ADDING VALUE

  • UPDATE!! The Health Care Extreme Makeover - Home Edition!

    We know you've all been keenly waiting to hear the news from Red Rose about their brilliant refurbishment project and here's the latest update. As you can see, there is a lot of work going into this project and we know it will help to make a huge difference in end of life care for many people and their loved ones.

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  • Are you sure your mattresses are really clean?

    How can you be sure your mattresses are safe for new residents? With our mattress decontamination service we can take care of it for you, ensuring the mattress is cleaned to MHRA standards - we will even arrange your collection and redelivery.
    • Meets PUWER regs  - from the HSE
    • Meets DoH95 (18)  - regulations
    • Immersion process formulated to kill HCAIs (Healthcare Associated Infections)

    Book your mattress decontamination now!

    The decontamination facility we use has been built with infection control in mind throughout, including separate “contaminated” and “decontaminated” entries and exits within the facilities.
    The facilities have been viewed and approved by NHS/PCT trusts and our service offers a swift turn-around, usually 7-10 days. We are priced competitively at £60 per decontamination.
    In addition to cleaning your mattress, we can provide quotes and recommendations for repairs to ensure you get the most life out of your mattresses too. No work is carried out until you have agreed to the quote.
    Want more? What about a loan mattress? For £40 we will loan you a mattress to use whilst your’s is being cleaned!
  • The Healthcare Extreme Makeover - Home Edition!

    We are delighted to bring you a project we're very proud to be helping on, the refurbishment of 18 rooms at Red Rose Care Home in Newark.

    Red Rose Care have a history of achieving excellence and the newly refurbished rooms are adding to these high standards by offering end of life care facilities.

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  • All the Latest from Healthcare HQ!

    It's been a little whilst since we last posted here and this is in no small part to some of the work we've been doing behind the scenes at Healthcare Services UK. You may already have noticed that we have improved the search function on the website to return better results for you. We are also working on improving the information on the website on each product, so you've got a better idea of the right products for you to use and to help you find them first time, every time.

    We've also been watching the news for interesting stories about progress in the battle against dementia, helpful tips and tools for caring for those with a dementia, and building up more resources and guides for you all to use to that end too.  There will be much more on that in the coming months.

    We'd like to share some of those stories below with you all now.

    A town hall which is offering film screenings Wem Town Hall where a new Dementia Friendly screening has taken place.

    This is Wem Town Hall, where on Monday 17th December, there was a "Singing Session" where those with a dementia, and their carers, could attend and enjoy singing along to classic movie songs.

    We've previously mentioned other groups in the country who arrange these important events where carers and those with a dementia can enjoy some social time and respite. We will continue to share this news and we hope to have many more to tell you about!

    Passion for care

    The passion at the heart of Healthcare Services UK comes direct from the heart of our MD, Jo Bonser. If you have not yet heard about Jo's story and why helping those with a dementia is so important to her, then we urge you to head over here and watch the video.

    Jo Bonser, MD of Hcsuk, leading a workshop on dementia and hydration and nutrition. Jo leading a workshop earlier this year talking about helping those with a dementia to eat and drink better.

    In Case You Missed It!

    November 27th was "Tasty Suppers" day, a day set up by the team behind Nutrition and Hydration week. The day, along with the other awareness day of Thirsty Thursday is designed to remind us of the importance of keeping those in our care well fed and cared for. We have a range of product solutions to help you with this, some of which are shown in the image on the right.

    These include plates and bowls which keep food warmer for longer, adapted cutlery which is easier to hold for those with limited strength in their hands and reduced mobility and cup and mugs with lids to both keep things warm and help reduce spillages.

    You can see more products on the website. 

    Keep popping back because there will be more to come, both in updates on the website but also with our other services and how we keep you informed of what we're up to here at Hcsuk.

     

  • Servicing Superheroes!

    Our superhero servicing team, Phil and Rachel

    For many years our Hcsuk  servicing team has been working with care providers just like you, to help keep their equipment;

    • Safe
    • Compliant with legislation (Loler BS5827 BS EN ISO10535)
    • In good working order, to keep replacement costs down

    Together we can offer you :

    • Same day call out
    • Full service history – you’ll have all the information you need when you need it
    • Hassle free diary management - To keep your business compliant and ensure that nothing is missed
    • Written recommendations of new parts before supply for cost control
    • Peace of mind we operate under a health care industry code of practice, so you can be assured you’re dealing with a reputable company
    • DBS checked engineers- we are trustworthy
    • A seamless service when old equipment needs replacing
    • On loan/short term hire of essential equipment to help keep your residents safe and well.

