MP rolls up his sleeves at Greenacres Care Home

MP rolls up his sleeves at Greenacres Care Home

Local MP, Jason McCartney got a taste of life as a carer when he volunteered at Greenacres residential and dementia care home in Meltham last week. The visit was part of his volunteering week, which has also seen him help out at Holme Valley Memorial Hospital and repair footpaths with the National Trust.
 
Everyone at the home was really looking forward to Jason’s visit and he arrived at the home in plenty of time to get on board with the mornings activities.  He had common ground with many of the male residents as he was previously an Officer in the RAF.  This proved for very interesting conversations and reminiscence before Jason donned his pinny and got to work serving lunch to the residents.  

5 easy ways to make getting around at home easier

5 easy ways to make getting around at home easier

Whether it’s ensuring that you can look after yourself, or caring for a loved one, there are some simple changes that can be made to your home to make getting around hassle-free. 

Improve your bathroom

A raised toilet seat can make all the difference to someone with mobility issues. The same goes for a toilet frame – just making it that little bit easier to visit the toilet unaided. 

There’s plenty of options for the bath or shower too, with a huge range of seats and stools available that can be fixed to the wall, or stand-alone depending on how your bathroom is laid out.

Rearrange your furniture

New Project Is Music To The Ears Of Bield Tenants

New Project Is Music To The Ears Of Bield Tenants

Service users and their families at some of Bield’s care homes in Fife are set to join a pioneering project that uses music to improve the quality of life for those living with dementia.

Bield’s Gillie Court and Grants Bank in Dunfermline and Finavon Court in Glenrothes will be the first to implement the scheme, Playlist for Life, which was started, and is still based, in Scotland to help ease the symptoms of dementia.

Thanks to funding from the Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund, the developments will make use of iPads, iPods and headphones to enable tenants, their families and staff to build up a playlist of familiar and meaningful songs from their past.

Fundraising fete at Edinburgh care home

An Edinburgh care home is gearing up to host its annual summer fete and is calling out for the local community to come along and get involved.

Bupa’s Victoria Manor care home in Leith will hold its end of summer celebrations on Saturday the 3rd of September and is encouraging members of the public to stop by and enjoy some fun in the sun with residents and staff.

Various activities and stalls will be set up for residents, guests and visitors, including a bake sale, face painting, a DIY photobooth, a coconut shy, a raffle and a wet sponge staff attack, and entertainment will be provided throughout the day by Dale Meeks from Emmerdale.

Residents Test Ground-Breaking Cushion For Wheelchair Users

Residents Test Ground-Breaking Cushion For Wheelchair Users

Residents at a Glasgow care home have been among some of the first to try out and provide invaluable feedback on a unique and innovative invention for wheelchair users.

Blackwood’s Belses Gardens care home, which provides integrated accommodation for people with physical disabilities, hosted a focus group with designer Corien Staels, in which residents were invited to test her temperature-cooling wheelchair cushion, named Wheelair®.

Belgian native Corien, who is currently working on an Entrepreneurship Masters at the University of Glasgow, spoke of how she had the idea for the cushion design when writing her undergraduate dissertation. 

Norfolk residential care home welcomes new home manager

Norfolk residential care home welcomes new home manager

St Leonards Court residential Home in Mundford, Norfolk is proudly announcing the appointment of its new home manager. Shelley Jarred brings with her a wealth of experience from the NHS.

St Leonards Court, which is situated in the village of Mundford on the edge of Thetford Forest, is part of the Healthcare Homes Group and provides specialist care for elderly people living with dementia. Recently rated as ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the home provides high quality care services, combined with a range of activities to meet the needs of those living at the home.

Active Minds Launches Innovative Multi-Sensory Reminiscence Product

Active Minds Launches Innovative Multi-Sensory Reminiscence Product

Dementia activity company, Active Minds, launch a first-of-its-kind reminiscence activity incorporating sound and smell for people with mid- to late-stage dementia

As dementia progresses it can become increasingly hard for carers to provide appropriate games or activities for people living with dementia, particularly in the later stages. Spotting a gap in their product list, dementia activity specialists, Active Minds, decided to create Scentscape, a unique multi-sensory reminiscence activity designed especially for people with mid- to late-stage dementia.

