Posts Tagged ‘Residential Care Homes’

Combat The Chaos Of Christmas With Name Labels

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Christmas inevitably means more: more people, more stuff, more chaos!

Whether it’s at home, at work, at school, or even pretty much any public place you can think of, there are crowds of people getting ready for the Christmas holidays, buying all of the bits and pieces they need for their Christmas celebrations, preparing for seasonal sales and events, or simply enjoying some well-earned time off.

And, of course, all of that chaos means that there are a lot of people with a lot of belongings moving about very quickly in small spaces, which makes it extremely easy for those items to go missing.

Name labels are a brilliantly simple way to help protect against items going missing, especially in very busy shared environments. Here at Label Planet we supply two types of name label products:

STIKINS ® name labels: this multipurpose name label simply sticks on and stays on, whether you need to label clothing, shoes and bags, or a whole range of personal possessions. In clothing, these labels should be applied to the wash care label and will survive repeat trips through both the washing machine and a tumble drier.

TRONS ® name transfers: this iron-on name transfer uses the same methodology and materials used by the clothing industry to apply designs to clothing; the transfer fuses and bonds with the material being labelled to create a completely permanent name label on any fabric item.

Remember, name labels can be used to label all kinds of items belonging to every member of your family; here’s our guide to ways that a simple name label can help bring some calm to the chaos of Christmas.

Labels at home: while Christmas might be a time of Winter Wonderlands, it’s also a time of hats, scarves, gloves, coats, and shoes all piled in together – not to mention visits to and from family and friends and trips here, there, and everywhere, which provide all sorts of opportunities for those Winter Warmers to go walkabout.

Labels in schools: most schools will spend December running through a gauntlet of festive activities, including Christmas concerts, trips, and the traditional Christmas play (be it Panto, Nativity, or something else altogether) – all of which means classrooms, cloakrooms, and every spare inch of storage space will be crammed full of costumes, musical instruments and related paraphernalia, sheet music and scripts, spare outfits and changes of clothes, as well as all kinds of props. It’s incredibly easy for things to go missing in such a chaotic environment and name labels are an extremely easy way for parents to make sure their children’s belongings make it home safely and for teachers and members of staff to try to keep track of school property as it is carted about from place to place.

Labels in nursing/residential care homes: whether you have a friend or a relative moving into a care facility this winter or they have already taken up residence, name labels are a quick and easy way to add some extra peace of mind. Nursing and residential care homes make use of shared spaces; from shared kitchens and laundry facilities to communal rooms and gardens for residents (and their visitors) to relax and interact. All of which means that clothing, bedding, and personal items (which are often of significant emotional value) can get mixed up or go missing – adding a name label is the perfect way to make it simple for staff to ensure that the correct items are returned to the correct resident, which saves them time and prevents emotional distress for the residents (and their friends and family).

Stikins ®: They’re Not Just For School Term Time (Or Even Just For Kids!)

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

While the majority of our Stikins ® name labels are bought by parents for use on clothing and equipment that their children need for school, these products can be used pretty much anywhere, at any time, and by anyone!

They’re brilliantly simple and quick to apply, which makes them a perfect way to help prevent the problem of items getting mixed up or going missing – in all sorts of situations that involve leaving things in shared spaces or facilities.

FOR RESIDENTS OF NURSING & RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES
Stikins ® are ideal for use in nursing and residential care homes; these facilities rely on the use of shared laundry facilities and communal areas that their residents are encouraged to use and share. While staff will do their utmost to ensure that clothing and belongings remain with their rightful owners, sometimes things go missing or get mixed up – which can result in staff having to spend precious time tracking items down and can cause distress to residents who may already be unwell or distressed, and who have often brought items of particular emotional significance or sentimental value with them from home.

Adding a name label to clothing and bedding means that it is easy to ensure items are returned to their owner, which is highly beneficial for residents and staff alike. Personal items can also be labelled to help prevent any distress over such important items being lost or misplaced.

FOR KIDS AT HOME
Siblings often share likes and dislikes, which means that family homes are often full of clothes and toys that are similar or even identical in appearance – and that can lead to all sorts of arguments and tantrums.

Name labels are a quick and easy way to ensure that everyone knows which item belongs to which child and they can be used on pretty much anything, from clothes and shoes to books and toys.

