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Mayor of Lincoln celebrates the launch of Bernadette House’s homecare service

Mayor of Lincoln celebrates the launch of Bernadette House’s homecare service

A care home in Lincoln was joined by the Mayor to celebrate the launch of their new homecare service, with an official cake cutting. The Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Keith Weaver, was invited to launch the new service at Bernadette House and to learn more about the valuable homecare that care workers would be providing to the local community. 

Owner of Bernadette House care home and homecare service, Elizabeth Stephens, welcomed the Mayor and introduced him to homecare staff, as well as local health partners who also attended the event.
Elizabeth, commented: “We were honoured to have the Mayor of Lincoln and Cllr Chris Burke join us to celebrate the launch of our new homecare service.

Music study investigates communication in people living with dementia

Chelsea Court music therapy - Derek and the team are behind the dementia therapy research

Chelsea Court Place, a residential home for individuals living with dementia, is working with the University of Roehampton in a research project entitled Beyond Words, which uses ‘micro-songs’ to recapture and sustain functional language in people with advanced dementia.

The study aims to investigate the power of music, enabling people living with dementia to retain their speech and help communicate their wishes and needs for a longer period than would be normally be the case in the natural deterioration caused by the disease. 

Lincoln care home grants resident’s wish

Lincoln Care Home Hair Salon

A resident at a care home in Lincoln had her wish come true when she was surprised by a new hair salon at the home.

Yvonne Radford, who is a long-term resident at Bernadette House, in South Park, has always enjoyed visits to the hairdressers and a dream of hers was that the home would have their own salon one day.

After undergoing refurbishment, Bernadette House wanted to fulfil Yvonne’s wish, so they decided to build a salon in the home. 

“I’ve always loved having my hair done, said Yvonne, “and now it feels even more exciting. Everyone loves the salon.”

Mabon & Ray

Mabon & Ray

Mabon & Ray is a business and consultancy agency specialising in healthcare businesses.  

Mabon & Ray has been founded by former care home owner, whose ultimate aim is to ensure both parties are guided through the whole process to ensure it runs smoothly.

Rachel said she is drawing on her own experiences of buying and selling her care home to help others.

When buying and selling a healthcare business is very different to other businesses due to regulations and the reliance on the purchaser having the registration in place and are able to buy the business.

St Budeaux Pupils Get Creative

St Budeaux Pupils Get Creative

Residents at a care home in Plymouth say that regular visits from pupils of nearby St Budeaux Foundation School are ‘a breath of fresh air.’ 

The Year 4 pupils come to see their older friends at Freshfields care home as part of the Archie Project, a scheme that links local schools with people with dementia. 

Freshfields’ activities co-ordinator Paul Hutt said: “This is the fourth year that St Budeaux children have been coming here and our residents just love their visits. 

“They sit side by side and enjoy a whole different variety of activities when they come here.  

“On their most recent visit they did seasonal arts and crafts activities.” 

Mepilex dressings use state-of-the-art technology to promote efficient healing

Mepilex dressings have five layers

Care & Nursing Essentials editor Victoria Galligan heard three different views on the new Swedish-deigned dressing Mepilex, which promise to decrease healing time and reduce infection…

DEVELOPER – Molnlycke

How and where were the dressings developed?

Mepilex dressings were developed by Molnlycke, we are a Swedish-based leading medical solutions company that equips healthcare professionals to achieve the best patient, clinical and economic outcomes. Mepilex Border Comfort was developed with proprietary Flex Technology – the benefits of which have been analysed using an established method called finite element modelling. 

Christmas card appeal for Huddersfield’s elderly

Elderly man with Christmas cards

Make an elderly resident’s Christmas by sending them a card, care home staff have appealed. The festive holidays can be a lonely time for those with no family and friends to celebrate with, says Aden Lodge Care Home manager Kim Hardy. So the home, on Long Lane, Clayton West, is asking the community to consider sending a Christmas card.

Kim said: “Staff do everything they can to make Christmas a special time of year for residents, while providing the care they need.

“A simple Christmas card to our residents will help make their Christmas that much more special.

“Many of our residents don’t have family and friends anymore and a card will make all the difference.

Why Should I Invest in Care Management Software?

Care Management Software

You have probably heard about the ways that technology can improve the way you run your care business. So what are the things you need to consider when choosing Care Management Software? 

