Laundry, Lifestyle with DIRO®, endorsed by the World Wildlife Fund has come to UK

Laundry, Lifestyle with DIRO®,  endorsed by the World Wildlife Fund has come to UK

16th May, Sweden, WWF endorsed the Scandinavian water filter company SWATAB (Scandinavian Water Technology AB) for the unique features of their innovative and patented Cleantech product DIRO®, and its positive impact on the environment. DIRO® won WWF’s award for being a “Climate Solver 2017”.

30th May, UK, Milton Keynes, water filter company Smart Water Filters Limited (also trading as SWF®) secured an exclusive manufacturing and distribution agreements for DIRO® with SWATAB. The agreement covers the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands.

CloserStill Media, the organisers of Health+Care are pleased to announce the acquisition of The Care Show

The Care Show, taking place on 10th and 11th October at the NEC, Birmingham, is the UK’s leading dedicated exhibition for the residential and domiciliary care sector is now part of CloserStill Media’s multi-award winning stable of well-established and well-respected healthcare events. CloserStill operates 15 trade shows and conferences in the medical and healthcare sector which delivered more than 60,000 delegates in 2016, and its leading brands include Health+Care, Acute & General Medicine, Best Practice, The Pharmacy Show, The Dentistry Show, the London Vet Show, Occupational Therapy, Therapy Expo and Clinical Pharmacy Congress.


New dance initiative set to benefit Cambridgeshire residents living with Parkinson’s disease

Joe and Paula with residents

Home Meadow care home in Toft near Cambridge is launching ‘Dance for Parkinson’s’ classes in an effort to provide a new form of exercise for people living with the condition.

The home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, supports residents with a range of conditions including Parkinson’s and dementia and will beginning running the new dance sessions later this month.

The fortnightly sessions will begin on Thursday 21st September and will be open to residents and members of the community.  They will be led by local Community Dance Practitioner, Paula Hain, who has years of experience in dance for a range of groups and who already runs dance and activity sessions at the home.

Storytelling youngsters visit care home on Read a Book Day


NATIONAL Read a Book Day saw youngsters sharing their favourite stories with elderly care home residents in Chesterfield.


The young readers, aged between three and seven years old, are all grandchildren of Barnfield Care Home manager Alison Riley.


Alison invited her family to the home to entertain residents with books including Hansel and Gretel and Incy Wincy Spider.


The pupils of Model Village Primary School, Shirebrook, sat down to read with the elderly residents alongside others around the country celebrating the national day.


Elderly and young take part in social media sensation

Elderly and young

A SOCIAL media sensation occupied elderly care home residents and teenage volunteers as part of a social action project in Blyth.


Northumberland Rocks, as the activity is known, involves Northumbrians painting stones and pebbles and hiding them in the county’s famous beauty spots.


The free activity has taken Facebook by storm, with a dedicated group attracting almost 8,000 members, as it encourages participants to be creative, get outside and explore the countryside in an attempt to find others’ decorated stones.


They have appeared all over the county during the summer, with those who discover the stones taking a photo and posting their success on the social network.


Pupils take part in scheme to help understand dementia

Pupils with resident

Residents and staff at Camelot Care’s Freshfields Nursing Home in Plymouth are looking forward to taking part for the second time in the Archie Project, a scheme that links local schools with people with dementia in the community.


Part of Reminiscence Learning, a West Country-based charity that aims to promote, maintain and improve activity and education by working with people with dementia, the Archie Project is a unique intergenerational awareness-raising project created to reduce the stigma and fear associated with the word dementia.


Care Group promotes ‘grow your own talent’

Care Group

Claims that the success of an enterprise is boosted by nurturing home-grown talent have been validated with the recent promotion to senior roles of two key staff members, Kerry Libby and Sam Collier, and the creation of a new head office post for former employee Matt Butcher by care-provider the Regard Group.


The organisation has expanded significantly over the past three years, due to a combination of organic growth, new service openings, a merger with ACH and, just last month, the acquisition of Shropshire care group Adelphi Care Services. Regard supports people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injuries through specialist residential and supported living services.


Bield Wins £72k Funding to Support Innovative Services

Old man with child

Around 350 older people across Scotland are set to benefit after a leading housing and services provider landed a £72,000 funding boost.


Bield will use the funds to ensure the continued provision of a number of additional services for residents, service users and their families, including dining out experiences for people with dementia, IT projects and social activities.


By successfully securing the grant from the Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund, Bield will be able to channel the funding towards a range of projects in their developments across the country.


Care Home manager delivers lecture to future nurses

Care Home manager

A manager from a Glasgow care home has helped educate others on developing a successful career in the care industry, by giving a guest lecture at a top Scottish university.


Using her own career as evidence, Heather Martin, a Deputy Manager at Bupa’s Deanfield Care Home, delivered an interactive and informative seminar to a group of second year nursing students at Glasgow Caledonian University.


Heather’s lecture was aimed at improving education, and raising awareness of the array of clinical procedures undertaken by care nursing staff. It also looked to highlight the levels of expertise required in the profession.


Karaoke and gardening for teen volunteers at care home


A COURTYARD has been transformed at The Laurels and The Limes Care Home by volunteers from the Sheffield Wednesday FC National Citizenship Service (NCS).


