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Elderly residents’ fitness and wellbeing boosted by dance aerobics

dance aerobics

A dance aerobics class has seen elderly Teesside residents making the most of the sunshine in their care home garden. Residents at Ingleby Care Home, in Ingleby Barwick, are benefitting from the fitness and wellbeing sessions following a Lottery grant last year.

They are being run by Billingham-based social enterprise Nouveau Wellbeing, who won the grant to engage with more than 600 people over the age of 60. The firm’s specialist practitioners have been visiting the care home to put the residents through their paces. 

Emma Bryan, a member of the dance aerobics Nouveau Tees Valley Team, decided to run the latest session in the care home garden to take advantage of the spell of good weather.

Surprise party marks care home manager’s 25 years

Laurels

Louise Spooner has worked at The Laurels Care Home, on Manchester Road, Sheffield, since 1993.

The home was originally opened in 1987 and bought by the Hill Care Group in 2008, one of the company’s 38 homes across the north of England.

Owner John Hill attended the surprise party to congratulate Louise personally and present a gift from everyone at the company.

Directors, regional managers, nurses and care assistants were also among those at the surprise party

Louise said: 

Care home resident wishes for seaside fish and chip supper

Waverley Lodge

Alex Dawson is one of many residents at Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, to add his name to the home’s wish list.

The staff are aiming to fulfil as many wishes as possible, with the latest being Alex’s trip to the coastal town.

He traveled on the bus to Newcastle and then the Metro to Cullercoats with the home’s activities coordinator, Michelle Park.

The pair talked about the pubs that used to line Scotswood Road and stopped for a chat with soldiers holding a meet and greet in Newcastle town centre. Alex spoke of his time in the Army doing his national service.

He was then treated to a fish and chip supper on the seafront, after taking a tour of the town.

Newborn lambs brighten elderly residents’ day

Queens Meadow

LEAPING lambs brought smiles to the faces of elderly visitors, from Queens Meadow Care Home, during a trip to Saltholme Nature Reserve.

The reserve’s newest arrivals have been drawing in the crowds, including residents from care homes in Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees.

Queens Meadow Care Home and Ingleby Care Home, both operated by the Hill Care Group, took their residents on a day-trip to the popular tourist attraction.

They were delighted to see the newborn lambs, some as young as three days, during their visit. 

Although Lambing Live took place between 30th March and 15th April this year, some of the reserve’s sheep are still giving birth in the lambing shed.

Encouraging student nurses to ‘Be Brilliant’ in Northampton

Be Brilliant

Reports suggest that the nursing shortage is the worst it’s been since records began, figures from NHS Improvement highlight that the NHS in England is short of 100,000 staff one in 11 of the entire workforce enter the Be Brilliant initiative.

The nursing shortage, combined with fears that nursing is an increasingly stressful and undervalued job can put people off becoming nurses; however, the University of Northampton is trying to change that.

One of the ways they are doing this is by providing a highly supportive training environment for their students on its adult nursing course that fully prepares them for the role.

Nottingham domiciliary care agency rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission has found the quality of care provided by Break Barriers Nottingham Ltd, to be Outstanding following inspections in July, August and September 2017.  

Break Barriers is a domiciliary care agency which supports people in their own homes who live in the Nottinghamshire area.

Inspectors found staff were caring and compassionate and people were being provided with safe, responsive, caring, effective and well-led care. A full inspection report has been published on the  Care Quality Commission website: www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-884621519 

Care home managers: What you need to know about blended families

Blended families

Care homes in the UK accommodate people from across a full spectrum of society e.g. blended families and there will likely be a vast array of familial backgrounds in any given residence. One particular scenario we are seeing increasingly often is the emerging trend of residents who have blended families - where two or more families are brought together through marriage. This might be the residents themselves, who have married multiple times and as a result have various children, step-children, grandchildren and step-grandchildren. The term also applies to residents who have only ever married once themselves, but their children have undergone multiple marriages.

In-house Gym and Physiotherapy at Edinburgh’s Finest Care Home

Cramond Residence

Edinburgh’s newest and most luxurious care home, Cramond Residence, is to have a state-of-the-art gym and give its residents access to unrivalled health and fitness support, including innovative fall prevention classes.

Due to open this summer, Cramond Residence has announced an exclusive physiotherapy partnership with Balanced Edinburgh, which specialises in functional rehabilitation and fall prevention to help older people become more independent.

Care Champions at Abbotswood Court Raise Awareness for Dementia in Romsey

Dementia

Dementia awareness champions at Abbotswood Court in Romsey have been hosting free dementia information sessions for members of the local community.

Abbotswood Court, a luxury care home and retirement development, is encouraging others to make a positive difference to the lives of those living with dementia in Romsey. Open to the public, they host regular sessions which give attendees information about the personal impact of dementia, and what they can do to help. Currently, there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025.

Bluebird Care in Westminster is Best Homecare Provider in London

Bluebird Care

Bluebird Care in Westminster has enjoyed an excellent month, being awarded a prestigious ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and welcoming the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to its offices to meet the team.

The excellent CQC rating was awarded following a comprehensive inspection in January 2018, and is a significant achievement making Bluebird Care in Westminster - which offers home and live in care to people in their own homes - not only one of the best home care providers in the country, but the best in London. 

