Cramond Residence Information Suite Now Open

Cramond Residence Information Suite Now Open

Information Suite Now Open at Edinburgh’s Finest Care Home. Edinburgh’s newest luxury care home has officially launched its Information Suite which is now open to locals across the city for an exclusive first look tour. 
The much-anticipated Cramond Residence is welcoming guests to its beautifully-designed suite to showcase the high quality of accommodation and facilities that will be available when it opens later this year.

Care company provides staff with free nutritional snacks to promote healthy eating

healthy eating

Following recent reports on healthy eating, claim that middle-aged millennials are set to be the most overweight generation since records began, one of Kent's leading home care providers, Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, has launched a new healthy eating initiative to coincide with the start of Nutrition and Hydration Week (12 – 18 March).

Under the new scheme, Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells's staff will be able to choose from a range of delicious and nutritious snacks, which will be provided free of charge. The options will include nutritionally balanced items such as dried and fresh fruits, high-fibre wholefood cereal bars, biltong, wholegrain popcorn, nuts, seeds and olives.

Margaret Shares Exotic Travel Stories Thanks to Innovative Care System

Blackwoods Clever cogs

A pensioner who enjoyed her first ever foreign trip has been able to share her holiday photos with the boss of the charity who developed the Blackwoods Clever Cogs innovative care system that allowed her to travel to Vietnam.

Margaret Sancken, 65, felt confident enough to book her first ever holiday to Vietnam thanks to Blackwood’s Clever Cogs system, a digitally enhanced product which aims to keep people as independent as possible. Blackwood has a commitment to push the boundaries of technology to allow property adaptations which make a huge difference to people with disabilities.

New online platform connecting RGNs and care homes with the best temporary shifts


Florence is a pioneering online platform that takes a new and different approach to providing temporary staffing to care homes in health and social care. The platform works by directly connecting healthcare managers with pre-vetted registered nurses (RGNs and RMNs) by cutting out recruitment agencies. Using more traditional recruitment agencies to fill temporary positions can be very costly, meaning money is taken out the system and doesn’t reach those who deserve it.

Complete Temperature Management for Cold and Ambient Pharmaceutical Storage

Complete Temperature Management for Cold and Ambient Pharmaceutical Storage

QED Scientific +2°C to +8°C Pharmacy and Vaccine Fridges are designed for safe and secure storage of all pharmaceuticals as advised in ‘Protocol for Ordering, Storing and Handling Vaccines by Public Health England’. These are compliant with all guidelines including the DoH Green Book as well as being ideal for hospitals these are also suitable for use in clinics, care homes, schools, veterinary surgeries – or anywhere needing refrigerated storage of drugs. They come in a range of sizes from under bench and wall models up to free standing floor units. Many have solid or glass door options. All have digital display, fan, and auto defrost as standard.

Rohit Patni, CEO and co-founder of wellness management app WeMa Life

From booking home carers to physio sessions, WeMa Life is an online marketplace and app that brings together health and care providers with individuals seeking a wide range of services. The multi-service HealthTech platform offers benefits to both consumers and businesses. For people seeking health, care and wellbeing services – either for themselves or someone close to them – WeMa Life makes it easy to source, book and pay reputable providers. 

Care Home Volunteers Help During Snow

Care Home Helpers

A Skelmersdale mum and her two children volunteer their services at a local Care Home during the snowy weather.

After the snow forced closures at several Lancashire schools on Thursday 8th March, a kind-hearted Skelmersdale family volunteered their service to local Care Home, Stocks Hall Skelmersdale.

Joanne Wilde, Office Administrator at Westhead Lathom St James’ CE Primary School and her two children, Daisy, aged 7 and Dan, aged 13 who all live in Skelmersdale, approached the nearby Care Home to see if they could help in anyway.

Looking forward to the Future of Care Conference

Looking forward to the Future of Care Conference

Against the backdrop of increasing service pressures within the sector, the Future of Care Conference provides a platform to look forward to the future and collaborate to support each other with advice and knowledge as we move forward despite the crisis in both funding and workforce.

This brand-new one-day conference consists of a range of high calibre speakers from across the industry who will impart their knowledge and innovative ideas. Sights are set firmly on the future as topics include ‘What next for the care home sector’ and ‘Understanding the trends and future challenges with Alzheimer’s’.

Outsourcing is the key to compliance


ECO is urging care homes to outsource help desk facilities to help ensure they stay on the right side of the law.

ECO Integrated Property Solutions (IPS) is advising managers that using a professional and expert supplier to co-ordinate and oversee any works in their property will not only lighten their load but will ensure compliance with rules and regulations.

Managing a schedule of repairs, refurbishments and maintenance can be a time consuming distraction and it would be easy to overlook smaller details or rush processes through lack of time. But trusting a specialist team to take on all aspects of property care will ensure accuracy, consistency and compliance, particularly if they’re invested in the latest technological advances.

