Choosing fabrics that provide style and substance

There’s no room for egos in care home interior design – it isn’t personal, research tells us ‘fit for purpose’ is the priority, says Tina Profit, product manager at Camira Fabrics

How simple changes can enhance quality of life

Madison McCormack, public relations officer, Find Memory Care, explains how wellbeing can be improved in people with dementia by incorporating points of interest into the care home environment, which help with orientation, thereby promoting independence

Evidence based signage and orientation prompts

Working to improve healthcare environments has meant being exposed to a disheartening range of commonly found ‘way finding’ products – especially those aimed at people living with dementia, says Lucy Richards, founder and creative director, StudioLR

Should care homes use antimicrobial additives?

Jonathan Waggott of Jonathan Waggott & Associates considers the role of silver and other substances in addition to good hand hygiene and the disinfection of surfaces in avoiding the spread of infection among vulnerable people

Key considerations when buying or selling a business

Some care home owners and buyers will try to save money by involving their advisers later in a sale or purchase transaction, but rather than saving fees, this often results in more costs being incurred, says Tom Lumsden, partner, CooperBurnett LLP

Improving the bathing experience for everyone

Bathing is an essential element of daily care, and it is important to ensure that it is a safe and pleasant experience for residents and care staff. Dennis Goodes, managing director of The Assisted Bathing Company, provides some useful guidance on bathroom planning

Why you should factor profit into the cost of care

Do you know how important it is to factor profit into the cost of care? Richard Shore, finance director, Caresolve, says too many care homes are not paying close enough attention to the financial aspects of running their businesses. Here he offers some advice

How to positively promote opportunities for living

Sue Goldsmith, director of care quality and dementia, The Care Home Coach, looks at methods used to ‘enable’ care home residents, from information giving to promoting independence, and explores ways of developing a ‘living environment’

Protecting residents from the risk of winter bugs

News of a flu epidemic in Australia that could reach UK shores this winter, is a timely reminder that care homes need to prepare for a raft of seasonal bugs. Sharon Evans, PR and digital marketing specialist at Cairn Care, considers how to tackle three of the most dangerous

Understanding the new CQC inspection framework

Laura Hannah, solicitor and Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulatory expert at Stephensons Solicitors LLP, discusses the new CQC assessment framework, what it involves and how it has changed

The Care Show 2017

The Care Show, which was held from 10-11 October at the NEC Birmingham, is under the new ownership of CloserStill Media, which has unveiled the show’s 2018 manifesto and a refreshed brand identity

From buttons and bells to a nurse call revolution

Dave Hewitt, sales and marketing director at Courtney-Thorne, considers the development of nurse call solutions and explains how the latest systems can improve the resident experience and help staff provide more efficient and responsive care

Creating a garden that reflects residents’ lives

Wendy Brewin, creative spaces project manager and Jane Stoneham, director, the Sensory Trust, discuss how involving staff, residents and their families in the design of a care home garden will ensure it becomes a place that reflects their lives

Scalding versus Legionella – balancing the risks

Carole Armstrong, marketing and communications manager, Delabie UK, discusses how to produce and deliver hot water at temperatures that eliminate Legionellabacteria without scalding the user

Know your responsibilities: a guide to Legionella control

What is a Legionellarisk assessment and why is it important to have one? Simon Stone, water safety, Nant, considers how to identify the infection risks posed by temperature and stagnation in a water system and how to avoid and address them

Breaking the chain to stop the spread of infection

Franz Lorenschitz, marketing manager at Allgood, explores how the chain of infection can be broken and highlights the benefits of incorporating certified antimicrobial copper ironmongery into the care home environment

Therapeutic benefits of creating and sharing art

April Dobson, head of dementia innovation at The Abbeyfield Society, describes an initiative to promote the benefit to care home residents of creating art through a series of exhibitions of their work that were held across the country

Key considerations when installing a wet room

Wet rooms have increased in popularity and are now highly specified in care home facilities. However, a wet room is more than just a style choice and requires careful planning, as Chris Tranter, product manager at Bristan, explains

Delivering first class care in a ‘hotel standard’ setting

Working with care provider Notaro Homes, Boon Brown Architects designed Casa di Lusso, a care facility that offers hotel standard accommodation with all the clinical facilities required to provide dementia care. Architectural associate at Boon Brown, Mike Payne, discusses the project

Life enhancing approaches to the care of older people

While care homes are always designed to optimise comfort for residents, Jonathan Wilson, principal and healthcare sector lead at architectural practice, Stantec, explains why we need a complete sea change in the thinking behind care home design