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Ann Drea, a band 6 locum occupational therapist working in a Pilot Front of House Team at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, was the proud winner of the Cosyfeet OT Award 2019. Her £1000 award money was used to purchase assessment equipment to facilitate a safe and speedy return home for clients. Here is Ann’s account of how the assessment equipment is being used to avoid hospital admissions.
The Front of House team operates a pilot frailty project and is part of the intermediate care tier of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. This scheme runs within Hinchingbrooke hospital, receiving referrals from the Accident and Emergency Department (A&E), the Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) and the Fracture Clinic. The small team consists of occupational therapists and therapy assistants who work closely with multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) within each of the above areas to assess persons who are medically fit for discharge but may have ongoing therapy needs. They may therefore require holistic social or health assessments to determine if we can facilitate a safe and timely discharge to their pre-admission destination.
Aura Care Living, one of the UK's leading providers of luxury retirement and nursing care, is delighted to announce that its recent inspection by industry regulatory body, the Care Quality Commission, has returned an outstanding report praising the improvements and excellent standards within the home, with an all-round rating of ‘Good'.
A person smiling for the cameraDescription automatically generatedKing's Lodge has experienced significant growth and development over the past 6 months, seeing the number of residents grow from 13 to 37 as the establishment has become more and more known for its unparalleled offering within the care sector.
A national campaign to increase the adult social care workforce has launched.
The ‘There’s More to Care Than Caring’ recruitment campaign features stories from adult care workers.
Across Scotland around 145,000 people currently work in adult social care in a range of roles, including supporting people with physical disabilities, dementia, autism, older people and those with mental health conditions.
The campaign, which has been developed in collaboration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and key partners in the social care sector, will run across radio, online, newspapers and social media.
A leading workforce management technology company is rewarding care workers for their commitment to providing quality care, as part of their ’20 years, 20 prizes, 20 weeks giveaway’.
As a treat for committed individuals who utilise CM’s real-time care visit logging system, CM is rewarding lucky care workers over a 20-week period with a hundred pounds worth of high street vouchers, as part of their 20-year anniversary celebrations.
Suzanne Pearson, who works for Bloomsbury Homecare in Lincolnshire, is the latest winner in CM’s care worker prize draw and was presented with her award at Bloomsbury’s Christmas event by CEO Nick Christodoulou.
Aura Care Living is an award-winning provider of luxury care for the elderly. The company has two care homes - one in Cirencester, Gloucestershire called Stratton Court and one in Camberley in Surrey called King's Lodge. Aura Care Living is leading the way to revolutionise later-life-living, providing unparalleled care on every level in exceptional environments.
Image result for tax planning elderlyIt can be a sensitive time for families when they have to plan for their loved ones as they get older and require more support. Aura Care Living has a team of expert industry professionals who strive to help advise on every level and deliver excellent care for the elderly. Every Thursday this month (9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th January) in both care homes, Aura Care will be having public open days in both care homes between 2pm and 6pm to offer free advice on later-life-living. They have teamed up with local legal and accountancy providers to offer advice on critical matters families have to consider when planning later-life-living, including power of attorney, wills, tax affairs, and financial planning.
carehome.co.uk, the UK’s leading care home reviews site is launching its first ever TV advert on Boxing Day.
Every year carehome.co.uk sees a huge rise in the number of people looking for a care home after Christmas, with nearly a half million extra people visiting the site during this time. The increase in traffic is the result of many families realising over the Christmas period that their relatives are not coping well on their own.
You can watch carehome.co.uk’s TV advert at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyE62v4XyXQ&feature=youtu.be
Andrew Bennett, Marketing Director at carehome.co.uk, said: “With the post-Christmas period being peak time for those searching for care, we hope the TV advert will bring more people to carehome.co.uk so we can assist them in finding the right care home.
“The advert is aimed at strengthening the carehome.co.uk brand with the specific goal of increasing the numbers of visitors to the site and ultimately boosting traffic to our care home profiles.
Borough Care, the largest not-for-profit provider of care for older people in Stockport, is providing a range of attractive benefits and incentives to staff through Reward Gateway. Reward Gateway offers a huge range of high street discounts, which allows employees to save and earn money back on everyday shopping.
Borough Care will also be using Reward Gateway links to help staff improve their wellbeing, by providing access to counselling services and financial management advice.
With the general election just around the corner, a national live-in care provider is ensuring those they care for are supported to make their vote.
Promedica24 provides around the clock care in people’s own homes. The 1-1 support that is provided enables care workers to accompany individuals when accessing the community, including visiting the polling station.
Care workers have also been on hand to remind people of their right to vote, provide them with accessible information and ensure they are aware of the general election deadlines.
Lorraine Lee, Orchard Care Homes’ Executive Director for Quality and Governance, has been announced as the winner of an Outstanding Achievement award at one of the care industry’s most prestigious ceremonies.
The Caring UK Awards 2019 celebrate excellence, highlighting and paying tribute to people who make an outstanding contribution to caring for the elderly.
At a glittering awards ceremony at Athena, Leicester recently, Lorraine received the Outstanding Achievement award for her contribution to the care sector.
Valerie Egan, Head of Care at Borough Care, has been shortlisted for a National Care Award. Borough Care is the largest not-for-profit provider of care for older people in Stockport and has eleven homes across the borough.
Organised by Caring Times magazine, the National Care Awards celebrate the very best people in the long-term care sector, highlighting excellence and rewarding those who work tirelessly to provide consistently outstanding care. Valerie is a finalist in the Lifetime Achievement in Care category. The awards will be announced at a ceremony taking place in London on Friday 29 November.
Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has welcomed the Care Quality Commission’s State of Healthcare and Adult Social Care in England report published this morning.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:
“CQC’s annual report, State of Care, identifies workforce and inadequate funding as major concerns and echoes the sector’s call for a long term strategic plan for adult social care.
A market-leading technology company, HAS Technology, is urging local authorities and care providers to embrace digital solutions and innovation to tackle the social care crisis, following the release of the CQC State of Care report.
The CQC State of Care report, an annual assessment of health and social care in England, states that ‘the wider challenge for providers and health and social care communities is to now consider technology in the broader strategic sense, as an enabler of high-quality care’.
Various barriers to adopting new technologies were identified in the report, including funding to invest in technology; attitudes of staff towards technology; IT infrastructures; and data protection.