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Exidor

Critically designed to support and maintain the integral passive fire protection within a care home - Exidor­­’s Guardian door closer is the only electromagnetic closer in the market specifically designed to meet the needs of residential care facilities.

Exidor are a proud UK manufacturer based in Cannock, Staffordshire, specialising in the care home market.  Already UK market leaders in emergency escape hardware and electromagnetic closers, Exidor are experts in their field of fire door closers as well as escape systems.

Exidor’s Guardian electromagnetic door closer is an innovative advancement from traditional swing free closers and has been designed to take into consideration the specific needs of the Care Home environment.  It has two unique features aimed to improve both the physical safety of residents and staff as well as the passive fire safety of the care facility itself.

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Circadian Rhythms for Dementia & Elderly Care 

Understanding of the impact of light on human behaviour has advanced rapidly at the same time as lighting technology has undergone a major evolution with the advent of LED lighting. It is now possible to use the principles of human-centric lighting easily and cost-effectively in sensitive and care environments. 

At amBX we are working on cost-effective true circadian lighting for care environments. We call this bio-dynamic lighting as it combines LED lighting with sophisticated intelligent control that manages the lighting for the maximum comfort and well-being of patients, residents and staff.

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Optalis staff making poetry with the elderly

A social care provider has introduced a poetry project to encourage staff and customers to discover and share life experiences through poetry. 

The project was launched on World Poetry Day (21 March) across Optalis’ Older Peoples’ Services in Windsor and Wokingham and poems will be submitted until mid-August

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Reece Welch who uses the Log my Care - Pro

Log my Care, the care home software provider, has announced the launch of a new premium module. Log my Care - Pro is the first optional premium module for its free care planning software, designed to help care homes streamline their record keeping.

Through Log my Care, carers can record care notes as they go on any smartphone. Care managers can see an overview of all care work and access all records on a laptop or desktop computer.

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Combatting Loneliness with Home Care Companionship Services

Combatting Loneliness with Home Care Companionship Services
10 Top Tips for Engaging with Clients At Home
by Gillian Hesketh, MD Happy Days Dementia Workshop & Nostalgic Design.

Gillian Hesketh is MD of Happy Days Dementia Workshop & Nostalgic Design. Besides designing bespoke engagement prompts and nostalgic environments, she has spent much time in care homes and hospitals, with nurses and carers, sharing ways to help care teams enrich social care for well-being.

Loneliness can affect anyone in our communities. We’re recognising more than ever, that some elderly people may be experiencing too many lonely days.

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Preparing to Sell your care home?

Selling a care business is a complex process, requiring assistance from various care industry professionals along the way. For due diligence, it would be prudent to appoint a solicitor specialising solely in healthcare as they can ensure the smooth progression of a sale.

Due diligence involves potential purchasers looking at your business in detail, examining everything from accounts to rotas and leases. To simplify the process ensure your accounts are up to date and in order, beforeinstructing an agent.

Any preparation through addressing the following key areas will reap benefits.

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Grahame Gardner workwear line

LEADING workwear provider, Grahame Gardner Ltd, has relaunched an innovative range of garments which bring state-of-the art fabrics together with the latest printing techniques.

The Advance range, which was first unveiled in 2016 and is still a UK first when it comes to producing dye sublimated tunics, is now new and improved after undergoing a refresh. 

The range utilises cutting-edge dye sublimation technology allowing customers to choose any colour, image or pattern as part of their uniform designs. Customers can even use their company logos to create bespoke panels and trims, allowing organisations to present a strong corporate image across their entire business, ensuring staff have workwear that truly aligns with their corporate identity.

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Care home’s seaside appeal for resident Eddie’s 85th birthday

AN APPEAL has been issued to give an elderly care home resident a seaside birthday party – despite being almost 70 miles from the nearest coastal town.

Staff at Aden Lodge Care Home, in Clayton West, near Huddersfield, are hoping to fulfil resident Edward “Eddie” Case’s 85thbirthday wish.

Unfortunately, Eddie is not able to travel to the coast, so the home is planning on bringing the coast to Eddie.

Staff will be creating an indoor beach for the day, complete with sandcastle making, volleyball and other beach games, mocktails and more.

 

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Superfan Malcolm enjoys T-Rex tribute concert 

T-REX superfan Malcolm Temke got to see his favourite band live again when tribute act T-Rextasy played Middlesbrough Theatre.

Despite his dementia, Malcolm recalled many of the band’s lyrics and sang along to classics including “20th Century Boy”, “Get It On” and “Children Of The Revolution”.

He was taken to the concert along with fellow resident Christine Standley by carers at Briarwood Care Home, in Eston, Middlesbrough, where they both live.

After the show, he met the band and lookalike singer, bringing back memories of the many occasions he met T-Rex’s lead singer, Marc Bolan.

Malcom first saw T-Rex play live in 1969, when he was 15-years-old. He has a photo of himself and Marc from the concert.

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Bow The Pat Dog Shares The Love

A Somerset woman with a life-long passion for dogs is sharing the love with vulnerable people near her home in Bridgwater, thanks to the charity Pets As Therapy. 

Four-year-old Bow, Bev Stanley’s schnoodle - a schnauzer/poodle cross - has become a firm favourite with the people living with dementia at Wellington care home Camelot House and Lodge. 

Bev first got involved with Pets As Therapy after the death of her elderly father, for whom she was a carer.  

Bow used to accompany Bev on visits to see her dad in a nursing home during his last illness. She had been part of his life since she was a puppy, and Bev says it was always obvious how Bow’s presence used to brighten him up. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.”

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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.

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