Windsor care home creating friendships across the ages in exciting project

 local pre-school

Sandown Park care home in Windsor is bringing generations together by working with a local pre-school.  Every fortnight, the home welcomes children from local group ‘First Steps’ to spend time in the home, interacting and socialising with the residents.

 

The home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, provides high quality care for up to 95 residents, many of whom live with dementia.  It specialises in providing specialist dementia care and in the provision of innovative projects to support those living with the condition.

 

Following a successful project in 2015-2016 in which local army wives visited the home with their young children, this new initiative has been brought to life, and has been successfully underway since April this year.

 

PET THERAPY AT CLIFDEN HOUSE

A Noah’s ark of creatures visited leading dementia care centre in Seaford.

 

As part of its ongoing pet therapy programme, Clifden House on Claremont Road welcomed a menagerie of pets, reptiles and small animals to include lizards, snakes, hedgehogs and rabbits.

 

Nial Joyce of Clifden House said: “Research from the International Psychogeriatric Association highlighted that interaction with pets can lower blood pressure leading to reduced anxiety. Ultimately, this can improve behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

 

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.

Care home staff celebrate shortlisting for leadership award

Care home staff celebrate shortlisting for leadership award

The team at one of Stevenage’s leading residential care homes, Martins House, have been recognised for their excellent leadership at this year’s Hertfordshire Care Awards. 

Organised by the Hertfordshire Care Providers Association, the awards recognise some of the best care services in the region and celebrate the work of local carers.

Run by Gold Care Homes, Martins House provides care to more than 60 people and has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission. 

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.

  ‘Put health and safety first’ urges care property specialists

Robin Harris

ECO Integrated Property Solutions delivered a hard-hitting presentation at the National Association of Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHICS) National Health and Safety Conference for Social Care in September.

 

The property solutions provider which specialises in care homes and the welfare sector explained the necessity for a comprehensive programme of property management to ensure the wellbeing of residents and compliance of the business, which could effectively save lives.

 

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.

Independent living emergency SOS phone

New Amplicomms BigTel 50 Alarm Plus

New Amplicomms BigTel 50 Alarm Plus

  • SOS Neck or Wrist Pendant for Emergencies
  • Amplified Calls, Ringer & Hearing Aid Compatible
  • Oversized Display Screen
  • Large Fonts & Raised Big Buttons
  • Visual Call Alert

If you have physical limitations, or an older person wanting to live independently the amplicomms BigTel 50 is an affordable telecare solution that allows you to quickly and easily raise help in an emergency.

Sweet treat for care home residents during Chocolate Week

Sweet treat for care home residents during Chocolate Week

National Chocolate Week has been celebrated at a Stockton on Tees care home with a special tasting session for residents.

 

The UK’s largest celebration of the sweet treat saw elderly residents at Ingleby Care Home dipping strawberries and marshmallows into a fountain of chocolate.

 

Resident Olive Smith said: “I just wanted one strawberry dipped in chocolate but it tasted so good I had a few more and a couple of marshmallows as well.”

 

Kirsty Walsh, activities coordinator at Ingleby Care Home, on Green Lane, said: “What could be more fun than Chocolate Week.

 

“The chocolate fountain was a huge hit as residents enjoyed dipping the strawberries in the melted chocolate.

 

Remembering World War 2 at The Beeches Care Home

Lesley Walton

SURVIVORS of World War 2 took part in a week of reminiscence events and activities at The Beeches Care Home, in Stockton on Tees.

 

The home’s residents requested the commemorative week to share their war time memories and stories.

 

Staff contacted Preston Park Museum, on Yarm Road, to borrow items from the 1940s and 50s to help set the scene.

 

Residents relished the opportunity to go through and talk about items they used during their childhoods, such as ration books, wartime outfits, helmets, newspapers and other trinkets.

 

They also played WW2 themed games and a held a quiz night, when the residents were entertained by singer Delray, who performed songs from the war years.

 

Satisfaction Levels Soar At Blackwood

Fanchea Kelly

A record tenant response has produced results that show soaring levels of customer satisfaction at leading housing and care provider Blackwood.

 

Chief Executive Fanchea Kelly, speaking at the organisation’s sports and activity themed AGM, said that she had never known better levels of engagement with customers in her many years in the sector.

 

More than 50% of Blackwood customers responded to the recent survey, which found that the Edinburgh headquartered organisation had made a number of significant improvements.

 

Highlights included the number of tenants who believe Blackwood provide value for money had increased by 8% in two years to 79%. In addition, those who rated the staff as helpful had improved to 89%.

 

New partnership offers care homes flexible way to enjoy top-quality nursing beds and furniture

New partnership offers care homes flexible way to enjoy top-quality nursing beds and furniture

A new partnership between a leading UK business finance provider and top furniture manufacturer is set to offer care homes more flexible ways to enjoy high-end beds and furniture. 

Henry Howard Finance (HHF), has launched an exclusive national partnership with German medical and nursing home bed and furniture manufacturer, Wissner-Bosserhoff, part of the Linet Group.

This exclusive funding partnership will allow Wissner-Bosserhoff to offer straightforward and flexible finance solutions to UK customers wishing to purchase its high-end nursing home and hospital beds. 

New measures to support ‘let down’ older people with diabetes and frailty developed by Luton professor

New measures have been unveiled to that support older people with diabetes who are “let down” by the system.

 

Professor Alan Sinclair said older people with diabetes were “often overlooked and over medicated” and it was time to give them the “care and attention” they deserve.

 

He was speaking following the fourth meeting of the Older People’s Diabetes Network (OPDN) and ahead of the publication of his guidelines entitled ‘An International Position Statement on the Management of Frailty in Diabetes’.

 

The document formalises a frailty service model spanning primary, secondary and community care in a bid to prevent frailty and ensure the early management of the condition.