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Making sheltered housing safer

October 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Making sheltered housing safer

Aico, UK’s market leader in domestic mains powered Fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detection, has developed an innovative product to solve a safety issue facing people in sheltered housing and other vulnerable people that use Telecare/Warden Call Systems. Telecare/Warden Call Systems are commonplace in dwellings for vulnerable people and are an important tool to let […]

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Countrywide Secure £2 Million Contract with Priory Group

October 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Countrywide Secure £2 Million Contract with Priory Group

Countrywide Healthcare Supplies, one of the country’s leading national distributors to the care sector are delighted to have been selected by Priory Group as their supply partner for a wide range of non-food products. The contract which has been secured through a competitive tender process and includes the supply of nursing, medical, incontinence, housekeeping, laundry, […]

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Many people with dementia are forced in to hospital by default rather than choice

October 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Many people with dementia are forced in to hospital by default rather than choice

The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, has announced proposals to change the basic NHS model from one centred on hospital care to one that helps people stay healthy and happy at home. Responding to this, Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said:   ‘The Government is right to focus on improving out […]

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Crawley support worker scoops top care award

October 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Crawley support worker scoops top care award

Crawley support worker Lisa May has been presented with a coveted local care award in recognition of her hard work and dedication.   The 5th West Sussex Care Accolades Awards, held at Arundel Wetlands, paid tribute to a number of people working in health and social care who go the extra mile and exceed expectations. […]

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Bield Fundraisers Go The Extra Mile

October 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Bield Fundraisers Go The Extra Mile

A team of sure-footed fundraisers – including an 82-year-old resident – have gone the extra mile to raise more than £2,000 for Bield, one of Scotland’s leading providers of housing and care services for older people. Bield’s Fundraiser Kevin Rowe put together an enthusiastic 12 person team to complete a 24 mile stretch of the […]

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Nantwich care home welcomes VIP guests to mark its new look

October 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Nantwich care home welcomes VIP guests to mark its new look

Akari Care’s Church House care home, which is based in Austerson, has celebrated the launch of its newly-refurbished home by welcoming some VIP guests to mark the occasion. Deputy Mayor, Hilda Gaddum, was on hand to cut the ribbon to launch the new-look home with the help of Vicar Barry Wilson, who conducted a special […]

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ADASS survey gives national picture of telecare services for the first time

October 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
ADASS survey gives national picture of telecare services for the first time

OLDER PEOPLE ARE overwhelmingly seen by directors of adult social services as people who are most likely to benefit from the application of assistive technology to their care services. This is one of the main conclusions of the first-ever survey of DASS’s use of telehealthcare in helping to provide care services to a wide range […]

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Lincolnshire Care Worker Named Activity Co-ordinator of the Year By Key Industry Body

October 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Lincolnshire Care Worker Named Activity Co-ordinator of the Year By Key Industry Body

A Lincolnshire care home Activity Co-ordinator has been recognised with a national award. Val Taylor, who works for The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) at Apple Trees Care and Reablement Centre in Grantham, has been named Best Activity Co-ordinator of 2014 by the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA). NAPA has introduced a number […]

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Poetry Performer’s Recitals Entertain Residents At Stockton Care Home

October 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Poetry Performer’s Recitals Entertain Residents At Stockton Care Home

Residents and staff at a Stockton-on-Tees care home enjoyed an afternoon of top tapping rhythm and rhyming when they were treated to a story-telling and music-making performance by a top-class entertainer.   Singer and performer Wendy Holmes, from ARC – The Stockton Arts Centre, visited Mandale House in Thornaby, where she performed traditional songs, recited […]

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Huntercombe Hall hosts Earl Howe for the day

October 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Huntercombe Hall hosts Earl Howe for the day

The residents and staff of Huntercombe Hall care home in Nettlebed were thrilled when Earl Howe spent the day with them recently. The Earl, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department of Health and a member of the House of Lords, examined every aspect of the home’s care programme on his fact finding mission, with […]

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Outdoor care home project for residents turns into a retreat for visitors and residents

October 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Outdoor care home project for residents turns into a retreat for visitors and residents

An outdoor project for residents at Marchglen care home has turned into a rural retreat for residents to spend time with their families.   The aim of the project was to include and encourage residents from the Avondhu unit to make choices for their garden and to have the outside space as an ongoing project. […]

