The Beeches’ beach summer BBQ a hit with residents

The Beeches’ beach summer BBQ a hit with residents

The beach was brought to The Beeches when the care home’s staff threw a summer BBQ for residents.

The Stockton-on-Tees based home created an indoor seaside with a paddling pool and sand pit for those unable to travel to the coast.

There was also entertainment from Michaela Marshall from Musical Memories, which specialises in providing costumed, interactive shows for care homes.

Michaela performed beach themed 1950s and 60s classics, including “Rum and Coca Cola”, “We’re All Going On a Summer Holiday”, and “Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside”.

Volunteer and friend of The Beeches Care Home, Ruth Atkinson served up burgers and sausages from the BBQ, as everyone enjoyed the summer sun.

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 

Ponies wow residents at New Copford Place care home

Ponies wow residents at New Copford Place care home

New Copford Place care home in Colchester, run by charity Friends of the Elderly, recently welcomed some very special visitors. Thanks to Magical Miniature Ponies, two ponies visited the home to spend time with residents and their relatives.

Donna Owen, Manager at New Copford Place, said: “It was wonderful to see the residents interacting with the ponies. Everyone was just so surprised that we had real life ponies actually inside the home. The team from Magical Miniature Ponies were brilliant telling us all about the ponies and the sensory benefits and stimulation from being around these animals was something we saw last with our residents for days. Everyone is still talking about it!”

More than one in three pensioners think that Carbon Monoxide poisoning symptoms will ‘get better on their own’

Carbon Monoxide poisoning

From headaches to nausea, the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning are being dangerously confused with seasonal illnesses. Despite one person dying every other week from carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK, new research from the CO Be Alarmed! campaign shows that while overall 92% of people above the age of 65 have a smoke alarm only 62% in the UK have a carbon monoxide alarm that could save their lives.

Outsourcing is the key to compliance


ECO is urging care homes to outsource help desk facilities to help ensure they stay on the right side of the law.

ECO Integrated Property Solutions (IPS) is advising managers that using a professional and expert supplier to co-ordinate and oversee any works in their property will not only lighten their load but will ensure compliance with rules and regulations.

Managing a schedule of repairs, refurbishments and maintenance can be a time consuming distraction and it would be easy to overlook smaller details or rush processes through lack of time. But trusting a specialist team to take on all aspects of property care will ensure accuracy, consistency and compliance, particularly if they’re invested in the latest technological advances.

Information Suite Launches at Edinburgh’s Finest Care Home

Information Suite

Locals across Edinburgh and the Lothians are invited for an exclusive first look of the city’s newest, luxury care home as it officially launches its Information Suite this week.

The much-anticipated Cramond Residence is welcoming guests to its beautifully-designed suite on Thursday 8 March from 3-7pm, to showcase the high quality of accommodation and facilities that will be available when it opens later this year.

This drop in event is an opportunity for a short tour of the sample bedroom, complete with en-suite shower room, and sample lounge layout, giving visitors the chance to experience the distinctly homely feel of the Residence first-hand.

New furry friends sought for residents of Bridgewater care home

furry friends

Care staff at a Bridgewater nursing home are asking local pet-owners to consider getting their furry friends certified as a therapy animal, and sharing their attentions with local people living with dementia.
Activities co-ordinator Lisa Priddice who works at Avalon Nursing Home, a specialist dementia care home run by Camelot Care, said: “Petting or playing with an animal can provide a real therapeutic boost for the people we support because it increases certain hormone levels.
“It’s lovely to see how happy it makes our residents when they are able to pet an animal, and research says the benefits it brings them include an improved sense of well-being on many levels.”

Building the future of care

Building the future of care

Building the future of care – it starts with you

With just one month to go, now is the time to book your tickets to the Future of Care Conference taking place on Tuesday 13th March at The Kings Fund, London. The event includes an impressive line-up of speakers and topics during the one-day conference and the popularity to date proves that an event of this calibre and focus is required within the sector to help care professionals from across the country to unite to share experiences and knowledge.

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?

Curling care home residents compete before Winter Olympics

Curling care home residents compete before Winter Olympics

COMPETITIVE care home residents have been getting into the Winter Olympics spirit with a community centre curling match.

Curling athletes from around the world are set to compete at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, in South Korea, from 9th to 25th of February.

The upcoming international competition was preceded by residents of Barnfield and Holmewood care homes, however, when they tried the sport for the first time.

The Chesterfield-based care homes, both operated by the Hill Care Group, organised the outing for residents Ronald Coats and Clive Wilkinson, from Holmewood, and Andrew Bailey, from Barnfield.

The match took place at Holmewood Community Centre, run by national charity Macintyre.

Elderly share fond memories for Storytelling Week


A MONK, an army truck and a cruise were among the plotlines to elderly care home residents’ lives – shared for National Storytelling Week.

The residents at Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, in Peterlee, County Durham, shared stories from their pasts to mark the event.

They created short books for others to read, with photos and words on some of their favourite memories.

Among them was 81-year-old Rose Ann Fenbow, a mother-of-two who grew up in Seaham.

She told fellow residents about the time she was on a night out with friends when she was younger and later driven home in an army truck.


Norfolk nursing home rated as ‘good’ by industry inspector

A residential nursing home based in Caister-on-sea in Norfolk has been rated as ‘good’ for the quality of service it provides by the industry’s regulator.  Claremont House and Lodge on Yarmouth Road in Caister, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, has recently been inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and has received this positive grading.  

The CQC is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. It makes sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care. 

Uddingston Care Home hosts sppoktacular party


A care home in Uddingston celebrated Halloween in style this year with a traditional, spooky-themed party.

Bupa’s Highgate Care Home, on Old Edinburgh Road, organised the party for its residents on Friday 28th October. 

Staff, residents and their relatives took to the floor dressed as witches and other classic,Halloween characters in a bid to win prizes for the best costume. They also took part in fun activities such as apple bobbing and were treated to a selection of themed snacks and beverages. 

The activities were arranged by Michelle Ferrey, Home Manager at Highgate Care Home. 

Power Plate® Brings Welcome Relief to Penhill Residential Home, Bristol

Power Plate

Elderly residents at the Penhill Residential Home in Bristol have given a very warm welcome to Power Plate®, from Performance Health Systems.  Since buying the portable, Personal Power Plate® unit in May 2016, they have been delighted by the new opportunities it has brought them and the improvements in their mobility, balance, circulation and lower leg comfort.  

“Power Plate has been a revelation,” says previous Care Home Manager Trina Birtwistle who on seeing it for the first time immediately recognised its potential to help her residents manage a range of health issues.