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  • June 11, 2022

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Older People at a Care Home

Care homes are not only tasked with the preservation of life, for that one only needs a life support machine, rather, they are tasked with the cultivation of quality of life, something which goes far beyond this. Quality of life depends on innumerable factors, not all of which may be resolvable, but there are many which, given the resources, very much are.

More Rooms

As the population ages, greater emphasis will be placed on the role of the care home in safeguarding that population. As care homes begin to fill, dealing with the logistical challenges of caring for an ever-aging population is one of the greatest challenges we currently face. Having the necessary space to accommodate residents and their needs will, therefore, become more and more essential.

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Quality Equipment

Along with the aging population, demand for equipment also increases. Suppliers, such as, face formidable challenges in meeting this increasing demand. As with any supply and demand issue, the key here is to successfully balance the cost of manufacturing durable and reliable products of the required quality against stock, without compromising affordability. This last point is particularly important to get right, as not all medical conditions faced in nursing and care settings are overtly complex, but some are, so accommodating a broad range of features and options, ranging also in price, is necessary.

Health and Safety

The most critical factor when it comes to healthcare equipment is safety, which is precisely why items like patient sensors, alarms, and nurse call pressure pads are of such paramount importance. These not only enable the preservation of life in the event of a life-threatening emergency but also contribute to the cultivation of quality of life, as they allow patients to feel safe in the knowledge that help is available where necessary.

Reliable Suppliers

There is an old saying in most professional circles, ‘it is not only what you know, but who you know’, and that largely is the case when it comes sourcing medical equipment manufacturers. Generally speaking, online retailers work alongside a very long list of brands to supply this kind of equipment to healthcare providers. Good branding is not only important from a marketing point of view, promoting visibility and cultivating supply networks business to business (B2B), but if a brand is reputable for quality, reliable products, and especially important in a healthcare environment, durability, and safety, then this naturally fosters confidence in products that meet the required standards.

Mental Health Focus

Mental health risk factors often manifest in a dramatic shift in hormones, where cortisol gradually increases as a result of chronic stress, either from physical discomfort, social isolation, or boredom, affecting neurotransmitters like serotonin, eventually resulting in symptoms of clinical depression, which may then need to be treated by anti-depressants like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) which can then also carry significant risks of developing adverse side effects in addition to the conditions that have these patients bed-bound to begin with. Unsurprisingly, these are complications that are best avoided in the first place by keeping patients as mobile as is safely possible and giving them an appropriate level of autonomy over their day-to-day lives while undergoing treatment and/or under a provider’s duty of care.