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Dame Barbara Windsor

The Mission

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, launched the Dame Barbara Windsor Dementia Mission” on August 14th in memory of the late actress who suffered from Alzheimer’s, one of the leading causes of Dementia. She campaigned for change and raised funds for research.   


Her husband Scott Mitchell spoke with Boris Johnson at Downing Street, who said, “Dame Barbara Windsor was a British hero…I am delighted that we can now honour Dame Barbara in such a fitting way, launching a new national dementia mission in her name.” They aim to invest £95 million of government funding into research and development and want to increase it to £160 million by 2024. 


What it aims to Accomplish 

The new mission calls for volunteers, with or without a history of dementia to come forward for clinical trial therapies nicknamed ‘Babs Army.’ It is predicted that one million people will be living with dementia by 2025 and 1.6 million by 2040. 40% of cases can be potentially preventable but the causes are still poorly understood.  


Volunteers can register their interest through the Join Dementia website


The mission will help find new ways to deliver earlier diagnosis and create enhanced treatments and maybe create a better quality of life for those suffering.  


Researchers will look for signals of risk factors, which could help people who are at risk of developing dementia to understand how they might be able to slow or prevent the disease in the future.  


Alzheimer's Research UK

Hilary Evans, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: 


“We’re delighted the Government has recommitted to doubling dementia research funding , and that our call for a Dementia Medicines Taskforce to speed up the development of new treatments has been heard…The upcoming 10-year dementia plan is a chance for the next Prime Minster to make sure this funding is met with ambitious action, and we look forward to working with the Government to turn it into a reality.”


Get Involved

We, at CareTutor, want to recognise the effort of Dame Barbara Windsor and other amazing people that dedicate their lives to Dementia Awareness.   

We recognises the importance of Dementia and the early diagnosis and support surrounding Dementia.  

CareTutor is a Social Care eLearning video-based training provider. We offer a range of eLearning courses for Dementia care; you can learn more about this here.


More details on the Dame Barbara Windsor Dementia Mission can be found here.

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New Mandatory Training Requirements

With the introduction of the Health and Care Act 2022, from the 1st of July, educating social care workers on providing better social care outcomes for people with  learning disabilities has become mandatory for those who work with people diagnosed with the condition.


The CQC will be checking to see whether social care providers have carried out this training and assessed the competencies of their staff following this.




Our new Autism course will cover this training in depth.


What is Autism?

A role as a social care worker may include working with people who have an ‘Autistic Spectrum Condition’ (ASC) or ‘Autism’. It is a Neurodifference that affects the way people communicate, the way they process information and the way they interact with the world around them.

According to the National Autistic Society it’s estimated that around 1 in 100 people are on the autistic spectrum. In the UK there are 700,000 people diagnosed with the condition. This number has risen significantly over the past few years, as more and more people who use healthcare services are diagnosed with autism.


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Providing Care and Support

This course will walk learners through what an autistic person may be experiencing in a range of situations and how best to assist them.

 Here are some situations that are covered:


  • How you can reduce stress through preferred communication methods.
  • What to do when working with an autistic person’s family.
  • Aiding autistic people in residential environments.
  • How to deal with autistic meltdowns or stimming behaviour.
  • How to limit the impact of the negative external environment.


Always being conscious of the individual’s state will help care staff provide excellent person-centred care.


The Learning Outcomes of this course

By the end of this eLearning course, learners should understand:


  • What an “Autism Spectrum Condition” is.
  • How autism affects people.
  • How to improve your communication with autistic people.
  • How to best support people with autism.
  • How to reduce the incidence of Behaviours that Challenge.


New Interactive Videos

Our brand-new user-friendly video style keeps staff engaged and makes sure what they’re learning sticks.


  

  


More Information

If you are an organisation in the Health Care, Care Home or Domiciliary care sector, you can sign your staff up to take our newly launched Caring for People with Autism course to become more aware of the subject and learn how to care for someone living with the condition.

Take a look at the course in further detail here.

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New Mandatory Training Requirements as of 1st July 2022


With the introduction of the Health and Care Act 2022, from the 1st of July, educating social care workers on providing better social care outcomes for people with learning disabilities has become mandatory for those who work with people diagnosed with the condition.


The CQC will be checking to see whether social care providers have carried out this training and assessed the competencies of their staff following this.


