Admiral Nurses awarded for long-standing service

Admiral Nurses

Dementia UK recognises the achievements of three pioneering Admiral Nurses for people living with dementia

Dementia UK, a charity providing specialist dementia support, has awarded three of its Admiral Nurses for 20 years’ of service. The awards recognized Alison Coignard, Dr Julia Botsford and Debbie Hawkins as providing exceptional standards of care and support to families facing dementia, helping to define what it means to be an Admiral Nurse.

Admiral Nurses provide the specialist dementia support that families need. When things get challenging or difficult, Admiral Nurses work alongside families affected by dementia, giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions, helping families face dementia with more confidence and less fear.

How Play Dough Can Be A Recipe For Sensory Success

Play Dough Sensory

Everyone knows how much fun play dough can be; it’s a staple toy of almost every childhood. But the question is, can play dough be more than a children’s toy - can it be a therapeutic tool for aiding sensory development?

CLH Healthcare have found from independent studies that play dough can make a fantastic learning and play aid for children (and adults) with all manner of disabilities, from autism to sensory delay. Research has also suggested that it can be a fantastic tool for seniors living with dementia.

Play dough is a fantastic tool and a form of sensory therapy that every care home and respite facility should offer.

What are the benefits of play dough?

Fantastic stress-reliever

The key safe company unlocks new personal alarm system

key safe new personal alarm system

New from The Key Safe Company is One Touch, a personal alarm system which uses GPS networks to offer unrivalled independence to end-users.

Unlike alternative solutions, One Touch allows users to travel far outside their home, thanks to powerful yet unobtrusive movement monitoring software, providing traceability and peace of mind to telecare centres and relatives.

Users are provided with a two-way SOS speech pendant which, when pressed, will call up to three contacts simultaneously and allows clear, two-way conversation with the responder.

Getting to know a Dementia UK Admiral Nurse

Dementia UK Admiral Nurse

Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurses provide an emotional and practical lifeline to families living with dementia. We sat down with Matthew Burns who works in and around Wakefield in conjunction with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. We talked through his background, the families he supports and developments in post-diagnostic dementia care

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Care Home Customers Have No Time to Paws With Therapy Pet Visit

Therapy Pet

Customers at a Greenock care home have become the latest group to showcase the healthy benefits of pet therapy.

Bunny & Co mobile petting zoo visited Blackwood’s MacLehose Court in Inverclyde with a broad range of animals for the customers to hold and experience.

From rabbits and guinea pigs, to chickens and hens, the Bunny & Co husband and wife team Stan and Laura, ensured that the customers had a day to remember as they set up in the lounge area of the care home.

From the comfort of familiar surroundings, the customers got the chance to pet and to feed the animals, while learning more about their habits and traits.

Glasgow care home to host Christmas market for residents

Christmas market

Food and gifts will help those at the Bupa Highgate care home get in the Christmas spirit

With Christmas markets a firm festive favourite, a care home in Glasgow has found a novel way to make sure that residents don’t miss out, by setting up a market inside the home.

Staff at the Bupa Highgate care home will be hosting a pop-up Christmas market on December 8. Ensuring there is something for everyone, the market will have a range of stalls including those selling gifts and cakes, and a stall selling food and drink run by the kitchen staff. There will also be a raffle and a tombola.

Brexit: The three things care home managers need to do now

Brexit Gary Mcindoe

As an industry where 1-in-5 workers are migrants and there is already a turnover rate of a little over 25%, the care sector is quite understandably steeling itself for Brexit and the end of the free movement of workers. However, careful planning can help care home managers prepare their organisations for the challenges ahead…

Consider the financial impacts

Montessori for ageing and dementia


The Maria Montessori Institute is proud to present, for the first time in the UK, a unique event: a two-day workshop showing how the knowledge and practical wisdom of Montessori can be used to better the lives of those who have dementia.

The goal of the Montessori programme is to support people living with dementia by preparing an environment that enables them to care for themselves, others, and their community. This innovative approach, which is gaining momentum in Australia, the US, and now being introduced here, can be adopted for individuals or groups, and used at home as well as in residential care settings and hospitals.


The Impact of going Digital in Care

Surrey Care Association

Surrey Care Association have released a special report for residential and domiciliary care providers on the impact of going digital in care, the challenges facing care providers today, the CQC’s reaction to care going digital and a fundamental change in approach.

Senior members of the association gathered across a roundtable on 26th October, which was sponsored by Cura Systems, to form this discussion and transparently share experiences.

It was found that in companies where technology is in place, between 5 and 15% of their care staff’s time is apportioned to administration tasks. Companies not using technology typically spend between 20 and 25% of care staff time on chasing paperwork. A clear case for reform, if ever there was one.

