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MOWOOT Chronic Constipation Therapy Device

MOWOOT Chronic Constipation Therapy Device

MOWOOT - the Natural Solution to Chronic Constipation

MOWOOT is a new abdominal massage therapy system for chronic constipation. MOWOOT treats, manages and prevents chronic constipation without laxatives, enemas and colon cleansing supplements. 

MOWOOT is designed for home use and for use in clinics, hospitals and care homes. MOWOOT is compact, portable and easy to use. MOWOOT is light to carry and features a handle for easy lifting during moving from room to room and during travel or transportation.    

MOWOOT overview

Safe, effective and clinically proven 

Helps to achieve regular and easier bowel movements

Makaton Choir Appeals For New Platforms

Makaton Choir

A Shrewsbury-based choir whose performances focus on signing rather than singing is appealing for an invitation to perform in front of a new audience in the region.   Kim Walshaw, a qualified Makaton trainer who works as locality manager for care-provider Regard and has launched a signing choir for colleagues and the people they support, said: “You only have to watch our choir to see how much the members love what they are doing, and their performances spread such joy.  

“We’d love people to contact us with suggestions for inclusive local events where they would like us to perform.” 

PPP Taking Care launches new Home & Well service to support home from hospital transition

PPP Taking Care launches new Home & Well service to support home from hospital transition

As an increasingly resource-strapped NHS faces further pressures to manage demands resulting from an ever-aging UK population, the importance of enabling safe transition back home from hospital for the elderly has never been greater. 

For both patients – particularly those who live alone, and their carers – often relatives with work and family responsibilities, the challenge of ensuring safe transition home from hospital for patients is placing an unprecedented burden upon occupational therapists whose work load is bordering on unsustainable. In a recent survey conducted by PPP Taking Care, 66% of occupational therapists reported that they were unable to commit enough time to the core part of their job; that of helping people transition following a hospital stay.

National charity calls time on pancreatic cancer in the North West with their GP Awareness Campaign

National charity calls time on pancreatic cancer in the North West with their GP Awareness Campaign

National charity, Pancreatic Cancer Action, are running a 6-month campaign targeting GP surgeries in the North West and South West to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer amongst the public and to provide supporting resources to GPs. Starting in September, the campaign will consist of large posters and leaflets for the public in waiting rooms, along with resource packs including the latest updates on the disease and information on PCA’s e-learning module for the GPs. 

100-year-old celebrates Burger Day at care home

100-year-old celebrates Burger Day at care home

A CENTENARIAN chef has been making burgers for fellow care home residents to celebrate National Burger Day.

Nancy Sallis, who lives at Holmewood Care Home, in Chesterfield, donned her apron and chef’s hat to turn mince beef into delicious patties.

The 100-year-old joined fellow residents Hazel White, Thelma Scarborough and Margaret Shatwell to make enough burgers for tea at the care home.

They mixed the minced beef, onions, salt and pepper by hand before forming them into burgers and serving them in buns with a selection of sauces.

Kathleen Richardson, home manager at Holmewood Care Home, on Barnfield Close, said: “Our residents were very eager to show off their culinary skills.

Teens talk football and manicures at Teesside care home

Mandale House Care Home

STUDENTS have been volunteering at a Teesside care home, Mandale House Care Home, as part of a summer project with the Middlesbrough FC Foundation.

The 15-to-17-year-olds are taking part in the club’s National Citizenship Service (NCS), which involves work in the community.

They have been spending time with residents at Mandale House Care Home, in Thornaby, as well as helping with their summer fayre.

The group gave manicures to the female residents and talked to the male residents about The Boro, showing them pictures of Riverside Stadium.

They also played bingo and some of the volunteers demonstrated their tap skills for former dancer Irene Fleming, a resident at the home, on Acklam Road.

Remembering VJ Day at Skelmersdale care home

Aaron Crest Care Home

MEMORIES of WW2 were shared at a Skelmersdale care home, Aaron Crest Care Home, to commemorate VJ Day – the end of the war with Japan in August 1945.

