Success blooms for Care Home at AYR Flower Show


Residents at a care home in Ayr let their creativity flourish at this year’s annual Flower Show, with one miniature garden scooping third place. 

The Ayr Flower Show, now in its 56th year, is a hit with residents at Bupa’s Claremont Care Home, who attend every year and submit their entries into the Miniature Garden category.

Each miniature garden is required to have a theme and this year saw residents going bigger and bolder than ever, with creative designs including Jurassic Park, A Day at the Riverside and The Enchanted Garden, which triumphed and won third place.

Carol Barr, Home Manager at Bupa’s Claremont Care Home, organises the outing every year, and was delighted with this year’s third place win.

Lanarkshire Care Home host 'COME DINE WITH ME' event


Three Lanarkshire care homes have served up a dish of stiff competition – by jumping on the Come Dine With Me bandwagon and staging their own version of the popular television show.

Bupa’s Highgate Care Home in Uddingston and Hatton Lea Care Home in Bellshill, alongside Rosepark Care Home, went head to head in the culinary challenge, with each home hosting a themed lunch over a three day period.

Two residents from each home attended each day and, as is done in the Channel Four programme, they scored each meal at the end of the day. 

Highgate kicked off the event with a British Butlins-style lunch, treating residents to traditional fish and chips and afternoon tea, and welcoming in a guitar player who provided sing-along entertainment.

World Alzheimer’s Day 21st September 2016

T3 3-a-side Ping Pong joins forces with Hill Homes Senior Care home for Phase 3 of their research into the benefits of ping pong on those suffering with Alzheimer’s and dementia. To celebrate World Alzheimer’s Day T3 ping pong and Hill Homes, a residential care home in North London, are delighted to announce that they will partner for stage 3 of T3’s research into the benefits of playing ping pong on those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Q: How is T3 ping pong different to traditional table tennis and why is it better for elderly players?  

Visitors to Care & Dementia Show offered insight into world of dementia through virtual experience

Visitors to this year’s Care & Dementia Show (11-12 October, NEC, Birmingham) can experience first-hand just what people with dementia go through on a daily basis with a Virtual Dementia Experience. 

The first of its kind in the UK and only the third in the world, the experience takes place onboard a mobile unit and offers an insight into the world of people with dementia. Aimed primarily at those caring for people with dementia, it has been devised to help improve the quality of care and understanding of the condition. 

Nearly 80,000 care staff could be at risk as Brexit fuels uncertainty about status of EU workers

Care services for elderly and disabled people could be at risk because nearly 80,000 workers in the sector in England don’t have British citizenship and could lose their right to work in the UK following the vote for Brexit. 

That’s the warning from new research by Independent Age, the older people’s charity, and the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK).  It says the risk is made worse because of failures to recruit enough British-born workers to meet the increasing demands of an ageing population. 
Based on an analysis of population figures from the ONS and workforce data from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care[1] <#_ftn1>  other key findings in the report include:

It’s time for a clean sweep now Autumn is upon us


David Black, of DB Fire Safety Limited, is urging people with open fires to arrange for a clean sweep now that Autumn is upon us.

Chimney fires accounted for more than 5,000 chimney fires across England during 2014/15,  Wood burners or an open fire are a very nice way to keep warm in the winter months but without proper maintenance they can become a fire hazard.

These fires could have been prevented and this is the reason why DB Fire Safety is anxious to urge people to get their chimneys swept by a registered sweep to prevent chimney damage or fire.

Dorset care home accredited with the highest possible rating for end-of life care


The Malthouse residential care home in Gillingham, Dorset, has been awarded with the highest possible rating for its end of life care.  The home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, provides specialised care for the elderly and has been inspected by experts from The National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) and awarded ‘Beacon’ status – the highest possible ranking.

The GSF is a national training and accreditation scheme which helps staff in a range of care settings across the UK to provide a gold standard of care for people nearing the end of life. 

Top tips to safeguard against Dementia


Award-winning cognitive health clinic Re:Cognition Health is passionate about changing the future of dementia, the only cause of death in the UK that is still on the rise.Re:Cognition Health’s esteemed clinicians offer their tops tips to help safeguard against developing dementia and brain diseases. There is currently no cure for dementia, however by incorporating these simple lifestyle tweaks into your daily routine, you will improve your brain function as well as protect it in later years.


