Canine companions bring joy to care home residents

Canine companions bring joy to care home residents

FURRY friends have been helping care home residents with dementia by providing company and cuddles.

Lindsey Dixon and her dog Shadow visit The Oaks Care Home, Blyth, twice a week.

Lindsey, who is from Blyth, is a volunteer with North East based friendship dogs charity, Wag and Company.

They enable visiting dog teams to build meaningful new friendships with older dog lovers.

Ann Mielnik, Home manager at The Oaks, said: “Our residents love to see Shadow visiting and the smiles on their faces just say it all.

“Volunteers with just a small amount of spare time each week work with their own pets to bring joy and comfort to many individuals who appreciate being able to touch and stroke a friendly animal.

Training must be a key focus for the care sector

Training must be a key focus for the care sector

Fay Gibbin, Chief Executive Officer, BB Training Academy, talks about the recruitment and retention challenges in the health and social care sector and why training has to be a key focus of the upcoming green paper.

We know the health and social care sector is facing significant recruitment and retention challenges. These issues aren’t new but without meaningful action, they’re a concern that grow day by day.

With the UK’s impending exit from the EU, forecasts predict that these challenges will only be exacerbated as the pool of talent to choose from is reduced further. 

Former nurse with dementia perfectly recalls healthcare skills

Former nurse with dementia perfectly recalls healthcare skills

AN 84-YEAR-OLD former nurse has been recalling her healthcare skills at the care home where she worked – despite her advanced dementia.   

June Jennings is now a resident at Holmewood Care Home, where she worked for 25 years as a sister, along with fellow home Barnfield.

Her former duties included caring for the residents and managing the staff, some of whom still work at the two homes, on Barnfield Close, in Chesterfield.

She moved into the home in June 2018, having lived in Grassmoor and Holmewood during her career and eventual retirement.

Menagerie make unlikely friends with care home residents

Menagerie make unlikely friends with care home residents

A MENAGERIE including exotic reptiles and birds visited elderly care home residents to provide companionship and smiles.  

Kirkleatham Owl Centre, in Redcar, helped residents at Hazelgrove Court Care Home make some unlikely friends during their visit.

The home, on Randolph Street, Saltburn, welcomed a host of creatures such as snakes, tarantulas and tortoises. 

Tina Temple, home manager at Hazelgrove Court Care Home, said: “It was wonderful to see the residents interacting with the animals. 

“The big hit of the day was the skinny pigs, which are hairless guinea pigs. 

“None of the residents had ever seen them before and they wanted us to adopt them immediately.

National charity calls time on pancreatic cancer in the North West with their GP Awareness Campaign

National charity calls time on pancreatic cancer in the North West with their GP Awareness Campaign

National charity, Pancreatic Cancer Action, are running a 6-month campaign targeting GP surgeries in the North West and South West to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer amongst the public and to provide supporting resources to GPs. Starting in September, the campaign will consist of large posters and leaflets for the public in waiting rooms, along with resource packs including the latest updates on the disease and information on PCA’s e-learning module for the GPs. 

Park residents fuel their minibus appeal with grand gala

Park residents fuel their minibus appeal with grand gala

Fundraising at The Elms retirement park in Lincolnshire was in top gear recently when residents held a highly successful gala day to support their minibus appeal.

Organisers went into overdrive with a line-up of attractions ranging from a mobile zoo to free farm food tastings plus competitions and a series of fun challenges.

And when the brakes were finally put on the day, residents were delighted to find that they had raised over £1,200 to fuel their minibus fund.

It means that homeowners at The Elms in Torksey can now continue looking forward to regular outings, expeditions and shopping trips using their own dedicated transport.

Runwood Homes Senior Living are pleased to announce their partnership with Person Centred Software

Runwood Homes Senior Living are pleased to announce their partnership with Person Centred Software

Runwood Homes Senior Living are pleased to announce their partnership with Person Centred Software and the implementation of its award winning Mobile Care Monitoring system.

Introducing this innovative care plan system at Runwood Homes residential care settings will create more efficient care teams by significantly reducing written paperwork and simplifying recording processes, giving carers more time to focus on providing good quality care to residents, whilst ensuring a high standard of care delivery evidence.

100-year-old celebrates Burger Day at care home

100-year-old celebrates Burger Day at care home

A CENTENARIAN chef has been making burgers for fellow care home residents to celebrate National Burger Day.

Nancy Sallis, who lives at Holmewood Care Home, in Chesterfield, donned her apron and chef’s hat to turn mince beef into delicious patties.

The 100-year-old joined fellow residents Hazel White, Thelma Scarborough and Margaret Shatwell to make enough burgers for tea at the care home.

They mixed the minced beef, onions, salt and pepper by hand before forming them into burgers and serving them in buns with a selection of sauces.

Kathleen Richardson, home manager at Holmewood Care Home, on Barnfield Close, said: “Our residents were very eager to show off their culinary skills.

New Local Service to Help Elderly and Relatives with Making Social Care Choices

New Local Service to Help Elderly and Relatives with Making Social Care Choices

A new Sutton based service, Encompass Living, has launched to help people with care and support needs to maintain their independence, remain living at home and get the best out of life. The new service will also help those who are supporting relatives requiring care to create a rapidly responsive bespoke, flexible package with the ability to be amended and developed as care requirements change.

Care home top tips: How healthcare professionals can assure patient safety in the heat

There is good evidence that dehydration in the summer months causes a significant increase in the incidence of urinary tract infection (UTI) and other severe infections associated with it. Jennie Wilson, member of the Infection Prevention Society, provides these key facts to help you prevent your patients becoming dehydrated.

Keep drinking

Adults need to take in a minimum of 1.5 litres of fluid every day. This is equivalent to at least 8 large cups or mugs of fluid.  Make sure that drinks are offered to patients enough times during the day to enable them to drink this amount of fluids

Older people are more vulnerable to dehydration

Portsmouth Residents Learn New Moves with Golden Toes

Portsmouth Residents Learn New Moves with Golden Toes

Portsmouth care home Hartford Court welcomes dance company Golden Toes to provide seated dance classes for the residents. 

The summer sessions include simple choreography influenced by different dance styles such as samba, flamenco and salsa to bring sparkle and joy through dance and music.

The benefits of the sessions are numerous;

Feel good factor and fun

Physicality of moving the body is a positive benefit for wellbeing

Mental stimulation supports residents living with dementia who often find the songs familiar, thus evoking strong memories

The sessions encourage social interaction with fellow friends

Breathing and stretching exercises during the sessions help residents’ pace themselves through the classes

Café serves care home residents supermarkets’ surplus

Café serves care home residents supermarkets’ surplus

CARE home residents received a special invitation to a Skelmersdale café that specialises in turning supermarket surplus food into delicious meals.  

Residents and staff at Aaron Crest Care Home, on Tanhouse Road, were given the VIP treatment at the nearby Junk Food Café.

Café coordinator David Scott reserved a table and served a home cooked, three-course banquet after spotting several of the home’s residents walking by.

They pass the Tanhouse Community Centre, where the café opens every Wednesday, on their weekly walk to the newsagents.

David invited them in for a tour before offering to cook for them if they returned with fellow residents and staff from the care home.