Here is an extract from Section 181 of the new Health and Care Act:


Regulations under this section must require service providers to ensure that each person working for the purpose of the regulated activities carried on by them receives training on learning disability and autism which is appropriate to the person’s role.

Take a look at the full Health and Care Act 2022 here.


Our brand-new course will cover this training in detail and will equip your staff with the tools they need to provide an excellent quality of care on a daily basis.


What is covered in this course?


By the end of this eLearning course, learners should understand:


❓ The causes of learning disabilities

📜 Key pieces of legislation relating to learning disabilities

🛑 Barriers facing people with learning disabilities

🗣️ How to improve communication

♥️ How to promote positive care practices


Why is educating staff on Learning Disabilities important?


There are approximately 1.5 million people across the UK that have a learning disability and it is likely that a social care worker will have to work with a person with a learning disability.


It's estimated that by 2030, there will be a 30% increase in adults with learning disabilities aged 50+ using social care services.


A learning disability is a life-long reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example, household tasks, socialising or managing money.


People with a learning disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complex information and interact with other people.


It is important to be equipped with the right values, knowledge and skills to provide effective person-centred care.


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Brand New Interactivity!


Alongside the release of this new course are a host of exciting new interactivities and engaging animations to keep learner’s attention. These include “Point and Click” and “Drag and Drop” exercises in an easy-to-follow format designed to get you thinking.


All our videos are narrated clearly and contain subtitles, can be paused at any time and rewatched by your staff.


Throughout the course, there will be learning sections, as well as various interactive exercises and assessments to test your knowledge.


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If you are an organisation in the Health Care, Care Home or Domiciliary care sector, you can sign up to take our newly launched Supporting People with Learning Disabilities course to become more aware of the subject and learn how to care for someone living with the condition.

What are the mandatory courses for carers?

We get asked this by many of our clients, as they want to purchase the list of 'Mandatory Courses' for Social Care staff. This topic is causing a fair amount of confusion in the sector and so we hope this article will clarify the issue.

The simple answer is “There is no single list for mandatory courses which applies to every care provider”.

We do however still have some information that might help:

Training is defined as mandatory if it meets one or more of the following criteria: 

🔴 It is a statutory requirement
🔴 All staff across the organisation require the training
🔴 It is a CQC or local requirement

Please note the guidance provided here is written for care providers in England.
Care providers in the rest of the UK should contact the equivalent bodies in your country.

What is Mandatory training?


Mandatory training is the training you are expected to provide for your staff following statutory requirements such as the Health and Safety at Work Act, requirements of your local authority, and the requirements specified by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). All care organisations have a legal responsibility to provide staff with Health & Safety awareness training, including Fire Safety. Moving and Handling training is also mandatory and if staff are involved with preparing food or assisting at meal times then Food Safety and Hygiene training will also be mandatory.


The table below highlights the main subjects recognised as Mandatory.

Mandatory Training - Types of Training

Optional/additional mandatory training modules include: Food Hygiene/Safety, Complaints Handling, Lone Working Awareness, COSHH, RIDDOR, Awareness of Mental Health, Dementia & Learning Disability, Mental Capacity (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) (Soon to be replaced with Liberty Protection Safeguards) PMVA/MAPA (for those working on mental health settings) Documentation and Record Keeping among others depending on your clients' specific requirements or framework that you work with.

There is a difference between the courses that would be considered mandatory for your organisation and the courses you will need to provide in order to be able to issue a Care Certificate. To receive a Care Certificate, your staff member will need to train in and achieve minimum pass marks in ALL the 15 standards. For experienced care staff, this will mean updating their own knowledge and experience with the new terminology and practices as appropriate. Any new recruits, who have never worked in social care before, will need to be trained in all 15 standards before you can award them a Care Certificate.


However, only those topics relating to your service provision included in the 15 Standards are MANDATORY for your organisation. Runa Training Needs Analytics to determine what these are, but if you are still not sure which training is required for your organisation, please contact Skills for Care and your local authority. They'll be able to guide you through. More information is available from the CQC, Skills for Care and the HSE websites.


BVS offers a Mandatory Training DVD bundle for both the Home Care and Care Home which includes training for all these subjects at a discounted price. Other than these, the courses considered for your organisation, will entirely depend on the care you provide and the person you support. There may also be additional requirements depending on your local authority.


We also offer all these courses as interactive video-based eLearning courses here.


