Castle View Windsor leads the way on fire safety as Fire Service puts it to the test

Castle View Windsor leads the way on fire safety as Fire Service puts it to the test

A full scale fire rescue with the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service has been staged at the new Castle View Retirement Village at Helston Lane, Windsor, which opens this Autumn.

Taking the lead after a further fire tragedy at a care home in Stevenage just last week and Grenfell, Castle Retirement Living has put fire safety to the top of its list.  The full training exercise, fronted by watch manager Matt Weldon and teams from the local area took three hours and involved three fire engines and a team of 15 firefighters to stage a mock rescue.    

Sunrise Senior Living UK Nominated for Prize at Prestigious Inspiring Wellbeing Awards

Sunrise Senior Living UK Nominated for Prize at Prestigious Inspiring Wellbeing Awards

Sunrise Senior Living UK’s Reward Team have been nominated for a prize at the prestigious Inspiring Wellbeing Awards taking place on 20th February.

The Reward Team have been nominated for the Inspiring Wellbeing Award for the Workplace, as a result of their dedication to the wellbeing of all team members at Sunrise, and the caring advice and support they continuously provide so that team members can strike a healthy work-life balance.

Inspired by their motto “Sunrise Healthy Living, Care for You as You Care For Others”, the benefits offered by the Reward Team include an employee assistance programme, occupational health, an annual flu vaccination programme, opticians support, and access to hospital cash plans.

Encore Care Homes continue to combat care sector staff shortages

Encore Care Homes continue to combat care sector staff shortages

Following a recent report issued which highlighted staff shortages within the care sector, due to low wages and workload pressures, Encore Care Homes is pledging to continue to buck the trend.

The National Audit Office’s recent report stated low rates of pay and workload pressures mean some care services are struggling to recruit new team members. However, Encore Care Homes offer staff above average wages and a range of shifts which cater to each individual’s lifestyle and commitments.  

UK sees record number of people search for a care home

UK sees record number of people search for a care home

The UK has seen a record number of people search for a care home in January, with 38 per cent more people visiting leading care home reviews site, carehome.co.uk.

carehome.co.uk, has seen record traffic this January, with 38 per cent more people visiting the site to look for a care home, than in December 2017.

January 2018 saw carehome.co.uk have its highest ever traffic to the site with 1,579,285 visits. This was up from 1,144,572 in December, an increase of 434,713.

carehome.co.uk has noticed a trend in more people visiting carehome.co.uk to look for a care home in the period after Christmas.

Davina Ludlow, chair of carehome.co.uk, said: 

Jessica Bland-Jennings - Becoming a healthcare assistant

Jessica Bland-Jennings - Becoming a healthcare assistant
Becoming a healthcare assistant

At school Jessica Bland Jennings knew she wanted to work in healthcare. Her A Level choice comprised of PE, AS in Geography and a BTEC health and social care and her ambition was to become a paramedic.

When she left school, she worked as a life guard but she also completed an anatomy and physiology top up course to secure the qualifications needed to become a paramedic.

Curling care home residents compete before Winter Olympics

Curling care home residents compete before Winter Olympics

COMPETITIVE care home residents have been getting into the Winter Olympics spirit with a community centre curling match.

Curling athletes from around the world are set to compete at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, in South Korea, from 9th to 25th of February.

The upcoming international competition was preceded by residents of Barnfield and Holmewood care homes, however, when they tried the sport for the first time.

The Chesterfield-based care homes, both operated by the Hill Care Group, organised the outing for residents Ronald Coats and Clive Wilkinson, from Holmewood, and Andrew Bailey, from Barnfield.

The match took place at Holmewood Community Centre, run by national charity Macintyre.

Elderly get their perfect slice on National Pizza Day

Elderly get their perfect slice on National Pizza Day

A SLICE of fun was served to Stockton-on-Tees care home residents when they celebrated National Pizza Day.

The residents at Ingleby Care Home, in Ingleby Barwick, were treated to a trip to Frankie and Benny’s at Teesside Park for the day.

They attended a pizza party with all the ingredients to make their own Italian creations supplied by the restaurant free of charge.

Over a dozen residents and staff were joined by young adults from social care provider Vision25, which previously delivered shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts to the care home in December.

Their perfect pizza creations included a mixture of ham, pineapple, mushrooms, peppers, salami and the usual cheese and tomatoes.

Volunteers support dementia friendly Market Square

Volunteers support dementia friendly Market Square

A Chorley care village is welcoming an intake of volunteers to support its dementia friendly Market Square.

