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Knitters donate blankets to Thornaby’s elderly

Knitters donate blankets to Thornaby’s elderly

GENEROUS knitters have donated homemade blankets to elderly care home residents in Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees. Marianne Kitching and Shirley Whitfield from the Thornaby Methodist Church Knitting Club created the colourful gifts to help keep the residents cosy during the winter months.   They dropped off eight blankets at Mandale House Care Home, on Acklam Road, and […]

27th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Retired carer crowned ‘star of Norfolk and Waveney’ enjoys a London treat

Retired carer crowned ‘star of Norfolk and Waveney’ enjoys a London treat

A lady from Poringland who devoted quarter of a century to caring for others enjoyed a day of indulgence in London last weekend a part of a special prize.     Retired carer for Manorcourt Homecare, Jan Parslow-Williams was recognised at the Eastern Daily Press ‘Stars of Norfolk and Waveney’ awards last year, and was […]

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Will Green Paper on social care deliver much needed action for care sector?

Will Green Paper on social care deliver much needed action for care sector?

Unheeded warnings over the state of social care have left the care of our oldest and most vulnerable adults in danger, a providers’ group warned today. The Independent Care Group says it has been warning for more than a decade that underfunding would eventually mean people going without the care they need in care homes […]

26th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Aberdeen care home residents enjoy a little horsing around!

Aberdeen care home residents enjoy a little horsing around!

There was a bit of horsing around at two well-known Aberdeen elderly care facilities recently when they welcomed some extra special four-legged visitors. Residents at Rubislaw Park Care Home, Aberdeen and Deeside Care Home, Cults were recently visited by miniature Shetland ponies Applejack and Flicker from West Lothian-based Therapy Ponies Scotland.    Founded by husband […]

26th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Care homes can improve facilities and claim tax relief

Care homes can improve facilities and claim tax relief

Care homes could improve client dignity and independence, in effect for free. A survey(*) has found 40% of small and medium sized enterprises- including care home operators- are unaware they can claim Capital Allowances tax relief. It applies to ‘plant and machinery’, including fixtures such as bathroom suites. Read more here   And, according to […]

26th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Chief Financial Officer appointed at supported living provider Eden Futures

Chief Financial Officer appointed at supported living provider Eden Futures

Eden Futures, a leading UK operator of supported living services for people with learning disabilities, enduring mental health conditions, and autistic spectrum disorders, has announced the appointment of Andy Dean as Chief Financial Officer.   Andy brings a great deal of experience in the care sector having worked previously at Craegmoor, and more recently as […]

26th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Care home plans tuck shop to aid memories following Clydebank pub donation

Care home plans tuck shop to aid memories following Clydebank pub donation

Bupa’s Hill View Care Home is planning to install a new tuck shop, thanks to a generous donation from a Clydebank pub. Each year, customers and colleagues at the Mountblow Bar on Dumbarton Road rally together to raise money for a local good cause. This year Cheryl Sweeney, a member of the bar staff, chose […]

26th September 2017 | By | Reply More
MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich visits Needham Market care home

MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich visits Needham Market care home

Dr Dan Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, spent time at Barking Hall Nursing Home during a special visit on Friday 15th September. Dr Poulter had contacted the home to request a visit as part of his community work and spent time meeting staff and residents. The home, which is part of the […]

26th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Barchester Healthcare celebrates 25 years with events across the UK

Barchester Healthcare celebrates 25 years with events across the UK

Now one of the largest care providers in the UK, Barchester Healthcare is celebrating 25 years since it was founded and works began to transform a derelict, 17th Century listed farmhouse into the first ever Barchester home.     When entrepreneur Mike Parsons purchased Morton Hill in the Cotswolds in 1992, his aim was to […]

26th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Welsh Government’s decision to prioritise social care hailed a game changer

Welsh Government’s decision to prioritise social care hailed a game changer

The Welsh Government decision to include social care as one of five key priority areas for their new economic strategy has been hailed as a “potential game-changer” for the sector. According to Care Forum Wales, independent care homes and domiciliary care companies are now getting the recognition they deserve for the £3 billion-a-year contribution they  […]

