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Helping wishes come true…

One of our amazing healthcare assistants has made a really big difference to a client’s life this week. Her client is mad on computer games but for the past three years he has been unable to play due to having very little movement in his hands. Instead he sits and watches YouTube videos of people playing games instead.

She recently came across a charity, Special Effect, who specialise in helping people with disabilities play computer games. They are a UK based charity and work with all ages and disabilities to bring the fun of gaming into their lives.

Today the Special Effect team have been putting it all into place and the results have changed this young man’s life forever, making one of his last wishes come true. 

“Seeing his face light up and to be so happy has made my whole year, my job is so rewarding.”

 To find out more on Special Effect please visit

If you are interested in a job in care, please visit our jobs page

Posted by: Sharon Tither on May 3rd, 2016 @ 09:07 AM
Tagged with: carer, charity, healthcare, healthcare assistant, healthcare assistants, Routes Blackpool, Routes Healthcare

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Dementia in the Family: The impact on carers

The report shines a spotlight on the daily challenges of caring for a loved one who has dementia.


The report explores the experiences of people who are caring for family members with dementia, highlighting the heavy toll the condition can take on family carers. Dementia in the Family: The impact on carers shines a spotlight on the daily realities for these people, which are shared by many of the 700,000 people in the UK who are caring for a loved one with dementia.


In-depth interviews with the carers reveal how dementia changes family relationships, leaves people socially isolated, and affects both the health and finances of family carers. All too often, family carers sacrifice their own well-being to ensure their loved one has the best care possible. Their experiences underline the urgent need for research to defeat dementia.


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Posted by: Sharon Tither on March 21st, 2016 @ 1:07 PM

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NHS remote monitoring will allow dementia patients to stay at home!

The NHS has teamed up with Google, IBM and Phillips to launch groundbreaking projects across Britain which will see patients monitored remotely using new technology.   

The fridges, kettles and curtains of dementia patients will be wired-up to make sure they are eating properly and getting out of bed, as part of a new NHS pilot to allow people to stay in their own homes for longer.

It is one of a six major schemes launched to revolutionise the health service through modern technology.

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Posted by: Sharon Tither on February 8th, 2016 @ 3:35 PM

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Routes Healthcare attend CQC's strategy consultation event chaired by Andrea Sutcliffe Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care.

Cath Townley Clinical Governance and Abby Hough HR Manager had the pleasure of attending the consultation and putting our views forward about the proposed changes to CQC's strategy.

Andrea explained the 6 themes for the proposed changes;

  • Theme 1; Improving our use of data and information

  • Theme 2; Implementing a single shared view of quality

  • Theme 3; Targeting and tailoring our inspection activity

  • Theme 4; Developing a more flexible approach to registration

  • Theme 5; Assessing how well hospitals use resources

  • Theme 6; Developing method to assess quality for population and across local areas

We were particularly asked to focus our feedback on Theme 2 and Theme 6.  This involved some lively debates from the participants including home care providers, nursing home managers, independent consultants and CQC inspectors.

The consultation period ends on 14th March 2016 and there is also a live CQC Twitter debate between 1pm and 2pm on Wednesday 10th February.

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Posted by: Sharon Tither on February 5th, 2016 @ 3:41 PM

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Nursing associate role offers development opportunities for HCAs

The RCN has welcomed proposals to create a new nursing support role in England

The plans, announced by the Department of Health late last year, will see a new role created to bridge the gap between health care assistants (HCAs) and registered nurses. It’s proposed that staff trained through this route will learn on the job via an apprenticeship leading to a foundation degree.

RCN Chief Executive Janet Davies said: "This recognises the value of health care assistants and is an initiative which will allow them to develop their skills. Part of this is about enabling people in unregulated positions, supporting registered nurses, to access training via a clear structure, and this is something we have long campaigned for."

It is hoped nursing associates will release time for nurses to use their specialist training to focus on clinical duties and take more of a lead in decisions about patient care. The Government has said it will also look at what opportunities there are for staff in this role to become registered nurses through either a degree level nurse apprenticeship or a shortened nursing degree at university.

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Posted by: Sharon Tither on January 22nd, 2016 @ 5:19 PM


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