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More often than not, higher quality equals higher costs. When applied to products and services on the market, it makes sense. However, this cost to quality relationship gets murky when it strays into the realm of social services and health. The minimum funding level still needs to be enough to afford a high quality of care that residents deserve, and expect. This is becoming increasingly difficult in social care as local councils struggle to finance the industry following £700 million…

Brexit. It’s the inescapable news story of recent times and not surprisingly, ‘Brexit fatigue’ has well and truly set in.  The unfortunate reality is that leaving the European Union will touch most businesses in the UK and the adult social care sector is no exception. A month or so ago we were talking about the green paper that the government is still yet to deliver. The latest area of concern is a different colour all together; a new immigration white…

Choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the UK with more than half of choking deaths occurring in people over the age of 74. An average of six care home residents die from choking each month, making it the biggest cause of preventable death. One-third of care home residents are at risk Our risk of choking increases exponentially as we age due to the deterioration of teeth and muscles. Dysphagia is one of the most common…

The International Society for Dietary Restrictions (ISDR) today released a new framework for texture modified diets. The new 50 thickness level framework demonstrates a hitherto unseen level of specificity for the aged care catering industry to ensure that each resident’s needs are addressed safely and carefully. “We found current standards to be lacking as they only represented physical thickness and not the full spectrum that contributes to wellbeing,” said ISDR president Lief Kriek in a press interview last Friday. “We…

Good care stems from independence and dignity. To respect those ideals, carers need to take a personalised focus to looking after the elderly. A generic approach does not address choice or individuality, neither medically, nor preferentially. Providing truly ‘person centred’ care to each individual can take up a lot of time and resources if attempted through traditional means. It would take divine intervention for a paper-based system to accomplish this goal. This is where technology comes into play. We all know integrating…

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