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OPTALIS SENIOR CARER ORGANISES MEMORY WALK FOR CHARITY

August 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
OPTALIS SENIOR CARER ORGANISES MEMORY WALK FOR CHARITY

On September 20, around 50 people will be taking part in a Memory Walk in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. The fundraiser will take place at Dinton Pastures Country Park, Wokingham. Amongst the expected families, children, and dogs will be at least 12 members of Optalis staff, who will be giving up their Saturday morning […]

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Many pensioners on low incomes are still not claiming the benefits they’re entitled to

August 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Many pensioners on low incomes are still not claiming the benefits they’re entitled to

Many pensioners on low incomes are still not claiming the benefits they’re entitled to according to McCarthy & Stone, Britain’s leading builder of retirement housing.  Through its Entitlements Advice Service, the company has helped nearly 250 homeowners in the past 12 months find unclaimed benefits worth nearly £900k – the highest figure since its service […]

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Glowing report for St Helens care home

August 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Glowing report for St Helens care home

Lymewood Court care home in St Helens, part of Bondcare St Andrew’s, is celebrating after receiving a glowing report from the Care Quality Commission.   The home, based on Piele road, Haydock, was found to be fully compliant will all the required standards following an inspection published recently.   The inspector noted that ‘people who […]

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Shire Fun Day brings out the silver screen!

August 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Shire Fun Day brings out the silver screen!

Sanctuary Supported Living (SSL) clients with physical and learning disabilities have been piling on the star power for the seventh annual SHIRE Fun Day. The event, which stands for Sanctuary Helping Involve Residents Equally, saw clients and their support workers from SSL care homes in four different towns dress as their favourite film and TV […]

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First resident welcomed at York care home

August 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
First resident welcomed at York care home

Mark Greaves, Managing Director of Ideal Care Homes this week visited Ebor Court Care Home in Nether Poppleton, to officially welcome its first resident Mr Brian Potts, who moved into the home to enjoy the new luxurious facilities.   Mr Brian Potts was presented with a gift box of Newcastle Brown Ale (his favourite tipple) […]

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HOW EGG-CITING! CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST AT MIDDLESBROUGH CARE HOME

August 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
HOW EGG-CITING! CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST AT MIDDLESBROUGH CARE HOME

A flock of chickens have moved into Dalby Court Care Home in Middlesbrough and are proving feathery favourites with the residents and staff. The chickens were a gift from the family of Dalby Court resident Jim, who used to keep chickens on his allotment. Knowing how much Jim would enjoy having some new fluffy friends […]

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Hartford Care helps to create a dementia friendly generation

August 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Hartford Care helps to create a dementia friendly generation

Residents and staff at Hartford Care’s homes thoroughly enjoyed taking part in their first official ‘Family Day’ on Wednesday 20th August. Following on from the Alzheimer’s Society successful pilot of the intergenerational schools project – ‘creating a dementia-friendly generation’ the team at Hartford Care decided to launch their own initiative to encourage children to visit […]

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Mayor visits landmark stage of new Rochdale care home

August 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Mayor visits landmark stage of new Rochdale care home

  The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Carol Wardle, last week visited the site of Beechwood Lodge Care Home as LNT Construction and Berrycroft Care celebrated a landmark stage in the build with a Topping Out Ceremony.   Beechwood Lodge has been designed and constructed by LNT Construction on Meadow View Road in Rochdale. On its […]

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New Mental Health Service Opens in Sheffield

August 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
New Mental Health Service Opens in Sheffield

Priory Group senior managers joined Clive Betts MP and VIP guests to officially open Bowden House, a new specialist mental health service in Sheffield. Craegmoor, part of the Priory Group of Companies, has invested more than £100,000 in the new residential service for individuals requiring specialist support for their mental health needs, including personality disorder. […]

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We must commission for quality to avoid “sleepwalking into disaster” says social care leader

August 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
We must commission for quality to avoid “sleepwalking into disaster” says social care leader

