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Housing service supports Watford teenagers turn lives around with employment skills

Housing service supports Watford teenagers turn lives around with employment skills

Two Watford teenagers have positive stories to share to marking the United Nations’ World Youth Skills Day held on Saturday 15th July. For Katie (17 years’ old) and Maija (17 years’ old), their lives are being transformed through access to key employment skills. After a difficult start in life, both girls are now supported by […]

25th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Katie embraces independent living

Katie embraces independent living

A young woman with cerebral palsy who was born in the Tywyn area has moved back to her roots and is celebrating making the successful transition from leaving home to leading an independent life, thanks to support from care-provider Regard. Twenty-three year old Katie Collinswood moved to Cerrig Cornel in May 2013 from Buckinghamshire where […]

24th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Day centre takes its provision to new heights

Day centre takes its provision to new heights

Caerphilly Council is adopting an innovative approach to support individuals to get the best out of day centre provision: it is increasing opportunities to maintain or further develop their independence, even in the toilet. As part of a major refurbishment of its Brondeg Day Centre, set in a Victorian house in Blackwood, the Council has […]

20th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Man spends too long in care home because of councils’ delays

Man spends too long in care home because of councils’ delays

A Warwickshire man, who had suffered a stroke, was prevented from living independently for too long because two councils failed to follow correct procedures, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. Warwickshire County Council made assumptions about the man’s capacity to make decisions about where he wanted to live and about what property […]

22nd June 2017 | By | Reply More
Cross Keys Care helps Peterborough resident celebrate 100th birthday

Cross Keys Care helps Peterborough resident celebrate 100th birthday

Cross Keys Homes has helped Kingfisher Court resident, Kathleen Johnson, celebrate her 100th birthday with a surprise party.   Kathleen moved into Peterborough’s Kingfisher Court, from Western super Mere in June last year in order to be close to her family. She celebrated her birthday with her close family, and the following day enjoyed a […]

25th May 2017 | By | Reply More
Planning permission granted for Chester care village

Planning permission granted for Chester care village

Planning permission has been granted for a new Belong care village located on City Road in Chester. Cheshire West and Chester Council approved proposals for the new facility, which will provide world-leading dementia care in the heart of the city centre, as well as a range of amenities for the wider community.   Following Belong’s […]

23rd May 2017 | By | Reply More
Wellbeing from the bottom up….!

Wellbeing from the bottom up….!

More people in Britain suffer from faecal incontinence than suffer from asthma or diabetes!*   Any bowel issue is rarely discussed, but it has huge consequences in terms of health, hygiene and wellbeing. New developments in assistive technology are enabling sufferers to deal with at least some of the consequences in a dignified, sanitary way. […]

12th May 2017 | By | Reply More
Lift hygiene and independence to new levels

Lift hygiene and independence to new levels

New levels of independence and cleanliness can be achieved with assistive technology developments in the bathroom.   Clos-o-Mat’s new-look Lima Lifter is unique, being the only wash & dry toilet that is also fully, automatically, height adjustable, every use.   So, whatever the user’s limitations in flexibility, consistent or fluctuating, or how many other people […]

19th April 2017 | By | Reply More
South Manchester extra care facility completes

South Manchester extra care facility completes

Village 135, an innovative £18 million extra care scheme providing accommodation for residents 55 and over, in Wythenshawe is now complete.  Designed in the style of a high-end residential development, Village 135 is split across two sides of Hollyhedge Road and is connected via a glass bridge. Linking the two buildings together allows residents to easily […]

5th April 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Regard measuring success by growing independence

Regard measuring success by growing independence

For Joseph Osoba and his team at a supported living service in Penge, South East London, while it tugs at the heart-strings to say ‘goodbye’ to the individuals they support when they move out and start living independently, it is also a time for celebration. “They all have learning disabilities and associated mental health issues, […]

23rd February 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 […]

22nd February 2017 | By | Reply More
Help elderly stay at home without home help…

