Borough Care, the largest not-for-profit provider of care for older people in Stockport, is offering volunteering opportunities to young people through its links with The Challenge, which created and developed the HeadStart volunteering programme.
HeadStart connects young people between the ages of 16 and 19 to local volunteering opportunities, with the aim of up-skilling and empowering them for further education and employment.
HeadStart volunteers have been busy planning fundraising events for Borough Care’s resident amenity fund, which provides the little extras that make life more colourful for residents. The first HeadStart project with Borough Care took place at its Wellcroft home in Gatley.
Care2Connect, the West Sussex homecare provider, has announced that three of its care team have been shortlisted for the Great British Care Awards. As a result of the nominations Julie Storey, Care Manager, Leanne Luxford, Care Worker and Lily Martin, Care Co-Ordinator have been invited to the regional finals which take place in Brighton next month.
Julie Storey has been shortlisted for the Home Care Registered Manager Award. This award recognises those individuals who demonstrate a high level of expertise together with exceptional skills in managing the complex business of running a care agency, whilst developing person-centred care and supporting staff to meet the ever changing needs of clients.
Lily Martin has been shortlisted for the Home Care Coordinator award which recognises the knowledge and skill needed to co-ordinate a care team in an effective and efficient way, motivating and supporting staff whilst ensuring the clients remains at the heart of the service.
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Fairmile Grange, a specialist nursing care home based in Christchurch, has been shortlisted in ‘The Ancillary Worker’ award category at the Great British Care Awards.
The Great British Care Awards hold a series of regional events throughout the UK, which recognise excellence across the care sector. Fairmile Grange is celebrating after its housekeeping team has been recognised for the excellent, person-centred service they provide to each resident at the care home.
Borough Care, the largest not-for-profit provider of care for older people in Stockport, marked World Alzheimer’s Day with a special afternoon tea at its eleven homes. World Alzheimer’s Day falls on 21 September each year and is part of World Alzheimer’s Month, which takes place each September.
World Alzheimer’s Month is an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults.
Olive Taylor, a resident at Borough Care’s Bryn Haven home in Brinnington, Stockport, recently celebrated her 100thbirthday.
As well as a special birthday card and telegram from the Queen, Olive received over 140 cards from all over the UK and beyond. Some of the cards were sent as part of the Postcards of Kindness initiative, which Bryn Haven is participating in. The campaign was set up to combat loneliness and remind care home residents that there’s always someone thinking of them. Currently, over 930 care homes around the world have joined the Postcards of Kindness Facebook group, with over 28,000 members sending cards. People took the time to send Olive birthday cards from around the world, including the USA and Australia, and she and her family were overwhelmed with the kindness shown.
A top UK professor is urging the healthcare profession to make older people with type 1 diabetes a “priority and not an after-thought”.
Professor Ketan Dhatariya, a diabetes consultant at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, wants to raise the standard for the over 60s in a bid to reduce diabetes-related hospital admissions.
Professor Dhatariya said: “The number of older people with type 1 diabetes will certainly increase with time and we need to develop a strategy to ensure that long-term survival is not invariably accompanied by a fall in standards of care.
“It’s crucial that carers and clinicians working with older people have the knowledge required to identify those at risk and to ensure safe management of this vulnerable group. This means simplification of insulin regimens, ability to recognise the early signs of hypoglycaemia, and knowledge of how and when to adjust insulin.”
Borough Care has appointed Nick Pennell as its new Head of Finance. Borough Care is the largest not-for-profit provider of care for older people in Stockport and has eleven homes across the borough.
Nick Pennell will be responsible for managing Borough Care’s finance team. The emphasis of his role will be updating the company’s financial processes and reporting capabilities, to help improve efficiency, through the introduction of new technology and systems.
The Sound Doctor receives national accreditation for new online diabetes course.
The Quality Institute for Self-management Education and Training (QISMET), has given health educator, The Sound Doctor, national accreditation for its new online diabetes course.
Chesterfield-based care provider, Heathcotes Group, has appointed Colin Ramwell as Head of Recruitment to support its specialist residential services nationwide. Colin brings many years’ experience of delivering innovative talent acquisition strategies within the health and social care sector.
Prior to joining Heathcotes, he was Group Recruitment Manager at Turning Point, a social enterprise providing health and social care services for people with complex needs. Colin has also worked as a Project Lead at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, where he designed and implemented staffing strategy, and as Head of Recruitment at Cambian Group, a provider of services for people with autism, Asperger Syndrome, learning disabilities and complex needs.
Runwood Homes, a leading UK residential and dementia care provider, has recently launched a new on-person care guide to every care delivery staff member, across all 72 of its homes.
The R.E.D. Care Guide, which stands for ‘Residents Every Day’, is an innovative resource, full of supportive material for carers to promptly refer to, if and when required, and aims to support and promote safe, reliable, evidence-based care to residents every day.
In the form of a laminated A6, on-person, multipage flipchart, The R.E.D. Care Guide is now carried on shift by Runwood Homes’ 3,700+ carers, in their tunic pockets as part of their everyday uniform.
If you’re thinking of creating or improving your care home garden, there are a few things to consider before heading off to the garden centre…
People are living longer than ever before. As medicine and healthcare improve and people are more aware of the need for diet and exercise, society has increased its ability to live healthier lives for longer.
It was revealed that by 2039, one in 12 people in the UK will be over the age of 80. Those born in 2013 are now expected to hit 100. Old age can decrease mobility, and compromise the ability to tend to gardens properly, so it is important if you are thinking of creating a garden at your care home to address how the space can be made more accessible and user-friendly for the elderly.
On Friday, 6th September, an Oxfordshire care home welcomed local MP, Robert Courts, and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, Barbara Muston as they celebrated the unveiling of their new eco-garden.
The garden, designed to attract more wildlife for nature loving residents, has meadow and prairie areas that feature paths leading to birdboxes, hedgehog homes and a variety of plants and flowers. The garden has been specifically designed to ensure it is accessible to residents, encouraging them to spend more time in the garden.
To celebrate, Churchfields held a garden party where guests enjoyed tours of the garden, along with a special cake. The two VIPs spent time exploring the new garden as well as chatting to residents about the benefits of the newly designed space.
Kare Plus National Limited has received a £910,000 loan, to expand care network, from MEIF Maven WM Debt Finance, part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund.
A Dover care home for people with autism and learning disabilities has been rated ‘outstanding’ for being “responsive” by the health and social care watchdog, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Inspectors ranked Swerford House ‘outstanding’ in the “responsive” assessment category, following a recent inspection. The CQC said, “People were supported to live meaningful lives, reaching and exceeding goals they chose for themselves.”
Inspectors said, “People were supported to live full, active busy lives, taking part in a range of activities they chose for themselves. During the inspection, most people were in and out of the house, having chosen specific activities they wanted to part in during the day. A relative told us, ‘The staff all work so hard for their residents to make their lives as fulfilling as they can for the individual’.”
The CQC mentioned how residents “were part of their community, and known locally at shops, cafes and restaurants”. A resident regularly goes to see his local football team play, and a staff member told inspectors “everyone knows him on the bus, they say hello and he gives them the thumbs up.”