A social care leader has called for fundamental changes to tackle a dire shortage of nurses in Wales. The scarcity of medically trained staff is leading to nursing home closures which will push the NHS beyond breaking point, according to Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales. One of the major causes of […]

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Partnership comments on Ready for Ageing manifesto

August 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Partnership comments on Ready for Ageing manifesto

The Ready for Ageing Alliance has set out an eleven point prescription to help individuals prepare for ageing.  Mark Stoppard, Head of Product Development at Partnership, comments:   “While in an ideal world, people would be fully prepared for retirement with an adequate pension pot, excellent health and no debts, we all know that this […]

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Alzheimer’s Society reveal 5 simple ways to reduce risk of dementia

August 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Alzheimer’s Society reveal 5 simple ways to reduce risk of dementia

More than a fifth of people do not think it is possible to reduce their risk of developing dementia, according to a YouGov poll commissioned by Alzheimer’s Society. Despite growing evidence that simple lifestyle factors can improve our chances of avoiding dementia, the poll found that 22 per cent of the general public are unaware […]

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Tyneside care home residents pay respects to two victims of crashed plane

August 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Tyneside care home residents pay respects to two victims of crashed plane

A Tyneside care homes released black and white balloons in a memory of the tragic Newcastle United fans’ death in the MH17 crash. The fundraising activity was held at their annual summer fete, which was attended by staff, residents and families of Sovereign Lodge and Sovereign Court care homes in Westerhope, Newcastle. The balloons were […]

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Brandon Trust to hold UK’s biggest ever conference for people with learning disabilities

August 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Brandon Trust to hold UK’s biggest ever conference for people with learning disabilities

Leading learning disability charity Brandon Trust is holding the UK’s biggest ever conference for people with learning disabilities and autism next month on Saturday 6 September 2014. As part of the charity’s 20th anniversary celebrations, this year’s 100 Voices conference will be held in London for the first time, at the Emirates Stadium, home of […]

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Care home staffer is third in family to become firefighter

August 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care home staffer is third in family to become firefighter

A CARE home worker has become the third member of his family to join Dorset Fire and Rescue Service.   Richard Upshall, Guest Services Co-ordinator at Colten Care’s Newstone House in Sturminster Newton, has completed his initial training as a retained firefighter.   The 22-year-old follows in the footsteps of his father Carl, 54, who […]

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East Hill House roll out Dementia Friends Information Sessions

August 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
East Hill House roll out Dementia Friends Information Sessions

Staff at East Hill House care home have been working closely with Waitrose Petersfield to deliver the store’s first Dementia Friends Information Session.   The care home’s deputy manager, Rebecca Connolly, activities co-ordinator, Tracey Stokes and senior carer, Emma Bennett, delivered two training sessions at the branch, to give customer-facing staff a better understanding of […]

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New housing with care development in Lancashire

August 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
New housing with care development in Lancashire

Older people in Darwen are to benefit from a major new housing with care development at Shorey Bank.   Plans for an extra care scheme with adjacent bungalows are being developed which will improve housing choices for older people who want to continue living independently, together with care and support services to help them to […]

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Search begins to find next generation of designers for assistive technologies

August 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Search begins to find next generation of designers for assistive technologies

Students across the country with dreams of a career in design are being called upon to enter a competition seeking the next generation of innovative inventors.   Budding young designers can submit their entries to Blackwood’s Student Design Competition 2014 by the end of October, for a chance to be crowned Blackwood’s Designer of the […]

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Fun filled day at Chippenham care home fete

August 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fun filled day at Chippenham care home fete

A local dignitary attended the popular annual summer fete at Ferfoot care home in Chippenham recently.   Staff and residents at the specialist dementia home, part of the Caring Homes group, were delighted when the Mayor of Chippenham, Councillor John Scragg,paid them a visit.   Activities taking place during the fete included a tombola, raffle, […]

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Additional level of security added to Webroster Bee App

August 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Additional level of security added to Webroster Bee App

Webroster’s field staff app, Bee, is an Android app which combines electronic call monitoring (ECM) with the functionality for field staff to view their own working schedules, bookings and client information. The Webroster development team have recently built in additional security using SQL Cipher, raising the data security bar far beyond that offered by the Android operating […]

