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A scientist has published some useful advice on how to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect yourselves and care home residents from catching the disease.

Scientist James Robb (MD FCAP) was a professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego and one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses in the 1970s.

His tips are fairly self-explanatory but explain clearly why these precautions are needed – and his advice on stocking up on zinc lozenges has sparked a worldwide spike in sales of the product.

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Care Virtual Summit

Are you interested in finding out more about the Care Virtual Summit? Well look no further – you’re in the right place!

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loved ones in care home

A staggering 76% of UK adults don’t think it’s safe to put a loved one in a care home at the moment, according to new research from dementia care specialist Vida Healthcare.

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Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms

In such challenging times in the care sector, anything that can make life easier is a welcome addition. Here, Stuart Reynolds, Head of Product and Marketing at AKW, explains how bringing good design to bear in wheelchair accessible bathrooms makes not only residents, but carers lives that bit easier.

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Microbiologically controlled water by DMA Canyon team

The rapid conversion of Glasgow’s SEC into a new NHS hospital was secured by an array of skilled Scottish tradespeople but few have been more critical than those from the Lanarkshire business which ensured the new facility was supplied with vital sterilising grade water.

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infection prevention

Having a comprehensive infection prevention control plan in place and ensuring that it’s being stuck to religiously throughout the care home is now more important than ever. Not only will stringent measures ensure hygienic standards, but also prevent the spread of infection and keep vulnerable  residents and staff safe in the care environment. A vital part of this is the effective decontamination of linen and the proper and professional reprocessing of laundry. While every care establishment is different depending on its capacity and the type of care it provides and so naturally infection control policies will differ from care home to care home, there are some key factors and regulations that need to be taken into account when defining or revising your laundry procedures.

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Nylon gloves

In this desperate and urgent time of uncontrollably high demand for single use gloves, Aquila offer their high-quality alternative range of washable fully PU coated nylon gloves, suitable for front-line workers such as ambulance drivers, nursing home carers, council operatives, the police etc.

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Jonathan Papworth, founder and director of Person Centred Software, on the lockdown

Care homes across the UK are being offered a vital line of communication that will enable families to stay updated about the care of elderly residents during coronavirus lockdown.
 
Leading care technology provider Person Centred Software is opening up its Relatives Gateway platform to all UK care homes free of charge to help them maintain communication with families during these unprecedented times.
 
Allowing secure social media style messages and photos to be shared between care home residents and their families, it will also give carers an efficient way to provide wellbeing updates to concerned loved ones.  

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NHS workers #YouAreHeroes

The NHS employs over 1.4 million people in the UK and the Social Care Sector hires a further 1.6 million people. An additional 65,000 retired doctors and nurses have been contacted by the Government, urging them to return to work. These are frontline, key staff that are working day and night to support and take care of our loved ones during this unprecedented time
Showing our support 
The Home Care Expo wanted to show support and appreciation to the health, care and support workers on the frontline during the COVID 19-Coronavirus pandemic by building an online community though the #YouAreHeroes Campaign. 
The aim of this campaign is to connect all those working in high-risk health, care and support roles including NHS workers, care providers and other health social care providers with the view to: 

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Nirmala Singhvi from Victoria House care home is awarded Community Award on International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day 2020, Nirmala Singhvi, manager of Victoria House day centre for the elderly in Watford, received the Community Impact Award.
 
The award was presented by local organisation, One Vision Project, set up to create better everyday life for the people of Watford, and particularly supports the vulnerable, promote equality and address injustice.
 
Nirmala, known by all as Nimo, believes that she was nominated “as the local community thinks we are a really good day centre, in the heart of the community, making a difference to the lives of others,” she said.

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News icon: Holmes Care Group in £47.5m deal with Impact Healthcare REIT

Holmes Care Group has finalised a long-term partnership with Impact Healthcare REIT, in which nine of its properties in Scotland will be acquired by Impact Healthcare REIT and leased back to Holmes Care. This deal will see Impact provide a cash injection of £47.5m to Holmes Care Group, who will continue to operate all of the homes as before.

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A care home in the London borough of Havering is to close after being rated Inadequate overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Alton House, in Hornchurch, was rated Inadequate for being safe and well-led. It was rated Requires Improvement for being caring, effective and responsive, following the inspection in January 2020. Alton House leadership has now made the decision to move all residents out of the service. They have been supported by the local authority commissioning team to ensure suitable alternative placements have been identified for people.

Alton House is a care home, providing accommodation and support for up to 23 older adults including people who may have a diagnosis of dementia. At the time CQC inspected, there were 15 people living at the service.

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