Digital care support services expanded by retirement housing provider

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Digital care services including a video call system have been introduced in a retirement housing provider, setting new standards in supported living.

Housing & Care 21’s investment – in partnership with Appello, a leading provider of smart living solutions – is part of an overall plan to deliver the best modern care and support services possible for its residents.

Overcoming dementia communication barriers

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A simple way to overcome dementia communication barriers

A leading care centre in Seaford is keen to share its advice and successes in caring for people with dementia.  Its January top tip for anyone caring for someone with dementia is to use a simple but very effective communication aid. 

Clifden House Dementia Care Centre has implemented the use of simple but very effective communication aides for its residents. These are called ‘Communication Cards’.

Communication Cards are pictorial representations of common emotions and needs, and have proven to be an exceptionally useful mechanism for residents - allowing sufferers to quickly and easily express themselves clearly.

Mayor invites elderly to new year tea party

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A special mayoral invitation was sent to care home residents ahead of the annual Peterlee over 60s New Year tea party.

Residents from Bannatyne Lodge Care Home were among those to attend the event, hosted by Town Mayor Cllr Mary Cartwright.

They were joined by elderly residents from across Peterlee, alongside care home staff and council members.

Hot drinks and snacks were served throughout the tea party, held at Shotton Hall, while entertainment was provided by singer Shirley Mack.

Derek Unthank, who lives at Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, on Manor Way, said: “It was such a great afternoon. I really enjoyed having a dance.”

Fellow resident Monica Taylor added: “I thought it was wonderful. It’s not often we get tea served to us by the lady Mayor.”

Folk Celebrations The Romanian Way

Folk Celebrations The Romanian Way

Staff at a nursing home in Wellington donned traditional eastern European folk outfits to take to the dance floor as part of an event to celebrate the Romanian culture.

The event, hosted by the activities team at Camelot House & Camelot Lodge, featured Romanian music and dance, and the showing videos of Romanian customs, dancing, wildlife and landscape.

“Everyone had a brilliant day. It was a huge amount of fun and everyone really got into the spirit,” said Camelot’s Richard Dempslake.

“Our members of staff cooked up a huge amount of traditional Romanian food for everyone to try and in the afternoon dressed up in traditional costumes.

WW2 veteran gives pupils first-hand history lesson

war veteran gives pupils first-hand history lesson

School pupils received a World War 2 history lesson from a medal winning veteran of the conflict, living at a Stockton-on-Tees care home.

The youngsters from St Teresa’s RC Primary School, in Ingleby Barwick, visited residents at the Ingleby Care Home dressed as children from the 1940s.

Among the residents is John Podsukites, 95, who received the Medal of Ushakov from the Russian Federation in 2016 for his service on the arctic convoys in 1944.

The convoys – named the “worst journey in the world” by Winston Churchill – delivered essential supplies to the Soviet Union during the height of the War.

John was part of a convoy that fought off 18 attacks in two days by German U-boats and aircraft, before arriving safely at its destination.

From Ayrshire to Asia for First Holiday

From Ayrshire to Asia for First Holiday

AN AYRSHIRE woman has gone on her first holiday at the age of 65 to Vietnam after she was able to research her destination through an innovative, digitally enhanced care system.

Margaret Sancken embarked on her holiday in November to spend 11 days discovering the country in Southeast Asia.

For the trip she was accompanied by Gina McClinton, Team Leader, at St Leonard’s Court where Margaret has been a tenant for the last 23 years.

The pair saw the sights and took in the best of what Vietnam has to offer, even enjoying the Asian cuisine with a local family on one night.

Take on the challenge of re-shaping care sector

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Students are being invited to help re-shape the future of the care sector.

The Care Innovation Challenge is a competition devised to kickstart new ideas and solutions. It will take place on 17th and 18th February.

Students from a range of disciplines are invited to think broadly on ways to create positive change. Their ideas are showcased over a creative weekend of idea generation and prototype trialling.

"We need great ideas and innovation from dynamic and driven people"

Outstanding rating for home care service

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Staff at a domiciliary care agency are celebrating after being rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

SweetTree Home Care Services – which is based in Swiss Cottage, north-west London, but provides home and live-in services across the capital – was judged as being well-led and responsive. It was rated good for being safe, effective and caring. The agency provides support to a range of people from the elderly and people living with dementia, to those with brain injuries and learning disabilities.

Health professionals respond to pressure on NHS

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After the NHS faced an unprecedented demand over the winter months, we take a look at how services coped and explore how improvements can be made to protect the public.

Theresa May faced a backlash when, once again, hospitals struggled to cope under increased demand over the winter. Many routine operations were cancelled, with reports of people dying in hospital corridors. The crisis was so serious, 68 A&E doctors from across the country wrote to the Government with their concerns.

Care homes' fire system upgrade

A fire alarms specialist has upgraded systems at two leading care homes, using the latest technology to keep residents and staff safe.

Two care homes in the north of England decided to improve their fire safety systems and called on a local firm who opted for innovative yet user-friendly equipment: Taktis Fire, Kentec’s highly acclaimed fire alarm control panel, which has been designed with protecting vulnerable people in larger buildings in mind.

More than three quarters of care home reviews give a top rating for dignity and respect

Research by, the UK’s leading care home reviews website, reveals that more than three quarters (81%) of the 74,000 reviews* of UK care homes on the site have a top rating (5) for residents being ‘treated with dignity’.

The data follows the regulator (CQC) highlighting a clear link between a provider’s quality of care and how well it treats its staff and residents in terms of human rights.

Paul Corrigan, CQC Non-Executive Director and Board Equality and Human Rights Champion, said: “There’s a clear link between the quality of care a service provides, and whether the people who use it and its staff feel that their human rights are respected and they are treated equally.

University of Bolton celebrates first non-commissioned nursing programme in England


The first nurses in England to complete self-funded studies celebrate as they approach graduation from the University of Bolton. The non-commissioned pre-registration course was developed in addition to Health Education England’s commissioned students and ensures local talent ‘stays local’, supporting nearby healthcare initiatives.


Eleven student nurses, who this week are approaching the end of their three-year self-funded studies, are celebrating their achievements at the University of Bolton before graduating and taking their places in hospitals across the North West later this year.