Biometric Access Contol Offers Real Benefits To Care Homes

Biometric Access Contol Offers Real Benefits To Care Homes

Modern biometric scanners from ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of biometric recognition systems, are giving care homes both enhanced security and reliable data.


Swipe cards, numeric key pads and other traditional methods of access security are rapidly being replaced by more convenient biometric technology within the Care Home sector, providing enhanced security for residents and vital time and cost saving benefits to allow staff more time to provide the personal care their residents deserve.


Elderly pedal power raises funds for allotment and charity

Elderly pedal power raises funds for allotment and charity

ELDERLY care home residents cycled over 14 miles to raise funds for an allotment and the Alzheimer’s Society.


Specially adapted bicycles allowed the residents of Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, Newcastle, to cover the distance and raise over £450.


They were joined by staff, family and friends, who all cycled from the home, on Bewick Crescent, to Wylam Hills Farm and back.


The bicycles were rented from Newburn Leisure Centre, which had them made to enable elderly and those with a disability to take part in cycling.


What To Look Out For In Care Homes

When we think about people who need to live in a full-time care home, we normally think about the elderly or the vulnerable.

It can be difficult for both the family and the person going into care to adjust to the new living situation and it can be difficult for the family or friends of the loved one going into care knowing that they were unable to look after them anymore and feel an element of guilt. But it’s important that they’re given assurance that the care home will be able to look after them.

Innovation in care homes a networking event


International Lawn Tennis Centre, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ


You are invited to our event to discuss how to manage sustainable care homes.


As a care provider, this event has been designed to save you time in finding out the latest innovations in your sector, as well as allow you networking time with your peers.


One morning of intensive, 5-minute mini meetings will allow you to quickly meet our hand picked suppliers, who can help you deal with fuel poverty, reduce running costs and support health and wellbeing of your residents.


The Key Safe Company To Return To The Care Show

The Key Safe Company To Return To The Care Show

Market leaders in key safes, The Key Safe Company will be returning to the 2017 Care Show held at the NEC in Birmingham for the second year running.

During the two day event, which starts on Tuesday the 10th of October, visitors to the show will be able to witness first hand and discuss with a team of experts the industry-leading One Touch Personal Alarm and the Supra C500 KeySafe™.

The One Touch Personal Alarm is a personal monitoring system, which, unlike many traditional services, allows the wearer to travel outside their home. It operates using a roaming SIM and allows the end user to alert up to three contacts in the event of an emergency and activates a two-way conversation with the responder, who can alert relevant family members or care professionals.

Making resources last, whilst reducing infection risk

Making resources last, whilst reducing infection risk

Improving waste management procedures is a serious issue that care home facilities need to tackle. Cromwell Polythene Managing Director, James Lee explores what can be done.


The UK government forecasts that, between 2015 and 2020 the number of people aged over 85 will increase by 18% (300,000 people). While this is a triumph when it comes to life expectancy, many of these people may require some form of long-term care, including community and residential care.


Laundry, Lifestyle with DIRO®, endorsed by the World Wildlife Fund has come to UK

Laundry, Lifestyle with DIRO®,  endorsed by the World Wildlife Fund has come to UK

16th May, Sweden, WWF endorsed the Scandinavian water filter company SWATAB (Scandinavian Water Technology AB) for the unique features of their innovative and patented Cleantech product DIRO®, and its positive impact on the environment. DIRO® won WWF’s award for being a “Climate Solver 2017”.

30th May, UK, Milton Keynes, water filter company Smart Water Filters Limited (also trading as SWF®) secured an exclusive manufacturing and distribution agreements for DIRO® with SWATAB. The agreement covers the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands.

CloserStill Media, the organisers of Health+Care are pleased to announce the acquisition of The Care Show

The Care Show, taking place on 10th and 11th October at the NEC, Birmingham, is the UK’s leading dedicated exhibition for the residential and domiciliary care sector is now part of CloserStill Media’s multi-award winning stable of well-established and well-respected healthcare events. CloserStill operates 15 trade shows and conferences in the medical and healthcare sector which delivered more than 60,000 delegates in 2016, and its leading brands include Health+Care, Acute & General Medicine, Best Practice, The Pharmacy Show, The Dentistry Show, the London Vet Show, Occupational Therapy, Therapy Expo and Clinical Pharmacy Congress.


New dance initiative set to benefit Cambridgeshire residents living with Parkinson’s disease

Joe and Paula with residents

Home Meadow care home in Toft near Cambridge is launching ‘Dance for Parkinson’s’ classes in an effort to provide a new form of exercise for people living with the condition.

The home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, supports residents with a range of conditions including Parkinson’s and dementia and will beginning running the new dance sessions later this month.

The fortnightly sessions will begin on Thursday 21st September and will be open to residents and members of the community.  They will be led by local Community Dance Practitioner, Paula Hain, who has years of experience in dance for a range of groups and who already runs dance and activity sessions at the home.

Storytelling youngsters visit care home on Read a Book Day


NATIONAL Read a Book Day saw youngsters sharing their favourite stories with elderly care home residents in Chesterfield.


The young readers, aged between three and seven years old, are all grandchildren of Barnfield Care Home manager Alison Riley.


Alison invited her family to the home to entertain residents with books including Hansel and Gretel and Incy Wincy Spider.


The pupils of Model Village Primary School, Shirebrook, sat down to read with the elderly residents alongside others around the country celebrating the national day.


