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The Sound Doctor and online diabetes course co-founder Rosie Runciman

The Sound Doctor receives national accreditation for new online diabetes course.

The Quality Institute for Self-management Education and Training (QISMET), has given health educator, The Sound Doctor, national accreditation for its new online diabetes course.

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Colin from Heathcotes Group

Chesterfield-based care provider, Heathcotes Group, has appointed Colin Ramwell as Head of Recruitment to support its specialist residential services nationwide. Colin brings many years’ experience of delivering innovative talent acquisition strategies within the health and social care sector.

Prior to joining Heathcotes, he was Group Recruitment Manager at Turning Point, a social enterprise providing health and social care services for people with complex needs. Colin has also worked as a Project Lead at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, where he designed and implemented staffing strategy, and as Head of Recruitment at Cambian Group, a provider of services for people with autism, Asperger Syndrome, learning disabilities and complex needs.

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Runwood Homes staff

Runwood Homes, a leading UK residential and dementia care provider, has recently launched a new on-person care guide to every care delivery staff member, across all 72 of its homes.

The R.E.D. Care Guide, which stands for ‘Residents Every Day’, is an innovative resource, full of supportive material for carers to promptly refer to, if and when required, and aims to support and promote safe, reliable, evidence-based care to residents every day.

In the form of a laminated A6, on-person, multipage flipchart, The R.E.D. Care Guide is now carried on shift by Runwood Homes’ 3,700+ carers, in their tunic pockets as part of their everyday uniform.

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Care Home Garden

If you’re thinking of creating or improving your care home garden, there are a few things to consider before heading off to the garden centre…

People are living longer than ever before. As medicine and healthcare improve and people are more aware of the need for diet and exercise, society has increased its ability to live healthier lives for longer.

It was revealed that by 2039, one in 12 people in the UK will be over the age of 80. Those born in 2013 are now expected to hit 100. Old age can decrease mobility, and compromise the ability to tend to gardens properly, so it is important if you are thinking of creating a garden at your care home to address how the space can be made more accessible and user-friendly for the elderly.

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Care home residents and local MP celebrating opening of new eco-garden

On Friday, 6th September, an Oxfordshire care home welcomed local MP, Robert Courts, and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, Barbara Muston as they celebrated the unveiling of their new eco-garden. 

The garden, designed to attract more wildlife for nature loving residents, has meadow and prairie areas that feature paths leading to birdboxes, hedgehog homes and a variety of plants and flowers. The garden has been specifically designed to ensure it is accessible to residents, encouraging them to spend more time in the garden. 

To celebrate, Churchfields held a garden party where guests enjoyed tours of the garden, along with a special cake. The two VIPs spent time exploring the new garden as well as chatting to residents about the benefits of the newly designed space. 

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Steve Welsh, CEO at Kare Plus the care network

Kare Plus National Limited has received a £910,000 loan, to expand care network, from MEIF Maven WM Debt Finance, part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund.

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Specialist care home staff

A Dover care home for people with autism and learning disabilities has been rated ‘outstanding’ for being “responsive” by the health and social care watchdog, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). 

Inspectors ranked Swerford House ‘outstanding’ in the “responsive” assessment category, following a recent inspection. The CQC said, “People were supported to live meaningful lives, reaching and exceeding goals they chose for themselves.”

Inspectors said, “People were supported to live full, active busy lives, taking part in a range of activities they chose for themselves. During the inspection, most people were in and out of the house, having chosen specific activities they wanted to part in during the day. A relative told us, ‘The staff all work so hard for their residents to make their lives as fulfilling as they can for the individual’.”

The CQC mentioned how residents “were part of their community, and known locally at shops, cafes and restaurants”. A resident regularly goes to see his local football team play, and a staff member told inspectors “everyone knows him on the bus, they say hello and he gives them the thumbs up.”

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Daniel Williams with his guide dogs who helps him with his sight loss

If you support people with sight impairments as part of your working role, the following tips will help you understand the difficulties they may be facing and what you can do to help

Only 5% of people who are registered blind see nothing at allso learn to recognise the signs of sight loss as it is more common than you may think and can be easily missed. Look out for changesin personal appearance, difficulties when reading, problems recognising people or if the person has given up a hobby, becomes clumsy, trips more often than usual or tells you they have visual  hallucinations. Other signs include anxiety when using stairs, hesitancy in bright light or sunlight and adopting unusual head positions.

Make time to chatso you can understand how they’re living with sight loss and how to help them make best use of the sight they still have. Find out about eye conditionsand how they affect vision as sight loss varies and affects people in different ways. 

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Runwood Homes - Yellow Ribbon scheme

At Runwood Homes, we believe that it is of utmost importance that we treat our residents with dignity and respect in life and after passing. We have introduced the yellow ribbon as a sign of respect and remembrance.

