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Singing for elderly veterans in wounded soldiers’ show

The This Is Not For You

ELDERLY ex-servicemen and women living in care homes across Teesside were represented at a show, This Is Not For You Show, to honour the survivors of war.

This Is Not For You took place at the Stockton International Riverside Festival, performed by veterans and backed by a forty-strong choir of local singers.

The show tells the story of wounded soldiers who returned from WW1 and were treated with less respect and honour than those who died.

A member of the show choir, Julie Walker took part as a tribute to the veterans living in care homes where she works, as well as in memory of her grandfather, John Godwin.

Firefighters and ambulance crews practise obese rescues with 40 stone Ruth Lee dummies

Ruth Lee Ltd

Firefighters and ambulance crews are using 40 stone manikins, from Ruth Lee Ltd, in training exercises to practise rescuing obese people.

The bariatric dummies are being used by crews across the world to replicate the weight of unconscious people in response to rising obesity rates.

Produced by Ruth Lee Ltd, Europe’s leading manufacturer of rescue training manikins, the dummies come inRuth Lee Ltd three sizes – 90kg, 180kg and 260kg – and are filled with a stone core and steel ball bearings.

Tyneside care home gets “Good” from watchdog CQC

Waverley Lodge Care Home

A TYNESIDE care home, Waverley Lodge Care Home, has been rated “Good” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – after residents and relatives told the watchdog “staff were lovely, caring and friendly”.

Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, achieved a “Good” rating in all five categories of safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

Home manager Julie Booth has said they will now strive for the top rating of “Outstanding”.

She said:

“Everyone at Waverley Lodge Care Home is delighted to get “Good” across the board following our recent CQC inspection. We work incredibly hard to provide the highest quality of care for our residents and we are hoping that will be recognised in future with an “Outstanding” rating.”

Runcorn care home workers achieve end of life care award

Simonsfield Care Home

TWO Runcorn care home workers, Simonsfield Care Home, have enhanced their end of life care skills and knowledge after passing a rigorous programme of training.

Carers Alexandra Groundwater and Alison Clifton, from Simonsfield Care Home, have completed the Six Steps to Success in End of Life Care programme.

Based on national frameworks, the programme was developed in the North West by the Cheshire and Merseyside Clinical Network and the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Clinical Network.

The aim is to enhance end of life care provided by care homes through supporting staff to develop their roles.

Alexandra and Alison are now certified to train their colleagues in the Six Steps programme.

Special meeting for city historian Len

Aaron Court Care Home

CHESTER historian and Honorary Freeman of the Borough Len Morgan was treated to a trip down memory lane by a local history group and Aaron Court Care Home.

Saltney and Saltney Ferry History Group visited Len at Aaron Court Care Home, in Ellesmere Port, after his son arranged a meeting with members.

They brought a collection of Len’s work, pulled together from their archives, as well as books he co-authored, such as Chester Through Time from 2010.

Now 85 years old, Len has been a member of the group for over 30 years and was still able to recall a lot of his work and the history of Chester and Ellesmere Port.

Colourful care home staff help at charity Colour Run

Colour Run

MULTICOLOURED wigs and fluorescent garlands greeted runners taking part in an Alice House Hospice Colour Run fundraiser in Seaton Carew.

The annual Colour Run saw hundreds of participants completing the 5km course along the sea front in Hill Care Group sponsored t-shirts.

Staff from two of the group’s homes were dressed in colourful accessories for the occasion – as they lent support on the water station, t-shirt and merchandise stalls.

Hill Care’s Queens Meadow Care Home, in Hartlepool, and Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, in Peterlee, were both represented at the event.

Alice House Hospice cares for those with life limiting illnesses and their loved ones in Hartlepool and East Durham.

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: