65 years of wedded bliss for Rotherham care home couple


ROTHERHAM couple John and Jessie Senior have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Now living at Broadacres Care Home, on Naylor Street, Rawmarsh, the pair have been together more than 70 years.

They first met at a dance in Sheffield on 5th April 1947 and later married at St Paul’s Church in Arbourthorne, which has since been demolished.

Unlike the church, John and Jessie’s marriage is still standing strong, more than 65 years after they tied the knot.

Fellow residents, staff and friends at Broadacres Care Home helped commemorate the occasion with flowers, a personalised card, tea and cakes.

Jessie said: “We didn’t want a fuss so it was nice to share cakes and tea with friends. It was a lovely day.”

Leading finnish healthtech company fastroi to exhibit at healthplus care


Fastroi will be attending this year’s Health + Care event at London’s ExCel Arena. This event marks a new phase in Fastroi’s 15 year journey, where they move from a market leading domestic operator to challenging on the international stage.

Fastroi are behind a technology platform for health and care workers to ensure a more efficient level of care for service users in their own homes or within the care home environment. The product is called ‘Real Time Care’ or RTC and gives companies running home care services a new way to manage their staff and improve the overall efficiency of their operation.

Open day sees mayor and elvis fans visit peterlee care home

liz and kevin elvis

A PETERLEE care home opened its doors to visitors as part of the national Care Home Open Day.


Mayor Lee Cook was among the guests invited to Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, on Manor Way.


The community building event helped raise over £50 for the Alzheimer’s Society, after residents and staff sold homemade cupcakes and corned beef slices.


Care homes around the country were encouraged to take part in celebrating this year’s theme of friendship.


The aim was to build lasting community relationships and encourage intergenerational communication and activities.


The event also coincided with Bannatyne Lodge resident Liz Finn’s 59th birthday, when more than 40 residents and staff joined in the celebrations.


OpenPASS film: Connecting Families

The hero piece of content is our ‘Connecting Families’ film that documents the end to end experience of openPASS, and how it connects the person in care to their families. The film features our customer Melody Care and their clients, the Macro family, demonstrating an efficient, modern method of care giving, using The PASSsystem during a care visit, and most importantly capturing the emotional peace of mind gained by the family accessing openPASS.


The battle for care homes in controlling food spend


Food costs continue to outpace RPI (Retail Price Index) and as such, the purchase of food and control of spend places an ongoing and significant burden on the care home industry.  A lack of visibility and control of food supplier pricing also exacerbates the problem because it ultimately means that care homes are unaware of the impact of the cost of their food purchase, until it is too late.  This leads to large amounts of overspend and waste.


Clifden House rated ‘good’ by CQC

Clifden House


Clifden House dementia care centre in Seaford has received a ‘good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), following an unannounced inspection in May this year.


Inspectors found the service provided by Clifden House in Claremont Road to be safe, effective, caring and responsive, and awarded it the second highest grade.


The CQC assessors praised the staff, saying they are “kind and caring and have developed good relationships with people. They support people to enable them to remain as independent as possible.”

Leithers Play a Key Role in Festival

old people

Edinburgh locals have been put centre stage at the Leith Festival as a play celebrating the anniversary of one of the areas landmarks has taken inspiration from lifelong residents.


‘Muriel of Leith’, which is playing at the Constitution Bar’s Red Room this week and explores the history and changing landscape of Leith, will feature a number of quotes from tenants at three of Bield’s Leith housing developments.


Produced by Edinburgh company SpartaKi, the piece will take North Junction Street’s famous mural as the centre for a story following a Leith family and their changing background.


Care home innovation hub launches to help improve lives

Care home innovation hub

Sharing approaches, technology and best practice that can help transform care and improve lives is the aim of a new care home innovation hub, launched by WCS Care.


The Innovation Hub, created at the Warwickshire-based charity’s newest and most technologically advanced home, Castle Brook in Kenilworth, is a unique space full of working mock-ups of the latest technology and concepts that WCS Care already uses or is set to use in future developments, provided by a number of partners of products and services.


Move over Masterchef - Sunrise and Gracewell chefs battle it out in national competition with Premier Foods

chefs battle it out in national competition

This summer, Sunrise Senior Living and Gracewell Healthcare are joining forces with Premier Foods, a leading supplier of quality British food, to find the best Care Chef of the Year.

Sunrise Senior Living and Gracewell Healthcare both provide luxury, tailored elderly care, and pride themselves on the high quality food that their residents can enjoy.

The competition will see chefs from the 46 Sunrise Senior Living and Gracewell Healthcare homes across the country enter both a main course and a dessert, and a dysphagic version of each dish, before the competition is whittled down to five finalists, who will then battle it out for the grand prize.

Making Pals is working to change the way care homes are seen by the public


We believe that care homes are a wealth of experience and knowledge, and we want schools, universities, sports clubs - all local groups - to view them as a real asset to the community. 


