PA Network Scotland

Client health

There is nothing specific for PAs around medication as some of you will and some of you won’t do this as part of your role however there is also useful information in this section on healthy eating and dealing with medical emergencies.

Not the nicest subject in the world but it is something that many PA employers, families and PA's will have to face. The Palliative and End of Life Care Educational Framework Enriching and Improving Experience was developed by NES and SSSC to support the learning and development needs of the health and social services workforce.

To find out more click on the following link - https://learn.nes.nhs.scot/2450.

To support people with dementia, their carers and people working in the field of dementia, Health Scotland, in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland, have produced a range of free dementia resources which you can view and download by clicking on this link -

http://www.healthscotland.com/topics/stages/healthy-ageing/dementia-resources.aspx

All new for 2018, these books and DVDs provide a range of information and advice based on the experiences of people with dementia and their carers.  

If you would like to order free hard copies of any of these dementia resources, please call the Alzheimer Scotland 24-hour Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 3000.

Dealing with a Seizure (fit)

It is often frightening witnessing someone having a seizure especially if you don’t know how to deal with it. We have brought this Top Ten Action Points from the Epilepsy Society which will help when faced with a seizure. Generally a seizure is not a medical emergency and usually once the convulsions stop recovery is quick.   The best advice seems to be ‘Stay Calm’ but if any doubt phone for medical assistance.

  • Stay Calm
  • Look around – check that the person is in a safe place, do not move them but move objects away from them if possible
  • Note the time when the seizure started
  • Stay with them
  • Cushion their head with something soft especially if they have collapsed to the ground
  • Don’t hold them down
  • Don’t put anything in their mouth
  • Check the time again – if a convulsive seizure doesn’t stop after 5mins, call an ambulance
  • After seizure has stopped, put them into recovery position. Check breathing returns to normal, check nothing blocking their airways. If breathing sounds difficult call for an ambulance
  • Stay with them until fully recovered

Please refer to www.epilepsysociety.org.uk  for updated further information.

There is nothing specific for PAs around medication as some of you will and some of you won’t do this as part of your role.

Useful links to check symptoms are below – but please be aware these are general and not condition specific and should not replace procedures your employer already has in place.

It’s hard trying to strike the balance between healthy, nutritious and varied diet when cooking for yourself let alone someone else.

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