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LSAB News July 2017

Improving Personalisation in Care Homes - Action Planning Tool

The LSAB has published a new page dedicated to improving personalisation in Care Homes including an explanation of what personalisation means.

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has launched a new action planning tool and four films which help managers, and owners of care homes for older people, to explore what person-centred care means for residential settings. Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) have also contributed a series of good practice examples from a series of care homes for older people across the country.

Hope for Justice new Spot the Signs poster

Download the digital version of the poster.

Also on the Hope for Justice website you can find comprehensive briefing documents that define human trafficking, outline the UK and global markets for the exploitation of human beings and analyse the current mechanisms for addressing this complex crime.

Remember, if you spot something that concerns you, report it but do not attempt to deal with it yourself. And if you think someone is in immediate danger, call 999.  

 

Anyone can experience neglect or abuse – it is no reflection on their intelligence, strength or worth

Staying in control when you're older is a new publication from Independent Age who provide advice and support for older age tells you what signs to look for and what to do if you suspect neglect or abuse are happening.  

Looking out for someone who is being mistreated is everyone’s business.

Neglect and abuse can take many forms. Some examples include: 

  • Someone who looks after your money using it inappropriately
  • Someone ignoring you when you need help
  • Someone giving you the wrong dose of medicine or making you wear too many or too few clothes
  • Someone who leaves you hungry, in pain or cold whether they are doing it deliberately or not

The advice in their guide applies to England only.

 

Looking after yourself in the heat and sun - Advice and information

It may already seem like the recent heatwave is a distant memory. Here at Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board we have high hopes for a warm and sunny July. We would like to make sure people have the right advice on taking care of themselves or others they care for.

Most of us like to enjoy the sun and hot weather but we should make sure we do it safely and remember certain groups of people are more vulnerable than others to the effects of heat or ultraviolet radiation. Extreme heat can force the body into overdrive as it tries to stay cool through perspiration and evaporation. Older people are particularly at risk. Overexposure to sun is equally dangerous.

Make sure you know what to do

Before a heatwave

  • Ensure you have plenty of cold fluids available.

During a heatwave

  • Try to keep your house cool, closing blinds or curtains can help.
  • At night, keep your sleeping area well ventilated. Night cooling is important as it allows the body to recuperate.
  • Try to stay cool by taking cool showers or baths and/or sprinkle yourself several times a day with cold water.
  • Avoid too much exercise, which can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and can even be fatal. Watch for signs of heat stress - an early sign is fatigue.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, but not alcohol, which dehydrates the body.
  • Try to eat as you normally would. Not eating properly may exacerbate health-related problems.
  • If driving, keep your vehicle well ventilated to avoid drowsiness.
  • Take plenty of water with you and have regular rest breaks.
  • If you have vulnerable neighbours who may be at risk during a heatwave, please try to visit them daily.
  • If you do go out, try to avoid the hottest part of the day (11am to 3pm) Avoid being in the sun for long stretches and seek shade where possible.

Before going out in the sun

  • Check you have appropriate sun cream for your particular type of skin.

During sunny weather

The UV index (the strength of the sun) can be high at many times of the year - it doesn't have to be hot. The UV index can be strong through cloud even when the sun isn't directly shining.

If you go out,

  • Wear lightweight, light-coloured clothing, high factor sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Avoid being in the sun for long stretches.
  • Re-apply high factor sun cream at regular intervals during the day. It doesn't have to be hot for the UV index to be high.

Keep up to date with weather warnings from the Met OfficeAge UK also have great advice on staying cool in a heatwave.

Independent Age also have a helpful guide Summer Wise

The next main board meeting will be held Thursday 13th July 2017, 2pm-4.30pm, Committee Room 1, Civic Suite, Catford.

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