Coronation Street loving World War ii nurse turns 100

Ina Robertson,

A care home resident from Glasgow has revealed her simple top tips for reaching her milestone 100th birthday - taking everything in moderation.

Ina Robertson, a resident at Bupa's Quayside Care Home in Yoker, attributes her longevity to a wholesome, balanced diet and not overindulging in unhealthy habits.

The centenarian is known to only enjoy a glass of Croft Original sherry, her drink of choice, on very special occasions.

Ina was born in 1917 and grew up in the east end of Glasgow but, after marrying a shipbuilder who often relocated for work, she called many other areas of the city home, including Helensburgh, Clydebank, Knightswood and Drumchapel.

Traditional Scottish Dish Is Key To Long Life


Mince and tatties are a key component in a happy life an Alexandria woman has said as she celebrates turning 105.


Elizabeth ‘Bessie’ Irving, a tenant at Bield’s Oakbank Retirement Housing development put her longevity down to the Scottish supper favourite accompanied by a cup of tea.


Bessie said: “Mince and tatties are my absolute favourite and I’d say everyone could benefit from a portion every now or then – and washing it down with a good cup of tea is always a winner!”


Industry leading Norfolk care home recognises staff long service in MS Awareness Week

Norfolk care home

A Norfolk nursing care home ranked within the top 1% of care homes in the UK has recognised staff for their long service and dedication with a special presentation.


Meadow House Nursing Home in Swaffham, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, specialises in providing care for those with physical disabilities such as multiple sclerosis (MS), and is thanking staff during MS Awareness Week to highlight the fantastic work that they deliver


Ping Pong Playing Pensioners Bat for Table Tennis Success

Table tennis

A 94 year old from East Lothian has reignited her childhood love of table tennis thanks to a generous grant awarded to Haddington Table Tennis Club by The People’s Projects.


Joan James, aged 94, who lives at Bield’s The Butts retirement housing development in Haddington, has been enjoying the use of table tennis equipment delivered straight to their lounge, where tenants have enjoyed getting involved in taster lessons.


Used to playing with her family before the days of TV, where they would compete for a toy trophy, Joan now competes in singles and doubles matches with other tenants.


The Importance of Inclusive Bathrooms


Martin Walker, CEO of Methven UK, discusses the role played by technology and design in the creation of usable bathrooms for the ageing population.


Thanks to technological advancements and better healthcare, the UK’s population is now living longer than ever - more than 11 million people are currently aged over 65, with one in three of us aged 55 and over. Whilst clearly this is great news, it also presents a host of challenges, not least of which is: how can you ensure bathrooms are safe for use by the ageing population?


Is your recruitment process engaging enough for care professionals?

Today’s candidates are searching for jobs with a strict set of criteria in mind, refusing to settle for anything but the best opportunities. In fact, according to CV-Library research, 64% of care professionals said that there are areas that they wouldn’t be willing to compromise on when job hunting. For this reason getting your recruitment process right is vital if you hope to attract the top talent. With the skills gap also causing problems for many organisations across the sector, ensuring you have a sleek and engaging recruitment strategy is key.

MRSA: still a threat?

MRSA: still a threat?

Superbugs, which are resistant to many antibiotics, have had a high media profile for at least the last 10 years. In the UK, they became a political issue too. In the run-up to the 2005 general election, the management of superbug MRSA – a specific strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacterium – was a key policy battleground, following alarming headlines about epidemic-level rates and closed hospital wards.


Well Careplus achieves impressive growth servicing 29 new care homes

Well Careplus achieves impressive growth servicing 29 new care homes

Kingsley Healthcare is the latest national care home chain to sign up to the Well Careplus medicine management service, ensuring 1,000 more patients are benefiting from the safe and personalised care the system offers.
Kingsley Healthcare, an award-winning care home provider, now operate 29 luxury residential homes all over the country.  The company is dedicated to person-centred care and the highest standards of patient safety, and the recent implementation of Well Careplus further strengthens the company’s offering.

Stirling Care Provider Drives Forward Energy Efficiency With Eco Car

Stirling Care Provider Drives Forward Energy Efficiency With Eco Car

A housing and care provider in Stirling has invested in a brand new eco-friendly car to energise its care at home service.

