Singing Brings Joy To Those Living With Dementia

Celia singing to crowd with dementia

In December 2018, I had the honour of bringing some festive cheer to a group of people living with dementia, and also their carers. 

I began volunteering for Alzheimer’s Society back in May 2018. I didn’t really know what to expect but I had a very open mind, so I was accepting of anything that I would have to face. Ever since I began volunteering, I have been so thankful for the happiness and joy that it has brought into my life. Unfortunately I am unable to volunteer currently due to work commitments, but I really hope to be back in the near future.

Dementia affects thousands of people in the UK. I wanted to be a part of the charity that does amazing things for such a heart-breaking condition.

Mepilex dressings use state-of-the-art technology to promote efficient healing

Mepilex dressings have five layers

Care & Nursing Essentials editor Victoria Galligan heard three different views on the new Swedish-deigned dressing Mepilex, which promise to decrease healing time and reduce infection…

DEVELOPER – Molnlycke

How and where were the dressings developed?

Mepilex dressings were developed by Molnlycke, we are a Swedish-based leading medical solutions company that equips healthcare professionals to achieve the best patient, clinical and economic outcomes. Mepilex Border Comfort was developed with proprietary Flex Technology – the benefits of which have been analysed using an established method called finite element modelling. 

Renray Healthcare - Trusted furniture supplier for over 50 years…

Renray Healthcare Aspen Lounge

Renray Healthcare is one of the largest and leading suppliers of high quality furniture and products to the healthcare sector. With over 50 years’ experience of manufacturing and supplying to the industry, you can be rest assured you are in good hands. 

Our product offerings include bedroom, lounge, dining and communal furniture for care, nursing and residential establishments; beds, mattresses and PAC; patient and ward furniture for the NHS, and specially designed products for dementia and challenging environments. We also have an in house soft furnishings and flooring department who design, manufacture and install to your specification.

Trust Jangro for all your Healthcare supplies

Trust Jangro for all your Healthcare supplies

Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial supply companies in the UK and Ireland, provides the Healthcare sector with a wide range of medical and healthcare supplies.

Suitable for all healthcare related environments including hospitals, hospices, doctors’ surgeries, care homes, rehabilitation facilities and assisted living accommodation, the huge range covers:

Protective wear and patient care

Laundry care


Beds and mobility equipment

Washroom equipment

Medical supplies and equipment

Assisted dining care and kitchen hygiene 

Christmas card appeal for Huddersfield’s elderly

Elderly man with Christmas cards

Make an elderly resident’s Christmas by sending them a card, care home staff have appealed. The festive holidays can be a lonely time for those with no family and friends to celebrate with, says Aden Lodge Care Home manager Kim Hardy. So the home, on Long Lane, Clayton West, is asking the community to consider sending a Christmas card.

Kim said: “Staff do everything they can to make Christmas a special time of year for residents, while providing the care they need.

“A simple Christmas card to our residents will help make their Christmas that much more special.

“Many of our residents don’t have family and friends anymore and a card will make all the difference.

Giving a helping hand to the elderly during the festive season

elderly lady with Christmas gift

While there are various positive aspects and associations related to the festive period, Christmastime can also result in loneliness becoming clearer for people to see. The Mental Health Foundation has found that 19.7 per cent of people aged 16 years old and above across the UK showed symptoms of depression or anxiety in 2014, while the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that there were five per cent of adults throughout England alone who reported feeling lonely either ‘often’ or ‘always’ in 2016 to 2017. 

Volunteers reduce pressure on frontline NHS staff, report finds  

NHS staff

Volunteers in hospitals play a vital role in improving the experience of patients and relieving pressure on frontline staff, according to a new report from The King’s Fund. 
The report, commissioned by Royal Voluntary Service and Helpforce, is based on a survey of nearly 300 hospital staff in England including nurses, doctors and support staff – the first time that NHS frontline staff have been surveyed for their views about volunteers.  