Last summer we were contacted by Steph Chapman from Your Choice Care who had an incredible story to share with us.

Steph is a customer of ours and she contacted us about our courses and after assisting her with the queries, she said: “By the way, CareTutor has potentially saved my mother's life!”

She continued to explain “Her life has potentially been saved thanks to the diabetes awareness training. After I completed the course, I got the GP on the phone to check with her as the signs shown for Diabetes in the course matched what my mum was showing. The GP recognised the signs I mentioned, and my mum has now been diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. She is on metformin and having finger prick tests regularly.”

She explained, that whilst working through the course with a colleague, she found herself constantly reminded of her mother who had been suffering from many of the symptoms described. Despite her mother’s GP having already completed a blood test and advising that she was only borderline, Steph knew it was possible that it could be Diabetes.


“My mum was extremely confused, had constant UTI and excessive bed sweats. All of these signs were covered in the training course and it has all improved since the GP got her started on metformin. I am attributing a lot of the success in the improvement for my mum to the training provided by CareTutor.”


Steph finished by saying “It is the case that without this Diabetes awareness course from CareTutor, we would not have spotted that my mum has diabetes!”

Although our training courses are created with a focus on care home and home care staff, there are so many details and information in them that you can bring into your own life and like Steph you might be able to resolve issues that you couldn’t resolve before.

Covid-19 tests price

Boris Johnson announced on Monday 21st February 2022 that the Covid-19 restrictions for England have been fully lifted. Even though this made many people happy and excited to be back to a more familiar daily life, he also announced that all Covid-19 tests that had previously been free, will from April 1st have a price. 


Why is this happening? 

Boris Johnson has said that the UK spent £2 billion on Covid-19 tests in January alone. This large sum of money is what urged Boris Johnson to make the changes and stop free tests in England. 

Business minister Paul Scully told Sky News: “If you think, what that £2 billion might go towards, there’s a lot of other backlogs in the NHS, other illnesses in the NHS, that that money could go for.” 

This could be extremely important and improve a lot in the social care, care home and home care sectors, but we will have to wait and see what the Government decides to do with the money. 


How much will these tests cost?

The government has said that from 1 April, anyone who would like or need to confirm their symptoms to be Covid-19 will have to pay between £2 and £5 per individual Lateral Flow Test or around £20 for a pack of seven.

Boris Johnson said the Government is working closely with retailers to roll out this new plan and to make the tests available to purchase as many places as possible.

However, the day after the announcement, Boots UK became the first retailer to confirm its tests prices and as these start at a price of £5.99 for a single Lateral Flow Test, these are over the price range the Government has claimed.

Find their prices here: https://www.boots.com/covid-19-testing/pre-departure-to-uk-covid-19-travel-testing

How will this affect care home visits?

Over the past year, we in the UK have made huge improvements to care home visits compared to the previous year. This had a lot to do with the vaccinations being in motion and of course, the free tests played a huge part in this as well.

Giving the care workers and the residents in the care homes the comfort of knowing that everyone coming in to visit the care home would have had a negative Covid-19 test and knowing everyone could easily get their hands on the tests without having to worry about costs, will now change.

Showing a negative lateral flow test before entering a care home is still a must, however this change in cost could potentially put families in difficult situations and for people who cannot afford these tests, I will mean that they can no longer visit their loved ones at the care homes.

Caroline Abrahams, of Age UK, said: “Over the last year or so many older people have felt safe enough to see loved ones only because everyone has taken a lateral flow test beforehand, to provide reassurance. There’s now definitely a risk that some older people and their families will feel much less certain about meeting face to face if they are unable to access these tests or feel they can’t afford them.”

It is still important to mention that some limited groups will remain eligible for free testing. These are expected to include people over 80 or with compromised immune systems, as well as NHS and care staff who show Covid symptoms.

Find more information here:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/22/people-visiting-care-homes-in-england-will-have-to-pay-for-covid-test

https://www.carehome.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1665879/care-homes-government-rethink-paying-for-tests 

Supporting People with Parkinson's Blog

What is Parkinson's:

Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease and is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s. Age increases the risk of getting Parkinson’s and the average age of diagnosis is 60.

