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From Ayrshire to Asia for First Holiday

From Ayrshire to Asia for First Holiday

AN AYRSHIRE woman has gone on her first holiday at the age of 65 to Vietnam after she was able to research her destination through an innovative, digitally enhanced care system.

Margaret Sancken embarked on her holiday in November to spend 11 days discovering the country in Southeast Asia.

For the trip she was accompanied by Gina McClinton, Team Leader, at St Leonard’s Court where Margaret has been a tenant for the last 23 years.

The pair saw the sights and took in the best of what Vietnam has to offer, even enjoying the Asian cuisine with a local family on one night.

What a difference a chair makes

What a difference a chair makes

You often see pictures of people sitting in the care home environment very happily – in the day room or out in the garden.  As long as people are able to manage their own posture and can sit out in comfort, all is well.  However, many elderly people, particularly those with kyphosis sit in inappropriate chairs which do not support them.  Their head slumps forward or to the side – chin to chest.  Gravity can trap people in these destructive postures and can have some very damaging, sometime life-threatening results.

Height adjustable baths designed by caring professionals for professional carers

Height adjustable baths designed by caring professionals for professional carers

Bathing Care experts Dennis Goodes and Ray Metcalf have joined forces to launch ‘SilverSurfers’ height adjustable baths. Over 60 years of experience in the bathing care market across design, manufacture and sales have gone in to designing this unique range.

 

Every bath is handcrafted in the UK by time served craftsmen using traditional methods to exacting standards and constructed by a specialist team of engineers.  The range incorporates the very latest one touch technology making them safe and simple to use. The high quality baths are styled in an Art Deco design with a luxurious finish. 

Encore Care Homes enters a multimillion pound partnership to tackle the UK’s elderly care crisis

Encore Care Homes enters a multimillion pound partnership to tackle the UK’s elderly care crisis

Encore Care Homes has entered a £250million strategic development partnership with U.S healthcare REIT (real estate investment trust), Welltower.
 
The partnership will provide Welltower with the exclusive option to acquire £250million of Encore’s future developments which secures long term care options for the elderly and will allow Encore to continue to design and construct its purpose-built care homes across the south.

Blooming Success for Blackwood Tenant

Blooming Success for Blackwood Tenant

A green fingered Blackwood tenant has been rewarded for his skills by winning the housing and care provider’s prestigious gardening award.
 
Edward Stanton, who has been a tenant at Blackwood’s Argyle Street development for 25 years, won the ‘Best Hanging Basket’ award at the charity’s AGM in Largs.
 
The 78-year-old started work on his balcony five years ago and has since installed four hanging baskets which he believes make the perfect decorations for his balcony.
 
Edward said: “I have always loved gardening and so I couldn’t believe it when I was awarded ‘Best Hanging Basket’ as I have never won anything for my gardening before.
 

World Diabetes Day 2017 (Infographic)

World Diabetes Day 2017 (Infographic)

Diabetes can be deadly and World Diabetes Day draws attention to what people can do to avoid getting diabetes. The amazing thing about diabetes is that 90%-95% of people have type 2 diabetes and this can be prevented or delayed with lifestyle changes. This infographic from Study Medicine Europe takes you through how we lose 1.6 million lives every year because of diabetes. This figure is expected to almost double by 2030.

Another startling statistic is that 84 million American adults have prediabetes and they need to change their ways before it’s too late. It’s so important to check with your doctor if you have any of the high-risk factors related to prediabetes.

A little bit of magic at Worcestershire care home

A little bit of magic at Worcestershire care home

The husband of a resident at a Worcestershire care facility has raised more than £5000 to buy a piece of equipment aimed at helping dementia patients to relax and reminisce.

Pete James, whose wife, Nicole, lives at The Hawthorns care home, in Evesham, has used the funds to purchase a ‘magic table’. This new technology uses interactive games to connect people in the mid to late stages of dementia with each other, and with their surroundings, all the while stimulating movement.

Dementia Dare Devil Wing Walk

Dementia Dare Devil Wing Walk

An East Sussex lady, whose husband Derek resides at Clifden House dementia care centre, completed a dare devil wing walk to raise awareness and help reduce the stigma of dementia.
 
Delia Spindlow, whose husband was diagnosed with dementia a few years ago said “It’s hard when someone close to you has dementia. While my husband is lucky enough to be in the superb care of Clifden House Dementia Care Centre in Seaford, I still wanted to do something to raise further awareness of this debilitating disease. “
 
Delia’s wing walk challenge took place on 23 September and helped raise money for Eastbourne Dementia Action Alliance, with the staff at Clifden House donating to the fundraising efforts.

New Tranquillity Room for Ormskirk Care Home

New Tranquillity Room for Ormskirk Care Home

Residents and relatives have been able to enjoy a little bit of peace and quiet in style, as Stocks Hall Care Home in Ormskirk, Lancashire unveiled its new Tranquility Room.
 
The renovated project of an existing conservatory has taken 4 months to complete was officially opened by Edna Adams, 95 who lives at the Care Home.
 
A celebration afternoon tea was held to mark the occasion and celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony.
 
Edna Adams, Resident says “It’s such an honour to open this wonderful room, a lot of hard work and dedication has gone into this renovation.  Thanks to everyone at the Home for creating this special place for us to all enjoy together.”
 

Safe, Reliable, 9 – 17 Seat Minibuses

Safe, Reliable, 9 – 17 Seat Minibuses

National minibus supplier Red Kite provides real customer choice, responding to the ever-increasing demand for ‘Young Driver’ Minibuses and the need for B Licence driver compatibility. Options include:

 

New Peugeot Expert Combi 9 Seat Minibus. Designed to offer both driver and passenger space and comfort, this latest model Minibus is an invitation to travel in comfort and style and is available with up to 9 seats for smaller group travel. 

 

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.