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Medpac - Practical Bags MEDPAC – PRACTICAL bags specifically designed for carrying and storing prescribed and emergency medicines with personal photo identification. Medpac lets you store and transport medicines safely, allows you to easily identify the correct medicine for the correct person and saves time for staff by clearly displaying expiry dates of medicines. Every Medpac comes complete with a Medpac Photo ID and a Medpac Treatment Card to enable you to write clear instructions on how to use the medication, a treatment plan and additional emergency phone numbers.

Ideal for all medications including diabetic medication. In summary Medpac is designed to: • Store medicines safely and efficiently • Easily identify correct medicine for correct person • Save vital time in an emergency • Display expiry dates to save time for staff Ideal for outings, hospital visits both planned and emergency and respite care. Medpac Wristbands are also available, waterproof and latex free they help to highlight wearer is carrying emergency medication. To discover more about this innovative range of products visit and see how Medpac could change the way you store the medicines in your care home. You can order online at or please email or call 0845 0739430 to discuss bulk buying discounts.

Medicines Management Guide from Rosemont A GUIDE to medicines management and older people is available from Rosemont Pharmaceuticals. Called ‘Medicines management and older people – a guide for healthcare professionals’, the booklet aims to help healthcare professionals learn more about how medication works, how the ageing process affects medicines, common adverse drug reactions, the definitions of compliance and concordance as well as to give an overview of some of the legal aspects of medicines management.

The content of the guide is based on current best practice and the most up to date evidence about medication management. The focus is on the care of older people, who have a higher prevalence of illness and take around 50% of all prescribed medicines (Kelly 2011). Four in five people over 75 take at least one prescribed medicine, with 36% taking four or more medicines (NSF 2001). To receive a free copy of ‘Medicines management and older people – a guide for healthcare professionals’, just email:, call (0)113 244 1999 or visit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES Incontinence UK Bed & Chair Products – Your One Stop Shop! The Key Safe Company Unlocks Support For Care Industry tHe CoNstaNt need to be changing bed linen and trying to protect beds from incontinence leakages can be a depressing and draining aspect of incontinence conditions. fortunately the wide range of disposable or washable incontinence products now available from incontinence uK with high performing absorbency and waterproof layers mean that work and distress can be significantly reduced. So don’t just focus on incontinence pants and pads – consider how incontinence products can help at bedtime too. Some of our best-selling bed & chair incontinence products include: • Disposable Bed Pads from Lille, TENA and

Age UK • Washable Bedsheets from Kylie, Sonoma, Senset and Brolly Sheet to keep both the user dry and protects bedding. With tuck in flaps and available in single or double. • Mattress and Duvet Protectors from Eva Dry and Premium Protect a Bed • Washable Seat/Chair Pads to help keep your chair nice and dry • PVC Waterproof Bedding & Mattress Protection making it easy to care for, simple wash or wipe down with disinfectant solution. For more information on the full Incontinence UK’s Product Range including bed & chair products please visit Carer readers please quote CARER17 for 10% discount off your first order.

Space Saving, Safe Surface Temperature Radiators From Autron With a wall to front face depth of only 75mm, autron’s slenderline is one of the slimmest Low surface temperature (Lst) radiators on the uK market. this makes them ideal for environments including care home corridors where space is at a premium, but safe and effective heating is a must. All standard Autron radiators use innovative heat emitters that contain far less water than typical conventional flat panel radiators, producing the same heat output. This means they can heat up and transfer heat far more quickly, and in a more controllable manner than both panel radiators and

underfloor heating systems. As Autron LSTs heat up faster, the heating can be turned on later saving on energy costs, whilst maintaining a comfortable environment – an important consideration in care homes. A new case study detailing the installation of Slenderline radiators at Elmhurst care home in Cumbria, is now available to read and download from the Autron website. Visit to read the case study and learn more about this innovative range of heaters. Call Autron on 01952 290498 or mail us on for more information on the full Autron LST radiator range.

NEW Adaptawear Winter Clothing Products Available! adaPtaWear Have some NeW winter adapted clothing products that is now available. Lovely and warm NeW men’s pyjamas, non-slip bed socks or a nice cosy new warm ladies bed jacket or open back polo shirt – sound good? We have got you covered. • Slenderella Stitch Detail Coral Fleece Bed Jacket - fleecy warm luxury button up bed jacket with 3/4 sleeves and collar. 4 buttons down the front and stitch detail to collar and cuffs. • Walker Reid Men’s Pure Cotton Flannel Pyjamas - luxury men’s long sleeve 100% brushed pure cotton flannel pyjamas. Button through tailored pyjama with open cuff with single chest pocket and long trouser.

• Non Slip Sole Bed Socks - bootee type thick knitted slipper bed socks with a non-slip sole to stop you having an unnecessary fall. • Luxury Striped Chenille Socks - soft chenille socks to help keep your feet nice and warm this winter. These socks are perfect for keeping your feet warm and toasty and are a great alternative to chunky slippers. • Petal Back Ladies Polo Shirts – stylish open back ladies polo shirts available in long or short sleeve in choice of prints and sizes to aid dressing for both individual and carer. For more information on Adaptawear’s Product Range please visit Carer readers please quote TC141 for 10% discount off your first order.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure...

