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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Paula Beaney, Quality Assurance Director at live-in care provider, Promedica24, has issued the following statement:

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Solihull care home residents excited for new pen pal initiative
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Claridge Place, a care home in Warwick Road, Solihull, are keeping residents busy during the Coronavirus lock down, with one particular initiative that hopes to bring new, intergenerational community connections.

Due to Coronavirus infection prevention measures, visits to Claridge Place, operated by Sanders Senior Living, are currently postponed, but the professional care and wellbeing team have constructed an exciting plan, supported by Tudor Grange Academy Solihull, with great anticipation felt by residents.

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Old lady with sarcopenia
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Author: Harriet Smith, Registered Dietitian

Sarcopenia is a progressive and generalised skeletal muscle disorder, characterised by low muscle strength, low muscle quality or quantity, and low physical performance. 

Common signs and symptoms of sarcopenia include (1):

●    Falls and fractures
●    Slow walking speed
●    Generalised weakness
●    Fatigue
●    Weight loss/muscle wasting
●    Functional decline
●    Cognitive impairment

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Nurses promoting strength and balance with wall graphics
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A new set of strength and balance graphics that can be used in any health and social care setting has been created by national walking charity Paths for All.


The simple illustrations, which can be used as indoor wall stickers or outdoors as display panels, show how to perform eight gentle exercises that can improve muscle strength, balance and coordination. 

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Doulton water helping an old woman with her hydration needs
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Adequate hydration is essential to maintaining good health.
Most adults are able to monitor and respond to their hydration needs. However, this becomes more difficult as we get older, meaning elderly people are more susceptible to becoming dehydrated.
In this blog post, we’ll look at ways to help older people to meet their hydration needs.

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Residents at Gracewell of Bookham Care Home
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Local Married Couple Give Insight Into Volunteering at Gracewell of Bookham Care Home

Volunteering is both admirable and rewarding, and at care homes such as Gracewell of Bookham, the volunteers are a friendly face and helping hand for residents and the staff.

Anne and David Funnell have been volunteers at Gracewell of Bookham for over two years. In this time, they have really got to know all the residents and their families as they have organised and assisted with fun activities. 

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Laughing resident with good mental health in care home
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The most effective care organisations take a truly holistic approach to healthcare, encompassing both mental and physical health. From our earliest years to later life, both must be looked after by people who care for us. 

Mental health in young people is an important subject and it’s well documented that social media has a big part to play - but rising social media use in young people is not the only trend that concerns mental health. 

At the other end of the spectrum, older age has its own obstacles. 

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Aqualease aquariums
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Aqualease have been providing aquariums within the health care arena since 2003.Aqualease aquariums Including GP surgeries, dentists, residential care homes and mental health and wellbeing sites. All aquariums are expertly installed and maintained by our technicians, incorporating colour schemes, logo’s and attention to detail to create a real ‘wow’ factor to your establishment.

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Castle View in Windsor
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"We don’t celebrate maturity, we don’t celebrate wisdom," commented actress Kirsten Scott Thomas (almost 60) recently in an interview with The Telegraph Magazine – but that’s exactly what happens at Castle View, the new retirement village that has opened recently in Windsor.

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Avery one staff well-being programme
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High levels of staff transience, combined with a sometimes unattractive reputation for the adult social care sector, means it is often a challenge to attract and retain high quality permanent staff. Avery knows that investing in employees, through better training, career pathways, broader and appropriate benefits packages, flexible working and pay patterns, proactive support for staff well-being and healthy lifestyle choices, plus better information and communication leading to higher staff morale and loyalty, and thus retention.

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Resident from care home being kept hygienic by nurse
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Keeping your care home hygienic: Making sure residents are healthy and happy 

Safe hygiene practices, infection control and health and wellbeing play a major role in the care of residents and is the responsibility of all staff. 

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Lasting Power of Attorney - a care home nurse and resident
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Nicola Finbow, Head of Private Client at Clough & Willis Solicitors, discusses why care home residents should consider setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney…

The daily life of a care home employee can be extremely busy, with lots of moving parts to consider to ensure the correct care is administered to all of the residents - but things can get a lot busier if a patient has an accident or falls ill and it isn’t clear who to speak to about their needs.

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Man in care home beating the flu
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Influenza (commonly known as the “flu”) season is in full swing. This usually brings a chorus of sniffs and sneezes as people across the UK battle through illness. While flu outbreaks come as no surprise as temperatures drop, it has been reported that cases are at their highest level on record, and that the current rate of flu is worse than at any point last winter. 
 

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A pack of AYMES for treating Malnutrition in Community Care Settings
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Malnutrition is a major clinical and public health problem in the UK. It’s estimated that over 3 million people are malnourished, with 93% living in the community and 1.3 million aged over 65 (1). 

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Eyecare FAQ Infographic
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If you are looking after elderly people in residential care, they may need assistance with mobility, Eyecare FAQself care, and medication, but is anyone helping them take care of their eyes? Older people are most at risk of eye disease, and those in residential care can easily miss out on the important routine sight test which checks on both the health of their eyes and their vision.

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