FOR KIDS GOING ON DAY TRIPS OR HOLIDAYS
Stikins ® are also a brilliant assistant to have on hand for when your children are out and about, whether it’s a simple day trip, a weeklong event at a residential site, or even a summer away at a camp.

It doesn’t matter if you’re preparing for a family holiday or if your children are taking part in a trip with their school or a local activity group; any trip away will involve packing a bag with all sorts of extra bits and pieces – in the knowledge that it’s very possible that not all of it will make it back home.

Our name labels are a highly versatile multipurpose label, so you can use them to label pretty much anything. Whether it’s a packed lunch for a school trip, camping equipment and supplies, or even a spare set of clothes for “just in case” situations, our name labels can help prevent mix ups and make it easier for items to be found and returned.

You can also use name labels as a way to make sure your child always has emergency information with them; for example, you can include a phone number so they always know how to call home or you could include medical/allergy information to alert others if an emergency arises and your child requires assistance.

FOR “BIG KIDS” AT WORK
For most of us, going to work means sharing communal spaces with colleagues, which can lead to mix ups and items being lost.

Some businesses and organisations require employees to wear a uniform or to use identical equipment, which is often stored in shared areas. Stikins ® make it easy to label items to avoid mix ups and to help make sure that everything is returned to the right place. They can be used to add an individual’s name to personal items or to label equipment with the name of the particular branch or department of a larger organisation that owns a particular item.

Of course, Stikins ® also come in handy when it comes to the communal kitchen; whether you find that your lunch keeps going missing or someone keeps pinching your favourite mug, Stikins ® are a quick way to add your name to your stuff to make sure that you can eat your lunch or have a quick tea break in peace.

Nursing & Residential Care Facilities: How To Order Name Labels For A Group Of Residents

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

We have a number of nursing homes and residential care facilities who order our name labels on behalf of their residents to help prevent clothing, linen, and personal items from getting mixed up or going missing.

Moving into a care home can be a worrying experience and name labels are unlikely to be top of anyone’s list if they are moving or helping someone else to move into a facility. However, name labels can be extremely beneficial and a wonderful tool to help prevent unnecessary work for staff members and unnecessary emotional distress for residents.

Care and residential facilities tend to have a lot of communal areas and shared laundry facilities, which means it is all too easy for clothing to be mixed up or for items to go missing, which can lead to staff members spending a lot of time returning items to their rightful owners or individuals worrying about where something has gone. It can be especially distressing for residents when their personal belongings go missing because the items they keep with them will often be of particular emotional significance, meaning it can be devastating if such an item is lost.

Name labels are a quick and easy solution; our Stikins ® name labels simply stick on and stay on. These labels can be applied by anyone – family and friends of residents, staff members, or residents themselves, and they can be applied to the wash care labels of clothing or onto any personal items.

Our name labels can be ordered for individuals – by residents or by a family member or friend acting on their behalf – BUT they can also be ordered by nursing and residential care facilities themselves. These labels can save staff members a lot of time and help avoid the fallout of items being mixed up or lost entirely. Plus, if facilities contact us and order labels from us directly, we are happy to offer them a 10% discount on their order.

Which leads us to the topic of this blog: HOW TO PLACE A GROUP ORDER FOR A NURSING OR RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITY.

While care homes can place an order online like any other customer, the best way to place group orders is via email (this also allows us to make sure you receive your 10% discount!).

Simply send us an email with the details of your order and we will send you a proforma invoice against which you can make payment (by cheque, bank transfer, or credit/debit card payment).

Remember to let us know: the delivery address for the order, the product(s) you want to order, the pack size(s) you want to order, and the name(s) you want printed. If you are ordering for a large number of residents, the best thing to do is to send us the names in an Excel spreadsheet.

Of course, if you have any questions or issues with placing an order you can always give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist.

Stikins ®: the product for busy mums… and dads… grandparents… teachers… nursing care staff… activity groups… and, well, anyone really…

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

While the majority of our customers are mums and dads buying name labels for school uniform, Stikins ® name labels are so versatile and easy to use that they can be used by pretty much anyone for pretty much any purpose.

