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Integrated Cloud Care Management Software

Integrated Cloud Care Management Software

Every business grapples with decisions around the best system to manage its expanding operations. Proper planning of an integrated care management software system often takes a back seat to short-term revenue goals including occupancy, staffing or general firefighting. As a consequence often software applications are taken on and installed at different points in time in various functional areas, resulting in business process inefficiencies, integration and staff training challenges. Tackling these potential problems in the first place will avoid this.

Care Roadshows prepares for its return to Glasgow

Care Roadshows prepares for its return to Glasgow

Despite the cold weather, things are hotting up for the return of Care Roadshow Glasgow to Hampden Park Stadium on Tuesday 17th April. This will be the eighth year that Care Roadshows has graced Scottish soil with its free informative event that is tailored to the care workers in the region.

As previous years have proved, the free CPD seminars, workshops and networking opportunities offer a valuable day out for all those who attend. The morning will be kick started at 10am with the first of two interactive workshop hosted by Oomph! ‘Leading a “Full life for life” and an intro to Wellbeing’.

Parkinson's patients helped by rock music, say Chroma Therapies

Chroma Therapies MD Daniel Thomas

The pulsing beat of the Dire Straits song Walk of Life has helped a Parkinson’s patient recover balance and brain function, found healthcare provider Chroma Therapies.

Scientists have discovered that certain rhythms allow the brain to by-pass sections that have been damaged by stroke, traumatic injury or degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and dementia.

Rhythmic beats or songs with a strong connection to the patient have been shown to reactivate nerve cells and reboot the brain’s sensory pathways to enable patients to communicate or recover physical ability.

Cramond Residence Information Suite Now Open

Cramond Residence Information Suite Now Open

Information Suite Now Open at Edinburgh’s Finest Care Home. Edinburgh’s newest luxury care home has officially launched its Information Suite which is now open to locals across the city for an exclusive first look tour. 
The much-anticipated Cramond Residence is welcoming guests to its beautifully-designed suite to showcase the high quality of accommodation and facilities that will be available when it opens later this year.

Complete Temperature Management for Cold and Ambient Pharmaceutical Storage

Complete Temperature Management for Cold and Ambient Pharmaceutical Storage

QED Scientific +2°C to +8°C Pharmacy and Vaccine Fridges are designed for safe and secure storage of all pharmaceuticals as advised in ‘Protocol for Ordering, Storing and Handling Vaccines by Public Health England’. These are compliant with all guidelines including the DoH Green Book as well as being ideal for hospitals these are also suitable for use in clinics, care homes, schools, veterinary surgeries – or anywhere needing refrigerated storage of drugs. They come in a range of sizes from under bench and wall models up to free standing floor units. Many have solid or glass door options. All have digital display, fan, and auto defrost as standard.

Rohit Patni, CEO and co-founder of wellness management app WeMa Life

From booking home carers to physio sessions, WeMa Life is an online marketplace and app that brings together health and care providers with individuals seeking a wide range of services. The multi-service HealthTech platform offers benefits to both consumers and businesses. For people seeking health, care and wellbeing services – either for themselves or someone close to them – WeMa Life makes it easy to source, book and pay reputable providers. 

Care Home Volunteers Help During Snow

Care Home Helpers

A Skelmersdale mum and her two children volunteer their services at a local Care Home during the snowy weather.

After the snow forced closures at several Lancashire schools on Thursday 8th March, a kind-hearted Skelmersdale family volunteered their service to local Care Home, Stocks Hall Skelmersdale.

Joanne Wilde, Office Administrator at Westhead Lathom St James’ CE Primary School and her two children, Daisy, aged 7 and Dan, aged 13 who all live in Skelmersdale, approached the nearby Care Home to see if they could help in anyway.

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.

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.

Young carers could be better supported if no-one made fun of them

Young carers could be better supported if no-one made fun of them”

"Young carers could be better supported if no-one made fun of them" - This is the opinion of 13-year-old Cara*, who has been caring for her grandma since she was just 8 years old. Her daily tasks include feeding her grandma breakfast, making sure she has the right medication and even taking her grandma to the toilet as she cannot walk on her own. Looking after her grandma is a big responsibility and has affected how Cara spends time with the rest of her family.

“We can't go anywhere fun as a family because one person has to stay with my grandma as she can't walk.”

Cara also finds it difficult to socialise with her friends outside of school because of her additional responsibilities.

Memories Are Made Of This - St Budeaux Foundation School

Memories Are Made Of This - St Budeaux Foundation School

Residents at a care home in Plymouth enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane with a visit from youngsters from nearby St Budeaux Foundation School.

Eight pupils met up with four people who live at Freshfields as part of the Archie Project, a scheme that links local schools with people with dementia.

The ‘Life Stories’ project involves children asking residents questions about their life, including favourite holidays, fashion, and former beloved pets.

Dog lover Elizabeth Bessant, 73, relived happy memories of her cherished ‘Westie’ dogs and the companionship they provided.

She also told the girls about her favourite childhood destination, Looe in Cornwall, where she and her family used to go on trips.

Connect2Care launches healthcare apprenticeships with United Lincolnshire Hospitals

Connect2Care, an expert provider of training and apprenticeships in the care sector, has expanded its offer with the launch of its first healthcare apprenticeship standards across hospitals within Lincolnshire.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and its Talent Academy has teamed up with Connect2Care to deliver bespoke nursing development apprenticeships in Boston, Grantham, Lincoln and Louth. Eleven cadets are already enrolled on the scheme – which started in October – and plans are in place for a further 70 to commence a Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship.

Radiometer Ltd

Radiometer Ltd

Radiometer Ltd has implemented its AQURE Enterprise point-of-care (POC) data management system at the University of Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust’s new Emergency Department. Radiometer Ltd has also supported them in configuring the interface of the Trust’s Sunquest Integrated Clinical Environment (ICE) EPR system so that blood gas test results are automatically linked to an individual’s electronic patient record (EPR). Blood gas tests are ordered via the ICE-EPR system and processed within the Emergency Department on Radiometer’s ABL90 FLEX PLUS blood gas analysers, with results being delivered to the clinician via Sunquest ICE in as little as 1 min. The almost immediate display of accurate results can have a significant effect on patient outcomes.

Choosing care is one of life’s most stressful experiences

Choosing care is one of life’s most stressful experiences

Choosing care in England is one of the biggest sources of stress compared to other key life events, according to a survey of 1,000 people carried out for the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The findings come as the quality regulator is raising public awareness about how its inspection findings can help support people in making these important decisions. 

The survey findings, out today (Tuesday 27 February), reveal that seven in ten (70%) adults who were responsible for choosing care in a care home or at home – either for themselves or a loved one – over the last three years have found it more stressful than choosing their child’s nursery or school, or a venue for their wedding or civil partnership.