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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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.
 

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.

 

CareFlex

CareFlex

At CareFlex we have confidence and pride in our specialist seating and the positive changes we know it can have on people’s lives.  Careflex has over 20 years’ experience providing seating that is tailored to suit a wide range of requirements and needs.  Chairs are highly durable, adjustable and adaptable, easy to clean and designed to provide ultimate comfort and excellent pressure relief.  CareFlex seating is ideal for multi-user care environments.   And, of course, for people in their own homes. 

Visit us on stand G104 at the Care & Dementia Show where Tony and Les will be pleased to discuss your requirements and answer all your questions.

 

Innovative Housing and Care Experts to Host Sports Themed AGM

Innovative Housing and Care Experts to Host Sports Themed AGM

A SPECIALIST housing and care provider is putting a sporting twist on its annual general meeting by hosting various events from powerchair football to wheelchair basketball to promote the importance of health and wellbeing.
 
Edinburgh-based Blackwood Homes and Care has earned a reputation for its highly creative and engaging yearly showcases, which feature life-changing technology and innovative displays.
 
This year’s AGM will be no different and has been designed to encourage tenants to try new activities by providing them with the opportunity to trial the various sports first hand.
 

Clydebank Care Home Planning Tuck Shop Treat To Help Tackle Dementia, Thanks To Pub Donation

Clydebank Care Home Planning Tuck Shop Treat To Help Tackle Dementia, Thanks To Pub Donation

Bupa’s Hill View Care Home is planning to install a new tuck shop, thanks to a generous donation from a Clydebank pub.

 

 
Each year, customers and colleagues at the Mountblow Bar on Dumbarton Road rally together to raise money for a local good cause. This year Cheryl Sweeney, a member of the bar staff, chose Bupa’s Hill View Care Home to be the recipient, as her grandparents were residents at the home until they passed away.

Visitors to experience hypos at diabetes healthcare event

Hypos (hypoglycaemic events) are one of the most common complications of diabetes. They happen when blood sugar levels fall too low, and symptoms include blurred vision, disorientation, dizziness and difficulty focusing.

But how many healthcare professionals have experienced what it really feels like to have a hypo?

Now, for the first time, HCPs involved in diabetes care will get the chance to put themselves in their patients’ shoes at Diabetes Professional Care 2017 (DPC2017). A new Hypo Hub* feature includes a Simulation Station where, with the aid of a virtual reality headset, visitors can experience the effects of having a hypoglycaemic event first hand.

 

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.

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.