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Singing school pupil entertains care home residents

Singing school pupil entertains care home residents

YOUNG singer Kirsten Malley-Watts has been serenading Stockton care home residents.   The 12-year-old All Saints School pupil performed songs at Ingleby Care Home as part of an RE project to help the community.   Residents enjoyed Somewhere Over The Rainbow, We’ll Meet Again and White Cliffs of Dover, to name a few.   Kirsten’s […]

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
UK’s first LGBT elderly extra care scheme to open in Manchester

UK’s first LGBT elderly extra care scheme to open in Manchester

The ambition to create a community aimed at older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people was announced last week by Manchester City Council. The project would be part of the city’s programme that provides high quality housing for older people, and is the first LGBT majority “Extra Care” scheme in the UK. Manchester’s older LGBT population is […]

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Romance in retirement at The Beeches Care Home

Romance in retirement at The Beeches Care Home

ELDERLY residents enjoyed romance in retirement at The Beeches Care Home in Stockton-on-Tees this Valentine’s Day.   The home held a romantic supper for residents, who share almost 180 years of marriage between them.   Norma and Eric Simpson have been married for almost 65 years, having tied the knot in May 1952.   They […]

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Wembley care home resident enjoys #1000Londoners big-screen debut!

Wembley care home resident enjoys #1000Londoners big-screen debut!

Kathleen Wood, who lives at Brook House Care Home in Wembley, has made her big-screen debut at the age of 96, featuring in a film about ten different women living in London.   The film, ‘Century: 10 Women x 10 Decades’, was created by Chocolate Films as part of their decade-long project, ‘1000 Londoners’. It […]

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Options teams up with leading autism campaigner Anna Kennedy OBE

Options teams up with leading autism campaigner Anna Kennedy OBE

Options, the specialist autism provider of Outcomes First Group, has teamed up with leading autism campaigner Anna Kennedy OBE. Options has appointed Anna as the autism ambassador for the group. Anna has to date worked closely with the autism services with Outcomes First Group and is now extending her role across the services within the […]

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Care and support can be life changing for those in need

Care and support can be life changing for those in need

“She can’t do enough for me”…. These are the words of John, a gentleman with Motor Neurone Disease and mobility problems, who finds the support from his care worker life changing. John started receiving care and support from Sandra Wanless two years ago.  Despite his family’s best efforts, he reached the point where he needed […]

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Valentine celebrations at Spalding care home

Valentine celebrations at Spalding care home

Valentine’s Day was celebrated with a fabulous tea party at St John’s Care Home. Residents at the Spalding Care Home had spent the week making decorations and heart-shaped bunting to decorate the lounge. “We also spent time thinking and reminiscing about things that we love this week. Residents wrote their thoughts on hearts and we […]

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Catalyst Healthcare advises Raphael Healthcare shareholders on sale to Elysium Healthcare

Catalyst Healthcare advises Raphael Healthcare shareholders on sale to Elysium Healthcare

Catalyst’s Healthcare team has advised the Shareholders of Raphael Healthcare, a provider of specialist mental health services, on its sale to Elysium Healthcare. The deal was the first acquisition by BC Partners-backed Elysium Healthcare, which was established following the merger between Partnerships in Care and Priory Group. Elysium specialises in acute mental illness, personality disorders, […]

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Increasing numbers of 111 diallers being sent ambulances or directed to A&E-Nuffield Trust

Increasing numbers of 111 diallers being sent ambulances or directed to A&E-Nuffield Trust

The NHS 111 telephone service in England is sending not just an increasing number, but also an increasing proportion, of the people who call it to A&E departments and to ambulances, new research by the Nuffield Trust health think-tank has revealed (see note 1).  However, there is a high level of variation in how likely […]

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Feline visitor brings a smile to Kirkcaldy nursing home residents

Feline visitor brings a smile to Kirkcaldy nursing home residents

Dogs are frequent visitors to Methven House Nursing Home in Kirkcaldy as they often accompany relatives and friends of the residents when they call in. Various animal handling organisations are part of the social calendar.  Cats on the other hand don’t spring to mind as animals who go out and about visiting but many residents […]

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Care comparison website shares analysis of families’ views of care from 2012-2016