Elderly and young take part in social media sensation

Elderly and young

A SOCIAL media sensation occupied elderly care home residents and teenage volunteers as part of a social action project in Blyth.


Northumberland Rocks, as the activity is known, involves Northumbrians painting stones and pebbles and hiding them in the county’s famous beauty spots.


The free activity has taken Facebook by storm, with a dedicated group attracting almost 8,000 members, as it encourages participants to be creative, get outside and explore the countryside in an attempt to find others’ decorated stones.


They have appeared all over the county during the summer, with those who discover the stones taking a photo and posting their success on the social network.


Pupils take part in scheme to help understand dementia

Pupils with resident

Residents and staff at Camelot Care’s Freshfields Nursing Home in Plymouth are looking forward to taking part for the second time in the Archie Project, a scheme that links local schools with people with dementia in the community.


Part of Reminiscence Learning, a West Country-based charity that aims to promote, maintain and improve activity and education by working with people with dementia, the Archie Project is a unique intergenerational awareness-raising project created to reduce the stigma and fear associated with the word dementia.


Care Group promotes ‘grow your own talent’

Care Group

Claims that the success of an enterprise is boosted by nurturing home-grown talent have been validated with the recent promotion to senior roles of two key staff members, Kerry Libby and Sam Collier, and the creation of a new head office post for former employee Matt Butcher by care-provider the Regard Group.


The organisation has expanded significantly over the past three years, due to a combination of organic growth, new service openings, a merger with ACH and, just last month, the acquisition of Shropshire care group Adelphi Care Services. Regard supports people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injuries through specialist residential and supported living services.


Bield Wins £72k Funding to Support Innovative Services

Old man with child

Around 350 older people across Scotland are set to benefit after a leading housing and services provider landed a £72,000 funding boost.


Bield will use the funds to ensure the continued provision of a number of additional services for residents, service users and their families, including dining out experiences for people with dementia, IT projects and social activities.


By successfully securing the grant from the Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund, Bield will be able to channel the funding towards a range of projects in their developments across the country.


Care Home manager delivers lecture to future nurses

Care Home manager

A manager from a Glasgow care home has helped educate others on developing a successful career in the care industry, by giving a guest lecture at a top Scottish university.


Using her own career as evidence, Heather Martin, a Deputy Manager at Bupa’s Deanfield Care Home, delivered an interactive and informative seminar to a group of second year nursing students at Glasgow Caledonian University.


Heather’s lecture was aimed at improving education, and raising awareness of the array of clinical procedures undertaken by care nursing staff. It also looked to highlight the levels of expertise required in the profession.


Karaoke and gardening for teen volunteers at care home


A COURTYARD has been transformed at The Laurels and The Limes Care Home by volunteers from the Sheffield Wednesday FC National Citizenship Service (NCS).


The charitable teens have given a new lease of life to the previously redundant area of the home, adding bird feeders, seating, a colourful mural and plants.


Twelve volunteers, all aged 16, spent a week at The Laurels and The Limes, on Manchester Road, carrying out the work and spending time with the residents.


They also raised over £130 to purchase a new karaoke machine for the keen elderly singers living at the home.


Glasgow care home residents find their voice with new choir

Glasgow care home

 A care home in Uddingston is offering a unique form of musical therapy which has residents singing its praises, and now it’s calling out to the local community to get involved.


Bupa’s Highgate Care Home has established a weekly choir group which runs every Friday afternoon and has proved hugely popular as a social activity for its residents.


Now, the home is hoping to expand its group of around 15 residents by opening its doors and inviting those living locally to come along and join in.


Led by the care home’s activity coordinators, the choir use YouTube to access classic and recognisable songs such as Flower of Scotland and Auld Lang Syne, to help participants reconnect with previous memories.


Suffolk Care Awards 2017

Awards 2017

Run by The Suffolk Brokerage and the Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers (SAICP), the Suffolk Care Awards were created from the desire to “shine a light on amazing individuals, care providers and care companies who do the crucial job of caring for Suffolk”.
In its second year, there has been a fantastic response once again and earlier this summer the finalists were announced; their details can be found on the Suffolk Care Awards website.

DUET diabetes Ltd is proud to be one of the awards evening sponsors and wish all the finalists the very best of luck!

The winners will be announced at the Suffolk Care Awards ceremony on 28 September at Trinity Park in Ipswich.

Somerset-based hospice St Margaret’s has appointed a visiting professor in what’s believed to be a unique innovation among UK Hospices.

Somerset-based hospice St Margaret’s has appointed a visiting professor in what’s believed to be a unique innovation among UK Hospices.

Professor Max Watson is well known as a palliative care clinician and academic and the driving force behind the highly successful Project ECHO in Northern Ireland. The ECHO model uses video-conferencing technology to create communities of practice linking primary care doctors, nurses, and specialist clinicians. It provides expert advice, peer to peer learning and support on caring for patients with complex health conditions in the community, including end of life care.

Brent King Healthcare Finance

Brent King Healthcare Finance

Hello, I'm David King and welcome to our late Summer newsletter of 2017.

One thing this typical British weather does is make the garden grow. So how do you maintain your care home's gardens? Do you actively encourage your residents to indulge in their gardening hobbies or does this fill you with dread in how to manage their pruning skills?

Care home owners I know who have the most successful gardening  'partnerships' with their residents have stated agreements in place so that everyone knows what they can (and can't) do.