Care home residents get sweet treat for Chocolate Week

Care home residents get sweet treat for Chocolate Week

Residents and staff at Ingleby Care Home got stuck into some homemade sweet treats to celebrate National Chocolate Week.

Residents rolled up their sleeves to make chocolate covered rice crispy cakes and fruit and marshmallow kebabs, which they enjoyed dipping into a chocolate fountain.

Margaret Salmon, a resident at the home based in Stockon-on-Tees, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed myself eating the chocolate coated kebabs – I had four helpings so I was feeling a bit guilty. But, then I thought chocolate or not, the kebabs are mostly fruit so they must be just a little bit good for me.”

Community allotment sends care home residents to Beamish

Irene at Beamish

Time travelling care home residents have taken a journey through the history of the North East – all thanks to a generous allotment project. Residents living at Queens Meadow Care Home, in Hartlepool, were treated to trip to Beamish Museum by the Waverley Terrace Community Allotment.

The Hartlepool Borough Council backed project gave two residents the opportunity to visit the popular tourist attraction, in Beamish, County Durham.

Irene Kimber and Mavis Wise have been lending their support at the allotment and were given tickets as a thank you.

Care home staff get a taste of life with dementia

Care home staff participating in dementia training

TYNESIDE care home staff have been given a taste of what life is like with dementia after taking part in a special training session.

Those working at Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, had their senses impaired before attempting simple, everyday tasks.

Thick gloves, misty glasses and ear plugs were used to make the tasks more difficult and frustrating to complete.

This emulated how someone with the illness feels when they find previously straightforward tasks difficult or impossible.

Michelle Park, activities coordinator at Waverley Lodge Care Home, on Bewick Crescent, said: “One staff member had the small pair of glasses on and had to put a shirt on. It was so hard for her.

“Another had to get pens and puzzle books and pick up little sticks. 

Buckinghamshire Carer Amy Collins wins Outstanding Carer award

Amy Collins wins Outstanding Carer award

30-year old Amy Collins a carer from Bucks based business Ashridge Home Care has been named Oustanding Carer 2018 at the prestigious Care Campaign for the Vulnerable Awards.

Announced on 5thOctober at a Gala dinner in Gerrards Cross, the 2018 Outstanding Carer Award recognises the exceptional work of individuals in the care sector in the UK. 

Amy received the most nominations as a carer who put clients at the forefront of all she did going beyond the call of duty when delivering good dedicated care to all her clients. The award and a £500 cash prize was proudly accepted from celebrity guest actress Aimi Macdonald by Amy’s mum Christina Graham.

Gerflor scoop the Procure22 Award for Innovation & Product Design

Procure22 Award for Innovation & Product Design

Procure22 represents the third iteration of the Department of Health Framework providing design and construction services for use by the NHS and Social Care organisations for a range of works and services. Winning any of their annual awards is akin to a being awarded a healthcare Oscar.

International flooring specialist Gerflor have been awarded Procure22 framework status with a certificate in the Efficiency and Productivity section for realising efficiencies, and in the Innovation & Product Design division, winning with their Clean Corner System.

Compliance is in the air – and water

Compliance is in the air – and water

Did you know it’s a legal requirement to provide clean fresh air and water to your residents? Gary Nicholls, MD of Swiftclean Building Services, and co-author of TR/19, the widely recognised industry guide to ventilation hygiene, outlines what you need to do to comply.

When running a care home, you have several legal responsibilities that may not be immediately obvious. Several of these are concerned with your air and water supplies. 


Representatives from LGBT+ training facility Opening Doors London

Opening Doors London, the largest provider of training and consultancy for health and social care professionals working with older LGBT+ people, has been endorsed by Skills for Care as meeting their national standards for quality learning and development in adult social care.

Training and Consultancy Manager Jim Glennon is delighted with the result, less than a year since the new training offer was developed.

Gracewell of Camberley in the running for ‘Care Home of the Year’

Gracewell of Camberley Team nominated Care Home of the year National Care Awards 2018

Gracewell of Camberley are delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted for ‘Care Home of the Year’ at the National Care Awards 2018.

The National Care Awards were devised to celebrate the very best in the long-term care sector highlighting excellence and rewarding those who work tirelessly to provide consistently outstanding care. They are organised by social care’s leading publication, Caring Times.

Trip to the seaside brings back memories

Trip to the seaside brings back memories

A TRIP to the seaside brought back memories for Teesside care home residents – playing on the “tuppence machines” and enjoying fish and chips.

Guy Ledgard, who lives at Ingleby Care Home, in Ingleby Barwick, was joined by his wife Christine and fellow residents for an outing to Seaton Carew.

Guy, who has dementia, was taken down memory lane by his wife, who reminded him of times visiting with their grandchildren on Saturdays.

Christine said: “We always used to go for a paddle in the paddling pool, which has now been changed into a small park for children.

Survey of surgeons highlights the importance of high quality surgical gloves

high quality surgical gloves

A survey of practising UK surgeons has highlighted the importance of investing in high quality surgical gloves to improve surgical safety and create long term value for the NHS. The survey, carried out by Creative Medical Research and commissioned by Mölnlycke, found that UK surgeons agree that using high quality surgical gloves:

Provides greater long term value for the NHS

Improves surgical efficiency and patient outcomes

Plays an essential role in improving both clinician and patient safety

Improved patient and clinician safety

Borough Care Marks the International Day of Older Persons

Erika on the International Day of Older Persons

Borough Care, the largest not for profit provider of care for older people in Stockport, marked the International Day of Older Persons by celebrating the rich and diverse lives of residents in its eleven homes, along with the impact they have had on society.  The International Day of Older Persons is celebrated annually on October 1st. 

