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Edyn.Care launches personalised home care in London

Edyn.Care has launched its personalised home care services in London, empowering seniors to stay at home, happily and safely knowing that 24-hour support is on hand. The CQC regulated company combines the human touch with tech-enabled solutions to provide high-quality and proactive care tailored to its clients’ needs, helping to build long-term harmonious relationships to ensure peace of mind.

The UK population is ageing. By 2040 one in seven are projected to be aged over 75, according to government report, the “Future of an ageing population”. The need for quality home care services will increase substantially in the coming years, forcing the sector to modernise processes to meet demand. Edyn Care sees the potential for 15.9M elderly clients and their families to eliminate paperwork and simplify the process using tech-enabled solutions.

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Baby yoga classes at care home

BABIES and elderly care home residents are taking part in yoga sessions together at a Stockton-on-Tees care home.

The Kalma Baby sessions are held at Ingleby Care Home, Lamb Lane, Ingleby Barwick, with residents and visitors with young children all invited to participate.

Staff, residents’ families and members of the community with babies and toddlers have all been taking part.

Bringing the two generations together provides benefits for both groups, explained Jessica Jolly, who runs the sessions.

Jessica, who works as a mental health nurse, said: “The session at Ingleby Care Home went down really well. 

“I was so impressed at how the residents reacted to it and there are so many benefits for the babies and parents.”

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Brain Injury service recognised for end of life care excellence

Two neurological rehabilitation specialist units in Northampton have completed Gold Standards Framework (GSF) for its end of life care. 

Christchurch View and Loyd House were awarded the Quality Hallmark certificate by GSF for demonstrating excellence in care standards and showcasing evidence based best practice in end of life care. 

The certification process includes assessment against 20 clear standards of best practice; reviewing the care of residents using the After-Death Analysis Audit Tool and Quality Assessment Visit and reviewing the integration of the processes into everyday practice.

Gillian Jeffers, Registered Manager for Christchurch View and Loyd House, said: “I am extremely proud of the teams for achieving this certification. It clearly shows their commitment to a holistic approach to the care and support our service users receive. We have now commenced the full accreditation programme to improve our service delivery even more.

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WW1 centenary marked with 100 poppies at care home

100 POPPIES were created by Barnsley care home residents to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Marion Batty, Joan White and Annie Oakley, all living at Deangate Care Home, on Towngate, Mapplewell, created the memorial.

They made poppy wreaths and a canvas of finger-painted poppies surrounding a silhouette of a First World War soldier and the words “We Remember”.

Nicola Smith, activities coordinator at Deangate Care Home, said: “As it has been 100 years since the First World War ended, we thought it would be nice to make a memorial.

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Disorientating effect of décor on dementia patients not understood by many

 Most people are unaware that interior décor can confuse those with dementia.  

Certain décor such as patterned and coloured carpets can cause dementia sufferers to become disorientated and unsettled. 

A recent survey conducted by United Carpets and Beds asked the public how they would adapt a home to suit somebody who was suffering with dementia. 

The results showed that almost a third of the public have no idea how to do this (30%), while a similar number would only think to address obvious hazards such as sharp corners and clutter (30.9%). Other findings included rearranging rooms and buying specialist furniture. 

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Making Mobility Easy 

Just like the family that runs it, AHM Installations is a business that won’t falter under pressure. Set up 18 years ago by Julie and Simon Symcox, the business began selling quality mobility scooters and stairlifts to those in need.

When enquires about mobility bathrooms began to flood in, they decided to implement these into their business, until the demand grew so much that it became their focal selling point. 

Specialising in bathroom adaptations for the elderly and disabled, AHM Installations can provide wet rooms, walk in showers, walk in baths, automatic toilets, high raised toilets, grab rails and shower stools. With everything you could possibly need, designing your perfectly usable and accessible bathroom just became easier.

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Meals on Wheels

24 per cent of the UK’s local authorities have stopped offering a Meals on Wheels service since 2014. Just 42 per cent of local authorities now offer any kind of Meals on Wheels service to elderly and vulnerable people living in our communities. 

These are the findings of new research from the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) for Meals on Wheels Week 2018 (5-9 November).

The survey of the higher tier authorities in the UK shows a steady decline in the provision of Meals on Wheels services since the NACC first commissioned the research in 2014, when 66% of UK local authorities provided a service, and again in 2016, when the figure was 48%.

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Cold weather priority logo

According to The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), each year in the UK, there are 40,000 so-called ‘excess winter deaths' as a result of cold. 82.5% of these are among the elderly (aged 75 and over) enter the Cold Weather Priority Initiative. Based on ONS data, in England alone there were as many as 1,724 extra deaths during the 'Beast from the East' (22 February to 3 March 2018). Across the UK the number the number may even be as high as 2000.

In response to this and with winter approaching off grid energy trade association, The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers, whose members supply up to 1.5 million rural homes in the UK and 733,000 homes in the Republic of Ireland with heating oil, is urging members of the public who are 75+ and who use heating oil to sign up to the Cold Weather Priority Initiative.

