Braving the blustery weather for a trip to Skegness

Braving the blustery weather for a trip to Skegness

CHESTERFIELD care home residents braved the blustery, wet weather for a trip to Skegness. 

Residents at Holmewood Care Home, on Barnfield Close, spent the day strolling along the seafront, tucking into fish and chips and playing games in the arcade.

Resident Kathleen Leivesley said: “Skegness has always been a holiday destination for my family and we never missed our annual trip.”

Fellow resident Pat Greaves said: “I used to travel abroad and go on cruises and I always looked forward to the casinos. The arcades were a lovely reminder.”

Special recognition for care home resident

Special recognition for care home resident

A group of professional entertainers put on a performance on behalf of the Not Forgotten Association for a Fairmile Grange care home resident, in recognition of him raising over £50,000 for serving personnel and veterans who are wounded, injured, or living with a disability or illness.

On Tuesday, September 18 Mickie Driver staged a performance at the Christchurch care home, with other professional entertainers from The Not Forgotten Association, to thank resident Roy King for the support he has provided over the years.

The Care Home Residents Proving Age is Just a Number

Care home residents Joy and Tom planting garden trough

Ahead of International Day For Older Persons, residents from Romsey care home, Abbotswood Court, are demonstrating how older people can provide valuable contributions to their community.

Over 30% of the local population in Test Valley are now over the age of 60, with this figure set to continue increasing.  Globally, by 2050 over 20 percent of the world's population will be aged 60 or older. With this in mind, the 1st of October is officially marked by the United Nations as ‘International Day of Older Persons', a day dedicated to highlighting the particular needs and challenges faced by older people.

Spearhead Healthcare opens the doors to Staffordshire care home showroom

Spearhead Healthcare - a stylish bedroom

Spearhead Healthcare, one of the UK’s leading suppliers to the care home sector, has launched a care home showroom in Staffordshire in response to growing demand for high quality furniture, furnishings and equipment designed specifically for the care environment.

Professor June Andrews, international dementia expert and former director of the University of Stirling's Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), officially opened the showroom at a well-attended launch event at the end of September where she cut the ribbon and gave a talk on the reasons why care home-specific and dementia-specific design is so crucial to the quality of life for residents.

Ray’s MBE presentation to mark NHS’s 70th anniversary

Ray Allison MBE and his wife Margaret showing his medal and photo with the Queen at Queens Meadow Care Home, in Hartlepool

RAY Allison MBE held a presentation on his award for services to the NHS at the Hartlepool care home where he lives.

The health service’s 70th anniversary prompted Ray to explain about his MBE, which he was awarded by The Queen in the 2000 New Year Honours List.

The former maintenance joiner at Hartlepool and East Durham NHS Trust now lives at Queens Meadow Care Home, on Stockton Road.

Zinged zimmers reduce falls at Derbyshire care home

old man and woman using zimmers

ZIMMERS are getting zinged at a Derbyshire care home after a visit from charity Age UK – helping to reduce falls by up to 60%.

Emma Richards, from Age UK Derby and Derbyshire, visited Longmoor Lodge Care Home, in Sandiacre, to give residents’ zimmer frames a revamp.

The aim of the scheme, called Zinging my Zimmer, is to make walking aids personalised so they are more easily recognised by their owners.

Paint, colourful wrapping, name plates, flowers, ribbons, bags and other accessories are all used to make each residents’ zimmer stand out.

As well as adding a splash of colour to the frames, the activity has multiple benefits for residents, staff and visitors to the care home.

Stretchy Boots for Swollen Feet

Stretchy Boots for Swollen Feet

The Markle from Cosyfeet is the ultimate comfort boot disguised as a great-looking winter casual. It comes in a 6E width as standard and incorporates an elastane panel to take the pressure off bunions and swelling. 

Supple leathers, a textured collar and a distressed, hand-brushed sole contribute to a contemporary, premium look. Luxurious underfoot cushioning and padding in the tongue and collar provide exceptional comfort.

The Markle’s lace fastening adjusts to fit variable swelling, providing excellent support. A seam-free toe guards against rubbing injuries and a lightweight, hard-wearing yet flexible sole makes for easy walking.

Sheepskin-lined Bootee for Swollen Feet

Sheepskin-lined Bootee for Swollen Feet

The new Scandi-style Anna bootee from Cosyfeet provides supreme warmth and comfort for swollen feet. Made with a 100% pure wool upper and a genuine sheepskin lining, this luxurious slipper gently forms to the shape of the foot and is naturally breathable.

Designed with hidden depth for a streamlined look, the Anna bootee has a cushioned footbed and a flexible rubber sole. It can be worn indoors or out and is diabetic-friendly due to its softness and its seam-free toe area, which protects sensitive toes from rubbing. The footbed is also removable for extra depth, or to accommodate bespoke orthotics if required.

Baxter Education Centre offers training on home therapies

A Baxter Education Centre bedroom

Baxter Healthcare Ltd has announced the opening of a new residential education training centre in Swinton, Manchester for patients, the first centre of its kind in the north of England. The Baxter Education Centre offers a dedicated, purpose built space where patients who require renal dialysis or intravenous nutrition are educated, trained and supported by specialist nurses to be able to independently carry out their home-based therapies. 

What insurance does your care organisation need?

Justine Dignam writer of what insurance does you care organisation need?

Choosing the correct insurance products to suit the needs of your organisation is not as complicated as it seems. Largely, it depends on the type of business you operate, its size, and the assets you need to protect. Here, Justine Dignam, UK marketing and propositions director for Markel, a specialist insurer which caters for over 10,000 UK care homes and facilities, explores the options available…


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Cupcake week celebrations at Widnes care home

Halton View Care Home staff dressed for the National Cupcake Week tea party and dance.

CHOCOLATE, toffee and raspberry were just some of the flavours on offer on National Cupcake Week at a Widnes care home.

Residents, staff and families at Halton View Care Home, on Sadler Street, enjoyed a tea party and dance to mark the occasion – alongside lots of cakes.

The tasty treats were made by a resident’s family, the home’s cook and other staff members.

Entertainment was provided by singer Junior Davies, who performed a variety of songs from old movies.

New Healthcare Group Acquires Specialist Care Homes

Kitnocks House Care Homes

The newly formed Cornerstone Healthcare Group Ltd has acquired family-run Hampshire care homes, South Africa Lodge and Kitnocks House from Dr Oliver Sargent and his family who have run them since 1998.

The homes care for older people with complex neurological, physical and mental health needs associated with challenging behaviours.

This 154 bed acquisition is the first in an ambitious five-year growth plan for the group, who have significant capital for future acquisitions in the specialist care market. 

Free conversation cards for carers of people living with dementia

Free conversation cards for carers of people living with dementia

Since 2009, award-winning charity, Alive, has been providing meaningful activity sessions for older people in care settings, 80% of whom are living with dementia. Based on this experience, Alive has now developed a set of free conversation cards to support relatives, friends and carers, to build social connections and engage in meaningful conversations with people who are living with dementia.

Analysing care systems for the elderly across the globe

Care systems - an elderly resident laughs with staff

The human population is ageing, thanks to the quality of life improving worldwide through effective care systems – and so many medical advancements being seen, too.

It’s vital that elderly citizens are looked after as they reach their later years in order to keep them comfortable and happy as they age. This level of care will change from one country to the next though, as we explore in this article…

Care systems seen throughout the UK

Staggered care is popular across the UK, easing elderly citizens into accepting care. When individuals are beginning to struggle, perhaps with making meals or getting washed, they can access help from home. This is in the form of specially trained carers who visit those in need at their own homes to provide necessary care.