Across the UK, busy care home staff spend over 6,000 hours a week rummaging through lost property and residents’ rooms looking for mislaid clothing. That’s a lot of hours spent on this fruitless task! With this in mind, one company has identified a quick, easy, and cost-effective solution to labelling residents’ clothing. Snappy Tags ® are discreet and resemble small buttons, making them comfortable and unobtrusive to the wearer. Care Homes who have implemented Snappy Tags® agree:
EASTER was celebrated at care homes across Teesside – with bonnet making masterclasses and fayres.
The Gables Care Home, in Middlesbrough, and Ingleby Care Home, in Ingleby Barwick, were among those to mark the occasion with a variety of activities.
At The Gables, residents created Easter bonnets, adorned with bunny ears, fluffy chicks, brightly coloured eggs and other decorations.
A raffle of chocolate eggs helped raise over £110 for the residents’ fund, which pays for day trips throughout the year.
The home also held a special lunch, dancing and singing to round-off the celebrations.
Resident Ann Barker said: “I wish the weather was as nice as our Easter hats.”
Kevin Davidge has been performing for over 25 years. He has appeared singing with touring theatre shows as Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in Rock-It, Buddy Holly - a legend reborn and Buddy Holly's Winter Dance Party fronting and leading full Rock n Roll bands. He also has a tracks show that has played in clubs, weddings, birthday partys, hotels, American diners, Holiday camps, kids parties, nursing homes etc. He has also been the bass player of Rock n Roll and Elvis tribute backing band, Red Alert, with the most prestigious venues being the London Palladium, Wales Millennium Centre and the biggest audiences being 5000+ at Bolton Arena, Monmouth festival etc.
When a person has been diagnosed with dementia, there are many things to think about. It can be an overwhelming time, as people adjust to the news and begin to think about the changes that are likely to happen.
Yet looking ahead, it can also be a helpful and practical step, as the Alzheimer’s Society explains. “Thinking ahead,” it says, “is a good thing to do. It can help you prepare for a time when it may be difficult for you to make decisions for yourself.”
Talking about what happens when we die is not always an easy subject to broach with the people that we love. But it can be comforting for family to know when the time comes, things were just how someone would have wanted.
Renray Healthcare is one of the largest and leading suppliers of high quality furniture and products to the healthcare sector. With over 50 years’ experience of manufacturing and supplying to the industry, you can feel rest assured that you are in good hands.
Our product offerings include bedroom, lounge, dining and communal furniture for care, nursing and residential establishments; beds, mattresses and PAC; patient and ward furniture for the NHS, and specially designed products for dementia and challenging environments. We also have an in house soft furnishings and flooring department who design, manufacture and install to your requirements.
Sunrise of Bassett launched its brand new memory care neighbourhood last week, at a special VIP party featuring delicious food and drink, and live entertainment. At an event attended by the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Les Harris, guests were treated to mouth-watering canapes and flowing champagne, and enjoyed a music performance from a soothing harpist.
Councillor Harris gave an inspirational speech before declaring the luxury neighbourhood officially open, while the Head of Memory Care at Sunrise Senior Living UK, Jackie Pool, spoke to guests about the community’s beautiful surroundings, and caring, compassionate team members who go beyond the call of duty to ensure residents lead enriched lives.
Yorkshire, January 2018 -Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare continues to promote their nationwide Fall Prevention marketing campaign.
With snow and cold conditions expected to continue over the coming weeks, both staying in and going out in the winter, makes older people much more vulnerable to a fall – both inside and outside of their own home.
AN AYRSHIRE woman has gone on her first holiday at the age of 65 to Vietnam after she was able to research her destination through an innovative, digitally enhanced care system.
Margaret Sancken embarked on her holiday in November to spend 11 days discovering the country in Southeast Asia.
For the trip she was accompanied by Gina McClinton, Team Leader, at St Leonard’s Court where Margaret has been a tenant for the last 23 years.
The pair saw the sights and took in the best of what Vietnam has to offer, even enjoying the Asian cuisine with a local family on one night.
You often see pictures of people sitting in the care home environment very happily – in the day room or out in the garden. As long as people are able to manage their own posture and can sit out in comfort, all is well. However, many elderly people, particularly those with kyphosis sit in inappropriate chairs which do not support them. Their head slumps forward or to the side – chin to chest. Gravity can trap people in these destructive postures and can have some very damaging, sometime life-threatening results.
Bathing Care experts Dennis Goodes and Ray Metcalf have joined forces to launch ‘SilverSurfers’ height adjustable baths. Over 60 years of experience in the bathing care market across design, manufacture and sales have gone in to designing this unique range.
Every bath is handcrafted in the UK by time served craftsmen using traditional methods to exacting standards and constructed by a specialist team of engineers. The range incorporates the very latest one touch technology making them safe and simple to use. The high quality baths are styled in an Art Deco design with a luxurious finish.
Encore Care Homes has entered a £250million strategic development partnership with U.S healthcare REIT (real estate investment trust), Welltower.
The partnership will provide Welltower with the exclusive option to acquire £250million of Encore’s future developments which secures long term care options for the elderly and will allow Encore to continue to design and construct its purpose-built care homes across the south.
A green fingered Blackwood tenant has been rewarded for his skills by winning the housing and care provider’s prestigious gardening award.
Edward Stanton, who has been a tenant at Blackwood’s Argyle Street development for 25 years, won the ‘Best Hanging Basket’ award at the charity’s AGM in Largs.
The 78-year-old started work on his balcony five years ago and has since installed four hanging baskets which he believes make the perfect decorations for his balcony.
Edward said: “I have always loved gardening and so I couldn’t believe it when I was awarded ‘Best Hanging Basket’ as I have never won anything for my gardening before.
Diabetes can be deadly and World Diabetes Day draws attention to what people can do to avoid getting diabetes. The amazing thing about diabetes is that 90%-95% of people have type 2 diabetes and this can be prevented or delayed with lifestyle changes. This infographic from Study Medicine Europe takes you through how we lose 1.6 million lives every year because of diabetes. This figure is expected to almost double by 2030.
Another startling statistic is that 84 million American adults have prediabetes and they need to change their ways before it’s too late. It’s so important to check with your doctor if you have any of the high-risk factors related to prediabetes.
Jolene Brackey, author of ‘Creating Moments of Joy’ and lead educator on the online course ‘Creating Moments of Joy for People with Alzheimer’s’ on the FutureLearn social learning platform, shares her tips on overcoming the challenges that the everyday battles of Alzheimer’s present.
1. Live their truth
The husband of a resident at a Worcestershire care facility has raised more than £5000 to buy a piece of equipment aimed at helping dementia patients to relax and reminisce.
Pete James, whose wife, Nicole, lives at The Hawthorns care home, in Evesham, has used the funds to purchase a ‘magic table’. This new technology uses interactive games to connect people in the mid to late stages of dementia with each other, and with their surroundings, all the while stimulating movement.