Help elderly stay at home without home help…

A report has revealed that 1.4 million individuals reported having a medical condition or disability that resulted in them requiring specially adapted accommodation, of whom 22 per cent considered their current home unsuitable. And authorities believe this is actually an underestimate!*   By 2025 almost 1.5 million people aged 75 or over will be unable […]

17th February 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Dealing with obesity in daily life

Dealing with obesity in daily life

A new report* has highlighted that now, 60% of British adults are overweight or obese, and one in ten obese adults are morbidly obese.   To help overweight people deal with daily life, Clos-o-Mat has developed a range of bariatric solutions to help them at least go to the toilet with dignity and optimum hygiene. […]

11th January 2017 | By | Reply More
AKW promotes independent living on Care England and ITN Productions programme: Caring Communities

AKW promotes independent living on Care England and ITN Productions programme: Caring Communities

AKW, the UK’s leading manufacturer of accessible bathroom, kitchen and mobility support solutions, has been extensively featured on a special programme titled ‘Caring Communities’, produced jointly by ITN Productions and Care England. Now in its third year running, the programme features key industry interviews and news-style reports along with sponsored editorial profiles, exploring the complex […]

6th December 2016 | By | Reply More
Residents celebrate as Eddie ‘The Eagle’ lands in Stroud

Residents celebrate as Eddie ‘The Eagle’ lands in Stroud

Residents living at Hanover Lodge have welcomed a new communal space after their landlord, Hanover Housing Association, unveiled a new lounge area where residents at the Stroud estate can relax and unwind.   The purpose-built common room provides a warm environment where residents can meet up with their neighbours for coffee mornings and enjoy social […]

2nd December 2016 | By | Reply More
‘Life-changing’ assistive technology raises independence

‘Life-changing’ assistive technology raises independence

“The term ‘life-changing’ is probably over-used nowadays but in this case it is accurate”: so says Andrew Watkins, talking about his toilet lifter.   He elaborates, “My Aerolet Vertical Toilet Lift has changed my life as it has given me back my independence, privacy and dignity. I can now manage all my toileting needs on […]

4th November 2016 | By | Reply More
Animal Magic as Hanover retains RSPCA award

Animal Magic as Hanover retains RSPCA award

For sixth year running, Hanover Housing Association has been awarded a Silver RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprint for its contribution to improving animal welfare across its estates. Hanover remains the only national housing association to achieve the prestigious accolade.   The success is thanks to Hanover’s continued commitment to the health and wellbeing of its […]

28th September 2016 | By | Reply More
Sheltered housing tenants and staff shower residents with flowers and gifts celebrating 50 years

Sheltered housing tenants and staff shower residents with flowers and gifts celebrating 50 years

A happily married couple have celebrated their golden anniversary after 50 loving years together after first meeting at their job driving Forklifts.   Mary and Jack Wilson, who live at Bield’s Brae Court very sheltered housing development in Linlithgow, went out for a romantic meal for two on the big night, after receiving gifts and […]

25th August 2016 | By | Reply More
Hanover opens its first re-ablement care flat in Bradford

Hanover opens its first re-ablement care flat in Bradford

With hospitals coming under increasing pressure to discharge patients as quickly as possible, and the numbers of emergency re-admissions on the increase, Hanover Housing has launched a re-ablement care flat to help ease the transition for older people being discharged from hospital early in the Bradford area and to help prevent the risk of isolation. […]

11th August 2016 | By | Reply More
Auriens makes major investment into private nursing agency Draycott Nursing & Care

Auriens makes major investment into private nursing agency Draycott Nursing & Care

Taking pride in amiably challenging the conventions around ageing, Auriens has further advanced towards providing a comprehensive premium offering for later lifers.  The announcement of this partnership between Draycott Nursing & Care and Auriens aligns both businesses in providing the ultimate in care to their clients.   With a 20-year track record in providing the […]

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