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Fraser and Fraser letters

Fraser and Fraser have been working with the Public Sector for more than 40 years. We support Local Government department who need to identify and locate people, often next-of-kin of a deceased person and the reason for this can be vast and varied. 
Such departments would include:

  • Bereavement and Funeral Services
  • Cemeteries and Crematoria Offices
  • Coroner’s Offices
  • Environmental Health
  • Empty Homes
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Party for resident’s ruby wedding anniversary

AN “UNFORGETTABLE” party was held at a Rotherham care home to celebrate a resident’s ruby wedding anniversary.

Broadacres Care Home, on Naylor Street, Parkgate, invited family, friends and fellow residents to join Michael and Pauline Crowley in celebrating 40 years of marriage.

Staff at the home put on a buffet and served bucks fizz to toast the happy couple.

Michael, who has lived at Broadacres Care Home since December 2017, said: “It was a day to remember. I love Pauline just as much as I did on our wedding day.”

Pauline said: “It was an unforgettable and emotional day. Everyone at Broadacres did us proud.”

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Borough Care Employee Making a Difference Awards Winners

Borough Care, the largest not for profit provider of care for older people in Stockport, recently held its Employee Awards 2018.  The annual event celebrates the hard work and dedication of people working for Borough Care.  

Borough Care staff were nominated for awards in ten categories.  The winner of the ‘Above & Beyond’ category was Amanda Harrison who works at Bamford Close in Cale Green. Amanda is always thinking of ways to improve the environment and to make day to day life brighter for residents. The ‘Aspiration Award’ was won by Robin Bowden, from Lisburne Court. Robin joined Borough Care in 2017 and since then she has shown great enthusiasm for learning and developing herself.  Meadway Court’s Judith Burgess won the ‘Best Newcomer’ award.  Judith joined Borough Care in August and is already well settled into her role.  

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Mary & Jimmy on their golden anniversary

A SURPRISE party was thrown by Tyneside care home staff in celebration of a resident’s golden wedding anniversary.

Banners, balloons and a cake were brought out at Willowdene Care Home, in Hebburn, to commemorate Mary Collins’ 50 years of marriage to husband Jimmy.

Mary, who has lived at the care home since 2016, was surprised by staff after seeing anniversary decorations in the lounge.

Cards and a specially made cake were presented to the couple to congratulate them on their milestone.

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Call For Action To Stop Next-Of-Kin Being Exploited

Next-of-kin are losing out on inheritances or having to pay excessive charges to claim them as a result of increasing numbers of local authorities disregarding Government guidelines for identifying rightful heirs where people die with unknown relatives and without leaving a will. 

A comprehensive research report by an international genealogy firm, Anglia Research, shows that there was an increase of 90% between 2016 and 2017 in the number of local authorities ignoring Government procedure for dealing with the legacies of people dying intestate.

 

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Longmore Lodge Poppy gown created by care home in tribute to veterans

A POPPY gown has been created by a Sandiacre care home residents to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. The elaborate frock has been covered in handmade poppies of different sizes and is adorned with the phrase: “Lest we forget”.

Residents at Longmoor Lodge Care Home, on Longmoor Lane, came up with the idea after informing care home staff they wanted to do something special for the centenary. Treetops Hospice charity shop, on Derby Road, loaned a manikin to the care home for the project.

Residents then painted paper plates and cut them into poppy shapes before attaching them to the gown.
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Care home’s remembrance ceremony - residents setting off balloons

Loving husband Peter Stapleton donated a bench to a Chesterfield care home in memory of his wife. Jill Stapleton lived at Barnfield Care Home, on Heath Road, Holmewood, for over four years, until February 2018. A remembrance ceremony was held at the home with Peter, Jill’s friends, fellow residents, family members and care home staff.

After donating the bench, Peter said: “I wanted the home to have something to remember her by.”

Those at the ceremony were invited to write messages to loved ones lost, which were attached to balloons and let off in the home’s garden.

Joanne Clark, home manager at Barnfield Care Home, said: “Jill was loved by everyone at Barnfield Care Home.

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(back, from left) Mandale House Care Home carer Jackie Drinkel, resident Peter Wilson, domestic worker Lorrain Whitehead, resident May Small and (seated, from left) residents Irene Fleming and Billy James attend the Remembrance Day service at Thornaby War Memorial.

TEESSIDE care home residents, Mandale House Care Home, were among those to attend a Remembrance Day ceremony at Thornaby War Memorial.

Residents and staff from Mandale House Care Home were joined by army, navy and police cadets, civic officials and pupils from schools across the town. Among the care home residents were Second World War Merchant Navy veteran Leonard Harnden, alongside Billy James and Peter Wilson.

