Naidex 45: bringing you the future of healthcare

Naidex 45: bringing you the future of healthcare

Over the past few years the patient journey has been streamlined thanks to personalised care available through the innovative technology ready for professionals to take advantage of. Naidex is Europe's largest even dedicated to healthcare professionals and will be the biggest platform for the display of industry innovation that will help provide essential, personalised care for people living with a disability. Taking place on the 26th and 27th March, the event will attract 15,000 visitors to fill the NEC in Birmingham, transforming it into the hub of the health, care and rehabilitation world. 

Knitted walking frame bags bring joy to care home residents

Knitted walking frame bags bring joy to care home residents

Hand crafted walking frame bags have given care home residents more freedom to get about carrying their “essentials”.

A knitting group from Thornaby Methodist Church, near Middlesbrough, created the bags for residents at Mandale House Care Home.

One of those residents, Mavis Thomas, has been a member of the church and friends with the knitting group organiser, Shirley Whitfield, for over 50 years.

Shirley established Chat and Craft to help members work through their grief after their husbands passed away.

They began knitting items to raise funds for the church and later diversified into baby clothes and blankets, for Blue Light Babies charity.

Thousands of ‘glow-getters’ put dementia to bed at Ready Steady GLOW in Manchester

Thousands unite against dementia

Thousands of people took to the streets of Manchester at the weekend to unite against dementia.

More than 3,400 attended Alzheimer’s Society’s special 5km night walk, known as Ready Steady GLOW, which started and finished at Media City.

Participants, most of whom were walking in memory of – or to pay tribute to – a loved one affected by dementia, formed a sea of blue in their Memory Walk T-shirts as they made their way along the city’s waterfront.

From there, they snaked their way across some of the city’s iconic bridges and past the famous Imperial War Museum and Lowry Theatre.

Newborns receive Random Act of Kindness from care home

The Beeches Care Home deputy manager Rachel Harris, home manager Jess Brown and carer Amy Trattles with resident Janet Wren when they dropped off donations to the neonatal unit at University Hospital of North Tees on Random Act of Kindness Day.

RANDOM Act of Kindness Day saw care home staff and residents donating a trove of supplies for Teesside’s newborns.

Nappies, beanie hats, mittens, blankets, sleepsuits, nappy sacks and baby wipes were among the items collected at The Beeches Care Home, Green Lane, Stockton-on-Tees, following an appeal.

Staff, family members and residents were among those who donated.

The items were wrapped into gift parcels for new mums and their babies on the neonatal unit at University Hospital of North Tees.

Sister Julie King, who works on the neonatal unit, said: “I’m delighted to accept the donations on behalf of the unit.”

Alwyn Behan, who lives at The Beeches Care Home, was among those to visit the hospital to deliver the gifts.

Residents at Pelton Grange care home enjoy dementia friendly screening of hit musical

Pelton Grange Care Home resident Margaret Carr (right) with her daughter Christine Mordue at a dementia friendly screening of Mamma Mia!.

A DEMENTIA friendly screening of blockbuster musical Mamma Mia! was a hit with Pelton Grange care home residents in the North East.

More than a dozen residents and staff from Pelton Grange Care Home watched the movie at Pelton Community Centre, on Front Street, Pelton, near Chester-le-Street.

Popcorn, crisps, biscuits and tea were served throughout, with residents free to chat, get up and move around if they wished.

Many staff members attended on their day off with their children.

Chris Hogan-Hind, home manager at Pelton Grange Care Home, even got up for a dance with resident Brenda Clifford during the movie’s finale, accompanied by ABBA hit Waterloo.

New home manager for Teesside care home

The new home manager at The Beeches Care Home, Jessica Brown

A FORMER care assistant has risen through the ranks at a Teesside care home,The Beeches Care Home, to be named home manager.

Jessica Brown joined The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, Newtown, in 2014 and was promoted to senior care assistant before becoming deputy manager in 2018.

She became home manager in February 2019 and has said she is aiming to lead the home to the highest rating from industry watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

She said: “I truly believe that everyone is unique and should be treated in a person-centred way, with activities and services tailored to each person’s individual preferences. "

Care home’s first coffee morning a “huge success”

Care home’s first coffee morning

FAMILIES, friends and VIPs turned out for an inaugural coffee morning at a Peterlee care home. 

