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Raising standards of hand hygiene – infection prevention in focus in recent Westminster debate 

Raising standards of hand hygiene – infection prevention in focus in recent Westminster debate 

Hand hygiene and infection prevention is now a top priority on the Government’s agenda, after a recent Westminster debate addressed the key infection prevention issues within Healthcare settings. 

The debate addressed the use of electronic monitoring systems to measure hand hygiene compliance and reduce infection rates.

All parties present addressed the flaws of direct observation and the impactthat capturing inaccurate hand hygiene data has on patients and the NHS. It also focused on how technology can improve hand hygiene compliance and what actions need to be taken to reduce costs and increase patient safety within the NHS. 

CPR understands the ever-changing landscape of private healthcare construction

CPR understands the ever-changing landscape of private healthcare construction

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Dechoker saves second care home resident from choking death in five weeks

Dechoker saves second care home resident from choking death in five weeks

Dechoker UK are pleased to announce their device has helped save another care home resident from choking, just over a month since their first in the UK. The 87-year-old was enjoying lunch at one of Oakdale Care Group’s homes when he began to choke on a piece of food which had become stuck in his airway.

The incident occurred at the recently opened Timken Grange Care Home in Duston, Northampton. The home, along with the rest of Oakdale’s portfolio, have Dechoker devices on every floor with their care teams comprehensively trained both how and when to use them.

Tips for achieving dementia friendly design in Care Homes

Tips for achieving dementia friendly design in Care Homes

According to the Alzheimer’s society in 2014 69% of care home residents were estimated to have dementia; and with that number only increasing due to an aging population, it’s vital that care homes continue to re-fit or re-design their care homes with dementia in mind. But what should people be keeping in mind when trying to achieve a dementia friendly design and is it that important?

Dementia-friendly design can reduce pressure and stress on families and care home staff. If someone with dementia is calmer and feels more in control, they are likely to make fewer demands on others and cause less potential disruption. 

Dechoker saves second care home resident from choking death in five weeks

Dechoker

Dechoker UK are pleased to announce their device has helped save another care home resident from choking, just over a month since their first in the UK. The 87-year-old was enjoying lunch at one of Oakdale Care Group’s homes when he began to choke on a piece of food which had become stuck in his airway.

The incident occurred at the recently opened Timken Grange Care Home in Duston, Northampton. The home, along with the rest of Oakdale’s portfolio, have Dechoker devices on every floor with their care teams comprehensively trained both how and when to use them.

“Choking is responsible for around 6 care home deaths every month.” said Matt Oakley, Director at Dechoker UK.

East Yorkshire care provider to open two new care homes with HSBC funding

Yorkare

An award winning East Yorkshire care home provider, Yorkare Homes, is to open two new care homes with the support of an eight-figure funding package from HSBC.
 
Established in Brough in 1988, Yorkare owned and managed a group of care homes before deciding to sell its portfolio and focus on the development of innovative new build homes. The group currently owns and operates five care homes across East Yorkshire, providing residential and dementia care to over 350 residents. The business has a strong reputation in the care sector for delivering high quality accommodation, with its Magdalen Park and Lindsey Hall homes being granted various industry design and clinical care awards, as well as gaining Outstanding CQC ratings.
 

Teary eyed care home resident enjoys Church flower festival

Flower Festival

A BLYTH care home resident was brought close to tears by a church’s annual flower festival.

Residents from The Oaks Care Home, on Durban Street, attended the festival at Central Methodist Church, on Beaconsfield Street.

Elsie Patterson, who lives at the home, said:

“I was close to tears because it brought back so many happy memories. I used to go to the festival with friends all the time but it has been so long. Then I saw them and we shared lots of cuddles and tears of happiness.”

The Flower Festival was opened by Blyth Mayor Councillor Adrian Cartie, who met with the residents during their visit.

One of those was Dennis Allen, who shared a joke with the Mayor about wanting to have his chain.

Encore Care Homes’ activities are given some Oomph!

Encore

Encore Care Homes is delighted to announce its new partnership with Oomph! starting this month in all three of its homes, which are located in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Fareham.

Established in 2011, Oomph! works closely with care and housing services throughout the UK, to support staff and help residents improve their health and fitness, through fun exercises and activities. During the programme residents and staff at Encore will take part in a variety of sport, music, relaxation and nature workshops.

Glasgow Tenants Reminisce with Classic Brits

Glasgow Tenants Reminisce with Classic Brits

In full Classic Brit Awards spirit, tenants at a retirement home in Glasgow have been listening to music from their youth and comparing it with today’s drastically different genres.

In a nod to Vera Lynn’s nominations for Female Artist of the Year and Best Album, and to mark her profound contribution to UK music and culture, tenants at Bield’s Carntyne Gardens enjoyed an afternoon listening to her hits.

From ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ to ‘We’ll Meet Again’ the forces’ sweetheart evoked memories of wartime living. 

Mary Walker, tenant at Carntyne Gardens, said: “I find these pieces of music very moving – they take me back to when father returned from the war.

