Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare Top National CQC Rankings


Residents and team members at Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare are celebrating after the care home providers were named the best in the country by Market Analysts Laing & Buisson based on inspection ratings undertaken by the CQC.

100% of all inspected Gracewell homes, and 96% of all Sunrise communities, have been rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC, demonstrating the exceptional standard of care offered by the providers across the country.

Sunrise has been ranked top for residential care, and Gracewell has come first for nursing care. Sunrise has also come second for nursing care.

The CQC is the independent regulator of all health and care services in the UK.

Scottish dance visits Sees care home

Scottish dance

94-year-old Lilly Tideswell was transported back to her childhood in Scotland when care home, MHA Homewood, invited the Leamington Spa branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society to the home for a Scottish dance night.

Lilly, who has lived at Homewood since July last year, learned to dance when she was 8 years’ old. Mrs Tideswell grew up in Greenock on the west coast of Scotland, where she paid “two shillings and threepence” for dance lessons each week, often donning the McGregor tartan.

How to encourage more young people to become professional carers

young carers

In the UK, we have nearly seven million carers, both paid and unpaid, but with an aging population and government cuts, we are in dire need of more young carers. We need new talent to bolster the professional care industry.

Care work is still one of the most underpaid jobs in the country - but also one of the most important. One of the biggest barriers for young people who are considering a career in this sector is the salary - and the industry has repeatedly come under fire because of this.

As a society we have moved away from looking after our senior citizens, turning our backs on carers.  

CCTV could cut the cost of insurance for Care Sector


The cost of insurance for care home operators could be slashed by installing CCTV, according to Philip Scott of pioneering safety organisation Care Protect.

Mr Scott is calling on insurers to take the reduced risk to patients in homes with CCTV systems installed, and subsequent reduction in financial and reputational risk to homes, into account when calculating premiums.

The operator of a care home with 70 beds can currently expect to pay up to £10,000 a year for insurance, while the premium for nursing homes and those offering specialised services can be significantly more.

New furry friends sought for residents of Bridgewater care home

furry friends

Care staff at a Bridgewater nursing home are asking local pet-owners to consider getting their furry friends certified as a therapy animal, and sharing their attentions with local people living with dementia.
Activities co-ordinator Lisa Priddice who works at Avalon Nursing Home, a specialist dementia care home run by Camelot Care, said: “Petting or playing with an animal can provide a real therapeutic boost for the people we support because it increases certain hormone levels.
“It’s lovely to see how happy it makes our residents when they are able to pet an animal, and research says the benefits it brings them include an improved sense of well-being on many levels.”

Improving quality of life with dance

Improving quality of life with dance

Recent studies reveal an increasing number of health benefits from dance – particularly for dementia sufferers.

Clifden House, a leading dementia care centre in Seaford, advocates dance as a therapy. Dance, in any form, not only requires physical movement but also involves important cognitive stimulation. The mental and physical coordination required to dance stimulates several regions of the brain.

Nial Joyce of Clifden House said, “Life doesn’t have to stop with a dementia diagnosis. Finding fun and active activities liked dancing is proven to improve well-being and is a great way to take part in light exercise, provide cognitive stimulation and promote social interaction with others.

Couple Celebrates 62nd Valentine’s Day

Couple Celebrates 62nd Valentine’s Day

An Aberdeen couple are perfectly placed to give lessons in love this Valentine’s Day – as the couple celebrates their 62nd valentine's day

And Jimmy Mathers, 93, and wife Betty, 84, believe they can give couples of all ages some simple tips for a long and happy marriage: it’s all about give and take.

The doting pair celebrates this Valentine’s at Meallmore’s Sunnybank care home in Cruden Bay, where Jim has lived since 2016, with Betty joining him in April of last year.

Jessica Bland-Jennings - Becoming a healthcare assistant

Jessica Bland-Jennings - Becoming a healthcare assistant
Becoming a healthcare assistant

At school Jessica Bland Jennings knew she wanted to work in healthcare. Her A Level choice comprised of PE, AS in Geography and a BTEC health and social care and her ambition was to become a paramedic.

When she left school, she worked as a life guard but she also completed an anatomy and physiology top up course to secure the qualifications needed to become a paramedic.

In their own words: Elderly people reveal what stops them visiting the dentist


First hand accounts from elderly people have revealed what is really getting in the way of them making regular visits to the dentist.

In a series of focus groups involving people over 65 years old, researchers discovered exactly what barriers they face when it comes to looking after their teeth1.

The most common major barriers which were identified included anxiety, poor general health, cost and the physical aspect of being unable to travel to a dentist.

Many of those interviewed described that as they aged they found brushing their teeth difficult due to forgetfulness, with one respondent said: “You become shaky and have bad sight, you don’t care in the same way as you get older.”

Dementia Care

Sunrise Senior Living Team Member Wins Prestigious Award for Dementia Care

Sunrise Senior Living’s Memory Care and Area Coordinator, Francis Bosompim, has been awarded the prestigious Dr Trevor Jarvis Award by the University of Bradford for his exceptional work on dementia care.

Francis received the award for promoting innovation and debate around dementia care while studying at the university, and for research conducted while in a dementia village in Amsterdam.

