Dulux Trade partners with BRE in flagship Dementia project

Dulux Trade partners with BRE in flagship Dementia project

Dulux Trade has furthered its work with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to deliver evidence-based principles to help improve environments for people living with Dementia and their carers.

Chris and Sally’s House, a project designed to develop solutions for an ageing population, has been created using insight from academics, design experts and people with first-hand experience of living with, or caring for someone with Dementia. It is estimated that some 850,000 people in the UK live with Dementia and 70-80% of those continue to stay in their unadapted homes rather than in any specialised form of housing or dedicated care environment.

Mayor serves new year tea party for Peterlee elderly

Peterlee elderly enjoying their tea party

A MAYORAL afternoon tea was enjoyed by residents from a Peterlee care home.

Town Mayor Councillor Scott Meikle invited residents from Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, on Manor Way, to the annual over 60s new year tea party.

Hot drinks and snacks were served throughout the event, at Shotton Hall, while the visitors enjoyed entertainment, bingo and a raffle.

Dawn Minto, activities coordinator at Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, said: “We have been attending the Mayor’s new year afternoon tea for over 10 years.

“It is a highlight of our calendar in January and the residents always look forward to it.

“The event was very well organised and everyone had a great time. We’d like to say a big thank you to Mayor Councillor Scott Meikle for the invitation.”

Y/Our Future Recruitment campaign welcomes health and social care professionals to Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

Y/Our Future Recruitment Social Care Workers

Y/Our Future is a new recruitment campaign launched today that unites five major health and social care employers - University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, LOROS Hospice, Rutland County Council and Leicester City Council - in a bid to recruit doctors, nurses and health and social care workers to work in hospitals, hospices and in communities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Together, the partners have a 38,000-strong workforce.

Y/Our Future aims to promote Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as a leading career destination for health and social care professionals, with great career and lifestyle opportunities. 

Lincoln care home grants resident’s wish

Lincoln Care Home Hair Salon

A resident at a care home in Lincoln had her wish come true when she was surprised by a new hair salon at the home.

Yvonne Radford, who is a long-term resident at Bernadette House, in South Park, has always enjoyed visits to the hairdressers and a dream of hers was that the home would have their own salon one day.

After undergoing refurbishment, Bernadette House wanted to fulfil Yvonne’s wish, so they decided to build a salon in the home. 

“I’ve always loved having my hair done, said Yvonne, “and now it feels even more exciting. Everyone loves the salon.”

Book explores how to enable older people to live independently for longer

Valerie - author of book that explores how to enable older people to live independently for longer

A new book, exploring the increasingly important area of reablement services in community care, has been written by health and social care professionals at the University of Chester.

Led by Valerie Ebrahimi, Programme Leader for the MEd in Professional Education, with Dr Hazel Chapman, Senior Lecturer, the book entitled Reablement Services in Health and Social Care, is a guide for both students and support workers.

Social Care provider celebrates two glowing CQC reports

Social Care provider with their fantastic CQC report

A social care provider is celebrating after two of its services – a rehabilitation team and a care home - both received 100% ‘Good’ reports from UK’s health watchdog.

The Optalis support and rehabilitation team, who provide short-term care and support to people in their own homes across the Windsor and Maidenhead area, was rated as ‘Good’ in all five categories of the CQC report, published on the 8 January.

Delivering support to around 30 to 40 adults per month, the service provides personal care and rehabilitation on a short-term basis to customers recovering following a hospital stay, ensuring they are able to get back to leading an independent life as soon as possible.

Mabon & Ray

Mabon & Ray

Mabon & Ray is a business and consultancy agency specialising in healthcare businesses.  

Mabon & Ray has been founded by former care home owner, whose ultimate aim is to ensure both parties are guided through the whole process to ensure it runs smoothly.

Rachel said she is drawing on her own experiences of buying and selling her care home to help others.

When buying and selling a healthcare business is very different to other businesses due to regulations and the reliance on the purchaser having the registration in place and are able to buy the business.

Hughes Pro

Hughes Pro

Hughes Pro is a specialist provider of commercial laundry and dishwashing equipment as well as providing aftercare, authorised by the manufacturer, to local businesses. 

The service work undertaken is fully guaranteed and carried out by a team of over 30 highly trained and well-equipped engineers. The team are proficient in all of the famous commercial laundry brands, including Miele, Speed Queen, Primus, Amazon, Schulthess, Primus, ADC, Huebsch, Electrolux, Maidaid, Hobart and others. 

The most popular spare parts are held on all engineer vans to promote first fix. The company also has the unique position of having a huge in-house central spares store with extensive inventory of genuine parts for immediate dispatch via

Caring for carers: practical ways to make a difference

Russell Pillar of Spearhead Healthcare on caring for carers

Russell Pillar, director of care interiors at Spearhead Healthcare, advises how the right equipment and training makes a huge difference – to staff, residents and families…

All of us are aware that the care sector is burgeoning as our elderly population continues to rise. In fact, the Office for National Statistics has predicted a 36% growth in people aged 85+ between 2015 and 2025, up to 2million, and this is expected to lead to even higher demand for care home services.

