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Windsor care home creating friendships across the ages in exciting project

 local pre-school

Sandown Park care home in Windsor is bringing generations together by working with a local pre-school.  Every fortnight, the home welcomes children from local group ‘First Steps’ to spend time in the home, interacting and socialising with the residents.

 

The home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, provides high quality care for up to 95 residents, many of whom live with dementia.  It specialises in providing specialist dementia care and in the provision of innovative projects to support those living with the condition.

 

Following a successful project in 2015-2016 in which local army wives visited the home with their young children, this new initiative has been brought to life, and has been successfully underway since April this year.

 

PET THERAPY AT CLIFDEN HOUSE

A Noah’s ark of creatures visited leading dementia care centre in Seaford.

 

As part of its ongoing pet therapy programme, Clifden House on Claremont Road welcomed a menagerie of pets, reptiles and small animals to include lizards, snakes, hedgehogs and rabbits.

 

Nial Joyce of Clifden House said: “Research from the International Psychogeriatric Association highlighted that interaction with pets can lower blood pressure leading to reduced anxiety. Ultimately, this can improve behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

 

Care Roadshow Cardiff

Care Roadshow Cardiff

Care Roadshow Cardiff, hosted at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday 17th October was the third time that organisers, Broadway Events, has brought the show to the welsh care community. Visitors travelled across the water and braced the threat of the incoming storm to source the latest innovations from the line-up of exhibitors including Educ8, Newhall Janitorial and Citation to name a few.

Care home staff celebrate shortlisting for leadership award

Care home staff celebrate shortlisting for leadership award

The team at one of Stevenage’s leading residential care homes, Martins House, have been recognised for their excellent leadership at this year’s Hertfordshire Care Awards. 

Organised by the Hertfordshire Care Providers Association, the awards recognise some of the best care services in the region and celebrate the work of local carers.

Run by Gold Care Homes, Martins House provides care to more than 60 people and has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission. 

Slimy snails and slithering snakes visit Deangate Care Home

Slimy snails and slithering snakes visit Deangate Care Home

A SLIMY encounter with giant snails and slithering snakes took place at a Barnsley care home.

 

Elderly residents at Deangate Care Home, in Mapplewell, took turns holding creepy crawlies and reptiles as part of an animal therapy session.

 

Animal handling company ZooLab brought along the exotic visitors, including giant African snails, lizards and snakes.

 

Julia Chambers, home manager at Deangate Care Home, said: “Holding snakes and lizards might not be for everyone but all our residents got a thrill from seeing them.

 

“Those brave enough to handle the animals said they loved it. It brought smiles to everyone’s faces.

  ‘Put health and safety first’ urges care property specialists

Robin Harris

ECO Integrated Property Solutions delivered a hard-hitting presentation at the National Association of Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHICS) National Health and Safety Conference for Social Care in September.

 

The property solutions provider which specialises in care homes and the welfare sector explained the necessity for a comprehensive programme of property management to ensure the wellbeing of residents and compliance of the business, which could effectively save lives.

 

Recognizing Depression in Older People [Infographic]

Recognizing Depression in Older People [Infographic]

Many elderly people struggle with depression from one day to the next and, frighteningly, even those closest to them might not realize it. Senior citizens are generally far less likely than other age groups to readily admit to feeling depressed, as they might regard it as part of growing older or they might not want to worry younger relatives. Conversely, some seniors are all too aware of their depression and would love nothing more than someone in whom they can confide, but their isolation deprives them of this.

Independent living emergency SOS phone

New Amplicomms BigTel 50 Alarm Plus

New Amplicomms BigTel 50 Alarm Plus

  • SOS Neck or Wrist Pendant for Emergencies
  • Amplified Calls, Ringer & Hearing Aid Compatible
  • Oversized Display Screen
  • Large Fonts & Raised Big Buttons
  • Visual Call Alert

If you have physical limitations, or an older person wanting to live independently the amplicomms BigTel 50 is an affordable telecare solution that allows you to quickly and easily raise help in an emergency.

Sweet treat for care home residents during Chocolate Week

Sweet treat for care home residents during Chocolate Week

National Chocolate Week has been celebrated at a Stockton on Tees care home with a special tasting session for residents.

 

The UK’s largest celebration of the sweet treat saw elderly residents at Ingleby Care Home dipping strawberries and marshmallows into a fountain of chocolate.

 

Resident Olive Smith said: “I just wanted one strawberry dipped in chocolate but it tasted so good I had a few more and a couple of marshmallows as well.”

 

Kirsty Walsh, activities coordinator at Ingleby Care Home, on Green Lane, said: “What could be more fun than Chocolate Week.

