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MHA research highlights over 75 years olds have no contact with others 80% of the time

MHA research highlights over 75 years olds have no contact with others 80% of the time

New research undertaken by MHA, one of the largest charities for older people in Britain, indicates that those aged over 75 years old only have meaningful contact for 80% of the week* This, on top of the fact that 49% of over 75s live alone**, highlights the chronic issue of loneliness and isolation amongst older […]

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Outstanding healthcare innovators celebrated at prestigious Bright Ideas in Health Awards

Outstanding healthcare innovators celebrated at prestigious Bright Ideas in Health Awards

Hundreds of healthcare professionals gathered to celebrate the North of England’s most promising innovators at the 2017 Bright Ideas in Health Awards. Now in its 14th year, the event, held at the Hilton Hotel Gateshead, showcases the achievements of NHS staff and healthcare SMEs working towards improving patient care in the North East and North […]

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‘Elf & Safety’ top of the agenda for healthcare professionals as they support The Alzheimer’s Society

‘Elf & Safety’ top of the agenda for healthcare professionals as they support The Alzheimer’s Society

Bluebird Care Shropshire is supporting The Alzheimer’s Society this Friday (Dec 8) as they take part in ELF DAY to offer support and raise awareness of dementia. The award-winning company provides at-home care to people living in Shrewsbury, Church Stretton, Oswestry, Ellesmere and the surrounding areas. It will be holding activities at its head offices […]

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Government must focus on how Brexit affects the voluntary social care sector

Government must focus on how Brexit affects the voluntary social care sector

Brexit will undermine support for disabled people unless the government shores up the voluntary social care sector, according to a new report.   Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), representing leading not-for-profit disability support providers, has issued Risks and rights: how social care can survive Brexit. The report illustrates the negative consequences for social care once […]

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Former MSP takes up new policy role for sight loss charity Royal Blind Group

Former MSP takes up new policy role for sight loss charity Royal Blind Group

A former MSP has been appointed to establish a policy function at Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation. Richard Baker, who was a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the North East Scotland region between 2003 and 2016, has been appointed as Policy Manager for sister charities, Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded, together known as […]

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Thornbury care home residents have a morning of Christmas Carols with toddlers

Thornbury care home residents have a morning of Christmas Carols with toddlers

PRESCHOOLERS have spread the festive cheer in Thornbury during a trip to sing Christmas carols to residents of a retirement home in the town. The 12 boys and girls from First Step Preschool braved the cold as they walked all the way from their site at the Crossways Schools to visit residents of Beech House […]

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Bield resident remembers fellow veterans on Remembrance Sunday

Bield resident remembers fellow veterans on Remembrance Sunday

AN 86-YEAR-OLD from Glasgow recently remembered his fellow veterans on Remembrance Sunday in George Square. Private Andrew Glassford, a tenant at Bield’s Loch Laidon Court development served in the 1st Battalion Black Watch in both Korea and Kenya between 1952 and 1954. Originally a joiner, Private Glassford had to abandon his post as he was […]

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Former WW2 serviceman recalls his SAS experiences

Former WW2 serviceman recalls his SAS experiences

A former SAS serviceman residing at a Caerphilly care home has been reminiscing about his time stationed in Malaya and Korea during the Second World War. 86 year-old Bob Chidgey, a resident at HC-One’s Trafalgar Park Care Home in Nelson, enlisted on 9th January 1950, joining the Royal Welch Fusiliers at Brecon where he did […]

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National charity Abbeyfield makes room at the inn for 100 silver celebrators

National charity Abbeyfield makes room at the inn for 100 silver celebrators

There was room at the inn for over 100 older people who came together to enjoy a cracker of a Christmas celebration with national charity, Abbeyfield. The event, hosted by older people’s charity The Abbeyfield Society with Durham pub, The Kingslodge Inn and Age UK Durham, was part of Abbeyfield’s annual Companionship at Christmas campaign.  Offering […]

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Riverside Stadium tour for care home residents on International Men’s Day