If a resident sadly passes away, a yellow ribbon will be present on their bedroom door handle so that all residents, staff and visitors are aware. We believe this is a comfort for families and friends and can help with the grieving process and for everyone to fondly remember them.

At the end of life, a Comfort Wicker Basket will be placed in a resident’s room containing some important, personal belongings so that a special item may be picked out by a loved one to keep. The chosen item will be something that provides comfort at an emotional time. A meeting will be held with residents and families to decide what items they’d like included in their basket.

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Manorcourt Homecare carers at booth on World Friendship Day

Manorcourt Homecare, a provider of home-based care services in Hornchurch and the surrounding areas, is urging the local community to consider the importance of extending a hand of friendship to those who may be lonely, as part of World Friendship Day.

Statistics show that there are around 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the UK, and half a million older people go at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all*. This number will be significantly higher across all age groups.

The homecare provider is using the national day, used to celebrate the wonderful positives of friendship, to remind the community of its new Branch Out scheme that offers informal support to people of all ages and abilities in the local area.

The Branch Out service offers people in and around Hornchurch with a ‘Branch Out Buddy’ to help with everything from accompanying them on outings, such as to the shops, concerts, sporting events or the hairdressers, through to helping with daily chores and meal preparation. Alternatively, it can be as simple as sharing a coffee and conversation together to help combat loneliness.

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Apetito logo - It’s about more than what’s on the plate

Our cause is to make a real difference to our customers and community. We’re dedicated to doing business in an ethical and sustainable way, enhancing health and well-being, making great food to be proud of and bringing a passion for service. We therefore focus our efforts on four areas:

  • Our Business

We’re extremely passionate about sustainability. It informs not just the way we work, but how we treat people, the impact on the environment and our contribution to the economy. As such we demonstrated our commitment to our team, becoming an accredited Real Living Wage employer. Plus, we’re a founding member of the UK Plastics Pact, to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK. 

  • Our Community

We aim to create social value for our employees and the communities that we work in. As part of this commitment, we launched the apetito Staff Foundation. Since the Foundation opened in 2005, over £186,000 has been raised for worthy causes such as these.

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Log My Care App

New feature releases are a testament to the responsiveness of the software provider and how committed they are to being designed by carers for carers.

Log my Care prides themselves on listening to their community when it comes to releasing new features and updates to their award-winning free care management system. They firmly stand by their commitment to being "designed by Carers for Carers" and are proud to announce the latest update contains two of our most hotly requested features.

Evidence outstanding care like never before with the addition of photos. Carers using our Carer App can now add photos when they are making logs. This is great for evidencing outstanding care delivery during CQC inspections and because the photos are taken directly within the App they are super secure and no image is left on the devices themselves.

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MP with local care home staff

The Member of Parliament for Morley and Outwood, Andrea Jenkyns, praised an ‘outstanding’ care home after she took part in its 20th birthday celebrations.

Andrea Jenkyns MP said it was “fantastic to visit Dolphin Lane”, a care home that is rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the health and social care watchdog. 

The local MP praised the “brilliant team for all they do”. She also described the residents’ art exhibition as “amazing”.

The MP met residents and the care team at Dolphin Lane, which supports people with autism and learning disabilities. 

In the CQC’s most recent report of Dolphin Lane, inspectors said, “People and their relatives were universally positive about staff's care and compassion”. The CQC described staff as “kind, attentive and patient”.

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Wright Care Solutions nurse at Care Home

Wright Care Solutions Ltd. an award winning Advisory Team, originally established in 2006, moving to a Limited Company in 2012. Our services include: supporting homes to reach compliance with CQC, CCG and Local Authority Quality Monitoring Teams.

We achieve this by visiting your care environment to review the services that are offered. The visit can be informal or if required the visit can be in the form of an external audits or a mock inspection.

We also provide Regulation 17 visits and can support with increasing occupancy, marketing of the home and we have experience of commissioning new builds.

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Elderly friends from Orchard Care Homes laughing

Orchard Care Homes, one of the UK’s leading care providers for the elderly, is pulling out all the stops to create fun, engaging and inclusive activities for its residents.

The organisation has partnered with Oomph!, a company that aims to enhance mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of people through innovative exercise and activities, in an activities programme for all of its 40 homes across the country. 

Tom Brookes, CEO at Orchard Care Homes, says the company will continue to deliver the very highest standard of care to every resident. He commented: “My commitment to the residents across all of our care homes is to have hope and optimism for their future and to enjoy life to the full. Activities in our homes are tailored to the wishes, needs, life stories and interests of our residents and our partnership with Oomph! enables us to provide activities that create a genuine connection between the past and present.”

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