Surprise party for golden couple Mary and Jimmy

Mary & Jimmy on their golden anniversary

A SURPRISE party was thrown by Tyneside care home staff in celebration of a resident’s golden wedding anniversary.

Banners, balloons and a cake were brought out at Willowdene Care Home, in Hebburn, to commemorate Mary Collins’ 50 years of marriage to husband Jimmy.

Mary, who has lived at the care home since 2016, was surprised by staff after seeing anniversary decorations in the lounge.

Cards and a specially made cake were presented to the couple to congratulate them on their milestone.

Mary said: “We were both so happy and pleased with the party. We absolutely loved everything.”

Mary, 75, and Jimmy, 77, married on 26thOctober 1968 and lived together in Jarrow.

Call For Action To Stop Next-Of-Kin Being Exploited

Call For Action To Stop Next-Of-Kin Being Exploited

Next-of-kin are losing out on inheritances or having to pay excessive charges to claim them as a result of increasing numbers of local authorities disregarding Government guidelines for identifying rightful heirs where people die with unknown relatives and without leaving a will. 

A comprehensive research report by an international genealogy firm, Anglia Research, shows that there was an increase of 90% between 2016 and 2017 in the number of local authorities ignoring Government procedure for dealing with the legacies of people dying intestate.

Poppy gown created by care home in tribute to veterans

Longmore Poppy Dress

A POPPY gown has been created by a Sandiacre care home residents to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. 

The elaborate frock has been covered in handmade poppies of different sizes and is adorned with the phrase: “Lest we forget”.

Residents at Longmoor Lodge Care Home, on Longmoor Lane, came up with the idea after informing care home staff they wanted to do something special for the centenary.

Treetops Hospice charity shop, on Derby Road, loaned a manikin to the care home for the project.

Care home’s remembrance ceremony for former resident Jill

Care home’s remembrance ceremony - residents setting off balloons

Loving husband Peter Stapleton donated a bench to a Chesterfield care home in memory of his wife. Jill Stapleton lived at Barnfield Care Home, on Heath Road, Holmewood, for over four years, until February 2018. A remembrance ceremony was held at the home with Peter, Jill’s friends, fellow residents, family members and care home staff.

After donating the bench, Peter said: “I wanted the home to have something to remember her by.”

Those at the ceremony were invited to write messages to loved ones lost, which were attached to balloons and let off in the home’s garden.

Care home residents remember at Thornaby War Memorial

(back, from left) Mandale House Care Home carer Jackie Drinkel, resident Peter Wilson, domestic worker Lorrain Whitehead, resident May Small and (seated, from left) residents Irene Fleming and Billy James attend the Remembrance Day service at Thornaby War Memorial.

TEESSIDE care home residents, Mandale House Care Home, were among those to attend a Remembrance Day ceremony at Thornaby War Memorial.

Residents and staff from Mandale House Care Home were joined by army, navy and police cadets, civic officials and pupils from schools across the town.

Among the care home residents were Second World War Merchant Navy veteran Leonard Harnden, alongside Billy James and Peter Wilson.

Peter said:

WW1 centenary marked by Ripon care home residents

Sycamore Hall Care Home residents (from left) Ellen Knowles and Doreen Ainsley paint poppies for Remembrance Day displays at the home.

RIPON care home residents, Sycamore Hall Care Home, have been creating poppy displays to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Residents at Sycamore Hall Care Home, on Kearsley Road, have also taken a trip to Ripon Cathedral to see The Remembrance Day exhibits.

The activities brought back memories for many of the residents, who had relatives and friends who fought and died in the war.

Doreen Ainsley and Ellen Knowles were among those painting poppies for displays in the care home.

Doreen said:

“It is a time to remember the people we have lost during the war.”

You should pay for your own care in old age if you can afford it, Conservative voters say

You should pay for your own care in old age if you can afford it, Conservative voters say

A Censuswide survey, commissioned by Ridouts Solicitors, a leading specialist law firm in the health and social care sector, shows there is widespread support for individuals to save for the cost of their care in later life.  57% of Conservative supporters surveyed thought it would be fair to ask those with the means to do so, to make provisions to pay for their care in old age. Only 13% disagreed. 

