Care Show 2019

Care Show 2019We are exhibiting at the Care Show 2019 at the NEC today and tomorrow! Visit stand A23 for a demo and a chance to win champagne and a spa trip.

Relocating as an Older Adult

As we get older we may realise that the place we call home is no longer fit for our needs. There are many factors to consider when choosing between staying in your familiar home or moving to a new environment, be it a house more suited to your needs or a care facility.

It is estimated that by the year 2050, the number of adults aged 60 and over will nearly double, increasing pressure on social and housing services as people decide whether to stay at home or relocate.

Most aging adults prefer to stay put as they enjoy the familiarity and memories attached to their homes. Feeling safe and in control of where you live is important, especially to those who may already be experiencing a loss of independence.

You may debate relocation versus home modifications; should I move to a Bungalow or install a stair-lift? But choices like these aren’t black and white – you might not only be experiencing problems with using stairs, but have more complex physical needs. Living alone may also no longer be an option for people experiencing lapses in memory. Even for those who do stay, half of adults in their own homes aged 85 or older rely on caregivers or home care services to help them with everyday tasks.

Economic factors also play a part in considerations; the need to mortgage your home may tempt you to leave, but moving house can be equally expensive and stressful. Older adults who do choose to move are increasingly relocating to rural areas rather than built up towns. People don’t want to move out of their family homes into an expensive boxy urban flat when they could move to a more spacious house in the countryside.

Proximity to facilities should also be considered. A doctors’ surgery, shops, and a chemist’s are also good facilities to have nearby, and via an easily accessible route. For those who no longer drive, an easy walking route is important, and for those who do drive, traffic and access to a car need to be factored in.

It’s also good to be near friends. Our social circles tend to become smaller as we reach old age, and we may lose our long term partners. We may choose to move closer to loved ones, or into a facility where we will have company. On the other hand, our families may choose to move closer to us.

Whatever you may choose to do when the time comes, the most important factors to consider are your comfort and security. As the aging population in Europe continues to grow, perhaps more focus will be put on social and housing services for older adults.

 

Identity and Well-being in Care

Identity is the perception of a sense of self, with regards to physical appearance, social relationships, and physical and cognitive abilities.

When adjusting to life in a care home, changes such as retirement or losing one’s family home can result in the resident experiencing a loss of identity.

For people who have lost their independence in many ways, it is vital to positively reinforce a patient’s self-perception and identity to ensure their well-being. This is particularly the case for dementia patients, where often there is already a sense of powerlessness.

‘I actually think I value my sense of self more importantly than my family or relationships or health or wealth or wisdom. I do see myself as being on my own, ultimately, you know, and that means you have to be comfortable with that person.’

–       (69-year-old female retiree, cited in Kroger 2006)

Keeping ownership of personal items, particularly clothing, is crucial to one’s sense of identity and independence. Many elderly people care greatly about their personal aesthetic, and take great pride in their physical appearance. Their clothing, style, and possessions allow them to express their personal and social identities, and can also serve as anchors to cherished memories. Many find that reminiscing brought on by physical reminders helps to reinforce their self-perception.

Nevertheless, thousands of personal items go missing in UK care homes every year. To ensure a dignified way of safely returning your resident’s belongings, please get in touch with Fixxon.

Does Your Care Home Lost Property Room Look Like This?

Care Home Lost Property

 

With so many clothes to handle its easy to see how care home lost property rooms can look like this.

The Fixxon clever clothes labelling system is a laundry label created as a quick and efficient way of identifying clothing. The clearly marked, colour-coded buttons are simply attached to garments using the specially designed tools.

The unique attachment and printing system is designed to be comfortable and discreet on all items of clothing, and also to withstand the extreme temperatures and chemicals encountered throughout the laundry process.

The benefits of this system are:

  • Colour-coded for quick identification
  • It saves on replacement garment costs
  • Improves efficiency during the laundry sorting process
  • Quick and simple to use
  • Cost effective
  • Numbers and bespoke print available
  • Discreet and dignified
  • Buttons removable for re-use.

