Care home uses pies to help residents remember

Resident Audrey Glinsky taking part in National Pie Day activities at Halton View Care Home.

PIES helped care home residents living with dementia to recall their younger days, this National Pie Day.

The smells, tastes and sights of one of the nation’s favourite dishes were used as part of an active minds session at Halton View Care Home, in Widnes, Cheshire.

Staff organised the activity to coincide with National Pie Day – when they asked residents to remember their favourite ingredients.

Technicolour dressing gowns to keep elderly warm this winter

Hazelgrove Court Care Home resident Pat Keleher knitting a belt for a dressing gown as part of a Knit for Peace UK initiative

JOSEPH’S technicolour dressing gowns were knitted by Hazelgrove Court care home residents in Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

Residents at Hazelgrove Court Care Home, on Randolph Street, created the gowns for elderly people to keep warm this winter in their own homes.

They were taking part in a Knit for Peace UK initiative, which encourages knitters to produce items for those in need.

The care home residents chose to make dressing gowns by knitting six by six inch squares and then attaching them together to create the finished piece.

The gowns take 114 squares to produce, as well as a knitted belt to match.

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. 

Care UK secures its fourth outstanding rating from CQC

Care UK secures its fourth outstanding rating from CQC

Perry Manor care home in Worcestershire has become Care UK’s fourth home to secure an outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission.

The home opened in 2014 has places for around 80 residents and is the first older people’s care home in Worcestershire to be rated as outstanding.  One of the five areas inspectors gave the highest rating was for leadership - which is spearheaded by home manager, Katherine Matthews. In the report, one relative mentioned: “I cannot praise or thank the team enough. They are shining examples of outstanding, exemplary care. Much of this comes down to leadership and I am indebted hugely to Katherine and her team.”

It's Time To Be Bold When It Comes To Attracting Younger Talent

Younger care home assistant with resident

It is no secret that there is a recruitment crisis within the social care sector and recent statistics suggest that one million new care workers are needed by 2025 to cope with the ageing population.

Statistics show that currently, 800,000 young people are not employed or in education2, and evidence suggests that by attracting these young people to apply for a role within your care setting, it can bring new, fresh ideas and different perspectives on caring for others as well as helping to plug this gap. 

However, there seems to be a stigma around working in care which is preventing younger people from applying for roles, this could be due to the lack of awareness and education around the career path available within care homes. This stigma really needs to go!

Rising Stars come to Person Centred Software for a Technology Day

Rising Stars come to Person Centred Software for a Technology Day

Person Centred Software was delighted to host a Technology Day for the National Care Forum’s (NCF) Rising Stars on 20th September at its offices in Guildford.

The Rising Stars are a group of eleven individuals working in social care who have been chosen for special development by NCF. The Technology Day is part of the annual programme that aims to develop the group’s knowledge and leadership skills through mentoring and activities. 

Person Centred Software is a partner of NCF and was pleased to share its knowledge of the technology industry with the Rising Stars and provide demonstrations of a wide range of innovative technologies, including GHM Care’s Nursecall integration.

Uniforms that give peace of mind

Uniforms that give peace of mind

Working in a care and nursing home setting demands a uniform that’s reliable, comfortable and capable of working as hard as your valued staff do, too. With more than 100 years’ experience working in the healthcare industry, Grahame Gardner Ltd understands this need and is proud to offer one of the largest ranges of high-quality uniforms in the UK through its renowned Gg Collection.

By drawing on its wealth of expertise, the team has developed, and recently added to, a large selection of garments perfect for healthcare and care home employees, from vibrant scrubs, fleeces and outerwear through to traditional tunics and trousers – all combining comfort and practicality with style. 

Zinged zimmers reduce falls at Derbyshire care home

old man and woman using zimmers

ZIMMERS are getting zinged at a Derbyshire care home after a visit from charity Age UK – helping to reduce falls by up to 60%.

Emma Richards, from Age UK Derby and Derbyshire, visited Longmoor Lodge Care Home, in Sandiacre, to give residents’ zimmer frames a revamp.

The aim of the scheme, called Zinging my Zimmer, is to make walking aids personalised so they are more easily recognised by their owners.

Paint, colourful wrapping, name plates, flowers, ribbons, bags and other accessories are all used to make each residents’ zimmer stand out.

As well as adding a splash of colour to the frames, the activity has multiple benefits for residents, staff and visitors to the care home.

How healthcare professionals can reduce dehydration

Dehydration - a nurse offers an elderly patient some water

There is good evidence that dehydration 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:

1. 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.

2. Older people are more vulnerable to dehydration

Why therapeutic sensory support is important for people with dementia

Joanna Grace - Sharing Sensory Stories

by Joanna Grace, author of Sharing Sensory Stories and Conversations with People with Dementia

You may have heard people saying they do Sudoku or the crossword daily to keep their grey matter active. Well they are right to do this, but in order to maintain our brains we need to experience a broad range of stimulation, including sensory. Many people in later age end up in environments of limited sensory scope so there are always benefits to bringing in the sights, smells, sounds, tastes and touch sensations from other places.

Students build furniture for elderly Bakewell residents

Burton Closes Hall Care Home

STUDENTS have been building garden furniture for elderly Bakewell residents, at Burton Closes Hall Care Home, as part of a school mentoring project.

The teenagers from Lady Manners School have been creating benches and planters for Burton Closes Hall Care Home with the help of experts from Wickes.

Employer mentors from the DIY supplier are working with the Year 8, 9 and 11 pupils as part of the school’s “Volunteer it Yourself” initiative.

