Win a Supra C500 KeySafe™!



You never have to worry about forgetting your keys again thanks to The Key Safe Company’s Supra C500 KeySafe™, which can store up to six keys and we’re giving one lucky person the chance to win their very own.

The leading mechanical secure key box provides a secure method of externally storing keys to the exterior of a property and is accessed by correctly entering the set code via the mechanical keypad. The product offers peace of mind for homeowners in a variety of circumstances.

The police accredited C500 KeySafe™ has undergone rigorous tests devised by security experts, who concluded that it is as attack resistant as a domestic front door.

For your chance to win a Supra C500, simply tell us how many keys a Supra C500 KeySafe™ stores?

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Naidex - 26th & 27th March at Birmingham's NEC

Naidex - 26th & 27th March at Birmingham's NEC

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be partnering with Naidex, Europe’s largest event for the disability and independent living sector! 

Celebrating its 45th anniversary, the show will take place on the 26th & 27th March at Birmingham’s NEC, and we’d love for you to join us at the show by grabbing your FREE ticket here!

Get ready to see the latest in assistive technology, mobility products, accessible traveling, living aids and more!

You’ll also get the opportunity to hear over 250 seminars covering a wide variety of topics such as employability, mental health, fashion and rehabilitation amongst others.

Don’t play with fire

Don’t play with fire

We all await the inevitable changes to legislation and good practice, following the government’s review of risk critical building products such as fire doors and how this will shape both existing use and future product specification. 

After all, the specification and use of fire doors is a very serious matter and as we all know can have far reaching consequences if wrong decisions are made.  It is little wonder therefore, that care home specifiers are turning to Vicaima products to dispel anxiety and apprehension when it comes to certified and tested fire doors.  

Vicaima products include a full scope of performance characteristics, namely:

Fire Tested to BS 476 Part 22 and BS EN 1634-1:2014

FD30 and FD60 rated

Care home turns into pizzeria for National Pizza Day

Care home turns into pizzeria for National Pizza Day

A TEESSIDE care home transformed into a pizzeria for the day as residents baked their own Italian creations. National Pizza Day was celebrated by staff and residents at The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, Stockton-on-Tees.

Alwyn Behan, 86, Marian Knightly, 83, Jane Monaghan, 72, and Sylvia Smith, 77, were among those who created their own pizzas.

The residents chose their favourite toppings, including pepperoni, chicken, ham, and a variety of vegetables, before baking them in the oven.

Jane Monaghan said: “Pizza making has gone very well. Only I've got tomatoes everywhere. I've always been a messy cook. 

“It brought back memories of pizza-making parties with my grandchildren. My favourite pizza is double cheese with herbs.”

Hospital tombola helps care home raise funds for charity

Hospital tombola helps care home raise funds for charity

CARE home staff are continuing to raise hundreds of pounds for stroke survivors and their families – as part of a year-long fundraising campaign.

A tombola at the University Hospital of North Tees was run by staff from The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, Stockton-on-Tees.

Deputy manager Rachel Harris and activities coordinator Jess Roth manned the stand, selling tickets and giving away prizes including scented candles and toiletries.

Alongside a coffee morning at the home, this has added another £97 to the £660 total the home has already raised for the Stroke Association throughout last year.

Previous events included a supermarket bag pack, cake sale and sponsored walk.

Care Home Support and Training

Care Home Support and Training

At Care Home Support and Training we work with Managers, Nominated Individuals and Providers to meet and exceed the regulatory requirements.

Expectations on social care services mean that Managers and Providers can sometimes feel overwhelmed with what appears to be increasing demands and ever changing requirements.  Care Home Support and Training work with you, offering professional support and expertise to find creative solutions to your challenges and problems.

Great Oaks care home welcomes soft food diet specialist

Great Oaks care home welcomes soft food diet specialist

Great Oaks in Bournemouth has appointed a soft food diet specialist to allow for a wide range of diet requirements to be catered for at the care home.

Patrick Fensterseifer, head chef at Great Oaks, specialises in the production of dysphagia meals which means he is able to cook dishes for residents who have difficulties with swallowing. Patrick is passionate about preparing meals that are flavoursome, nutritious, well-presented and meet the specific dietary requirements of every resident. 