Willowbeck proud to announce specialist neurologic music therapy programme

Willowbeck resident playing a giutar

Specialist care home Willowbeck has partnered up with a unique music therapy organisation, Chroma to deliver music therapy workshops with care home residents. The partnership will see the organisations working with residents to support neurological development, physical rehabilitation and general well-being.

The nurse-led home will play host to the music therapy which is a form of neurological and psychological rehabilitation process which uses music, sound, instruments, and music technology to support people. It is a regulated healthcare profession and one of the Allied Health Professionals (AHPs).

Probably the most economical tableware on the market

Probably the most economical tableware on the market
Probably the most economical tableware on the market - Gompels Super Tuff Melamine


Melamine has been valued as a robust tableware option for many years, so why is it such a popular choice in today’s busy care environments? It certainly fits the bill when it comes to functionality, with a super smooth feel that mimics the more expensive porcelain option, as well as its ease of care, but the real benefit comes when you compare the annual replacement rate of melamine to porcelain. 

Cost effective

Edyn.Care launches personalised home care in London

Edyn.Care home care in London

Edyn.Care has launched its personalised home care services in London, empowering seniors to stay at home, happily and safely knowing that 24-hour support is on hand. The CQC regulated company combines the human touch with tech-enabled solutions to provide high-quality and proactive care tailored to its clients’ needs, helping to build long-term harmonious relationships to ensure peace of mind.

Baby yoga classes held at Teesside care home

Baby yoga classes at care home

BABIES and elderly care home residents are taking part in yoga sessions together at a Stockton-on-Tees care home.

The Kalma Baby sessions are held at Ingleby Care Home, Lamb Lane, Ingleby Barwick, with residents and visitors with young children all invited to participate.

Staff, residents’ families and members of the community with babies and toddlers have all been taking part.

Bringing the two generations together provides benefits for both groups, explained Jessica Jolly, who runs the sessions.

Jessica, who works as a mental health nurse, said: “The session at Ingleby Care Home went down really well. 

“I was so impressed at how the residents reacted to it and there are so many benefits for the babies and parents.”

Brain Injury service recognised for end of life care excellence

Young hands holding onto old hands for end of life care

Two neurological rehabilitation specialist units in Northampton have completed Gold Standards Framework (GSF) for its end of life care. 

Christchurch View and Loyd House were awarded the Quality Hallmark certificate by GSF for demonstrating excellence in care standards and showcasing evidence based best practice in end of life care. 

The certification process includes assessment against 20 clear standards of best practice; reviewing the care of residents using the After-Death Analysis Audit Tool and Quality Assessment Visit and reviewing the integration of the processes into everyday practice.

WW1 centenary marked with 100 poppies at care home

We Remember sign cover in poppies

100 POPPIES were created by Barnsley care home residents to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Marion Batty, Joan White and Annie Oakley, all living at Deangate Care Home, on Towngate, Mapplewell, created the memorial.

They made poppy wreaths and a canvas of finger-painted poppies surrounding a silhouette of a First World War soldier and the words “We Remember”.

Nicola Smith, activities coordinator at Deangate Care Home, said: “As it has been 100 years since the First World War ended, we thought it would be nice to make a memorial.

“The activity was to remember all the people who fought for us and to talk about what the war meant to our residents.

Disorientating effect of décor on dementia patients not understood by many

Care home patients with dementia looking at photo album

 Most people are unaware that interior décor can confuse those with dementia.  

Certain décor such as patterned and coloured carpets can cause dementia sufferers to become disorientated and unsettled. 

A recent survey conducted by United Carpets and Beds asked the public how they would adapt a home to suit somebody who was suffering with dementia. 

The results showed that almost a third of the public have no idea how to do this (30%), while a similar number would only think to address obvious hazards such as sharp corners and clutter (30.9%). Other findings included rearranging rooms and buying specialist furniture. 

Only 7.5% said they would consider changing the interior décor of the home.