    Our team of caring and skilled technicians work closely with customers to take the hassle out of keeping their equipment compliant and in the best possible condition.

    Phil and Rachel work closely together to give you the very best service and customer care they can and together they really are a true superhero team! Phil is something of a speed freak witha love of motor bikes and Rachel has recently completed two YES TWO half marathons! Watch out for more on that later.

    Phil popping one of the hoists into his, very tidy and well cared for, van.

    Don't just take our word for it -

    I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for an excellent service we received when we had our hoist, hoist slings and weight chair scales serviced. The gentleman who came was very polite and friendly with a professional manner.
    The reason we choose  HCSuk is that we have always received excellent service from you and always received a friendly response when we contact any member of your team.

    Colleen Joyce, Manager at Stanton Manor Residential Home, Burton on Trent.

    To find out more, and to book your professional, friendly audit, call Rachel now on  01773 532582 or email her at  [email protected]

    Watch out for Phil/Superman in the van!

     

  • How can Hcsuk help you to reduce the number of falls in your care home?

    This week is Falls Prevention Week September 22nd-28th and we wanted to get you all thinking about what you could do to reduce the risks of falls in your homes, make you aware of some statistics around falls in care homes and also to tell you about our unique and best selling Falls Management Solutions.

    • According to L Z Rubenstein Falls in Older People study, falls account for 40% of all injury deaths which occur in care homes.

    • Falls are 5 times more likely to occur in care homes than in the community (WHO)

    • One in ten care home residents who fall sustain a fracture

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  • MD Jo Is Honoured To Be Presenting National Interactive Workshop

    Yayy! I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured to have been invited to present an interactive workshop, ‘To Help People with a Dementia to Eat Better’, at this year’s National Association of Care Catering (NACC) training and development forum coming up in October.

    The NACC is an organisation who, for more than 30 years, has been committed to raising standards of care catering and championing the positive impact nutrition, hydration and mealtimes have on the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of the elderly and vulnerable in care settings. It unites supports and represents everyone working in and associated with catering in the UK care sector. It is recognised as a respected source of information and opinion for the dynamic and growing area of care catering.

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  • How Hcsuk Helps New Care Home Managers Feel Welcome.

    It’s important to us here at Hcsuk, that everyone in the care industry is given the best tools to do their job, whether that’s the product solutions to help care for those in their care or the training they receive. Part of that training in most places is a good induction to a new workplace and part of that induction should be learning about the suppliers your care home uses.

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  • How activity groups can help you when you care for a loved one with a dementia

    Caring for a loved one with a dementia can be challenging, tiring and lonely for relatives and carers, and so often we forget that we need to look after ourselves too.

    Jo Bonser, MD of Hcsuk, speaks from her own personal experience, having taken 4 months away from work to care for her own Mum, aged 97, living at home with vascular dementia.

    ‘My Mum would get extremely anxious if I was to leave the room,  just to make a cup of tea, and would even follow me and shout at me for nipping out for a much needed loo break! So my days were spent sitting beside her in the same room from the time she got up until going to bed, with her repeatedly asking me the same questions – it was exhausting. Luckily I had my Border Collie, Hollie,  living with us and my daily sanctuary came when a carer would relieve me for an hour and so I could get out in the fresh air and walk in nature, one of my favourite things to do.’

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  • Are your staff and residents washing their hands with contaminated soap?

    We wash our hands with soap to kill germs and bacteria. However, if you are currently using bulk fill or refillable soap dispensers, did you know that they are a breeding ground for bacteria and they can leave hands with 25 times more bacteria after washing?

    The Centre for Disease Control and Infection (CDC) warns – Do not add soap to a partially empty soap dispenser, this practice of topping off dispensers can lead to bacterial contamination of soap.

    Here at Hcsuk, our aim is always to promote and advise on best practice for care homes and fit for purpose product solutions to enable, our care home customers, to meet the regulatory requirements and to help them to improve their standards.

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