Encore Care Homes’ activities are given some Oomph!


Encore Care Homes is delighted to announce its new partnership with Oomph! starting this month in all three of its homes, which are located in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Fareham.

Established in 2011, Oomph! works closely with care and housing services throughout the UK, to support staff and help residents improve their health and fitness, through fun exercises and activities. During the programme residents and staff at Encore will take part in a variety of sport, music, relaxation and nature workshops.

Glasgow Tenants Reminisce with Classic Brits

Glasgow Tenants Reminisce with Classic Brits

In full Classic Brit Awards spirit, tenants at a retirement home in Glasgow have been listening to music from their youth and comparing it with today’s drastically different genres.

In a nod to Vera Lynn’s nominations for Female Artist of the Year and Best Album, and to mark her profound contribution to UK music and culture, tenants at Bield’s Carntyne Gardens enjoyed an afternoon listening to her hits.

From ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ to ‘We’ll Meet Again’ the forces’ sweetheart evoked memories of wartime living. 

Mary Walker, tenant at Carntyne Gardens, said: “I find these pieces of music very moving – they take me back to when father returned from the war.

Merriment in May for MHA Waterside House

MHA Waterside House

Residents of MHA Waterside House, off Moathouse Lane in Wednesfield, have been enjoying a glorious start to the summer.

The home, which specialises in dementia care, always has a packed schedule of events to entertain and engage residents, but May was a particularly jam-packed month of summertime activities.

From Royal Wedding celebrations to local school children visiting to share in donut day, the community surrounding the home enjoyed everything May had to offer.

More needs to be done to attract men into social care

Male nurses

In the UK currently, there is a distinct lack of male nurses, male childcare experts and male adult social carers. In fact, there is a shortage of men in the social care sector altogether – they are hugely outnumbered by women. UK Government statistics show that a staggering 84% of carers in England are women, and just 16% are men - figures that have barely changed since 2012.

Malden House care home delivered training about dementia to students from Sidmouth College

Malden House care home delivered training about dementia to students from Sidmouth College

Malden House care home delivered theoretical and practical training about dementia to a group of 15 students from Sidmouth College.

The aim of the sessions  - to give teenagers empathy about what a person effected by dementia goes through.

As part of Dementia Awareness week the college was invited to visit Malden House to work with the staff and residents.

Woodbridge nursing home appoints new Home Manager

Haughgate House

Haughgate House nursing home in Woodbridge, Suffolk, is delighted to announce the appointment of Judith Morgan-Worrall as its new Home Manager.

Judith originally joined the Healthcare Homes Group in February 2014, initially as an interim manager at Foxgrove residential home in Felixstowe.  She then took on the full registered manager role for both Foxgrove and neighbouring home Maynell House and stayed in post until June 2017. However, needing to be closer to home to support her ill father, Judith took the role of a support manager elsewhere.  

Having returned to Healthcare Homes in 2018, Judith is delighted to be taking on the new role at Haughgate House as she explains: 

Shipdham care home welcomes new manager

Shipdham Manor

Shipdham Manor care home in Shipdham, near Thetford, is delighted to announce the appointment of Kay Emsley as the new home manager.

Shipdham Manor is part of the Healthcare Homes Group and provides residential care for up to 42 people, many of whom live with dementia.

Kay, who lives in Bradenham, has worked for the Healthcare Homes Group for 10 years, previously serving as the head of clinical care.  She brings a wealth of experience to the role and is looking to build on the home’s excellent service levels, even further improving the home for residents.

The Sound Doctor partners with Essex County Council to support patients to 'Live Well'

Sound Doctor

The Sound Doctor, the social enterprise focused on effective patient education, has teamed up with the Essex County Council and Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)* to launch a new initiative - the Live Well campaign.

The patient education videos are being offered as part of a Live Well campaign to engage families and individuals - promoting health and wellbeing in the county of Essex by providing high quality information and solutions. By setting an agenda to underline the benefits of healthy living, Live Well intends to have a positive impact on both the lives of people within the county and also reduce the strain on the National Health Service (NHS).

New guide to improve care of ex-service men and women

Ray Lock Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust: supporting Ex-service men and women

A new guide has been launched to help care homes provide better support for the hundreds of thousands* of ex-service men and women in assisted living in the UK.

