October 20, 2022 / Wolf News / Care Home News / Media Coverage
We were delighted to exhibit at this year’s Care Show at Birmingham NEC earlier this month.
The event was back in full force for the first time since all Covid restrictions were lifted and this was reflected in the visitor numbers. It was fantastic to see so many familiar faces and meet lots of new ones.
We were particularly proud of the Wolf stand. We went bigger and better this year to reflect the recent growth of the business. This meant we were able to bring a whole host of equipment, showcasing washers and dryers from parent company Schulthess, including the new and exclusive W range.
We were also lucky enough to be supported by supply partner, Smeg, and display a range or warewashing equipment at the event. The team at Smeg kindly provided a much-coveted stand mixer, which we gave away to one lucky visitor in our exclusive prize draw!
After the event
Now that the stand is packed away, equipment back in the showroom, sore feet soaked and prize draw completed, what have we taken from The Care Show 2022?
The care sector continues to grow
No real surprises here. With an ageing population and constantly advancing medical science, we’re all living longer. Some of us may require specialist care as we age, and as the population grows so does the need for adult social care.
Some estimates predict that the sector will increase by around 50% over the next decade which will make it one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK. The challenge will be to maintain and improve standards as the industry grows.
Infection control remains key
Understanding the spread of infection and how to manage outbreaks has always been at the forefront of the care industry. However, the Covid pandemic brought this to the attention of the general public.
It’s important that as Covid fears decrease, the sector doesn’t become complacent. The risks that were always there remain; seasonal viruses such as ‘flu or Norovirus and “superbugs” like C.Diff and MRSA which can sweep through a care environment if proper infection control is not in place.
Recruitment and retention
We spoke to so many of you who said that the most immediate challenge facing their business was recruitment. Working in care can be stressful, with long hours, emotional up and downs and often difficult outcomes. However, it can also be incredibly rewarding and for many people, a real vocation.
The challenge for the care sector is to find those people and to entice them into the industry, providing them with attractive remuneration, job satisfaction and prospects which keep them there.
Training is a hot topic within the industry. With such a high turnover of staff, the cost of training is huge. It causes a catch 22 situation; can you afford to invest in staff who are likely to leave? If you don’t invest in your workforce, will this cause them to leave?
The fact remains that a huge amount of trust is put into employees in the care industry. They are responsible for the well being and comfort of people’s loved ones. These are not roles that require little or no training, so a solution to the cost of training vs. staff attrition rate must be found.
How can we help?
Wolf already partners with thousands of care and nursing homes across the UK.
Our experience in the sector means that we understand the industry and the challenges you face. And we can help!
We understand infection control and provide a range of solutions to help you meet HTM-01-04 legislation for the cleaning and disinfection of laundry, meeting CQC guidelines to protect both staff and residents.
Talk to us
We’re currently speaking to all of the lovely people we met at The Care Show. If you couldn’t make it, or we didn’t get an opportunity to chat, please give us a call to discuss how we can help: 0800 840 9598 or click here to drop us a line ad we’ll be in contact very soon.