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Leading care provider, Meallmore Ltd has achieved the prestigious Investors in People (IIP) Gold Accreditation.
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At The Lawn, the Alton-based residential care home run by charity Friends of the Elderly, resident Donald Swann, OBE had a wonderful day celebrating his milestone 100th birthday. Donald, who has been a resident for nearly two years, marked his Centenarian Day in style with a delicious birthday lunch with his son, Ian. Following lunch, Donald continued the celebrations at The Lawn care home, enjoying a special birthday cake and a fun afternoon chatting and reminiscing with the care team and friends about his extraordinary life. 

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These are the words of a Limon Attire customer, Alexandra, about their specially designed Dining drApron® from Limon Attire.

The rest of her note read - "I can't tell you the difference it has made at mealtimes! We have no more arguments, nothing has seeped through, comes up brilliantly and, most importantly, Mum can put it on herself! Until Mum fell ill, never did I think an apron could be game changing but I do now! Sometimes it really is the little things in life."

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Friends of the Elderly, the charity which runs care homes, day care services and a grant giving service for older people living on low incomes throughout England, has launched its 2021 Winter Warmth Appeal as part of its ongoing commitment to put the care, mental and physical health and wellbeing of older people at the heart of all its activities particularly during this especially lonely and cold time of year.

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Over half (52%) of healthcare workers have experienced bullying, harassment or discrimination at work, while 48% have witnessed it – according to a recent study conducted by Culture Shift

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It is important to remember that the risk of urinary incontinence increases with age but is not an inevitable part of ageing. It is estimated that more than 50% of residents in long-term care settings are affected by incontinence and in many cases, it is associated with embarrassment and reduced quality of life.

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On 11th November all staff working in a care home must be double jabbed or exempt - if not, they cannot cross the threshold into a care home from 11th

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Working days lost rose from 2.7% pre-Covid to 7.5% post Covid* placing significant additional burden on care teams, a statistic which will be further impacted by the compulsory vaccination regulations and current staff shortages.  

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Infection control specialist DDC Dolphin has launched an advanced and inexpensive new waste disposal system to help keep hospitals and care homes hygienic and odour-free.

The Vacumatic system enables clinicians and carers to dispose of medical pulp bedpans and other waste quickly, safely and discreetly – protecting patients and ensuring their dignity.

Advanced Vacumatic seals infectious waste hermetically without the risks associated with normal yellow bags.

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Longridge Hall Care Home and Ribble Court Care Home near Preston are celebrating after all of their staff received their second COVID vaccinations.

The homes, which specialise in residential, dementia and short-term respite care, have achieved recognition for their 100% vaccine uptake.

Longridge Hall Care Home was issued with an award for achieving a 100% staff vaccination rate by Director of Public Health, Dr Sakthi Karunanithi and Louise Taylor, the Executive Director of Adult Services and Health & Wellbeing for Lancashire County Council.

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On HMS Bernard Sunley, There’s No Walking The Plank, Just Fun Whilst Sailing The Seven Seas

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Resilient, resourceful and resolute are adjectives that best describe the UK’s army of care professionals. But these are challenging times for them and their sector. A telling comment from Nuffield Trust on Skills for Care’s latest report said the workforce is “close to being overwhelmed entirely by a toxic combination of pressures”. 

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MIKE CLEASBY, quality director at National Care Group has faced his fears to plummet from 16,500 feet, raising a fantastic £2,000 by skydiving for two charities close to his heart. 

Mike selected Teeside Hospice and Macmillan as worthy beneficiaries of the jump, which he undertook in memory of his parents and in recognition of the hard work and resilience shown by care workers during the pandemic.

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Hallmark Care Homes is eradicating “mountains of paperwork” with the introduction of a digital compliance solution from Checkit, the intelligent operations platform.

The group, which has 19 homes across England and Wales, partnered with Checkit to transform compliance reporting and provide real-time insight into employee procedures, equipment and facilities that are so crucial to overall quality of care. 

Managers from Hallmark will be discussing their innovative approach in a live webinar, hosted by Checkit, on 10th November.  

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