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A little bit of magic at Worcestershire care home

A little bit of magic at Worcestershire care home

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.

Dementia Dare Devil Wing Walk

Dementia Dare Devil Wing Walk

An East Sussex lady, whose husband Derek resides at Clifden House dementia care centre, completed a dare devil wing walk to raise awareness and help reduce the stigma of dementia.
 
Delia Spindlow, whose husband was diagnosed with dementia a few years ago said “It’s hard when someone close to you has dementia. While my husband is lucky enough to be in the superb care of Clifden House Dementia Care Centre in Seaford, I still wanted to do something to raise further awareness of this debilitating disease. “
 
Delia’s wing walk challenge took place on 23 September and helped raise money for Eastbourne Dementia Action Alliance, with the staff at Clifden House donating to the fundraising efforts.

New Tranquillity Room for Ormskirk Care Home

New Tranquillity Room for Ormskirk Care Home

Residents and relatives have been able to enjoy a little bit of peace and quiet in style, as Stocks Hall Care Home in Ormskirk, Lancashire unveiled its new Tranquility Room.
 
The renovated project of an existing conservatory has taken 4 months to complete was officially opened by Edna Adams, 95 who lives at the Care Home.
 
A celebration afternoon tea was held to mark the occasion and celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony.
 
Edna Adams, Resident says “It’s such an honour to open this wonderful room, a lot of hard work and dedication has gone into this renovation.  Thanks to everyone at the Home for creating this special place for us to all enjoy together.”
 

Safe, Reliable, 9 – 17 Seat Minibuses

Safe, Reliable, 9 – 17 Seat Minibuses

National minibus supplier Red Kite provides real customer choice, responding to the ever-increasing demand for ‘Young Driver’ Minibuses and the need for B Licence driver compatibility. Options include:

 

New Peugeot Expert Combi 9 Seat Minibus. Designed to offer both driver and passenger space and comfort, this latest model Minibus is an invitation to travel in comfort and style and is available with up to 9 seats for smaller group travel. 

 

Care Roadshow Cardiff

Care Roadshow Cardiff

Care Roadshow Cardiff, hosted at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday 17th October was the third time that organisers, Broadway Events, has brought the show to the welsh care community. Visitors travelled across the water and braced the threat of the incoming storm to source the latest innovations from the line-up of exhibitors including Educ8, Newhall Janitorial and Citation to name a few.

Slimy snails and slithering snakes visit Deangate Care Home

Slimy snails and slithering snakes visit Deangate Care Home

A SLIMY encounter with giant snails and slithering snakes took place at a Barnsley care home.

 

Elderly residents at Deangate Care Home, in Mapplewell, took turns holding creepy crawlies and reptiles as part of an animal therapy session.

 

Animal handling company ZooLab brought along the exotic visitors, including giant African snails, lizards and snakes.

 

Julia Chambers, home manager at Deangate Care Home, said: “Holding snakes and lizards might not be for everyone but all our residents got a thrill from seeing them.

 

“Those brave enough to handle the animals said they loved it. It brought smiles to everyone’s faces.

Recognizing Depression in Older People [Infographic]

Recognizing Depression in Older People [Infographic]

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.

An Insight Into Wound Care In Care Homes

An Insight Into Wound Care In Care Homes

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.

 

Drag queen performs pop classics for care home residents

Drag queen performs pop classics for care home residents

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.

Coordinator appointed for specialist dementia friendly market

Coordinator appointed for specialist dementia friendly market

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.
 

Protecting incontinence-associated dermatitis with evidence-based innovation and treatment

The skin is an amazing structure. Forming a barrier between our tissues and the world that we live in. Making us waterproof and keeping water in. Protecting us against UV light but playing a part in Vitamin D synthesis. Protecting deeper tissues from injury and containing nerve endings that allow us to detect temperature, pain, as well as the texture of surfaces that we touch. Most importantly, however, it provides a fantastic barrier to infectious agents: we are constantly under attack but the skin architecture, tears and saliva protect us.

 

CareFlex

CareFlex

At CareFlex we have confidence and pride in our specialist seating and the positive changes we know it can have on people’s lives.  Careflex has over 20 years’ experience providing seating that is tailored to suit a wide range of requirements and needs.  Chairs are highly durable, adjustable and adaptable, easy to clean and designed to provide ultimate comfort and excellent pressure relief.  CareFlex seating is ideal for multi-user care environments.   And, of course, for people in their own homes. 

Visit us on stand G104 at the Care & Dementia Show where Tony and Les will be pleased to discuss your requirements and answer all your questions.

 

Innovative Housing and Care Experts to Host Sports Themed AGM

Innovative Housing and Care Experts to Host Sports Themed AGM

A SPECIALIST housing and care provider is putting a sporting twist on its annual general meeting by hosting various events from powerchair football to wheelchair basketball to promote the importance of health and wellbeing.
 
Edinburgh-based Blackwood Homes and Care has earned a reputation for its highly creative and engaging yearly showcases, which feature life-changing technology and innovative displays.
 
This year’s AGM will be no different and has been designed to encourage tenants to try new activities by providing them with the opportunity to trial the various sports first hand.
 

Clydebank Care Home Planning Tuck Shop Treat To Help Tackle Dementia, Thanks To Pub Donation

Clydebank Care Home Planning Tuck Shop Treat To Help Tackle Dementia, Thanks To Pub Donation

Bupa’s Hill View Care Home is planning to install a new tuck shop, thanks to a generous donation from a Clydebank pub.

 

 
Each year, customers and colleagues at the Mountblow Bar on Dumbarton Road rally together to raise money for a local good cause. This year Cheryl Sweeney, a member of the bar staff, chose Bupa’s Hill View Care Home to be the recipient, as her grandparents were residents at the home until they passed away.