Pioneering feedback app launched by care provider

Pioneering  app

Healthcare Management Solutions has reinforced its commitment to operating at the highest standard by introducing a new pioneering app based on the feedback system that gives the senior leadership instant information about the quality of its homes.

‘How did we do?’ is simple to use and takes just a couple of minutes.  The user can rate different aspects of the service, including rating the exterior, feeling welcome, rating the interior, and the quality of care provided. App users are also invited to add comments and upload pictures to support their ratings.

Cromwell Polythene Sansafe® hygienic bin liners

Cromwell Polythene Sansafe® hygienic bin liners

Cromwell Polythene Sansafe® hygienic bin liners – Tomorrow’s Cleaning Awards 2018 finalist

Cromwell Polythene Sansafe® antimicrobial and scented bin liners – relaunched with a new formula – use 30% recycled high-density polyethylene, rather than virgin material, as well as a more powerful scent additive. The liners are tested to ISO22196, offering antimicrobial protection to hygienic liners for sanitary and medical disposal services, waste management and janitorial sectors.

Luxury Retirement Village Scoops European Design Award

Luxury Retirement Village Scoops European Design Award

Lime Tree Village, a range of independent retirement living residences based in Dunchurch, Warwickshire has scooped a European hospitality design award aimed at celebrating stylish hotels, B&B’s and retirement living.

The Award was aimed at celebrating interior design and style across a range of hospitality venues and have been designed to find the most stylish ‘hidden escapes’ from across Europe across a range of categories.

The Vision Style Awards, organised by global textiles giant, Vision Support Services, opened for entries back in August with 13 categories to choose from and garnered hundreds of entries – everywhere from Kosovo to Ibiza.

Qintil - New platform helps to tackle care skills crisis

Quintal - New platform helps to tackle care skills crisis

now care workers can share what they know with providers. Qintil has created a learning management system that helps care workers collect all of their certificates, gain new skills and then share their profile with care homes.  

The National Audit Office has just released a report on The adult social care workforce in England. The report estimates that the workforce will need to grow by 2.6% every year until 2035. Yet the turnover rate of care staff has been increasing since 2012-13 and in 2016-17 reached 27.8%, meaning providers must spend funds on recruitment they could otherwise have spent on providing quality care.

Tanglewood Employees In Line for Care Awards

Care Awards

Fourteen employees at Tanglewood Care Homes are keeping their fingers crossed ahead of the second annual Lincolnshire Care Awards next week. 

The 14 team members have all been nominated for awards by care home managers, colleagues, residents or families – and they will find out if they’ve won at a ceremony in Lincoln on 22nd February.

Tanglewood employees make up one-fifth of the total nominees, and 11 of them work in one care home – Cedar Falls in Spalding.

The shortlisted candidates are:

Nursing category

Gabriel Curila – Hunters Creek Care Home in Boston

Stephanie Hewat-Jaboor, Mariana Anton and Susan Palethorpe – Cedar Falls Care Home in Spalding

Residential category

Moira Tasker – Tanglewood Care Home in Horncastle

Improving quality of life with dance

Improving quality of life with dance

Recent studies reveal an increasing number of health benefits from dance – particularly for dementia sufferers.

Clifden House, a leading dementia care centre in Seaford, advocates dance as a therapy. Dance, in any form, not only requires physical movement but also involves important cognitive stimulation. The mental and physical coordination required to dance stimulates several regions of the brain.

Nial Joyce of Clifden House said, “Life doesn’t have to stop with a dementia diagnosis. Finding fun and active activities liked dancing is proven to improve well-being and is a great way to take part in light exercise, provide cognitive stimulation and promote social interaction with others.

Building the future of care

Building the future of care

Building the future of care – it starts with you

With just one month to go, now is the time to book your tickets to the Future of Care Conference taking place on Tuesday 13th March at The Kings Fund, London. The event includes an impressive line-up of speakers and topics during the one-day conference and the popularity to date proves that an event of this calibre and focus is required within the sector to help care professionals from across the country to unite to share experiences and knowledge.

Cleanliness, hygiene and fine fragrance

Cleanliness, hygiene and fine fragrance

Cleanliness and hygiene are of paramount importance for carers and nurses but often deep cleaning, antibacterial products smell strongly of bleach or chemicals.  Imagine if you could clean up vomit, bodily fluids, faeces and blood with professional grade cleaning products while, at the same time, managing the unpleasant odours and leaving the surroundings with a fresh, uplifting scent.

Castle View Windsor leads the way on fire safety as Fire Service puts it to the test

Castle View Windsor leads the way on fire safety as Fire Service puts it to the test

A full scale fire rescue with the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service has been staged at the new Castle View Retirement Village at Helston Lane, Windsor, which opens this Autumn, together with a 72 bed onsite care home.

Taking the lead after a further fire tragedy at a care home in Stevenage just last week and Grenfell, Castle Retirement Living has put fire safety to the top of its list.  The full training exercise, fronted by watch manager Matt Weldon and teams from the local area took three hours and involved three fire engines and a team of 15 firefighters to stage a mock rescue.    

Putting your home in trust?

Care fees: why you must seek legal advice before putting your home in trust

A RECENT Channel 4 Dispatches programme highlighted concerns about schemes which claim that you can avoid care fees by putting your home into trust.

Jane Sutherland, partner and solicitor at East Midlands-based Nelsons Solicitors, explains why you must seek sound legal advice before entering into such arrangements.

Are these schemes the next mis-selling scandal?

Couple Celebrates 62nd Valentine’s Day

Couple Celebrates 62nd Valentine’s Day

An Aberdeen couple are perfectly placed to give lessons in love this Valentine’s Day – as the couple celebrates their 62nd valentine's day

And Jimmy Mathers, 93, and wife Betty, 84, believe they can give couples of all ages some simple tips for a long and happy marriage: it’s all about give and take.

The doting pair celebrates this Valentine’s at Meallmore’s Sunnybank care home in Cruden Bay, where Jim has lived since 2016, with Betty joining him in April of last year.

Cambridgeshire day hospice rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

Cambridgeshire day hospice rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission
The Care Quality Commission has found the quality of care provided by The Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, to be Outstanding in all areas following inspections in July.     

The Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre is a day hospice, based at the North Cambridgeshire Hospital in Wisbech, which supports people who are living with a life-limiting illness and their families. The service provides day therapy, treatment and clinical days (including haematology and oncology work), complementary and diversional therapies as well as bereavement and support services.   

The end of the Nurse Call system?

The end of the Nurse Call system?

Sometimes nurse call systems are simply referred to as a buzzer which is used by residents to call a nurse for help or assistance. It doesn’t sound like a rocket science, does it?

It’s not that long ago we used mobile phones just to make calls and send an occasional text message. Nowadays making a call is just one small function of our smartphones which have swiftly replaced the old mobile technology.

With many technological solutions in everyday use in healthcare, evolution is underway. Nurse call buzzers are not immune, but can this traditional technology meet the current needs of busy care homes and become a sustainable technology for the future?

David Beckham tops the lists of wishes to be fulfilled at London care centre

David Beckham tops the lists of wishes to be fulfilled at London care centre
Residents at Drayton Village Care Centre in west London have called on carers to make their wishes come true through a new innovative initiative.

A number of Wish Trees have been placed around the home in Spring Promenade, West Drayton where residents of the 91-bed care centre can leave suggestions for staff to improve the home.

However, little did the team at the care centre, run by Gold Care Homes, suspect that for one 95-year-old resident the greatest wish they had was to meet David Beckham.

Joan Beard left all the staff in shock with her request to meet her heartthrob and now the home is exploring how they could make her wish come true.