uniform

And much more!

Get in touch today, or browse our jobs to find out how we can help you discover hours to suit your life!

It’s that time of the year again. Today is said to be the most depressing day of the year. Christmas is a long forgotten memory, while payday still seems a long way ahead. It’s cold, you’re miserable, and those diet resolutions you made in good faith back on the 1st are now making your stomach rumble.

Originally coined by a PR Firm 13 years ago, Blue Monday seems to have slipped into common vernacular, however mental health charities warn that Blue Monday trivialises depression, with Mind’s Head of Information commenting that ‘Depression is not just a one day event’.

However, it really is that case that the factors mentioned above can spiral into feeling down at this time of year. So what can those who do feel down at this time of year do to try and beat those winter blues.

  1. Get Outside

As the temperatures drop, it can tempting to stay indoors wrapped up warm, however the lack of sunlight in the winter can contribute to feeling down. The NHS suggests trying to take a one hour walk in the middle of the day when it’s brightest outside.

 

  1. Eat Well

While it’s easy to eat up salads and light meals during the summer, our natural inclination during the winter is to turn to stodgy comfort food. Eating healthy will help to boost mood and allow you more energy. Try to balance your diet by eating plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit.

 

  1. Try Light Therapy

While getting out in the natural daylight is always the best option, many of those who suffer with seasonal depression have seen boosts from using lightboxes – electric devices that simulate natural daylight.

 

  1. Keep Both Mind and Body Active

In the depths of winter, many people find themselves less active – just sitting in front of a TV or computer screen indoors. Try and keep as active as possible. Get out and see friends and family, or perhaps take up a new hobby. By keeping both your mind and body active, you can help to boost your mood.

 

  1. Seek Help

Whether a support group, a phone line, or going to see your GP – depression is a serious illness that can have a heavy impact on your life. If your symptoms are interfering with your ability to live normally, speak to you GP, or contact MIND.

 

It’s a common phenomenon that the New Year can signal a want of career change for many – and 2018 is no different.

What causes so many workers to chose to look out for a new role at the start of the year is uncertain, whether it’s a case of ‘new year – new you’ or whether the onset of winter blues causes job dissatisfaction, it’s actually the case that for many, January is spent scouting for a new role.

A recent survey has shown that more than half of the UK’s workforce will be looking for a new job in 2018, so for certain roles, it is expected that the competition for roles could be fierce. However, it is always the case that many NHS and healthcare workers are in high demand from employers.

 

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Nursing Jobs in 2018

With uncertainty over Brexit, and a lower than usual take-up of nursing degrees last year, qualified nurses are in high demand, and we have a large number of nursing roles available in the Midlands and surrounding areas. With some great job roles including paediatric nurses, RGN’s, Nurse practitioners, and lots more – Secure Healthcare Solutions can assist you into your new nursing role for a great new year.

Here are just some of our current vacancies

Band 5 RGN – North Staffordshire

Band 6 RGN – West Midlands

Theatre Nurse – West Midlands

 

Healthcare Assistant Jobs in 2018

New job 2018

Perhaps you are seeking a new role this year that fits in better with your lifestyle. Many of those seeking a new job for the new year are making a conscious decision to make more time for family or get a role that fits in better with their lifestyle. Secure Healthcare Solutions operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so we are able to offer regular work at a time that suits you. Specify your availability and we can offer shifts that fit in exactly with when and where you want to work. As a leading provider of care, we have a wide range of healthcare assistant roles available – here are just a few.

Agency Healthcare Assistant/Support Worker – Tamworth

Healthcare Assistant-Worcester

Complex Care, Healthcare Assistant/ Support Worker – Stafford 

 

Whatever your career aspirations for 2018, Secure Healthcare Solutions can help. So get in touch with us today – call 0121 285 9449 or send an email to cv@securehealthcaresolutions.co.u

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The number of students starting undergraduate nursing courses has dipped by 2.6% this year which has lead to warnings that the future supply of nurses ‘remains in peril’.

The Government promised in October to create an extra 5,000 nursing places, part of a wider drive to cope with soaring patient numbers, however, an end to bursaries in favour of student loans have been blamed for deterring people from the profession.

Combined with the drop in overseas applicants – which has partially been blamed on uncertainty over Brexit – the true risks to our NHS services are yet to be seen.

The latest data shows there was a 13 per cent decline in acceptances to nursing subjects from applicants aged 21 to 25 and a six per cent decline from those aged 26 or above, but that these decreases were offset by in increased acceptances of young applicants.

It suggests that, per applicant, it was easier to get onto a nursing degree this year than in the past.

The Royal College of Nursing said the figures showed the Government is not filling the promised extra places.

Speaking in the Telegraph, Lara Carmona, Associate Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the RCN, said: “These figures show the future supply of nurses remains in peril – we have not seen the increase we need across the UK, despite government promises.

“In practice, this will mean services already struggling to recruit staff will find it even harder.”

If you are interested in a career in nursing – please get in touch with us.