Outsourcing is the key to compliance


ECO is urging care homes to outsource help desk facilities to help ensure they stay on the right side of the law.

ECO Integrated Property Solutions (IPS) is advising managers that using a professional and expert supplier to co-ordinate and oversee any works in their property will not only lighten their load but will ensure compliance with rules and regulations.

Managing a schedule of repairs, refurbishments and maintenance can be a time consuming distraction and it would be easy to overlook smaller details or rush processes through lack of time. But trusting a specialist team to take on all aspects of property care will ensure accuracy, consistency and compliance, particularly if they’re invested in the latest technological advances.

She's making a career out of caring - with ‘ridiculously amazing' success

Balhousie Care Group

Jozi Stables' story is one of hard work and dedication. She progressed from doing dishes in a care home kitchen to becoming the youngest care home manager at Balhousie Care Group.

"Make Today Ridiculously Amazing" says a piece of art on Jozi Stables' office wall. It joins other words of encouragement as well as many photos - of the residents and staff of the care home where Jozi has just been appointed manager.

At the age of 27, Jozi is the youngest care home manager at Balhousie Care Group. She heads up 48 full- and part-time staff at Balhousie Ruthven Towers, a Scottish care home which has achieved top Grade 6 ratings from the Care Inspectorate for its management, leadership and standards of care.

Combined Care Initiative Benefits Old and Young in Romsey

Abbotswood Court

Encouraging greater happiness, mental stimulation and increased longevity amongst their elderly residents, Abbotswood Court care home in Romsey has been welcoming pre-school children from nearby Yellow Dot Nursery.

In the UK one in three over 65s see family members, including grandchildren, less than once a month. This can lead to feelings of isolation and mental decline. Providing positive mental and emotional stimulation, Abbotswood Court in Romsey has been connecting elderly residents with a group of pre-schoolers from the nearby Yellow Dot Nursery.

Youth and experience brought together at Oundle care home

Oundle care home

Oundle care home care home is leading the way in bridging the generational gap by opening its doors to local young people.

Abbott House has welcomed pupils from Oundle School, who have been volunteering at the Oundle care home by helping staff at meal times, playing board games with residents and providing entertainment using their own musical instruments. Three pupils have also been painting murals on the bathroom walls, while others have given talks on their varied backgrounds, sharing experiences with residents. The volunteering doubles up for some pupils as a contribution towards the service element of their silver or gold Duke of Edinburgh awards.

Innovative new Droplet mug helps carers tackle dehydration

Droplet Mug jug

A new smart mug that helps people to independently hydrate thanks to a light and sound alert has boosted water intake in clinical trials. Droplet is the new modular hydration solution that encourages people to drink more. Featuring a simple and engaging design, the Droplet mug has been specifically created to lessen the risk of dehydration and support the work of healthcare providers in hospitals and care homes.

Information Suite Launches at Edinburgh’s Finest Care Home

Information Suite

Locals across Edinburgh and the Lothians are invited for an exclusive first look of the city’s newest, luxury care home as it officially launches its Information Suite this week.

The much-anticipated Cramond Residence is welcoming guests to its beautifully-designed suite on Thursday 8 March from 3-7pm, to showcase the high quality of accommodation and facilities that will be available when it opens later this year.

This drop in event is an opportunity for a short tour of the sample bedroom, complete with en-suite shower room, and sample lounge layout, giving visitors the chance to experience the distinctly homely feel of the Residence first-hand.

How HealthUnlocked is changing how people care for their loved ones


Every single day an extra 6,000 people take on the responsibility of being a carer. Back in December 2016, a completely new type of online support was set up on the social network HealthUnlocked.

This regular, ongoing support of another person can change people’s lives. In fact for many, life will never be the same again.

It’s not all a struggle though, and many people report finding it a rewarding and positive experience. One of the biggest factors in how people experience being a carer is dependent on the support they are getting, knowing where to turn, understanding when to get extra help and when to ask for or turn to professional support.

Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare Top National CQC Rankings


Residents and team members at Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare are celebrating after the care home providers were named the best in the country by Market Analysts Laing & Buisson based on inspection ratings undertaken by the CQC.

