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Alexandra white entertainer captivating nostalgic in care - homes

Alexandra white

Alexandra white singer and entertainer captivating nostalgic in care - homes west midlands and surrounding areas.

Alexandra preforms a huge repertoire of songs and will dance and preform through narrative, triggering happy memories and wonderful feelings,

She preforms songs from across the years including war - time sing along, rock and roll classics and a touch of Country and wAlexandra whiteeston.

There’s truly something for everyone - your request is her delight! 

A wireless mic is used, allowing full interaction with every audience member. All presented via a quality sound system that is adaptable to audience size.

How the elderly can benefit from using technology in relation to health?

Elderly using iPad

In the UK, it’s estimated that around 45 million people use or own a smartphone. With most smartphone owners aged between 14 and 60, a large proportion of the elderly population are left behind when it comes to smart technology. In this article, we’ll take a look at the different ways the over 65’s can embrace smart technology to help their health.

As people get older, it’s inevitable that they have to visit medical professionals more frequently. Due to mobility issues, many elderly people find it challenging to access doctors surgeries and clinics. However, using technology in the form of an app on a smartphone, tablet or device, a feasible solution can be used to significantly aid this habitual problem. 

Society’s social care training benefits residents and staff alike

Royal Alfred's Anne Kasey on social care training

Anne Kasey, Home Manager and Clinical Lead for maritime charity, the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, discusses the importance of investing in training in the social care sector and how it benefits residents…

It doesn’t matter which sector one operates in – having the right staff for the job is paramount to the success of any business. In the social care industry, this is more important than anywhere as staff are fundamental to the health and wellbeing of residents and have a duty of care to fulfil. 

Stout and sandwiches a hit with care home residents

Stout and sandwiches

A Stout and sandwich afternoon was enjoyed by Northumberland care home residents – after they asked for more foodie activities. Staff served up flavoured stouts and various cobs, bagels, loafs, wraps and cakes at The Oaks Care Home, on Durban Street, Blyth.

The feast was a hit with residents, who enjoyed a taste of the milk or chocolate flavoured beers with their spread of sandwiches.

Resident Derek Grassie said: “That’s a lovely ale. Many thanks to the staff for their effort. It was such a lovely spread.” Fellow resident Elsie Patterson said: “It was lovely to have a piece of stottie cake again and a variety of fillings.”

IT’S TIME FOR SOCIAL CARE TO BE BOLD WHEN IT COMES TO ATTRACTING YOUNGER TALENT

young carer in social care sector

It is no secret that there is a recruitment crisis within the social care sector and recent statistics suggest that one million new care workers are needed by 20251to cope with the ageing population.

Statistics show that currently, 800,000 young people are not employed or in education2, and evidence suggests that by attracting these young people to apply for a role within your care setting, it can bring new, fresh ideas and different perspectives on caring for others as well as helping to plug this gap. 

However, there seems to be a stigma around working in care which is preventing young people from applying for roles, this could be due to the lack of awareness and education around the career path available within care homes. This stigma really needs to go!

Pioneering training programme provides job opportunities in North East care sector

1 Dr Fraser Quin of Dementia Matters Academy

A pioneering new training program, Dementia Matters Academy, is helping people to secure work within the North East’s adult social care sector.

Dementia support charity and residential care provider, Dementia Matters (previously known as Dementia Care), has launched the new Dementia Matters Academy to help fulfil its recruitment needs while also encouraging more people, including school leavers, into roles in care.

Increasing confidence in using an AED (Automated External Defibrillator)

Clare Khan using an AED

Minutes count when a person collapses in sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)and AED machines have been described as the ‘single most important development in the treatment of SCA’ (Resuscitation Council UK). 

You may have seen the green boxes appearing in various public spaces, i.e. shopping centres, petrol stations and they are continuing to be rolled out because along with CPR, using an AED can dramatically increase the chance of survival. 

Due to the increase in awareness of defibrillation, we want to ensure that anyone who attends our first aid courses has the chance to practice using an AED. You don’t need any training to be able to use onebut we want to help improve confidence and reduce the hesitance towards using them in an emergency situation.

Party for resident’s ruby wedding anniversary

Party for resident’s ruby wedding anniversary

AN “UNFORGETTABLE” party was held at a Rotherham care home to celebrate a resident’s ruby wedding anniversary.

Broadacres Care Home, on Naylor Street, Parkgate, invited family, friends and fellow residents to join Michael and Pauline Crowley in celebrating 40 years of marriage.

Staff at the home put on a buffet and served bucks fizz to toast the happy couple.

Michael, who has lived at Broadacres Care Home since December 2017, said: “It was a day to remember. I love Pauline just as much as I did on our wedding day.”

Pauline said: “It was an unforgettable and emotional day. Everyone at Broadacres did us proud.”

Michael and Pauline married at Rotherham registry office in October 1978.

Surprise party for golden couple Mary and Jimmy

Mary & Jimmy on their golden anniversary

A SURPRISE party was thrown by Tyneside care home staff in celebration of a resident’s golden wedding anniversary.

