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Chatterbox amy goes silent to support those with cancer

A CHATTERBOX care home worker raised hundreds of pounds to support those with cancer by taking on a 12-hour sponsored silence.

Amy Trattles can always be heard chatting and singing to residents when on shift as a care assistant at The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, Stockton-on-Tees.

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Wearable technology to help elderly that fall

Essex County Council (ECC) and global innovation and transformation consultancy PA Consulting (PA) announce that they are working together to explore the potential of a new service using wearable technology – like socks and slippers – to help residents at risk of falls. ECC and PA aim to use this innovative technology for the first time in the UK with residents in Essex.

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Elderly man reliving his childhood memories

A SEASIDE trip was a walk down memory lane and brought back many childhood memories for elderly care home residents on an outing to Whitley Bay.

The town on the north east coast was the scene for many a childhood holiday for residents at Waverley Lodge Care Home, Lemington, near Newcastle. Staff and family joined the residents for a day out to the coast, which included fish and chips and a walk along the beach.

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healthcare – a nurse helps an elderly resident with her medication

Jonathan Bruce, Managing Director at Prestige Nursing + Care, discusses the need for politicians to focus on the future of healthcare.

They say a week is a long time in politics, and the past few have seen the long-term future of British healthcare plunge deeper into uncertainty.

The latest episode of this healthcare crisis was aired in May, with the news that the Social Care Green Paper was not to be published for at least another five months. It had been originally slated for Autumn 2017.

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 Jan Davis, Dementia Project Officer (Extra Care & Dementia), Grand Union Housing Group

Jan Davis, Dementia Project Officer (Extra Care & Dementia), Grand Union Housing Group, on using modern ways of care and support to ensure customers continue to live happy, healthy, engaged and independent lives.​​​​​​…

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Beryl and goerge in the HC-One Care Home

A HC-One Care Home has enabled a Resident to live with her beloved cat of 13 years after fears they may be separated.

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Animal therapy in care homes - a man in a wheelchair in the garden with a dog on his knee

Damon Culbert from Wild Science, provider of animal therapy in care homes across the UK, talks about the difference between short visits from animals and dedicated Animal Assisted Therapy.

Animals in care homes are a growing phenomenon attempting to improve the wellbeing of the elderly in long-term care. Many residential care providers have sung the praises of therapy dogs, cats, horses and even lizards in their ability to animate residents and stimulate social interaction. But what are the recorded benefits of animal therapy and should every care home invite animals in?

Not every encounter that seniors have with animals will qualify as animal therapy. Animal Assisted Therapy is defined as targeted therapy interventions which make use of an animal to achieve set goals. Examples in care homes might include having a resident walk a dog regularly in order to improve or maintain mobility functions long-term or games between animals and residents to encourage social interaction between residents experiencing heightened feelings of loneliness.

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Hilda Fleming reads her card from the Queen on her 100th birthday with Aaron Court Care Home activities coordinator Amy Jones

Hilda Fleming, who lives at Aaron Court Care Home, in Ellesmere Port, received more than 330 birthday cards following an appeal from the home.

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Florence celebrates 101st birthday with care home party

Family and friends celebrated the 101st birthday of former church volunteer and school pianist Florence Chettle.

Her birthday was marked with a party at Barnfield Care Home, in Chesterfield, where she has lived since March 2018.

Florence was joined by three generations of her family for the day, when she was presented with two specially made cakes, cards and gifts.

She has three children, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren who live in Canada, America and Australia, as well as the UK.

Alongside a card from the Queen, members of Florence’s family unable to attend the care home party sent celebratory cards and greetings from around the world.

Florence was born in Nottingham on 15th April 1918.

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The bake sale at Thornhill Care Home

A BAKE sale has raised almost ten times the original estimate for Thornhill Care Home residents in Huddersfield.

Activities coordinator at Thornhill Care Home, Laura Lumb had hoped to raise enough to buy an Amazon Echo Dot, which sell for £49.99.

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Eddie, at his seaside birthday party

THE COAST came to a care home resident after a successful appeal for a seaside birthday party – despite being 70 miles inland. 

Staff at Aden Lodge Care Home, in Clayton West, near Huddersfield, wanted to fulfill resident Edward “Eddie” Case’s 85th birthday wish.

As he is unable to travel to the coast, an appeal was issued to help throw a seaside themed party at the home.

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The opening of the EMBROIDERY exhibition at Mandale House Care Home

AN EMBROIDERY exhibition was held at  Mandale House Care Home – showcasing work from a resident with over 80 years’ experience with a needle.

The event took place at Mandale House Care Home, in Thornaby, near Middlesbrough, where 89-year-old resident Mavis Thomas displayed her artwork.

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A man from Aaron Court Care Home holding a card he had made

ELDERLY care home residents, Aaron Court Care Home, have been corresponding with popular Second World War singer Dame Vera Lynn ahead of her 102ndbirthday.

The Forces’ Sweetheart, as Dame Lynn is widely known, responded to an email from the staff and residents at Aaron Court Care Home, in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

They wrote to her about how much they love her music, after spending an evening listening to classic tracks, including “We'll Meet Again”, “The White Cliffs of Dover”, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “There'll Always Be an England”.

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RV Care and HC-One receive ‘Outstanding’ CQC rating

An east Devon Domiciliary Care provider is delighted to have received an overall ‘Outstanding’ rating, following a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

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care home garden - raised beds

Gardens are an appealing feature of any care home – not only can they brighten up the view from inside but, once the sun is shining, they provide a sensory-rich environment for residents. And, for those who are able, a spot of gardening really refreshes mind and body. It's important to tend to any garden regularly, otherwise they can become problematic. This is suggested by figures obtained by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, as in 2007 it was recorded that there were 115,000 garden falls, slips, and trips. As a garden is such a communal space, the older generation should not feel as though they can’t use it. This guide will advise on keeping your care home garden accessible.

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