Couple Celebrates 62nd Valentine’s Day

Couple Celebrates 62nd Valentine’s Day

An Aberdeen couple are perfectly placed to give lessons in love this Valentine’s Day – as the couple celebrates their 62nd valentine's day

And Jimmy Mathers, 93, and wife Betty, 84, believe they can give couples of all ages some simple tips for a long and happy marriage: it’s all about give and take.

The doting pair celebrates this Valentine’s at Meallmore’s Sunnybank care home in Cruden Bay, where Jim has lived since 2016, with Betty joining him in April of last year.

Jessica Bland-Jennings - Becoming a healthcare assistant

Jessica Bland-Jennings - Becoming a healthcare assistant
Becoming a healthcare assistant

At school Jessica Bland Jennings knew she wanted to work in healthcare. Her A Level choice comprised of PE, AS in Geography and a BTEC health and social care and her ambition was to become a paramedic.

When she left school, she worked as a life guard but she also completed an anatomy and physiology top up course to secure the qualifications needed to become a paramedic.

In their own words: Elderly people reveal what stops them visiting the dentist


First hand accounts from elderly people have revealed what is really getting in the way of them making regular visits to the dentist.

In a series of focus groups involving people over 65 years old, researchers discovered exactly what barriers they face when it comes to looking after their teeth1.

The most common major barriers which were identified included anxiety, poor general health, cost and the physical aspect of being unable to travel to a dentist.

Many of those interviewed described that as they aged they found brushing their teeth difficult due to forgetfulness, with one respondent said: “You become shaky and have bad sight, you don’t care in the same way as you get older.”

Dementia Care

Sunrise Senior Living Team Member Wins Prestigious Award for Dementia Care

Sunrise Senior Living’s Memory Care and Area Coordinator, Francis Bosompim, has been awarded the prestigious Dr Trevor Jarvis Award by the University of Bradford for his exceptional work on dementia care.

Francis received the award for promoting innovation and debate around dementia care while studying at the university, and for research conducted while in a dementia village in Amsterdam.

Hawaiian cocktail party hosted by Blyth elderly

Cocktail party, Hawaii

A TASTE of Hawaii came to a Northumberland care home as residents threw a themed cocktail party.

Inflatable palm trees and exotic animal decorations were put up, Hawaiian flowery lei were donned and classic music was played.

The cocktail making kit was brought out and dry January was forgotten as The Oaks Care Home’s “After 6 Club” got into the spirit.

The residents’ club decides on each evening’s activity, usually turning the TV off and the music on – with 50s and 60s songs being their favourites.

On this occasion, they wanted to learn how to make classic cocktails, such as Black Nail and OId Maple, as well as mocktails, for those wanting an alcohol-free drink.

The Physical, Social & Psychological Causes of Malnutrition in Older Adults

Malnutrition in Older Adults

One in ten older people in the UK are suffering from, or at risk of malnutrition. This relatively unknown, yet significant issue, costs the NHS £19.6 billion per year. [1] Often overshadowed by obesity as a public health issue, malnutrition impacts a person’s wellbeing; this leading to further problems, such as an increase in hospital admissions, increased dependency and increased risk to life.

How Play Dough Can Be A Recipe For Sensory Success

Play Dough Sensory

Everyone knows how much fun play dough can be; it’s a staple toy of almost every childhood. But the question is, can play dough be more than a children’s toy - can it be a therapeutic tool for aiding sensory development?

CLH Healthcare have found from independent studies that play dough can make a fantastic learning and play aid for children (and adults) with all manner of disabilities, from autism to sensory delay. Research has also suggested that it can be a fantastic tool for seniors living with dementia.

Play dough is a fantastic tool and a form of sensory therapy that every care home and respite facility should offer.

What are the benefits of play dough?

Fantastic stress-reliever

Diamond anniversary gives Glasgow couple reason to sparkle

Resident at Bupa’s Deanfield care home celebrate 60 years of marriage anniversary


A HAPPY couple from Glasgow have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary surrounded by friends and family at Bupa’s Deanfield Care Home in Penilee.


Joe Adams, 81, and his wife May, 80, toasted their diamond wedding anniversary at a celebration in the home with over 30 guests – including their bridesmaid from 60 years ago.


Born and raised in Glasgow, the pair wed on October 18 1957 at Croftfoot Parish Church and had a special event exactly 60 years later surrounded by 30 guests, including guests from their wedding day, along with friends they’ve made in the years since.

Don’t slip up on safety this winter

David Gajda safety this winter

With colder weather upon us and extreme weather experienced across the globe over recent months, care facilities should be preparing their properties for the winter months.


David Gajda, national operations director of ECO Integrated Property Solutions (ECO IPS) offers maintenance advice on keeping safe this winter, compliant and open for business throughout winter with tips for heating, ventilation and cooling systems, roofs, drainage systems and external areas.


Why you need this

By creating a robust winter maintenance plan care homes can ensure they meet their duty of care, achieve compliance, manage risk, meet insurer’s expectations and allow business continuity.


Christmas card workshop for Teesside teens and elderly

Christmas card workshop

TEESSIDE teenagers and the elderly have been getting into the festive spirit with a Christmas card workshop.