This includes two sessions building team work and communication skills and a third putting their learning into practice to produce garden furniture.

Their creations have been collected by the care home and arranged in the grounds of the Grade II listed building on Haddon Road.

Destination Nepal for compassionate carer

Annerley Reid ventures to Nepal

Annerley Reid who works for a SANDIACRE care home worker will be volunteering in Nepal – using her skills and expertise to help women and children.

Annerley Reid, who works at Longmoor Lodge Care Home, is set to spend 12 weeks helping those in need in the Asian country.

She is raising funds for water sanitation equipment and other supplies ahead of the expedition, which begins in October 2018.

Annerley got the opportunity to volunteer in Nepal through sustainable development organisation Raleigh International.

She said:

The benefits of strategic workforce planning within the care sector

NHS workforce planning benefits

by Michael Ellis, Healthier Recruitment

It’s no secret that access to talent is the biggest issue facing the heath sector today, a recent survey of 149 trust managers by NHS providers found that staff shortages are the ‘single biggest risk’ facing the National Health Service.

This is unsurprising when you consider that, according to official figures, there are currently in excess of 100,000 vacancies across England’s 234 acute, ambulance and mental health trusts, including 35,000 nursing posts.  

Shirlfest is a king-size birthday celebration


A resident at Heathcotes’ Whitley services in West Yorkshire enjoyed an unforgettable 50th birthday party when the care provider held a music festival, Shirlfest, named in her honour.

Service user Shirley is a lifelong Elvis fan with a love of music and iconic events like Glastonbury. With the big-50 milestone approaching, Shirley discussed her ideal celebration with Heathcotes staff and Shirlfest was born. The festival took place at Whitley, Heathcotes’ specialist residential accommodation for adults with autism, dual diagnoses and associated complex needs.

Pupils rehearse school play for Bolton care home residents

Lever Edge Care Home

PRIMARY school pupils treated elderly residents to an early viewing of their play after rehearsing at their care home in Bolton, Lever Edge Care Home.

Year 4 children from St William of York RC Primary School visited Lever Edge Care Home, both in Great Lever, for the performance.

The rehearsal of the play, called English Rose, took place ahead of the first showing at the school on the same evening.

The children sang a collection of songs to delighted residents, who provided feedback and encouragement. 

Karen McMahon, home manager at Lever Edge Care Home, on Lever Edge Lane, said:

Driving innovation in the social care sector will change perception

Innovation in social care - Ross Peet

Ross Peet, managing partner at ideas agency Yes&Pepper, on changing perceptions of social care roles…

When public perception and industry data combined are helping to shape an uneasy reality, it’s time to make a change. Such is the lot of social care today. After reading that despite increased demand for social care, there are severe recruitment and retention issues because more nurses are leaving their jobs than joining for the first time in history. And expensive HR campaigns aren’t delivering the much needed resource this country requires. We started analysing the branding crisis that is driving people’s anxiety and concerns about the home care services sector.

Could our love for the NHS actually be bad for our health? 

Kings Fund Dan Wellings on the NHS at 70

Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow (Policy) at The King’s Fund, offers his insight into the public’s expectations of the NHS…

In the run-up to the 70th anniversary of the NHS, we’ve been talking with the public to better understand their relationship with and expectations of the service and their views on who is responsible for keeping people healthy.

It almost goes without saying that there is huge support for the NHS, with the vast majority of people supporting the founding principles of a service free at the point of delivery, available to all and funded largely by taxation. As one participant at our recent discussion events said, "I do have a love for the NHS, it’s part of our heritage."

Street signs help dementia residents navigate their care home

Simonsfield Care Home residents (from left) Dorothy Duckers and Emma Adams showing the new street signs that are helping residents with dementia navigate the home.

A grant from Halton Borough Council’s Area Forum budget has helped Simonsfield Care Home install the signs around the building.

Staff are finding the residents can now recall which number and street name they live on, helping them to find their way around.

The names were suggested by staff and residents, with Ivy Street named after Ivy Shaw, a previous resident who was loved by all at the home.

Debbie Smith, home manager at Simonsfield Care Home, on Boston Avenue, said:

New partnership to help elderly LGBT community

Gables Care Home support LGBT community

A TEESSIDE care home, Gables Care Home, has teamed up with a charity to tackle the challenges faced by elderly members of the LGBT community.

The Gables Care Home has begun working with Hart Gables, which supports all those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans (LGBT) in the North East.

The partnership is part of the Stockton-on-Tees based charity’s ongoing project – Ageing with Pride in Middlesbrough.

They aim to help elderly members of the LGBT community in need of support find a care home or sheltered housing.

Development workers from Hart Gables visited The Gables Care Home, on Highfield Road, in Middlesbrough, to run an arts and crafts workshop.

Old Images of Sheffield at forefront of new dementia care service

Fulwood Lodge Care Home has hand-picked key landmarks from the city

Pictures and memories of bygone Sheffield are set to provide a pivotal link with residents at the city's newest dementia care service, Fulwood Lodge Care Home.

Fulwood Lodge Care Home has hand-picked key landmarks from the city as a way to connect with the minds of residents set to fill 17 new beds.

Roy Young, managing director of Sheffield-based Silver Healthcare that runs the home, said:

"At the heart of high quality dementia care is the need to ensure residents are kept calm, safe and happy. Loss of short term memory is regularly an early sign of the illness but long term memory can remain pin sharp. A high proportion of our residents are Sheffield born and bred and providing the links with the past are vital ingredient in their overall care and stimulation."