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Loneliness Awareness week
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Over one million older people report feeling lonely all the time1, and even when living in a care home, loneliness and isolation can still occur. 

According to Christina R Victor’s ‘Loneliness in care homes: a neglected area of research?’ thesis, rates  of severe loneliness reported by people living in care homes (22-42%) are more than twice that of residents in the wider community (10%). 

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Redcot care home
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Friends of the Elderly’s Dementia Champion Dedicated To Caring
 
At Friends of the Elderly’s Redcot Care Home in Haslemere, Surrey which specialises in residential care, its dedicated Dementia Champion is devoted to providing bespoke and person-focused care for its residents living with dementia.
 

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Dementia UK
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The tables for Dementia UK’s annual cake and tea event have been completely reset; backyard brews, driveway cake sales, and takeaway cuppa and slice deliveries are some of the ideas families, businesses and communities up and down the country have to raise funds and awareness of Dementia UK’s dementia specialist nurses, whilst keeping safe during the pandemic. Dementia UK is the only charity dedicated to supporting the whole family through dementia specialist Admiral Nurses. The event takes place 1st-8th May.  

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residents enjoy luxury with Dr Polly Russell
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Residents living in Care UK homes have been able to enjoy virtual sessions with a very special food expert
 
Residents in homes were able to join a live event with food historian, Dr Polly Russell, from the BBC programme Back in Time for… for a live interactive food tasting session designed to transport residents back to their younger years.
 

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Maria Spollin - care sector
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One year ago, the UK was plunged into its first nationwide lockdown and, as coronavirus cases surged across the country, care homes closed their doors to visitors. For Nottinghamshire’s specialist dementia care group, Church Farm Care, this meant establishing brand-new ways of working to ensure the safety of the people living and working with them.

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Investors of People review
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Maria Mallaband Care Group (MMCG) is delighted to confirm that it has successfully passed its latest review with Investors in People (IPP). Accreditation was also secured by Countrywide Care Homes, a part of the Maria Mallaband Care Group.

The review of MMCG took place across 10 of its care homes, with remote interviews of 78 members of staff. The comprehensive process scrutinised key aspects including leadership, values and behaviours, staff empowerment and recognition of high performance. A range of practical considerations were also covered.

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Ozone
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Protecting residents from the COVID 19 pandemic is right at the top of every care and nursing home’s agenda.

When used correctly, ozone is scientifically proven to kill coronavirus.  Indeed, ozone has been used successfully across the care sector to minimise the threat to the sick and elderly.

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Orbis Education and Care
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Orbis Education and Care has appointed a leading autism education specialist in the form of Sue Hatton. Sue joins the UK education and care provider in a role created to help achieve ultimate levels of autism intelligence across the organisation.
 
Wales-based Orbis Education and Care runs 17 schools, residential homes and day facilities for children and adults with complex needs associated with autism and is one of the UK’s leading specialist providers.
 

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Germerase
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First British commercial product to be tested on live SARS-Cov-2, the virus causing COVID-19
 
Multi-surface protector kills up to 99.9999% of pathogens in under 30 seconds and provides a protective barrier for up to 48 hours 
 
British scientific breakthrough can turn the tide against hospital infections and superbugs, while supporting vaccines in the fight against COVID-19 and saving the NHS billions


 
GermErase, a new brand at the frontline of protecting against COVID-19, infections and superbugs, has launched its first product range. 

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The Oaks Care Home this Valentine’s Day
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The Oaks Care Home in Newtown, Powys celebrated the most romantic night of the year by holding a Valentine’s Ball for its residents.


Staff worked hard to create a special day for everyone in the home, including a number of married couples who live there together.


As well as a special afternoon tea with homemade decorated cookies, there was Love Bingo with prizes to be won, a couple of familiar game shows to take part in and a chance to dress up with the theme of wearing something red.

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helping care homes recover
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Care home operators need to consider taking a series of measures in order to recover from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Many homes have been severely impacted over the past 12 months and are now seeking ways to drive new enquiries and occupancy levels.

Maxine Parry, Regional Director of Caresolve, one of the UK’s leading care home consultancies, which is headquartered in Warrington, said that trust will be a vital part of any new strategy.

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COVID vaccine
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Residents and staff at Nottingham’s specialist care group, Church Farm Care, have received their first COVID-19 injections today (22 January 2021) as part of the government’s national vaccination programme.

The roving vaccine service visited all four homes, three of which offer specialist dementia care, in a day that’s been described as one of “massive relief” for residents, staff and family members alike.

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free online music training
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Playlist for Life, the UK’s leading music and dementia charity, has launched a new online training platform educating on the use of personal playlists to improve the lives of people living with dementia. The charity has trained over 6000 health and social care professionals since 2015 and is now delivering online training due to the pandemic. The first course to launch on the new platform is a free ‘Playlist for Students’ course open to all UK higher education institutions after a successful trial with over 600 students at Glasgow Caledonian University. 
 

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Arthur receiving special birthday gifts
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A huge Leeds United fan at HC-One’s The Denby care home in Huddersfield recently celebrated his 100th birthday with a gift from the football he has loved for 90 years.
 
Leeds fan Arthur Earnshaw, who resides at HC-One’s Denby care home celebrated his 100th birthday on 7th January and Colleagues at the home wanted to make it as special as possible, given the current circumstances.
 
Arthurs has been a Leeds United fan for as long as he can remember, definitely for over 90 years, so Colleagues contacted the football club to ask a favour on behalf of Arthur.

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Maria Mallaband donation of books
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  • Cedar Court Care Home in Cranleigh, Surrey, has donated 150 children’s books to Royal Surrey Charity, bringing smiles to children in hospital over Christmas and New Year.

Young children being cared for in Hascombe Ward, children’s outpatients, and A&E over the past few weeks have been given a copy of Gerry Giraffe and the Loch Ness Monster – a charming and colourful illustrated story which they could keep.

The books were written by Cedar Court Business development manager Pam Sharman. She said:

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