Diabetes tech innovation and education at DPC2017

Diabetes healthcare technology will be a key focus of Diabetes Professional Care (DPC) when it returns to Olympia, London, on 15 and 16 November.


DPC has established a reputation for showcasing innovation and leading-edge technology for diabetes care, and DPC2017 promises to be our most exciting year yet.


“Advances in diabetes technology are helping to take the stress and worry out of diabetes care for healthcare professionals (HCPs), and ease the pain and hassle for their patients,” says Toby Baker, Event Director, Diabetes Professional Care.


Paving the way for a future without alzheimer’s disease

The Importance of Clinical Studies

There has been much interest surrounding lifestyle changes to help safeguard against Alzheimer’s disease - diet, physical and mental exercise, social interaction and sleep have all been scientifically proven to have a positive impact on helping to protect against cognitive decline. However, if individuals are at risk or showing signs of cognitive decline, it’s imperative to seek an early diagnosis to ensure access to the very best treatment programme.

Hill Care’s Macmillan Coffee Mornings raise hundreds

Pat Wyatt

HUNDREDS of pounds have been raised for the fight against cancer after Hill Care homes across the north of England hosted charity coffee mornings.


The events were part of a UK wide campaign organised by cancer support charity Macmillan – named the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.


Nine homes across the North East raised £331 between them, including: Ingleby Care Home, Ingleby Barwick, The Beeches Care Home, Stockton-on-Tees, Mandale House Care Home, Thornaby, The Gables Care Home, Middlesbrough, Queens Meadow Care Home, Hartlepool, Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, Peterlee, Pelton Grange Care Home, Chester Le Street, The Oaks Care Home, Blyth, and Waverley Lodge Care Home, Lemington.


Call for Entries for Vision Style Awards; New Category Added for Inspiring Healthcare Interiors

Vision Style Awards

Architects, designers, managers and care home owners are invited to submit their innovative healthcare and retirement properties into the Vision Style Awards as it returns for another year.

Formerly known as the Hilden Style Awards, the brand new programme recognises spectacular, striking and surprising design in a range of hospitality and healthcare venues from across Europe. Entrants will be in the running to be crowned the winner of the ‘Inspiring Retirement Living’ category with a range of prizes on offer with the winner receiving a double-page spread in the next edition of their coveted Style Guide.

Elderly don dancing shoes for trip to Alnwick Gardens


A ‘WONDERFUL’ afternoon tea dance at Alnwick Gardens was held for elderly care home residents.


Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, Newcastle, took a trip to the stunning Northumberland tourist attraction to attend the Care to Dance event.


Held in the Pavilion Room, overlooking the garden’s magnificent fountain cascade, the residents enjoyed bingo, a raffle, sing-along and lots of dancing.


Resident Anne Francis said: “Alnwick Gardens is a beautiful place. The tea was delicious and I had a lovely dance.”


Michelle Sewell, activities coordinator at Waverley Lodge Care Home, said: “It was wonderful to see how much fun the residents had at this event.


Long Serving Staff Members Commended for Service

Alexandra Stewart

Dedicated staff members have been honoured at Bield’s 2017 AGM for their service to the leading housing and care provider for Scotland’s older population.


Alexandra Stewart, who works as Retirement Housing Manager at Bield’s McCormack Gardens in Motherwell, was part of the group of colleagues that celebrated a combined total of 175 years of service with the charity.


As a thanks for her longstanding dedication to Bield, Alexandra was presented with a certificate and flowers in front of fellow colleagues, tenants and Board Members at this year’s AGM.


She said: “I can’t quite believe it has been 25 years, it seems to have passed very quickly. I remember getting my 15 years Long Service Award and it doesn’t seem that long ago.


Bristol based charity nominated for two awards in the National Dementia Care awards 2017

Rosewood house

Bristol based charity Alive has been selected as finalists for the 'Best Dementia Training Initiative' and the 'Arts and Creativity in Dementia Care' categories in the National Dementia Care Awards 2017. 


Alive is the leading charity putting older people’s mental health and wellbeing at the heart of care across the UK. Specialising in providing creative activities that engage older people in care meaningfully, they inspire care staff through innovative training programmes, giving them the knowledge and skills to engage with older people and improve their day to day wellbeing.  


Alive’s Chief Executive, Simon Bernstein, said  


Birds of a feather - art collaboration in Sussex bridges the generation gap


Children from across Sussex are collaborating with leading dementia care home in Seaford to produce an extravagant artwork.  


The Creative Instincts club at St. Nicholas primary, Portslade has created hand-crafted textiles that are now in the hands of former art teacher, Verna Rose. Verna, who resides at Clifden House, dementia care centre, is tasked with compiling these elements to create a very large textile peacock.


Nial Joyce of Clifden House said: “Verna is using problem solving skills to design and assemble inspired by the children’s work and, as a former art teacher, is clearly enjoying the challenge.


Protecting incontinence-associated dermatitis with evidence-based innovation and treatment

The skin is an amazing structure. Forming a barrier between our tissues and the world that we live in. Making us waterproof and keeping water in. Protecting us against UV light but playing a part in Vitamin D synthesis. Protecting deeper tissues from injury and containing nerve endings that allow us to detect temperature, pain, as well as the texture of surfaces that we touch. Most importantly, however, it provides a fantastic barrier to infectious agents: we are constantly under attack but the skin architecture, tears and saliva protect us.