Guitarist Keith gets a special gift from pastor

Guitarist Keith gets a special gift from pastor

Former church band member Keith Keenan has been gifted a guitar to continue playing in his care home in Skelmersdale.

Keith, who lives at Aaron Crest Care Home, on Tanhouse Road, was given the instrument by Rev Dr Anne Kazich.

The community priest in the parish of St. Paul’s has been visiting the home on a regular basis to lead monthly singing sessions with the residents.

She learned Keith used to play guitar in a church band, so decided to find someone willing to donate a guitar to get him strumming again.

Keith said: “I’m so happy with my new guitar and it will be looked after. I’m looking forward to learning the chords again that Dr Rev Anne has given me.”

Great Oaks welcomes new care home manager

Great Oaks Care Home Gardens

Registered nurse Sara Muslin has joined the team at Great Oaks in Bournemouth as care home manager.

Sara has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years and has vast experience in the care sector, having managed care teams for over 20 years. Sara has spent the past six years as a registered manager for care homes which specialise in nursing, residential and dementia care.

In her new role, Sara is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day running of the home, ensuring that the highest standards of care are maintained and that the Care Quality Commission standards and guidelines are adhered to at all times.

Mayor of Lincoln celebrates the launch of Bernadette House’s homecare service

Mayor of Lincoln celebrates the launch of Bernadette House’s homecare service

A care home in Lincoln was joined by the Mayor to celebrate the launch of their new homecare service, with an official cake cutting. The Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Keith Weaver, was invited to launch the new service at Bernadette House and to learn more about the valuable homecare that care workers would be providing to the local community. 

Owner of Bernadette House care home and homecare service, Elizabeth Stephens, welcomed the Mayor and introduced him to homecare staff, as well as local health partners who also attended the event.
Elizabeth, commented: “We were honoured to have the Mayor of Lincoln and Cllr Chris Burke join us to celebrate the launch of our new homecare service.

HC-One care home 'pimps out' zimmers to help residents recognise their frames 

HC-One care home resident Colin with his new zimmer frame

Residents of a HC-One care home based in Coventry have been decorating their Zimmer frames, along with staff to help reduce the number of falls.  

The Pimp My Zimmer project aims to reduce falls after a care home matron noticed people with dementia sometimes find it hard to recognise their own frame. 

Zimmer frames are usually grey, making them hard for people with dementia to tell apart or, in some cases, see them clearly.

But with the help of staff at Brandon House, Residents have had their frames transformed into colourful works of art.

HC-One’s care home manager, Sheryl Davis, said: “Our main priority at Brandon House is to ensure Residents recognise their frames, which will help to reduce the number of falls. 

Bluebird Care Gosport Launches Campaign to Unite Against Loneliness

Bluebird Care Gosport Flat

Bluebird Care Gosport, a home-care provider in the Hampshire area is embarking on an ambitious, and possibly life changing campaign, to try and bring about an end to loneliness. Unite Against Loneliness will be ongoing throughout 2019; the Bluebird Care Gosport team will be running a yearlong campaign to raise awareness of, and ultimately, try to eradicate loneliness within the local community and beyond.

Fortune cookies helping elderly with dementia

Fortune Cookies Team

FORTUNE cookies are having a therapeutic effect on those living with dementia in the North East.

Residents at Pelton Grange Care Home, in Pelton, near Chester-le-Street, have been making the popular takeaway biscuits in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The home’s cooking enthusiasts took over the kitchen to create the cookies using a traditional recipe – before inserting their own handwritten fortunes.

Using their culinary skills has proven beneficial for those with dementia, according to home manager Chris Hogan-Hind.

He said: "We are always looking for activities to get the residents using familiar skills, especially for those living with dementia, as it has a very positive effect on their mood and wellbeing.

Innovative dementia training showcased at Encore Care Homes

Encore Care Homes staff

Encore Care Homes is proud to introduce ‘Mind the Gap’, an insightful dementia training programme, across its care homes in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Fareham.

The programme comprises four modules and is led by a trained expert from Encore who covers various topics, including wellness and behaviour, the positive impact communication can have on a person with dementia and the strategies which can be used to ensure they feel positive and comfortable at all times.