Why Should I Invest in Care Management Software?

Care Management Software

You have probably heard about the ways that technology can improve the way you run your care business. So what are the things you need to consider when choosing Care Management Software? 

It might be best to start by asking yourself what you want the software investment to achieve? Many factors will affect your decision, from inspection ratings, GDPR readiness to staff retention and morale. The desire to improve quality of care within the organisation must drive everything. 

What Do You Need from the Software?

Understanding the drivers is probably the best place to start. In other words, what parts of your business do you need to improve? For example:

Operational efficiency

Better care environment

Regulatory compliance

Sara Livadeas appointed new Chief Executive at The Fremantle Trust

Sara Livadeas from The Fremantle Trust

Sara Livadeas has been appointed Chief Executive at The Fremantle Trust, a registered charity and not for profit organisation providing care and support services for older people and adults with a learning disability. She will take up her position on 23rd January 2019.  

Sara has extensive experience working across social care, health and housing and has held executive roles in a large local authority and a national charity.

Best ancillary worker in the North East care industry is…

Winner of best ancillary worker in the North East

HANDYMAN Chris Sogorkski has been named the best ancillary worker in the North East care industry.

The Oaks Care Home maintenance man picked up the award at The Great North East Care Awards 2018 gala dinner at the Hilton Hotel, in Gateshead.

The accolade recognises Chris’s person-centred service, excellence and pride in his work and the dignity and respect he shows residents and staff at the home, in Blyth, Northumberland.

He said: “I can’t believe it. I love working at The Oaks. The residents are lovely and the staff are wonderful.  

“I can’t thank home manager Ann Mielnik enough for nominating me. It’s a great honour to have been given this award.”

NACC Care Chef of the Year 2019 competition opens for entries

NACC Care Chef of the Year 2019 logo

The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has begun its annual search for the nation’s best care chef.  The NACC Care Chef of the Year 2019 competition is now officially open for entries.

The prestigious culinary competition is open to all chefs and cooks working in the care sector, from care homes, day centres, lunch clubs and meals on wheels services to local authorities and other care organisations, including hospices.  

The entry brochure can be downloaded at and the deadline for entries is 1 February 2019.

Hospice To Open £500,000 Satellite Unit

Hospice exterior

A HOSPICE is on course to open a £500,000 satellite unit that will create 15 jobs and provide vital end-of-life care for patients in isolated areas of north west Wales.

St David's Hospice plans to unveil the new four-bed inpatient complex in 2019, with building work set to start next April at a converted ward at Penrhos Stanley Community Hospital, Holyhead.

The opening will mark a year since the Llandudno facility was merged with Hospice at Home to form one charity covering Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey.

Music all in a day's work at Balhousie Care Group

Patsy from Balhousie Care Group dancing to music

It's not a bad day at work when you spend a large part of it listening to your favourite song tracks. But that's just how Balhousie Care Group employees spent a day recently when they learned the benefits of music to people living with dementia.

Sixteen care home staff from across the award-winning group gathered in Balhousie Monkbarns in Arbroath - one of Balhousie Care's 25 homes across Scotland - to receive their latest training in the popular Playlist for Life, a programme launched by broadcaster Sally Magnusson for use in care homes, hospitals and the community.

Care Home Celebrates Outstanding Report From CQC

Care Home Celebrates Outstanding Report From CQC

Staff at a Plymouth residential care home are celebrating after the service was given the Care Quality Commission’s highest rating following a recent inspection. After its previous CQC inspection in January 2016, Restormel House was given an overall rating of good. But following its latest inspection, in September this year, it has been upgraded to outstanding.

Carla Dearing, who has been manager of the service for four-and-a-halfyears, said: “I’m so pleased that the hard work, commitment and passion demonstrated by the staff here has been rewarded with the CQC’s highest rating.

“I’m privileged to lead an excellent team here who put everything into providing the best possible care for the people we support, and the team thoroughly deserve to be recognised in this way.”