Epilepsy and how it affects people’s lives

Epilepsy can affect the lives of many and working in your capacity as a care worker, it is likely that you will come across those that are long term sufferers of epilepsy or who have recently been diagnosed. Very often you may find yourself facing a lot of questions where those you know feel worried or afraid.

Top Tip : Wear an ID badge if you have epilepsy

Here are a few questions that you may be asked:

Will it change my life?

Sufferers often wonder whether it will impact upon things such as their working life, driving a car, personal relationships, and how they may be viewed by society in general. Much depends upon the type of epilepsy that they have and the frequency of the seizures. Some people may be lucky in that their lives do not change too much whilst others may have to cope with dramatic modifications to the way in which they function.

Where can I find helpful support?

There are many support organisations that can help and who will be able to answer many of their questions, dealing with concerns at the same time and putting them in touch with helpful professionals. Although their routine may change in that they have to deal with many more personal challenges, this does not mean that they cannot live a near normal life. By having people around that can offer support and finding out as much as they can about their condition, sufferers can still live a quality life and a happy one.

I’m struggling, who can I ask for help?

Epilepsy can also bring with it feelings of anger, frustration and depression. The depression may be worsened by the seizures or impacted upon by medication or external factors. If you know someone that is feeling like this, always suggest that they contact their doctor as they will be able to offer support and maybe prescribe treatment.

How can I prepare in case I have seizure outside?

Sufferers of epilepsy should always try to let others know that they have epilepsy and they can do this by wearing an ID necklace or bracelet. In case of emergencies, they should keep their mobile phone updated with a number to call. This does not mean that they have to discuss their condition with everyone that they meet but if they think they may have seizures whilst in the presence of others then it may be wise to inform them.

Most of all, keep them positive. By making the most of support networks, friends, family and treatments on offer, they can live their life the way that they want to.

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All about Every Child Matters


Every Child Matters : The Core of our Childrens' Services staff agency ethos

As a care worker you need to know about the organisation called Every Child Matters as there may be times when you need to liaise with children’s services. Every Child Matters (ECM) has been in existence since 2003 and is a government initiative that resulted partly due to the death of Victoria Climbié.

Protecting children and young adults

It marks major developments in the field of children’s services and as a result of three government papers on the topic; the Children Act 2004 came into being. ECM aims to protect all children and young adults up to the age of 19, or 24 if they have disabilities.

In essence, ECM exists to ensure that every child will:

  • stay safe
  • be healthy
  • enjoy and achieve
  • make a positive contribution
  • achieve economic well-being

Covering all children’s organisations

Each of these issues is dealt with by a detailed set of guidelines which organisations must follow. These may include:

  • Children’s centres
  • Early years establishments
  • Schools and Nurseries
  • Children’s social work services
  • Primary and secondary health services
  • Play schemes
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS)

Before these guidelines were put in place, research indicated that child professionals were likely to fall foul of mistakes due to them not networking or communicating effectively with each other. ECM takes control of this, maintaining that all professionals should be constantly aware of the impact that their own service and that of others can make upon the lives of children and young people.

Promotes sharing of information

ECM enforces the fact that every child should be enabled to work towards the policy’s central goals. All maintained schools have taken this policy on board as well as some independent schools.

In general, the ECM policy brings together mixed groups of people who work with children, ensuring that they share information and promote the needs of every child, enabling them to live a full, happy and healthy life. It also takes account of the fact that children should be allowed to discuss things that are important to them, as in the past this was often not done at all or simply minimized.

Every Child Matters has made much needed and crucial changes to the way that young children and adults are now looked after and protected in the UK and will continue to do so going forward.

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Understanding epilepsy

As a care worker, you may find yourself coming into contact with those suffering from epilepsy. In this case, it is always a good idea to know what type of seizure is taking place and what to do. The important thing to remember is not to panic and that as long as you are attentive to the person during the attack, all you can do is wait for it to abate, calmly waiting by their side and reassuring them.

