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Buckinghamshire Carer Amy Collins wins Outstanding Carer award

Amy Collins wins Outstanding Carer award

30-year old Amy Collins a carer from Bucks based business Ashridge Home Care has been named Oustanding Carer 2018 at the prestigious Care Campaign for the Vulnerable Awards.

Announced on 5thOctober at a Gala dinner in Gerrards Cross, the 2018 Outstanding Carer Award recognises the exceptional work of individuals in the care sector in the UK. 

Amy received the most nominations as a carer who put clients at the forefront of all she did going beyond the call of duty when delivering good dedicated care to all her clients. The award and a £500 cash prize was proudly accepted from celebrity guest actress Aimi Macdonald by Amy’s mum Christina Graham.

Gerflor scoop the Procure22 Award for Innovation & Product Design

Procure22 Award for Innovation & Product Design

Procure22 represents the third iteration of the Department of Health Framework providing design and construction services for use by the NHS and Social Care organisations for a range of works and services. Winning any of their annual awards is akin to a being awarded a healthcare Oscar.

International flooring specialist Gerflor have been awarded Procure22 framework status with a certificate in the Efficiency and Productivity section for realising efficiencies, and in the Innovation & Product Design division, winning with their Clean Corner System.

Compliance is in the air – and water

Compliance is in the air – and water

Did you know it’s a legal requirement to provide clean fresh air and water to your residents? Gary Nicholls, MD of Swiftclean Building Services, and co-author of TR/19, the widely recognised industry guide to ventilation hygiene, outlines what you need to do to comply.

When running a care home, you have several legal responsibilities that may not be immediately obvious. Several of these are concerned with your air and water supplies. 

Gracewell of Camberley in the running for ‘Care Home of the Year’

Gracewell of Camberley Team nominated Care Home of the year National Care Awards 2018

Gracewell of Camberley are delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted for ‘Care Home of the Year’ at the National Care Awards 2018.

The National Care Awards were devised to celebrate the very best in the long-term care sector highlighting excellence and rewarding those who work tirelessly to provide consistently outstanding care. They are organised by social care’s leading publication, Caring Times.

Trip to the seaside brings back memories

Trip to the seaside brings back memories

A TRIP to the seaside brought back memories for Teesside care home residents – playing on the “tuppence machines” and enjoying fish and chips.

Guy Ledgard, who lives at Ingleby Care Home, in Ingleby Barwick, was joined by his wife Christine and fellow residents for an outing to Seaton Carew.

Guy, who has dementia, was taken down memory lane by his wife, who reminded him of times visiting with their grandchildren on Saturdays.

Christine said: “We always used to go for a paddle in the paddling pool, which has now been changed into a small park for children.

Survey of surgeons highlights the importance of high quality surgical gloves

high quality surgical gloves

A survey of practising UK surgeons has highlighted the importance of investing in high quality surgical gloves to improve surgical safety and create long term value for the NHS. The survey, carried out by Creative Medical Research and commissioned by Mölnlycke, found that UK surgeons agree that using high quality surgical gloves:

Provides greater long term value for the NHS

Improves surgical efficiency and patient outcomes

Plays an essential role in improving both clinician and patient safety

Improved patient and clinician safety

Borough Care Marks the International Day of Older Persons

Erika on the International Day of Older Persons

Borough Care, the largest not for profit provider of care for older people in Stockport, marked the International Day of Older Persons by celebrating the rich and diverse lives of residents in its eleven homes, along with the impact they have had on society.  The International Day of Older Persons is celebrated annually on October 1st. 

Dr Mark Ward, CEO at Borough Care, says: “Many of our residents have led interesting lives and had a very positive impact on their local community and wider society.  The International Day of Older Persons is a great way to mark the contribution older people have made, and continue to make, to our society. Many older people have interesting stories to tell and invaluable advice to give, which we can all benefit from.” 

Person Centred Software partners with PrivacyTrust to strengthen expertise on GDPR and data protection

Person Centred Software partners with PrivacyTrust

Person Centred Software has partnered with PrivacyTrust, specialists in GDPR, to ensure its care home customers receive the very latest and up to date information about keeping on track with GDPR and data protection.
On Wednesday 26th  September Person Centred Software hosted the first in a series of joint webinars with PrivacyTrust, entitled ‘GDPR: What’s Next’ for care homes. The online discussion looked at how homes can keep care records secure and compliant, but still accessible for staff to update and read, whenever they need to. A recording of the event is available at

Care home boarded by young buccaneers on pirate day

Care home boarded by young buccaneers on pirate day

A CREW of primary school pirates boarded a Skelmersdale care home to teach residents about buccaneering.   

The band of brigands from Delph Side Primary School took books, pictures and treasure maps to show those living at Aaron Crest Care Home, on Tanhouse Road.

They dressed in swashbuckling costumes, complete with eye patches and hats, as they entertained residents with their tales from the high seas.

The visit was part of International Talk Like A Pirate Day, when children around the world share a “Yo Ho Ho” and “Ahoy” in celebration of their favourite fictional pirates.

Adrienne Ratcliffe, home manager at Aaron Crest Care Home, said: “The children looked wonderful in their pirate costumes.

