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How Play Dough Can Be A Recipe For Sensory Success

Play Dough Sensory

Everyone knows how much fun play dough can be; it’s a staple toy of almost every childhood. But the question is, can play dough be more than a children’s toy - can it be a therapeutic tool for aiding sensory development?

CLH Healthcare have found from independent studies that play dough can make a fantastic learning and play aid for children (and adults) with all manner of disabilities, from autism to sensory delay. Research has also suggested that it can be a fantastic tool for seniors living with dementia.

Play dough is a fantastic tool and a form of sensory therapy that every care home and respite facility should offer.

What are the benefits of play dough?

Fantastic stress-reliever

Diamond anniversary gives Glasgow couple reason to sparkle

Resident at Bupa’s Deanfield care home celebrate 60 years of marriage anniversary

 

A HAPPY couple from Glasgow have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary surrounded by friends and family at Bupa’s Deanfield Care Home in Penilee.

 

Joe Adams, 81, and his wife May, 80, toasted their diamond wedding anniversary at a celebration in the home with over 30 guests – including their bridesmaid from 60 years ago.

 

Born and raised in Glasgow, the pair wed on October 18 1957 at Croftfoot Parish Church and had a special event exactly 60 years later surrounded by 30 guests, including guests from their wedding day, along with friends they’ve made in the years since.

Don’t slip up on safety this winter

David Gajda safety this winter

With colder weather upon us and extreme weather experienced across the globe over recent months, care facilities should be preparing their properties for the winter months.

 

David Gajda, national operations director of ECO Integrated Property Solutions (ECO IPS) offers maintenance advice on keeping safe this winter, compliant and open for business throughout winter with tips for heating, ventilation and cooling systems, roofs, drainage systems and external areas.

 

Why you need this

By creating a robust winter maintenance plan care homes can ensure they meet their duty of care, achieve compliance, manage risk, meet insurer’s expectations and allow business continuity.

 

Christmas card workshop for Teesside teens and elderly

Christmas card workshop

TEESSIDE teenagers and the elderly have been getting into the festive spirit with a Christmas card workshop.

 

The young volunteers spent time at The Gables Care Home, in Middlesbrough, running a card-making arts and crafts session.

 

The independent community safety partnership, Safe in Tees Valley organised the activity for their National Citizenship Service (NCS) members.

 

Ten volunteers, aged 15 to 17 years old, spent a day at the home working with the residents.

 

One of those, Dominic Horner, also dressed as Father Christmas to help spread the festive cheer.

 

Untidiness named main contributor to unproductivity in the work place

work place

A motivated workforce is essential for the smooth running of any company; however, in the caring industry it is even more vital. A lack lustre attitude and the subsequent negative vibes will undoubtedly rub off on others, which is obviously not ideal for the wellbeing of recovering patients.

Maintaining a motivated and proactive team can be a constant challenge for managers, with many uncontrollable factors influencing the overall mood of a department. To determine the factors that have a negative effect on a workforce, office power and ergonomics supplier CMD carried out an independent survey. Here’s what the survey revealed:

5 Home Improvements That Create a Dementia Friendly Environment

Dementia Friendly Environment

An environment that was once recognisable, can soon become one which is unfamiliar to a person who has dementia. Instead, it is now a space which lacks familiarity and becomes filled with hazards as dementia progresses.

 

Yet, it is possible for those who have dementia to live in their own property safely and receive the care they need, if adaptations to the home are made.

 

By creating the right home environment, those with dementia and their loved ones can ensure that the space is safe and secure, and a welcoming and comforting space that allows a person with dementia to maintain their independence and remain in a somewhat memorable environment.

 

Bluebird Care launches ground-breaking app for their care teams

ground-breaking app

Award winning home care provider Bluebird Care has created a ground-breaking staff guide mobile app for their care teams.

 

To celebrate the launch of this new innovative tool, Bluebird Care have released a promotional video, highlighting the key benefits of this new tool providing further support to their care teams.

 

Bluebird Care employs 19,000 care assistants across the UK, delivering over 28,000 care visits every day. This innovative mobile app enhances the availability of critical information to care teams providing front line care and support in customers’ homes.

 

The staff guide app has been created by Bluebird Care’s experts, after drawing upon feedback from care teams through workshops across the UK.

 

Weathering the storm: how care organisations should communicate in a crisis

Alex Goldup

More often than not, care homes are well-managed, happy and welcoming places - full of dedicated staff who carry out their important responsibilities with extraordinary commitment, warmth and affection. At the same time, they are complex organisations that are entrusted with the great responsibility of looking after some of the most vulnerable and frail people in our communities. Because of this, they are arguably at higher risk of adverse publicity and lasting reputational damage than other types of business.

Festive family fun at Great Oaks’ Community Open Day

Great Oaks

Great Oaks, a new purpose-built 80-bed care home in Bournemouth, is spreading Christmas cheer this December by hosting a festive family-friendly open day for the local community on Friday, December 1 from 10am-3pm.

 

During the day, guests and Great Oaks’ residents will be visited by Mr Frosty the reindeer from 1pm and pupils from Kinson Primary School will be joining in with the festivities by singing Christmas carols from 12 pm. Homemade treats, prepared by Great Oaks’ team of professional chefs will also be on offer to all who attend.

