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Bamford Close just on of the many Borough Care Homes

All of Borough Care Homes for older people are rated as ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

 

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Volunteer from NCS Young People painting with an older lady at Borough Care’s Lisburne Court  

Borough Care recently welcomed young people taking part in a National Citizen Service (NCS) project to its Lisburne Court home in Offerton.  Borough Care, the largest not-for-profit provider of care for older people in Stockport, has linked up with The Challenge, one of the leading providers of the National Citizen Service. NCS is a government-backed programme open to young people between the ages of fifteen and seventeen.  The programme helps them develop skills for their working life and the transition into adulthood.  

The group of young people met with staff and residents at Lisburne Court to decide what the project should entail.  It was decided the outside area where residents sit needed brightening up so the young people came up with a mural design, which was painted onto wood and attached to the building.  Circles of wood, from a felled tree, were decorated by residents and the young people working together.  These will be hung from tree branches, as a memory of the day.

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The Beeches Residential Home Team

The Beeches Residential Home has announced the addition of a new extension to its current home, enabling more people in the area to access care and support. 

Located in Ixworth near Bury St Edmunds, the home has extended their building with an additional ten en-suite bedrooms adding to the existing single, double and en-suite rooms. The new addition also features a landscaped courtyard where residents can enjoy outdoor space and socialise with friends and family. 

The home has plans to celebrate the unveiling of the extension with friends, family and the local community invited to take a tour and meet residents.

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Care home nurse urging resident to embrace technology

Leading care workforce management solution urges the social care industry to embrace technology

A market leading workforce management technology company is urging local authorities and care providers to embrace technology and digital solutions to tackle the social care crisis.

Part of HAS Technology Group, CM (previously CM2000) provide innovative mix and match technology to suit the needs and budgets of local authority and private care providers.

With the social care industry at a tipping point, and many providers struggling to be financially sustainable, technology is providing the ability to gather intelligence, support the achievement of outcomes and ensure the right care is delivered at the right time.

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Nurses standing together at Qualified Nursing Open Day

Northampton General Hospital (NGH) is holding a Qualified Nursing Open Day on Saturday 7th September 2019, for registered nurses looking for a fresh challenge to find out about career opportunities across Medicine, Paediatrics and Theatres, meet staff and take a tour of the hospital facilities.

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Community Driving Service - Miss Daisy Car

Driving Miss Daisy, a community companion service, which launched in the UK in 2014, has arrived in Poole.  Synonymous with and inspired by the Academy Award winning film (which featured Morgan Freeman as a driver for his elderly client) the Driving Miss Daisy idea originated in New Zealand with just a single vehicle, but has now developed in to a global franchise.  

Due to the demand for services, Driving Miss Daisy UK has expanded from its first location in Lee on the Solent, Hampshire in January 2015 and is now as far north as Glasgow in Scotland. 

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Bluebird Care staff with their awards

11 Bluebird Care franchisees have been named as a top 20 home care provider across six regions, by leading home care reviews site, homecare.co.uk.

The awards are based on reviews from Bluebird Care’s customers and their loved ones, and feedback on home care providers were analysed by homecare.co.uk, before a top 20 list was drawn up for each region.

Providers were rated on: Overall Standard, Staff, Care/Support, Management, Treated with Dignity and Value for Money.

The full list is as follows:

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chicken whisperer Irene

THE CHICKEN whisperer is the nickname given to a Teesside care home resident due to her uncanny ability to calm an intake of feathered friends.

Mandale House Care Home, on Acklam Road, in Thornaby, has recently welcomed three new chickens as part of the HenPower project, run by charity Equal Arts.

Upon arrival, 93-year-old Irene Fleming built an immediate rapport with the birds, having years of experience looking after hens from her time in the Women’s Land Army during the Second World War.

After chatting to the creatures and calming them when they got flustered, Equal Arts associate Raël Rawlinson dubbed Irene “the chicken whisperer”

Irene said: “I love having hens here at Mandale. They’re such good girls. They remind me of my flock when I was a land girl.”

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Bluebird Care staff with award

"Healthwatch Star" award presented to care company for treating patients like a family member

A Gateshead-based care provider that specialises in working with customers requiring care in their own homes has been awarded a prestigious award from the social care and health champion, Healthwatch Gateshead.

Bluebird Care Gateshead is based in the city's Team Valley and offers personalised home care visits, from 30 minutes to full live-in support. One of its clients nominated the service for a Star award. The Healthwatch Star scheme enables patients to nominate members of the caring professions who they feel have gone above and beyond in their care. The scheme is anonymous and the recipient receives a certificate to display at their place of work.

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Hill Care Group staff at Macmillan Cancer Walk

CARE home staff have completed a mighty mixed terrain 26-mile hike across the Peak District to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Six head office staff from the Hill Care Group, based in Chesterfield, took on the Peak District Mighty Hike in pouring rain following a heatwave earlier in the week.

Organised by Macmillan, the walk started at Darley Moor and wandered across the Peak District to reach Bakewell Showground.

The staff who completed the challenge included Stacey Forster, Kelly Perryman, Kirsty Wright, Sarah Stimpson, Samantha Jackson and Meaghan Cook.

They exceeded their initial target of £1,500 for the charity – reaching £1,725 in sponsorship so far. They’re now aiming to raise £2,000 and are still appealing for donations.

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Home Instead Senior Care staff celebrating receiving their 50th “outstanding” CQC rating

Home Instead Senior Care, the provider of award-winning in-home care, today celebrated receiving its fiftieth outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating available. The Wirral office became Home Instead’s fiftieth English office* to receive this highly coveted accolade.

Reaching the fiftieth milestone is an incredible achievement for Home Instead, it means an impressive 25% of the Home Instead network in England now boast this outstanding accreditation – compared to the average of home care providers in England which is just 3%.

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Clare Gingell - nurse at Hilton Nursing Home - posing for photograph in garden after bomb scare

Hilton Nursing Partners nurse Clare Gingell found herself in the middle of a bomb scare but showing her courage and dedication for her patients, she put their safety first.

Police cordoned off areas of Kingston upon Thames in south-west London following the discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb on the site of a former hotel. However Clare was just about to visit a vulnerable patient.

Eager to get to her patient, who was receiving 24 hour care on the Home to Decide pathway, Claire she was able to sign a disclaimer that allowed her to enter the restricted area at her own risk. Once at the patient’s home she was able to explain the situation and ensure the patient was safe. 

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Broomgrove Residents with Health Watch sign

A group of Sheffield nursing home residents are helping shape the city's health services.

Broomgrove - which is sited just off Ecclesall Road - has become the first home in the region to work in partnership with Healthwatch Sheffield on a project run with the city's Accountable Care Partnership.

The residents chose to look at ways to assess the disabled provision currently offered by the city's community dentists  and opticians as an area to study.

Broomgrove residents have spent the past few weeks working with Healthwatch Sheffield's Laura Cook to produce a comprehensive questionnaire to be given to care home residents across the city.

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Man and woman reducing the gender gap

Glasgow is leading the way in closing medicine’s gender gap, thanks to a new initiative which was jointly launched on Wednesday 5th June by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the University of Glasgow.

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