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8 Million older people left at risk and unaware of gas dangers

·        Gas Safety Week is running from 19 – 25 September

·        More than 260 over-65s are injured by gas appliances every year

Nearly eight million older people could be at risk from unsafe gas appliances[i] <#_edn1> in the UK as Gas Safe Register reveals that three quarters of Britons have never discussed gas safety with older family members. Therefore, during this year’s Gas Safety Week (19-25 September), Gas Safe Register is urging friends and family to help older people avoid gas dangers in their homes. 

Whistleblowing in health and social care

Raising concerns at work, often known as whistleblowing, is the act of reporting a concern about a risk, wrongdoing or illegality at work, in the public interest. Raising concerns should be the norm and accepted as an important part of people’s day- to- day work as they reflect on their professional practice and work to improve their service. Whistleblowing is an early warning system which gives managers an opportunity to put things right before anything catastrophic happens. It is a big step for many people and we know that staff who speak up can often feel isolated and stressed. 

Leading Greater Manchester Care Organisation Adopts Dutch Model To Reform Community Care


Carers Trust in Greater Manchester is to adopt a new and innovative approach to delivering community care in response to less funding going into the social care system. Based on a Dutch home care model developed in Buurtzorg in Holland, the charity believes it will positively impact on the well documented issues of quality and recruitment that the sector is experiencing.

Paul Parlby the charity’s CEO says:

“Local care delivery models will have to change as more demand is placed on the social care sector and less money is put into the system – something different needs to be done.”

Last November Carers Trust in Greater Manchester thought it timely to review their own care delivery model and looked outside of the UK for innovation.  Paul Parlby continues:

Care home resident honoured for a decade of charity knitting

A resident at Fornham House Care home in Fornham St Martin, near Bury St Edmunds, has been honoured by staff for her years of charity work.  101-year-old Edna Johnston has been knitting for the Shoebox charity for 10 years, knitting clothes and toys to be sent abroad to children in need at Christmas time.

Manager of Fornham House, Irina Catanescu, has presented Edna with a bouquet of flowers in recognition of her years of work for the charity.

Edna moved to Bury St Edmunds to be near her daughter 10 years ago and began knitting for her church, the United Reform Church. The Church regularly donated filled shoeboxes to the appeal and Edna donated hats, scarves, teddy bears, puppets and bags.

Sanctuary Care embraces Silver Sunday


There will be live music, toe tapping, hands clapping, fabulous finery and an abundance of mouth-watering food when Sanctuary Care homes across the country embrace Silver Sunday.

On Sunday 2 October, Sanctuary Care’s care homes will be hosting tea dances for its residents and guests from their local communities.

Silver Sunday is a national day celebrating older people, where local communities and organisations host free events to help combat loneliness and reduce isolation. It was started four years ago by Westminster City Council and the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, an organisation which supports disadvantaged young people and isolated older people in the city.

Older people are paying the price for cuts to social care

The care and support older people receive increasingly depends on where they live and how much money they have rather than their needs, according to a new report by The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust.
Six consecutive years of cuts to local authority budgets, rising demand for services and shortages of staff have left the social care system increasingly unable to meet the needs of the older people who depend on it. The report finds that this is placing an unacceptable burden on unpaid carers and is leaving rising numbers of older people who have difficulty with the basic activities of daily living – such as washing, dressing and getting out of bed – without any support at all.

Care home residents battle the elements for charity walk

charity walk

A care home in Bognor Regis has raised almost £600 for a dementia charity with a ‘Memory Walk’.

More than 60 people, including staff and residents at Elizabeth House care home as well as members of the public, tackled the two-mile route around the town centre and onto the seafront before ending at Hotham Park. 

The local ‘Bamboo Band’ played a variety of songs on the park’s bandstand for residents such as Lizzie Pollington, a keen gardener who used to visit the park regularly in her youth. 

The Mayor of Bognor Regis, Pat Dillon, and Deputy Mayor, Phil Woodall, also made an appearance to thank the walkers for their efforts, alongside representatives from the Dementia Friends programme, which aims to change people’s perceptions of the disease.