Abbotswood Court promotes healthy lifestyle choices among the elderly

Hydration Week

To promote healthy lifestyle choices amongst its elderly residents, Abbotswood Court is providing an eclectic mix of events for Nutrition and Hydration Week.

Abbotswood Court is marking Nutrition and Hydration Week with a program of events aimed at raising awareness about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, especially for those aged 80+. Nutrition and Hydration week is a national campaign celebrated between 12th and 18th of March.  Its mission is to create a movement that will reinforce nutrition and hydration as a vital part of quality care and safety improvement in social care settings.

Care home sponsored walk raises funds for Stroke Association

Stroke Association

HUNDREDS of pounds have been raised for the Stroke Association by a charitable Peterlee care home.

Staff, relatives and friends of Bannatyne Lodge Care Home collected over £300 in sponsorship for a five mile hike around the town.

The home now aims to continue raising funds for the Stroke Association with a cake and coffee morning.

Lynn Chapman, home manager at Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, on Manor Way, said:

Rotherham community charity boosts creativity at care home with Art sessions

Art sessions

A community charity has been holding regular Art sessions at a Rotherham care home to boost elderly residents’ creativity.

RotherFed has been visiting Broadacres Care Home, in Parkgate, twice a month to run the sessions

The latest was over Easter, when residents, relatives and children of the home’s staff all took part making and decorating bonnets, posters and eggs.

An Easter egg hunt was also held for the children, with chocolate hidden around the home’s garden, while residents enjoyed cake and tea.

Art sessionsLuke Owens, home manager at Broadacres Care Home, on Naylor Street, said:

PickaShift strikes group deal with leading NI Care Home provider


PickaShift, the innovative new app and software designed to help providers of nursing and residential homes make significant savings, has struck its first group deal with Wilson Group.

The deal will see the App rolled out across its 5 nursing homes with around 300 staff accessing the platform. Their homes are based in Belfast, Bangor, Whitehead and Larne in Northern Ireland.   

The App which connects Nurses, Care Assistants and Ancillary Staff directly with their employers in residential and nursing homes, informs staff quickly about shifts that have become available at short notice and encourages them to pick up those shifts at an increasingly favourable rate until the shift is claimed.

Bupa calls on startups to boost innovation in aged care


Small business from the UK, Australia and New Zealand have chance to pilot their programmes across Bupa’s network of care homes

Bupa is calling on startups in a bid to bring further innovation to the aged care sector. As part of its Bupa B Table programme, pitches need to be designed to benefit older people, either by supporting nurses and carers working in Bupa homes, or through supporting independent living.

Applications are open now, and successful candidates will be mentored by senior Bupa business leaders and technology experts. They will also have access to space in Bupa’s offices to develop their ideas, and potential investment from Bupa to help develop their products.

The Lifesaving Medical Equipment Necessary for Nursing Homes


Medtree say due to the nature of the industry, it is impossible to avoid emergencies in a care home. However, you can be prepared for emergencies when they occur, with proper provisions and protocols in place. While nurse call buttons and intercoms are essential equipment, there is a variety of medical requirements to ensure the safety of the residents. Medtree, leading suppliers of medical equipment, are sharing the lifesaving equipment for care homes.

The nursing home has a duty of care to those who are residents, staff and, of course, visitors. Employees have a right to work in a safe and healthy workplace, and residents should receive care that is safe, taking their rights and freedom into account.

Risk Assessments

The countdown to Care Roadshow Glasgow has begun

Care Roadshow

It has nearly been one whole year since Care Roadshow visited Scottish soil. If you work in the care sector and are looking to maintain your knowledge of the industry then Care Roadshow Glasgow taking place at Hampden Park Stadium on Tuesday 17th April is the place to be.

The first of the five national events will host a mix of suppliers covering a wide range of products and services for all areas for the care sector. Exhibitors including apetito, Boots, Citation and Disclosure Scotland will be on hand to offer advice and information on how they can help your care setting flourish.

Widnes brothers call on celebrity friends to help raise over five thousand pounds for disability charity

Jon Richardson

TV comedy producer, Stu Mather, was able to use his connections to attract some of Britain’s top comedy talent, including Jon Richardson, Josh Widdvicombe,  Suzi Ruffell, James Acaster and Chris McCausland, for a comedy fundraising night, at 2Northdown in Kings Cross, London.

Two brothers, Tim and Stu Mather, from Widnes, have raised over five thousand pounds for the national disability charity, Sense, enlisting the help of family and celebrity friends to put on two very special fundraisers.

Over a hundred people attended a wine tasting evening, organised by the brothers’ parents, John and Carole Mather, at Widnes Cricket Club on the 16th February. The wine was supplied by John Stott, via the International Wine Challenge, and raised over three thousand pounds.

Grand Opening of New Luxury Care Home

Layston Grove

Buntingford’s brand-new care home, Layston Grove, has been officially opened this week by honoured guests Town Mayor, Councillor John Noades and Councillor Jeff Jones. The home opened its doors to local healthcare professionals, councillors and business owners, giving them the opportunity to view the state-of-the-art facilities.

The purpose-built home, which is located at the Southern End of Buntingford, will provide a home for 66 elderly people requiring residential or dementia care on an ALL-INCLUSIVE basis.  Home Manager, Sam Campbell, and her team had already welcomed local residents to view the luxury facilities at their busy open day on Sunday 18th March.

Residents praise for MHA care homes in national survey

MHA care homes

Residents at MHA care homes are celebrating the results of a nationwide survey of care home residents after one of its homes scored a perfect 1,000 out of 1,000.
Top scorer Mayfields Care Home in Ellesmere Port achieved a perfect 1,000 out of 1,000, while Willesden Court Care Home in London got 985 and Bankhouse Care Home and Lower Johnshill Care Home, both in Auchlochan Garden Village in Lanarkshire, got 978 and 977 respectively, meaning the residents highly rate the standard of care they receive. 