Neigh Chance of Long Faces at Edinburgh Care Home

Neigh Chance of Long Faces at Edinburgh Care Home

Residents at a care home in Edinburgh have been horsing around thanks to an in-house visit from Therapy Ponies Scotland.

Bupa’s Braid Hills care home, on Liberton Drive, welcomed the Shetland ponies into the home, giving the residents the chance to hold and touch the animals and learn about their new miniature friends.

Residents were encouraged to interact with the two ponies – named Herbie and Flicker – both of which have been highly trained to handle any situation.

Derbyshire Care Provider Refinances for Growth

Derbyshire Care Provider Refinances for Growth

Hill Care Group Secures £26m Funding from Barclays

 

Derbyshire care business Hill Care Group today announced they have secured funding from Barclays to consolidate their banking with one provider and refinance for growth with a £26 million term loan.

Established in 2001 and headquartered at St Mary’s Gate, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, the business provides care to over 1000 residents.  Operating homes across the North of England, Hill Care will now move ahead with plans to acquire and build new facilities in communities with a need for first-class care services.

Wendy Waddicor, Managing Director of Hill Care, said: "We are very excited to be expanding our brand of exceptional, holistic care, catering to all our residents' needs.

Aquarius Water Solutions Ltd

Aquarius Water Solutions Ltd

Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal type of pneumonia, contracted by inhaling airborne water droplets containing viable Legionella bacteria. Such droplets can be created, for example, by: hot and cold water outlets; atomisers; wet air conditioning plant; and whirlpool or hydrotherapy baths.
 
Anyone can develop Legionnaires’ disease, but the elderly, smokers, alcoholics and those with cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory or kidney disease are at more risk.
 
Health and social care providers should carry out a full risk assessment of their hot and cold water systems and ensure adequate measures are in place to control the risks.

10 essential top tips for dementia carers

Re:Cognition Health is passionate about changing the future of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and recognises National Dementia Carer’s Day on 11th September as an important awareness day to celebrate the amazing job undertaken by the estimated 670,000 dementia carers in the UK.

Re:Cognition Health’s Content Director Christina Macdonald shares her top tips to help care for someone with dementia, after her experience of caring for her mother who had vascular dementia.

1) Enlist a support crew – You can’t do it on your own so enlist the support of trusted friends, family and neighbours and accept help when it is offered, even if you think you won’t need it straight away.

South Wales nursing home sold to new entrant into market

South Wales nursing home sold to new entrant into market

A south Wales nursing home has been sold to a new entrant into the care market.

 

Represented by Douglas-Jones Mercer (DJM) solicitors in Swansea, Talbot Court Nursing Home in Port Talbot was sold by Christie & Co to Carehart Ltd.

 

The home had a guide price of £1.5m and was sold for a large but undisclosed sum thanks to a funding package provided by Barclays.

 

New directors Ashraf Hameed and Dr Hasan will oversee the day-to-day operations after owner Wendy Morris retires following 25 years at the helm.

 

While Carehart Ltd. is a new entrant to the care market in south Wales, its directors bring over 30 years of experience within the health care sector including experience in managing care homes.

 

Seafarer Celebrates 20 Years at Local Care Home

Seafarer Celebrates 20 Years at Local Care Home

Ex Royal Navy submarine engineer Tony Simms is celebrating 20 years at the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society care home in Banstead.

As a former Royal Navy submariner, Tony, 80, has been a resident at the home since 1996 and is now the Society’s longest serving resident. The team at the home marked the occasion for one of the home’s biggest characters, with Chief Executive Commander Brian Boxall-Hunt presenting Tony with an official Royal Navy submarine book.

Technology experience reflects reality of dementia

Technology experience reflects reality of dementia

An innovative dementia care home in Seaford has introduced a virtual reality (VR) experience to help staff and families understand more about what it’s like to live with dementia. 

The specialist dementia care centre, Clifden House on Claremont Road, has invested in ‘A Walk Through Dementia’ experience, developed by Alzheimer’s Research UK. This VR program is designed to simulate three everyday situations - a trip to the supermarket, a busy street and time at home – all of which pose challenges for someone with dementia.image11_0.jpg