Making Pals will work with 16 care homes across Greater Bristol to get community members and groups visiting their local care homes, as well as planning activities for care homes residents to get out and about into their community. Through doing fun, meaningful activities together, we will help to break down some of the barriers that exist between care homes and the people they share their communities with.


Bakewell team wins first ever RHS Welldressing Competition

Sue & Christine

THE FIRST Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Welldressing Competition has been won by a team from Bakewell.


Burton Closes Hall Care Home alongside Bakewell AJ Welldressing was named Best Welldressing Exhibit at the inaugural RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.


Over 90,000 visitors attended the show, when they were invited to cast their vote for their favourite welldressing design.


All entrants were asked to submit ideas focusing on “Design Revolutionaries”, with teams from Bakewell, Buxton, Ashford, Chesterfield and Tideswell selected for the final.


The trophy was awarded to the Bakewell team for their detailed design of Burton Closes Hall, in the heart of Bakewell, which is now operated as a care home by the Hill Care Group.

Care home staff’s Snowdon climb raises over £1,000

Snowden climb

STAFF from a Runcorn care home have scaled Snowdon and raised over £1,000 for those living with dementia.


The sponsored walk to the peak of Wales’ highest mountain, at 1,085m, was tackled by staff from Simonsfield Care Home, on Boston Avenue.


They include Alex Groundwater, Alison Clifton and her daughter Lucy, Beverley Stubbs, Liam Nelson, Liam Mulholland, Carla Burnet, Olivia Mercer, Katie Evans, Gemma Johnson, Cary Nicholls, Debbie Jones and her daughter Megan.


The sponsorship funds will be used to buy sensory equipment for residents living with dementia at the specialist care home.


Managing legionella in care homes’ hot water systems


With outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease still being reported in Britain, and indeed further afield, one risk likely to be at the forefront of the industry’s mind is the spread of the bacteria behind the disease.

Found commonly in water, legionella bacteria multiply where nutrients are available and temperatures are between 20-45°C. Warm standing water is the ideal growing environment; anything cooler than 20°C and the bacteria lay dormant, while anything above 60°C and they do not survive.

Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal type of pneumonia, contracted by inhaling airborne water droplets containing viable legionella bacteria. Such droplets can be created, for example, by hot water systems, atomisers or hydrotherapy baths.

Plymouth Ho mural in reminiscence project

Plymouth Ho mural

Residents at a specialist dementia-care nursing home in Plymouth are revelling in their memories of special moments at Plymouth Ho, thanks to the installation at their home of a large mural featuring a photo of the landmark.


It is now a major talking point at Freshfields, on Agaton Road in Plymouth, run by Camelot Care.


Clare Woodhead, operations manager for Camelot Care, said: “The mural prompts our residents to share their memories about the Ho which has been a favourite destination for ‘days out’ throughout the decades.


Simple summer treats can inspire happy memories, says frozen food distributor Central Foods


Sensory stimulation has long been recognised as a way of promoting feelings of well-being. And serving familiar foods in care and nursing homes is one way to achieve this, with summer being the perfect time to perk up menus and help bring back happy memories for residents.

“Our senses – sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch – connect us with the world around us and sensory stimulation using different types of food can create positive experiences,” says Gordon Lauder, managing director of frozen food distributor Central Foods.

“I reckon that ice cream must be one of the best foods to help bring back great memories of long summer days or childhood trips to the park or seaside or afternoon matinees at the cinema.

Diabetes Awareness in Suffolk

Diabetes Awareness in Suffolk

Earlier this year DUET diabetes offered their services free of charge to support a local care home to run a “Diabetes Awareness” event for residents/families/staff during Diabetes Week (11-17 June 2017). In response two homes, Bethesda Eventide Homes in Ipswich and Gracewell of Kentford near Newmarket, have worked with DUET diabetes to plan events. Part of the plans include “Let them eat cake” - a fun interactive session which will be run by Helen Stephen (co-founder of DUET diabetes); discussing sugar content and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst still having a little of what we fancy.


Providing quality experiences for care professionals

Care Roadshow Birmingham will be returning to Villa Park Stadium on 4 July following its record highest attendance last year. The exhibition brings the latest thinking, practical advice, products and services under one roof to help healthcare professionals gain access to the support and information they need in order to deliver outstanding levels of care.


The event features a range of talks from some of the most influential names in the business including CQC, National Care Association and Barchester Healthcare. Joining the line-up will be headline sponsors, Quality Compliance Systems who will be on hand to provide guidance and support as well as host their seminar ‘Adapting to the leadership challenge’.


Wiltshire Farm Foods launches BDA endorsed training

Wiltshire Farm Foods, the UK’s number one provider of home-delivered frozen meals, has launched its first British Dietetic Association (BDA) approved CPD training course for healthcare professionals.
The free two-hour training course, on the subject of Good Nutrition for Older Adults, is written by Wiltshire Farm Foods’ Registered Dietitian Helen Willis, endorsed by the British Dietetic Association and delivered by Registered Dietitian Sue Baic.