 

“The chocolate fountain was a huge hit as residents enjoyed dipping the strawberries in the melted chocolate.

 

Remembering World War 2 at The Beeches Care Home

Lesley Walton

SURVIVORS of World War 2 took part in a week of reminiscence events and activities at The Beeches Care Home, in Stockton on Tees.

 

The home’s residents requested the commemorative week to share their war time memories and stories.

 

Staff contacted Preston Park Museum, on Yarm Road, to borrow items from the 1940s and 50s to help set the scene.

 

Residents relished the opportunity to go through and talk about items they used during their childhoods, such as ration books, wartime outfits, helmets, newspapers and other trinkets.

 

They also played WW2 themed games and a held a quiz night, when the residents were entertained by singer Delray, who performed songs from the war years.

 

Satisfaction Levels Soar At Blackwood

Fanchea Kelly

A record tenant response has produced results that show soaring levels of customer satisfaction at leading housing and care provider Blackwood.

 

Chief Executive Fanchea Kelly, speaking at the organisation’s sports and activity themed AGM, said that she had never known better levels of engagement with customers in her many years in the sector.

 

More than 50% of Blackwood customers responded to the recent survey, which found that the Edinburgh headquartered organisation had made a number of significant improvements.

 

Highlights included the number of tenants who believe Blackwood provide value for money had increased by 8% in two years to 79%. In addition, those who rated the staff as helpful had improved to 89%.

 

New partnership offers care homes flexible way to enjoy top-quality nursing beds and furniture

New partnership offers care homes flexible way to enjoy top-quality nursing beds and furniture

A new partnership between a leading UK business finance provider and top furniture manufacturer is set to offer care homes more flexible ways to enjoy high-end beds and furniture. 

Henry Howard Finance (HHF), has launched an exclusive national partnership with German medical and nursing home bed and furniture manufacturer, Wissner-Bosserhoff, part of the Linet Group.

This exclusive funding partnership will allow Wissner-Bosserhoff to offer straightforward and flexible finance solutions to UK customers wishing to purchase its high-end nursing home and hospital beds. 

New measures to support ‘let down’ older people with diabetes and frailty developed by Luton professor

New measures have been unveiled to that support older people with diabetes who are “let down” by the system.

 

Professor Alan Sinclair said older people with diabetes were “often overlooked and over medicated” and it was time to give them the “care and attention” they deserve.

 

He was speaking following the fourth meeting of the Older People’s Diabetes Network (OPDN) and ahead of the publication of his guidelines entitled ‘An International Position Statement on the Management of Frailty in Diabetes’.

 

The document formalises a frailty service model spanning primary, secondary and community care in a bid to prevent frailty and ensure the early management of the condition.

 

Re:Cognition Health launches new Alzheimer's clinic in Birmingham

Re:Cognition Health Launches New Clinic in Birmingham

Re:Cognition Health, a leading provider of final phase, international, clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions, has launched a new centre in Birmingham.

Located in the Calthorpe Medical Estate, at 100 Hagley Road Road, B16 8LT, the new site will provide access to the very best healthcare and treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions, whilst pioneering research to ultimately help pave the way to finding a cure for the disease.

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.

 

UK NICE publishes Medtech Innovation Briefing on Mepilex® Border dressings for preventing pressure ulcers

The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued a Medtech Innovation Briefing (MIB) on the Mölnlycke Mepilex® Border dressings for preventing pressure ulcers. This is the first and only MIB to be published by NICE on a dressing for pressure ulcer prevention.

Molnlycke’s proprietary design of Mepilex® Border Heel and Sacrum with Deep Defense technology™ has been proven to protect a patient’s most vulnerable areas against extrinsic factors associated with pressure ulcers – including pressure, shear, friction and microclimate.

Acting now to improve dementia care

Acting now to improve dementia care

By Jill Whittaker, managing director of Connect2Care, discusses how investing in apprentices can help improve dementia care

More than 500,000 people in the UK are currently thought to be living with dementia and this figure is rising year-on-year[1]. In fact, the number of people living with the illness is predicted to increase by an astounding 281% in 2050, compared to 2015 figures[2]. Despite the growing number of cases, it’s estimated that one in three care workers have received no formal dementia training[3].

Apprenticeships: How to engage with Generation Z

Apprenticeships: How to engage with Generation Z

Recruitment and retention are major concerns within the health and care sector, but professionals are being urged to tap into the talents of Generation Z to ensure top-quality staff are on-hand to plug the growing skills gap. Connect2Care, the leading provider of training and apprenticeships in the Care Sector, discusses ways employers can reduce this gap by boosting engagement with young apprentices.