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Music study investigates communication in people living with dementia

Chelsea Court music therapy - Derek and the team are behind the dementia therapy research

Chelsea Court Place, a residential home for individuals living with dementia, is working with the University of Roehampton in a research project entitled Beyond Words, which uses ‘micro-songs’ to recapture and sustain functional language in people with advanced dementia.

The study aims to investigate the power of music, enabling people living with dementia to retain their speech and help communicate their wishes and needs for a longer period than would be normally be the case in the natural deterioration caused by the disease. 

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. 

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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

Spearhead Healthcare opens the doors to Staffordshire care home showroom

Spearhead Healthcare - a stylish bedroom

Spearhead Healthcare, one of the UK’s leading suppliers to the care home sector, has launched a care home showroom in Staffordshire in response to growing demand for high quality furniture, furnishings and equipment designed specifically for the care environment.

Professor June Andrews, international dementia expert and former director of the University of Stirling's Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), officially opened the showroom at a well-attended launch event at the end of September where she cut the ribbon and gave a talk on the reasons why care home-specific and dementia-specific design is so crucial to the quality of life for residents.

What insurance does your care organisation need?

Justine Dignam writer of what insurance does you care organisation need?

Choosing the correct insurance products to suit the needs of your organisation is not as complicated as it seems. Largely, it depends on the type of business you operate, its size, and the assets you need to protect. Here, Justine Dignam, UK marketing and propositions director for Markel, a specialist insurer which caters for over 10,000 UK care homes and facilities, explores the options available…


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Three new Parklands care homes planned in £16million Highlands investment

One of three new care facilities planned by Parklands

The latest phase of a multi-million pound investment by independent care provider Parklands Group has been given the green light. Plans for a £6.5 million care hub for older people in Inverness, one of three new Highland care homes planned or already under construction, have been approved by the Highland Council.

The largest single investment by Parklands, the Inverness facility will be built in two phases, the first consisting of a two-storey care home featuring 48 bedrooms, a café, hairdresser and eight day rooms. The second phase will offer 16 assisted living suites, with three day rooms, and will be linked to the care wing on both ground and first floor levels. The site will include landscaped gardens, 42 parking spaces and sheltered cycle racks.

How healthcare professionals can reduce dehydration

Dehydration - a nurse offers an elderly patient some water

There is good evidence that dehydration causes a significant increase in the incidence of urinary tract infection (UTI) and other severe infections associated with it. Jennie Wilson, member of the Infection Prevention Society, provides these key facts to help you prevent your patients becoming dehydrated:

1. Keep drinking

Adults need to take in a minimum of 1.5 litres of fluid every day. This is equivalent to at least 8 large cups or mugs of fluid.  Make sure that drinks are offered to patients enough times during the day to enable them to drink this amount of fluids.

2. Older people are more vulnerable to dehydration

Why therapeutic sensory support is important for people with dementia

Joanna Grace - Sharing Sensory Stories

by Joanna Grace, author of Sharing Sensory Stories and Conversations with People with Dementia

You may have heard people saying they do Sudoku or the crossword daily to keep their grey matter active. Well they are right to do this, but in order to maintain our brains we need to experience a broad range of stimulation, including sensory. Many people in later age end up in environments of limited sensory scope so there are always benefits to bringing in the sights, smells, sounds, tastes and touch sensations from other places.

Clinically connected care homes could reduce NHS demand by £1bn

Clinically connected care homes could reduce NHS demand by £1bn

A large-scale project led by senior nurses to improve the health of care home residents in Calderdale, Yorkshire has reduced emergency admissions by 33 per cent with the help of technology-enabled care. Analysis1 commissioned by Tunstall, has indicated this type of care model could release £1 billion NHS capacity if deployed on a national scale.

CQC launches 'Learning from safety incidents' guides

CQC - Learning from safety incidents

The independent quality regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has published a new series of resources – ‘Learning from safety incidents’ – to help those in charge of running health and care organisations ensure the safety and well-being of people using their services. 

Developed to share common critical issues initially identified from CQC’s criminal prosecution work against nine health and care providers that have failed to provide care and treatment in a safe way; each of the resources describe the issue – what happened, what CQC and the provider did about it and the steps that can be taken to prevent similar serious incidents from happening again in the future.

The key themes include: 

1. Problems with the quality and use of risk assessments

Tips for achieving dementia friendly design in Care Homes

Tips for achieving dementia friendly design in Care Homes

According to the Alzheimer’s society in 2014 69% of care home residents were estimated to have dementia; and with that number only increasing due to an aging population, it’s vital that care homes continue to re-fit or re-design their care homes with dementia in mind. But what should people be keeping in mind when trying to achieve a dementia friendly design and is it that important?

Dementia-friendly design can reduce pressure and stress on families and care home staff. If someone with dementia is calmer and feels more in control, they are likely to make fewer demands on others and cause less potential disruption. 

Balhousie Care Group raises over £34,800 for Alzheimer Scotland

Balhousie Care hand over the cheque to Alzheimer Scotland

Balhousie Care Group, with 25 care homes across the North East of Scotland, has successfully raised £34,891.29 for their chosen charity partner, Alzheimer Scotland.

Alzheimer Scotland was announced as charity partner in December 2016 after conducting a staff poll. The charity is very close to hearts of staff at Balhousie Care Group, with around 800 Balhousie care group residents living with dementia or cognitive decline.

As part of their 25th Anniversary year, the group aimed to raise £25,000 for the charity, with each of the group's 25 homes tasked with raising £1,000.

Three ways to reduce food waste in your care home

Food waste care home kitchen

As care homes tighten budgets, it is galling to know that up to three quarters of food waste which we bin is safe to eat*. Not only is this unsustainable due to the negative environmental impact it's having, but it could also be costing your care home a lot of money.

It’s extremely important to pay attention to care home kitchen functionality in order to be able to serve residents with delicious and nutritious meals.

There are steps you can take to reduce food waste in your care home kitchen, and we're going to give you some tips that will help.