Parkinson’s is not a terminal condition. It is caused by changes in brain chemicals that gradually progress as the years go on. The reason for these changes has not yet been established.  In Parkinson’s, the brain cells that make dopamine either stop working or die. Dopamine is a signalling chemical that coordinates movement as well as the feelings of motivation and reward. When dopamine cells die Parkinson’s symptoms emerge.

How do you get diagnosed with Parkinson's?

To get diagnosed with Parkinson’s the doctor is looking at the person’s medical history and checking if more than two of the common symptoms are matching.

The common symptoms are:

🔴 Constipation or Incontinence

🔴 Balance Problems

🔴 Walking difficulties

🔴 Stooped posture

🔴 Stiffness of muscles

🔴 Resting Tremor

🔴 Slowness of movement

The four stages of Parkinson's:

👨‍⚕️ Diagnosis
📊 Maintenance
🥴 Complex
💊 Palliative


If you are an organisation in the health care, care home or home care sector, you can sign up to do our newly launched Supporting People with Parkinson’s course to get fully educated on the topic and learn how to care for someone suffering from it.

If you would like to learn more about Parkinson’s disease, please go to Parkinsons.org.

Epilepsy 2022

Considering the international epilepsy day and to help grow the awareness for epilepsy and epileptic seizures we will share some general information about epilepsy and epileptic seizures and answer some commonly asked questions about the condition.


What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal and is a condition that causes people to have epileptic seizures.

An epileptic seizure is a sudden burst of electrical activity in the brain which causes the body to react in unexpected and uncontrollable ways.

What can cause epilepsy?

Epilepsy can be caused by many different things but in about half of the people with the condition, there is no identifiable cause. In the other half, the condition may be traced to various factors, including:

-Brain damage from birth
-Brain damage during an accident
-A stroke
-Meningitis


Are there different types of epileptic seizures?

Yes, there are over 40 different types of epileptic seizures. Some of the main types of seizures are:


🔴Tonic: Either half or the whole of a person’s body completely stiffens but doesn’t shake. All the muscles tighten, and they may fall. The eyes are fully open and roll back and they may bite their tongue or mouth.

🔴Tonic-clonic: This Is previously known as grand mal seizures. The clonic phase involves quick, rhythmic jerking of limbs, shaking, potential loss of bladder/bowel control, changes in breathing or biting your tongue or mouth.

🔴Myoclonic: Also known as myoclonic jerks. It has a sudden onset and usually causes a person’s upper body, arms and legs to jerk which can be mild or strong.

🔴Nocturnal: A nocturnal seizure can be any type of seizure that a person experiences in their sleep. Often the person is unaware that this has happened.

Is it possible to manage epilepsy?

Yes, it is. For most people, epilepsy can be well managed with medication and other treatments. This can mean the person might only have a few if any seizures at all.

More information:

If you are an organisation in the health care, childcare, care home or home care sector, you can sign up to do our newly launched Epilepsy course to get fully educated on the topic and learn how to care for someone suffering from it.


If you would like to learn more about epilepsy, please go to https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/info/what-is-epilepsy.

For many years, we have been endorsed by Skills for Care, which offers many benefits such as:

  • Quality Assurance - Our clients and learners will have confidence that the quality of training they are receiving is of a high standard.
  • Endorsed Learning Provider Directory - We are listed in the Endorsed Learning Provider Directory, which is exclusive to those who have proven that the quality of their training is of an exceptionally high standard.


However, we are pleased to let you know that CareTutor has now been awarded their Centre of Excellence accolade, which reflects our status as a training provider of outstanding quality.


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This award is exclusive to those who can demonstrate their commitment to excellence in quality, and we have also showcased occasions where our training has made an exceptional difference to an individual's life. What’s more, our training has showed our innovation, being a company that provides video-based training, featuring actors in real social care settings, for both domiciliary and residential care.

Furthermore, to become a Centre of Excellence, you must provide remarkable customer service for your clients, and display elements of where you have gone above and beyond to provide this.

Becoming a Skills for Care Centre of Excellence is an amazing achievement for our team, and we will continue striving to provide excellent content, and to exceed our client's expectations.

World Diabetes Day takes place on November 14th. This is an annual worldwide event which is dedicated to raising awareness of  diabetes. Each year this event is proving to be internationally effective in spreading the message about diabetes and how we can treat this condition.

World Diabetes Day is internationally recognised and is an official United Nations Day.

