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Silk Healthcare appoint new catering manager

September 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Silk Healthcare appoint new catering manager

Silk Healthcare has appointed a new catering manager, Andrew Ford. The four care homes run by Silk Healthcare always strive to create new and exciting meals suitable for all its residents and Andrew Ford has been looking at the menus to make sure residents are enjoying healthy homemade dishes.   Andrew is a chef by […]

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Braintree care home residents treated to Swedish pop culture

September 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Braintree care home residents treated to Swedish pop culture

Residents at a Braintree care home have relived fond memories after being treated to a theatrical experience with a hint of Swedish pop culture.   Aspen Grange care home welcomed the ‘stars’ of ‘Mamma Mia’ to perform in front of its residents and staff, which included renditions of the ABBA songs featured in the play […]

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Bromsgrove nursing home staff raise £300 on Alzheimer’s memory walk

September 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Bromsgrove nursing home staff raise £300 on Alzheimer’s memory walk

Kind-hearted staff from a Bromsgrove care home have raised £300 to help people living with dementia by taking part in a major charity event. Redwood House Residential Home in Barnt Green entered a small team into the popular 5km Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk in Birmingham, raising money to provide support and help fund research into […]

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Shiver me timbers they’re all talking like pirates at Highdowns

September 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Shiver me timbers they’re all talking like pirates at Highdowns

Buccaneers and scallywags waved the Jolly Roger and had fun walking the plank during ‘Talk Like A Pirate’ day at Highdowns, a rural service for people with learning disabilities near Camborne, Cornwall.   Service manager, Jenna Betts, said: “Today is ‘International Talk Like A Pirate Day’ so we’ve all given it a bit of the […]

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Not all care is bad

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Not all care is bad

Experts have said that while the number of pensioners aged 85 and over was stable between 2001 and 2005, because of a fall in birth rates during and immediately after the first world war, since then numbers of older pensioners had risen sharply. In total, the population of adults aged 65 and over living in […]

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Is your care home going to The Big Lunch?

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Is your care home going to The Big Lunch?

Once again care homes are planning to celebrate connections with their local communities. After a successful day of celebrating great care across the UK on Care Home Open Day 2016, and with over 4,300 care homes taking part, the date for 2017 is confirmed as 16th June. As Care Home Open Day’s emphasis is on […]

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Castleoak and The Orders of St John Care Trust agree development deal

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Castleoak and The Orders of St John Care Trust agree development deal

In a £8.8 million development deal with Castleoak, The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) has agreed to lease a new state-of-the-art care home in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire. Castleoak’s development team undertook demographic and care gap analysis to identify the need for a high quality care home in Thornbury. The team then identified and […]

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Dorset care home awarded highest rating for end of life care

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Dorset care home awarded highest rating for end of life care

The Malthouse residential care home in Gillingham, Dorset, has been awarded with the highest possible rating for its end of life care.  The home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, provides specialised care for the elderly and has been inspected by experts from The National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) and awarded ‘Beacon’ status […]

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Stamford care home raises £1000 for Alzheimer’s Society after completing Memory Walk

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Stamford care home raises £1000 for Alzheimer’s Society after completing Memory Walk

Staff from The Red House Nursing & Care home in Stamford took part in the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk on Saturday 17th September in Peterborough. The walk took place at Ferry Meadows, with the route going around the lake, through woodlands and across fields. The team was made up of managers, care staff and their […]

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Braintree care home residents dance through the decades

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Braintree care home residents dance through the decades

Residents, families and the team at The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court care homes, near Braintree, took advantage of great weather and their extensive grounds to dance through the decades thanks to music from multi tribute act Recollections.   It is not the first time the act has played at the home – it […]

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Music workshop boosts health at Wigmore care home

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Music workshop boosts health at Wigmore care home

Residents at Rogers House Care Home in Wigmore enjoyed an energetic and animated morning workshop of singing and dancing.     The residents enjoyed singing along to classic favourites, as well as using a variety of instruments.   Roxy Shah, activity coordinator at Rogers House commented: “Our residents absolutely love the music sessions, they are always […]

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Stranraer care home staff raise £900 after fundraising walk

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Stranraer care home staff raise £900 after fundraising walk

A Stranraer specialist dementia service, Thorney Croft, took on an eight mile walk from their home to Portpatrick to raise money for its residents.   Six members of staff took in the scenic views of Dumfries and Galloway, and raised £900 for the people they support. The group enjoyed a leisurely walk that lasted two […]

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Helping turn disability into a positive

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Helping turn disability into a positive

One of Britain’s leading disabled actors is turning to assistive technology to help him retain his independence.   Mark Beer, 49, originally from Henley-in-Arden in Warwickshire but now of Camden Town, London, has 2nd degree Cerebral Palsy. He has refused to let his health issues impact on his chosen career. As a result, he was […]

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Bramley Health opens new rehabilitation centre

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Bramley Health opens new rehabilitation centre

Increased demand for specialist care and a dedicated care pathway has led to Bramley Health further enhancing its provision with the opening of a new all-female rehabilitation ward at The Langford Centre in Bexhill-on-Sea.   Balmoral is an 11 bed facility providing specialist in-patient care for women with complex mental health needs.  It will open […]

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Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) launch new branch for North Hykeham

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) launch new branch for North Hykeham

North Hykeham took another step towards becoming a dementia friendly community this week with the launch of the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) group for North Hykeham. The event was hosted by the Mayor of North Hykeham, Cllr Susannah Spencer at the North Hykeham Town Council Civic Offices. Over thirty people attended the launch which included […]

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Experience first-hand just what people with dementia go through on a daily basis

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Experience first-hand just what people with dementia go through on a daily basis

Visitors to this year’s Care & Dementia Show (11-12 October, NEC, Birmingham) can experience first-hand just what people with dementia go through on a daily basis with a Virtual Dementia Experience.   The first of its kind in the UK and only the third in the world, the experience takes place onboard a mobile unit […]

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Shropshire care home provider welcomes new sector leader

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Shropshire care home provider welcomes new sector leader

The new Executive Director of the National Care Forum has paid a fact finding mission to one of Shropshire’s leading independent care home provider. Vic Rayner, who took up her role earlier this summer, spent a day with Coverage Care Services, finding out more about its organisation and meeting board members, staff and residents. Coverage […]

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KCP investment boosts domiciliary care provider Routes Healthcare

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
KCP investment boosts domiciliary care provider Routes Healthcare

Growing domiciliary care business Routes Healthcare, which provides NHS-funded intensive home care, has received a substantial investment from private equity firm Key Capital Partners (KCP) which has a strong track record adding value to businesses in this sector, including experience with Nurse Plus and Hallam Medical.  The investment is the first to be made following […]

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New manager appointed at Thors Park hospital in Thorrington Essex

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
New manager appointed at Thors Park hospital in Thorrington Essex

Danshell Healthcare Group has appointed Helen Davidson as manager at its Thors Park hospital in Thorrington, Essex.   Thors Park is an independent hospital that provides support for 14 men living with a learning disability. The hospital was recently rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission.   A qualified learning disability nurse and experienced manager, […]

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Serious changes required as care home study finds failure to reduce antipsychotic prescribing

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Serious changes required as care home study finds failure to reduce antipsychotic prescribing

A study by five universities has found that there was no sustained reduction in the prescribing of antipsychotics to dementia patients in UK care homes following the government’s 2009 National Dementia Strategy (NDS), which recommended a review of their use in light of potential serious side effects1.   The research – led by Professor Ala […]

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