Riverside Stadium tour for care home residents on International Men’s Day

ELDERLY gentlemen from Teesside care homes have been treated to a tour of Middlesbrough FC’s Riverside Stadium to celebrate International Men’s Day.   A group of 16 residents living in care homes in Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Tees spent the day exploring the 35,000-seater stadium.   Many of them are lifelong fans of The Boro and remembered […]

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Care England responds to disappointing Essex Judicial Review Judgement

Care England responds to disappointing Essex Judicial Review Judgement

In October 2016, Care England, a representative body for independent providers of adult social care, issued judicial review proceedings against Essex County Council challenging its decision setting the fee rates it would pay to independent care home providers during the year 2016/17.  The decision affected around 60% of the 4,500 residential care placements made by the […]

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HPC responds to CMA Care Homes Market Study

HPC responds to CMA Care Homes Market Study

The CMA has identified that the care homes sector across the UK is under-funded to the tune of £1 billion per annum and calls for oversight of local authorities. (Read here) The publication of the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) Care Homes Market Study report may be something of a watershed for the care sector. […]

1st December 2017 | By | Reply More
Having the choice on dealing with good days and bad-How would you cope?

Having the choice on dealing with good days and bad-How would you cope?

How would you cope with going from a comfortable standard of living, with a husband, a young child and pregnant to being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a single mum of two, and “at the mercy of the state”?   That’s the situation Jay Denton (48) from Colchester found herself in less than a decade ago, […]

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Puppy ‘astounds’ staff with rehabilitation abilities

Puppy ‘astounds’ staff with rehabilitation abilities

A rehabilitation centre in Lincolnshire is considering starting an in-depth research project after seeing some fascinating results in patients following the introduction of a surprising new resident.     Teddy is a 14-week-old cockapoo and for the last couple of months he has been going to work with his owner Sue, the Registered Manager of The […]

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Mental health annual report includes information on children for first time

Mental health annual report includes information on children for first time

A breakdown of statistics on young people who have been referred for treatment or assessment1 with mental health services in England has been published today by NHS Digital2. This is summarised in counts of people who had an open referral at some point in 2016/17 regardless of whether they accessed services in the period. 16-17-year-old […]

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Chingford centenarian puts her good memory down to exercise and health eating

Chingford centenarian puts her good memory down to exercise and health eating

Almost 100 years after posing for her first photo, a centenarian is sharing memories of her life in Waltham Forest ahead of her next milestone. Lilian Emerson keeps a cutting of the photo taken in 1920 outside her father’s boot repair shop as a reminder of her “happy childhood” in days gone by. The photo […]

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Songaminute Man honoured at Dementia Friendly Awards 2017

Songaminute Man honoured at Dementia Friendly Awards 2017

The son of internet singing sensation Songaminute Man has been honoured for his “phenomenal” fundraising efforts at Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Awards 2017. Simon McDermott catapulted dad Teddy, who is living with dementia, to fame when he shared Carpool Karaoke-style videos of them singing together. The videos went viral across the internet and Simon used […]

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National learning disabilities conference sets new standards for better care

National learning disabilities conference sets new standards for better care

Family carers, health and social care professionals, academics, education and social care providers joined together on Friday 24th November for the first national conference with an exclusive focus on Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) Service Standards.   Taking place in Manchester, Raising the Bar saw the launch of the new Core and Essential Service […]

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Purpose built Shropshire care home recruits new care staff

Purpose built Shropshire care home recruits new care staff

A purpose built Shropshire care home will welcome more residents early next year when it opens its fourth and final unit. Coverage Care will unlock the doors to the Grinshill Unit at Montgomery House in Sundorne Road, Shrewsbury, to provide an alternative to hospital or to care for those who have recently been discharged from […]

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All smiles as Leanna makes massive progress

All smiles as Leanna makes massive progress

A young woman who had been struggling with behaviour and communication problems has undergone an amazing transformation over the past year.   Twelve months ago, Leanna Carey would keep herself to herself in her bedroom at Coneyhurst Lodge in Worthing, a residential care home for adults with complex health needs run by the Regard Group. […]

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