We're backing the Changing Places campaign for accessible toilet facilities

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Care & Nursing Essentials magazine are proud to be backing the Changing Places campaign. Tired of not being able to access toilets in public, healthcare workers are joining parents and disability rights campaigners to call on shops, restaurants and public buildings to accommodate adults who need to change in a dignified way.

The Twitter campaign #changingplaces has been highlighting inadequate toilet facilities and praising firms who have invested in hoists, adult-sized changing tables, grip handles and pull-cord alarms to ensure people of all abilities can change without being embarrassed – and so that carers can lift and handle without putting themselves at risk.

New care organisation plans to transform Hertfordshire nursing home

Chalfont Court

A family owned care operator has acquired a local Hertfordshire nursing home, Chalfont Court, and plans to transform the home over the next couple of years.

Acacia Care, who also own a luxury residential home in Nottingham, has recently taken over Chalfont Court and will be carrying out a major internal refurbishment bringing it to the same standard as their existing home.

Prior to refurbishment works, Acacia Care will be looking to improve local links, supporting community engagement and helping residents and staff to form relationships with groups and businesses in the area.

Advinia Health Care acquires 22 Bupa care homes across the UK

Advinia Health Care

Care home provider Advinia Health Care announced today the names of the 22 Bupa care homes it has acquired, as part of a deal with the international healthcare group that closed in February. The acquisition follows the completion of Bupa’s transfer of 110 care homes to HC-One in December.

The deal means Advinia Health Care now operates 38 care homes in the UK, comprising 3,250 beds, an increase of over 500%. The company is now among the top 10 private care providers in the UK, and has taken over the employment of more than 3,700 staff who previously worked at Bupa. No reductions in overall staff numbers are expected.

Age Space: an online resource for relatives going through care process

Age Space Annabel James

Editor Victoria Galligan spoke to Annabel James, founder of Age Space, about how people caring for elderly relatives were crying out for some more support – and what she did about it.

Eight weeks visiting her mum in the Stroke Unit at Poole Hospital started Annabel James thinking. She felt increasingly isolated and anxious about the decisions that had to be made; not knowing where to find answers – or even what the questions were some of the time. 

As Annabel shared her experience with family and friends it became clear that she wasn’t alone. She then spent a year researching possible solutions which led to her setting up agespace.org  – a one-stop online resource for anyone anxious about or caring for elderly parents or relatives.

Rescue dog Teddy joins the team at Eastbourne residential home 

Oak Lodge

A two year-old Yorkshire Terrier/Jack Russell cross who was adopted by a residential home, Oak Lodge, for people with physical and learning disabilities last November is brightening their lives with his infectious enthusiasm for life.

The idea of finding a pet for the people who live at Oak Lodge came to one of their senior support workers Geraldine Bird when she noticed how much they enjoyed the company of a dog which regularly spent the evenings with them in the holiday accommodation in Devon where they stayed last summer.

Geraldine said:

Hertfordshire care home rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

CQC

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found the quality of care provided by Tenterden House Care Home in Bricket Wood, St Albans, to be Outstanding following an inspection in January.  

Tenterden House Care Home is run by Bupa Care Homes (BNH) Limited. It is registered to provide accommodation for up to 40 people who require nursing care.

Inspectors found staff were caring and compassionate and people were being provided with safe, responsive, caring, effective and well-led care. 

New range of qualifications for the health and social care sector

Highfield Qualifications

A new range of qualifications that will bring clarity and structure to the training landscape in the health and social care sector has been launched by Highfield Qualifications.

The 13 new qualifications, which sit on Ofqual’s Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), are designed to support learners in roles within the healthcare, adult care and other related environments.

Areas covered include principles of care planning, safeguarding and dignity in adult care, prevention and control of infection, and nutrition and health principles. Also covered are safe handling of medication, understanding diabetes, autism, challenging behaviour and mental health problems.