 

Take advantage of Government Renewable Energy Incentives and receive a Free Biomass Boiler and full heating system plus cheaper energy*

Renewable Heat Generation Limited (RHG) has been working with care homes throughout the UK for several years, helping them to generate cheaper, more efficient, environmentally friendly fuel while achieving up to 60% savings on energy bills by way of RHG’s free state-of-the art Biomass System.

Key Benefits Include:

* Free boiler installation
* Free wet radiator system throughout the care home if converting from electric biomass. * 60% saving on existing electrical systems

What a difference a chair makes

What a difference a chair makes

You often see pictures of people sitting in the care home environment very happily – in the day room or out in the garden.  As long as people are able to manage their own posture and can sit out in comfort, all is well.  However, many elderly people, particularly those with kyphosis sit in inappropriate chairs which do not support them.  Their head slumps forward or to the side – chin to chest.  Gravity can trap people in these destructive postures and can have some very damaging, sometime life-threatening results.

Height adjustable baths designed by caring professionals for professional carers

Height adjustable baths designed by caring professionals for professional carers

Bathing Care experts Dennis Goodes and Ray Metcalf have joined forces to launch ‘SilverSurfers’ height adjustable baths. Over 60 years of experience in the bathing care market across design, manufacture and sales have gone in to designing this unique range.

 

Every bath is handcrafted in the UK by time served craftsmen using traditional methods to exacting standards and constructed by a specialist team of engineers.  The range incorporates the very latest one touch technology making them safe and simple to use. The high quality baths are styled in an Art Deco design with a luxurious finish. 

Fiona Phillips announced as chair for Future of Care Conference

Future of Care Conference, a brand-new event taking place at The King’s Fund in London on 13th March 2018 is pleased to announce that Fiona Phillips, journalist and broadcaster is chairing the event.

 

A passionate campaigner for a number of national charities, Fiona is an ambassador for Age UK, The Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Carers UK, The Prince’s Trust, MIND, Plan International and Missing People.

 

Commenting on the conference, Fiona explained ‘I am delighted to chair at this event as it is a subject close to my heart. I am keen to hear what the future holds, not only for those who work in the care sector, but also to those who it affects – us.’

 

New research to investigate whether CO poisoning is being misdiagnosed as dementia

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) has announced it will fund a piece of research looking at the impact of low level carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in older adults and its potential impact on cognitive function.

 

The research, to be carried out by Lancaster University and supported by the West Midlands and Merseyside Fire Services, will gather data on low levels of CO present in homes of older adults and screen their cognitive function and mental health. This research will assist in the understanding of whether low level and long term CO exposure can be a risk factor in neurological disorders such as dementia.

 

30th Anniversary at Stocks Hall Nursing and Care Group

30th Anniversary at Stocks Hall Nursing and Care Group

West Lancashire based Care Provider, Stocks Hall Nursing and Care Group got into full blown celebration mode this weekend as they celebrated their 30th Anniversary.

The Company first opened its doors in 1987, beginning with Stocks Hall Residential Care Home in Ormskirk, Lancashire.  Now the group have 6 Homes based around West Lancashire, East Lancashire and Merseyside, over 720 Employees and a Homecare & Nursing Services Department.

Encore Care Homes enters a multimillion pound partnership to tackle the UK’s elderly care crisis

Encore Care Homes enters a multimillion pound partnership to tackle the UK’s elderly care crisis

Encore Care Homes has entered a £250million strategic development partnership with U.S healthcare REIT (real estate investment trust), Welltower.
 
The partnership will provide Welltower with the exclusive option to acquire £250million of Encore’s future developments which secures long term care options for the elderly and will allow Encore to continue to design and construct its purpose-built care homes across the south.

Blooming Success for Blackwood Tenant

Blooming Success for Blackwood Tenant

A green fingered Blackwood tenant has been rewarded for his skills by winning the housing and care provider’s prestigious gardening award.
 
Edward Stanton, who has been a tenant at Blackwood’s Argyle Street development for 25 years, won the ‘Best Hanging Basket’ award at the charity’s AGM in Largs.
 
The 78-year-old started work on his balcony five years ago and has since installed four hanging baskets which he believes make the perfect decorations for his balcony.
 
Edward said: “I have always loved gardening and so I couldn’t believe it when I was awarded ‘Best Hanging Basket’ as I have never won anything for my gardening before.
 

World Diabetes Day 2017 (Infographic)

World Diabetes Day 2017 (Infographic)

Diabetes can be deadly and World Diabetes Day draws attention to what people can do to avoid getting diabetes. The amazing thing about diabetes is that 90%-95% of people have type 2 diabetes and this can be prevented or delayed with lifestyle changes. This infographic from Study Medicine Europe takes you through how we lose 1.6 million lives every year because of diabetes. This figure is expected to almost double by 2030.

Another startling statistic is that 84 million American adults have prediabetes and they need to change their ways before it’s too late. It’s so important to check with your doctor if you have any of the high-risk factors related to prediabetes.

Top tips for on boarding yourself into a new job

Samantha Edmondson

Just landed yourself a new job? Congratulations!  Your effort applying and interviewing has certainly paid off, however the hard work shouldn’t stop there. Now is the time to ensure you are not only fully prepared for the role, but also that your first few weeks are a success and demonstrate you are the right hire. So what can you do to ensure you onboard yourself successfully? Here are our top tips.

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