There are a number of events and activities that take place during this day to help raise awareness such as:

  • Sporting events for adults and children
  • Meeting and public lectures to spread public information
  • Exhibition and conferences
  • Television and radio programmes
  • Leaflets and poster campaigns
  • To find out more about World Diabetes Day and how you can take part, please click  here!

    Care workers are leaving the social care sector to become Amazon warehouse pickers, and other better-paid jobs. The retailer is luring staff, offering 30% higher wages, while some workers are also leaving the care sector as they disagree to the ‘no jab, no job’ policy.


    Resultingly, the National Care Association has warned that care homes in England could face a staffing shortfall of 170,000 workers.


    Furthermore, another inconvenience to the care sector are the slowing rates of the double Covid vaccinations amongst care home staff, of which 87,000 workers in England currently do not have the double jab. By November 11th, these workers must be fully vaccinated against the virus to continue their frontline work.


    Along with the struggle to retain staff across the UK in this sector, a care home manager told the Guardian that a new Amazon warehouse in Nottinghamshire is currently tempting staff with 30% more pay.


    Anita Astle, the manager of a care home in Nottingham, has reported that they have recently lost two members of staff to the retail giant, and a further six to the NHS who are paying higher wages, and where vaccination is not yet mandatory. On top of this, they have also lost a further six members of staff who have left their positions, as they refuse to take the vaccine.


    An evening housekeeper has left their position, which paid a rate of £9.30 an hour, to pick Amazon orders at the warehouse for £13.50 an hour. The retailer also pays a £1,000 joining bonus. “She said she loves her job and doesn’t want to leave but going to Amazon she can work three days a week and earn more,” said Astle. “Society doesn’t value the work being done in social care.”


    Three quarters of care homes across the country have reported that they have experienced an increase in staff leaving their jobs. The reasons they have reported are that staff prefer a job with less stress and higher pay, and that are without the mandatory vaccination rule, which comes into effect in November.


    Anita Astle said that the vaccine policy is also demotivating staff who are happy to take the jab. This is because of the message being conveyed, which is effectively “it’s a sector that doesn’t value you and takes away your choice”. She also pointed out that those members of staff who left their jobs due to not wanting to have the vaccine, are still able to visit those who they previously cared for, due to there being no restrictions on visits from unvaccinated people.


    There were estimated to be more than 120,000 social care vaccines administered to care staff before the pandemic, and the government last month calculated in a worst-case scenario that as many as 68,000 care workers could be lost because of the decision to make the vaccine a condition of employment.

    Sources: Yahoo! News & Head Topics

    Care managers are fast-discovering that eLearning is an incredibly cost-effective way to train their care staff. However, some people remain unaware of the reasons why video-based eLearning is favourable over text-based. Below are some key reasons as to why this is the recommended way of eLearning: 

     

    Attention Grabbing - Videos are more likely to grab the attention  of a viewer, this is due to your eyes being more attracted to movement  over something that is static, and non-eye-catching. 

     

    Videos Engage Viewers  - A video can take information and make it easy for the viewer to interpret. Your brain processes visuals much faster than text. 90% of the total information transmitted to your brain is visual. Your brain is capable of processing visuals 60,000 times faster than text! 

     

    Video Content is Memorable  - Most people require a visual aid to learn, which text-based eLearning cannot offer. Viewers can retain 95%  of a video's message, as compared to 10%  of a text-based message! You are able to package much more information and the message you are conveying into a short narrative, as opposed to having to read loads of text. 

    Source: Idea Rocket Animation 

     

    Most of the other social care eLearning competitors tend to use text-based eLearning, which is also aided using stock images that have been purchased. However, at  CareTutor  we provide video-based content  which has been created by filming professional actors in real care settings .

     

    Your staff are more likely to retain  the knowledge that has been provided to them throughout their training, as our video-training packages also come with interactive content  to ensure they understand  and remember  the information that has been presented to them. 

     

    These are just some of the reasons why CareTutor  are the number one choice for social care eLearning!

    Glad to Care Awareness Week is a celebration of the UK's incredible social care workforce. It is a chance for us to show our appreciation for all of the remarkable contributions that our carers make, and to thank them for their hard work and sacrifices throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    This campaign launched in 2018, and was designed to boost the profile of carers, as they generally do not receive recognition to match the hard work that they put in. Through recognising their contribution, we hope to boost the morale of the UK's care workers and make them feel appreciated. 
    You can use the hashtag #GladtoCare on your social media account s to share your stories about social care workers and the contribution that they make in their daily working lives.