For ways of reducing care home lost property have a look at our shop for the range of buttons we offer.

 

A Sustainable Labelling Solution For Your Home

See you tomorrow at the Dementia, Care and Nursing Home expo in the NEC! Say goodbye to lost laundry and hello to your new labelling system…. Pop by our stand to discover our easy to install sustainable labelling Solution.

The Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo is the UK’s only free event dedicated to growing the social care industry and achieving a sustainable social care model.

The Fixxon clothes labelling system ensures an extremely time efficient and cost-effective solution to labelling residents’ clothing. Come and see us at stand D422 to see how we can introduce Fixxon into your care home.

Register for your free ticket at www.carehomeexpo.co.uk or call 0117 990 2097

Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo, 26 & 27 March 2019 – NEC Birmingham

Sustainable Labelling Solution

Contact us for more information about the Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo event or to know more about our care home clothes labels.

 

We’re Exhibiting!

We’re exhibiting at the Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo!

Much has been made of the ‘social care timebomb’ in recent months. The analogy refers to the growing demand for care. Care homes need to generate another 50,000 beds within five years to adhere to a growing demand, whilst the domiciliary care industry needs to become more cost and time efficient to save money and improve the level of care available.

The Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo is the UK’s only free event dedicated to growing the social care industry and achieving a sustainable social care model. CPD accredited seminars which focus on sustainable social care will run throughout the event.

The Fixxon clothes labelling system ensures an extremely time efficient and cost-effective solution to labelling residents’ clothing. Come and see us at stand D422 to see how we can introduce Fixxon into your care home.

Register for your free ticket at www.carehomeexpo.co.uk or call 0117 990 2097

Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo, 26 & 27 March 2019 – NEC Birmingham

Dementia Care

Contact us for more information about the Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo event or to know more about our care home clothes labels.

 

See us at the Dorset Care Conference 2019!

Dorset Care ConferenceThis year we are excited to be exhibiting at the Dorset Care Conference on 7th February.

This conference gives us the great opportunity to meet with you face-to-face, and give you first-hand experience of our labelling system.

We often tailor our approach in introducing the system into different homes based on their unique needs.

So come and say hello to us at our stand for a chat and a demonstration, you can even have a go at using it yourself there and then!

We hope you can make it to the Dorset Care Conference. For more information about other care home and labelling events we’ll be attending in 2019, please get in touch.

Fixxon at The Care Show

We are excited to introduce the new colour range of our laser-etched buttons at The Care Show this month! Come along to our stand at the NEC to chat with us about how we can help colour code your care home!

Laundry Labels for Nursing Homes from Fixxon

Laundry Labels for Nursing Homes – Saving Hours of Time for Care Home Professionals

 

laundry labels for nursing homes

There are millions items of clothing are washed every week in UK nursing homes. It’s not surprising that residents’ clothing gets lost.  Sometimes it can be a name label which has fallen off leaving the garment unidentifiable or the writing from the marker used has faded leaving the name unreadable.

Relatives find it very distressing to see their loved one in the wrong clothes.  Lost and incorrectly named clothing is one of the most common complaints that families of residents have about their relatives care home.

Nursing home staff spend many hours a week searching through lost property and residents’ rooms to find mislaid clothing.  This is time that could be devoted to caring for residents.

Fixxon laundry labels for nursing homes are discreet and resemble small buttons, making them comfortable and unobtrusive to the wearer.

Names are permanently etched into the tag, ensuring that they will never fade, even in harsh laundry conditions.  Fixxon laundry labels for nursing homes are simply snapped onto the garment seam using the applicator..

The Fixxon clothes labelling system ensures nothing gets lost and the staff, relatives and residents have one less thing to worry about. The tags have saved hours of time for our laundry staff and have provided peace of mind with the residents and their families for their items of clothing.

Contact us for more information on our labelling systems.