Many elderly people struggle with depression from one day to the next and, frighteningly, even those closest to them might not realize it. Senior citizens are generally far less likely than other age groups to readily admit to feeling depressed, as they might regard it as part of growing older or they might not want to worry younger relatives. Conversely, some seniors are all too aware of their depression and would love nothing more than someone in whom they can confide, but their isolation deprives them of this.
National Chocolate Week has been celebrated at a Stockton on Tees care home with a special tasting session for residents.
The UK’s largest celebration of the sweet treat saw elderly residents at Ingleby Care Home dipping strawberries and marshmallows into a fountain of chocolate.
Resident Olive Smith said: “I just wanted one strawberry dipped in chocolate but it tasted so good I had a few more and a couple of marshmallows as well.”
Kirsty Walsh, activities coordinator at Ingleby Care Home, on Green Lane, said: “What could be more fun than Chocolate Week.
“The chocolate fountain was a huge hit as residents enjoyed dipping the strawberries in the melted chocolate.
SURVIVORS of World War 2 took part in a week of reminiscence events and activities at The Beeches Care Home, in Stockton on Tees.
The home’s residents requested the commemorative week to share their war time memories and stories.
Staff contacted Preston Park Museum, on Yarm Road, to borrow items from the 1940s and 50s to help set the scene.
Residents relished the opportunity to go through and talk about items they used during their childhoods, such as ration books, wartime outfits, helmets, newspapers and other trinkets.
They also played WW2 themed games and a held a quiz night, when the residents were entertained by singer Delray, who performed songs from the war years.
A record tenant response has produced results that show soaring levels of customer satisfaction at leading housing and care provider Blackwood.
Chief Executive Fanchea Kelly, speaking at the organisation’s sports and activity themed AGM, said that she had never known better levels of engagement with customers in her many years in the sector.
More than 50% of Blackwood customers responded to the recent survey, which found that the Edinburgh headquartered organisation had made a number of significant improvements.
Highlights included the number of tenants who believe Blackwood provide value for money had increased by 8% in two years to 79%. In addition, those who rated the staff as helpful had improved to 89%.
New measures have been unveiled to that support older people with diabetes who are “let down” by the system.
Professor Alan Sinclair said older people with diabetes were “often overlooked and over medicated” and it was time to give them the “care and attention” they deserve.
He was speaking following the fourth meeting of the Older People’s Diabetes Network (OPDN) and ahead of the publication of his guidelines entitled ‘An International Position Statement on the Management of Frailty in Diabetes’.
The document formalises a frailty service model spanning primary, secondary and community care in a bid to prevent frailty and ensure the early management of the condition.
How refreshing it is to be able to print a success story and report on some good news! While it may not be world peace or a win:win in the Brexit negotiations, thousands of elderly care home residents across the nation are now once again able to safely enjoy one of life's simple pleasures - dippy egg and soldiers for breakfast.
For years caterers across the country have adopted the policy, in line with governmental advice, not to serve eggs with runny yolks to the elderly or other vulnerable groups including pregnant women, infants and children, due to the risk of salmonella.
Regardless of how much you attempt to protect care home residents from accidents, sometimes injuries do occur, which is why it is crucial that you and your team are always prepared for the unexpected, as you never know what could happen.
As well as ensuring that you are well stocked up with bandages and dressings - something we will discuss further below - it is also crucial that you ensure the entirety of your care home team are trained when it comes to caring for wounds. This should include implementing good hygiene practices to minimise infection risk, as well as understanding a range of methods for dressing wounds properly.
Britain is in the midst of a food revolution. With the rise of celebrity chefs, cookery programmes, food bloggers and culinary festivals, what, where and how we eat is celebrated now more than ever before. This frenzied obsession with food may seem like a modern affair. However, the beginnings of the phenomenon are rooted in post-war Britain, going back more than 60 years. Rationing was not repealed until 1954, which had allowed bad eating habits to become engrained – British food was an international joke. However, the post-war global economy in the 1960s saw a dramatic rise in the standard of living. Suddenly, restaurants were opening at a rapid rate and as travel and immigration increased, so did the prevalence of international restaurants and foreign cuisines.
Residents at Sunrise of Eastbourne have been treated to an innovative Virtual Reality (VR) experience that allowed them to travel around the world.
Led by the company PrimeVR, residents were provided with a simple head set which gave them the chance to explore a wide range of exotic destinations, from the Great Wall of China to the Galapagos Islands.
The tool offers exposure to around 600 places all across the globe, and enabled residents to re-visit some of their favourite places from trips of previous years.
PrimeVR’s sessions emphasise the social and personalised nature of Virtual Reality, with residents able to discuss with one another their experiences and memories, as inspired by their virtual trips.
ELDERLY care home residents enjoyed entertainment of an unusual sort when they attended a drag act in Chester Le Street.
Residents from Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, took a stroll to the nearby community centre to watch the show.
The drag artist and cabaret entertainer, Miss Dixie Swallows, covered songs by Tina Turner and Cilla Black, among other classic pop songs.
