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Windsor care home creating friendships across the ages in exciting project

 local pre-school

Sandown Park care home in Windsor is bringing generations together by working with a local pre-school.  Every fortnight, the home welcomes children from local group ‘First Steps’ to spend time in the home, interacting and socialising with the residents.

 

The home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, provides high quality care for up to 95 residents, many of whom live with dementia.  It specialises in providing specialist dementia care and in the provision of innovative projects to support those living with the condition.

 

Following a successful project in 2015-2016 in which local army wives visited the home with their young children, this new initiative has been brought to life, and has been successfully underway since April this year.

 

PET THERAPY AT CLIFDEN HOUSE

A Noah’s ark of creatures visited leading dementia care centre in Seaford.

 

As part of its ongoing pet therapy programme, Clifden House on Claremont Road welcomed a menagerie of pets, reptiles and small animals to include lizards, snakes, hedgehogs and rabbits.

 

Nial Joyce of Clifden House said: “Research from the International Psychogeriatric Association highlighted that interaction with pets can lower blood pressure leading to reduced anxiety. Ultimately, this can improve behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

 

Care Roadshow Cardiff

Care Roadshow Cardiff

Care Roadshow Cardiff, hosted at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday 17th October was the third time that organisers, Broadway Events, has brought the show to the welsh care community. Visitors travelled across the water and braced the threat of the incoming storm to source the latest innovations from the line-up of exhibitors including Educ8, Newhall Janitorial and Citation to name a few.

Slimy snails and slithering snakes visit Deangate Care Home

Slimy snails and slithering snakes visit Deangate Care Home

A SLIMY encounter with giant snails and slithering snakes took place at a Barnsley care home.

 

Elderly residents at Deangate Care Home, in Mapplewell, took turns holding creepy crawlies and reptiles as part of an animal therapy session.

 

Animal handling company ZooLab brought along the exotic visitors, including giant African snails, lizards and snakes.

 

Julia Chambers, home manager at Deangate Care Home, said: “Holding snakes and lizards might not be for everyone but all our residents got a thrill from seeing them.

 

“Those brave enough to handle the animals said they loved it. It brought smiles to everyone’s faces.

  ‘Put health and safety first’ urges care property specialists

Robin Harris

ECO Integrated Property Solutions delivered a hard-hitting presentation at the National Association of Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHICS) National Health and Safety Conference for Social Care in September.

 

The property solutions provider which specialises in care homes and the welfare sector explained the necessity for a comprehensive programme of property management to ensure the wellbeing of residents and compliance of the business, which could effectively save lives.

 

Recognizing Depression in Older People [Infographic]

Recognizing Depression in Older People [Infographic]

Many elderly people struggle with depression from one day to the next and, frighteningly, even those closest to them might not realize it. Senior citizens are generally far less likely than other age groups to readily admit to feeling depressed, as they might regard it as part of growing older or they might not want to worry younger relatives. Conversely, some seniors are all too aware of their depression and would love nothing more than someone in whom they can confide, but their isolation deprives them of this.

Independent living emergency SOS phone

New Amplicomms BigTel 50 Alarm Plus

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  • Oversized Display Screen
  • Large Fonts & Raised Big Buttons
  • Visual Call Alert

If you have physical limitations, or an older person wanting to live independently the amplicomms BigTel 50 is an affordable telecare solution that allows you to quickly and easily raise help in an emergency.

Sweet treat for care home residents during Chocolate Week

Sweet treat for care home residents during Chocolate Week

National Chocolate Week has been celebrated at a Stockton on Tees care home with a special tasting session for residents.

 

The UK’s largest celebration of the sweet treat saw elderly residents at Ingleby Care Home dipping strawberries and marshmallows into a fountain of chocolate.

 

Resident Olive Smith said: “I just wanted one strawberry dipped in chocolate but it tasted so good I had a few more and a couple of marshmallows as well.”

 

Kirsty Walsh, activities coordinator at Ingleby Care Home, on Green Lane, said: “What could be more fun than Chocolate Week.

 

“The chocolate fountain was a huge hit as residents enjoyed dipping the strawberries in the melted chocolate.

 

Remembering World War 2 at The Beeches Care Home

Lesley Walton

SURVIVORS of World War 2 took part in a week of reminiscence events and activities at The Beeches Care Home, in Stockton on Tees.

 

The home’s residents requested the commemorative week to share their war time memories and stories.

 

Staff contacted Preston Park Museum, on Yarm Road, to borrow items from the 1940s and 50s to help set the scene.

 

Residents relished the opportunity to go through and talk about items they used during their childhoods, such as ration books, wartime outfits, helmets, newspapers and other trinkets.

 

They also played WW2 themed games and a held a quiz night, when the residents were entertained by singer Delray, who performed songs from the war years.

 

Satisfaction Levels Soar At Blackwood

Fanchea Kelly

A record tenant response has produced results that show soaring levels of customer satisfaction at leading housing and care provider Blackwood.

 

Chief Executive Fanchea Kelly, speaking at the organisation’s sports and activity themed AGM, said that she had never known better levels of engagement with customers in her many years in the sector.

 

More than 50% of Blackwood customers responded to the recent survey, which found that the Edinburgh headquartered organisation had made a number of significant improvements.