The CWP initiative will assist in identifying and help those most at risk so they are prioritised for delivery when it comes to heating oil supplies throughout the winter months, especially during periods of extreme cold weather or fuel shortages.

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National Care Awards Finalists from Balhousie Care Group

Three exceptional people from Balhousie Care Group have been shortlisted for a National Care Award. Heather Smith, Yvonne Manson and Ross Balmer are finalists for the prestigious awards which recognises the very best of those working the care industry.

As the Operations Manager at Balhousie's Advanced Specialist Care Unit, Heather Smith has been shortlisted for the Learning Disability Services Manager award for the second year running.

Yvonne Manson, who is a Dementia Nurse Consultant with the leading care home provider, is a finalist in the Care Leadership category. This accolade follows Yvonne's success at the Royal College of Nursing's RCNi Awards last July where she picked up an award for leadership.

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Staff at Teesside Care Homes in Halloween Costumes

A FRIGHTFUL autumn fayre was held at a Teesside care home to mark Halloween.

Ghouls and ghosts walked the corridors of The Beeches Care Home, in Stockton-on-Tees, as staff dressed for the occasion.

Bats and pumpkin decorations hung from the walls and ceiling and a wide range of Halloween activities were available for residents and visitors.

Apple bobbing, a tombola, tin can alley, slime pit, raffle and a stall selling themed cakes all helped raise over £660.

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Borough Care Launches New ‘Life in Colour’ Website

Borough Care, the largest not for profit provider of care for older people in Stockport, has created a new website that reflects the company’s ‘Life in Colour’ values – www.boroughcare.org.uk

The new Borough Care website brings to life what it is really like to live in a Borough Care residential home, through stories, eye-catching images, testimonials and examples of care featuring real residents, their family members and staff.  The new site has been simplified, making it easier for people to navigate and find the information they are looking for.  It now includes more information about each of Borough Care’s eleven homes, including details about the amenities on offer and what makes each home unique.  

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Sunrise of Edgbaston giving cheque to Acorns Children’s Hospice

Sunrise of Edgbaston on Church Road, is working with West Midlands-based charity Acorns Children’s Hospice, to support its mission of providing a network of care for children with life limiting and life threatening conditions.

To kick-start the partnership, the community is launching a ‘Pay for a Day’ initiative to raise money for the hospice, presenting its very own donation of £500 by way of giant cheque. Sunrise’s campaign will aim to support the hospice’s mission of ‘making every day count’ and raise the required funds for a full day of care at Acorns Birmingham hospice, based in Selly Oak, whilst spreading the word about how the community can get involved. 

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Batleys raises funds for Middlesbrough residents with dementia

BATLEYS Cleveland has donated hundreds of pounds to a Middlesbrough care home. The Gables Care Home, on Highfield Road, received £630 from the wholesale cash and carry business, based on Concorde Way, Preston Farm Industrial Estate.

Two of the firm’s warehouse operatives, Carol Bell and Alison Rafrafi, organised a tombola and raffle to raise the funds.

They persuaded fellow staff and sales reps to donate prizes and customers who visited the warehouse bought tickets.

Dave McLean, manager at Batleys Cleveland, said: “I’m very proud of my team. Everyone contributed prizes to the tombola and raised a great amount of money.  
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Reach Sled Dog Rescue helping care home residents

Reach Sled Dog Rescue recently visited Stocks Hall Care Home in Skelmersdale, Lancashire to meet all the ladies and gentlemen living at the Home.

REACH is a sled dog rescue founded in November 2015 focusing mainly on Huskies and Malamutes. Its five founders are all experienced sled dog owners with prior experience in animal rescue.

The rescue relies heavily on the dedication of its community members with help fostering unwanted dogs, assisting with events and fundraising, as well as spreading the word concerning these unique and often misunderstood breeds.

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Why a balanced diet is important for people with dementia

Great Oaks care home in Bournemouth has a designated catering team that promotes the philosophy of using fresh, locally sourced ingredients in its nutrition-rich meals. The wellbeing of residents is a priority and they often spend time in the landscaped garden picking home-grown vegetables, which are later used by the chefs in their favourite dishes. The home has recently introduced ‘A Breath of Fresh Care’ initiative which encourages residents to spend more time outdoors whenever possible. As part of this initiative, residents have the opportunity to tend to the home’s garden and plant their favourite flowers and vegetables.  Patrick Fensterseifer, head chef at Great Oaks, explained: “Good nutrition is vital for the health and wellbeing of people with dementia. However, maintaining a healthy weight can be a challenge as many people have difficulties eating and drinking. Not eating enough can lead to weight loss and other linked problems including fatigue, higher risk of infection and less muscle strength. Dehydration is also a risk as people with dementia may be unable to communicate or recognise that they are thirsty, or forget to drink. This can lead to headaches, increased confusion, urinary tract infection and can make the symptoms of dementia worse.

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