Game, Set And Match For Borough Care Residents

Kung Fu Squash

Wimbledon fortnight inspires many people to pick up a racket, and not-for-profit older people’s care provider, Borough Care, is giving its residents the chance to do just that.  As part of its regular sports and exercise programme, Borough Care has set up Kung Fu Squash sessions. 

Kung Fu Squash is a dementia friendly sport where participants hit a weighted balloon with a racket, with the aim of not letting it touch the ground. A Borough Care staff member stands in the middle of a circle of chairs, at which the people taking part in the game sit.  They are each given rackets of varying sizes with which to hit the weighted balloon and keep it in the air. 

Runcorn care home workers achieve end of life care award

Simonsfield Care Home

TWO Runcorn care home workers, Simonsfield Care Home, have enhanced their end of life care skills and knowledge after passing a rigorous programme of training.

Carers Alexandra Groundwater and Alison Clifton, from Simonsfield Care Home, have completed the Six Steps to Success in End of Life Care programme.

Based on national frameworks, the programme was developed in the North West by the Cheshire and Merseyside Clinical Network and the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Clinical Network.

The aim is to enhance end of life care provided by care homes through supporting staff to develop their roles.

Alexandra and Alison are now certified to train their colleagues in the Six Steps programme.

Super heroes of the care sector recognised at awards ceremony

BB Training Academy

The next generation of care workers have been recognised at the national training provider the BB Training Academy annual awards ceremony graduation of the 132 apprentices who have recently completed their course.

Learners arrived from cross the UK to the event, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Milton Keynes, with families in tow to celebrate their achievements together. The ceremony had a super hero theme to acknowledge the amazing work and training the apprentices have completed over the last 12 months.

Special meeting for city historian Len

Aaron Court Care Home

CHESTER historian and Honorary Freeman of the Borough Len Morgan was treated to a trip down memory lane by a local history group and Aaron Court Care Home.

Saltney and Saltney Ferry History Group visited Len at Aaron Court Care Home, in Ellesmere Port, after his son arranged a meeting with members.

They brought a collection of Len’s work, pulled together from their archives, as well as books he co-authored, such as Chester Through Time from 2010.

Now 85 years old, Len has been a member of the group for over 30 years and was still able to recall a lot of his work and the history of Chester and Ellesmere Port.

Colourful care home staff help at charity Colour Run

Colour Run

MULTICOLOURED wigs and fluorescent garlands greeted runners taking part in an Alice House Hospice Colour Run fundraiser in Seaton Carew.

The annual Colour Run saw hundreds of participants completing the 5km course along the sea front in Hill Care Group sponsored t-shirts.

Staff from two of the group’s homes were dressed in colourful accessories for the occasion – as they lent support on the water station, t-shirt and merchandise stalls.

Hill Care’s Queens Meadow Care Home, in Hartlepool, and Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, in Peterlee, were both represented at the event.

Alice House Hospice cares for those with life limiting illnesses and their loved ones in Hartlepool and East Durham.

Why therapeutic sensory support is important for people with dementia

Joanna Grace - Sharing Sensory Stories

by Joanna Grace, author of Sharing Sensory Stories and Conversations with People with Dementia

You may have heard people saying they do Sudoku or the crossword daily to keep their grey matter active. Well they are right to do this, but in order to maintain our brains we need to experience a broad range of stimulation, including sensory. Many people in later age end up in environments of limited sensory scope so there are always benefits to bringing in the sights, smells, sounds, tastes and touch sensations from other places.

Charitable teens transform care home garden

NCS spent a week at Thornhill Care Home

Members of the Huddersfield Giants Community Trust National Citizenship Service (NCS) spent a week at Thornhill Care Home to carry out the work.

They created plant pot borders around the home’s garden, installed solar lighting and laid artificial turf.

The 15-to-17-year-olds held fundraising activities and appealed to local businesses for supplies.

They also received funding from Kirklees Council, after support from Councillor Sheikh Ullah, to purchase benches for the home’s residents.

Mayor Councillor Gwen Lowe, Deputy Mayoress Noreen Lowe During and Councillor Ullah attended the official unveiling of the garden at Thornhill Care Home, on Thornhill Road.