 

Highlights included the number of tenants who believe Blackwood provide value for money had increased by 8% in two years to 79%. In addition, those who rated the staff as helpful had improved to 89%.

 

New measures to support ‘let down’ older people with diabetes and frailty developed by Luton professor

New measures have been unveiled to that support older people with diabetes who are “let down” by the system.

 

Professor Alan Sinclair said older people with diabetes were “often overlooked and over medicated” and it was time to give them the “care and attention” they deserve.

 

He was speaking following the fourth meeting of the Older People’s Diabetes Network (OPDN) and ahead of the publication of his guidelines entitled ‘An International Position Statement on the Management of Frailty in Diabetes’.

 

The document formalises a frailty service model spanning primary, secondary and community care in a bid to prevent frailty and ensure the early management of the condition.

 

Care homes can celebrate eggscellent news

A toast soldier inside a dippy egg in cup holder

How refreshing it is to be able to print a success story and report on some good news! While it may not be world peace or a win:win in the Brexit negotiations, thousands of elderly care home residents across the nation are now once again able to safely enjoy one of life's simple pleasures - dippy egg and soldiers for breakfast.

For years caterers across the country have adopted the policy, in line with governmental advice, not to serve eggs with runny yolks to the elderly or other vulnerable groups including pregnant women, infants and children, due to the risk of salmonella.

An Insight Into Wound Care In Care Homes

An Insight Into Wound Care In Care Homes

Regardless of how much you attempt to protect care home residents from accidents, sometimes injuries do occur, which is why it is crucial that you and your team are always prepared for the unexpected, as you never know what could happen.

 

As well as ensuring that you are well stocked up with bandages and dressings - something we will discuss further below - it is also crucial that you ensure the entirety of your care home team are trained when it comes to caring for wounds. This should include implementing good hygiene practices to minimise infection risk, as well as understanding a range of methods for dressing wounds properly.

 

The Importance of Dining Experience

Ellen

Britain is in the midst of a food revolution. With the rise of celebrity chefs, cookery programmes, food bloggers and culinary festivals, what, where and how we eat is celebrated now more than ever before. This frenzied obsession with food may seem like a modern affair. However, the beginnings of the phenomenon are rooted in post-war Britain, going back more than 60 years. Rationing was not repealed until 1954, which had allowed bad eating habits to become engrained – British food was an international joke. However, the post-war global economy in the 1960s saw a dramatic rise in the standard of living. Suddenly, restaurants were opening at a rapid rate and as travel and immigration increased, so did the prevalence of international restaurants and foreign cuisines.

Sunrise of Eastbourne residents take virtual tour around the world

 Eastbourne residents

Residents at Sunrise of Eastbourne have been treated to an innovative Virtual Reality (VR) experience that allowed them to travel around the world.

 

Led by the company PrimeVR, residents were provided with a simple head set which gave them the chance to explore a wide range of exotic destinations, from the Great Wall of China to the Galapagos Islands. 

 

The tool offers exposure to around 600 places all across the globe, and enabled residents to re-visit some of their favourite places from trips of previous years.

 

PrimeVR’s sessions emphasise the social and personalised nature of Virtual Reality, with residents able to discuss with one another their experiences and memories, as inspired by their virtual trips.

 

Drag queen performs pop classics for care home residents

Drag queen performs pop classics for care home residents

ELDERLY care home residents enjoyed entertainment of an unusual sort when they attended a drag act in Chester Le Street.

 

Residents from Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, took a stroll to the nearby community centre to watch the show.

 

The drag artist and cabaret entertainer, Miss Dixie Swallows, covered songs by Tina Turner and Cilla Black, among other classic pop songs.

 

Resident Norma White said: “I’m so pleased I went. I laughed so much.”

Lindsay Sale-Thorn, activities coordinator at Pelton Grange Care Home, said: “Initially, some of the residents were concerned it wasn’t their cup of tea, but after a couple of numbers they really enjoyed it.

Less than half of care home staff say they have bariatric facilities to look after obese residents

One in 10 care home staff have had to turn down obese residents due to lack of bariatric facilities
 
With one in four British adults now obese in older age, new figures from carehome.co.uk, the leading care home reviews website, reveal that only 39% of care home staff say they have the bariatric facilities to look after obese residents, with one in 10 care home staff (13%) having to turn them away due to lack of these services.
 
The figures have been sourced from a survey completed by care home owners, managers and staff as part of the carehome.co.uk Summer Survey, and the term ‘bariatric’ relates to people who weigh more than 25 stone.
 
Davina Ludlow, Chair of carehome.co.uk, said:
 

Coordinator appointed for specialist dementia friendly market

Coordinator appointed for specialist dementia friendly market

A specialist nursing home has appointed an expert coordinator for its dementia friendly Market Square.
 
The Lodge, which is based within the award-winning Buckshaw Retirement Village, Chorley, appointed coordinator Chris Durnan to oversee operations of its ‘Market Square’ which is designed especially for older residents and those with dementia.
Facilities within the Market Square include a 20-seater cinema, the Pet Shop, a pub, café, bakery, hair and beauty salon and a music relaxation lounge.
 
Chris, who is 33 and from Chorley, has worked in the care industry from the age of 16, working his way up to management level while also gaining a diploma in dementia studies from Bradford University.
 

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