These name labels are made with advanced materials that allow them to stick onto almost everything AND survive trips through the washing machine, tumble drier, microwave, or dishwasher. They simply peel off their backing sheet, like any other label, and can be applied onto the wash care label of clothing or applied directly onto all manner of personal items. There’s no sewing or ironing required, which means that the days of spending hours applying name labels are completely over!

This also means that they can be applied by anyone and are suitable for all kinds of label applications including labelling school clothing and equipment; labelling clothing and personal items belonging to residents of nursing homes and care facilities; labelling uniform and equipment in the workplace; labelling equipment belonging to activity groups and organisations; and for pretty much any other purpose you can think of.

You can find out more about our Stikins ® name labels on our website or simply go ahead and buy!

A Helping Hand For Nursing & Residential Care Homes

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Moving into a nursing or residential care facility is a big and often daunting change faced by increasing numbers of people. A lot of things need to happen very quickly, often while a person is unwell or in recovery. The whole experience can be stressful and traumatic for both the individual making the move and for friends and family who are helping them to do so.

With so many things to think about, not many people think about the practicalities of day to day life while in care. Facilities tend to offer services to their residents such as cleaning and laundry, while residents themselves often share communal areas. With so many people working and living in such close proximity, it is easy for mix ups to occur between clothing, bedding, and personal items.

Name labels are a helping hand for the staff and residents of nursing and residential care homes. They help staff to quickly and easily identify who owns a particular piece of clothing or bedding, and help residents avoid the distressing situation of losing their personal belongings, which often carry significant sentimental value.

Stikins ® are a very simple to use and quick solution to the problem of items going missing in care. These multipurpose labels can be applied onto the wash-care label of garments or directly onto personal items. The soft, white vinyl label won’t cause any discomfort when garments are worn and the solid black font makes it quick and easy to identify the owner of any item that may have been misplaced or mixed up with other items.

Trons ® are an iron on name transfer, which creates a completely permanent name labelling solution for any fabric item. These labels work in the same way as transfers used to apply designs to T-shirts; they fuse and bond directly with the fabric of an item to become a permanent name label on any fabric item. These can be used to label clothing, including items without wash-care labels (such as socks), and items of bedding or linen that a resident has with them.

FAQ Special – Prices & Payments

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

It’s been a while since our last FAQ special so we thought it was high time we did another! And seeing as it’s the start of a brand new year and everyone (and their wallets) are recovering from the indulgence (and overindulgence) of Christmas and the New Year, we thought a good topic would be all things related to prices and payments.

We’ve tried to make things as simple and straightforward as possible, so you can order your name labels when and how you please. We provide customers with a variety of ways to order and pay for their labels, so we’ve hopefully got an option to suit everyone.

Where can I find your prices?
Our prices are listed on our website and on our Information Leaflets.
Standard packs are priced as follows:
N30 / T35: £6.00
N60 / T70: £8.50
N90 / T105: £10.50
N120 / T140: £12.50
Combination packs are priced as follows:
NT65 (N30 + T35): £8.50
NT130 (N60 + T70): £12.50
NT195 (N90 + T105): £16.00
NT260 (N120 + T140): £19.00
[While we always keep our Information Leaflets fully up to date, we are aware that some schools and customers may have old copies of leaflets with out of date prices. Please check the website for current prices as we cannot honour out of date pricing information.]

What do your prices include?
Our prices include VAT and standard UK delivery.
Standard UK delivery is via Royal Mail’s first class service.

Do I have to pay extra for anything?
Only if you wish to upgrade your shipping or have your order delivered outside of the UK.
If you order by phone, you may request a Guaranteed Next Working Day delivery option.
If you order items to be shipped outside of the UK, postage will be charged at £1.50 per item.

Are you running any discounts or offers?
Not at the moment. Any discounts or offers will be announced via our blog, Facebook and Twitter pages, or via email to existing customers.

I need sets for my X number of children. Can I have a discount?
No. Currently we do not offer any multipack discounts. For customers with multiple children, you may either purchase a pack (or packs) for each child or you may purchase a pack (or packs) to be shared between your children.
Please note that we cannot print different names within a single pack; each label within a pack is printed with the same information. However, we are more than happy for customers to include more than one name per label or to use a family name only in order to share the labels between children. 