New online resources for older adults struggling with mental illness

MindEd

MindEd for Older People is a new online educational resource that explains a range of mental illnesses commonly experienced by older people, and offers practical advice for dealing with them.

A team of older people and professionals are the authors behind the new MindEd resources which cover a range of common problems such as insomnia, depression, medications to be aware of, anxiety and alcohol-related problems.

The resources are a vital crutch at a time when demand for mental health services is increasing whilst supply of the mental health workforce for older people is falling. The number of Old Age psychiatrists has declined 8.5% since November 2013.

Balhousie Forth View Care Home celebrates latest Care Inspectorate grading

Grade 5

Staff and residents at Fife-based Balhousie Forth View Care Home celebrated achieving two Grade 5 ratings after a recent Care Inspectorate visit by throwing an extra special party.

Forth View in Methil was awarded a ‘very good’ rating of Grade 5 for both ‘Management and Leadership’ and ‘Care and Support’ after introducing a number of initiatives including a drive for more ‘person-centred care’ to enable residents to be more supported and involved in decision making within the home.

The Care Inspectorate’s visit found that residents and their relatives were very happy with the level of care provided and enjoy many of the home’s activities including a Residents Committee, while staff felt well supported and ‘listened to’ by their managers.

Hallmark care home wins national design award

Healthcare Design Awards

Chamberlain Court Care Home, which opened in July 2017, was awarded the ‘Best New Care Home’ title at the prestigious Pinders Healthcare Design Awards. 

The glittering awards ceremony held recently at the Lancaster London Hotel in Westminster, seek to acknowledge the contribution made by designers, architects and the owners of care homes, hospitals and other care schemes to the well-being and quality of life for those in their care.

Chamberlain Court provides residential and dementia care and has facilities such as a hair salon, barbers, cinema room and café, all of which provide vital destination points for residents living with dementia.

Abbotswood Court promotes healthy lifestyle choices among the elderly

Hydration Week

To promote healthy lifestyle choices amongst its elderly residents, Abbotswood Court is providing an eclectic mix of events for Nutrition and Hydration Week.

Abbotswood Court is marking Nutrition and Hydration Week with a program of events aimed at raising awareness about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, especially for those aged 80+. Nutrition and Hydration week is a national campaign celebrated between 12th and 18th of March.  Its mission is to create a movement that will reinforce nutrition and hydration as a vital part of quality care and safety improvement in social care settings.

Care home sponsored walk raises funds for Stroke Association

Stroke Association

HUNDREDS of pounds have been raised for the Stroke Association by a charitable Peterlee care home.

Staff, relatives and friends of Bannatyne Lodge Care Home collected over £300 in sponsorship for a five mile hike around the town.

The home now aims to continue raising funds for the Stroke Association with a cake and coffee morning.

Lynn Chapman, home manager at Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, on Manor Way, said:

Rotherham community charity boosts creativity at care home with Art sessions

Art sessions

A community charity has been holding regular Art sessions at a Rotherham care home to boost elderly residents’ creativity.

RotherFed has been visiting Broadacres Care Home, in Parkgate, twice a month to run the sessions

The latest was over Easter, when residents, relatives and children of the home’s staff all took part making and decorating bonnets, posters and eggs.

An Easter egg hunt was also held for the children, with chocolate hidden around the home’s garden, while residents enjoyed cake and tea.

Art sessionsLuke Owens, home manager at Broadacres Care Home, on Naylor Street, said:

PickaShift strikes group deal with leading NI Care Home provider

PickaShift

PickaShift, the innovative new app and software designed to help providers of nursing and residential homes make significant savings, has struck its first group deal with Wilson Group.

The deal will see the App rolled out across its 5 nursing homes with around 300 staff accessing the platform. Their homes are based in Belfast, Bangor, Whitehead and Larne in Northern Ireland.   

The App which connects Nurses, Care Assistants and Ancillary Staff directly with their employers in residential and nursing homes, informs staff quickly about shifts that have become available at short notice and encourages them to pick up those shifts at an increasingly favourable rate until the shift is claimed.