Produced by Demos think tank, in partnership with the Forces in Mind Trust and the Care Cluster of Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities), the guide will be sent to all UK care homes and care home provider headquarters.

Polly Mackenzie, Director of Demos says: “We created this guide in response to our 2015 report Under-Served. The report found that veterans can face a range of challenges while living in residential care, yet managers and staff lack the information and resources they needed to know how best to support them. The aim of the guide is to fill that gap.”

Kingdom Homes to Takeover Bield Care Home

Bield care home

A DEAL which will see all residents and staff transfer from a Bield care home to a local provider has been finalised.

Last year, Bield announced 12 of its care homes across Scotland were to close and has since been working tirelessly to find other providers to keep them open.

Following extensive discussions, the housing and care provider has announced that an agreement has been reached which will see locally based Kingdom Homes Ltd buy Finavon Court in Glenrothes, Fife.

The deal means that residents seamlessly transfer over to the new Kingdom Homes, with very few changes being experienced and, in particular, all existing staff will keep their jobs.

Charlie Dickson, Director of Housing and Care Services, said:

John Grover wins NACC Care Chef of the Year 2018

John Grover wins NACC Care Chef of the Year 2018

John Grover of Auchtercrag House Care Home, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, was crowned 2018 NACC Care Chef of the Year, yesterday (Wednesday 6 June), following a thrilling national final. 

The prestigious National Chef of the Year culinary competition, organised by the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), seeks out the UK’s best chef working in the care sector. 

Barking & Dagenham College’s Technical Skills Academy hosted the final, where 12 chefs from across the country showcased their talents under the expert scrutiny of the panel of judges. They all demonstrated exceptional culinary skills, creativity and knowledge in the specialist field of care catering.

Care home staff Step Out For Stroke and raise hundreds

Step Out For Stroke

CARE home staff joined hundreds of participants at Stewart Park in Middlesbrough for the Step Out For Stroke fundraiser.

Two Hill Care Group homes in Stockton-on-Tees sent staff members to take part in the event, raising hundreds of pounds for the charity.

Home manager Helen Wood, administrator Debra Hall and her daughter Poppie, from The Beeches Care Home, Newtown, completed one circuit of the park.

From Mandale House Care Home, Thornaby, activities coordinator Tracy Wilson and care assistant Jacqueline Ball completed a double circuit of the 120-acre park.

Both homes join dozens of other Hill Care Group homes across the North running separate fundraising events for the Stroke Association through the year.

Maintaining staff and customer satisfaction with cloud technology

Maintaining staff and customer satisfaction with cloud technology

Working in the care sector can be extremely demanding with long hours, complex job requirements and sometimes multiple sites to visit in a day. Providing excellent staff management is of paramount importance to care homes. Care home owners have the responsibility to rotate staff regularly, ensuring they receive the right amount of time off duty as well as making sure the right skills are available within the team on duty at all times. 

Viewpoint introduces hi-tech dementia aid Tovertafel

Tovertafel John

During Dementia Awareness Week, an Edinburgh-based housing and care provider launches its ground-breaking new dementia strategy Tovertafel, harnessing the power of technology and innovation to revolutionise the way it cares for residents with dementia.

In 2017, an estimated 90,000 people in Scotland were living with dementia. It’s an illness that can leave older people feeling lonely and isolated. With the help of the latest technology, Viewpoint’s pioneering strategy aims to combat these feelings and ensure its residents and tenants with dementia remain part of their community.

Event showcases Farrow Court's award-winning approach to social housing provision for older people Media release

Farrow Court

An event has been held to showcase Ashford Borough Council's £17 million flagship sheltered housing scheme at Farrow Court as a pioneering way to address the emerging health and housing agenda.

Held during Dementia Action Week, the event provided an opportunity for a specially invited audience of frontline housing, health and social care professionals to hear how the council is achieving better outcomes for health and social care through all aspects of housing - such as its own building programme and homelessness prevention.

Guests included senior representatives from Kent County Council, Ashford's Clinical Commissioning Group, registered providers of housing and other local authorities in Kent.

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