In a move that will appeal to the increasingly environmentally-conscious, Blackwood’s Broom Court development, which provides at home support for people with physical disabilities, has acquired the e-car to enhance its services in the community.

Taking inspiration from the Stirling Car Club scheme, where multiple people share an e-car, the vehicle will ensure Blackwood’s staff have access to a reliable mode of transport to travel to and from the homes of customers and are not reliant on public transport around Stirling’s one way system.


Guinness Care embraces digital for flagship extra care development

Appello chosen to provide digital care technology to The Quayside development in Totnes

Guinness Care, part of The Guinness Partnership and a leading national provider of housing and care, today announced that it will deploy its first digital care solution from Appello, a leading provider of technology enabled care services, in its flagship development in Devon.

The digital care solution will be installed across the new development of sixty contemporary extra care apartments. Residents will benefit from almost instantaneous connection to an alarm receiving centre, and will be able to take advantage of room to room calling which can be video enabled to help support social inclusion.

Sunrise Senior Living UK Nominated For Prestigious Motivational Award

Sunrise Senior Living UK Nominated For Prestigious Motivational Award

Residents and staff at Sunrise Senior Living UK are celebrating after the care home provider was nominated for a prestigious award recognising the motivational benefits given to team members.

For the second year running, Sunrise has been put forward for the Most Motivational Benefits prize at the esteemed Employee Benefits Awards.

The award ceremony, now in its 15th year, recognises employers throughout British industry who develop innovative ways to engage and encourage their workforce. This year’s event will take place on Friday 9th June in the stunning Artillery Garden in London.


Music For The Brain

Music For The Brain

Singing has been proven to play a special role in dementia care and one Sussex care home has capitalised on music’s therapeutic effects by partnering with Alzheimer’s initiative - Singing for the Brain.
Clifden House, specialist dementia care centre in Seaford, started holding a daily singing group for residents after learning about the work of Chreanne Montgomery-Smith, of the Alzheimer's Society.
Chreanne devised Singing for the Brain sessions in 2003 after noticing that even though other memories may be hard to retrieve for a person with dementia, music is actually easy to recall.

Sunrise Senior Living of Mobberley To Host Regular Memory Café

Sunrise Senior Living of Mobberley To Host Regular Memory Café

On Thursday 11th May, Sunrise Senior Living of Mobberley will be hosting a regular Memory Café, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Society
The Sunrise community is offering this free drop-in service, which will take place on the second Thursday of every month, from 10 am – 12 pm. The Café is open to all who may have concerns about their memory or the memory of a loved one or friend.

A relaxed combination of activities and memory focused group gatherings will be planned, but the community will also be liaising with attendees to find out what they would like to get out of the meetings.
Some sessions will have a guest speaker from the local area – ranging from dementia and nutritional experts to paramedics and GPs, that can offer advice and answer any questions.

Something In The Water

Something In The Water

A consistent and reliable supply of hot water is vital for any care home. Here, Chris Meir, sales director at Andrews Water Heaters, discusses how effective water treatment can prolong the life and performance of a hot water system.
Safeguarding the performance of the hot water system should be a top priority for any care establishment. With the health of potentially vulnerable residents dependent on good hygiene and sanitation, impaired operation of water heating equipment can have significant consequences. Not only does regular maintenance reduce the likelihood of breakdowns, ensuring essential facilities stay up and running, but also it helps water heaters to continue working at maximum efficiency.

The Urgent Need for Intergenerational Care

The Urgent Need for Intergenerational Care

Intergenerational care is on the rise, and is increasingly gaining attention as a way to bring the elderly and young together. Both in the UK and abroad, there are inspiring examples of homes where such collaboration is underway, and where the opportunity to interact and play together is putting smiles on the faces of those at both ends of the age spectrum. This is something that we must encourage and foster through intergenerational care initiatives in care homes, starting from now.

Take the Home Meadow home in Cambridge, which has been welcoming seven children, aged one to four, on a weekly basis. The visit of these young children has been voted the residents’ ‘highlight of the week’, offering the chance to join together in dance, arts and crafts and singing activities.