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Charitable teens transform care home garden

NCS spent a week at Thornhill Care Home

Members of the Huddersfield Giants Community Trust National Citizenship Service (NCS) spent a week at Thornhill Care Home to carry out the work.

They created plant pot borders around the home’s garden, installed solar lighting and laid artificial turf.

The 15-to-17-year-olds held fundraising activities and appealed to local businesses for supplies.

They also received funding from Kirklees Council, after support from Councillor Sheikh Ullah, to purchase benches for the home’s residents.

Mayor Councillor Gwen Lowe, Deputy Mayoress Noreen Lowe During and Councillor Ullah attended the official unveiling of the garden at Thornhill Care Home, on Thornhill Road.

Mansfield Care Takeover Bield Care Homes

Bield care homes

A deal has been agreed which saw residents and staff at three Bield care homes transfer to a new provider earlier this month.

Since announcing last year that it would be closing 12 of its care homes, staff at Bield have been working tirelessly to find other providers to take them over.

Following progressive discussions, the housing and care provider announced that two of its homes in Edinburgh and one in Jedburgh will be transferred to Mansfield Care. These transfers follow on from the transfer in May of Finavon Court, in Glenrothes to Kingdom Homes.

The new provider will take over Haugh Street and Craighall Road in Edinburgh and Milfield Gardens in Jedburgh in a move that means all residents and staff can seamlessly transfer over with very few changes.

Borough Care Hosts Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Teddy Bears Picnic

Borough Care, the largest not for profit provider of care for older people in Stockport, recently held a Teddy Bears Picnic for residents. 

The Teddy Bears Picnic was part of a sensory walk, which Borough Care hosts each week until the winter. 

Borough Care has recently decided to theme its weekly walks and the Teddy Bears’ Picnic was the first of the themes. 

Residents and staff met with a teddy bear to walk around Woodbank Memorial Park. 

After the walk, everyone who took part enjoyed a picnic outdoors followed by ice creams all round. 

Sophie Gardiner, Area Support at Borough Care, says:

Public invited to view Fulwood care home with new dementia care service

Fulwood Lodge

A leading Sheffield care home, Fulwood Lodge, is opening its doors to the public next weekend in order to introduce its move into high quality dementia care.

Fulwood Lodge Care Home is launching the new service in addition to its existing nursing  and residential care following its recent CQC report.

The home - set over three floors - can cater for up to 40 residents.

Fulwood Lodge Care Home is now duel registered and able to offer both nursing care together with high-quality dementia care and residential care.

Recover lost time with Snappy Tags!

Recover lost time with Snappy Tags!

Across the UK, busy care home staff spend over 6,000 hours a week rummaging through lost property and residents’ rooms looking for mislaid clothing.  That’s a lot of hours spent on this fruitless task!  With this in mind, one company has identified a quick, easy, and cost-effective solution to labelling residents’ clothing. Snappy Tags ® are discreet and resemble small buttons, making them comfortable and unobtrusive to the wearer. Care Homes who have implemented Snappy Tags® agree:

Easter fayres raise hundreds for Teesside care homes

Easter fayres raise hundreds for Teesside care homes

EASTER was celebrated at care homes across Teesside – with bonnet making masterclasses and fayres.

The Gables Care Home, in Middlesbrough, and Ingleby Care Home, in Ingleby Barwick, were among those to mark the occasion with a variety of activities.

At The Gables, residents created Easter bonnets, adorned with bunny ears, fluffy chicks, brightly coloured eggs and other decorations.

A raffle of chocolate eggs helped raise over £110 for the residents’ fund, which pays for day trips throughout the year.

The home also held a special lunch, dancing and singing to round-off the celebrations.

Resident Ann Barker said: “I wish the weather was as nice as our Easter hats.”

50's American Rock n Roll with Kevin Davidge

50's American Rock n Roll with Kevin Davidge

Kevin Davidge has been performing for over 25 years. He has appeared singing with touring theatre shows as Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in Rock-It, Buddy Holly - a legend reborn and Buddy Holly's Winter Dance Party fronting and leading full Rock n Roll bands. He also has a tracks show that has played in clubs, weddings, birthday partys, hotels, American diners, Holiday camps, kids parties, nursing homes etc. He has also been the bass player of Rock n Roll and Elvis tribute backing band, Red Alert, with the most prestigious venues being the London Palladium, Wales Millennium Centre and the biggest audiences being 5000+ at Bolton Arena, Monmouth festival etc.

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Funeral Zone

Funeral Zone

When a person has been diagnosed with dementia, there are many things to think about. It can be an overwhelming time, as people adjust to the news and begin to think about the changes that are likely to happen.

Yet looking ahead, it can also be a helpful and practical step, as the Alzheimer’s Society explains. “Thinking ahead,” it says, “is a good thing to do. It can help you prepare for a time when it may be difficult for you to make decisions for yourself.”

Talking about what happens when we die is not always an easy subject to broach with the people that we love. But it can be comforting for family to know when the time comes, things were just how someone would have wanted.

Renray Healthcare

Renray Healthcare

Renray Healthcare is one of the largest and leading suppliers of high quality furniture and products to the healthcare sector. With over 50 years’ experience of manufacturing and supplying to the industry, you can feel rest assured that you are in good hands.

Our product offerings include bedroom, lounge, dining and communal furniture for care, nursing and residential establishments; beds, mattresses and PAC; patient and ward furniture for the NHS, and specially designed products for dementia and challenging environments. We also have an in house soft furnishings and flooring department who design, manufacture and install to your requirements.

Sunrise of Bassett Launches New Memory Care Neighbourhood at VIP Party 

Sunrise of Bassett Launches New Memory Care Neighbourhood at VIP Party 

Sunrise of Bassett launched its brand new memory care neighbourhood last week, at a special VIP party featuring delicious food and drink, and live entertainment. At an event attended by the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Les Harris, guests were treated to mouth-watering canapes and flowing champagne, and enjoyed a music performance from a soothing harpist.

Councillor Harris gave an inspirational speech before declaring the luxury neighbourhood officially open, while the Head of Memory Care at Sunrise Senior Living UK, Jackie Pool, spoke to guests about the community’s beautiful surroundings, and caring, compassionate team members who go beyond the call of duty to ensure residents lead enriched lives.

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.