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Wales’ first ever care home artist in residence is celebrating a quarter of a century in the ground-breaking role.
Talented Sarah Edwards was engaged as a consultant by the Pendine Park care organisation by arts loving owners Mario and Gill Kreft in 1995.
Since then Sarah's has supported the development of award-winning enrichment programmes at their eight care homes in Wrexham and Caernarfon where she has also masterminded their interior design. .
Sarah, a gifted artist in her own right, first helped Pendine Park when they were opening their third care home, Highfield House, in Wrexham.
Mario and Gill were keen to bring the benefits of art and music to residents and staff.
Mario said: “We knew that art and music could be a huge benefit and were thinking of how it could be included in day to day care.
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By Christian Brøndum, CEO of staffing software provider Planday
In July of 2018, transformative legislation was enacted that would change the professional lives of care workers. The Court of Appeal overturned employment tribunal rulings that had meant care workers on ‘sleep-in’ shifts were entitled to minimum wage for each hour they were at work, effectively halving the workers salaries and the salaries. Charities and care providers stand to profit from the change, avoiding an estimated £400m back-pay bill, but it has left many of the UK’s essential care workers out of pocket.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.…
A HC-One Care Home has enabled a Resident to live with her beloved cat of 13 years after fears they may be separated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.