Care comparison website shares analysis of families’ views of care from 2012-2016

UK families say that care services for children and older people have got worse in the last five years. But they reserve their harshest criticism for care of older people, particularly home care services, according to reviews reported to Good Care Guide.  More than two-fifths of reviews of home care agencies in 2016 rated them […]

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Oakdale Care Group add newly built Duston care home to portfolio

Oakdale Care Group add newly built Duston care home to portfolio

LNT Care Developments has sold Timken Grange in Duston to Oakdale Care Group. Once complete, Timken Grange will provide a state-of-the-art 66 bed care home with amenities including a cinema, library, garden room and tea shop, all surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. Christine Cooper, Project Director at LNT Care Developments said: “We are delighted to be […]

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nuffield Trust: figures show NHS trusts on course for £1.1bn deficit despite very high cost cutting

Nuffield Trust: figures show NHS trusts on course for £1.1bn deficit despite very high cost cutting

Responding to the financial figures for NHS trusts released today by NHS Improvement, Nuffield Trust Senior Policy Analyst Sally Gainsbury said:   “These figures show providers on track to overshoot their target of a £580m deficit for the year by over half a billion (£1.1bn) [1], even after receiving an extra £1.8bn in emergency funding. […]

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Red carpet opening for Gracewell care home

Red carpet opening for Gracewell care home

Guests celebrated the opening of Gracewell of Sutton Coldfield, a new luxury care home on Jockey Road, in grand style last week. 75 VIP visitors were welcomed by a red carpet to an afternoon of free-flowing champagne and gourmet canapés to celebrate the newest care home in Sutton Coldfield. Councillor Margaret Waddington from Birmingham City […]

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘The Cherries’ outshine trustees in The Fremantle Trust Indoor Carpet Bowls Cup

‘The Cherries’ outshine trustees in The Fremantle Trust Indoor Carpet Bowls Cup

Now a staple on the care provider and charity’s calendar, The Indoor Carpet Bowls Cup run by The Fremantle Trust, came to a resounding close with The Cherries (Cherry Garth Care Home) team scooping the title against The Tornadoes – a team made up of the charity’s trustees. The Trust’s indoor carpet bowls tournament is […]

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Worcester care home supports national wildlife conservation initiative

Worcester care home supports national wildlife conservation initiative

A Sanctuary Care home in St John’s, Worcester has supported a national wildlife conservation initiative today with the help from local schoolchildren.   The team and residents at Regent Residential Care Home in School Road welcomed pupils, aged 8 to 9, from St Clement’s Church of England Primary School to celebrate National Nest Box Week […]

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rise in council tax will be swallowed up by National Living Wage instead of footing social care bill

Rise in council tax will be swallowed up by National Living Wage instead of footing social care bill

Council tax rises in 2017/18 will not bring in enough money to prevent the need for further deep cuts to local services next year, the Local Government Association warns today. All councils can raise council tax by up to 1.99 per cent in 2017/18 to fund local services without the need for a referendum – most […]

February 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Feathered friends visit Care UK’s homes

Feathered friends visit Care UK’s homes

Birds and wildlife of all shapes and sizes were spotted at 39 Care UK homes across the UK as residents took part in the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.   This is the third consecutive year that Care UK homes have taken part in the initiative which forms part of the organisation’s commitment to activity based care, whereby […]

February 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Stranraer care home joins Zimmer frame craze

Stranraer care home joins Zimmer frame craze

Thorney Croft Care Home in Stranraer has joined the national ‘Pimp My Zimmer’ campaign – a unique initiative aimed at brightening up the traditional walking aids with personalised decorations. The craze has also seen significant health benefits, helping reduce the risk of falls within care homes.   The campaign was devised by creative care home […]

February 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Jewish Care resident in Barnet receives the French Legion of Honour medal

Jewish Care resident in Barnet receives the French Legion of Honour medal

Earlier this month, Hyman Pittal proudly received his French Légion d’honneur medal, recently awarded by the French government has been awarding to D-Day veterans from many different countries, as a way of honouring and thanking those who fought and risked their lives to secure France’s liberation during the Second World War. Jewish Care’s chief executive, […]

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