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It's time for the care sector to start thinking 'technology' smart. Not just for the protection and safeguarding of our most vulnerable but for the professionals who value their reputation as good, conscientious led Care Providers. Our most vulnerable and their carers deserve no less

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Monsters under the bed by Doug Melia

3rd July 2017 - 0 comments

Having never worked in care, never having been a carer myself and being married to the most domesticated woman alive who doesn't allow me to care for myself (she sets feminism back decades I promise you), I subsequently have little care experience. Aside from delivering keynotes on the principles of reasonable force to managers & training soft restraint trainers in the mental health sector, I have little involvement in care, so my knowledge and experience of the actual care sector and what is involved is minimal.

As a training organisation sending out trainers across a variety of sectors I always aim to provide our clients with a fully qualified, professional and friendly face with sector specific experience. I find the experience these trainers hold makes them more engaging themselves and in turn they easily engage others relating to the specific challenges of the job role in question and where appropriate, draw relevant experiential comparisons with their own anecdotes.

Ninety seven & counting...

Growing up, a massive role model for me was my Grandad, a Desert rat who after being shot in the back was airlifted from Egypt to a hospital in France where he spent the remainder of the war. My Grandad Bernard is due home tomorrow after a short rehabilitative stay at a care home in Lancashire following a fall on one of his many "I am still independent" missions around his house. I find care homes alien, I'm a bit out of my depth in them to be honest and from watching too many horrific undercover exposes am suspicious of everything and everyone - especially where my family or friends are concerned.

My wife and I went to visit my Grandad at his temporary new abode and although Georgie has left care and has since set up her own successful agency, she has been working in a variety of roles since she was 16 years old. I couldn't have taken a better candidate along with me and I certainly learnt a few things during the time we spent there - please allow me to explain further.

An inspector calls

So my Grandad and I sat and caught up on life whilst my wife Georgie busied herself in a friendly and discreet manner floating around the home, talking to staff and all the time checking out a few basics out see if there were in fact any monsters under the bed.

is the resident's toothbrush damp and the toothpaste cap congealed or blocked?
are the sheets clean and has the commode been sanitised?
denture boxes (the resident hasn’t eaten today – no because their dentures aren’t in!)
is there fresh water by the bed?
reading glasses, remote controls, alarms, walking aids and fluids – are they within reach?
regards sanitation leave out a certain number of pads the night before then check the next day, also ask to see the buzzer history- some systems show times and attendance rates of calls
have a quick look around the kitchen area to see what is available and what juices are on offer – if water is the only drink on the table then that is what residents will have. They may not know to ask so you then get residents saying "we only get water with breakfast" when other juices are available.
where required if a repose cushion or mattress is in place – is it actually inflated?
Now you probably all know a lot more than me about care and as my posts normally sit within my own remit this was only possible with my wife's input. I just wanted to share what I thought was an invaluable and reassuring insight into the basics that should be in place at care establishments - where your loved ones or relatives may reside.

About the author: Doug Melia accepts that like the certainty of the ridiculous amount of tax he seems to collect for HMRC every year (and how it only gets worse), that as the other certainty of life approaches - no matter how much Botox he gets - he too will one day require care. Doug sincerely hopes that when that day comes that the standard of care he receives will be as good as that maintained by the home that his Grandad Bernard spent time in.

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Doug Melia
Use of force & restraint equipment specialist


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