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“What Nicky and I have is pure friendship”

Nicky, 56, and Mike, 73, both signed up for Brunelcare’s Friends on the Phone initiative, launched at the beginning of the pandemic, in a bid to combat loneliness for Brunelcare residents and tenants. 

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The QCS Pool Activity Level instrument (PAL), created by Jackie Pool and with the continued support of QCS, the leading provider of content, guidance for the social care sector, has been contributing to the validation of HUG, a therapeutic soft, comforting device for people with advanced dementia.

A landmark study using the QCS PAL Instrument, which assesses the level of functional ability of people with cognitive impairments, revealed that 87% of those with dementia who used the HUG device over a six-month period saw an improvement in their wellbeing.

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Care home operators are under “huge pressure” to meet the November deadline for workers and volunteers to have been double jabbed.

From November 11, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will have a duty to monitor care homes in England to ensure they are complying the new vaccination rules.

As of that date, registered managers or providers will need to demonstrate that they are not allowing anyone into their home unless they have been double jabbed or can prove that they fall into one of the groups exempt from being vaccinated.

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Health and social care apprentices have continued to enter the industry over the last 18 months despite the twin challenges of the COVID pandemic and current recruitment crisis in the industry, according to one of the UK’s leading training providers. 

Some 922 learners have begun a health and social care apprenticeship with Realise, less than 10% down on the 18-months previous. 

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If you are one of the millions of people affected by incontinence, you will know that choosing the right product is absolutely vital for your comfort and security. Whether you are looking for disposable or washable items, pads or briefs, mattress or seat protection, we specialise in supplying a range of high quality continence care products to help with toileting, bathing and other aspects of day-to-day life.

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Resident at Bernard Sunley Care Home in Woking Celebrates Landmark Birthday with a Surprise Visitor from Australia

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IT’S HERE! – THE NEXT GENERATION IN ACTIVITIES BASED CARE SOFTWARE - AND ITS FREE FOR TWO WEEKS

Tech in care is now the norm, and everyone wants to know what’s coming next. Well this is it. RemindMecare is the leader in person centred care activities based software, and with the launch of its new version, it’s bringing new features to address the requests of its clients post Covid.

So what’s so special?

Here’s just some of the new features;

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Over one million older people report feeling lonely all the time1, and even when living in a care home, loneliness and isolation can still occur. 

According to Christina R Victor’s ‘Loneliness in care homes: a neglected area of research?’ thesis, rates  of severe loneliness reported by people living in care homes (22-42%) are more than twice that of residents in the wider community (10%). 

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Friends of the Elderly’s Dementia Champion Dedicated To Caring
 
At Friends of the Elderly’s Redcot Care Home in Haslemere, Surrey which specialises in residential care, its dedicated Dementia Champion is devoted to providing bespoke and person-focused care for its residents living with dementia.
 

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The tables for Dementia UK’s annual cake and tea event have been completely reset; backyard brews, driveway cake sales, and takeaway cuppa and slice deliveries are some of the ideas families, businesses and communities up and down the country have to raise funds and awareness of Dementia UK’s dementia specialist nurses, whilst keeping safe during the pandemic. Dementia UK is the only charity dedicated to supporting the whole family through dementia specialist Admiral Nurses. The event takes place 1st-8th May.  

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Residents living in Care UK homes have been able to enjoy virtual sessions with a very special food expert
 
Residents in homes were able to join a live event with food historian, Dr Polly Russell, from the BBC programme Back in Time for… for a live interactive food tasting session designed to transport residents back to their younger years.
 

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One year ago, the UK was plunged into its first nationwide lockdown and, as coronavirus cases surged across the country, care homes closed their doors to visitors. For Nottinghamshire’s specialist dementia care group, Church Farm Care, this meant establishing brand-new ways of working to ensure the safety of the people living and working with them.

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Maria Mallaband Care Group (MMCG) is delighted to confirm that it has successfully passed its latest review with Investors in People (IPP). Accreditation was also secured by Countrywide Care Homes, a part of the Maria Mallaband Care Group.

The review of MMCG took place across 10 of its care homes, with remote interviews of 78 members of staff. The comprehensive process scrutinised key aspects including leadership, values and behaviours, staff empowerment and recognition of high performance. A range of practical considerations were also covered.

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