The newly recruited volunteers will be leading and assisting with activities, as well as providing support in the purpose-built facilities at Buckshaw Retirement Village, which includes a pub, café, pet shop and hair salon, and a dementia friendly 20-seater cinema. 

Husband and wife volunteers Peter and Patricia Baldwin will be helping with a range of new activities, including model building, group walks, women’s baking, knitting and flower arranging groups, which are part of a wider commitment to provide person centred activities, inclusive of all residents needs, as well as promoting the importance of physical and mental wellbeing.

Care home wears red to raise funds to fight heart disease

Care home wears red to raise funds to fight heart disease

CHESTER-le-Street care home residents brought out their bright coloured clothing to raise funds for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.

Wear Red Day is a national fundraiser to help children and adults born with congenital heart disease.

The residents, staff and relatives at Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, all wore their favourite red clothing for the day.

They also baked and decorated cupcakes and held a hidden raffle, where the prizes were wrapped to surprise lucky winning ticket holders.

Resident Lillian Maxwell, who won a bottle of wine, said: “I don’t think I’ll be sharing this.”

Gillingham Care Home Scores Top Reviews 

Gillingham Care Home Scores Top Reviews 

A Dorset care home has received outstanding scores on an independent care home review site. 

The Malthouse residential care home in Gillingham, Dorset, has been awarded an overall score of 9.9 out of a top score of 10 on the leading UK care home review website www.carehome.co.uk. 

Reviews submitted by family members and residents themselves commend the high standards of care and service that the home provides and rates the facilities, dignity, cleanliness, food and hygiene, staff, management, safety and security, activities and value for money.

Those writing reviews have been particularly impressed by the considerate care and attention the staff give to residents, as well as the extra activities and entertainment provided.

Shoe shop opened by Mobility Solutions

Mobility Solutions shoe shop machine

A shoe store complete with a diagnostics machine to help get the best fit for customers has opened in Glasgow. With problems such as bunions and swollen feet preventing many elderly people from buying comfortable shoes on the High Street, the Mobility Solutions store promises to ease the pain of finding the correct footwear.

The opening of Mobility Solutions’ shoe shop, within its Glasgow superstore, was sparked when the company found shoes and slippers were among its best-selling products among customers.

UK Fundraisers Prepare to Par-tea in aid of Dementia UK

Dementia UK

UK-wide tea parties will help to raise funds for families facing dementia

Icing sugar is flying off the supermarket shelves and the kettle is officially on! It can only mean that people are gearing up for one thing:  ‘Time for a Cuppa’ campaign. From 1st-8th March 2018, fundraisers up and down the country will be channelling their inner baker and leaving no teacup unturned as they raise money for specialist dementia Admiral Nurses. 

Admiral Nurses provide the specialist support that families need. When things get challenging or difficult, Admiral Nurses work alongside families affected by dementia, giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions, helping families with more confidence and less fear.

4.1 million Brits work an extra day per week caring for elderly relatives

caring for elderly relatives
  • Carers visit their elderly relatives seven times a week, travelling 13 miles, on average.
  • 57% are also holding down a full-time job and over half still have their own children living at home.
  • Around half of carers have to rely on friends, neighbours and professional support.
  • This issue is predicted to grow, as a further 6.6m Brits expect to be caring for elderly relatives in the next five years.
  • Eight in ten carers would like to do more but work pressure (48%), family commitments (38%) and distance (25%) are the main factors that prevent them spending more time with elderly relatives.

Aiding hygiene control with the new Matrix M Basin

Matrix M Basin

A new height adjustable wash basin with enhanced features that assist hygiene control has been launched by Pressalit Care.

Known as the Matrix M, Pressalit Care has developed new integrated power buttons for raising and lowering the basin, and to aid all important hygiene control has incorporated all plumbing into a discreet, concealed unit. The Matrix M also features Pressalit Care’s highly regarded grab handles at the front of the basin.

Furnishing Your Care Home: Things To Consider

Furnishing Your Care Home: Things To Consider

Care homes should be comfortable and welcoming environments that cater to the various needs of their different residents. When it comes to caring for people with specific medical needs, such as people living with dementia or low mobility, having the right furniture and other tools in place, such as stand aids, is crucial.

As well as creating a space that is warm, welcoming and of course, homely, it is also important to take hygiene and infection control into account. Anywhere that a large group of people live is going to be a hotbed for bacteria, which is why selecting the furniture that is in place wisely, is so important.