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Creative approaches to Dementia Care at Stocks St Helens

August 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Creative approaches to Dementia Care at Stocks St Helens

Providing reminiscence activities and evoking special memories is vitally important to those living at Stocks Hall Nursing & Care in St Helens.   Staff from the Group came up with the innovative idea to hold a special mock Christening for people living at the home on Tuesday 19th August 2014.    It was a time […]

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The Fremantle Trust opens new £4.5m care home in Chesham

August 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Fremantle Trust opens new £4.5m care home in Chesham

One of the UK’s leading care providers and registered charity, The Fremantle Trust, in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council and Housing Solutions, has developed a £4.5m nursing and dementia care home in Chesham.   The new nursing home, Chesham Leys, will provide exceptional care and support for 62 people who require nursing or nursing dementia […]

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CQC cancels care operators registration to protect residents

August 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
CQC cancels care operators registration to protect residents

CQC has taken urgent legal action to stop a care home owner from being able to run a Nottinghamshire residential home, to protect the health and well-being of people using its services.   CQC successfully applied to the court for a cancellation of the registration of Redlands Care Home, on Rock Hill, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, with […]

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Arcadia Care Homes opens Newport home with HSBC funding support

August 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Arcadia Care Homes opens Newport home with HSBC funding support

The husband and wife partnership behind the popular Pontcanna House care home in Cardiff have opened the doors on their second home in South Wales. Dr Shirwan Al-Mufti and his wife, Nasik, have opened a 28-bed care home in Newport after acquiring and renovating the former Newport Lodge Hotel. The couple acquired the property last […]

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Garden cuppa helps those living with dementia

August 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Garden cuppa helps those living with dementia

A Shrewsbury care home has found an innovative way of supporting residents living with dementia – by creating a cafe, train station and bus stop in the grounds.   Following on from its successful pub in a summer house, Coverage Care’s Coton Hill House home has created a dementia garden, which residents can accessed via […]

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SMES to provide healthcare jobs boost

August 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
SMES to provide healthcare jobs boost

  The healthcare jobs market is in line for a welcome boost after it emerged that over a third of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the sector intend to recruit new staff in 2014. According to research by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, 36% of healthcare SMEs intend to recruit new employees. The research […]

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Keepmoat secures build of Extra Care scheme in South Wales

August 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Keepmoat secures build of Extra Care scheme in South Wales

Housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat has secured its first new build contract in Wales to build a 40-apartment Extra Care scheme. Work on the new £5.7m housing scheme for older and vulnerable people will get underway this summer at Talbot Green, in Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Wales. The development, being built in partnership with Hafod […]

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Poppy Party for care home residents honouring those in the First World War

August 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Poppy Party for care home residents honouring those in the First World War

A Poppy Party was held at an Oxfordshire care home recently in honour of the centenary anniversary of the First World War. Oaken Holt Care Home, part of the Caring Homes Group, arranged the party so that residents could take time to remember when Britain entered into one of its costliest conflicts in history. Everyone […]

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Macmillan Cancer benefits from kind-hearted care home and singing duo

August 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Macmillan Cancer benefits from kind-hearted care home and singing duo

A local singing duo who entertain residents at Magna Care Centre near Wimbourne were presented with a £100 cheque for their chosen charity recently.   The Pastimers often visit the care centre and sing classic tracks from bygone days, which the residents at the Arrowsmith Road home thoroughly enjoy. During their recent visit staff and […]

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NEW CHAIR FOR NORTH WEST CHARITY ALTERNATIVE FUTURES GROUP

August 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
NEW CHAIR FOR NORTH WEST CHARITY ALTERNATIVE FUTURES GROUP

A new chair has been appointed by North West charity Alternative Futures Group (AFG) to head up its board of trustees which has accountability for the governance and strategy of the organisation.   Alternative Futures Group supports more than 1200 people with a broad range of need in a broad range of models. This includes […]

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