Soil Association receives £1.25 million National Lottery funding to improve food for older people

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The Soil Association’s Food for Life programme has received a £1.25 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund to launch a pioneering project using good food to reduce isolation and improve the nutrition and wellbeing of older people. The Food for Life Better Care project will work directly with older people to develop and tailor programmes to reflect the different needs in three areas across the UK.

Healthy Nutrition for Older People

 Older People

A healthy, well-balanced diet is essential for people of all ages, but it is especially important for elderly people to get their recommended nutritional amounts. Unfortunately, people in their senior years are less likely than other age groups to maintain a healthy diet due to several differing lifestyle factors.

Physical reasons such as dental problems or a decline in the senses can impact on an elderly person’s dietary habits, as can the difficulty they may have being on their feet for a long time while trying to co-ordinate cooking meals. In addition, they could be beset by a lack of appetite from feelings of loneliness, a lack of income to buy the food they need or the logistical barriers of being unable to get to a supermarket, particularly in adverse weather.

PKL launches Garbage Guzzler to help care homes save money by reducing organic waste

Garbage Guzzler

PKL, the UK’s leading modular kitchen infrastructure provider, is taking on the distribution of the Garbage Guzzler, a revolutionary waste digester that allows any care home to reduce its costs and waste disposal needs.

The Garbage Guzzler, which is manufactured in the UK, uses bacteria to reduce organic waste, including food, cardboard and paper packaging, coffee cups, fats and oils, by 95 percent.

The process can take as little as 24 hours, and leaves an output that can be used as soil improver, as biomass fuel or can be put back through the machine to be reduced to virtually nothing.

Singing school pupil Kirsten entertains at Ingleby Care Home

Singing pupil Kirsten Malley-Watts (middle) with Ingleby Care Home residents (from left) Anna Greenan, Kath Coleby, Mary Carol and Katherine Booth.

YOUNG singer Kirsten Malley-Watts has been serenading Stockton care home residents.

The 12-year-old All Saints School pupil performed songs at Ingleby Care Home as part of an RE project to help the community.

Residents enjoyed Somewhere Over The Rainbow, We’ll Meet Again and White Cliffs of Dover, to name a few.

Kirsten’s mother, Margaret, chose Ingleby Care Home as its local to her daughter’s school, in Ingleby Barwick.

ingleby singerSinging pupil Kirsten Malley-Watts (middle) with
Ingleby Care Home residents
(from left) Anna Greenan, Kath Coleby, Mary Carol and Katherine Booth.

How Homecare Services Can Help to Combat Loneliness

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At CRG Homecare we provide support for many vulnerable people who feel alone and cut off from society. A wide range of factors can cause loneliness – from mobility issues and mental health problems to old age and poor physical health. The problems that can cause loneliness often increase a lonely person's feelings of anxiety and isolation, meaning that they may find it harder to leave their property and socialise with others.

Why Is Loneliness So Common in the UK?

Labels4kids launches new adult brand to meet demand

Ann Maree Morrison

One of the UK’s biggest suppliers of personalised labels and products is targeting expansion to meet a growing demand from the care homes market.

Stirling-based Labels4Kids, launched in 2004 to provide labelling for children’s clothes, school bags and lunch boxes, has developed into a successful e-commerce business for multiple sectors around the world.

It is preparing to launch a new marque, Labels4Brands, to service a range of other sectors including fashion brands, sports clubs, care homes and other organisations with uniformed staff.

Spotting signs of dehydration in the elderly and 10 ways to improve eating habits of a loved one

Ahead of Nutrition and Hydration Week on 13-19 March 2017, award-winning home care provider, SweetTree, explains how to manage hydration and nutrition issues for the elderly. Dehydration can be an issue for the elderly. According to research conducted at the University of East Anglia, one in five people living in care homes are not drinking enough fluid. Even mild dehydration can increase the risk of falls, confusion, pressure ulcers and urinary tract infections. It’s also widely known that elder people may struggle to consume a balanced diet as appetite can decrease with age.

Care sector welcomes "best ever" CQC compliance tool

A new self evaluation tool has been developed to help care providers gauge their CQC (Care Quality Commission) grading. brian-donnelly-with-the-icops-system.jpg

iCOPS has been created by regulator and certification body for assistive technology services, CECOPS, and aims to help providers move away from relying on paper-based systems when preparing for inspections or monitoring improvement. 

The cloud-based system allows staff members to evaluate their team against official CQC standards, find out where they're falling short, collect evidence of compliance and set steps for improvement. 

“It’s like a blanket on a cold night”

Grants available for older people struggling to heat their home


As Fuel Poverty Awareness Day approaches (Friday 17 February), national charity Friends of the Elderly is encouraging older people who need help heating their homes to apply to its small grant scheme.

The charity offers one-off grants to older people to help relieve the stress and worry often experienced by those living on a low income.

Mary, 78, from Oxfordshire, contacted the charity because she had nowhere else to turn and no one to talk to. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer and said she was desperate and couldn’t cope. Friends of the Elderly contributed towards the cost of her heating bill.

Care Roadshows return to Scottish soil this Spring

Care Roadshows 2017

Care Roadshows are delighted to be back on Scottish soil at Hampden Park Stadium on Tuesday 28th March.

At Care Roadshows, visitors receive practical advice and information to assist in the running of their care business. Previous shows have brought inspiration, innovation and ideas to all those who attend and 2017 will be no different!

The events continue to attract owners, directors and senior management from key care providers across the country and this event has been tailored for care professionals of Glasgow. The educational and informative seminars are led by recognised associations who endeavour to keep you up to date with the latest regulations and ideas.

New online tool set to support healthcare professionals giving palliative care

marie-curie_0.jpgA leading charity has set up a free online tool to help support professionals in the health and social care sector in giving palliative and end of life care. 

This resource has been launched by Marie Curie who has collated a selection of in-depth material on end of life care and made it freely available in a quick and easy to access place. 

Research suggests that some health and social care professionals are not at ease when talking to patients about the dying process, creating a huge barrier between them and the people receiving end of life care. 

Exercise for the Elderly

Exercise for the Elderly

We should all aim to set aside a little time each day to get even mild exercise. Some of us are fitness fanatics for whom a gym session is as natural a part of daily life as eating dinner, while there are those for whom even basic exercise is anathema. For older people, the importance of exercise is greater still, as a daily workout of no more than 30 minutes can significantly increase life expectancy and provide improved self-esteem.

Doting couple celebrate 71st valentine’s at Dundee care home

John Mackay, and wife Edith

A Dundee couple are perfectly placed to give lessons in love for Valentine’s Day – because this year will be the 71st time they will be celebrating February 14th together.

And John Mackay, 96, and wife Edith (known as Eci), 92, believe they can give couples of all ages some simple tips for a long and happy marriage: be romantic all year round, not just on February 14th.

The couple are celebrating their first Valentine’s Day together at Bupa’s Balcarres Care Home in Broughty Ferry after Eci became a resident in 2015 with John joining her a year later.

Social housing and care provider raises thousands for cancer centre

A social housing and care provider has spent the past 12 months taking on a whole host of wacky fundraising events to raisback-left-darren-griffiths-and-karen-davies-linc-social-committee-mem_0.jpge thousands of pounds for a valuable cancer centre. 

Linc Cymru Housing Association, based in South Wales, has raised £7000 for its adopted charity, Velindre Cancer Centre in honour of a member of staff. 

The association's social committee organised a wide range of fundraising activities from a Gung-Ho inflatable assault course and a Man vs Horse challenge.