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Three ways to reduce food waste in your care home

Food waste care home kitchen

As care homes tighten budgets, it is galling to know that up to three quarters of food waste which we bin is safe to eat*. Not only is this unsustainable due to the negative environmental impact it's having, but it could also be costing your care home a lot of money.

It’s extremely important to pay attention to care home kitchen functionality in order to be able to serve residents with delicious and nutritious meals.

There are steps you can take to reduce food waste in your care home kitchen, and we're going to give you some tips that will help. 

Age Space: an online resource for relatives going through care process

Age Space Annabel James

Editor Victoria Galligan spoke to Annabel James, founder of Age Space, about how people caring for elderly relatives were crying out for some more support – and what she did about it.

Eight weeks visiting her mum in the Stroke Unit at Poole Hospital started Annabel James thinking. She felt increasingly isolated and anxious about the decisions that had to be made; not knowing where to find answers – or even what the questions were some of the time. 

As Annabel shared her experience with family and friends it became clear that she wasn’t alone. She then spent a year researching possible solutions which led to her setting up agespace.org  – a one-stop online resource for anyone anxious about or caring for elderly parents or relatives.

PickaShift strikes group deal with leading NI Care Home provider

PickaShift

PickaShift, the innovative new app and software designed to help providers of nursing and residential homes make significant savings, has struck its first group deal with Wilson Group.

The deal will see the App rolled out across its 5 nursing homes with around 300 staff accessing the platform. Their homes are based in Belfast, Bangor, Whitehead and Larne in Northern Ireland.   

The App which connects Nurses, Care Assistants and Ancillary Staff directly with their employers in residential and nursing homes, informs staff quickly about shifts that have become available at short notice and encourages them to pick up those shifts at an increasingly favourable rate until the shift is claimed.

Tania Plahay on her book: Yoga for Dementia

Yoga for Dementia cover

Care homes are embracing yoga as a method of promoting mindfulness through meditation, as well as improving cardiovascular fitness and reducing depression. Tania Plahay runs a pilot therapeutic yoga programme for people with dementia in care homes and her book Yoga For Dementia is based on the findings from that programme. Tania has a dedicated page to Yoga for Dementia on her website yogafordementia.com. Here, she tells Care & Nursing Essentials editor Victoria Galligan about her book and the benefits of yoga for residents, families and staff... 

 

How does yoga help people living with dementia?

More than one in three pensioners think that Carbon Monoxide poisoning symptoms will ‘get better on their own’

Carbon Monoxide poisoning

From headaches to nausea, the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning are being dangerously confused with seasonal illnesses. Despite one person dying every other week from carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK, new research from the CO Be Alarmed! campaign shows that while overall 92% of people above the age of 65 have a smoke alarm only 62% in the UK have a carbon monoxide alarm that could save their lives.

Karantis Partners with DCSL Software to Create Karantis Care App

Karantis Care App

Karantis Ltd has partnered with DCSL Software to create the Karantis Care App for carers and families across the world. Karantis provide solutions that increase the productivity, quality of service, transparency and accountability of the global care industry - particularly focused on those with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Loneliness and Depression.

Having worked closely with carers and families, Karantis were aware of the main care challenges both sides were facing. Carers felt too much time was spent manually filling out paperwork reports when they could be spending more time with their client, and families were worried that they had no visibility of, or connection with, the people caring for their loved ones, especially if some family members were not located nearby.

New online platform connecting RGNs and care homes with the best temporary shifts

Florence

Florence is a pioneering online platform that takes a new and different approach to providing temporary staffing to care homes in health and social care. The platform works by directly connecting healthcare managers with pre-vetted registered nurses (RGNs and RMNs) by cutting out recruitment agencies. Using more traditional recruitment agencies to fill temporary positions can be very costly, meaning money is taken out the system and doesn’t reach those who deserve it.