Dr Mark Ward, CEO at Borough Care, says: “Many of our residents have led interesting lives and had a very positive impact on their local community and wider society.  The International Day of Older Persons is a great way to mark the contribution older people have made, and continue to make, to our society. Many older people have interesting stories to tell and invaluable advice to give, which we can all benefit from.” 

Person Centred Software partners with PrivacyTrust to strengthen expertise on GDPR and data protection

Person Centred Software partners with PrivacyTrust

Person Centred Software has partnered with PrivacyTrust, specialists in GDPR, to ensure its care home customers receive the very latest and up to date information about keeping on track with GDPR and data protection.
On Wednesday 26th  September Person Centred Software hosted the first in a series of joint webinars with PrivacyTrust, entitled ‘GDPR: What’s Next’ for care homes. The online discussion looked at how homes can keep care records secure and compliant, but still accessible for staff to update and read, whenever they need to. A recording of the event is available at

Rising Stars come to Person Centred Software for a Technology Day

Rising Stars come to Person Centred Software for a Technology Day

Person Centred Software was delighted to host a Technology Day for the National Care Forum’s (NCF) Rising Stars on 20th September at its offices in Guildford.

The Rising Stars are a group of eleven individuals working in social care who have been chosen for special development by NCF. The Technology Day is part of the annual programme that aims to develop the group’s knowledge and leadership skills through mentoring and activities. 

Person Centred Software is a partner of NCF and was pleased to share its knowledge of the technology industry with the Rising Stars and provide demonstrations of a wide range of innovative technologies, including GHM Care’s Nursecall integration.

Care home boarded by young buccaneers on pirate day

Care home boarded by young buccaneers on pirate day

A CREW of primary school pirates boarded a Skelmersdale care home to teach residents about buccaneering.   

The band of brigands from Delph Side Primary School took books, pictures and treasure maps to show those living at Aaron Crest Care Home, on Tanhouse Road.

They dressed in swashbuckling costumes, complete with eye patches and hats, as they entertained residents with their tales from the high seas.

The visit was part of International Talk Like A Pirate Day, when children around the world share a “Yo Ho Ho” and “Ahoy” in celebration of their favourite fictional pirates.

Adrienne Ratcliffe, home manager at Aaron Crest Care Home, said: “The children looked wonderful in their pirate costumes.

Britain’s Got Talent Winner Pays Tribute to Housing and Care Specialists

Britain’s Got Talent Winner Pays Tribute to Housing and Care Specialists

BRITAIN’S Got Talent winner, Lee Ridley, has paid tribute to the ‘important’ work carried out by one of the country’s leading housing and care specialists.

The 37-year-old comedian was the special guest at Blackwood’s AGM and was blown away by the work the charity carries out to help people with disabilities.

Lee was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was just six months old but hasn’t let his disability hold him back and shot to fame this year by winning the ITV talent show with his ‘Lost Voice Guy’ routine.

The comedian performed a laughter-filled routine at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh at the end of the AGM where Blackwood launched its three-year customer engagement plan entitled ‘Making the Connection’.

Uniforms that give peace of mind

Uniforms that give peace of mind

Working in a care and nursing home setting demands a uniform that’s reliable, comfortable and capable of working as hard as your valued staff do, too. With more than 100 years’ experience working in the healthcare industry, Grahame Gardner Ltd understands this need and is proud to offer one of the largest ranges of high-quality uniforms in the UK through its renowned Gg Collection.

By drawing on its wealth of expertise, the team has developed, and recently added to, a large selection of garments perfect for healthcare and care home employees, from vibrant scrubs, fleeces and outerwear through to traditional tunics and trousers – all combining comfort and practicality with style. 

MOWOOT Chronic Constipation Therapy Device

MOWOOT Chronic Constipation Therapy Device

MOWOOT - the Natural Solution to Chronic Constipation

MOWOOT is a new abdominal massage therapy system for chronic constipation. MOWOOT treats, manages and prevents chronic constipation without laxatives, enemas and colon cleansing supplements. 

MOWOOT is designed for home use and for use in clinics, hospitals and care homes. MOWOOT is compact, portable and easy to use. MOWOOT is light to carry and features a handle for easy lifting during moving from room to room and during travel or transportation.    

MOWOOT overview

Safe, effective and clinically proven 

Helps to achieve regular and easier bowel movements

Sweetheat Heated Delivery Bags

Sweetheat of Dewsbury bags

Sweetheat of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire manufacture its award winning Sweetheat Heated Delivery Bags System for the Home Delivery of Piping Hot Food. The Sweetheat Heated Delivery Bags System ensures food is delivered Piping Hot each and every time with its built in Heated Technology at 90 Degrees Celcius. Customers include County Council Meals on Wheels Services, Hospitals, Independent Delivery Services,Theme Parks and Restaurants

The System consists of 4 Delivery Bags and a 4 Tier Shelving Unit with a built in Transformer. Once the food is packaged it can be put straight into the Delivery bags and given to the driver. The Sweetheat Bags will remain Hot for a good 30-40 minutes.