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Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society conquers 24 peaks challenge

 

For the second year an intrepid team from Banstead-based care home, The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, has completed a gruelling 24 Peaks Challenge, conquering 24 peaks in 24 hours to raise more than £4,000 for fellow maritime charity Seafarers UK. Staff members from the home in Surrey took up the challenge to raise money for Seafarers UK, with Deputy Home Manager Dorota Serafin, Estates Manager Richard Condie, Carer Kim Tema, Care Assistant Cynthia Hugo and Maintenance Technician Nick Potroanchenu tackling the course.

International Training for Yorkshire Sensory Team

Sensory Specialists Experia Partner With World Renowned Therapy Experts. Staff from Barnsley-based Experia, the sensory equipment specialist, are working with therapy experts the Worldwide Snoezelen Company to improve the experience of people in Yorkshire with learning disabilities.

Snoezelen is a type of therapy originally founded in Holland for individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Experia attended an intensive training programme at the Snoezelen Centre in Amsterdam, delivered by Ilse Achterberg, who has unparalleled experience in the field. The team focused on exploring the opportunities to use the company’s sensory products to unlock sensory development and progress for users who often have dementia or learning difficulties including autism.

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.


Not just down to 'fete' - Care home raises hundreds from summer event

Bupa’s Ailsa Craig Care Home in Glasgow is celebrating after its annual summer fete raised £400 to support new activities for the residents. Various activities and stalls were set up for residents, guests and visitors at the Brand Street care home, including a nail stall, candy cart stall, a psychic, a raffle, a tombola and an ice cream van, and entertainment was also provided throughout the day.

Kellyanne Mullan, Acitivity Coordinator at Bupa’s Ailsa Craig Care Home, said: “The fete was a resounding success, with visitors attending from far and wide and the band really added to the lively atmosphere.

Local care home opens dementia garden

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Pitcairn Lodge care home in Aberdeen welcomed the community in through their doors to open their new dementia garden on National Care Home Open Day. National Care Home Open Day aims to highlight the fantastic care that happens across the UK, and brought residents, relatives, friends and staff together to celebrate and open the home’s new dementia garden funded by local oil company Apache North Sea Ltd.

Bugs bunny (alias Nadine Taylor, Activities Coordinator); Colin Mitchell(Health and Safety Advisor, Embrace Group); Jenny Snowie (Care Assistant); Margaret Andrew (resident); Rupert Bear (alias Denise Morris, Activities Coordinator)

Local care home opens dementia garden

Pitcairn Lodge care home in Aberdeen welcomed the community in through their doors to open their new dementia garden on National Care Home Open Day.National Care Home Open Day aims to highlight the fantastic care that happens across the UK, and brought residents, relatives, friends and staff together to celebrate and open the home’s new dementia garden funded by local oil company Apache North Sea Ltd.

Bugs bunny (alias Nadine Taylor, Activities Coordinator); Colin Mitchell(Health and Safety Advisor, Embrace Group); Jenny Snowie (Care Assistant); Margaret Andrew (resident); Rupert Bear (alias Denise Morris, Activities Coordinator)


Balhousie Care Home shortlisted for Scottish Dementia Award

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Balhousie Wheatland’s Care Home has been shortlisted for the Most Innovative Partnership award at this year’s prestigious Scottish Dementia Awards. The Stirlingshire Care Home has been recognised for their work with Lingo Flamingo CIC, a social enterprise that teaches foreign languages to vulnerable adults. The tailored sessions, which were introduced into the Care Home late last year, aim to help residents with early forms of dementia by improving communication, cognitive development and their inter-personal skills.

Importance of creative care highlighted in ‘outstanding’ accolade for North East care setting

THE benefits of creativity in care have been highlighted by the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) top rating of a North East care setting. Shadon House, a dementia assessment centre run by Gateshead Council, joins less than 0.2% of the UK care homes in being awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating by the independent watchdog.

With only 66 care settings out of more than 34,000 currently holding the accolade it’s a huge achievement for staff and those providing daily support for service users.

For creative ageing charity Equal Arts, it’s recognition of the positive impact creativity can have on a person’s quality of life.

NACC welcomes all Sunrise and Gracewell care homes

Sunrise Senior Living and Gracewell Healthcare have become the first care providers to sign up all of their sites to the National Association of Care Catering (NACC). Sunrise, who acquired Gracewell in 2014, have committed all 45 of their UK-wide care homes to membership of the NACC, a body that champions high quality care catering in the UK. Although selected Sunrise and Gracewell staff members were previously signed up to the NACC, all Head Chefs and Dining Services Coordinators working at any of their care communities will now have full access to the NACC’s various forums and competitions.

Oh yes they did - Panto comes to Glasgow care home

A Glasgow care home brought panto to its own front room this summer to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, by setting up an exclusive entertaining performance for residents. Bupa’s Eastbank care home in Shettleston invited local professional entertainment company Rovin Productions to bring the show in-house, giving residents, family and friends a front row experience in the comfort of their own armchair.

The communal living room area at the care home was transformed into a mini theatre, where accomplished actors Sian Ross and Stephen Vincent of Rovin performed a unique re-telling of ‘60 years of the Royal Variety.’


Re:Cognition Health: the UK's brain and mind experts championing cognitive health

Re:Cognition Health is a pioneering cognitive health clinic in the heart of London, specialising in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people of all ages showing symptoms of cognitive impairment, including memory loss and dementia. Dementia is an umbrella term that describes progressive cognitive impairment, which is severe enough to prevent people from performing normal daily activities and can include symptoms of memory loss, problems with language, slow thought patterns and difficulty solving problems. Dementia currently affects 850,000 people in the UK, with one person diagnosed with a form of dementia every three minutes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.

How to help your loved one with dementia eat well

 

Caring for a loved one with dementia comes with many challenges, one of which is ensuring that your loved one eats and drinks properly. After all, a healthy diet is an important part of their wellbeing. People with dementia may experience a change in appetite; most commonly, they may lose interest in food and feel less hungry as a result. You may also find that their tastes change, so they could suddenly dislike foods that they once loved (and vice versa). This can lead to mealtimes being challenging, or even stressful – not just for your loved one, but for those caring for them (that’s you).

New Worcester Mayor celebrates launch of care home pub

Mayor of Worcester Paul Denham centre with residents at Red Hill Care Home

The newly-appointed Mayor of Worcester, Paul Denham, has joined local residents to celebrate the launch of a traditionally styled British pub at a care home in Red Hill. Staff at Red Hill care home invited Mr Denham, as well as friends and family of the home’s residents, to the launch of the ‘Redhill Rooster’, a traditional British pub that will provide residents with a more familiar environment to talk about their memories.