6 myths about care homes

6 myths about care homes

We work with a large number of care homes and caregivers and love to get their feedback. One thing many of the people we work with say is that, whilst they love working in the care sector they also believe it has an unfair reputation this is particularly shown in the media.

You don’t need to look hard to find numerous, negative, articles in the media about care homes, but, it is important to remember, that this is only a small percentage of care homes, which is giving the whole care sector a bad name.

Care homes are there to give people the best possible care they can get and, without this industry many people would be missing out on vital care that they need.

Here are some of the most common myths we have heard about care homes!

Care Homes are free – Myth!

If an older individual is admitted to hospital they will be entitled to free care while they are there. BUT, if they need social care at home or in a residential or nursing home, then they will have to pay the full cost or make a contribution to the fees for the services they receive.

If the individual has over £23,250 in savings or assets, then they will have to pay for their own care, if they do not have this amount in savings or assets then they will receive some form of help.  

Staff aren’t well trained – Myth!

This is not true at all, just like any other job role staff have to meet requirements in order to get a job in the care sector. Staff are required to undergo multiple training courses throughout the year and are regularly given opportunities to expand their knowledge and training, to provide the best possible care they can.

Loved ones are unable to visit as much as they want – Myth!

This is one of the biggest concerns when putting an individual in care is that you aren’t able to visit them as much as you’d like. But with the correct planning this should not be an issue, when looking at care homes, look at the ones that are closest to you and that you can get to easily, then you won’t have to worry about not seeing your loved one as much.

Once you’re put in a care home independence is lost – Myth!

While many people seem to think that once you get put into a care home, you get chucked in front to the TV and you are just left there. This is not the case. Some people many not want to go outside because they are frail and find going outside to be quite daunting, staff in care homes support people in whatever activities they want to do (this could be them just watching TV!).

Many care homes hold activities in their homes to keep everyone entertained, and they usually go on many days out too!

But many individuals in a care home are allowed out on their own (a risk assessment is needed first) this can include walking to the shops or going to their local pub, they all still have their independence.

Nursing homes are filled with sick people – Myth!

This is a complete misconception. Many people living in a nursing home are quite active and are in good health. Without being given the level of care patients get in a nursing home, their health could decline quite rapidly. Letting individuals move into a care home that gives them a level of health and social support allows seniors to live longer and more fulfilling lives than they would if they had to live on their own.

Care home residents are lonely – Myth!

One of the main benefits of being in a care home is that people are able to socialise on a regular basis, but yet the most common misconception is that everyone is lonely once they are placed in a care home. But this isn’t the case at all the majority of seniors in care homes socialise with other seniors and staff everyday and a lot of care facilities provide pets on a weekly basis.You have also got family that can visit on a daily basis too.

Now, hopefully we’ve successfully debunked some of the most common misconceptions about care homes for you and all of your questions have been answered!

Here at the Midlands Training Company we offer a variety of care courses to give opportunities for staff to expand their knowledge in the care sector for more information click the link: https://www.themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk/care-home-courses/


The importance of equality and diversity practice in the care industry

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If you work within the care industry you will no of the importance of this particular subject.

Equality and diversity are essential components of health and social care. Having quality and established equality and diversity practices help to ensure that the services provided are fair and accessible to all.

So, what is the definition of equality and diversity and where do they fit within your business practices?

Equality means ensuring that all those within your setting have equal opportunities, regardless of abilty, background or lifestyle.

Diversity means appreciating the differences between people and treating people’s values, beliefs, cultures and lifestyles with respect.

If you work within the health or social care sector you will be aware of four key laws to follow. These are;

  • The Equality Act 2010 – The Equality Act 2010 brings together a number of existing laws into one place so that it is easier to use. It sets out the personal characteristics that are protected by the law and the behaviour that is unlawful. These are age, disability, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex, gender reassignment and sexual orientation.
  • The Human Rights Act 1998 – this legislation outlines the basic human rights and principles of equality. The ‘FREDA’ acronym helps you to remember what is covered by the Act: Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy.
  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005 – The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect and empower individuals who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It is a law that applies to individuals aged 16 and over.
  • The Care Act 2014 – The Care Act 2014 came into effect from April 2015 and replaced most previous law regarding carers and people being cared for. this legislation provides six key principles which should underpin all work with vulnerable adults. This includes ensuring that adults receive support that’s personal to them, chosen by them and has their consent.

The importance of getting all of the above right can never be underestimated. It is key to remember, within care, that patients/service users are individuals and should always be treated as such. This is particularly important for any adults in need who, for a variety of reasons such as disability, illness or age, are not subsequently to take sufficient care of themselves or keep themselves from harm.

The main focus for promoting equality and diversity in the workplace is to prevent any kind of discrimination so being very aware of everything within your setting is key. Having stringest staff policies, up-to-date training and extremely regular checks will make the difference. Remember each patient or service user is an individual so when a new member arrives what may have been suitable in the past may NOT now be suitable for that person whether it is accessibility within the setting for example.

MTC offer elearning courses for Equality, diversity & human rights training for just £9.99 as well as number of other great elearning courses you can access for your staff simply and quickly.