Daniel Williams with his guide dogs who helps him with his sight loss

If you support people with sight impairments as part of your working role, the following tips will help you understand the difficulties they may be facing and what you can do to help

Only 5% of people who are registered blind see nothing at allso learn to recognise the signs of sight loss as it is more common than you may think and can be easily missed. Look out for changesin personal appearance, difficulties when reading, problems recognising people or if the person has given up a hobby, becomes clumsy, trips more often than usual or tells you they have visual  hallucinations. Other signs include anxiety when using stairs, hesitancy in bright light or sunlight and adopting unusual head positions.

Make time to chatso you can understand how they’re living with sight loss and how to help them make best use of the sight they still have. Find out about eye conditionsand how they affect vision as sight loss varies and affects people in different ways. 

Runwood Homes - Yellow Ribbon scheme

At Runwood Homes, we believe that it is of utmost importance that we treat our residents with dignity and respect in life and after passing. We have introduced the yellow ribbon as a sign of respect and remembrance.

If a resident sadly passes away, a yellow ribbon will be present on their bedroom door handle so that all residents, staff and visitors are aware. We believe this is a comfort for families and friends and can help with the grieving process and for everyone to fondly remember them.

At the end of life, a Comfort Wicker Basket will be placed in a resident’s room containing some important, personal belongings so that a special item may be picked out by a loved one to keep. The chosen item will be something that provides comfort at an emotional time. A meeting will be held with residents and families to decide what items they’d like included in their basket.

Manorcourt Homecare carers at booth on World Friendship Day

Manorcourt Homecare, a provider of home-based care services in Hornchurch and the surrounding areas, is urging the local community to consider the importance of extending a hand of friendship to those who may be lonely, as part of World Friendship Day.

Statistics show that there are around 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the UK, and half a million older people go at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all*. This number will be significantly higher across all age groups.

The homecare provider is using the national day, used to celebrate the wonderful positives of friendship, to remind the community of its new Branch Out scheme that offers informal support to people of all ages and abilities in the local area.

The Branch Out service offers people in and around Hornchurch with a ‘Branch Out Buddy’ to help with everything from accompanying them on outings, such as to the shops, concerts, sporting events or the hairdressers, through to helping with daily chores and meal preparation. Alternatively, it can be as simple as sharing a coffee and conversation together to help combat loneliness.

Apetito logo - It’s about more than what’s on the plate

Our cause is to make a real difference to our customers and community. We’re dedicated to doing business in an ethical and sustainable way, enhancing health and well-being, making great food to be proud of and bringing a passion for service. We therefore focus our efforts on four areas:

  • Our Business

We’re extremely passionate about sustainability. It informs not just the way we work, but how we treat people, the impact on the environment and our contribution to the economy. As such we demonstrated our commitment to our team, becoming an accredited Real Living Wage employer. Plus, we’re a founding member of the UK Plastics Pact, to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK. 

  • Our Community

We aim to create social value for our employees and the communities that we work in. As part of this commitment, we launched the apetito Staff Foundation. Since the Foundation opened in 2005, over £186,000 has been raised for worthy causes such as these.

Log My Care App

New feature releases are a testament to the responsiveness of the software provider and how committed they are to being designed by carers for carers.

Log my Care prides themselves on listening to their community when it comes to releasing new features and updates to their award-winning free care management system. They firmly stand by their commitment to being "designed by Carers for Carers" and are proud to announce the latest update contains two of our most hotly requested features.

Evidence outstanding care like never before with the addition of photos. Carers using our Carer App can now add photos when they are making logs. This is great for evidencing outstanding care delivery during CQC inspections and because the photos are taken directly within the App they are super secure and no image is left on the devices themselves.

MP with local care home staff

The Member of Parliament for Morley and Outwood, Andrea Jenkyns, praised an ‘outstanding’ care home after she took part in its 20th birthday celebrations.

Andrea Jenkyns MP said it was “fantastic to visit Dolphin Lane”, a care home that is rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the health and social care watchdog. 

The local MP praised the “brilliant team for all they do”. She also described the residents’ art exhibition as “amazing”.

The MP met residents and the care team at Dolphin Lane, which supports people with autism and learning disabilities. 

In the CQC’s most recent report of Dolphin Lane, inspectors said, “People and their relatives were universally positive about staff's care and compassion”. The CQC described staff as “kind, attentive and patient”.

Wright Care Solutions nurse at Care Home

Wright Care Solutions Ltd. an award winning Advisory Team, originally established in 2006, moving to a Limited Company in 2012. Our services include: supporting homes to reach compliance with CQC, CCG and Local Authority Quality Monitoring Teams.

We achieve this by visiting your care environment to review the services that are offered. The visit can be informal or if required the visit can be in the form of an external audits or a mock inspection.

We also provide Regulation 17 visits and can support with increasing occupancy, marketing of the home and we have experience of commissioning new builds.

Elderly friends from Orchard Care Homes laughing

Orchard Care Homes, one of the UK’s leading care providers for the elderly, is pulling out all the stops to create fun, engaging and inclusive activities for its residents.

The organisation has partnered with Oomph!, a company that aims to enhance mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of people through innovative exercise and activities, in an activities programme for all of its 40 homes across the country. 