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Expertise Homecare Makes 10/10 Decision to Partner with Reevoo

October 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Expertise Homecare Makes 10/10 Decision to Partner with Reevoo

Expertise Homecare has become the first home care company to partner with independent on-line review service Reevoo on an ongoing basis. The new and innovative home care company’s partnership with Reevoo will enable people searching for a care provider to see regularly updated, accurate and trustworthy customer satisfaction reviews. Reevoo will contact Expertise Homecare customers […]

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For too long dementia has been wrongly seen by many clinicians as a natural part of ageing

October 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
For too long dementia has been wrongly seen by many clinicians as a natural part of ageing

Dementia is the leading cause of death in women and the third leading cause of death in men, according to new mortality statistics released by the Office of National Statistics today (29 October 2014). 31,850 women died with dementia in 2013 compared to 26,075 deaths from ischemic heart diseases, the second leading cause of death […]

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Short Breaks Fund Keeps Pioneering Dementia Service Going

October 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Short Breaks Fund Keeps Pioneering Dementia Service Going

Bield, one of Scotland’s leading providers of housing and care services for older people has received over £20,000 to continue their pioneering dementia support service. Bield’s Whitehill Court in Kirkintilloch currently runs an evening care service for people with dementia and thanks to the support of the Short Breaks Fund, which is resourced by the […]

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Housing Provider Raises The Bar For Customer Care

October 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Housing Provider Raises The Bar For Customer Care

A Scottish housing and care provider has excelled in its commitment to improving customer satisfaction after achieving stellar feedback from a tenant-led report.   Care-innovators, Blackwood, announced the results of its in-house Charter Report for 2014, which highlights its growth in key areas such as tenancy duration, home maintenance and customer care response times.   […]

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Housing Provider Receives Equality and Diversity Accreditation

October 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Housing Provider Receives Equality and Diversity Accreditation

One of Scotland’s largest housing providers has received official accreditation to celebrate its equality and diversity practices.   Bield, which provides housing and services for more than 15,000 people across the country, has received the prestigious Investors in Diversity UK Award (iiduk).   The housing and care specialists were awarded the accreditation after demonstrating its […]

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CQC awards Barnsley home care provider positive inspection report

October 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
CQC awards Barnsley home care provider positive inspection report

Barnsley home care provider, Caremark (Barnsley) recently underwent a full inspection of their service in line with the new inspection and rating system which officially started earlier in October 2014. The home care company were invited to take part in the second wave of CQC testing in August this year and were delighted with their […]

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Five Star Care Projects Come To Life

October 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Five Star Care Projects Come To Life

Work begins on four residential, nursing and specialist dementia healthcare projects across the UK as NorthStar gets on site to develop five star home from home environments.    Totalling over £15 million the projects are situated throughout Britain and will see the company’s professional team come together to deliver a total of 220 beds, 17 […]

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Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust and Keiro in new partnership

October 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust and Keiro in new partnership

PATIENTS with complex neurological injuries can now benefit from a smoother transition to community living thanks to a new public private partnership. Walkergate Park Centre for neuro rehabilitation and neuropsychiatry in Newcastle has joined forces with step-forward rehabilitation and care specialists Keiro, to provide input at Chase Park Neuro Centre in Gateshead and The Gateway […]

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Residents get smart with technology challenge

October 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Residents get smart with technology challenge

STATE of the art technology designed to track fitness progress was trialled by residents at a North East retirement village when they took up a series of health challenges.   Eighteen residents at Middleton Hall Retirement Village, near Darlington, took part in walking, cycling and aqua walking challenges while using an innovative mobile app developed […]

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Care home staff become Dementia Friends

October 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care home staff become Dementia Friends

Staff at a Middlesbrough care home are becoming Dementia Friends after launching a social action group to tackle the negative assumptions surrounding the degenerative disease. The Gables Care Home, last week, held its first session for Dementia Friends with the aim of giving more people an understanding of dementia and the small things that could […]

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Care home resident makes dream come true by attending mother’s wedding

October 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care home resident makes dream come true by attending mother’s wedding