It might be best to start by asking yourself what you want the software investment to achieve? Many factors will affect your decision, from inspection ratings, GDPR readiness to staff retention and morale. The desire to improve quality of care within the organisation must drive everything. 

What Do You Need from the Software?

Understanding the drivers is probably the best place to start. In other words, what parts of your business do you need to improve? For example:

Operational efficiency

Better care environment

Regulatory compliance

Best ancillary worker in the North East care industry is…

Winner of best ancillary worker in the North East

HANDYMAN Chris Sogorkski has been named the best ancillary worker in the North East care industry.

The Oaks Care Home maintenance man picked up the award at The Great North East Care Awards 2018 gala dinner at the Hilton Hotel, in Gateshead.

The accolade recognises Chris’s person-centred service, excellence and pride in his work and the dignity and respect he shows residents and staff at the home, in Blyth, Northumberland.

He said: “I can’t believe it. I love working at The Oaks. The residents are lovely and the staff are wonderful.  

“I can’t thank home manager Ann Mielnik enough for nominating me. It’s a great honour to have been given this award.”

Borough Care Residents Enjoying New Meal Service    

Borough Care Residents Enjoying New Meal Service    

Borough Care residents have welcomed the changes to the food on offer at meal times since the service was brought back in–house earlier this year.  Borough Care is the largest not-for-profit provider of care for older people in Stockport and has eleven homes in the area.

As part of Borough Care’s commitment to ensuring its residents eat healthily, the company appointed apetito as its catering partner six months ago. apetito is the leading producer and supplier of meals for the health and social care sectors.     

Nantwich Retirement Village Rated 'Outstanding' For It's Domiciliary Care

Nantwich Retirement Village resident with a cow

Regulators gave Richmond Nantwich Retirement Village the highest possible rating, putting in the top 3% of services in England

A retirement village in Cheshire has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ for its domiciliary care after a visit from regulators, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The inspection report puts the Richmond Nantwich amongst the top 3% of home care providers in England.

Opened in 1996, Richmond Nantwich provides a range of independent and assisted living suites for residents aged 55 and over. As part of this the village provides personalised care packages for residents as required – employing its own domiciliary care team who can help residents with things including personal care, shopping, preparing light meals and accessing local facilities.

Inexpensive Staff E-Learning for Nurses and Care Professionals

Inexpensive Staff E-Learning for Nurses and Care Professionals

Quality patient care is the objective of every service provider. To achieve this requires considerable planning, long-term commitment and careful management within a tight budget. More importantly, it requires highly skilled and well-trained staff with a dedication to a career that can be extremely stressful.

A study by the Communities and Local Government Committee found that 48% of care staff leave within a year of starting. A lack of career development and quality training are common complaints when leaving. 

Investing in LowCost E-Learning can make the difference. 

Low costs

Alexandra white entertainer captivating nostalgic in care - homes

Alexandra white

Alexandra white singer and entertainer captivating nostalgic in care - homes west midlands and surrounding areas.

Alexandra preforms a huge repertoire of songs and will dance and preform through narrative, triggering happy memories and wonderful feelings,

She preforms songs from across the years including war - time sing along, rock and roll classics and a touch of Country and wAlexandra whiteeston.

There’s truly something for everyone - your request is her delight! 

A wireless mic is used, allowing full interaction with every audience member. All presented via a quality sound system that is adaptable to audience size.

Rugby veteran George inspires young players

Rugby veteran George

Rugby veteran George Williams has been inspiring Widnes Vikings under 19s players with stories from his playing days in the 1940s.

The 85-year-old founding player for West Park St Helens RFC recalled his time on the field both during and after the Second World War.

George’s team was formerly established in 1947, but previous matches had been played under the title “Catholic Grammar School Old Boys”.

Having played Rugby since the age of 6 at St Theresa’s Primary School, in St Helens, he then joined his high school team at West Park Grammar School from 1944 to 1949, which became West Park St Helens RFC.

Care Staff Complete Memory Walk

Staff on Memory Walk

Borough Care staff Executive Team at Borough recently took part in an Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, which took place at more people taking part Heaton Park in Manchester. The group of 12, along with one of the team’s dog, walked a total of 7km around the park. So far, the group has raised over £500 for Alzheimer’s Society. Alzheimer’s Society is a charity for anyone affected by dementia.

Borough Care is the largest not for profit provider of care for older people in Stockport. The company has over 20 years of experience supporting people with dementia.