With nHs interest in prevention rather than probable eventual hospitalisation, physiotherapists in adult care and hospital trusts are recommending that care homes and families buy small hand devices for exercise to prevent hand closure and protect against skin breakdown. Fingers bending towards the palm can be painful to move, if at all possible, and can result in skin deterioration between the fingers and in many cases total closure will lead to skin damage from nails to the palm of the hand. It is beneficial to have a strap over the back of the hand or the thumb to secure the hand grip in place, unlike in years past

when a rolled flannel or bandage was deemed sufficient. Hand grips are available in sheepskin, nylon, terry fabric, and velour covered micro-beads at a cost of less than £20. But sheepskin can become hard and rough after washing, nylon is often too hot causing the palms to sweat, and terry fabric takes longer to dry. Soft microbead hand grips and finger separators can also be used as ‘comforters’ in end of life care and as a diversion for individuals prone to pull at feeding or IV tubes. Micro-beads are cool and easily laundered, quick drying and very comfortable. For more information contact MEDORIS on 01608 819 219 or look at their website – or see page 3.

tHe KeY safe Company is the market leader of mechanical security access products, having revolutionised the way in which people can access properties safely and securely. Its leading Supra C500 is a locked metal box, which provides a secure method of externally storing keys to the exterior of a property. The Supra C500 can hold up to five keys and is regularly used by carers, relatives and healthcare professionals to gain access to a home. The product allows householders to maintain an independent lifestyle and can ensure healthcare professionals are able to deliver scheduled care and gain access in the event of an emergency, without encountering restricted access to the home. The Supra C500 allows householders to guarantee access to care givers, providing a crucial service if they struggle to answer the door themselves.

The Flex-Lift by Ergolet The Flex-Lift by Ergolet is the first truly portable folding hoist aimed at the disabled traveller. Although the provision of hoists and other equipment at travel destination venues is constantly getting better with time, there is still a long way to go before the tourism industry catches up. Ergolet’s new Flex-Lift hoist has been designed with all aspects of portability in mind and will enable the user to travel to places previously off-limits

The product is secured with a single code mechanical locking system, and the code can be changed at any time. The UK’s only mechanical police approved key safe that has accredited certification from The Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB), the leading international Certification Body in the fields of security and fire protection, the Supra C500 is recognised by Secured By Design as well as leading home insurance companies. The product has undergone rigorous tests devised by security experts to demonstrate a comparable attack resistance to a front door. Already used by the majority local authorities and thousands of UK householders, the Supra C500 can be used to allow access to care teams, occupational therapists and other support staff, without the need to carry sets of keys, allowing more time to be spent with patients. For more information about the Supra C500 visit

due to lack of facilities. The Flex-Lift goes into two wheeled holdall bags that will fit into the back of your car or you can even check it in as airline baggage, making longer distance travel possible. When not in use, it folds up flat against a wall or in a cupboard – ideal for when space is tight, such as in a hotel room. When in use, the Flex-Lift doesn’t compromise and is every bit a working hoist with a respectable lifting capacity of 130kg – ample for general use. Assembly is simplicity itself and takes just a couple of minutes. The Flex-Lift requires no tools too – so there is nothing that can get lost in transit. For more information, please contact Ergolet UK on 0161 477 7900 or email us via or see the advert on page 4.

Hebden Nursing Care Beds Match Dementia Care Challenges WitH tHe focus on safety, flexibility and performance, sidhil’s Hebden range of nursing and residential care home beds has been developed specifically to meet the individual and clinical needs of the care home environment, with particular attention to the requirements of dementia patients and dementia care. The design of Sidhil’s fully profiling Hebden nursing care beds recognises the challenges faced by dementia sufferers and their carers. Smooth and easy electrically operated bed movements facilitate moving and handling processes and patient transfers, with integral siderails conforming to all safety and gapping requirements and playing an important role in preventing falls.

The kneebreak section matches current dementia care recommendations in terms of assisting movement from lying down to sitting on the edge of the bed, enabling carers to ensure patients begin the process lying with knees bent to simplify this action. Bed height adjustment is quick and safe, and sleeping positions infinitely variable to suit individual needs. Padded head and foot ends can reduce the risk of injury, and are also available in bright, contrasting colour options which can help with visual identification and sensory stimulation. All models feature a plain wood grain with no strong patterns in a choice of finishes, avoiding visual confusion and giving an attractive domestic appearance. For further information, please contact Sidhil Ltd Tel: 01422 233 000 Email:

Snug Positioning Pillows - Improving Wellbeing of Vulnerable Patients CariNg for different health needs, whilst keeping patients safe and comfortable are the priorities of doctors, nurses and carers. safety, comfort and a stimulating environment speed up recoveries, enhance convalescence and contribute to greater quality of life during illness. Snug Positioning Pillows are uniquely shaped cushions that secure patients’ stable and comfortable positioning in beds and armchairs. Designed to improve lives of chronically ill, frail and disabled with little strength and compromised mobility, Snug Positioning Pillows redistribute external pressure on patients’ body, helping to prevent pressure related bed sores, painful ulcerations and skin breakdowns. Furthermore, Snug Positioning Pillows enhance interaction and improve communication

between patients and their carers, helping the carers to address patients’ needs more effectively. Designed for adults and children and perfect for hospitals, care homes and home care, Snug Positioning Pillows help people in a coma, victims of apallic syndrome, dementia sufferers, visually impaired and immobile people, hemiplegics, people at risk of pressure ulcers, frail elderly, terminally ill and more. Comfortable, practical, durable, washable, flame retardant and made in several designs for different patients’ needs, Snug Positioning Pillows improve standards of care, thus greatly improving lives and wellbeing of the most vulnerable adults and children. Supplied by Win Health Medical Ltd. Call 01835 864866 or visit the website at or see the advert on page 7.

The Carer #35 Winter 2017  

Issue #35 of The Carer - The leading independent publication for nursing and residential care homes. Published Winter (January) 2017.

The Carer #35 Winter 2017  

Issue #35 of The Carer - The leading independent publication for nursing and residential care homes. Published Winter (January) 2017.