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elderly man looking out window - bosses disqualified

Reckless bosses of two care homes in the Midlands have been disqualified after they diverted council funds before abandoning elderly residents and staff.

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School pupil visiting care home

This week marks the first National Intergenerational Week, running from 23 March to 29 March.

To celebrate the week, Royal Star & Garter, which provides loving, compassionate care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia, had planned to hold a number of activities in its Homes in Solihull, Surbiton and High Wycombe. However, the Coronavirus outbreak has meant these plans have been paused.

But that did not stop one school pupil from bringing joy to residents in Surbiton. Jemima has been coming into the Home every Friday to play the piano for residents as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. She also takes requests from residents, often learning the songs ahead of her next visit.

However, she has not been able to come into the Home following the charity’s decision to limit visitors. Undeterred, Jemima decided to record a video of a resident’s favourite song to put a smile on his face.

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Protecting elderly

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Paula Beaney, Quality Assurance Director at live-in care provider, Promedica24, has issued the following statement:

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Solihull care home residents excited for new pen pal initiative

Claridge Place, a care home in Warwick Road, Solihull, are keeping residents busy during the Coronavirus lock down, with one particular initiative that hopes to bring new, intergenerational community connections.

Due to Coronavirus infection prevention measures, visits to Claridge Place, operated by Sanders Senior Living, are currently postponed, but the professional care and wellbeing team have constructed an exciting plan, supported by Tudor Grange Academy Solihull, with great anticipation felt by residents.

Claridge Place Director, Peta Mandleberg, thought it’d be great to approach a school to connect with to help reduce loneliness and isolation at this time. Peta approached Tudor Grange Academy Solihull (where her step daughter happens to work) with the idea and they confirmed immediately that they were keen to support the initiative as it links directly to the Academy's values, which include Kindness and Empathy. A small group of students enthusiastically agreed to write letters to the elderly residents of the home.

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Old lady with sarcopenia

Sarcopenia is a progressive and generalised skeletal muscle disorder, characterised by low muscle strength, low muscle quality or quantity, and low physical performance. 

Common signs and symptoms of sarcopenia include (1):

●    Falls and fractures
●    Slow walking speed
●    Generalised weakness
●    Fatigue
●    Weight loss/muscle wasting
●    Functional decline
●    Cognitive impairment

Sarcopenia which is largely attributable to ageing is known as primary sarcopenia. Sarcopenia is considered ‘secondary’ when other causes (e.g. malignancy or malnutrition) are implicated.

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Nurses promoting strength and balance with wall graphics

A new set of strength and balance graphics that can be used in any health and social care setting has been created by national walking charity Paths for All.

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Doulton water helping an old woman with her hydration needs

Adequate hydration is essential to maintaining good health.
Most adults are able to monitor and respond to their hydration needs. However, this becomes more difficult as we get older, meaning elderly people are more susceptible to becoming dehydrated.
In this blog post, we’ll look at ways to help older people to meet their hydration needs.


Why are older people at risk of dehydration?

Water makes up a large proportion of our bodies. You can read more about hydration needs in different age groups here. 
Up to 20% of older adults are dehydrated, especially those in long-term care establishments. As we get older, our ability to sense thirst decreases. Poor mobility, cognitive decline, and physical ailments (including problems with swallowing) are also potential barriers for staying hydrated. 

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Residents at Gracewell of Bookham Care Home

Local Married Couple Give Insight Into Volunteering at Gracewell of Bookham Care Home

Volunteering is both admirable and rewarding, and at care homes such as Gracewell of Bookham, the volunteers are a friendly face and helping hand for residents and the staff.

Anne and David Funnell have been volunteers at Gracewell of Bookham for over two years. In this time, they have really got to know all the residents and their families as they have organised and assisted with fun activities. 

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Laughing resident with good mental health in care home

The most effective care organisations take a truly holistic approach to healthcare, encompassing both mental and physical health. From our earliest years to later life, both must be looked after by people who care for us. 

Mental health in young people is an important subject and it’s well documented that social media has a big part to play - but rising social media use in young people is not the only trend that concerns mental health. 

At the other end of the spectrum, older age has its own obstacles.

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Aqualease aquariums

Aqualease have been providing aquariums within the health care arena since 2003. Including GP surgeries, dentists, residential care homes and mental health and wellbeing sites. All aquariums are expertly installed and maintained by our technicians, incorporating colour schemes, logo’s and attention to detail to create a real ‘wow’ factor to your establishment.

Aquariums are known for their calming and therapeutic effects. Researchers from the National Marine Aquarium Plymouth University and the University of Exeter discovered that watching fish swim, improved mood and kept people’s attention for longer.

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Castle View in Windsor

"We don’t celebrate maturity, we don’t celebrate wisdom," commented actress Kirsten Scott Thomas (almost 60) recently in an interview with The Telegraph Magazine – but that’s exactly what happens at Castle View, the new retirement village that has opened recently in Windsor.

“Our approach is to treat everyone as an individual – be they single or part of a couple,” says Robin Hughes, CEO of Castle View and the man responsible for designing and building the new independent retirement village. Residents at Castle View purchase their own homes where there are 64 apartments starting in price from £375,000.

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Avery one staff well-being programme

High levels of staff transience, combined with a sometimes unattractive reputation for the adult social care sector, means it is often a challenge to attract and retain high quality permanent staff. Avery knows that investing in employees, through better training, career pathways, broader and appropriate benefits packages, flexible working and pay patterns, proactive support for well-being and healthy lifestyle choices, plus better information and communication leading to higher staff morale and loyalty, and thus retention.

The AveryOne Programme has been designed and implemented to provide genuine value-add to employees, based upon their own feedback to Avery on those features that would enhance their working experience and career opportunity. It has also become clear that this retention platform can be an effective staff attraction tool in recruitment.

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Resident from care home being kept hygienic by nurse

Keeping your care home hygienic: Making sure residents are healthy and happy 

Safe hygiene practices, infection control and health and wellbeing play a major role in the care of residents and is the responsibility of all staff. 

In 2016, in response to the implementation of the (Care Act 2014), ‘think local, act personal’ (TLAP) carried out a survey commissioned by the Department of Health (DOH). they discovered that a proportion of people in receipt of care felt they were not respected, whilst others felt that care practices amongst staff were often ‘different’ and not comparable to others. This highlights the at times inconsistent standards from individuals and service providers.

Within the United Kingdom (UK), the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carry out regulation of health and social care services ensuring they meet the required standards in relation to quality of the provision. The CQC work with the service providers, staff and service users (residents) to make improvements.

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Man in care home beating the flu

Influenza (commonly known as the “flu”) season is in full swing. This usually brings a chorus of sniffs and sneezes as people across the UK battle through illness. While flu outbreaks come as no surprise as temperatures drop, it has been reported that cases are at their highest level on record, and that the current rate of flu is worse than at any point last winter. 
 
This year’s flu season has been challenging for the NHS, with reports of outbreaks across several hospitals, and other illnesses such as ‘coronavirus’ putting more pressure on resources. This also comes at a time when A&E waiting times are at their worst since records began in 2004.
 

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