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Hellen-Bowey from Alcove

As new research from the Mental Health Foundation reveals that feelings of loneliness in UK adults has jumped from one in ten (10%)  before the COVID-19 pandemic to one in four (24%) following lockdown, Alcove, a leading care technology provider, is calling on the government to urgently prioritise technology as part of the UK’s social care provision

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care home residents moving more

Walking charity Paths for All has been awarded £50,000 to expand its award-winning Care About Walking project with care homes in Perth and Kinross.

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Alicia Darrington temporary Care Assistant

Alicia Darrington is 24 years old, she recently started work as a temporary Care Assistant at Bluebird Care West Berkshire. Alicia started as a Care Assistant after she had worked in a ski resort for a season earlier this year. This job was cut short when the Covid-19 pandemic forced ski resorts to shut for tourists. Alicia found herself unemployed and in need of a job.

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Families Reunite

Residents at Sunrise of Winchester have been unable to see their family since the UK lockdown in mid-March. Up until now, they had been making the most of technology to stay in contact with their loved ones.

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laundry planning

The Maria Mallaband Care Group (MMCG), one of the UK’s largest independent care providers, has confirmed the continuation of its relationship with commercial laundry provider Miele Professional, through its approved partner, JTM Service Ltd, to design on-premise laundry planning facilities for its new care homes.

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Lockdown Highlights at Sunrise of Esher

The team at Sunrise of Esher have tried to ensure residents are entertained, happy and positive throughout the UK lockdown, especially as they are unable to host many of their regular events and activities.

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Roger Scarlett-Smith - pride for the NHS

People in the UK are incredibly proud of their NHS – particularly in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. British appreciation of their health service is the highest in Europe, with many having a far greater appreciation for the work of doctors and nurses than before the pandemic.

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Bluebird Care Sees Increase in Demand for Live-in Care

Home care provider, Bluebird Care, has recently launched its #SafeAtHome campaign to raise awareness of and celebrate its live-in care provision that has been a great option for so many customers and their families.

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Families come together to ease care cost worry

As the cost of living in retirement soars, almost a quarter (22%) of UK adults say they will go back to living under one roof with their parents – or have already done so, according to new research from wealth manager, Charles Stanley. These decisions are driven by a desire to avoid retirement/care home costs, as well as to ensure that their parents are not on their own.

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toilet - World Continence Week

This week marks World Continence Week – an annual campaign aiming to raise awareness for continence related issues.
 
Continence issues are a significant health problem in the UK and is more common than people might think. In fact, adult incontinence products are the fastest-growing retail disposable hygiene category.

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Loneliness Awareness Week

Loneliness Awareness week, taking place this week (W/C 15th June) is an annual awareness week that exists to acknowledge loneliness, encouraging people to talk about it openly. At Brunelcare, we have launched several schemes that allow the people in our care to combat loneliness. 

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How Communities Came Together

With the first UK case of Coronavirus in January now a distant memory, the country is slowly adapting to the lockdown and tentatively looking ahead to a post-Covid future. The UK government made available almost £3 billion to fund the care and protection of its most vulnerable citizens – but it didn’t stop there. Businesses big and small also stepped up to the challenge and, most inspiringly, communities of all kinds rallied together to support those most vulnerable to the virus: the elderly. Here’s a look at some of the heartwarming ways that communities came together by giving a helping hand where it really mattered.

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Making Caring Visible

There are over 6.5 million carers in the UK, but due to the coronavirus outbreak more people than ever are taking on caring responsibilities for vulnerable people living with a disability, and mental or physical illness.

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The Volunteers at Gracewell of Woking

The volunteers mentioned below are regular volunteers. They have not been visiting lately due to the Covid-19 lockdown. The team look forward to welcoming them back soon.

Anyone can volunteer at Gracewell of Woking. The youngest volunteer Lily Gray is only 15 years old. Below are some of the stories from the home’s volunteers:

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Community carers with PPE

This National Carers Week, an important new charitable initiative has been launched today to ensure that carers in the UK and overseas have access to essential PPE to protect them and those for whom they care from COVID19.

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