Care Boss Pays Tribute to Hero Staff Effort During ‘Beast from the East’


THE BOSS of one of the country’s leading housing and care providers has paid tribute to staff who went ‘the extra mile’ to ensure that vital services continued during the Beast from the East.

Fanchea Kelly, Chief Executive of Blackwood, was so amazed by stories of staff dedication during the recent weather emergency that she took the time to send a letter thanking them for their heroic efforts.

Care workers braved blizzards, shovelled snow and dodged drifts to ensure that customers were safe and sound during the red weather warning which brought large parts of the country to a standstill.

Fanchea said:

Care firm pioneers company-wide recycling scheme

Regard Group

One of the UK’s largest private care providers The Regard Group has launched an initiative to recycle half of the waste it produces.

The Regard Group, which provides supported living, residential and day services for people with learning difficulties and mental health needs, is hoping to increase recycling by 50% in 6 months.

“In the past we used different bin providers across the country,” said Regard’s building compliance officer, Stuart Cockle, who heads the efficiency drive. “We are now able to rationalise this by going through one central procurement point.”

Regard is working with national waste management company UKWSL who took over all bin collections at the group’s residential care homes, offices and some supported living services in January.

More than one in three pensioners think that Carbon Monoxide poisoning symptoms will ‘get better on their own’

Carbon Monoxide poisoning

From headaches to nausea, the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning are being dangerously confused with seasonal illnesses. Despite one person dying every other week from carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK, new research from the CO Be Alarmed! campaign shows that while overall 92% of people above the age of 65 have a smoke alarm only 62% in the UK have a carbon monoxide alarm that could save their lives.

'Tasty Thursdays' Help make food fun

Avalon nursing home in Bridgwater is providing cooking sessions for residents with dementia as a way of keeping them interested in eating and drinking.

For many people living with a memory disorder eating nutritious meals can become a challenge as cognitive function declines.

This can lead to weight loss and problems including fatigue, a higher risk of infection and less muscle strength and dehydration.

Avalon, run by Camelot Care, has introduced ‘Tasty Thursday’ sessions where individuals can come together to prepare dishes.

“It’s all about having fun with food and helping our residents maintain a positive and healthy attitude towards eating and drinking,” said activities coordinator Lisa Priddice’

Afternoon tea raises awareness of new Age UK service

Afternoon tea

A afternoon tea party was held at a Northumberland care home to raise awareness of a “friendship line” for the over-60s. The Age UK initiative, named Call in Time, is a free telephone befriending service for matching volunteers with older people.

The Oaks Care Home, in Blyth, held an afternoon tea for residents, relatives and friends to highlight the service ahead of its launch in Northumberland in 2018. The home’s staff all dressed in vintage, 1940s tea room uniforms to serve tea, coffee, cakes, muffins and trifle as part of the event.

Resident Pat Whyatt said:

“I had a good afternoon with my friends and it makes up for the miserable weather we’ve had lately.”

Paige Gallagher, activities coordinator at The Oaks Care Home, on Durban Street, said:

Making your Home Suitable for Live-in Care


Without a doubt 24 hour care and Live in care helps elderly people with long-term health conditions maintain a better quality of life, unfortunately, this type of care is associated with the loss of independence, as it is often believed that around the clock care is exclusively provided in care homes.

With up 97% of elderly people preferring to stay at home, live-in care makes it possible for people with long-term and complex health needs to receive the level of care they need without upheaval and disruption.

Karantis Partners with DCSL Software to Create Karantis Care App

Karantis Care App

Karantis Ltd has partnered with DCSL Software to create the Karantis Care App for carers and families across the world. Karantis provide solutions that increase the productivity, quality of service, transparency and accountability of the global care industry - particularly focused on those with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Loneliness and Depression.

Having worked closely with carers and families, Karantis were aware of the main care challenges both sides were facing. Carers felt too much time was spent manually filling out paperwork reports when they could be spending more time with their client, and families were worried that they had no visibility of, or connection with, the people caring for their loved ones, especially if some family members were not located nearby.

Urging care home facilities managers to specify legal for trade

Y Pellets

With the pressures on spending, close scrutiny of procurement and good governance continuing to be under the spotlight, national wood pellet supplier, Y Pellets, is asking residential care home managers using biomass wood pellets as an alternative heating and energy source to fully examine what they pay for.

At a time when many wood pellet suppliers subcontract deliveries on vehicles which don’t meet EN Plus trading standards, the company, which supplies premium quality, sustainable wood pellets to homes and businesses from its 5,000 tonne storage facility in Google, has identified discrepancies in practices widely used by other contractors who are not legal for trade but may supply to private and public care home facilities.

Care company provides staff with free nutritional snacks to promote healthy eating

healthy eating

Following recent reports on healthy eating, claim that middle-aged millennials are set to be the most overweight generation since records began, one of Kent's leading home care providers, Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, has launched a new healthy eating initiative to coincide with the start of Nutrition and Hydration Week (12 – 18 March).

Under the new scheme, Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells's staff will be able to choose from a range of delicious and nutritious snacks, which will be provided free of charge. The options will include nutritionally balanced items such as dried and fresh fruits, high-fibre wholefood cereal bars, biltong, wholegrain popcorn, nuts, seeds and olives.

Margaret Shares Exotic Travel Stories Thanks to Innovative Care System

Blackwoods Clever cogs

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 Blackwoods Clever Cogs innovative care system 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 Clever Cogs 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.