The Town Mayor Councillor Scott Meikle, Deputy Mayor Councillor Terry Duffy and Councillor Gordon Carne were among the guests at the first Bannatyne Lodge Care Home community coffee morning.

They were joined by staff, residents and visitors for hot drinks, cakes and a chat.

There was also a tombola to raise money for the residents’ fund, which contributes towards activities and outings for those living at the home.

Lynn Chapman, home manager at Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, on Manor Way, said: “Our first coffee morning was a huge success.

Carrot Cake Day helps Chesterfield care home residents

Woman cracking an egg on Carrot Cake Day

NATIONAL Carrot Cake Day has been helping Derbyshire care home residents living with dementia.

Residents at Springbank House Care Home, on Ashgate Road, in Chesterfield, have been recalling their baking skills to mark the national day.

They helped make and decorate buns and cakes before they were served during afternoon tea.

Using their baking skills has proven beneficial for those with dementia, according to home manager Karen Busby.

She said: “We’re always looking for activities where our residents can use familiar skills, especially for those living with dementia.

“Tasks that bring back memories can have a very positive effect on their mood and wellbeing.

Borough Care Appoints New Board Member 

Borough Care Appoints New Board Member - Lee Omar

Borough Care, the largest not-for-profit provider of care for older people in Stockport, has appointed Lee Omar to its Board of Directors.  In his new position as a Non-Executive Director, Lee Omar will support Borough Care’s Executive Team at a strategic level and also engage with residents, their families and staff, to provide invaluable feedback to the leadership team.  Lee’s role will include developing relationships with external stakeholders, to help Borough Care innovate and remain commercial focussed.    

Sunrise of Sonning launches placement scheme for budding Nursing students

Sunrise of Sonning nursing students

Sunrise of Sonning, on Old Bath Road, has launched a scheme to give nursing students an opportunity to train and learn in a hands-on environment, in addition to their university studies. Their first placement student began on 21st January and is undertaking a five week placement.

This marks the first placement student that Sunrise Senior Living UK has taken on, and the company hopes to start introducing the scheme across its other care homes in the UK over the coming months.

Medical Refrigeration in Care Homes: Safety, Stability, Quality and Reliability

Medical Refrigeration in Care Homes: Safety, Stability, Quality and Reliability

Medical refrigeration is a topic that any hospital, pharmacy or medical facility must take seriously. The same applies to care homes, which handle and manage medication on a daily basis for their residents. The correct storage of medicines and vaccines is essential to ensure drugs maintain their effectiveness, and failure to store them properly can lead to serious problems.

Care homes must follow the same rules and procedures as hospitals and other medical facilities to ensure they are storing medicines safely. According to The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), all care homes should adhere to a written policy, which gives staff information on how to;

o  Share information about medicines

Creating Safer Heating In The Care Sector

Creating Safer Heating In The Care Sector

Despite the tight regulations laid down by the Health and Safety Executive, concern is continuing to grow around resident safety in care homes amid reports that some homes are endangering the safety of service users by not adhering to strict guidelines around safe surface temperature radiators and pipework. 

The recommended surface temperature for radiators and pipework in care homes is 43°C. Above this the risk of burns and scalds increases, and residents are put in danger of potentially life-changing injuries if they are exposed to hot surfaces. The result of these injuries, however, is not only catastrophic for the resident; it can also be damaging both financially and legally for care home managers. 

Change is in the air

Change is in the air

Government departments are pouring over technical data and preparing new directives, trade bodies are examining every aspect of potential market implications. No, this is not another missive on BREXIT, but the reality of the changing world concerning Fire Doors and related risk critical products. Change is in the air and everyone should be aware of the urgent need to specify truly compliant products that play a significant role in the process of safety. 

Pendock’s LST radiator guards protect against risk of burns in care homes 

Pendock’s LST radiator guards in a bedroom

Richard Braid, managing director at Pendock, explains how low surface temperature (LST) radiator guards can help care homes manage the risk of burns from radiators. 

Many of the radiators fitted in UK care homes will be operating at temperatures that can pose a burn risk. Care home residents can come into prolonged contact with radiators, for example if they fall and are unable to move or call for help. In addition, some people can’t recognise or react to hot surfaces, either because their sensitivity to temperature is impaired, or their mental state prevents them from doing so. It’s therefore essential for care home managers to control the risks. 

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.