The charitable teens have given a new lease of life to the previously redundant area of the home, adding bird feeders, seating, a colourful mural and plants.


Twelve volunteers, all aged 16, spent a week at The Laurels and The Limes, on Manchester Road, carrying out the work and spending time with the residents.


They also raised over £130 to purchase a new karaoke machine for the keen elderly singers living at the home.


Glasgow care home residents find their voice with new choir

Glasgow care home

 A care home in Uddingston is offering a unique form of musical therapy which has residents singing its praises, and now it’s calling out to the local community to get involved.


Bupa’s Highgate Care Home has established a weekly choir group which runs every Friday afternoon and has proved hugely popular as a social activity for its residents.


Now, the home is hoping to expand its group of around 15 residents by opening its doors and inviting those living locally to come along and join in.


Led by the care home’s activity coordinators, the choir use YouTube to access classic and recognisable songs such as Flower of Scotland and Auld Lang Syne, to help participants reconnect with previous memories.


Suffolk Care Awards 2017

Awards 2017

Run by The Suffolk Brokerage and the Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers (SAICP), the Suffolk Care Awards were created from the desire to “shine a light on amazing individuals, care providers and care companies who do the crucial job of caring for Suffolk”.
In its second year, there has been a fantastic response once again and earlier this summer the finalists were announced; their details can be found on the Suffolk Care Awards website.

DUET diabetes Ltd is proud to be one of the awards evening sponsors and wish all the finalists the very best of luck!

The winners will be announced at the Suffolk Care Awards ceremony on 28 September at Trinity Park in Ipswich.

Somerset-based hospice St Margaret’s has appointed a visiting professor in what’s believed to be a unique innovation among UK Hospices.

Somerset-based hospice St Margaret’s has appointed a visiting professor in what’s believed to be a unique innovation among UK Hospices.

Professor Max Watson is well known as a palliative care clinician and academic and the driving force behind the highly successful Project ECHO in Northern Ireland. The ECHO model uses video-conferencing technology to create communities of practice linking primary care doctors, nurses, and specialist clinicians. It provides expert advice, peer to peer learning and support on caring for patients with complex health conditions in the community, including end of life care.

Brent King Healthcare Finance

Brent King Healthcare Finance

Hello, I'm David King and welcome to our late Summer newsletter of 2017.

One thing this typical British weather does is make the garden grow. So how do you maintain your care home's gardens? Do you actively encourage your residents to indulge in their gardening hobbies or does this fill you with dread in how to manage their pruning skills?

Care home owners I know who have the most successful gardening  'partnerships' with their residents have stated agreements in place so that everyone knows what they can (and can't) do.

Lollipop & Tinkerbell to Travel to Care Homes

Lollipop & Tinkerbell to Travel to Care Homes

Our lovely miniature ponies Lollipop & Tinkerbelle will travel to Residential/Care Homes even going in lifts to visit residents who are unable to leave their rooms. They are gentle and affectionate and the residents love interacting with the ponies and there are smiles all round.


The ponies wear special tabards to prevent any little accidents left behind which gives everyone peace of mind. Ponies are known to offer therapeutic benefits to the vulnerable , elderly and very young.


They are intuitive and respond to the emotions of the people around them. The ponies also enjoy the visits as they get the occasional piece of  forbidden cake or biscuit. 

Heroic Battle of Britain pilot Tom chooses Theraposture Rotoflex bed to future-proof his independence

 Theraposture Rotoflex bed

 96-year-old Tom Neil is a famous Royal Air Force fighter pilot and ‘Ace’ of the Second World War who is benefitting from better sleep and more comfort thanks to a powered profiling and rotational bed.

 Tom is a highly respected veteran of WW2 and completed 141 combat missions for the RAF during the Battle of Britain.  He is the last surviving ‘Ace’ from this historic engagement and has published several books recalling his experiences flying Hurricanes and Spitfires between 1938-1964.  Tom has multiple awards for bravery, held the position of Chairman of the Fighter Pilots Association and was a key figure in the 75th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Britain. 

Cinemas across the UK recognise world Alzheimer’s month

Cinemas across the UK will be recognising World Alzheimer’s Month this September with a series of dementia-friendly film events.


The BFI Film Audience Network and venue partners are making film accessible throughout September and beyond, for audiences living with dementia. Regular relaxed screenings, full of live entertainment, will offer safe and welcoming experiences.


The film screenings are developed by venues and supported by the eight BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) Hubs across the UK and National Lottery funding, who provide dementia-friendly guidance, training and support to cinema operators.


Hana Lewis, Strategic Manager of Film Hub Wales explains:

Watford care home welcomes its youngest ever Dementia Friend

Dementia Friend

Staff at The Chase Care Centre in Watford have welcomed their youngest ever ‘Dementia Friend’.


In early August, 10-year-old Kai Roberts, who lives in Wales, went to the home to visit his Nanny, Jo Mosses, who manages the home.  Whilst visiting, Kai quickly demonstrated his natural, caring demeanour with residents, many of whom live with dementia.


On his first day at the home, Kai saw that one of the residents was becoming distressed.  He quickly sat with her, calming her down by reassuring and speaking to her before staff took over. What was a one-off visit to see his Nanny became the start of a week-long work experience visit as Kai came back to The Chase each day.