Information from USA sites sent to us.

The links listed below have been submitted to NASHiCS from American readers who thought that the information could be useful when gathering information for dealing with safety issues and the elderly..

Naturally they are advice provided to USA citizens so must be read with this in mind.

Falls and Older People Read>>

22 Senior Health Risk Calculators for Healthy Aging Read>>

Health Information for Older Adults Read>>

Health & You: Seniors and Swimming Read>>

Fire Prevention Preparedness for Seniors  Read>>  

Cranky Old Man

When an elderly man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.  Later, when the nurses were going through his meagre possessions, They found this poem.  Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.  One nurse took her copy to Melbourne.  The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in magazines for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this elderly man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across the Internet.

Cranky old man

What is life like for an older person today?

2014 Theme:
Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All

On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly (by resolution 45/106) designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons.
To celebrate the UN International Day of the Older Person this info graphic looks at a range of ONS statistics on people aged 65+.

It makes  a very interesting and  a simple easy read covering population, work, life, health and care.

More here>>

Social Care Jargon Busting

The Social care jargon buster is a plain English guide to the most commonly used social care words and phrases and what they mean.

Chair of TLAP’s Information and Advice work stream and Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence Andrea Sutcliffe has provided a foreword to introduce the set of Information and Advice tools and outline plans for future development.

Social Care Jargon Busting

Infection Control & Water Safety Roadshow – 8th July 2013- Report

Nant Ltd has been in the Water Safety industry since 18 years and providing its clients with advice and solutions to their Legionella problems. They have been quite proactive in their Corporate Social Responsibility commitments by supporting care associations like NASHiCS, NCF and ECCA in different ways.

This year they intend to carry out a series of 3 road shows titled ‘Infection Control in Water Systems’. The first show was hosted at Oxley Park Golf Club, Wolverhampton on the 8th July 2013. Thanks to Neville and his team for accommodating us at the Golf club.

 The day was designed to provide the delegates with information and awareness on infection control in care services especially with regards to the Pseudomonas addendum. Chris Green, Chairman for the day and Managing Director of Nant Ltd, opened the forum with a warm welcome and background on Nant Ltd hosting these shows. And introduced BobTaylor to go through the day’s itinerary and introduce Nant Ltd.

Mr Paul Semans, Keynote speaker, Registered Nurse  and Clinical Director at MHAPS Ltd then delivered a speech on ‘Importance of Infection Control in the Care Sector.’ Paul went through his presentation highlighting some key points on poor hygiene standards and how to overcome them.

After the break Bob Taylor, spoke on Epidemiology, Legislation and Responsibilities regarding Legionella Control, and Dr Grainne McNeece stepped in to speak along same lines on Pseudomonas and the HTM 04-01 addendum.

Next in was Tony Perkins, MHAPS Ltd who spoke on the Importance of Training in Infection Control followed by Paul Semans also MAPS Ltd which talked about tissue viability and wound care, and also introduced their unique new product “Wound Maps”, as a treatment and procedure record tool using a standard range pictures and symbols as a poster type treatment plan for each patient.

After a short break Paul Rivett, Rose Hygiene Ltd demonstrated importance of washing hands and how easily infection can be passed from person to person, and to other objects causing cross contamination, and how the correct use of hand gels and hand wash liquids can control this. This was followed on by Barry Willmot, Duplex Machines Ltd, who demonstrated how steam cleaning can help promote good floor hygiene and hard surface hygiene in a care homes.

Chris then opened the floor for question and answer round which sparked good questions which were then answered by the respective guest speakers.

Overall the show received a solid 8.6/10 with some very good feedback about the show. 

NASHiCS was pleased to be associated with this event.

New Research reveals Health and Safety Challenges for the sector

Employee attitudes represent the greatest challenge for social care professionals in implementing health and safety policies, according to research conducted by the National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHiCS). When asked to rate by greatest difficulty, over a fifth (20.9%) highlighted employee attitudes, compared with just over a tenth (10.9%) marking operational and practice, and under 5% (4.7%) staff skills and training.
The association polled 300 professionals in the social care sector by email in April 2013, in advance of its Learning and Development Forum on June 20 in Manchester.

Other key findings include:
•    Almost a third (31.7%) report that financial resources devoted to health and safety are being reduced.
•    Nearly one in ten (8.9%) do not provide accident statistics, and a fifth (20%) do not provide accident investigation reports, for senior managers.
•    A total of 8% find health and safety compliance guidance ‘confusing’.
•    Over 85% (85.4%) rate the impact of negative publicity surrounding the sector as challenging (65.9% Somewhat challenging; 19.5% Significantly challenging.)
•    Fire safety tops the list of health and safety concerns (57.1%). Followed by: medication errors (19%), challenging behaviour (14.3%); Legionella (4.8%); scalding (2.4%) and nutrition (2.4%).

More in Press releases- members section

and see results table also in members section

Care Talk article . See page 15