Outsourcing is the key to compliance

ECO

ECO is urging care homes to outsource help desk facilities to help ensure they stay on the right side of the law.

ECO Integrated Property Solutions (IPS) is advising managers that using a professional and expert supplier to co-ordinate and oversee any works in their property will not only lighten their load but will ensure compliance with rules and regulations.

Managing a schedule of repairs, refurbishments and maintenance can be a time consuming distraction and it would be easy to overlook smaller details or rush processes through lack of time. But trusting a specialist team to take on all aspects of property care will ensure accuracy, consistency and compliance, particularly if they’re invested in the latest technological advances.

Combined Care Initiative Benefits Old and Young in Romsey

Abbotswood Court

Encouraging greater happiness, mental stimulation and increased longevity amongst their elderly residents, Abbotswood Court care home in Romsey has been welcoming pre-school children from nearby Yellow Dot Nursery.

In the UK one in three over 65s see family members, including grandchildren, less than once a month. This can lead to feelings of isolation and mental decline. Providing positive mental and emotional stimulation, Abbotswood Court in Romsey has been connecting elderly residents with a group of pre-schoolers from the nearby Yellow Dot Nursery.

Innovative new Droplet mug helps carers tackle dehydration

Droplet Mug jug

A new smart mug that helps people to independently hydrate thanks to a light and sound alert has boosted water intake in clinical trials. Droplet is the new modular hydration solution that encourages people to drink more. Featuring a simple and engaging design, the Droplet mug has been specifically created to lessen the risk of dehydration and support the work of healthcare providers in hospitals and care homes.

Information Suite Launches at Edinburgh’s Finest Care Home

Information Suite

Locals across Edinburgh and the Lothians are invited for an exclusive first look of the city’s newest, luxury care home as it officially launches its Information Suite this week.

The much-anticipated Cramond Residence is welcoming guests to its beautifully-designed suite on Thursday 8 March from 3-7pm, to showcase the high quality of accommodation and facilities that will be available when it opens later this year.

This drop in event is an opportunity for a short tour of the sample bedroom, complete with en-suite shower room, and sample lounge layout, giving visitors the chance to experience the distinctly homely feel of the Residence first-hand.

Superheroes and Disney characters visit Chesterfield care homes on World Book Day 

Superheroes and Disney characters visit Chesterfield care homes on World Book Day 

CAPTAIN America, Banana Man and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s Veronica Salt were among those to visit Chesterfield care homes on World Book Day.

Staff and their children dressed as their favourite characters as part of celebrations at Barnfield and Holmewood care homes.

Among them were four-year-old Olivia Furniss and her eight-year-old brother Riley, who dressed as the Roald Dahl character and Marvel comic book superhero.

The pair are the children of Barnfield Care Home activities coordinator Rachel Furniss and the grandchildren of home manager Alison Riley.

Alison said: “We celebrate World Book Day every year and my grandchildren often visit to read their favourite stories to our residents.

Sunrise of Winchester receives ‘Outstanding’ rating

Care Quality

Sunrise of Winchester in Hampshire is celebrating being awarded a prestigious ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Only 1% of homes receive this overall, making Sunrise of Winchester one of the country’s top care communities.

The Care Quality rating was awarded following a comprehensive inspection in December 2017, which found “a warm and homely environment” where “people, their relatives and staff were very proud of the community they lived and worked in”.

A new hope for adult social care

adult social care

The future doesn’t look entirely rosy for adult social care as our increasingly ageing population, puts pressure on our already meagre budgets. And with a predicted funding gap of £2.3 billion by 2020, it’s difficult to see how local authorities are going to be able to meet the needs of care recipients in the future

It’s clear that local authorities are striving to do better, wanting to deliver a personalised approach to care, while ensuring the services they deliver are monitored and managed effectively. However, with individual budgets to manage and a variety of services from home adaptation through to home or residential care provision, it’s often difficult for local authorities to keep track of what is being spent and to what benefit.