The Beeches’ beach summer BBQ a hit with residents

The Beeches’ beach summer BBQ a hit with residents

The beach was brought to The Beeches when the care home’s staff threw a summer BBQ for residents.

The Stockton-on-Tees based home created an indoor seaside with a paddling pool and sand pit for those unable to travel to the coast.

There was also entertainment from Michaela Marshall from Musical Memories, which specialises in providing costumed, interactive shows for care homes.

Michaela performed beach themed 1950s and 60s classics, including “Rum and Coca Cola”, “We’re All Going On a Summer Holiday”, and “Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside”.

Volunteer and friend of The Beeches Care Home, Ruth Atkinson served up burgers and sausages from the BBQ, as everyone enjoyed the summer sun.

Game of Thrones star meets Balhousie dementia champion at nursing awards

Game of Thrones star meets Balhousie dementia champion at nursing awards

A dementia nurse consultant from Perth-based care home company, Balhousie Care Group, has celebrated winning an award for leadership with the Mother of Dragons herself, Games of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.

Yvonne Manson scooped a national nursing award for her innovative work in dementia practices at the prestigious RCNi Awards in London last night which celebrate excellence in nursing care throughout the UK.

Harvest Healthcare

Harvest Healthcare

At Harvest Healthcare, we help Care Homes by being part of a solution to their problems. Through working with Care Home groups, we have identified some key problems such as; price pressure, compliance, attracting and retaining staff, rising costs, improving clinical outcomes and occupancy rates. We believe that our ‘3 C’ approach, focusing on compliance, costs and care can help to solve these problems.

Compliance

We offer services to make sure you are complaint with legal standards.

 LOLER and PUWER testing make sure equipment is safe to use and complies with bed rail regulations. 

Help you to comply with the Care Quality Commission’s Key Lines of Enquiry.

Planned preventative maintenance optimises safe and reliable operation 

Innovative and End to End Care Software Solutions 

Innovative and End to End Care Software Solutions 

First established in 2014, Care Software Solutions began trading in 2016 under founding director Cheryl Kenealy’s management. The company was initially set up to replace the paper-basedcare file in a multitude of environments such as the client’s home, the care home and community-basedclinics and centres that provide outreach nursing and care services and support services to adults. 

Street signs help dementia residents navigate their care home

Simonsfield Care Home residents (from left) Dorothy Duckers and Emma Adams showing the new street signs that are helping residents with dementia navigate the home.

A grant from Halton Borough Council’s Area Forum budget has helped Simonsfield Care Home install the signs around the building.

Staff are finding the residents can now recall which number and street name they live on, helping them to find their way around.

The names were suggested by staff and residents, with Ivy Street named after Ivy Shaw, a previous resident who was loved by all at the home.

Debbie Smith, home manager at Simonsfield Care Home, on Boston Avenue, said:

Maritime care home welcomes public to open day

In celebration of Seafarers Awareness Week 2018, Banstead based care home The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society opened its doors

In celebration of Seafarers Awareness Week 2018, Banstead based care home The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society opened its doors on 27 June, to welcome members of the public and local community to join staff and residents in raising awareness of the sector at the Society’s annual Open Day.
 
The event was attended by trustees, the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead, and a children’s choir from Warren Mead Junior School. Guests were invited to attend the home and meet residents whilst celebrating the work of Seafarers UK, which supports charities that look after the welfare needs of seafarers, ex-seafarers and their dependants.
 

Hilton Nursing Partners is an A1 Service

Mrs Rennie recently relied on the service to help her manage her trepidation at being discharged from hospital.

Hilton Nursing Partners are as proud as punch to receive glowing feedback from one very satisfied customer. 

Mrs Rennie recently relied on the service to help her manage her trepidation at being discharged from hospital.

Although positively managing her life with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and living a very independent life, Mrs Rennie was suddenly admitted to hospital due to complications. 

