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Baby yoga classes held at Teesside care home

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.”

Brain Injury service recognised for end of life care excellence

Young hands holding onto old hands for end of life care

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.

WW1 centenary marked with 100 poppies at care home

We Remember sign cover in poppies

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.

“The activity was to remember all the people who fought for us and to talk about what the war meant to our residents.

Disorientating effect of décor on dementia patients not understood by many

Care home patients with dementia looking at photo album

 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. 

Only 7.5% said they would consider changing the interior décor of the home. 

Making Mobility Easy 

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.

Home Adaptation Good Practice

Closomat Adaption Toilet

The latest report on delivery of home adaptation provision maintains ‘the overarching aim’ is for it to be accessible and timely.

Service providers can take a simple step to achieving this by using Closomat. The company- Britain’s leading provider of accessible bathroom/ toilet solutions- offers a unique package that ensures professional execution of a bathroom adaptation, and its ongoing, long-term performance.

A quarter of UK councils have stopped offering Meals on Wheels since 2014

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%.

Tai chi sessions for North Yorkshire care home residents

Hazelgrove Court Care Home residents Susan Turner and Pat Keleher take part in a Rainbow Tai Chi session.

TAI CHI sessions are being piloted at a North Yorkshire care home, Hazelgrove Care Home, to help residents with their mobility and stress levels.

The ancient Chinese martial art is now being practiced at Hazelgrove Care Home, on Randolph Street, in Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

Specialist sessions are being run for the elderly residents by facilitator Allison O’Neill, the owner of Saltburn based Guiding Light School of Holistic Education and Healing.

Called Rainbow Tai Chi, the sessions are based on the international Capacitar Multicultural Wellness Education programme, which originated in the USA.

Allison is piloting the therapeutic sessions at the home, which involves gentle, flowing movements to exercise the muscles without causing strain on the joints.

Cold Weather Priority Initiative Aimed at Tackling Winter Deaths

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.

Triple success for Balhousie Care Group at National Care Awards

Balhousie Care Group finalistst

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.

Teesside care homes hold Halloween celebrations

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.

The money will go into the residents’ fund to pay for Christmas activities and a pantomime for residents.

Borough Care Launches New ‘Life in Colour’ Website

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.  

Sunrise of Edgbaston Launches Partnership with Acorns Children’s Hospice

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. 

Batleys raises funds for Middlesbrough residents with dementia

Batleys staff

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.

Reach Sled Dog Rescue have been helping care home residents with dementia

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.

Why a balanced diet is important for people with dementia

Great Oaks Care Home Dementia Staff Have A Balanced Diet

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.

Yorkshire Care Equipment Scales Up Its Flagship Product

Yorkshire Care Equipment Scales Up Its Flagship Product
Having launched its own Lento Care Chair last year, Yorkshire Care Equipment is now announcing that it has redeveloped and launched a second Lento Hospital Spec Chair.

The company developed and designed the Lento from scratch, and it is now thought to be the most flexible care chair on the market. The team have now redeveloped a new model to be in line with infection control standards – a key priority in hospitals all over the United Kingdom.

Padraig Finn, a band 6 Physiotherapist at Yorkshire Care said:

“When we first launched the Lento, it was great because of how flexible it is. It can suit about 80% of the populations’ needs – but it needed some redevelopment to be better-suited to hospitals.

Bluebird Care offices in the South and East London area celebrate big win

Bluebird Care award winners

Bluebird Care offices in the South and East London area celebrate big win at National Bluebird Care Conference

Anoop Sekhon, Director of Bluebird Care Greenwich and Bluebird Care Docklands, Stratford and Wapping has won one of the top awards at this year’s Bluebird Care Conference.

The Spirit Award  is presented to the Franchise Owner who it’s felt best captures and demonstrates the ethos of the Bluebird Care business and Anoop was seen to deliver best in this area out all Bluebird Care offices across the country. On the night, all the awards were presented by Paul and Lisa Tarsey, Bluebird Care's Co-founders.

EA Dribble

EA Dribble Care Homes

Regard Partnership Group, one of Britain's largest care providers, have completed the acquisition of  Learning Difficulties Group Solar Care Homes, Cornwall for an undisclosed sum. The sale was negotiated by veteran Agent Eddie Dribble who has been active in the Private Care Home industry for over 45 years.

Emanual A Dribble, better known in the Business Transfer market as Eddie Dribble, has been in the Care Home transfer agency business for around 40 years. His extensive knowledge and expertise is second to none in negotiating a satisfactory conclusion for many long standing clients