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Author: Zoe

  • Over 18,000 people requiring care now benefit from Care Charts

    PJ Care’s decision to introduce Remember-I’m-Me Care Charts into the daily life of their neurological care centres means that over 800 care homes and hospitals are now using these award-winning communication tools. Trials have demonstrated that Care Charts not...
  • Why ensuring hospital is aware of a patient’s preferences is so important…

    Nurse consultant Vicki Leah is overseeing a trial of our Care Charts in Jubilee Ward, a post-acute UCLH service at St Pancras Hospital. We were chatting about the benefits of knowing a bit about the background, likes and dislikes...
  • Kate Granger’s two books should be required reading…

    Most people reading this will have heard of Dr Kate Granger, and of her struggle to live as normal a life as possible under the shadow of a terminal cancer diagnosis. As famous as the doctor herself is her...
  • The use of dolls in dementia care, effective therapy or insultingly patronising?

    Gary Mitchell RN describes how he overcame his initial reluctance to see the potential benefits of using dolls as ‘an anchor in an ever-changing sea of uncertainty’ for some individuals with advanced dementia. In this blog, Gary offers some advice on...
  • Access books, reminiscence boxes, activities and more…

    [updated May 2015] I was inspired to pull together this list of resources when attending a WhoseShoes event in Kent and heard about Kent Libraries’ wonderful list of reminiscence boxes and associated training. A number of councils and other organisations offer...
  • Because-I-Care Daily Prompt Posters: free download

    These fun and eye-catching posters have proved to be highly popular as gentle prompts for those messages your staff will have learned in training. To give you an idea of what they’re like, we’re offering you the opportunity to...
  • Good Care Week 2014

      Good Care Week 28 April 2014   Care Talk magazine are looking for stories from Good Care Week 2014. Good Care Week aims to champion excellence in social care by; Providing a platform and equipping people who work...
  • See Change: Think Pain

    It is thought that as many as three in four people living in care homes may be in pain at any one time. It is one of the major challenges when providing care to someone with dementia… if a person...
  • When opportunities for pleasure are rare, food needs to be taken seriously.

    There are increasing efforts to improve the quality of food in care homes, but if a resident cannot experience the taste or smell of what’s on offer, they are unlikely to be enthused about eating, however appetising it looks...
  • Getting to know each other

    We’re always going on about the importance of needing to know about a resident’s needs and preferences, but what about your staff? Might they like to share what they like and dislike, and might they learn something from the exercise as well? Encourage your staff to...
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