Unfortunately the timing couldn’t have been any worse as her family had just gone away on a short trip abroad. However upon her discharge Hilton Nursing Partners were there to meet and greet her from hospital and settle her back at home providing the personal support she required.

Mrs Rennie says:

BB Training Academy

BB Training Academy

BB Training Academy is an award winning training provider offering a lifetime of support to the care sector.

You will love why we are different

· We are an award winning training provider specialising in delivering quality training to the care sector

· Innovative delivery models which incorporate the latest thinking and practices

· Our experienced and professional sector-specialists will work with you to create a bespoke training, qualification and recruitment package that is tailored to meet the needs of both the learner and the setting

· We strive to help our learners to succeed with the support of highly skilled training officers with extensive and current sector experience

· Our success rates sit 30% above the sector average

Care home car wash raises funds for Stroke Association

Broadacres Care Home

PURPLE stocks and a charity car wash helped a Rotherham care home, Broadacres Care Home, raise funds for the Stroke Association.

Broadacres Care Home, on Naylor Street, collected £109 from dozens of customers wanting to get their car cleaned.

While waiting, they were invited to throw a wet sponge at senior carer Scott Needham, who was locked into the Stroke Association stocks.

The event raised £109 for the charity, which will go towards supporting stroke survivors and funding research.

Soldiers visit elderly veteran on Armed Forces Day

Soldiers visit elderly veteran on Armed Forces Day

Elderly Army veteran Bill Lyons received a special visit from fellow servicemen on Armed Forces Day.

The 74-year-old resident of Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, in Peterlee, was thrilled to meet two soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment.

Sergeant Stephen Row of the 1st Battalion and Lance Corporal Christopher O’Callaghan of the 2nd Battalion paid a visit to Bill after hearing he was physically unable to attend the town’s Armed Forces Day parade.

Originally from Newcastle, Bill spent nine years in the Durham Light Infantry, where he rose to the rank of Corporal.

The care home’s activities coordinator, Dawn Minto, contacted the Armed Forces Careers Office in Middlesbrough to arrange the visit.

Armed Forces Day brings back World War memories

Armed Forces Day brings back World War memories

Wartime memories and songs were shared at a Chester-le-Street care home as part of Armed Forces Day celebrations.

Elderly residents at Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, Pelton, told stories of the Blitz, blackouts and listening to the BBC on “the wireless” for updates.

They also joined in a singalong with entertainer Janie St John, who dressed in an authentic 1940s uniform.

“It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”, “Pack Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag”, “We’ll Meet Again” and “Keep The Home Fires Burning” were just some of the favourites.

One resident with advanced dementia was able to recall all the lyrics from songs she used to sing as a girl with family and friends.

Elderly Care Costing Family and Friends £1.7 Billion

Elderly Care Costing Family and Friends £1.7 Billion

In 2017, friends and family spent up to £1.7 billion from their own pockets on care for their elderly loved ones.

This figure could increase to £2.8 billion by 2050 due to the growth of the UK’s ageing population.

This growth will mark 2020 as the point at which the 65+ population will outweigh under 15s, putting significant pressure on ‘the squeezed middle’.

Those defined as ‘the squeezed middle’ are under pressure to support offspring whilst also caring for their elderly relatives.

Working class families feeling the financial pinch of family life, defined as the squeezed middle, are under pressure to support and care for their elderly parents or grandparents.

New approaches to funding, commissioning and regulation needed to meet people’s health and care needs

New approaches to funding, commissioning and regulation needed to meet people’s health and care needs

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), has today (Tuesday 3 July) published a report bringing together key findings and recommendations for change, following the completion of 20 local authority area reviews exploring how older people move between health and adult social care services in England. 

Many older people have complex needs, and meeting these needs usually requires more than one professional and more than one agency to work together. CQC’s local system reviews provide a detailed insight into the journey through health and social care for people who use services, their families and carers - and identify where there are gaps which mean that people experience fragmented or poor care.