100% of all inspected Gracewell homes, and 96% of all Sunrise communities, have been rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC, demonstrating the exceptional standard of care offered by the providers across the country.

Sunrise has been ranked top for residential care, and Gracewell has come first for nursing care. Sunrise has also come second for nursing care.

The CQC is the independent regulator of all health and care services in the UK.

Dementia research programme investigates the power of music

dementia research Chelsea Court Place

A dementia research programme at a residential care home is investigating the power of music and whether it can be used to sustain language in older people. Chelsea Court Place has collaborated with the University of Roehampton to launch the exciting music project, called Beyond Words. 

Researchers Prof. Adam Ockelford, Dr Fiona Costa, PhD student Caitlin Shaughnessy and “savant” pianist Derek Paravicini – who is blind and held his first concert at the age of seven – are leading this this innovative project with residents from Chelsea Court Place. 

Care home wins funds for multi-sensory garden

Care home wins funds for multi-sensory garden

A multi-sensory garden is to be created at a Bolton care home following a successful funding bid.

Lever Edge Care Home, in Great Lever, was awarded £6,100 by Bolton Council as part of the Bolton Transformation Fund.

The money will be used to create a colourful, edible garden with installations to stimulate both sight, sound and smell.

The garden is located at the front of the care home and will be open to the community – with schools and other groups invited visit.

Fruit trees, herbs, peas and tomatoes are just some of the produce the care home is hoping to grow with local help.

Anyone who participates in helping to maintain the garden will have the opportunity to harvest the crops for their use.

The Living Art Gallery at Stocks Hall

The Living Art Gallery at Stocks Hall

People living at a Care Home in Merseyside are delighted to reveal an evocative collection of artwork.

A corridor and lounge area at a Care Home in St Helens has recently been transformed with an area full of artwork that sparkles with life and colour. The Living Art Gallery at Stocks Hall St Helens Home has been developed to showcase a collection of beautiful and unique art pieces that have been lovingly created by people living at the Home.   

The exhibition features eleven artworks that explore still life paintings using paint, pastels and collage. The exhibition currently shows the works from the very talented Kevin Richardson (60), Ann Black (71), Maureen Donegan (65), Brian Littlewood (73), Joan Fairclough (66), Paul Shepherd (44) and Paula Cowan (53).

Superheroes and Disney characters visit Chesterfield care homes on World Book Day 

Superheroes and Disney characters visit Chesterfield care homes on World Book Day 

CAPTAIN America, Banana Man and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s Veronica Salt were among those to visit Chesterfield care homes on World Book Day.

Staff and their children dressed as their favourite characters as part of celebrations at Barnfield and Holmewood care homes.

Among them were four-year-old Olivia Furniss and her eight-year-old brother Riley, who dressed as the Roald Dahl character and Marvel comic book superhero.

The pair are the children of Barnfield Care Home activities coordinator Rachel Furniss and the grandchildren of home manager Alison Riley.

Alison said: “We celebrate World Book Day every year and my grandchildren often visit to read their favourite stories to our residents.

A Master-ful solution for care homes


Infection control is key within healthcare settings and anything that can be done to complement current protocols is looked at with great interest. With an ageing population and a squeeze on budgets, the importance of environmental hygiene is growing. So what are our solutions. 

Biomaster antimicrobial technology from Addmaster offers product protection that looks to do this, complementing current infection control protocols.   Reducing levels of bacteria on treated surfaces, it offers a second line of defence in the area of product protection  working alongside existing hygiene procedures.

Scottish dance visits Sees care home

Scottish dance

94-year-old Lilly Tideswell was transported back to her childhood in Scotland when care home, MHA Homewood, invited the Leamington Spa branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society to the home for a Scottish dance night.

Lilly, who has lived at Homewood since July last year, learned to dance when she was 8 years’ old. Mrs Tideswell grew up in Greenock on the west coast of Scotland, where she paid “two shillings and threepence” for dance lessons each week, often donning the McGregor tartan.