Aaron Crest Care Home, on Tanhouse Road, hosted members of the Skelmersdale Veterans Association (SVA) as part of the event.

They spoke with residents and shared memorabilia including gasmasks, uniforms, helmets, aircraft models and more.

The group reminisced about growing up during and after the war, talking about the impact it had on family life.

Resident Stanley Joel, a veteran of the Merchant Navy, rose to his feet and saluted when he saw the SVA members in uniform.

Care home spices up life for jody

Orchard View

A Strood man with learning disabilities is discovering how much more satisfying life can be when you try out new experiences thanks to Orchard View.

For Jody Williams who lives at Orchard View, a Kent residential service run by the Regard Group, his learning disability has tended to make him unwilling to try any activities he wasn't already familiar with. 

Yet this year, bolstered by encouragement from the Orchard View team, Jody has surpassed all expectations by experimenting with new hobbies and travelling to Australia to be best man at his brother Jamie's wedding. 

Jody said:

"My sister went with me and it made me proud to be an important part of the wedding." 

10-mile sponsored walk helps pay for care home seaside trip

Springbank House Care Home

CARE home staff, Springbank House Care Home, raised hundreds of pounds to treat their residents to a trip to the seaside after completing a 10-mile sponsored walk.

Workers at Springbank House Care Home, in Chesterfield, took on the challenge so they could take those in their care to Cleethorpes.

The collected over £500 in sponsorship, which will help towards transportation costs for the outing.

Karen Busby, home manager at Springbank House Care Home, on Ashgate Road, said: Springbank House Care Hom

Singing for elderly veterans in wounded soldiers’ show

The This Is Not For You

ELDERLY ex-servicemen and women living in care homes across Teesside were represented at a show, This Is Not For You Show, to honour the survivors of war.

This Is Not For You took place at the Stockton International Riverside Festival, performed by veterans and backed by a forty-strong choir of local singers.

The show tells the story of wounded soldiers who returned from WW1 and were treated with less respect and honour than those who died.

A member of the show choir, Julie Walker took part as a tribute to the veterans living in care homes where she works, as well as in memory of her grandfather, John Godwin.

Firefighters and ambulance crews practise obese rescues with 40 stone Ruth Lee dummies

Ruth Lee Ltd

Firefighters and ambulance crews are using 40 stone manikins, from Ruth Lee Ltd, in training exercises to practise rescuing obese people.

The bariatric dummies are being used by crews across the world to replicate the weight of unconscious people in response to rising obesity rates.

Produced by Ruth Lee Ltd, Europe’s leading manufacturer of rescue training manikins, the dummies come inRuth Lee Ltd three sizes – 90kg, 180kg and 260kg – and are filled with a stone core and steel ball bearings.

Tyneside care home gets “Good” from watchdog CQC

Waverley Lodge Care Home

A TYNESIDE care home, Waverley Lodge Care Home, has been rated “Good” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – after residents and relatives told the watchdog “staff were lovely, caring and friendly”.

Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, achieved a “Good” rating in all five categories of safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

Home manager Julie Booth has said they will now strive for the top rating of “Outstanding”.

She said:

“Everyone at Waverley Lodge Care Home is delighted to get “Good” across the board following our recent CQC inspection. We work incredibly hard to provide the highest quality of care for our residents and we are hoping that will be recognised in future with an “Outstanding” rating.”

Runcorn care home workers achieve end of life care award

Simonsfield Care Home

TWO Runcorn care home workers, Simonsfield Care Home, have enhanced their end of life care skills and knowledge after passing a rigorous programme of training.

Carers Alexandra Groundwater and Alison Clifton, from Simonsfield Care Home, have completed the Six Steps to Success in End of Life Care programme.

Based on national frameworks, the programme was developed in the North West by the Cheshire and Merseyside Clinical Network and the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Clinical Network.

The aim is to enhance end of life care provided by care homes through supporting staff to develop their roles.

Alexandra and Alison are now certified to train their colleagues in the Six Steps programme.