Overcoming dementia communication barriers

dementia communications

A simple way to overcome dementia communication barriers

A leading care centre in Seaford is keen to share its advice and successes in caring for people with dementia.  Its January top tip for anyone caring for someone with dementia is to use a simple but very effective communication aid. 

Clifden House Dementia Care Centre has implemented the use of simple but very effective communication aides for its residents. These are called ‘Communication Cards’.

Communication Cards are pictorial representations of common emotions and needs, and have proven to be an exceptionally useful mechanism for residents - allowing sufferers to quickly and easily express themselves clearly.

WW2 veteran gives pupils first-hand history lesson

war veteran gives pupils first-hand history lesson

School pupils received a World War 2 history lesson from a medal winning veteran of the conflict, living at a Stockton-on-Tees care home.

The youngsters from St Teresa’s RC Primary School, in Ingleby Barwick, visited residents at the Ingleby Care Home dressed as children from the 1940s.

Among the residents is John Podsukites, 95, who received the Medal of Ushakov from the Russian Federation in 2016 for his service on the arctic convoys in 1944.

The convoys – named the “worst journey in the world” by Winston Churchill – delivered essential supplies to the Soviet Union during the height of the War.

John was part of a convoy that fought off 18 attacks in two days by German U-boats and aircraft, before arriving safely at its destination.

From Ayrshire to Asia for First Holiday

From Ayrshire to Asia for First Holiday

AN AYRSHIRE woman has gone on her first holiday at the age of 65 to Vietnam after she was able to research her destination through an innovative, digitally enhanced care system.

Margaret Sancken embarked on her holiday in November to spend 11 days discovering the country in Southeast Asia.

For the trip she was accompanied by Gina McClinton, Team Leader, at St Leonard’s Court where Margaret has been a tenant for the last 23 years.

The pair saw the sights and took in the best of what Vietnam has to offer, even enjoying the Asian cuisine with a local family on one night.

Take on the challenge of re-shaping care sector

care worker with resident

Students are being invited to help re-shape the future of the care sector.

The Care Innovation Challenge is a competition devised to kickstart new ideas and solutions. It will take place on 17th and 18th February.

Students from a range of disciplines are invited to think broadly on ways to create positive change. Their ideas are showcased over a creative weekend of idea generation and prototype trialling.

"We need great ideas and innovation from dynamic and driven people"

Outstanding rating for home care service

care home hands

Staff at a domiciliary care agency are celebrating after being rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

SweetTree Home Care Services – which is based in Swiss Cottage, north-west London, but provides home and live-in services across the capital – was judged as being well-led and responsive. It was rated good for being safe, effective and caring. The agency provides support to a range of people from the elderly and people living with dementia, to those with brain injuries and learning disabilities.

Health professionals respond to pressure on NHS

hospital corridor NHS crisis

After the NHS faced an unprecedented demand over the winter months, we take a look at how services coped and explore how improvements can be made to protect the public.

Theresa May faced a backlash when, once again, hospitals struggled to cope under increased demand over the winter. Many routine operations were cancelled, with reports of people dying in hospital corridors. The crisis was so serious, 68 A&E doctors from across the country wrote to the Government with their concerns.

Care homes' fire system upgrade

A fire alarms specialist has upgraded systems at two leading care homes, using the latest technology to keep residents and staff safe.

Two care homes in the north of England decided to improve their fire safety systems and called on a local firm who opted for innovative yet user-friendly equipment: Taktis Fire, Kentec’s highly acclaimed fire alarm control panel, which has been designed with protecting vulnerable people in larger buildings in mind.

More than three quarters of care home reviews give a top rating for dignity and respect

Research by carehome.co.uk, the UK’s leading care home reviews website, reveals that more than three quarters (81%) of the 74,000 reviews* of UK care homes on the site have a top rating (5) for residents being ‘treated with dignity’.

The data follows the regulator (CQC) highlighting a clear link between a provider’s quality of care and how well it treats its staff and residents in terms of human rights.

Paul Corrigan, CQC Non-Executive Director and Board Equality and Human Rights Champion, said: “There’s a clear link between the quality of care a service provides, and whether the people who use it and its staff feel that their human rights are respected and they are treated equally.

University of Bolton celebrates first non-commissioned nursing programme in England


The first nurses in England to complete self-funded studies celebrate as they approach graduation from the University of Bolton. The non-commissioned pre-registration course was developed in addition to Health Education England’s commissioned students and ensures local talent ‘stays local’, supporting nearby healthcare initiatives.


Eleven student nurses, who this week are approaching the end of their three-year self-funded studies, are celebrating their achievements at the University of Bolton before graduating and taking their places in hospitals across the North West later this year.


Staff at Queensway House invites public to open day

Queensway House

Queensway House, a residential care home in Hemel Hempstead, is to open its doors to members of the public and prospective residents to give them the opportunity to learn more about what it has to offer.


The home, which is located in Jupiter Drive, will be providing visitors with a guided tour of the facilities and entertainment from singer, Ricardo, who will be performing a sing along with residents at the home.


Those who attend the event on 18 January 2018 between 2.30pm and 4pm can also learn about the home, which has rooms for up to 80 residents, its staff and the activities it can offer to those aged 65 and over.


Karaoke Sessions Hit The Right Note At Glasgow Care Home

Karaoke Sessions

Residents at Bupa’s Ailsa Craig Care Home in Glasgow have been channelling their favourite musical icons with their very own version of ‘Stars in their Eyes’.


The home – which is in the Cessnock area of the city – has been hosting popular karaoke nights at the request of residents, who have been keen to take the microphone. Family members and staff at the home have also been able to get involved with the fun. 


Inspired by conversations with the residents and their own personal interests, the nights have provided an eclectic mix of songs, with those living at the home performing classic hits from yesteryear such as It Had to Be You by Frank Sinatra. 


Greenock Care Home Manager Scoops Sue Pembrey Award

Greenock Care Home Manager Scoops Sue Pembrey Award

A care home manager from Greenock is celebrating after being named the joint winner of a prestigious nursing leadership award. Barbara Lawson, Home Manager at Meallmore Ltd’s Kincaid House care home, has scooped the win for the coveted Sue Pembrey Award 2017, which recognises clinical leaders who play a vital role in enabling high quality, person centred care.

The committed manager, who has worked with Meallmore for six years, was nominated by the University of the West of Scotland, where she is currently studying for an MSc in Gerontology and Later Life studies.