The young volunteers spent time at The Gables Care Home, in Middlesbrough, running a card-making arts and crafts session.


The independent community safety partnership, Safe in Tees Valley organised the activity for their National Citizenship Service (NCS) members.


Ten volunteers, aged 15 to 17 years old, spent a day at the home working with the residents.


One of those, Dominic Horner, also dressed as Father Christmas to help spread the festive cheer.


Untidiness named main contributor to unproductivity in the work place

work place

A motivated workforce is essential for the smooth running of any company; however, in the caring industry it is even more vital. A lack lustre attitude and the subsequent negative vibes will undoubtedly rub off on others, which is obviously not ideal for the wellbeing of recovering patients.

Maintaining a motivated and proactive team can be a constant challenge for managers, with many uncontrollable factors influencing the overall mood of a department. To determine the factors that have a negative effect on a workforce, office power and ergonomics supplier CMD carried out an independent survey. Here’s what the survey revealed:

5 Home Improvements That Create a Dementia Friendly Environment

Dementia Friendly Environment

An environment that was once recognisable, can soon become one which is unfamiliar to a person who has dementia. Instead, it is now a space which lacks familiarity and becomes filled with hazards as dementia progresses.


Yet, it is possible for those who have dementia to live in their own property safely and receive the care they need, if adaptations to the home are made.


By creating the right home environment, those with dementia and their loved ones can ensure that the space is safe and secure, and a welcoming and comforting space that allows a person with dementia to maintain their independence and remain in a somewhat memorable environment.


Bluebird Care launches ground-breaking app for their care teams

ground-breaking app

Award winning home care provider Bluebird Care has created a ground-breaking staff guide mobile app for their care teams.


To celebrate the launch of this new innovative tool, Bluebird Care have released a promotional video, highlighting the key benefits of this new tool providing further support to their care teams.


Bluebird Care employs 19,000 care assistants across the UK, delivering over 28,000 care visits every day. This innovative mobile app enhances the availability of critical information to care teams providing front line care and support in customers’ homes.


The staff guide app has been created by Bluebird Care’s experts, after drawing upon feedback from care teams through workshops across the UK.


Weathering the storm: how care organisations should communicate in a crisis

Alex Goldup

More often than not, care homes are well-managed, happy and welcoming places - full of dedicated staff who carry out their important responsibilities with extraordinary commitment, warmth and affection. At the same time, they are complex organisations that are entrusted with the great responsibility of looking after some of the most vulnerable and frail people in our communities. Because of this, they are arguably at higher risk of adverse publicity and lasting reputational damage than other types of business.

Festive family fun at Great Oaks’ Community Open Day

Great Oaks

Great Oaks, a new purpose-built 80-bed care home in Bournemouth, is spreading Christmas cheer this December by hosting a festive family-friendly open day for the local community on Friday, December 1 from 10am-3pm.


During the day, guests and Great Oaks’ residents will be visited by Mr Frosty the reindeer from 1pm and pupils from Kinson Primary School will be joining in with the festivities by singing Christmas carols from 12 pm. Homemade treats, prepared by Great Oaks’ team of professional chefs will also be on offer to all who attend.


Take advantage of Government Renewable Energy Incentives and receive a Free Biomass Boiler and full heating system plus cheaper energy*

Renewable Heat Generation Limited (RHG) has been working with care homes throughout the UK for several years, helping them to generate cheaper, more efficient, environmentally friendly fuel while achieving up to 60% savings on energy bills by way of RHG’s free state-of-the art Biomass System.

Key Benefits Include:

* Free boiler installation
* Free wet radiator system throughout the care home if converting from electric biomass. * 60% saving on existing electrical systems

What a difference a chair makes

What a difference a chair makes

You often see pictures of people sitting in the care home environment very happily – in the day room or out in the garden.  As long as people are able to manage their own posture and can sit out in comfort, all is well.  However, many elderly people, particularly those with kyphosis sit in inappropriate chairs which do not support them.  Their head slumps forward or to the side – chin to chest.  Gravity can trap people in these destructive postures and can have some very damaging, sometime life-threatening results.

Height adjustable baths designed by caring professionals for professional carers

Height adjustable baths designed by caring professionals for professional carers

Bathing Care experts Dennis Goodes and Ray Metcalf have joined forces to launch ‘SilverSurfers’ height adjustable baths. Over 60 years of experience in the bathing care market across design, manufacture and sales have gone in to designing this unique range.


Every bath is handcrafted in the UK by time served craftsmen using traditional methods to exacting standards and constructed by a specialist team of engineers.  The range incorporates the very latest one touch technology making them safe and simple to use. The high quality baths are styled in an Art Deco design with a luxurious finish. 

Fiona Phillips announced as chair for Future of Care Conference

Future of Care Conference, a brand-new event taking place at The King’s Fund in London on 13th March 2018 is pleased to announce that Fiona Phillips, journalist and broadcaster is chairing the event.


A passionate campaigner for a number of national charities, Fiona is an ambassador for Age UK, The Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Carers UK, The Prince’s Trust, MIND, Plan International and Missing People.


Commenting on the conference, Fiona explained ‘I am delighted to chair at this event as it is a subject close to my heart. I am keen to hear what the future holds, not only for those who work in the care sector, but also to those who it affects – us.’