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We're backing the Changing Places campaign for accessible toilet facilities

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Care & Nursing Essentials magazine are proud to be backing the Changing Places campaign. Tired of not being able to access toilets in public, healthcare workers are joining parents and disability rights campaigners to call on shops, restaurants and public buildings to accommodate adults who need to change in a dignified way.

The Twitter campaign #changingplaces has been highlighting inadequate toilet facilities and praising firms who have invested in hoists, adult-sized changing tables, grip handles and pull-cord alarms to ensure people of all abilities can change without being embarrassed – and so that carers can lift and handle without putting themselves at risk.

New care organisation plans to transform Hertfordshire nursing home

Chalfont Court

A family owned care operator has acquired a local Hertfordshire nursing home, Chalfont Court, and plans to transform the home over the next couple of years.

Acacia Care, who also own a luxury residential home in Nottingham, has recently taken over Chalfont Court and will be carrying out a major internal refurbishment bringing it to the same standard as their existing home.

Prior to refurbishment works, Acacia Care will be looking to improve local links, supporting community engagement and helping residents and staff to form relationships with groups and businesses in the area.

Advinia Health Care acquires 22 Bupa care homes across the UK

Advinia Health Care

Care home provider Advinia Health Care announced today the names of the 22 Bupa care homes it has acquired, as part of a deal with the international healthcare group that closed in February. The acquisition follows the completion of Bupa’s transfer of 110 care homes to HC-One in December.

The deal means Advinia Health Care now operates 38 care homes in the UK, comprising 3,250 beds, an increase of over 500%. The company is now among the top 10 private care providers in the UK, and has taken over the employment of more than 3,700 staff who previously worked at Bupa. No reductions in overall staff numbers are expected.

Age Space: an online resource for relatives going through care process

Age Space Annabel James

Editor Victoria Galligan spoke to Annabel James, founder of Age Space, about how people caring for elderly relatives were crying out for some more support – and what she did about it.

Eight weeks visiting her mum in the Stroke Unit at Poole Hospital started Annabel James thinking. She felt increasingly isolated and anxious about the decisions that had to be made; not knowing where to find answers – or even what the questions were some of the time. 

As Annabel shared her experience with family and friends it became clear that she wasn’t alone. She then spent a year researching possible solutions which led to her setting up  – a one-stop online resource for anyone anxious about or caring for elderly parents or relatives.

Hallmark care home wins national design award

Healthcare Design Awards

Chamberlain Court Care Home, which opened in July 2017, was awarded the ‘Best New Care Home’ title at the prestigious Pinders Healthcare Design Awards. 

The glittering awards ceremony held recently at the Lancaster London Hotel in Westminster, seek to acknowledge the contribution made by designers, architects and the owners of care homes, hospitals and other care schemes to the well-being and quality of life for those in their care.

Chamberlain Court provides residential and dementia care and has facilities such as a hair salon, barbers, cinema room and café, all of which provide vital destination points for residents living with dementia.

Wiltshire welcomes award-winning dementia care technology


Woodfalls Care Home in Salisbury, Wiltshire have installed their first Tovertafel.

This award-winning innovation from the Netherlands, which is renowned for its cutting-edge approach to dementia care. The technology contains a series of interactive light games for people living with mid-to-late stage dementia. It has been designed to encourage instinctive participation, inviting engagement and stimulating a level of physical and social activity rarely seen in people living with dementia in the later stages of their journey.

Quality of care homes got worse in 1 in 5 local authorities in the last year, new research reveals

Quality of care homes got worse in 1 in 5 local authorities in the last year, new research reveals

The proportion of care homes rated “inadequate” or “requires improvement” increased in 1 in 5 local authority areas in 2017. A dramatic variation in the quality of care homes at a regional and local authority level across England continues to exist. The North West is the worst performing region when it comes to the proportion of satisfactory care homes, while London and the East of England are the best performing regions. That’s according to new analysis by Independent Age, the older people’s charity[1].

In some areas such as Tameside or Portsmouth, older people and their families continue to face little choice of quality care, with around 1 in 2 homes rated not good enough by the Care Quality Commission. 

The main regional findings are:

Ponies wow residents at New Copford Place care home

Ponies wow residents at New Copford Place care home

New Copford Place care home in Colchester, run by charity Friends of the Elderly, recently welcomed some very special visitors. Thanks to Magical Miniature Ponies, two ponies visited the home to spend time with residents and their relatives.

Donna Owen, Manager at New Copford Place, said: “It was wonderful to see the residents interacting with the ponies. Everyone was just so surprised that we had real life ponies actually inside the home. The team from Magical Miniature Ponies were brilliant telling us all about the ponies and the sensory benefits and stimulation from being around these animals was something we saw last with our residents for days. Everyone is still talking about it!”

Mabel celebrates her 100th birthday with friends and family

Mabel celebrates her 100th birthday with friends and family

A FORMER factory worker has celebrated her 100th birthday with a party alongside friends and family at her care home in Chester-le-Street. Mabel Fenwick was born on 30th March 2018 and has lived in the north east all her life – moving to Pelton Grange Care Home in December 2016.

The home hosted a party on 29th March, with Durham County Council Cllr John Lethbridge delivering flowers to the centenarian.

Les Burnett, home manager at Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, said: “Mabel is quite a character and always makes an impression on everyone she meets.

“She is loved by all at the care home and the staff, fellow residents, friends and family are thoroughly excited to celebrate her amazing milestone birthday.”

Fairmile Grange announced award winner for 'Top 20 Recommended Care Home 2018’

Fairmile Grange announced award winner for 'Top 20 Recommended Care Home 2018’

Fairmile Grange care home in Christchurch has received the award for 'Top 20 Recommended Care Home (South West England) 2018'.

The Top 20 Care Home Awards 2018 highlight the most recommended care homes in each region of the UK. The awards are based on over 75,000 reviews from residents and their friends and families.

Fairmile Grange, the private residential, nursing and dementia care home on the grounds of Christchurch Hospital, has been awarded this prestigious recognition due to its ranking as the number one care home in the Christchurch area.  Based on 27 reviews, Fairmile Grange has a rating of 9.9.

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.”

Tania Plahay on her book: Yoga for Dementia

Yoga for Dementia cover

Care homes are embracing yoga as a method of promoting mindfulness through meditation, as well as improving cardiovascular fitness and reducing depression. Tania Plahay runs a pilot therapeutic yoga programme for people with dementia in care homes and her book Yoga For Dementia is based on the findings from that programme. Tania has a dedicated page to Yoga for Dementia on her website Here, she tells Care & Nursing Essentials editor Victoria Galligan about her book and the benefits of yoga for residents, families and staff... 


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