More needs to be done to attract men into social care

Male nurses

In the UK currently, there is a distinct lack of male nurses, male childcare experts and male adult social carers. In fact, there is a shortage of men in the social care sector altogether – they are hugely outnumbered by women. UK Government statistics show that a staggering 84% of carers in England are women, and just 16% are men - figures that have barely changed since 2012.

Malden House care home delivered training about dementia to students from Sidmouth College

Malden House care home delivered training about dementia to students from Sidmouth College

Malden House care home delivered theoretical and practical training about dementia to a group of 15 students from Sidmouth College.

The aim of the sessions  - to give teenagers empathy about what a person effected by dementia goes through.

As part of Dementia Awareness week the college was invited to visit Malden House to work with the staff and residents.

Woodbridge nursing home appoints new Home Manager

Haughgate House

Haughgate House nursing home in Woodbridge, Suffolk, is delighted to announce the appointment of Judith Morgan-Worrall as its new Home Manager.

Judith originally joined the Healthcare Homes Group in February 2014, initially as an interim manager at Foxgrove residential home in Felixstowe.  She then took on the full registered manager role for both Foxgrove and neighbouring home Maynell House and stayed in post until June 2017. However, needing to be closer to home to support her ill father, Judith took the role of a support manager elsewhere.  

Having returned to Healthcare Homes in 2018, Judith is delighted to be taking on the new role at Haughgate House as she explains: 

Shipdham care home welcomes new manager

Shipdham Manor

Shipdham Manor care home in Shipdham, near Thetford, is delighted to announce the appointment of Kay Emsley as the new home manager.

Shipdham Manor is part of the Healthcare Homes Group and provides residential care for up to 42 people, many of whom live with dementia.

Kay, who lives in Bradenham, has worked for the Healthcare Homes Group for 10 years, previously serving as the head of clinical care.  She brings a wealth of experience to the role and is looking to build on the home’s excellent service levels, even further improving the home for residents.

The Sound Doctor partners with Essex County Council to support patients to 'Live Well'

Sound Doctor

The Sound Doctor, the social enterprise focused on effective patient education, has teamed up with the Essex County Council and Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)* to launch a new initiative - the Live Well campaign.

The patient education videos are being offered as part of a Live Well campaign to engage families and individuals - promoting health and wellbeing in the county of Essex by providing high quality information and solutions. By setting an agenda to underline the benefits of healthy living, Live Well intends to have a positive impact on both the lives of people within the county and also reduce the strain on the National Health Service (NHS).

New guide to improve care of ex-service men and women

Ray Lock Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust: supporting Ex-service men and women

A new guide has been launched to help care homes provide better support for the hundreds of thousands* of ex-service men and women in assisted living in the UK.

Produced by Demos think tank, in partnership with the Forces in Mind Trust and the Care Cluster of Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities), the guide will be sent to all UK care homes and care home provider headquarters.

Polly Mackenzie, Director of Demos says: “We created this guide in response to our 2015 report Under-Served. The report found that veterans can face a range of challenges while living in residential care, yet managers and staff lack the information and resources they needed to know how best to support them. The aim of the guide is to fill that gap.”

Kingdom Homes to Takeover Bield Care Home

Bield care home

A DEAL which will see all residents and staff transfer from a Bield care home to a local provider has been finalised.

Last year, Bield announced 12 of its care homes across Scotland were to close and has since been working tirelessly to find other providers to keep them open.

Following extensive discussions, the housing and care provider has announced that an agreement has been reached which will see locally based Kingdom Homes Ltd buy Finavon Court in Glenrothes, Fife.

The deal means that residents seamlessly transfer over to the new Kingdom Homes, with very few changes being experienced and, in particular, all existing staff will keep their jobs.

Charlie Dickson, Director of Housing and Care Services, said:

John Grover wins NACC Care Chef of the Year 2018

John Grover wins NACC Care Chef of the Year 2018

John Grover of Auchtercrag House Care Home, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, was crowned 2018 NACC Care Chef of the Year, yesterday (Wednesday 6 June), following a thrilling national final. 

The prestigious National Chef of the Year culinary competition, organised by the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), seeks out the UK’s best chef working in the care sector. 

Barking & Dagenham College’s Technical Skills Academy hosted the final, where 12 chefs from across the country showcased their talents under the expert scrutiny of the panel of judges. They all demonstrated exceptional culinary skills, creativity and knowledge in the specialist field of care catering.

Care home staff Step Out For Stroke and raise hundreds

Step Out For Stroke

CARE home staff joined hundreds of participants at Stewart Park in Middlesbrough for the Step Out For Stroke fundraiser.

Two Hill Care Group homes in Stockton-on-Tees sent staff members to take part in the event, raising hundreds of pounds for the charity.

Home manager Helen Wood, administrator Debra Hall and her daughter Poppie, from The Beeches Care Home, Newtown, completed one circuit of the park.

From Mandale House Care Home, Thornaby, activities coordinator Tracy Wilson and care assistant Jacqueline Ball completed a double circuit of the 120-acre park.

Both homes join dozens of other Hill Care Group homes across the North running separate fundraising events for the Stroke Association through the year.