Peter said: “It was a lovely ceremony. My dad lost his leg in the war.” 

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Sycamore Hall Care Home residents (from left) Ellen Knowles and Doreen Ainsley paint poppies for Remembrance Day displays at the home.

RIPON care home residents, Sycamore Hall Care Home, have been creating poppy displays to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Residents at Sycamore Hall Care Home, on Kearsley Road, have also taken a trip to Ripon Cathedral to see The Remembrance Day exhibits.

The activities brought back memories for many of the residents, who had relatives and friends who fought and died in the war.

Doreen Ainsley and Ellen Knowles were among those painting poppies for displays in the care home.

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You should pay for your own care in old age if you can afford it, Conservative voters say

A Censuswide survey, commissioned by Ridouts Solicitors, a leading specialist law firm in the health and social care sector, shows there is widespread support for individuals to save for the cost of their care in later life.  57% of Conservative supporters surveyed thought it would be fair to ask those with the means to do so, to make provisions to pay for their care in old age. Only 13% disagreed. 

Ridouts has today published a report on the future of social care, ‘Achieving a Health and Social Care System Fit For Purpose’, which sets out their expert vision of how to solve the current challenges facing the social care sector. The law firm is calling for greater personal responsibility when it comes to funding social care. The survey’s findings show that the majority of Conservative voters would support such a policy, paving the way for the Government to reform the social care payment system in this way.

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Willowbeck resident playing a giutar

Specialist care home Willowbeck has partnered up with a unique music therapy organisation, Chroma to deliver music therapy workshops with care home residents. The partnership will see the organisations working with residents to support neurological development, physical rehabilitation and general well-being.

The nurse-led home will play host to the music therapy which is a form of neurological and psychological rehabilitation process which uses music, sound, instruments, and music technology to support people. It is a regulated healthcare profession and one of the Allied Health Professionals (AHPs).

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Edyn.Care launches personalised home care in London

Edyn.Care has launched its personalised home care services in London, empowering seniors to stay at home, happily and safely knowing that 24-hour support is on hand. The CQC regulated company combines the human touch with tech-enabled solutions to provide high-quality and proactive care tailored to its clients’ needs, helping to build long-term harmonious relationships to ensure peace of mind.

The UK population is ageing. By 2040 one in seven are projected to be aged over 75, according to government report, the “Future of an ageing population”. The need for quality home care services will increase substantially in the coming years, forcing the sector to modernise processes to meet demand. Edyn Care sees the potential for 15.9M elderly clients and their families to eliminate paperwork and simplify the process using tech-enabled solutions.

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Baby yoga classes at care home

BABIES and elderly care home residents are taking part in yoga sessions together at a Stockton-on-Tees care home.

The Kalma Baby sessions are held at Ingleby Care Home, Lamb Lane, Ingleby Barwick, with residents and visitors with young children all invited to participate.

Staff, residents’ families and members of the community with babies and toddlers have all been taking part.

Bringing the two generations together provides benefits for both groups, explained Jessica Jolly, who runs the sessions.

Jessica, who works as a mental health nurse, said: “The session at Ingleby Care Home went down really well. 

“I was so impressed at how the residents reacted to it and there are so many benefits for the babies and parents.”

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Brain Injury service recognised for end of life care excellence

Two neurological rehabilitation specialist units in Northampton have completed Gold Standards Framework (GSF) for its end of life care. 

Christchurch View and Loyd House were awarded the Quality Hallmark certificate by GSF for demonstrating excellence in care standards and showcasing evidence based best practice in end of life care. 

The certification process includes assessment against 20 clear standards of best practice; reviewing the care of residents using the After-Death Analysis Audit Tool and Quality Assessment Visit and reviewing the integration of the processes into everyday practice.

Gillian Jeffers, Registered Manager for Christchurch View and Loyd House, said: “I am extremely proud of the teams for achieving this certification. It clearly shows their commitment to a holistic approach to the care and support our service users receive. We have now commenced the full accreditation programme to improve our service delivery even more.

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WW1 centenary marked with 100 poppies at care home

100 POPPIES were created by Barnsley care home residents to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Marion Batty, Joan White and Annie Oakley, all living at Deangate Care Home, on Towngate, Mapplewell, created the memorial.

They made poppy wreaths and a canvas of finger-painted poppies surrounding a silhouette of a First World War soldier and the words “We Remember”.

Nicola Smith, activities coordinator at Deangate Care Home, said: “As it has been 100 years since the First World War ended, we thought it would be nice to make a memorial.

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