Understanding Epilepsy
Understanding Epilepsy

Below are some of the different types of seizure with notes on how you can help:

Tonic-clonic (convulsive) seizure

When you think of epilepsy, this is most likely the seizure that you think of. The person affected will go rigid, become unconscious and usually fall to the ground, jerking uncontrollably. Their breathing may be affected which might cause them to go blue around the lips. They can even bite their tongue or lose control of their bladder or bowel.In this case, you should remove any objects nearby that may harm them, cushion their head, place them in the recovery position and stay with them until they recover. Contrary to popular belief, you should not put anything in their mouth, restrain or move them. Do not try to give them water or food or crowd them; you need to let the seizure run its course until it wears off.

Focal seizure

Often called a partial seizure, the person will lose track of what they are doing or where they are and may seem dazed and confused. Sometimes they can behave oddly, pulling at their clothing and appearing totally disoriented.

You should keep them in a safe place, away from traffic or water and stay with them until they feel better. Don’t give water or food until fully recovered and don’t expect them to know what has happened.

If any of these seizures are experienced by someone in a wheelchair, you should put on the brake and leave them in the chair, unless they have a Care Plan which states that they should be moved. Leave their seatbelt on if they have one or support them so they don’t fall onto the floor. Cushion their head and wait for them to recover.

If seizures are prolonged or breathing becomes difficult or impaired, then call for medical assistance.

Being a care worker for someone who has epilepsy can be daunting but knowing what to do helps you to be prepared. Have you have had any experience of caring for someone with epilepsy? Let us know any advice you would give on our Facebook https://facebook.com/lavorocare or Tweet at us https://twitter.com/joblavoro .

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How to keep active for free

Some may struggle to keep fit and active, particularly if they are on a tight budget. However, you can help them by providing useful information. They should be aware that keeping fit and active need not cost a fortune and there is always a fun and economical way of keeping healthy and looking their best.With a little bit of research and planning, it is easy enough to make use of many forms of simple exercise that are suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness. As with any form of activity, people should start off slowly and if they have any particular health problems, check with their doctor before going ahead.

Start from couch to 5K
Start from couch to 5K

Getting their walking shoes on

These days it is very easy to get into the habit of avoiding walking by using cars, public transport and lifts etc. but walking is actually a great form of exercise that everyone can get involved in. Not only can it raise people’s mood but because it burns calories, they will lose weight, feel healthier and get their body nicely warmed up with some aerobic activity. It doesn’t have to be a marathon either; people can begin by walking for a few minutes on a regular basis and gradually increase it. Little and often is the secret and they will find it as effective as going to the gym.

Check out this link to find details of your local Walking for Health scheme, England’s largest network of walks to keep people healthy:


Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K (C25K) is all about running and for those that want an activity that is a little more strenuous than walking. Designed specifically to get even non-runners moving, it is great for health, aiding weight loss and giving the heart and lungs a good workout. Many runners also report feeling much happier with an improved sense of wellbeing. C25K was developed by someone new to running who wanted to encourage 50+ adults to get off the couch! It encompasses three weekly runs with a day off in-between over a nine week period. NHS Choices provides more information here on how people can get started:


Green Gyms

If the idea of an outdoor ‘gym’ appeals, you can work off some calories and get healthy by clearing the countryside paths and green areas via the Green Gym scheme. Run by The Conservation Volunteers, they will get involved in many hands-on practical projects, working on physical tasks outdoors. Great for building strength and stamina and generally have a healthy and productive time. They can find out more here:


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Why memory games are great for those with Alzheimer’s Disease

Memory games help to slow down Alzheimer’s
Memory games help to slow down Alzheimer’s

Most of us can remember playing games as kids where we had to find pairs from a pack of cards turned face-down. It was a test of memory as much as anything, but a bit of reasoning came in to it as well.

Well, these two skills, the ability to memorise and reason, are important for everyday life. They can help us find our way round public transport, manage our finances, etc. This is why it’s essential that older people in particular indulge in these games on a regular basis. In other words, if you look after someone aged 60 or over or who has Alzheimer’s it’s important to include memory games in their care package.

We are already aware from previous research that doing mentally challenging activities such as crosswords, Sudoku and word puzzles, as well as learning new skills, can lessen our chances of getting dementia. A study published last year by King’s College London shows that playing online memory games can have a similar effect.

Which games are good to play with someone who has Alzheimer’s Disease?

Bingo. This is one game which most of us will probably recognise. Researchers rate it as highly effective when it comes to cognitive skills. Playing a game of Bingo can improve an individual’s alertness and awareness of their surroundings for several hours after the game has finished and help to slow down the disease.