Resident Norma White said: “I’m so pleased I went. I laughed so much.”
Lindsay Sale-Thorn, activities coordinator at Pelton Grange Care Home, said: “Initially, some of the residents were concerned it wasn’t their cup of tea, but after a couple of numbers they really enjoyed it.
One in 10 care home staff have had to turn down obese residents due to lack of bariatric facilities
With one in four British adults now obese in older age, new figures from carehome.co.uk, the leading care home reviews website, reveal that only 39% of care home staff say they have the bariatric facilities to look after obese residents, with one in 10 care home staff (13%) having to turn them away due to lack of these services.
The figures have been sourced from a survey completed by care home owners, managers and staff as part of the carehome.co.uk Summer Survey, and the term ‘bariatric’ relates to people who weigh more than 25 stone.
Davina Ludlow, Chair of carehome.co.uk, said:
A specialist nursing home has appointed an expert coordinator for its dementia friendly Market Square.
The Lodge, which is based within the award-winning Buckshaw Retirement Village, Chorley, appointed coordinator Chris Durnan to oversee operations of its ‘Market Square’ which is designed especially for older residents and those with dementia.
Facilities within the Market Square include a 20-seater cinema, the Pet Shop, a pub, café, bakery, hair and beauty salon and a music relaxation lounge.
Chris, who is 33 and from Chorley, has worked in the care industry from the age of 16, working his way up to management level while also gaining a diploma in dementia studies from Bradford University.
Naidex is Europe's most exciting event dedicated to the disability, independent living and healthcare professional sectors and it’s completely free to attend! In the wake of the huge success of the most recent instalment of this long-established event, Naidex will return for its 44th year to the Birmingham NEC on the 25th & 26th April 2018.
Diabetes healthcare technology will be a key focus of Diabetes Professional Care (DPC) when it returns to Olympia, London, on 15 and 16 November.
DPC has established a reputation for showcasing innovation and leading-edge technology for diabetes care, and DPC2017 promises to be our most exciting year yet.
“Advances in diabetes technology are helping to take the stress and worry out of diabetes care for healthcare professionals (HCPs), and ease the pain and hassle for their patients,” says Toby Baker, Event Director, Diabetes Professional Care.
The Importance of Clinical Studies
There has been much interest surrounding lifestyle changes to help safeguard against Alzheimer’s disease - diet, physical and mental exercise, social interaction and sleep have all been scientifically proven to have a positive impact on helping to protect against cognitive decline. However, if individuals are at risk or showing signs of cognitive decline, it’s imperative to seek an early diagnosis to ensure access to the very best treatment programme.
HUNDREDS of pounds have been raised for the fight against cancer after Hill Care homes across the north of England hosted charity coffee mornings.
The events were part of a UK wide campaign organised by cancer support charity Macmillan – named the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
Nine homes across the North East raised £331 between them, including: Ingleby Care Home, Ingleby Barwick, The Beeches Care Home, Stockton-on-Tees, Mandale House Care Home, Thornaby, The Gables Care Home, Middlesbrough, Queens Meadow Care Home, Hartlepool, Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, Peterlee, Pelton Grange Care Home, Chester Le Street, The Oaks Care Home, Blyth, and Waverley Lodge Care Home, Lemington.
Architects, designers, managers and care home owners are invited to submit their innovative healthcare and retirement properties into the Vision Style Awards as it returns for another year.
Formerly known as the Hilden Style Awards, the brand new programme recognises spectacular, striking and surprising design in a range of hospitality and healthcare venues from across Europe. Entrants will be in the running to be crowned the winner of the ‘Inspiring Retirement Living’ category with a range of prizes on offer with the winner receiving a double-page spread in the next edition of their coveted Style Guide.
A ‘WONDERFUL’ afternoon tea dance at Alnwick Gardens was held for elderly care home residents.
Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, Newcastle, took a trip to the stunning Northumberland tourist attraction to attend the Care to Dance event.
Held in the Pavilion Room, overlooking the garden’s magnificent fountain cascade, the residents enjoyed bingo, a raffle, sing-along and lots of dancing.
Resident Anne Francis said: “Alnwick Gardens is a beautiful place. The tea was delicious and I had a lovely dance.”
Michelle Sewell, activities coordinator at Waverley Lodge Care Home, said: “It was wonderful to see how much fun the residents had at this event.
Dedicated staff members have been honoured at Bield’s 2017 AGM for their service to the leading housing and care provider for Scotland’s older population.
Alexandra Stewart, who works as Retirement Housing Manager at Bield’s McCormack Gardens in Motherwell, was part of the group of colleagues that celebrated a combined total of 175 years of service with the charity.
As a thanks for her longstanding dedication to Bield, Alexandra was presented with a certificate and flowers in front of fellow colleagues, tenants and Board Members at this year’s AGM.
She said: “I can’t quite believe it has been 25 years, it seems to have passed very quickly. I remember getting my 15 years Long Service Award and it doesn’t seem that long ago.