Safelincs Dorgard

Safelincs Dorgard

Did you know that wedging your fire door open with an object could be a breach of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005? If you are the responsible person in your setting you could face prosecution, which could lead to a heavy fine or even imprisonment, if you allow fire doors to be held open in this way. Fire doors form a vital part of your fire safety provision and help protect residents and staff from the spread of a fire. For elderly residents fire doors can become a barrier to their free movement, reducing their independence, which can also have an effect on their mental well being.

NHS Driving Assessment Centre celebrates keeping people safe on the roads for 25 years

NHS Driving Assessment Centre celebrates keeping people safe on the roads for 25  years

NHS staff, former clients and representatives from the Department of Transport and Driving Mobility came together in Haydock on 8 May to celebrate The North West Driving Assessment Centre’s 25th anniversary.

The service, based in Haydock, Merseyside and delivered by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Bridgewater), welcomed over 650 people with a range of disabilities, illnesses and health conditions across the region through its doors last year.

Hundreds raised for Stroke Association by care home workers

Stroke Association

CARE home workers held a supermarket collection for the Stroke Association – raising hundreds of pounds for the charity.

Staff from The Oaks Care Home, in Blyth, Northumberland, spent two days in the town’s Morrisons store with collection buckets.

They raised £442 before running a raffle and taking collections at the care home to bump the total up to £542.

Residents’ family members, staff and friends of the home all donated prizes for the raffle and put hands in pockets to donate an extra £100.

Paige Gallagher, activities coordinator at The Oaks Care Home, on Durban Street, said: Stroke Association

Surprise party marks care home manager’s 25 years


Louise Spooner has worked at The Laurels Care Home, on Manchester Road, Sheffield, since 1993.

The home was originally opened in 1987 and bought by the Hill Care Group in 2008, one of the company’s 38 homes across the north of England.

Owner John Hill attended the surprise party to congratulate Louise personally and present a gift from everyone at the company.

Directors, regional managers, nurses and care assistants were also among those at the surprise party

Louise said: 

Yorkshire Care Equipment Launch the Lento Care Chair

Yorkshire Care

Yorkshire Care Equipment have announced that it is launching its own care chair – the Lento. This is the first time that the care and mobility equipment company has developed and designed its own chair.

Having worked with healthcare professionals for so long, Yorkshire Care wanted to create a care chair that would fill a gap in the market. The company estimate that the Lento will suit the needs of approximately 80% of the population.

Padraig Finn, band 6 physiotherapist at Yorkshire Care said: 

Mental Health Awareness Week: are you coping with stress?

Mental Health Awareness Mark Rowland blogs on stress

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is asking: are we coping with stress?

After carrying out research into the prevalence of stress in the UK and its implications, the MHF is urging people to raise awareness of mental health issues: the report found that 74% of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. The survey, commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation and undertaken by YouGov, polled 4,169 adults in the UK in 2018. 

Two thirds of healthcare staff affected by significant stress levels

Stress worker at desk

As Mental Health Awareness Week takes place, a study has revealed that people working in healthcare are amongst the most stressed in the UK.

Two thirds of those working in healthcare reported suffering from significant levels of work-related stress, according to a study of 3,000 UK workers – making them amongst the most stressed employees in the UK, behind financial services (69%) and Government (68%).

Work was significantly more likely to cause stress and emotional strain for healthcare workers than any other aspect of their lives.

48% of healthcare workers reported experiencing stress relating to money and finances, 47% relating to loved ones and family life, 39% relating to their own health and wellbeing and 35% relating to romantic relationships.

Care home resident wishes for seaside fish and chip supper

Waverley Lodge

Alex Dawson is one of many residents at Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, to add his name to the home’s wish list.

The staff are aiming to fulfil as many wishes as possible, with the latest being Alex’s trip to the coastal town.

He traveled on the bus to Newcastle and then the Metro to Cullercoats with the home’s activities coordinator, Michelle Park.

The pair talked about the pubs that used to line Scotswood Road and stopped for a chat with soldiers holding a meet and greet in Newcastle town centre. Alex spoke of his time in the Army doing his national service.

He was then treated to a fish and chip supper on the seafront, after taking a tour of the town.

Newborn lambs brighten elderly residents’ day

Queens Meadow

LEAPING lambs brought smiles to the faces of elderly visitors, from Queens Meadow Care Home, during a trip to Saltholme Nature Reserve.

The reserve’s newest arrivals have been drawing in the crowds, including residents from care homes in Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees.

Queens Meadow Care Home and Ingleby Care Home, both operated by the Hill Care Group, took their residents on a day-trip to the popular tourist attraction.

They were delighted to see the newborn lambs, some as young as three days, during their visit. 

Although Lambing Live took place between 30th March and 15th April this year, some of the reserve’s sheep are still giving birth in the lambing shed.

Encouraging student nurses to ‘Be Brilliant’ in Northampton

Be Brilliant

Reports suggest that the nursing shortage is the worst it’s been since records began, figures from NHS Improvement highlight that the NHS in England is short of 100,000 staff one in 11 of the entire workforce enter the Be Brilliant initiative.

The nursing shortage, combined with fears that nursing is an increasingly stressful and undervalued job can put people off becoming nurses; however, the University of Northampton is trying to change that.

One of the ways they are doing this is by providing a highly supportive training environment for their students on its adult nursing course that fully prepares them for the role.

Nottingham domiciliary care agency rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission has found the quality of care provided by Break Barriers Nottingham Ltd, to be Outstanding following inspections in July, August and September 2017.  

Break Barriers is a domiciliary care agency which supports people in their own homes who live in the Nottinghamshire area.

Inspectors found staff were caring and compassionate and people were being provided with safe, responsive, caring, effective and well-led care. A full inspection report has been published on the  Care Quality Commission website: 

Ablyss CMS Release Version 7


Ablyss CMS is set to release Version 7 of their Care Management System later this month. This much anticipated version has a new modern and streamlined look, a number of brand new features and a completely new tablet app which utilises many of the technology features around today.

Of the many new features, the most notable is the all new “TASKS” facility. This handy tool allows you to set ongoing tasks for individual or groups of residents. You can use this new “TASKS” feature to set up any activity, whether it be the recording of fluids, turn charts, or night checks. You can set these tasks to be completed on an hourly, daily or monthly basis, dependent on the individual task and the resident’s needs.

Care home managers: What you need to know about blended families

Blended families

Care homes in the UK accommodate people from across a full spectrum of society e.g. blended families and there will likely be a vast array of familial backgrounds in any given residence. One particular scenario we are seeing increasingly often is the emerging trend of residents who have blended families - where two or more families are brought together through marriage. This might be the residents themselves, who have married multiple times and as a result have various children, step-children, grandchildren and step-grandchildren. The term also applies to residents who have only ever married once themselves, but their children have undergone multiple marriages.