Jigsaw. Like Bingo, jigsaws are excellent for cognitive function. A jigsaw is about problem-solving but not in a competitive way.

Memory Lane. The individual with Alzheimer’s is asked to choose a card with a question such as ‘Did your grandfather smoke?’ This encourages him or her to sift back in their memory in order to answer.

Why it’s important to play games

Alzheimer’s can cause individuals to withdraw from everyday relationships with friends and family. Playing games and stimulating their cognitive function can not only slow down the disease, but can also reduce anxiety, maintain relationships and lead to more enjoyment of life.

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Identifying and Dealing with a Stroke


As a care worker it’s important to be aware of the signs if someone is having a stroke. This article will detail the symptoms of a stroke and what to do.

The possibility of having a stroke increases with age. In fact the condition is now the second highest cause of death for individuals aged 60 or over in the UK today. That’s a shocking statistic, especially with a condition which, if treated quickly enough, provides a good chance of a successful recovery.

What is a stroke?

There are two types of stroke – ischaemic and haemorrhagic. The former is by far the most common form of stroke with around 85 per cent of strokes caused this way. It happens when there is a blockage, or clot, in a blood vessel in the brain. The second form of stroke is the result of a ruptured vessel that leads to bleeding in the brain.

The danger of a stroke is that it prevents oxygen reaching the brain, which in turn, can lead to problems with speech, movement and thought. In severe cases it results in death.

What if someone is having a stroke?

If you suspect someone you are caring for is having a stroke, the NHS recommend adopting the actions of their easy-to-remember Act F.A.S.T. Campaign: look for any of the first three symptoms, then call an ambulance, don’t wait to see if that person feels better in a minute or two:

  • Facial weakness (i.e. lop-sided mouth)
  • Arm weakness (are they only able to raise one arm?)
  • Speech difficulties (are they slurring their words?)
  • Time to call (for emergency medical help)

Other symptoms of a possible stroke include a sudden severe headache, blurred vision, confusion, dizziness or loss of coordination.

Treatment for stroke victims

The reason it’s so important to act quickly when someone is having a stroke is because, in the case of ischaemic strokes, these can be treated effectively using a drug called t-PA within the first three hours of an attack. The medication can severely limit the damage caused by the condition to the extent the individual can suffer hardly any symptoms at all. Failure to get the medication, or a delay, however, could result in physical paralysis and on-going mental difficulties.

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Person Centred Care and the Benefits it Brings

Include clients in your care package planning
Include clients in your care package planning


By looking at what the individual needs, rather than imposing a particular care regime on them, Person Centred Care (PCC) puts the care receiver at the heart of the treatment package.

PCC is also a more holistic view of the care an individual needs, taking into account not just their physical and mental needs, but also their environment, lifestyle and even values. The care package is then developed from the point of view of the individual rather than the caregiver, where there can be consultation over visit times and discussion over, for example, activities such as an exercise regime. This means that PCC is considered by many professionals as a more ‘compassionate’ way of treating those needing care.

How individuals benefit from PCC

Flexibility. One of the biggest benefits of PCC for individuals receiving care is that they get to make decisions and have input into their own care (rather than having what the ‘system’ thinks is best imposed on them).

Responsibility. When given more responsibility for their own care decisions, individuals become more interested and emotionally engaged in their own well being. They’re also made to feel less helpless and dependant.

Satisfaction. People who take responsibility for their own health tend to become more aware of their health, for example, whether or not they’re eating properly, getting enough exercise, etc.

Appropriateness. By informing and making decisions about their own care, individuals are more likely to get what they need so their care package is more suitable for them.

Independence. Better care means better health and less reliance on health services and in the long term could lead to less care needs, allowing individuals to remain independent for longer.

Happiness. Knowing they are getting the most suitable care for them will obviously make them feel less anxious, more confident about the ‘system’ and therefore happier.

It’s not only those receiving the care that benefit from PCC. Studies have shown that the caregivers themselves can attain greater job satisfaction. Here are a couple of ways how:

How carers benefit from PCC:

Accomplishment. Delivering more suitable care for an individual means that he or she will be happier, healthier and more likely to get well sooner making the care giver feel as if they are indeed making a difference.

