Supporting Care Homes in Providing Quality Equipment for Growing Numbers of Residents

Over 15 million people in the UK are aged 60 and above[1], and this is expected to pass the 20 million mark by 2030[2]. With this in mind, care homes need to be adequately designed and equipped to cope with current and future arrivals of residents. This will ensure they can provide the best possible environment for residents with special needs and accessibility requirements, whether due to disability, illness or advanced years.


With the rising numbers of elderly people needing full-time or part-time care, the pressure will fall on care facilities to keep equipment and furniture in good condition, and replace broken or old items quickly, so as to keep residents comfortable at all times.


Thomas’s dream bathroom becomes reality

Thomas’s dream bathroom becomes reality

A teenager with quadriplegic cerebral palsy has had his dream bathroom fitted out with adjustable products from Pressalit Care.
Thomas Dixon, who lives with his mum and dad in Darlington, is delighted with the new bathroom – especially the lime green colour he selected for the shower chair and arm supports.
To allow Thomas the freedom to move around the house with the space and ease of access he requires, his parents bought a new bungalow, and for the last 18 months have been adapting it with three extensions to suit their needs.

The Importance of Inclusive Bathrooms


Martin Walker, CEO of Methven UK, discusses the role played by technology and design in the creation of usable bathrooms for the ageing population.


Thanks to technological advancements and better healthcare, the UK’s population is now living longer than ever - more than 11 million people are currently aged over 65, with one in three of us aged 55 and over. Whilst clearly this is great news, it also presents a host of challenges, not least of which is: how can you ensure bathrooms are safe for use by the ageing population?


Guinness Care embraces digital for flagship extra care development

Appello chosen to provide digital care technology to The Quayside development in Totnes

Guinness Care, part of The Guinness Partnership and a leading national provider of housing and care, today announced that it will deploy its first digital care solution from Appello, a leading provider of technology enabled care services, in its flagship development in Devon.

The digital care solution will be installed across the new development of sixty contemporary extra care apartments. Residents will benefit from almost instantaneous connection to an alarm receiving centre, and will be able to take advantage of room to room calling which can be video enabled to help support social inclusion.

Duplex - Steaming In On Bugs

Duplex - Steaming In On Bugs

In medical and nursing establishments the knowledge that cleaning can be combined with a proven infection control programme is a vitally important factor to be taken into account when considering a machine purchase for use in a clinical environment.


To demonstrate the efficacy of the products from our range most used in the healthcare sector we commissioned independent tests by the Hospital Infection Research Laboratory, Birmingham.


Care Plan Example Booklet

Care Plan Example Booklet

Our new Care Plan Example Booklet contains all of our forms including the initial assessment (support plan), care plans, associated assessment tools and other ‘day to day’ forms to accompany the care plans such as Food Charts, Body Maps and Stool Charts.

The comprehensive 70 page booklet demonstrates how to use our care planning system and how they look filled in. A ‘must have‘, for all care homes concerned with excellent, robust and person centred care planning.

It goes through a serviced user’s pre-assessment and admission to the care home, how they should be assessed and included in their decisions about day to day support required. It looks at mental capacity issues with various examples of when mental capacity assessments should be done.

How Bathroom Adaptations Make for Easier Living

If you’re thinking about making changes to your bathroom, it’s key that you understand all of your options to ensure that your adaptations ensure maximum mobility. Bathroom fixtures and accessories should enable a person to move around as easily as possible. Your fixtures should also help to reduce the risks of falling and slipping.

Leading mobility aid retail providers Manage at Home are offering advice on choosing the best bathroom aids to help improve simple daily living.

Showers and Baths

Space saving, safe surface temperature radiators specified for Cumbrian care home

radiators for Cumbrian care home

Super slim profile, natural heat convection radiators from Autron have been specified and recently installed at the Elmhurst care home, in Cumbria. Elmhurst is a purpose built residential care home catering for elderly physically and mentally frail people, particularly those suffering from dementia.

An extensive refurbishment has been undertaken, part of which included the replacement of LST (Low Surface Temperature) radiators installed in the home’s corridors, communal areas and bathrooms.


Struggle to Hear the TV?

