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Teesside care home throws party for NHS 70th anniversary

NHS Foundation Trust

A NURSING veteran was among those celebrating the 70th anniversary of the NHS at a special event in Stockton-on-Tees.

87-year-old Sheila Bradley was joined by members of Teesside’s health services for the celebration at The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane.

Sheila was an NHS mental health nurse for over 30 years, having trained at Newcastle University and worked at North Tees Hospital.

Now living at The Beeches, she presented goodie bags as a thank you gift to members of the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust district nursing team, community matrons, GPs and dentists.

The bags contained wine, chocolates, face masks, notepads and pens as well as a personal thank you card to each of the attendees.

Busy Bees first to launch NHS-approved menu

Busy Bees

As part of celebrations to mark 70 years of the NHS, Busy Bees, the leading childcare provider in the UK, has launched a new summer menu which achieves NHS Startwell accreditation.

The voluntary accreditation provides guidelines for nursery settings to ensure the meals they prepare have the right nutritional balance pre-school children need for healthy and happy early years.

Busy Bees is the first nursery group to achieve the NHS Startwell menu accreditation, which also meets Public Health EnBusy Beesgland Early Years guidance.

Family farm raises hundreds for Teesside care home residents

Ingleby Care Home

PIZZA, pints and prosecco have helped raise hundreds of pounds for Teesside care home residents.

A fundraising event was held at Lowfields Farm, near Stainton, for residents at Ingleby Care Home, Ingleby Barwick.

Pints of cider and lager, prosecco and soft drinks, a cake sale, pizzas, blow-up gladiator and sumo activities and a bouncy castle generated £621 in donations.

The farm is owned by the granddaughter of one of the home’s residents, Joyce Marsay.

Jayne Kendall threw the event after being impressed with the improvements in her grandmother’s mobility and sociability since moving into the care home.

Clinically connected care homes could reduce NHS demand by £1bn

Clinically connected care homes could reduce NHS demand by £1bn

A large-scale project led by senior nurses to improve the health of care home residents in Calderdale, Yorkshire has reduced emergency admissions by 33 per cent with the help of technology-enabled care. Analysis1 commissioned by Tunstall, has indicated this type of care model could release £1 billion NHS capacity if deployed on a national scale.

Compton Care appoints BAM to build £2.5m Care Coordination Centre

Care Coordination Centre plans

Wolverhampton-based charity Compton Care has today named BAM Construction as the company that will build its much-anticipated Care Coordination Centre. 

The Centre, which is being funded in majority by a donation from former members of the Unite Union Goodyear Wolverhampton branch, will allow the charity to effectively coordinate its services from one central point in order to create a more responsive service for people living with complex and incurable conditions.

BAM was selected as the successful company from a series of applications submitted through the ProCure22 (P22) –a Construction Procurement Framework for the Public Sector. 

Anyone for tennis? Homes at Castle View Windsor include sporting bonus as new show apartments are revealed

Castle View retirement village

Active retirees wanting an urban lifestyle and great transport links can now view the newly launched show apartments at Castle View retirement village in Windsor which come with the added bonus of a lifetime membership to Windsor Lawn Tennis club, right next door to the development.

Residents will be able to jet of Heathrow just 20 minutes away, while London can be reached in about 35 minutes on the train.  Offering additional excellent facilities, Windsor town centre is just a mile away, while the M4 can be reached in just two miles.

The Beeches’ beach summer BBQ a hit with residents

The Beeches’ beach summer BBQ a hit with residents

The beach was brought to The Beeches when the care home’s staff threw a summer BBQ for residents.

The Stockton-on-Tees based home created an indoor seaside with a paddling pool and sand pit for those unable to travel to the coast.

There was also entertainment from Michaela Marshall from Musical Memories, which specialises in providing costumed, interactive shows for care homes.

Michaela performed beach themed 1950s and 60s classics, including “Rum and Coca Cola”, “We’re All Going On a Summer Holiday”, and “Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside”.

Volunteer and friend of The Beeches Care Home, Ruth Atkinson served up burgers and sausages from the BBQ, as everyone enjoyed the summer sun.