Scott Hepburn, a 21 year old resident at Avon Park in Strathaven, made his mum’s dream come true by attending her recent wedding in Glencoe.  Supported by two of the staff from Avon Park, who helped him to arrange his travel and attend the wedding, Scott looked on as his mother wed in a beautiful […]

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HC-One initiate debate on CCTV as 53% of residents oppose the useage

October 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
HC-One initiate debate on CCTV as 53% of residents oppose the useage

HC-One, the UK’s third largest care home provider, has today initiated a sector-wide debate on implementing an opt-in, visible camera scheme in care homes, following their consultation on the matter. Leading the way in restoring trust in the care sector, HC-One launched a consultation with Residents, relatives and colleagues to gauge their views on an […]

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Women give their names to highlight importance of breast screening

October 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Women give their names to highlight importance of breast screening

Women across Edinburgh have been featured in a unique Walk of Fame.   Usually featuring faces from the world of Hollywood, the attraction outside the city’s Asda Chesser instead recognised four women from Edinburgh who are the stars of a different kind of screen – breast screening.   These women, who regularly attend their breast […]

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A perfect ten for Sidmouth care home

October 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
A perfect ten for Sidmouth care home

Residents and staff at a residential care home in Sidmouth are delighted to have won gold in the Sidmouth in Bloom Competition (Residential Care Homes Category) once again this year. The team and residents at Malden House part of Hartford Care have now won the completion no less than ten times and are said to […]

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Leading Care Home Provider Announces Appointment of New Strategy Director

October 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Leading Care Home Provider Announces Appointment of New Strategy Director

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), one of the UK’s largest not-for-profit care home providers for older people, is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Strategy Director, Sara Livadeas With 20 years’ experience, Sara has most recently worked as a Commissioner with Oxfordshire County Council (OCC), leading on the commissioning of […]

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Study claims antioxidants in cocoa can improve cognition

October 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Study claims antioxidants in cocoa can improve cognition

A diet high in cocoa bean flavanols could enhance cognitive function in older people, according to a study published online in Nature Neuroscience. Scott A. Small and colleagues examined whether cocoa flavanols, would enhance brain function and cognitive performance in 37 older participants, aged 50-69, who were given either a high or a low dose of […]

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£4.3 Billion funding hole in adult social care by end of decade

October 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
£4.3 Billion funding hole in adult social care by end of decade

Services for elderly and disabled residents are in danger of spiraling into crisis after new analysis reveals a £4.3 billion funding black hole by the end of this decade, social care experts are warning.   The Local Government Association (LGA) which represents more than 370 councils across England and Wales and the Association of Directors […]

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Falkirk care staff gain valuable industry qualifications

October 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Falkirk care staff gain valuable industry qualifications

Two members of staff at Wallside Grange Care Centre, which is part of the Canterbury Care Group and based in Falkirk, are celebrating after achieving valuable qualifications in care.   Care Assistant Terry Allan (24) has gained his Train the Trainer for Moving and Handling qualification and Meghan Storrie (22), also a Care Assistant at […]

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Care home’s gardens win quality award

October 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care home’s gardens win quality award

Amore Care’s Bannview House in Banbridge has been highly commended in the Northern Ireland Amenity Council’s Best Kept Awards.   The home, which is part of the Priory Group, attracted praise in the 2014 Best Kept Residential Facility (Southern Region) category.   Bannview was judged on the quality and tidiness of its outside space which […]

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Bondcare home celebrates 10th anniversary

October 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Bondcare home celebrates 10th anniversary

A Shildon care home has celebrated 10 successful years since it was built with a fun-filled party.   Redworth House, which is part of Bondcare Shaftesbury, held a party for its staff and residents in recognition of the landmark, with singer Kevin Royal providing the entertainment.   One of the home’s residents, Mrs Patsy Monk, […]

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Isabella Goldie appointed as the Mental Health Foundation’s Director of Delivery and Development

October 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Isabella Goldie appointed as the Mental Health Foundation’s Director of Delivery and Development

The Mental Health Foundation is pleased to announce that Isabella Goldie, who was Head of Scotland for the organisation from 2005-2014 is stepping up to be Directory of Delivery and Development for the Foundation across the UK.  She will be responsible for the Foundation’s research and policy programmes as well as developing new areas and […]

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