     (01/07/2020)

    Today marks the beginning of July’s Good Care Month, during which we celebrate the dedication and hard work provided every day by the UK’s social care workers. This is a great opportunity for us to share our stories and inspire recognition of social care as a great career path. In return we are helping to boost the morale of our care workers and making them aware that their efforts are not going unnoticed.

     

    With an aging population, and many individuals who have complex needs and require extra care and support, there is now an increasing demand to recruit and retain carers in the social care sector. The Good Care Month campaign will also give us a chance to show the public what it is like to work in social care and help them decide whether care might be the right career choice for them.

     

    Share your stories, photos and videos of the good care you provide on your social media accounts, by using the hashtag #GoodCareMonth

    Carers Week will be taking place on 7th – 13th May, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring. The theme for this year is ‘Make Caring Visible and Valued’, and to highlight the challenges carers face. It also helps raise awareness for those who don’t think of themselves as carers, and access or seek the support that is needed. 

    During this campaign, thousands of organisations and individuals come to together to support carers and run activities. Many people are taking on responsibilities for caring for those who are disabled, ill, or elderly. Not only should they receive the recognition for their hard work, but they should also be provided with the information and support that they need. 

    There are currently 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers and has many impacts on all aspects of life from finances to relationships and has been even more difficult this year with facing COVID-19. This also enables carers to share their experience before, and after the COVID-19 outbreak. 

    To help you prepare, we have a 20% sale on all of our DVD bundles, which come with Lesson Plans, Handouts, Assessment Quizzes, and Certification endorsed by Skills for Care.

     (17/05/2020)

    Dementia Action Week is a national event, which takes place between 17th – 23rd May. The UK Public discuss and raise awareness about taking action to improve the lives of those affected by dementia. One in three people who are born in the UK, will go on to develop dementia in their lifetime, which is why we must do everything we can to make sure that those affected are receiving the best care possible. There will be one million people living with dementia in the UK by 2025. By raising awareness, we hope more people are diagnosed with dementia earlier on in their lives, allowing them to get the care they need.

    Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event, which takes place between 10th – 16th May. During this event, everyone in the UK focuses on having good mental health, and this was started by the Mental Health Foundation 21 years ago. The event is open to everyone, and the focus is to encourage people to discuss mental health and the things in our daily lives that affect it. Our mental health can be affected by our social, psychological or emotional well-being. It also determines how we are affected by stress, and how we deal with it.

    Stroke Awareness Month is an international event which takes place in May. Several countries take part in raising awareness about strokes, and what may contribute towards having one.

    A stroke is a life-threatening medical condition, which occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted, reduced, or cut off. This prevents the brain tissue from receiving oxygen and the nutrients it needs. Brain cells begin to die within a matter of minutes. Taking early action can reduce brain damage, and other complications.

    If you, or someone you are with is having a stroke, pay attention to the time that it began. Some treatment options are most effective soon after a stroke has begun.


    There are several symptoms to having a stroke:

    Communication – Someone who is having a stroke may have trouble understanding speech, they may slur their words when speaking, and experience confusion.

    Paralysis, numbness of the face, arm, or leg – They may experience paralysis, weakness, or numbness. This usually affects one side of your body. They should try to raise both arms above their head at the same time. If one arm begins to fall, this is a sign that they may be having a stroke. Another clear sign is if one side of their mouth begins to droop.

    Headache – SSuddenly having a severe headache, followed by vomiting, dizziness, or problems staying conscious.

    Vision – Blackened or blurred vision in one or both eyes and seeing double.

    Trouble Walking – Stumbling or losing balance. Attempting to walk may also cause dizziness or loss of coordination.


    At CareTutor, we offer detailed video-based eLearning courses, including Emergency First Aid & Dementia Care 1 & 2, with full certification and endorsed by Skills for Care.

    Free Resources:

     PPE guide for community and social care settings (28/05/2021)

     Guidance on the sequence for putting on and removing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (27/05/2020)

     COVID-19 Safe ways of working - A visual guide to safe PPE (27/04/2020)

     Dept of Health & Social Care's Action Plan for Adult Social Care (15/04/2020)


    Last modified: Monday, 12 September 2022, 4:19 PM