How to ensure your employees are not making a career move they’ll regret

Work can be such a huge part of our lives, but according to research from CV-Library, four in 10 (43.2%) care workers admit to having some major regrets around career moves they have made. While we cannot always predict the outcome of the choices we make, especially when it comes to work, having regrets is by no means ideal.


Worryingly, a quarter (25%) of care workers also said that they don’t like their current jobs, suggesting that employers in the sector need to do more to keep their employees happy. Below, we identify carers’ top career regrets and explain how you can help your staff to avoid making these mistakes.


Maintain a great company culture


Help the Homeless Campaign from primary school children

Homeless campaign

Residents from Sunrise of Eastbourne have been busy knitting hats and scarves and setting up a donation fund in aid of the “Help the Homeless” campaign, led by two local primary school children.


Aiming to source and wrap Christmas gifts for homeless people throughout Eastbourne, the campaign is the brainchild of Kyle, aged 9, and Max, age 7, who both attend Ocklynge Junior School on Victoria Drive.


Last year Kyle and Max delivered over 60 wrapped Christmas gifts to homeless people in Eastbourne and are striving to hand out even more this year, with the help of Sunrise of Eastbourne.


Musicians provide therapy for elderly with dementia

Musicians provide therapy for elderly with dementia

MUSICAL therapy has been helping Sheffield care home residents living with dementia.


Singers from charity Lost Chord have been at The Laurels and The Limes Care Home to perform and engage the residents in musical activities.


Katie Hainback and Juliane Gallant, from the charity, performed Christmas songs and classics the residents remember from their younger days.


They included Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, Danny Boy, A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square, I Got Rhythm and a selection from The Sound of Music.


Lost Chord was launched in Rotherham before expanding across South Yorkshire and the rest of the UK.

Diamond anniversary gives Glasgow couple reason to sparkle

Resident at Bupa’s Deanfield care home celebrate 60 years of marriage anniversary


A HAPPY couple from Glasgow have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary surrounded by friends and family at Bupa’s Deanfield Care Home in Penilee.


Joe Adams, 81, and his wife May, 80, toasted their diamond wedding anniversary at a celebration in the home with over 30 guests – including their bridesmaid from 60 years ago.


Born and raised in Glasgow, the pair wed on October 18 1957 at Croftfoot Parish Church and had a special event exactly 60 years later surrounded by 30 guests, including guests from their wedding day, along with friends they’ve made in the years since.

Camelot care murals in reminiscence project

Camelot care dementia

Murals showing well-known local landmarks are becoming major talking points in local specialist dementia-care nursing homes run by Camelot Care in Somerset and Devon, with more planned by the specialist dementia care-provider because of their noticeable impact on residents’ sense of well-being.

At Camelot House in Wellington, a large mural of Wimbleball Lake on Exmoor (pictured) is proving a firm favourite with residents, prompting them to share their memories about the reservoir which has been a favourite destination for ‘days out’ since it was created in 1979.

Don’t slip up on safety this winter

David Gajda safety this winter

With colder weather upon us and extreme weather experienced across the globe over recent months, care facilities should be preparing their properties for the winter months.


David Gajda, national operations director of ECO Integrated Property Solutions (ECO IPS) offers maintenance advice on keeping safe this winter, compliant and open for business throughout winter with tips for heating, ventilation and cooling systems, roofs, drainage systems and external areas.


Why you need this

By creating a robust winter maintenance plan care homes can ensure they meet their duty of care, achieve compliance, manage risk, meet insurer’s expectations and allow business continuity.


Half a billion pounds saved by medical technology equivalent to extra 20,000 nurses

medical technology - nurses

Coronary angioplasty, used to open blocked coronary arteries and restore blood flow to heart muscle, saves the UK economy over £120 million per year and returns 32,000 people to the workplace, a new report by the Medical Technology Group has revealed.

The report ‘Keeping Britain Working - How medical technology can help reduce the cost of ill health to the UK economy’ concludes that £476 million in savings could be generated from the use of eight technologies in reduced long-term health costs and benefit payments. If that money was put back into the NHS it would pay for 20,000 nurses or 10.5 million GP visits.

Christmas card workshop for Teesside teens and elderly

Christmas card workshop

TEESSIDE teenagers and the elderly have been getting into the festive spirit with a Christmas card workshop.


The young volunteers spent time at The Gables Care Home, in Middlesbrough, running a card-making arts and crafts session.


The independent community safety partnership, Safe in Tees Valley organised the activity for their National Citizenship Service (NCS) members.


Ten volunteers, aged 15 to 17 years old, spent a day at the home working with the residents.


One of those, Dominic Horner, also dressed as Father Christmas to help spread the festive cheer.