26th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Surrey Choices customer recognised for 25 years service

Surrey Choices customer recognised for 25 years service

A Surrey Choices customer with support needs has spoken about the confidence boost that her job at Sainsbury’s Burpham has given her after receiving a ‘25 Years Service’ award. Joanne Edgington secured her job through Surrey Choices EmployAbility service, gaining hands on experience and attaining a range of new skills within months of her successful […]

26th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Jewish Care celebrate Jewish New Year with local school children and volunteers

Jewish Care celebrate Jewish New Year with local school children and volunteers

School children and volunteers from the local community are helping residents at Jewish Care’s homes to celebrate the Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah as it is known, which begins on the evening of 20th September and lasts for two days. Local volunteers will be taking synagogue services at some of the homes, residents and […]

26th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Bield on board with Scottish Housing Day

Bield on board with Scottish Housing Day

A LEADING housing and care provider is supporting Scottish Housing Day by underlining how it endorses its own “year round ethos”.   Bield developed its “Free To Be” philosophy which promotes people making their own choices about how they live their lives when they rebranded five years ago.   This strapline has resulted in a […]

25th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Falls cost the NHS and social care £6m per day-Falls Prevention Week

Falls cost the NHS and social care £6m per day-Falls Prevention Week

Every year more than 3.4 million people over 65 suffer a fall that can cause serious injury or death.   New figures released, show the significant cost of NHS emergency admissions for falls and fractures among older people. A 2017 report, commissioned by the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN […]

25th September 2017 | By | Reply More
UK Head of Memory Care and Programming appointed by national care providers

UK Head of Memory Care and Programming appointed by national care providers

Leading care providers Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare (UK HQ in Beaconsfield) have appointed award-winning dementia innovator Jackie Pool as UK Head of Memory Care and Programming. Jackie will be working across both providers to boost quality and innovation in its dementia services. Jackie has over 30 years’ specialist dementia care experience as […]

25th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Tonbridge MP praises local home care provider’s new live-in care service

Tonbridge MP praises local home care provider’s new live-in care service

Tonbridge MP Tom Tugendhat has praised a local home care company for launching a new premium live-in care service, which means older people who need round-the-clock care no longer need to leave the comfort of their own homes.  Mr Tugendhat visited local home care provider Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells to learn more about […]

25th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Social care staff are battling a system preoccupied with saving money

Social care staff are battling a system preoccupied with saving money

The findings of a new survey of 469 social workers by Community Care Magazine, supported by the Care and Support Alliance, provide evidence of how broken the social care system England has become.  The responses from across England revealed that: Nearly 7 in 10 (68%) felt expected to reduce care packages because of cost pressures […]

25th September 2017 | By | Reply More
St Annes care home residents show the benefits of generations playing together!

St Annes care home residents show the benefits of generations playing together!

What do young children and senior citizens have in common? The answer – both benefit from the time they share together.    This was very much in the minds of managers and staff  at a St Annes based care home and  a children’s nursery.   Lakeview Care Homes and Shepherd Lodge Nursery have begun an […]

25th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Private care provider Regard Group named as finalist in LaingBuisson 2017 Awards

Private care provider Regard Group named as finalist in LaingBuisson 2017 Awards

Private care-provider Regard has been named as a finalist in the LaingBuisson 2017 Awards which reward adult social care organisations for high quality care and continuous improvement. The Regard Group, the UK’s fourth biggest private care provider, has been shortlisted in the ‘supported living’ category for excellence in specialist care for people with physical or […]

25th September 2017 | By | Reply More
North Dorset school soccer team gets new look thanks to care provider

North Dorset school soccer team gets new look thanks to care provider

A North Dorset school has a brand new soccer kit thanks to a family-owned care home company. Pupils from Blandford St Mary’s Church of England Primary School were presented with the kit when they visited Colten Care’s Whitecliffe House. Shelley Kinnaird, the home’s administrator, had asked former Dorset district and county councillor Della Jones MBE […]

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