What’s the most cost effective pack to order?
Our largest packs offer the best cost per label prices; N120, T140, or NT260.
If you keep your labels in their original packaging and store them safely in a dry place at room temperature, you can use up as many labels as you need at the current time and then save the rest for future use. When stored appropriately, our name labels retain their quality and efficiency for two (STIKINS ® name labels) or five (TRONS ® name transfers) years.

Do I have to order through the website?
No. You can also place your order over the phone or by post.

What are my payment options?
We provide a variety of payment options, depending on how you order.
ONLINE ORDERS: payment by PayPal or debit/credit card
PHONE ORDERS: payment by debit/credit card
[Please note that we do not accept American Express]
POSTAL ORDERS: payment by cheque or postal order

If you wish, you may also pay by BACS, however, you will need to contact us with the details of your order so we can issue you with a Proforma Invoice against which you can make payment. 

I work for a school/nursery/organisation. Can I get a discount?
While we don’t offer discounts to schools and other organisations, we do run a commission scheme, which allows schools, nurseries and other organisations to earn commission on sales of STIKINS ® name labels and TRONS ® name transfers where their unique code is quoted.
Any time a parent, guardian, or member affiliated with a particular school, nursery or group orders from us and quotes that organisation’s unique code, their order will generate up to 25% commission for their nominated group.
To find out more about our commission scheme, please take a read through our Fundraising Information page.

I work for a nursing/residential care facility. Can I get a discount?
Yes. We are happy to offer a 10% discount to nursing home and residential care facilities when they order directly from us. To receive your discount, simply get in touch and let us know the items you would like to order so we can process the discount for you.

We are also happy for these facilities to join our commission scheme (as mentioned above). You would be allotted a unique code to allow you to earn commission on any orders placed by residents or relatives/friends ordering on behalf of residents.
To find out more, please read our Fundraising Information page.

Hopefully, if you had a question about prices and payments, we’ve answered it here but if we haven’t, please feel free to get in touch.

Why Should I Use Name Labels?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

It’s a common question and many people feel that they don’t have the time or the money to spend on name labels. However, we’d argue (as you might expect) that there are far more benefits to using name labels than you might realise, both practical and personal in nature.

  • Save Money
    Yes, name labels can save you money; our name labels are most commonly used on school uniform and equipment, which is often quite expensive to purchase. Schools often have extensive uniform lists as well as requirements for textbooks and specific equipment for most, if not all, subjects. Ensuring that your child has every item on these lists often means spending quite a lot of money – money that you will have to pay again if these items go missing. Labelling your child’s uniform and equipment means that lost items are much more likely to be returned and you won’t end up having to pay for replacements.
  • Save Time
    Name labels are a fantastic way to get organised, particularly if you’ve got a big family. With name labels, it’s easy to sort out what belongs to whom; whether you’re sorting out washing or just tidying up personal items at home. You also save the time that you’d need to spend shopping for replacement items or visiting the school to root through their lost property collection in the hopes of retrieving your child’s uniform or possessions.
  • Prevent Arguments
    It’s common for arguments to flare up when siblings have similar or matching clothing and possessions, whether it’s stuff for school or their own personal items. Adding name labels to clothing and personal items is a quick and easy way to settle any debates about what belongs to whom.
  • Prevent Distress
    Our name labels are often bought by customers on behalf of relatives or friends who are in nursing or residential care homes. In these situations, adding a name label is a simple way to make sure that clothing and personal items are always returned to their rightful owner. In these facilities, clothing is washed in laundry departments where it is possible that clothing may be mixed up and residents often share communal areas where personal items may be moved around or go missing. Labelling clothing and personal items with a name label can prevent the distress caused when these items – often of significant sentimental value – go missing.
    Children are also likely to take personal items to school to share with friends, which often leads to distress if these items are lost. Again, adding a name label is a simple way to help avoid the upsetting situation of your child losing something that is precious to them.
  • Provide Important Information In An Emergency
    Name labels can provide information that may prove vital in an emergency. If you include contact information on your name labels, this information is always on hand should your child ever get lost.
    You can also have name labels printed with medical and allergy information, so that this information is available in the event of an emergency, which will allow people nearby to react accordingly and provide the correct assistance. These labels are particularly useful for labelling lunch boxes and water bottles, labelling medical supplies, or to create extra medical alerts such as homemade medical bracelets.

