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Elston House care home rated Outstanding by CQC

Elston House

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found the quality of care provided by Elston House in Newark, Nottinghamshire, to be Outstanding following an inspection. 

The service is run by Cygnet Care Services Limited and provides care for up to eight people with learning difficulties and autism.

Inspectors found staff were caring and compassionate and people were being provided with safe, responsive, caring, effective and well-led care. A full inspection report has been published on CQC’s website.

Involving residents with infection prevention in the care home

Involving residents with infection prevention in the care home

By Josie Winter- Clinical Director, Advanced Clinical Solutions.

Infections in care homes pose a potential threat to residents, as it is a shared living environment residents will inevitably share micro-organisms. Residents can often be more susceptible to opportunistic infections, due to health conditions and older age. Both healthcare staff and capable residents can play a crucial role in preventing the spread of infection.

Some of the most common infections seen in care home are listed below: -

Respiratory infections 

Most respiratory illnesses are spread by droplet or contact transmission, one of the most common respiratory infections within care homes is Influenza.

Urinary tract infections 

Author Colleen Doyle on 'Moving into Residential Care'

Colleen Doyle co-author of Moving Into Residential Care

Colleen Doyle, who co-authored Moving into Residential Care: A Practical Guide for Older People and Their Families with Gail Roberts, talks to editor Victoria Galligan about the impact on families of such a transition.

What does your book Moving Into Residential Care cover, and who should read it?

Moving into Residential Care; a practical guide for older people and their families by Colleen Doyle and Gail Roberts is a book about what helps and what doesn’t help during the life transition of moving from living independently to living in residential aged care. It is written for older people and their families. Aged care staff may find it beneficial to read as well. It covers the psychological impact of moving at this stage of life. 

Easter egg decorating bridges generation gap

Easter egg decorating bridges generation gap

A cracking time was had by care home residents and school pupils during an Easter egg decorating session.

The age-gap was bridged as both groups enjoyed painting, gluing and embellishing their eggs ahead of the annual holiday.

Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, hosted the pupils from Lemington Riverside Primary School.

The children, aged between seven and nine years old, regularly visit the care home to read and entertain the residents.

Moira Hoole, who lives at the home, said: “The children are so lovely. They make the place come alive.”

Pupil James Park said: “I love going to Waverley Lodge. The people are so nice. Moira asks me about school and if I’m being good. She’s just like another Nanna.”

Dementia research programme investigates the power of music

dementia research Chelsea Court Place

A dementia research programme at a residential care home is investigating the power of music and whether it can be used to sustain language in older people. Chelsea Court Place has collaborated with the University of Roehampton to launch the exciting music project, called Beyond Words. 

Researchers Prof. Adam Ockelford, Dr Fiona Costa, PhD student Caitlin Shaughnessy and “savant” pianist Derek Paravicini – who is blind and held his first concert at the age of seven – are leading this this innovative project with residents from Chelsea Court Place. 

Care home wins funds for multi-sensory garden

Care home wins funds for multi-sensory garden

A multi-sensory garden is to be created at a Bolton care home following a successful funding bid.

Lever Edge Care Home, in Great Lever, was awarded £6,100 by Bolton Council as part of the Bolton Transformation Fund.

The money will be used to create a colourful, edible garden with installations to stimulate both sight, sound and smell.

The garden is located at the front of the care home and will be open to the community – with schools and other groups invited visit.

Fruit trees, herbs, peas and tomatoes are just some of the produce the care home is hoping to grow with local help.

Anyone who participates in helping to maintain the garden will have the opportunity to harvest the crops for their use.

The Living Art Gallery at Stocks Hall

The Living Art Gallery at Stocks Hall

People living at a Care Home in Merseyside are delighted to reveal an evocative collection of artwork.

A corridor and lounge area at a Care Home in St Helens has recently been transformed with an area full of artwork that sparkles with life and colour. The Living Art Gallery at Stocks Hall St Helens Home has been developed to showcase a collection of beautiful and unique art pieces that have been lovingly created by people living at the Home.   

The exhibition features eleven artworks that explore still life paintings using paint, pastels and collage. The exhibition currently shows the works from the very talented Kevin Richardson (60), Ann Black (71), Maureen Donegan (65), Brian Littlewood (73), Joan Fairclough (66), Paul Shepherd (44) and Paula Cowan (53).