Tom Brookes, CEO at Orchard Care Homes, says the company will continue to deliver the very highest standard of care to every resident. He commented: “My commitment to the residents across all of our care homes is to have hope and optimism for their future and to enjoy life to the full. Activities in our homes are tailored to the wishes, needs, life stories and interests of our residents and our partnership with Oomph! enables us to provide activities that create a genuine connection between the past and present.”

Meallmore Care LST Radiator Guards

Safe surface temperature specialists, Contour, have provided a comprehensive, multi-phase LST package to a significant Scottish care organisation. 

Due to tighter regulations around patient safety and wellbeing Meallmore were looking for a product that would be good looking, well designed and a long lasting solution. They were also mindful of the view to having a hygienic solution to help combat the rise of superbugs in the care environments. 

Meallmore Care is one of the foremost providers of innovative and ethical health and social care, with premises located through Scotland and boasting the ISO 9001 International Accreditation for quality assurance each year for the past 8 years.

Contour’s range of innovative and aesthetic LST radiator guards are backed-up by a unique service package, including free site surveys, split deliveries, exclusive patented features, a dedicated technical support department and a supply & fit service.

Tonbridge Care Home Resident & Nurse

Following the high temperatures this weekend, local home care provider Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells has issued a warning to older people across the borough to stay hydrated this summer.

The company has launched its 'Summer Hydration' campaign to help educate vulnerable elderly people about the harmful effects of heat and sun exposure.

"High temperatures and hot weather can be incredibly dangerous, particularly for elderly people,” says Clare Mortlock, Operations Manager at Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.

“During the summer heatwave last year, Office of National Statistics figures show that there were nearly 995 more deaths than the average for the same months during the 2012-2017 period. Thousands of people end up in hospital each year due to heat and allergies brought on by the hot weather.

An older lady getting home care from her daughter

The CQC fundamental standards highlight the need to support people to express their views and be actively involved in making decisions about their care, treatment and support. Organisations need to show that staff routinely involve people who use their services, in planning and making decisions about their care and treatment. The era of health professionals deciding care and goals is over. Technology can support residents, clients, staff and managers alike, achieve these aims if the right type of technology / software is used.

Staff are responsible for ensuring a person’s clinical, medical and care needs, preferences and lifestyle choices are professionally assessed, and that a care plan is created that describes all these. If the resident is to be involved as possible in the process, technology needs to enable them to contribute to these assessments and plans. Does your technology support a resident’s contribution to care planning?

Dentist chair used for oral health in Care Homes

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today published the findings of an in-depth review on the state of oral health care in care homes across England.

The review draws on one hundred inspections of care homes on which CQC inspectors were accompanied by inspectors from dental regulation. It reveals that three years on from the publication of NICE guidance on oral health in care homes, steps are often not being taken to ensure that people get the oral health care they need to ensure that they are pain-free and that their dignity is respected. 

Key findings include: 

  • The majority (52%) of care homes visited had no policy to promote and protect people’s oral health
  • Nearly half (47%) of care homes were not providing any staff training to support people’s daily oral healthcare.
  • 73% of residents’ care plans we reviewed only partly covered or did not cover oral health at all – homes looking after people with dementia being the most likely to have no plan in place.
  • 17% of care homes said they did not assess people’s oral health on admission
Male resident having a cup of tea with NHS workers

Advances in healthcare and higher living standards means the UK’s over-65 population is set to increase by almost half by the mid-2030s and the number of people living with complex care needs continues to grow. New roles and skills are needed therefore to meet this increase in complex care with an extra focus on person centred care. This will have a direct effect on the number of Health and Social Care workers needed on a scale never seen before and this cannot be ignored.

In England there are more than 80,000 vacancies in Health and Social Care at any one time. The industry is already at tipping point but with the increased number of people needing complex care and a significant lack of highly-skilled carers, action must be taken now to attract and retain more talent. 

Two seniors on a walk in forest

A platform to help seniors stay independent longer and improve their quality of life

Oscar Senior, the company that develops solutions to connect seniors with caregivers and family members, is coming to the UK. Upon invitation by the British Government, Oscar Senior management has visited care-related companies in the London area in April. Because of the need for healthcare innovation as well as technology enhancement in the UK, Oscar Senior has decided to take the initiative to help the UK’s aging population stay connected and age at home.

Caregiving made easier with technology

The Oscar Senior platform for care organizations evolved from the idea of an easy to use app for the elderly, with the goal of simplifying technology so they can stay in touch with their loved ones. Following the demand for an age-specific solution, Oscar Senior has become present in 80 countries worldwide.

Care home resident at Cats Cafe

CARE home residents enjoyed a close encounter with cats at a Sheffield café – bringing back memories of their own kitties.

Several residents living at The Laurels Care Home, on Manchester Road, made a trip into the city centre to visit Tabby Teas Cat Café, on Cemetery Road.

The elderly visitors made lots of furry friends while enjoying a cuppa, stroking the cats and feeding them treats.

Resident Edith Keech said: “I had a black cat for 11 years. We named him Kilty as he was a Scot and it stuck. 

“It’s been lovely to see all of the moggys here. They’ve brought back lovely memories.”