Commission Scheme – For Schools, Nurseries, Children’s Groups, and Nursing and Residential Care Homes

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Here at Label Planet, we run a free commission scheme, which allows participating organisations to earn money from sales of our name label products that are purchased by customers who are affiliated with that particular group.

Our scheme is open to all sorts of groups – for example, nurseries and schools can earn commission on name labels bought by parents or guardians of children enrolled in their classes; children’s groups such as Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts, or activity and sporting groups can earn commission when the parents or guardians of children who are members of the group purchase their name labels from us; and any nursing or residential care home can earn commission when a resident or a relative, friend, or care worker acting on behalf of a resident places an order with us.

So how does it work?

Once an organisation signs up with us, we assign them a unique code/ID; any order placed where that number is quoted will earn commission for the organisation. Commission is paid out once a year in October and is set to either a basic rate of 15% or a boosted rate of 25% (where the organisation places a link on their website to our website).

Our commission scheme means these groups can earn funds for any ongoing projects they are running while also promoting name labels as a means to avoiding issues with lost or mixed up property.

To find out more about our commission scheme you can:

To get signed up and start earning commission, simply do one of the following:

Name Labels For Residential Homes & Care Homes

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

The process of moving into a residential or care home can be a difficult one, fraught with all kinds of worries and concerns for both the individuals moving into care and for their family and friends.

Many residential and care homes provide facilities to help residents with day to day needs such as laundry services and, while staff will do their utmost to keep everything organised, this means that items must be put through shared machines, which can lead to mix ups or items going missing entirely.

Losing personal items can be distressing for both residents and relatives and can take up valuable time for members of staff. A simple solution is to add name labels to a resident’s clothing and possessions to ensure that they can always be returned to the right person.

STIKINS ® are easy to use stick on name labels that can be applied by residents, relatives, or members of staff in a few simple steps. These labels can be applied to the wash-care label of any garment and can also be applied to other personal items, including shoes, bags, books, or personal possessions that may hold emotional value.

TRONS ® are an iron on name transfer that provides a completely permanent name label solution for fabric items. These labels require a single iron on application and can be applied onto the wash-care label or directly onto the fabric of any garment or fabric item. TRONS ® are an ideal way to label clothing, towels, linens, and personal blankets.

STIKINS ® and TRONS ® can be ordered from the stikins.co.uk website, by phone, or by post.

We also supply name labels and name transfers directly to residential and care homes, with a 10% discount for homes that order from us on behalf of their residents.

The Many Uses Of STIKINS ®

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

While our STIKINS ® are primarily sold to parents who want to label their children’s school uniform, there are a variety of other uses where our name labels come in handy.

– WORK UNIFORM
Where businesses require their employees to wear uniform, these items of clothing may often end up being stored in shared communal areas, meaning that items can be easily mixed up or misplaced. Items can be labelled with an individual’s name or simply with a particular branch or department of a larger organisation to make sure they stay in the right place.

– NURSING/RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES
Labelling clothes in nursing and residential care homes means that items can be easily returned to their rightful owners if they are lost or after being collected for washing. Personal items, particularly ones of significant sentimental value, can also be labelled to avoid important items being lost, which can cause distress to residents and their families.

– PERSONAL ITEMS
Name labels can also be applied to personal items. Their strong adhesive makes them an excellent way to add a durable label to personal possessions and they are able to survive being put in washing machines, tumble-driers, dishwashers, and microwaves (except the General Purpose Silver labels which are only suitable for dishwashers) making them suitable for all manner of items.

– CHILDREN(!)
As well as labelling school uniform, STIKINS ® name labels can be used to label children’s everyday clothing. While traditional name labels are made with just the child’s name, name labels can be printed with all kinds of additional information to help keep children safe while their parents may not be around. For example, adding a parent’s phone number means that if a child gets lost, the information they need to contact their parents is always with them. Parents can also add medical information, such as allergies, so that children can let others know if they have any special requirements or if they need certain medical assistance.

– SCHOOL UNIFORM
And, of course, our name labels are perfect for labelling school uniform. Uniforms often get mislaid or sent home with the wrong child, particularly after P.E. lessons. A name label means a child can make sure they have their own clothes or, if they lose an item, that the item can be sent home instead of remaining in the lost property box.

You can find more information about STIKINS ® by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page. We also have information for nursing and residential care homes, which can be found here.