SEM Scanner detects pressure sores before they become a problem

The SEM Scanner

Care and Nursing Essentials editor Victoria Galligan spoke to the team at Bruin Biometrics, who are behind the SEM Scanner. The scanner can detect pressure damage before it is visible to the naked eye…

Could you outline the workings of the SEM Scanner - how does it detect the moisture under the skin?

The SEM Scanner is a, hand-held portable device that has been designed to measure sub-epidermal moisture (SEM) (also known as localised oedema) which is an invisible precursor to the development of incipient pressure damage.

St Budeaux Pupils Get Creative

St Budeaux Pupils Get Creative

Residents at a care home in Plymouth say that regular visits from pupils of nearby St Budeaux Foundation School are ‘a breath of fresh air.’ 

The Year 4 pupils come to see their older friends at Freshfields care home as part of the Archie Project, a scheme that links local schools with people with dementia. 

Freshfields’ activities co-ordinator Paul Hutt said: “This is the fourth year that St Budeaux children have been coming here and our residents just love their visits. 

“They sit side by side and enjoy a whole different variety of activities when they come here.  

“On their most recent visit they did seasonal arts and crafts activities.” 

Living With Dementia and the Benefits of Gardening 

Woman Living With Dementia and Gardening

Gardening can have a profound impact on someone’s quality of life, especially those living with dementia. Gardens provide a familiar environment of relaxation, sensory stimulation and can also help to create a sense of community.  

With a wide range of benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing, gardening provides an excellent activity for someone living with dementia. 


Gardens are often perceived as places of happiness and joy, whether from childhood memories of playing, seeing and smelling your favourite flowers, or taking part in gardening as a relaxing hobby in later life, they can often spark brilliant memories.

Could Carer Technology Help Battle Elderly Loneliness? 

Carer using loneliness technology to look after man

The government recently announced that it would be launching the first ever loneliness strategy, aiming to empower all GPs in England to be able to refer patients suffering from loneliness to community activities and voluntary services by 2023, but how can impacts be made in the meantime? Loneliness can affect any individual of any age, but with 3.6million of the elderly living by themselves and 1.9million saying they often feel alone or invisible, it’s particularly an issue for those in later life.

Castle View Windsor had to be ‘Good enough for Mum’

Robin & Betty at Castle View Windsor

Just completed, Castle View Windsor, had to be ‘good enough for Mum’ – that was the vision of  Robin Hughes, Founder and CEO, Castle Retirement Living, set out to achieve – and an urban retirement development with a difference.

With a third of apartments already reserved, Castle View Windsor offers some of the most spectacular castle views in town from its own rooftop sky lounge, bar and terrace. One of the largest and most innovative urban retirement villages in the UK, the £50 million development provides a total of 64 apartments including five spectacular rooftop apartments, along with a neighbouring 72 bed care home, which is being operated by Care UK.

Over half of care home staff say their residents have dementia dolls

woman with dementia dolls

52% of care home staff say their residents have dementia dolls, according to a new survey by the leading care home reviews site,

The poll of 2,491 care home owners, managers and staff, also found 72% think there are benefits to people with dementia using the dolls.

Nearly three quarters of care staff view the dolls in a positive light, but doll therapy has left some respondents sitting on the fence, with 23% ‘unsure’ whether they provide a benefit, while 5% say they do not.

BGF announces first investment in Scottish Highlands with £5m for Parklands Group

Parklands development plans

Parklands Group, one of the largest independent care home providers in the north of Scotland, has received a £5m investment from BGF, the UK’s most active investor in growing businesses, to further accelerate its growth.

Set up in 1993 in Buckie by Ron Taylor, Parklands provides high-quality residential care for older people at eight care homes across Moray and the Highlands, the most recent being its newly opened state-of-the-art Lynemore home in Grantown on Spey. Parklands was one of the first nursing care providers in Scotland to achieve Investors in People status and the group has won a series of awards for the quality of its care and its commitment to staff development and training. 

Bluebird Care Edinburgh Achieves Highest Grades in Latest Inspection

Bluebird Care Edinburgh team

Bluebird Care Edinburgh is celebrating after achieving ratings of Grade 6 across the board from the Care Inspectorate, the independent regulator of care services in Scotland.

The grades were received after a comprehensive inspection in December 2018 which deemed the care provider’s quality of care and support and quality of staffing both ‘Excellent,’ in its Quality Framework, the highest rating possible.

The news follows a great 2018 for Bluebird Care in Scotland. Earlier on in the year, Bluebird Care Glasgow South was inspected and maintained its ‘Excellent’ Grade 6s for the fifth year in a row.

92-Year-Old Widower Learns to Sing Again at Abbotswood Court

Tim singing at Abbotswood Court

Thomas Timson was one of the first residents to arrive at the luxury Abbotswood Court care home when the purpose-built facility opened in Romsey in 2015. He made the decision to move following the passing of his beloved wife after 65 years of marriage. Having shared many cherished years together, her absence had a huge impact on Tom’s life and his love for singing became a neglected pastime. Even though his son lives nearby, living alone without someone to share his music with, was too big an adjustment.