She's making a career out of caring - with ‘ridiculously amazing' success

Balhousie Care Group

Jozi Stables' story is one of hard work and dedication. She progressed from doing dishes in a care home kitchen to becoming the youngest care home manager at Balhousie Care Group.

"Make Today Ridiculously Amazing" says a piece of art on Jozi Stables' office wall. It joins other words of encouragement as well as many photos - of the residents and staff of the care home where Jozi has just been appointed manager.

At the age of 27, Jozi is the youngest care home manager at Balhousie Care Group. She heads up 48 full- and part-time staff at Balhousie Ruthven Towers, a Scottish care home which has achieved top Grade 6 ratings from the Care Inspectorate for its management, leadership and standards of care.

Combined Care Initiative Benefits Old and Young in Romsey

Abbotswood Court

Encouraging greater happiness, mental stimulation and increased longevity amongst their elderly residents, Abbotswood Court care home in Romsey has been welcoming pre-school children from nearby Yellow Dot Nursery.

In the UK one in three over 65s see family members, including grandchildren, less than once a month. This can lead to feelings of isolation and mental decline. Providing positive mental and emotional stimulation, Abbotswood Court in Romsey has been connecting elderly residents with a group of pre-schoolers from the nearby Yellow Dot Nursery.

Youth and experience brought together at Oundle care home

Oundle care home

Oundle care home care home is leading the way in bridging the generational gap by opening its doors to local young people.

Abbott House has welcomed pupils from Oundle School, who have been volunteering at the Oundle care home by helping staff at meal times, playing board games with residents and providing entertainment using their own musical instruments. Three pupils have also been painting murals on the bathroom walls, while others have given talks on their varied backgrounds, sharing experiences with residents. The volunteering doubles up for some pupils as a contribution towards the service element of their silver or gold Duke of Edinburgh awards.

Innovative new Droplet mug helps carers tackle dehydration

Droplet Mug jug

A new smart mug that helps people to independently hydrate thanks to a light and sound alert has boosted water intake in clinical trials. Droplet is the new modular hydration solution that encourages people to drink more. Featuring a simple and engaging design, the Droplet mug has been specifically created to lessen the risk of dehydration and support the work of healthcare providers in hospitals and care homes.

Information Suite Launches at Edinburgh’s Finest Care Home

Information Suite

Locals across Edinburgh and the Lothians are invited for an exclusive first look of the city’s newest, luxury care home as it officially launches its Information Suite this week.

The much-anticipated Cramond Residence is welcoming guests to its beautifully-designed suite on Thursday 8 March from 3-7pm, to showcase the high quality of accommodation and facilities that will be available when it opens later this year.

This drop in event is an opportunity for a short tour of the sample bedroom, complete with en-suite shower room, and sample lounge layout, giving visitors the chance to experience the distinctly homely feel of the Residence first-hand.

How HealthUnlocked is changing how people care for their loved ones


Every single day an extra 6,000 people take on the responsibility of being a carer. Back in December 2016, a completely new type of online support was set up on the social network HealthUnlocked.

This regular, ongoing support of another person can change people’s lives. In fact for many, life will never be the same again.

It’s not all a struggle though, and many people report finding it a rewarding and positive experience. One of the biggest factors in how people experience being a carer is dependent on the support they are getting, knowing where to turn, understanding when to get extra help and when to ask for or turn to professional support.

Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare Top National CQC Rankings


Residents and team members at Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare are celebrating after the care home providers were named the best in the country by Market Analysts Laing & Buisson based on inspection ratings undertaken by the CQC.

100% of all inspected Gracewell homes, and 96% of all Sunrise communities, have been rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC, demonstrating the exceptional standard of care offered by the providers across the country.

Sunrise has been ranked top for residential care, and Gracewell has come first for nursing care. Sunrise has also come second for nursing care.

The CQC is the independent regulator of all health and care services in the UK.

Dementia research programme investigates the power of music

dementia research Chelsea Court Place

A dementia research programme at a residential care home is investigating the power of music and whether it can be used to sustain language in older people. Chelsea Court Place has collaborated with the University of Roehampton to launch the exciting music project, called Beyond Words. 

Researchers Prof. Adam Ockelford, Dr Fiona Costa, PhD student Caitlin Shaughnessy and “savant” pianist Derek Paravicini – who is blind and held his first concert at the age of seven – are leading this this innovative project with residents from Chelsea Court Place. 

Care home wins funds for multi-sensory garden

Care home wins funds for multi-sensory garden

A multi-sensory garden is to be created at a Bolton care home following a successful funding bid.

Lever Edge Care Home, in Great Lever, was awarded £6,100 by Bolton Council as part of the Bolton Transformation Fund.

The money will be used to create a colourful, edible garden with installations to stimulate both sight, sound and smell.

The garden is located at the front of the care home and will be open to the community – with schools and other groups invited visit.

Fruit trees, herbs, peas and tomatoes are just some of the produce the care home is hoping to grow with local help.

Anyone who participates in helping to maintain the garden will have the opportunity to harvest the crops for their use.