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Loneliness Awareness Week
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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
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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.

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Making Caring Visible
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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
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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
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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.


 Kit4Carers and charity, CareTech Foundation, have formed a significant partnership in a move that will turbo-charge K4C’s ambition to raise £1million to source and distribute free personal protective equipment (PPE) to community carers who are risking their lives during Covid-19.

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Care Home staff in Mawdesley, Lancashire have been very brave recently.  Many entering into the challenge of a new shaven hair style, and lots of kind, monetary donations given as a result.

Manager of Stocks Hall Mawdesley Care Home, Kristy Lunt, plus Nurses, Carers, Wish Activities Team, Kitchen staff, Laundry & Domestic staff, supported each other as their hair fell to the ground at the hair dressing salon within the Home.

From 2cms, to over 30.48cms, their heads got lighter as each locket of their hair fell to the ground – cut by the staff members themselves.

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Chester team carrying out Complex Care in-the-home
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Newcross Healthcare in Chester has launched a ‘ Complex Care in-the-home ’ service to meet growing local demand.
 
The national care provider has had a branch in the region providing staff to care homes and hospitals since September 2013. The new Complex Care service will also be based at the Chester hub but will cover the broader north west region.
 

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Brand new research by Age UK shows that nearly three-quarters of people aged 70 and over in the UK are worried about the effect COVID-19 is having on their life right now. 


As part of this same research, 2.9 million of them said their mental health has already been affected. 

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girl wearing PPE for COVID-19 antibody tests
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  • 4,500 staff across Country Court and Nellsar Care will be offered testing after the groups struck deals with test supplier Avonchem
  • Testing will enable care home bosses to identify staff who have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the virus which causes COVID-19
  • Care home bosses say the results will help them implement safer living and working environments, while continuing to observe all Government safety guidance

 

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bluebird New Careers website
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Home care provider, Bluebird Care, has launched a new careers website to help people learn more about working in the care sector.

The website, www.bluebirdcarecareers.co.uk, makes starting a career with Bluebird Care clear and easy. The new site acts as a strong resource for those looking to find out more about the care sector. It also details what a career in care can entail. The helpful Case Studies and FAQs pages give valuable insight into the industry and the ethos of Bluebird Care.

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hand hygiene
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Sanctuary Care is distributing specialist hand washing equipment across its homes to ensure staff and residents are aware of the dramatic difference proper hand hygiene washing techniques can make in combatting coronavirus.
 
The leading care provider is in the process of distributing the UV hand inspection cabinets it has ordered from specialist supplier Daro UV Systems, with one cabinet going to each of its 102 residential care homes in England and Scotland.
 

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older shoppers buying online
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As lockdown loosens, ParcelHero says internet retailers must do their best to retain baby boomers’ custom and permanent changes should be made to sites seeking the grey pound.

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Jean and lauren sending special wishes
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Staff at Borough Care, the largest not-for-profit provider of care for older people in Stockport, have been helping residents and their families send special wishes and stay in touch in lots of different creative ways, during the current coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic.

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app to prevent falls in care homes
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Experts at the University of Nottingham have developed a new app that will help to reduce and prevent falls in care homes.
 

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Jan head of care Share Stories
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Although nursing has evolved remarkably over the past few decades, the principle of selfless care and dedication to others is as relevant today as it has ever been before. To celebrate this dedication on Nurses Day 2020, we spoke to one former nurse who now lives at Sunrise of Bassett, and two nurses who work at the home currently, share stories and uncover the similarities connecting their careers.
 
Keresenzia Chanengeta (Keri), a current nurse at Sunrise of Bassett
 

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