The CQC inspectors found staff to be “kind, compassionate and caring” and noted that the team “knew how to provide the care and support [people using the service] required whilst also going the extra mile for them.”

Introducing The Talk Scheme

Talk Scheme

Late January 2018, sitting in a bus station, I got chatting to an elderly woman, a widow, she travelled out twice a week to play bingo with her friends and when my bus arrived, apologised for speaking to me, surprised I told her not to be silly, but this indeed got me thinking about The Talk Scheme.

How about instead of letting the art of conversation die away, we bring it back? And bring it back we shall.

All with a simple accessory. A badge 

Balhousie Luncarty care home welcomes new manager

Balhousie

Balhousie Care Group, the leading provider of quality residential care in North East Scotland, has appointed Lynn Phillips as manager of Balhousie Luncarty care home, which is currently undergoing a refurbishment of the public rooms and bedrooms.

Lynn joined the Perthshire-based care home at the end of last year and is currently overseeing a refurbishment programme including redecorating the home’s public rooms and beginning the refurbishment of the home’s 29 bedrooms, all with input from the residents.

Staff shortages putting NHS patient safety at risk, warn healthcare professionals

NHS

The majority of independent healthcare professionals (85%) are concerned that ongoing staff shortages will cause a decline in NHS patient safety, a survey has found. 

The research by the Independent Health Professionals' Association (IHPA), questioned 537 independent healthcare staff on a range of issues affecting their working lives.
When asked what they felt is putting the biggest strain on care provision in the NHS, staff shortages topped the list. 

A further 64% of respondents believe that funding cuts are responsible, with 54% stating that management, internal bureaucracy and wastage is to blame. Over one in five (21%) believe that a decline in patient care standards is being driven by the number of patients using the service without genuine need. 

Margaret Shares Exotic Travel Stories Thanks to Innovative Care System

CleverCogs

A pensioner who enjoyed her first ever foreign trip has been able to share her holiday photos with the boss of the charity who developed the innovative new care support system, CleverCogs, that allowed her to travel to Vietnam.

Margaret Sancken, 65, felt confident enough to book her first ever holiday to Vietnam thanks to Blackwood’s CleverCogs system, a digitally enhanced product which aims to keep people as independent as possible. Blackwood has a commitment to push the boundaries of technology to allow property adaptations which make a huge difference to people with disabilities.

Rescue dog Teddy joins the team at Eastbourne residential home 

Oak Lodge

A two year-old Yorkshire Terrier/Jack Russell cross who was adopted by a residential home, Oak Lodge, for people with physical and learning disabilities last November is brightening their lives with his infectious enthusiasm for life.

The idea of finding a pet for the people who live at Oak Lodge came to one of their senior support workers Geraldine Bird when she noticed how much they enjoyed the company of a dog which regularly spent the evenings with them in the holiday accommodation in Devon where they stayed last summer.

Geraldine said:

Hertfordshire care home rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

CQC

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found the quality of care provided by Tenterden House Care Home in Bricket Wood, St Albans, to be Outstanding following an inspection in January.  

Tenterden House Care Home is run by Bupa Care Homes (BNH) Limited. It is registered to provide accommodation for up to 40 people who require nursing care.

Inspectors found staff were caring and compassionate and people were being provided with safe, responsive, caring, effective and well-led care. 

New range of qualifications for the health and social care sector

Highfield Qualifications

A new range of qualifications that will bring clarity and structure to the training landscape in the health and social care sector has been launched by Highfield Qualifications.

The 13 new qualifications, which sit on Ofqual’s Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), are designed to support learners in roles within the healthcare, adult care and other related environments.

Areas covered include principles of care planning, safeguarding and dignity in adult care, prevention and control of infection, and nutrition and health principles. Also covered are safe handling of medication, understanding diabetes, autism, challenging behaviour and mental health problems.

New online resources for older adults struggling with mental illness

MindEd

MindEd for Older People is a new online educational resource that explains a range of mental illnesses commonly experienced by older people, and offers practical advice for dealing with them.

A team of older people and professionals are the authors behind the new MindEd resources which cover a range of common problems such as insomnia, depression, medications to be aware of, anxiety and alcohol-related problems.

The resources are a vital crutch at a time when demand for mental health services is increasing whilst supply of the mental health workforce for older people is falling. The number of Old Age psychiatrists has declined 8.5% since November 2013.

Balhousie Forth View Care Home celebrates latest Care Inspectorate grading

Grade 5

Staff and residents at Fife-based Balhousie Forth View Care Home celebrated achieving two Grade 5 ratings after a recent Care Inspectorate visit by throwing an extra special party.

Forth View in Methil was awarded a ‘very good’ rating of Grade 5 for both ‘Management and Leadership’ and ‘Care and Support’ after introducing a number of initiatives including a drive for more ‘person-centred care’ to enable residents to be more supported and involved in decision making within the home.

The Care Inspectorate’s visit found that residents and their relatives were very happy with the level of care provided and enjoy many of the home’s activities including a Residents Committee, while staff felt well supported and ‘listened to’ by their managers.