Care homes can celebrate eggscellent news

A toast soldier inside a dippy egg in cup holder

How refreshing it is to be able to print a success story and report on some good news! While it may not be world peace or a win:win in the Brexit negotiations, thousands of elderly care home residents across the nation are now once again able to safely enjoy one of life's simple pleasures - dippy egg and soldiers for breakfast.

For years caterers across the country have adopted the policy, in line with governmental advice, not to serve eggs with runny yolks to the elderly or other vulnerable groups including pregnant women, infants and children, due to the risk of salmonella.

An Insight Into Wound Care In Care Homes

An Insight Into Wound Care In Care Homes

Regardless of how much you attempt to protect care home residents from accidents, sometimes injuries do occur, which is why it is crucial that you and your team are always prepared for the unexpected, as you never know what could happen.


As well as ensuring that you are well stocked up with bandages and dressings - something we will discuss further below - it is also crucial that you ensure the entirety of your care home team are trained when it comes to caring for wounds. This should include implementing good hygiene practices to minimise infection risk, as well as understanding a range of methods for dressing wounds properly.


The Importance of Dining Experience


Britain is in the midst of a food revolution. With the rise of celebrity chefs, cookery programmes, food bloggers and culinary festivals, what, where and how we eat is celebrated now more than ever before. This frenzied obsession with food may seem like a modern affair. However, the beginnings of the phenomenon are rooted in post-war Britain, going back more than 60 years. Rationing was not repealed until 1954, which had allowed bad eating habits to become engrained – British food was an international joke. However, the post-war global economy in the 1960s saw a dramatic rise in the standard of living. Suddenly, restaurants were opening at a rapid rate and as travel and immigration increased, so did the prevalence of international restaurants and foreign cuisines.

Sunrise of Eastbourne residents take virtual tour around the world

 Eastbourne residents

Residents at Sunrise of Eastbourne have been treated to an innovative Virtual Reality (VR) experience that allowed them to travel around the world.


Led by the company PrimeVR, residents were provided with a simple head set which gave them the chance to explore a wide range of exotic destinations, from the Great Wall of China to the Galapagos Islands. 


The tool offers exposure to around 600 places all across the globe, and enabled residents to re-visit some of their favourite places from trips of previous years.


PrimeVR’s sessions emphasise the social and personalised nature of Virtual Reality, with residents able to discuss with one another their experiences and memories, as inspired by their virtual trips.


Drag queen performs pop classics for care home residents

Drag queen performs pop classics for care home residents

ELDERLY care home residents enjoyed entertainment of an unusual sort when they attended a drag act in Chester Le Street.


Residents from Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, took a stroll to the nearby community centre to watch the show.


The drag artist and cabaret entertainer, Miss Dixie Swallows, covered songs by Tina Turner and Cilla Black, among other classic pop songs.


Resident Norma White said: “I’m so pleased I went. I laughed so much.”

Lindsay Sale-Thorn, activities coordinator at Pelton Grange Care Home, said: “Initially, some of the residents were concerned it wasn’t their cup of tea, but after a couple of numbers they really enjoyed it.

Less than half of care home staff say they have bariatric facilities to look after obese residents

One in 10 care home staff have had to turn down obese residents due to lack of bariatric facilities
With one in four British adults now obese in older age, new figures from, the leading care home reviews website, reveal that only 39% of care home staff say they have the bariatric facilities to look after obese residents, with one in 10 care home staff (13%) having to turn them away due to lack of these services.
The figures have been sourced from a survey completed by care home owners, managers and staff as part of the Summer Survey, and the term ‘bariatric’ relates to people who weigh more than 25 stone.
Davina Ludlow, Chair of, said:

Coordinator appointed for specialist dementia friendly market

Coordinator appointed for specialist dementia friendly market

A specialist nursing home has appointed an expert coordinator for its dementia friendly Market Square.
The Lodge, which is based within the award-winning Buckshaw Retirement Village, Chorley, appointed coordinator Chris Durnan to oversee operations of its ‘Market Square’ which is designed especially for older residents and those with dementia.
Facilities within the Market Square include a 20-seater cinema, the Pet Shop, a pub, café, bakery, hair and beauty salon and a music relaxation lounge.
Chris, who is 33 and from Chorley, has worked in the care industry from the age of 16, working his way up to management level while also gaining a diploma in dementia studies from Bradford University.

Care & Nursing Essentials Magazine are proud to partner with Naidex for the event everyone is looking forward to!

Naidex logo

Naidex is Europe's most exciting event dedicated to the disability, independent living and healthcare professional sectors and it’s completely free to attend! In the wake of the huge success of the most recent instalment of this long-established event, Naidex will return for its 44th year to the Birmingham NEC on the 25th & 26th April 2018.


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.




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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.