Game of Thrones star meets Balhousie dementia champion at nursing awards

Game of Thrones star meets Balhousie dementia champion at nursing awards

A dementia nurse consultant from Perth-based care home company, Balhousie Care Group, has celebrated winning an award for leadership with the Mother of Dragons herself, Games of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.

Yvonne Manson scooped a national nursing award for her innovative work in dementia practices at the prestigious RCNi Awards in London last night which celebrate excellence in nursing care throughout the UK.

Harvest Healthcare

Harvest Healthcare

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We offer services to make sure you are complaint with legal standards.

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Innovative and End to End Care Software Solutions 

Innovative and End to End Care Software Solutions 

First established in 2014, Care Software Solutions began trading in 2016 under founding director Cheryl Kenealy’s management. The company was initially set up to replace the paper-basedcare file in a multitude of environments such as the client’s home, the care home and community-basedclinics and centres that provide outreach nursing and care services and support services to adults. 

Maritime care home welcomes public to open day

In celebration of Seafarers Awareness Week 2018, Banstead based care home The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society opened its doors

In celebration of Seafarers Awareness Week 2018, Banstead based care home The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society opened its doors on 27 June, to welcome members of the public and local community to join staff and residents in raising awareness of the sector at the Society’s annual Open Day.
The event was attended by trustees, the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead, and a children’s choir from Warren Mead Junior School. Guests were invited to attend the home and meet residents whilst celebrating the work of Seafarers UK, which supports charities that look after the welfare needs of seafarers, ex-seafarers and their dependants.

Hilton Nursing Partners is an A1 Service

Mrs Rennie recently relied on the service to help her manage her trepidation at being discharged from hospital.

Hilton Nursing Partners are as proud as punch to receive glowing feedback from one very satisfied customer. 

Mrs Rennie recently relied on the service to help her manage her trepidation at being discharged from hospital.

Although positively managing her life with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and living a very independent life, Mrs Rennie was suddenly admitted to hospital due to complications. 

Unfortunately the timing couldn’t have been any worse as her family had just gone away on a short trip abroad. However upon her discharge Hilton Nursing Partners were there to meet and greet her from hospital and settle her back at home providing the personal support she required.

Mrs Rennie says:

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BB Training Academy

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Care home car wash raises funds for Stroke Association

Broadacres Care Home

PURPLE stocks and a charity car wash helped a Rotherham care home, Broadacres Care Home, raise funds for the Stroke Association.

Broadacres Care Home, on Naylor Street, collected £109 from dozens of customers wanting to get their car cleaned.

While waiting, they were invited to throw a wet sponge at senior carer Scott Needham, who was locked into the Stroke Association stocks.

The event raised £109 for the charity, which will go towards supporting stroke survivors and funding research.

Soldiers visit elderly veteran on Armed Forces Day

Soldiers visit elderly veteran on Armed Forces Day

Elderly Army veteran Bill Lyons received a special visit from fellow servicemen on Armed Forces Day.

The 74-year-old resident of Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, in Peterlee, was thrilled to meet two soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment.

Sergeant Stephen Row of the 1st Battalion and Lance Corporal Christopher O’Callaghan of the 2nd Battalion paid a visit to Bill after hearing he was physically unable to attend the town’s Armed Forces Day parade.

Originally from Newcastle, Bill spent nine years in the Durham Light Infantry, where he rose to the rank of Corporal.

The care home’s activities coordinator, Dawn Minto, contacted the Armed Forces Careers Office in Middlesbrough to arrange the visit.

Armed Forces Day brings back World War memories

Armed Forces Day brings back World War memories

Wartime memories and songs were shared at a Chester-le-Street care home as part of Armed Forces Day celebrations.

Elderly residents at Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, Pelton, told stories of the Blitz, blackouts and listening to the BBC on “the wireless” for updates.

They also joined in a singalong with entertainer Janie St John, who dressed in an authentic 1940s uniform.

“It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”, “Pack Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag”, “We’ll Meet Again” and “Keep The Home Fires Burning” were just some of the favourites.

One resident with advanced dementia was able to recall all the lyrics from songs she used to sing as a girl with family and friends.