Mansfield Care Takeover Bield Care Homes

Bield care homes

A deal has been agreed which saw residents and staff at three Bield care homes transfer to a new provider earlier this month.

Since announcing last year that it would be closing 12 of its care homes, staff at Bield have been working tirelessly to find other providers to take them over.

Following progressive discussions, the housing and care provider announced that two of its homes in Edinburgh and one in Jedburgh will be transferred to Mansfield Care. These transfers follow on from the transfer in May of Finavon Court, in Glenrothes to Kingdom Homes.

The new provider will take over Haugh Street and Craighall Road in Edinburgh and Milfield Gardens in Jedburgh in a move that means all residents and staff can seamlessly transfer over with very few changes.

Students build furniture for elderly Bakewell residents

Burton Closes Hall Care Home

STUDENTS have been building garden furniture for elderly Bakewell residents, at Burton Closes Hall Care Home, as part of a school mentoring project.

The teenagers from Lady Manners School have been creating benches and planters for Burton Closes Hall Care Home with the help of experts from Wickes.

Employer mentors from the DIY supplier are working with the Year 8, 9 and 11 pupils as part of the school’s “Volunteer it Yourself” initiative.

This includes two sessions building team work and communication skills and a third putting their learning into practice to produce garden furniture.

Their creations have been collected by the care home and arranged in the grounds of the Grade II listed building on Haddon Road.

Destination Nepal for compassionate carer

Annerley Reid ventures to Nepal

Annerley Reid who works for a SANDIACRE care home worker will be volunteering in Nepal – using her skills and expertise to help women and children.

Annerley Reid, who works at Longmoor Lodge Care Home, is set to spend 12 weeks helping those in need in the Asian country.

She is raising funds for water sanitation equipment and other supplies ahead of the expedition, which begins in October 2018.

Annerley got the opportunity to volunteer in Nepal through sustainable development organisation Raleigh International.

She said:

Care Firm Issues Plea to Check on Vulnerable During Heatwave

Care Firm Issues Plea to Check on Vulnerable During Heatwave

A leading home care provider in Lincolnshire is calling for people to check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours during the current heatwave. 

Walnut Care, a home care agency which provides adult home care across Lincolnshire, has made the warning as temperatures across the county soar to 30 degrees this week.

Melanie Weatherley, Chief Executive of Walnut Care, said: “During the Beast from the East this winter, we were brilliant as a society at coming together to support those who couldn’t get out. This extraordinary heatwave is no different, it’s just another form of extreme weather.

Borough Care Hosts Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Teddy Bears Picnic

Borough Care, the largest not for profit provider of care for older people in Stockport, recently held a Teddy Bears Picnic for residents. 

The Teddy Bears Picnic was part of a sensory walk, which Borough Care hosts each week until the winter. 

Borough Care has recently decided to theme its weekly walks and the Teddy Bears’ Picnic was the first of the themes. 

Residents and staff met with a teddy bear to walk around Woodbank Memorial Park. 

After the walk, everyone who took part enjoyed a picnic outdoors followed by ice creams all round. 

Sophie Gardiner, Area Support at Borough Care, says:

The Care Home Awards Commend Digital Marketing Agency Receptional for their Professional Service

The Care Home Awards Commend Digital Marketing Agency Receptional for their Professional Service

Digital agency Receptional received highly commended for 'Best Professional Service Provider' for their work with Signature at the 2018 Care Home Awards. 

Competing with thirty one finalists, Receptional a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Pay Per Click (PPC) agency in Flitwick, were thrilled to receive recognition at the prestigious Care Home Awards held on Wednesday 27 June.Celebrated for their outstanding work with Signature Care Homes,a unique and inspiring group of homes dedicated to providing exceptional care, Receptional was awarded highly commended for Best Professional Service Provider.

Super heroes of the care sector recognised at awards ceremony

Super heroes of the care sector recognised at awards ceremony

The next generation of care workers have been recognised at national training provider BB Training Academy’s annual awards ceremony graduation of the 132 apprentices who have recently completed their course. 

Learners arrived from cross the UK to the event, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Milton Keynes, with families in tow to celebrate their achievements together. The ceremony had a super hero theme to acknowledge the amazing work and training the apprentices have completed over the last 12 months.