TV200 Wireless Headset

Try A TV Listener for Rock Concert Sound Levels

New amplicomms TV200 Wireless Headset

If hearing loss means your TV is too loud for everyone else in the room, a TV Listener will help you to hear without annoying anyone, including the neighbours!

A new wireless headset system allows you to choose your preferred volume, even if the television sound is turned off.  The volume on the new TV200 from amplicomms can be amplified to 112dB, that’s as loud as a rock concert, whilst tweaking the tone and balance controls enhance speech and clarity.

The lightweight headset has a built-in microphone option, so conversations in the room can be picked up and the sound source turned off, so you’ll never miss out on chat.

Restore your essential you with Olverum Bath Oil

Restore your essential you with Olverum Bath Oil

As pampering as it is therapeutic, an Olverum bath is like a warm, comforting hug that helps you recover when you feel mentally and physically depleted.

Whether you use it to relieve stress, revive aching muscles and joints, rebalance dry skin, or simply to luxuriate in a blissful aromatic 'me time' moment, Olverum promotes a feeling of wellbeing and renewal.


Olverum was originally created in 1931 by Franz Otto Klein, a wine maker in the Mosel Valley in Germany, who developed a keen interest in the beneficial properties of natural essential oils.

Keeping those in your care safe in the bathroom

Safety and comfort is imperative for Seniors when looking at Carehomes. An important part of daily life is taken up in the bathroom. But unfortunately with age often come additional hurdles. Put it this way, things that often seem straightforward in later life often aren’t. For example when looking at just running a tap – suddenly we need to ensure that one has the strength to turn on a tap, the memory to turn off the tap and the safety in place as to not get burnt by the water that comes out of the tap.

Rotherwood Training - How to Make Training Work For You

Claire Stokes, Training Director of Rotherwood Training, is on a mission to educate the care sector. With 20 years experience in health and social care training Claire is passionate about delivering high quality learning experiences to individuals who wants to continue their professional development but also work with organisations to make sure their training is effective. High quality training is paramount to outstanding service provision and client care.

The provision of clean linen is a fundamental requirement of care

As identified by the Department of Health in its Health Technical Memorandum 01-04 - Decontamination of linen for health and social care:  “The provision of clean linen is a fundamental requirement of care”. Berendsen, a leader in outsourced laundry services for healthcare, has developed outsourced laundry services to the care sector, including residents’ clothing.

Environmental decontamination in Care Homes

There is increasing evidence that the environment plays a significant role in the spread of infection in settings in which vulnerable people are cared for. Potential pathogens can survive on surfaces for considerable periods of time, examples include: MRSA surviving for over a year in dust, and spores of Clostridium difficile remain viable for over five months. Viruses too can survive in the surrounding 

A simple guide to care home insurance

We explain the features, exclusions and optional covers that are usually found in this type of business insurance to help care homes to understand the specialist cover they need. From public liability and contents insurance to the more specific care industry covers like medical malpractice insurance - find out what you need to make sure your care home insurance is right for you.

Specialist policies for care home service providers, hospices, care villages and many other care providers are available too.  Visit  

Safer manual handling of people training

With over 900,000 working days lost in 2014 as a result of manual handling injuries, one of the biggest challenges in the caring profession is making patient handling safer for the patient and the care worker, addressing this challenge with excellent training means the risk of injury can be reduced.

The SSTAR Manual Handling of People training programme, designed to comply with Manual Handling Regulations, requires all staff involved in the handling and moving of people to be trained in accordance with current best practice. SSTAR training covers the following topics: regulations, anatomy and physiology of the spine, safe handling practice, types of handling equipment (including mobile hoist with slings) and risk assessment.

How the EU Referendum Result might affect the NHS and Care Sector

The King's Fund released a paper this month about the main possible effects that Brexit could have on the NHS and the care sector.

In brief, the ones that will have most impact on the care sector are:

Staffing - as I have mentioned already, it's well known that the NHS is struggling to recruit and retain staff across the sectors and it's the same in the care sector. Approximately 80,000 of the 1.3 million works in Adult Social Care are from other EU countries. The King's Fund is suggesting that certain occupations are added to the Migration Advisory Committee's shortage occupation list however, this is not likely to include unskilled care workers and this will need addressing.