Relationships. Treating people as an individual, rather than as a ‘patient’, will result in a better relationship over all and will create a much more pleasant working environment for the care giver.

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Preston Recruitment Day

Interview Day

Drop in to apply for a Support Worker Role – Preston

Preston Marriott Hotel,
Garstang Road,

Recruitment open day Thursday 13th October 2016 10am-4pm. Interviews are available to book throughout the day, on the day applicants are also welcome.

Lavoro Care Limited are excited to announce the securing of multiple contracts within the Preston area. We invite you to come and see us and find out what we have to offer.

Are you looking for work within the Preston area? Are you a business in need of our services?​ Do you require the supply of temporary or permanent support workers?

Are you looking for work within the Health and Social Care sector?​ Do you want to make a difference to vulnerable children / adults by supporting them and promoting their independence?

If yes, then please drop in along with your CV to see us, our team would be delighted to meet you and discuss all the options available.

Each open day will include introductions, briefs, registrations and refreshments throughout.

We look forward to meeting you!

If you would like to speak to the team, please telephone 0151 691 4935 or on 0151 922 9925

For more information please email wirral@lavorocare.com , or if you would like to apply but can’t attend an open day please send your CV to jobs@lavorocare.com

Improve your Care Giving with Person Centred Planning


Improve your care giving with PCC
Improve your care giving with PCC

Person Centred Care (PCC) is a way of providing support and treatment for an individual which prioritises their needs and wants, rather than that of the care ‘system.’ In this way it’s more about shared-consultation with the recipient of the carer and acknowledging what they both need and want.

Essentially it’s about respecting those under your care as an individual, and treating them as such. So how do you go about achieving that and in doing so, provide better care for him or her?

PCC care giving techniques

Understanding. It’s important to make time to get to know the individual. What are they passionate about? Which are their favourite activities/past times?

Including. Most people have family and friends who can give you insight into the person you’re caring for, as well as provide help and fill in useful background where necessary.

Sharing. Allow the individual to share in decisions about their own health, eg. what they’d like for tea tomorrow, where you’ll both go on a walk. This empowers him or her, while, at the same time, encouraging them to take more responsibility for their own health.

Supervising. In order for PCC to succeed, everyone involved in the individual’s care package must work in this manner – otherwise the effects will be diluted and could result in confusion for the patient.

How PCC can make you a better care worker

Getting to know an individual means listening to him or her more and taking on-board their experiences and background so that you’re able to provide a more suitable package of care in terms of interests, diet, social activities, etc.

Not surprisingly, this improved communication often leads to a shared friendship where the care recipient looks forward to visits, with his or her mental well-being improving as a result.

Seeing the caregiver as more of a ‘friend’, rather than someone who has ‘come to look after them’, lessens the ‘helplessness’ feeling, ie. their care is something you are both working on together as a team.

There are in fact many benefits to PCC. It’s still in its infancy, meaning there aren’t many studies at present to refer to. However, it’s clear from client feedback that it’s a form of treating individuals which is already proving extremely popular.

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What difference can a care worker make to someone’s life?

Imagine losing the independence you have taken for granted all of your life. The vulnerability you would feel in the day to day tussle of living is immense – and maybe unimaginable. What difference can a care worker make to the life of someone who feels this sense of vulnerability?

how caring for someone can help them

Ultimately, the care worker prevents harm coming to that patient. The prevention of harm is the most important mantra of someone working in care. Making sure a person can get out of bed, get moving into their day, take the suitable medication, eat and drink appropriately – all of these small details keep those who need care both emotionally and physically safe. This is already a major difference to someone’s life.

Helping provide a degree of independence and a chance to experience contentment in amongst difficulties, is the greatest impact a care worker can have on a person’s life. Balancing the management of a person’s needs with a promotion of their independence is a difficult part of the job. However, if you can give the patient the tools to help themselves, then you have really made a difference to that person’s life.

For those in need of care, feeling alone with their limitations can be as destructive as any physical or mental limitations. As a care worker you can break into that isolation, be a friendly face, helping them to see their worth in society again and helping them to keep in touch with family and friends.

You might feel invisible as a care worker at times and that you aren’t given much recognition for your efforts, but it is worth remembering the difference you make to those that need help – as this is what will keep you showing up for work each day.

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