Over 1500 professionals from across the care sector are set to join forces this October to collaborate and share best practice at Care Show 2011. Taking place at London’s Olympia from 11-12 October 2011, Care Show London is a leading event for the care sector, combining an important mix of industry expertise, CPD opportunities, and showcases of the latest products and services from over 100 suppliers.
A key topic set to be discussed this October is the significant rise in internet use by older people and the benefits this can bring to their lives. An ICM poll conducted for Age UK found that more than a third of people aged over 65 would have kept in touch with friends and family more if they had learnt how to use the internet sooner. In a move towards highlighting new and innovative areas in the operational management of care homes in the UK, Care Show London welcomes first time exhibitor, Simply Unite – a company which specialises in easy and accessible communications for older people, regardless of capability and living circumstances. Toby Hart, CEO of Simply Unite, will present a session in the Best Practice & Dementia Care Theatre entitled: ‘Essential or Excellent? How can technology help you go beyond the essential standards’. This presentation will outline the way in which forward-thinking care organisations can embrace internet technology to experience the benefits of improved wellbeing of residents and provide added value for friends and family. This theatre also includes a session on coping with sight loss in people with dementia and one on nutrition in dementia.
Commenting on this Theatre at the recent Care Show Birmingham, Tracy Hunt, a registered nurse at New Milton Nursing Home said:
“ The Dementia Theatre has been very good. The talks have been relevant to what we’re currently doing and also some of the things we’re trying to implement… the quality of educational content improves year on year.”
The ever popular MyBusiness Seminar Theatre will play host to a panel of experts and key industry stakeholders debating one of the key challenges facing the sector at the moment, The Future of Funding for Care Post Dilnot Commission. The panel will be on hand to present their opinions on what will happen next to care sector funding and will take questions from the audience in an extended Q&A session. Confirmed participants include Martin Green, Chief Exec of the English Community Care Association; Dame Jo Williams of the CQC, Jo was part of the Dilnot Commission and so brings a unique perspective to the debate; Peter Hay, President of the ADASS (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and the Lead Officer for Adults and Communities for Birmingham City Council); and James Lloyd, Director at the Strategic Society Centre, a public sector think tank. Visitors are invited to put questions to the panel either during the session or in advance via the Care Show Series Discussion Group on LinkedIn.
Care Show attracts industry leading exhibitors from across the sector. These include: RNIB, Lloyds Pharmacy, Activities Board Company Limited, National Skills Academy for Social Care, Decotex Ltd, Boots Care Services, Cloister Uniforms, Decontamination Limited, Shackletons Ltd and many more. Catering company Apetito will be providing cookery demonstrations and nutritional advice in the Live Kitchen in one of many interactive exhibitor offerings.
For further information on Care Show including a full exhibitor list, seminar details and free registration please visit: www.careshow.co.uk/london. You can also follow Care Show at http://www.twitter.com/CareShow or join our LinkedIn discussion group Care Show Series Discussion Group.
 The Telegraph Elderly living alone use internet to keep in touch with family 22 Sep 2010 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/8018203/Elderly-living-alone-use-internet-to-keep-in-touch-with-family.html