Hawaiian cocktail party hosted by Blyth elderly

Cocktail party, Hawaii

A TASTE of Hawaii came to a Northumberland care home as residents threw a themed cocktail party.

Inflatable palm trees and exotic animal decorations were put up, Hawaiian flowery lei were donned and classic music was played.

The cocktail making kit was brought out and dry January was forgotten as The Oaks Care Home’s “After 6 Club” got into the spirit.

The residents’ club decides on each evening’s activity, usually turning the TV off and the music on – with 50s and 60s songs being their favourites.

On this occasion, they wanted to learn how to make classic cocktails, such as Black Nail and OId Maple, as well as mocktails, for those wanting an alcohol-free drink.

The Physical, Social & Psychological Causes of Malnutrition in Older Adults

Malnutrition in Older Adults

One in ten older people in the UK are suffering from, or at risk of malnutrition. This relatively unknown, yet significant issue, costs the NHS £19.6 billion per year. [1] Often overshadowed by obesity as a public health issue, malnutrition impacts a person’s wellbeing; this leading to further problems, such as an increase in hospital admissions, increased dependency and increased risk to life.

How Play Dough Can Be A Recipe For Sensory Success

Play Dough Sensory

Everyone knows how much fun play dough can be; it’s a staple toy of almost every childhood. But the question is, can play dough be more than a children’s toy - can it be a therapeutic tool for aiding sensory development?

CLH Healthcare have found from independent studies that play dough can make a fantastic learning and play aid for children (and adults) with all manner of disabilities, from autism to sensory delay. Research has also suggested that it can be a fantastic tool for seniors living with dementia.

Play dough is a fantastic tool and a form of sensory therapy that every care home and respite facility should offer.

What are the benefits of play dough?

Fantastic stress-reliever

Diamond anniversary gives Glasgow couple reason to sparkle

Resident at Bupa’s Deanfield care home celebrate 60 years of marriage anniversary


A HAPPY couple from Glasgow have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary surrounded by friends and family at Bupa’s Deanfield Care Home in Penilee.


Joe Adams, 81, and his wife May, 80, toasted their diamond wedding anniversary at a celebration in the home with over 30 guests – including their bridesmaid from 60 years ago.


Born and raised in Glasgow, the pair wed on October 18 1957 at Croftfoot Parish Church and had a special event exactly 60 years later surrounded by 30 guests, including guests from their wedding day, along with friends they’ve made in the years since.

Don’t slip up on safety this winter

David Gajda safety this winter

With colder weather upon us and extreme weather experienced across the globe over recent months, care facilities should be preparing their properties for the winter months.


David Gajda, national operations director of ECO Integrated Property Solutions (ECO IPS) offers maintenance advice on keeping safe this winter, compliant and open for business throughout winter with tips for heating, ventilation and cooling systems, roofs, drainage systems and external areas.


Why you need this

By creating a robust winter maintenance plan care homes can ensure they meet their duty of care, achieve compliance, manage risk, meet insurer’s expectations and allow business continuity.


Christmas card workshop for Teesside teens and elderly

Christmas card workshop

TEESSIDE teenagers and the elderly have been getting into the festive spirit with a Christmas card workshop.


The young volunteers spent time at The Gables Care Home, in Middlesbrough, running a card-making arts and crafts session.


The independent community safety partnership, Safe in Tees Valley organised the activity for their National Citizenship Service (NCS) members.


Ten volunteers, aged 15 to 17 years old, spent a day at the home working with the residents.


One of those, Dominic Horner, also dressed as Father Christmas to help spread the festive cheer.


Untidiness named main contributor to unproductivity in the work place

work place

A motivated workforce is essential for the smooth running of any company; however, in the caring industry it is even more vital. A lack lustre attitude and the subsequent negative vibes will undoubtedly rub off on others, which is obviously not ideal for the wellbeing of recovering patients.

Maintaining a motivated and proactive team can be a constant challenge for managers, with many uncontrollable factors influencing the overall mood of a department. To determine the factors that have a negative effect on a workforce, office power and ergonomics supplier CMD carried out an independent survey. Here’s what the survey revealed:

5 Home Improvements That Create a Dementia Friendly Environment

Dementia Friendly Environment

An environment that was once recognisable, can soon become one which is unfamiliar to a person who has dementia. Instead, it is now a space which lacks familiarity and becomes filled with hazards as dementia progresses.


Yet, it is possible for those who have dementia to live in their own property safely and receive the care they need, if adaptations to the home are made.


By creating the right home environment, those with dementia and their loved ones can ensure that the space is safe and secure, and a welcoming and comforting space that allows a person with dementia to maintain their independence and remain in a somewhat memorable environment.


Bluebird Care launches ground-breaking app for their care teams

ground-breaking app

Award winning home care provider Bluebird Care has created a ground-breaking staff guide mobile app for their care teams.


To celebrate the launch of this new innovative tool, Bluebird Care have released a promotional video, highlighting the key benefits of this new tool providing further support to their care teams.


Bluebird Care employs 19,000 care assistants across the UK, delivering over 28,000 care visits every day. This innovative mobile app enhances the availability of critical information to care teams providing front line care and support in customers’ homes.


The staff guide app has been created by Bluebird Care’s experts, after drawing upon feedback from care teams through workshops across the UK.