Banners, balloons and a cake were brought out at Willowdene Care Home, in Hebburn, to commemorate Mary Collins’ 50 years of marriage to husband Jimmy.

Mary, who has lived at the care home since 2016, was surprised by staff after seeing anniversary decorations in the lounge.

Cards and a specially made cake were presented to the couple to congratulate them on their milestone.

Mary said: “We were both so happy and pleased with the party. We absolutely loved everything.”

Mary, 75, and Jimmy, 77, married on 26thOctober 1968 and lived together in Jarrow.

Call For Action To Stop Next-Of-Kin Being Exploited

Call For Action To Stop Next-Of-Kin Being Exploited

Next-of-kin are losing out on inheritances or having to pay excessive charges to claim them as a result of increasing numbers of local authorities disregarding Government guidelines for identifying rightful heirs where people die with unknown relatives and without leaving a will. 

A comprehensive research report by an international genealogy firm, Anglia Research, shows that there was an increase of 90% between 2016 and 2017 in the number of local authorities ignoring Government procedure for dealing with the legacies of people dying intestate.

Poppy gown created by care home in tribute to veterans

Longmore Poppy Dress

A POPPY gown has been created by a Sandiacre care home residents to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. 

The elaborate frock has been covered in handmade poppies of different sizes and is adorned with the phrase: “Lest we forget”.

Residents at Longmoor Lodge Care Home, on Longmoor Lane, came up with the idea after informing care home staff they wanted to do something special for the centenary.

Treetops Hospice charity shop, on Derby Road, loaned a manikin to the care home for the project.

Care home’s remembrance ceremony for former resident Jill

Care home’s remembrance ceremony - residents setting off balloons

Loving husband Peter Stapleton donated a bench to a Chesterfield care home in memory of his wife. Jill Stapleton lived at Barnfield Care Home, on Heath Road, Holmewood, for over four years, until February 2018. A remembrance ceremony was held at the home with Peter, Jill’s friends, fellow residents, family members and care home staff.

After donating the bench, Peter said: “I wanted the home to have something to remember her by.”

Those at the ceremony were invited to write messages to loved ones lost, which were attached to balloons and let off in the home’s garden.

Care home residents remember at Thornaby War Memorial

(back, from left) Mandale House Care Home carer Jackie Drinkel, resident Peter Wilson, domestic worker Lorrain Whitehead, resident May Small and (seated, from left) residents Irene Fleming and Billy James attend the Remembrance Day service at Thornaby War Memorial.

TEESSIDE care home residents, Mandale House Care Home, were among those to attend a Remembrance Day ceremony at Thornaby War Memorial.

Residents and staff from Mandale House Care Home were joined by army, navy and police cadets, civic officials and pupils from schools across the town.

Among the care home residents were Second World War Merchant Navy veteran Leonard Harnden, alongside Billy James and Peter Wilson.

Peter said:

WW1 centenary marked by Ripon care home residents

Sycamore Hall Care Home residents (from left) Ellen Knowles and Doreen Ainsley paint poppies for Remembrance Day displays at the home.

RIPON care home residents, Sycamore Hall Care Home, have been creating poppy displays to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Residents at Sycamore Hall Care Home, on Kearsley Road, have also taken a trip to Ripon Cathedral to see The Remembrance Day exhibits.

The activities brought back memories for many of the residents, who had relatives and friends who fought and died in the war.

Doreen Ainsley and Ellen Knowles were among those painting poppies for displays in the care home.

Doreen said:

“It is a time to remember the people we have lost during the war.”

You should pay for your own care in old age if you can afford it, Conservative voters say

You should pay for your own care in old age if you can afford it, Conservative voters say

A Censuswide survey, commissioned by Ridouts Solicitors, a leading specialist law firm in the health and social care sector, shows there is widespread support for individuals to save for the cost of their care in later life.  57% of Conservative supporters surveyed thought it would be fair to ask those with the means to do so, to make provisions to pay for their care in old age. Only 13% disagreed. 

Willowbeck proud to announce specialist neurologic music therapy programme

Willowbeck resident playing a giutar

Specialist care home Willowbeck has partnered up with a unique music therapy organisation, Chroma to deliver music therapy workshops with care home residents. The partnership will see the organisations working with residents to support neurological development, physical rehabilitation and general well-being.

The nurse-led home will play host to the music therapy which is a form of neurological and psychological rehabilitation process which uses music, sound, instruments, and music technology to support people. It is a regulated healthcare profession and one of the Allied Health Professionals (AHPs).

Probably the most economical tableware on the market

Probably the most economical tableware on the market
Probably the most economical tableware on the market - Gompels Super Tuff Melamine

Robust

Melamine has been valued as a robust tableware option for many years, so why is it such a popular choice in today’s busy care environments? It certainly fits the bill when it comes to functionality, with a super smooth feel that mimics the more expensive porcelain option, as well as its ease of care, but the real benefit comes when you compare the annual replacement rate of melamine to porcelain. 

Cost effective

Edyn.Care launches personalised home care in London

Edyn.Care 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.