Memories Are Made Of This - St Budeaux Foundation School

Memories Are Made Of This - St Budeaux Foundation School

Residents at a care home in Plymouth enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane with a visit from youngsters from nearby St Budeaux Foundation School.

Eight pupils met up with four people who live at Freshfields as part of the Archie Project, a scheme that links local schools with people with dementia.

The ‘Life Stories’ project involves children asking residents questions about their life, including favourite holidays, fashion, and former beloved pets.

Dog lover Elizabeth Bessant, 73, relived happy memories of her cherished ‘Westie’ dogs and the companionship they provided.

She also told the girls about her favourite childhood destination, Looe in Cornwall, where she and her family used to go on trips.

Putting your home in trust?

Care fees: why you must seek legal advice before putting your home in trust

A RECENT Channel 4 Dispatches programme highlighted concerns about schemes which claim that you can avoid care fees by putting your home into trust.

Jane Sutherland, partner and solicitor at East Midlands-based Nelsons Solicitors, explains why you must seek sound legal advice before entering into such arrangements.

Are these schemes the next mis-selling scandal?

Couple Celebrates 62nd Valentine’s Day

Couple Celebrates 62nd Valentine’s Day

An Aberdeen couple are perfectly placed to give lessons in love this Valentine’s Day – as the couple celebrates their 62nd valentine's day

And Jimmy Mathers, 93, and wife Betty, 84, believe they can give couples of all ages some simple tips for a long and happy marriage: it’s all about give and take.

The doting pair celebrates this Valentine’s at Meallmore’s Sunnybank care home in Cruden Bay, where Jim has lived since 2016, with Betty joining him in April of last year.

Castle View Windsor leads the way on fire safety as Fire Service puts it to the test

Castle View Windsor leads the way on fire safety as Fire Service puts it to the test

A full scale fire rescue with the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service has been staged at the new Castle View Retirement Village at Helston Lane, Windsor, which opens this Autumn.

Taking the lead after a further fire tragedy at a care home in Stevenage just last week and Grenfell, Castle Retirement Living has put fire safety to the top of its list.  The full training exercise, fronted by watch manager Matt Weldon and teams from the local area took three hours and involved three fire engines and a team of 15 firefighters to stage a mock rescue.    

UK sees record number of people search for a care home

UK sees record number of people search for a care home

The UK has seen a record number of people search for a care home in January, with 38 per cent more people visiting leading care home reviews site,, has seen record traffic this January, with 38 per cent more people visiting the site to look for a care home, than in December 2017.

January 2018 saw have its highest ever traffic to the site with 1,579,285 visits. This was up from 1,144,572 in December, an increase of 434,713. has noticed a trend in more people visiting to look for a care home in the period after Christmas.

Davina Ludlow, chair of, said: 

Care home wears red to raise funds to fight heart disease

Care home wears red to raise funds to fight heart disease

CHESTER-le-Street care home residents brought out their bright coloured clothing to raise funds for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.

Wear Red Day is a national fundraiser to help children and adults born with congenital heart disease.

The residents, staff and relatives at Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, all wore their favourite red clothing for the day.

They also baked and decorated cupcakes and held a hidden raffle, where the prizes were wrapped to surprise lucky winning ticket holders.

Resident Lillian Maxwell, who won a bottle of wine, said: “I don’t think I’ll be sharing this.”

Gillingham Care Home Scores Top Reviews 

Gillingham Care Home Scores Top Reviews 

A Dorset care home has received outstanding scores on an independent care home review site. 

The Malthouse residential care home in Gillingham, Dorset, has been awarded an overall score of 9.9 out of a top score of 10 on the leading UK care home review website 

Reviews submitted by family members and residents themselves commend the high standards of care and service that the home provides and rates the facilities, dignity, cleanliness, food and hygiene, staff, management, safety and security, activities and value for money.

Those writing reviews have been particularly impressed by the considerate care and attention the staff give to residents, as well as the extra activities and entertainment provided.

Furnishing Your Care Home: Things To Consider

Furnishing Your Care Home: Things To Consider

Care homes should be comfortable and welcoming environments that cater to the various needs of their different residents. When it comes to caring for people with specific medical needs, such as people living with dementia or low mobility, having the right furniture and other tools in place, such as stand aids, is crucial.

As well as creating a space that is warm, welcoming and of course, homely, it is also important to take hygiene and infection control into account. Anywhere that a large group of people live is going to be a hotbed for bacteria, which is why selecting the furniture that is in place wisely, is so important.