Britain’s Got Talent Winner Pays Tribute to Housing and Care Specialists

Britain’s Got Talent Winner Pays Tribute to Housing and Care Specialists

BRITAIN’S Got Talent winner, Lee Ridley, has paid tribute to the ‘important’ work carried out by one of the country’s leading housing and care specialists.

The 37-year-old comedian was the special guest at Blackwood’s AGM and was blown away by the work the charity carries out to help people with disabilities.

Lee was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was just six months old but hasn’t let his disability hold him back and shot to fame this year by winning the ITV talent show with his ‘Lost Voice Guy’ routine.

The comedian performed a laughter-filled routine at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh at the end of the AGM where Blackwood launched its three-year customer engagement plan entitled ‘Making the Connection’.

Sweetheat Heated Delivery Bags

Sweetheat of Dewsbury bags

Sweetheat of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire manufacture its award winning Sweetheat Heated Delivery Bags System for the Home Delivery of Piping Hot Food. The Sweetheat Heated Delivery Bags System ensures food is delivered Piping Hot each and every time with its built in Heated Technology at 90 Degrees Celcius. Customers include County Council Meals on Wheels Services, Hospitals, Independent Delivery Services,Theme Parks and Restaurants

The System consists of 4 Delivery Bags and a 4 Tier Shelving Unit with a built in Transformer. Once the food is packaged it can be put straight into the Delivery bags and given to the driver. The Sweetheat Bags will remain Hot for a good 30-40 minutes.

Braving the blustery weather for a trip to Skegness

Braving the blustery weather for a trip to Skegness

CHESTERFIELD care home residents braved the blustery, wet weather for a trip to Skegness. 

Residents at Holmewood Care Home, on Barnfield Close, spent the day strolling along the seafront, tucking into fish and chips and playing games in the arcade.

Resident Kathleen Leivesley said: “Skegness has always been a holiday destination for my family and we never missed our annual trip.”

Fellow resident Pat Greaves said: “I used to travel abroad and go on cruises and I always looked forward to the casinos. The arcades were a lovely reminder.”

Special recognition for care home resident

Special recognition for care home resident

A group of professional entertainers put on a performance on behalf of the Not Forgotten Association for a Fairmile Grange care home resident, in recognition of him raising over £50,000 for serving personnel and veterans who are wounded, injured, or living with a disability or illness.

On Tuesday, September 18 Mickie Driver staged a performance at the Christchurch care home, with other professional entertainers from The Not Forgotten Association, to thank resident Roy King for the support he has provided over the years.

The Care Home Residents Proving Age is Just a Number

Care home residents Joy and Tom planting garden trough

Ahead of International Day For Older Persons, residents from Romsey care home, Abbotswood Court, are demonstrating how older people can provide valuable contributions to their community.

Over 30% of the local population in Test Valley are now over the age of 60, with this figure set to continue increasing.  Globally, by 2050 over 20 percent of the world's population will be aged 60 or older. With this in mind, the 1st of October is officially marked by the United Nations as ‘International Day of Older Persons', a day dedicated to highlighting the particular needs and challenges faced by older people.

Spearhead Healthcare opens the doors to Staffordshire care home showroom

Spearhead Healthcare - a stylish bedroom

Spearhead Healthcare, one of the UK’s leading suppliers to the care home sector, has launched a care home showroom in Staffordshire in response to growing demand for high quality furniture, furnishings and equipment designed specifically for the care environment.

Professor June Andrews, international dementia expert and former director of the University of Stirling's Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), officially opened the showroom at a well-attended launch event at the end of September where she cut the ribbon and gave a talk on the reasons why care home-specific and dementia-specific design is so crucial to the quality of life for residents.

Ray’s MBE presentation to mark NHS’s 70th anniversary

Ray Allison MBE and his wife Margaret showing his medal and photo with the Queen at Queens Meadow Care Home, in Hartlepool

RAY Allison MBE held a presentation on his award for services to the NHS at the Hartlepool care home where he lives.

The health service’s 70th anniversary prompted Ray to explain about his MBE, which he was awarded by The Queen in the 2000 New Year Honours List.

The former maintenance joiner at Hartlepool and East Durham NHS Trust now lives at Queens Meadow Care Home, on Stockton Road.

Cupcake week celebrations at Widnes care home

Halton View Care Home staff dressed for the National Cupcake Week tea party and dance.

CHOCOLATE, toffee and raspberry were just some of the flavours on offer on National Cupcake Week at a Widnes care home.

Residents, staff and families at Halton View Care Home, on Sadler Street, enjoyed a tea party and dance to mark the occasion – alongside lots of cakes.

The tasty treats were made by a resident’s family, the home’s cook and other staff members.

Entertainment was provided by singer Junior Davies, who performed a variety of songs from old movies.

New Healthcare Group Acquires Specialist Care Homes

Kitnocks House Care Homes

The newly formed Cornerstone Healthcare Group Ltd has acquired family-run Hampshire care homes, South Africa Lodge and Kitnocks House from Dr Oliver Sargent and his family who have run them since 1998.

The homes care for older people with complex neurological, physical and mental health needs associated with challenging behaviours.

This 154 bed acquisition is the first in an ambitious five-year growth plan for the group, who have significant capital for future acquisitions in the specialist care market.