At CareFlex we have confidence and pride in our specialist seating and the positive changes we know it can have on people’s lives.  Careflex has over 20 years’ experience providing seating that is tailored to suit a wide range of requirements and needs.  Chairs are highly durable, adjustable and adaptable, easy to clean and designed to provide ultimate comfort and excellent pressure relief.  CareFlex seating is ideal for multi-user care environments.   And, of course, for people in their own homes. 

Visit us on stand G104 at the Care & Dementia Show where Tony and Les will be pleased to discuss your requirements and answer all your questions.


The power of drama, music and dance in helping people with dementia

drama workshop

The Beth Johnson Foundation (BJF) and older people’s charity, Anchor, have launched a new report that recommends the innovative use of drama, music and dance in care homes to help people living with dementia.


‘Experiences of Being’ details the use of drama, music and dance in 17 care homes across Surrey run by Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for older people. The report shows the positive effect it has, particularly for those living with dementia, the biggest cause of death in the UK.


The study, funded by the Beth Johnson Foundation, found that creative activities can soothe and stimulate at the same time, bring back memories from the past, and help to engage underused but still active areas of the brain.


How is the social care sector being revolutionised by new technology?


It’s a well known fact that technology is revolutionising the way we live; the proof lies in widely discussed technological advances in the automotive, healthcare and engineering industries over recent decades. 


Even the social care sector is experiencing digital advances that are set to change the way people look for care services. The digital revolution within the industry is improving communication and administration and we're already seeing a positive impact on how care services and support are delivered to people.


World Alzheimer’s Day celebrated in Rotherham

Alzheimer’s Day

WORLD Alzheimer’s Day was celebrated at a Rotherham care home with a tea party.


Broadacres Care Home, on Naylor Street, Parkgate, held one of many celebrations around the country marking the international day.


The event aims to raise awareness of dementia and generate support for the 850,000 individuals living with the condition in the UK alone.


Staff at the home organised afternoon tea and cakes for the residents and visitors.


Among them was Rotherham Deputy Mayor Cllr Alan Buckley and his wife Deputy Mayoress Sandra Buckley.


National drive to reduce medication errors in care homes

medication tolley

Omnicell is calling for care homes in the UK to look again at the way they administer medication to residents and patients. It’s astounding to think that some homes are still relying on original pack dispensing alone to administer complex medication regimens to dozens of residents. It’s an unsafe and unnecessary practice that the industry needs to work together to tackle.

The key safe company to visit community care live

key safe

Mechanical leaders in key safes, The Key Safe Company will be showcasing its range of access solutions at Community Care Live held at the Business Design Centre in London.

Community Care Live, which is being held on Tuesday the 26th and Wednesday the 27th of September, is the UK’s largest,  free-to-attend social work event and features innovations such as a new Legal Learning Hub, and also extensive training sessions.

Survey Reveals a Severe Lack of Support for Carers supporting people with Alzheimer’s

A recent survey conducted by Hales Care has found that 65 percent of UK carers have suffered emotional and mental health problems themselves whilst caring for a friend or relative with Alzheimer’s, with 75 percent of carers feeling there is not enough research being done around the disease.  


Having carried out the survey since care funding cuts were announced by the UK Government, Hales Care has found that 95 percent of carers surveyed felt there is not enough care funding information available to them, with 65 percent revealing there is not enough education about the disease.


7 Unique Benefits Of Live-In Care

Did you know that up to 97% of people would prefer to remain in their own homes whilst receiving support? With so little information available about provisions such as live-in care, people can often be left settling for services which do not fully satisfy their wishes and needs.

These figures highlight a real need for more resources that not only help people find live-in care services but also explain the distinctive benefits of professional support in the home. The '7 Benefits Unique To Live-In Care' info-graphic can help you understand the ways in which your life or the lives of loved ones can be transformed by choosing live-in care.

Innovative Housing and Care Experts to Host Sports Themed AGM

Innovative Housing and Care Experts to Host Sports Themed AGM

A SPECIALIST housing and care provider is putting a sporting twist on its annual general meeting by hosting various events from powerchair football to wheelchair basketball to promote the importance of health and wellbeing.
Edinburgh-based Blackwood Homes and Care has earned a reputation for its highly creative and engaging yearly showcases, which feature life-changing technology and innovative displays.
This year’s AGM will be no different and has been designed to encourage tenants to try new activities by providing them with the opportunity to trial the various sports first hand.

Clydebank Care Home Planning Tuck Shop Treat To Help Tackle Dementia, Thanks To Pub Donation

Clydebank Care Home Planning Tuck Shop Treat To Help Tackle Dementia, Thanks To Pub Donation

Bupa’s Hill View Care Home is planning to install a new tuck shop, thanks to a generous donation from a Clydebank pub.


Each year, customers and colleagues at the Mountblow Bar on Dumbarton Road rally together to raise money for a local good cause. This year Cheryl Sweeney, a member of the bar staff, chose Bupa’s Hill View Care Home to be the recipient, as her grandparents were residents at the home until they passed away.

Visitors to experience hypos at diabetes healthcare event

Hypos (hypoglycaemic events) are one of the most common complications of diabetes. They happen when blood sugar levels fall too low, and symptoms include blurred vision, disorientation, dizziness and difficulty focusing.

But how many healthcare professionals have experienced what it really feels like to have a hypo?

Now, for the first time, HCPs involved in diabetes care will get the chance to put themselves in their patients’ shoes at Diabetes Professional Care 2017 (DPC2017). A new Hypo Hub* feature includes a Simulation Station where, with the aid of a virtual reality headset, visitors can experience the effects of having a hypoglycaemic event first hand.