Afternoon tea raises awareness of new Age UK service

Afternoon tea

A afternoon tea party was held at a Northumberland care home to raise awareness of a “friendship line” for the over-60s. The Age UK initiative, named Call in Time, is a free telephone befriending service for matching volunteers with older people.

The Oaks Care Home, in Blyth, held an afternoon tea for residents, relatives and friends to highlight the service ahead of its launch in Northumberland in 2018. The home’s staff all dressed in vintage, 1940s tea room uniforms to serve tea, coffee, cakes, muffins and trifle as part of the event.

Resident Pat Whyatt said:

“I had a good afternoon with my friends and it makes up for the miserable weather we’ve had lately.”

Paige Gallagher, activities coordinator at The Oaks Care Home, on Durban Street, said:

Making your Home Suitable for Live-in Care


Without a doubt 24 hour care and Live in care helps elderly people with long-term health conditions maintain a better quality of life, unfortunately, this type of care is associated with the loss of independence, as it is often believed that around the clock care is exclusively provided in care homes.

With up 97% of elderly people preferring to stay at home, live-in care makes it possible for people with long-term and complex health needs to receive the level of care they need without upheaval and disruption.

Integrated Cloud Care Management Software

Integrated Cloud Care Management Software

Every business grapples with decisions around the best system to manage its expanding operations. Proper planning of an integrated care management software system often takes a back seat to short-term revenue goals including occupancy, staffing or general firefighting. As a consequence often software applications are taken on and installed at different points in time in various functional areas, resulting in business process inefficiencies, integration and staff training challenges. Tackling these potential problems in the first place will avoid this.

Care Roadshows prepares for its return to Glasgow

Care Roadshows prepares for its return to Glasgow

Despite the cold weather, things are hotting up for the return of Care Roadshow Glasgow to Hampden Park Stadium on Tuesday 17th April. This will be the eighth year that Care Roadshows has graced Scottish soil with its free informative event that is tailored to the care workers in the region.

As previous years have proved, the free CPD seminars, workshops and networking opportunities offer a valuable day out for all those who attend. The morning will be kick started at 10am with the first of two interactive workshop hosted by Oomph! ‘Leading a “Full life for life” and an intro to Wellbeing’.

Parkinson's patients helped by rock music, say Chroma Therapies

Chroma Therapies MD Daniel Thomas

The pulsing beat of the Dire Straits song Walk of Life has helped a Parkinson’s patient recover balance and brain function, found healthcare provider Chroma Therapies.

Scientists have discovered that certain rhythms allow the brain to by-pass sections that have been damaged by stroke, traumatic injury or degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and dementia.

Rhythmic beats or songs with a strong connection to the patient have been shown to reactivate nerve cells and reboot the brain’s sensory pathways to enable patients to communicate or recover physical ability.

Karantis Partners with DCSL Software to Create Karantis Care App

Karantis Care App

Karantis Ltd has partnered with DCSL Software to create the Karantis Care App for carers and families across the world. Karantis provide solutions that increase the productivity, quality of service, transparency and accountability of the global care industry - particularly focused on those with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Loneliness and Depression.

Having worked closely with carers and families, Karantis were aware of the main care challenges both sides were facing. Carers felt too much time was spent manually filling out paperwork reports when they could be spending more time with their client, and families were worried that they had no visibility of, or connection with, the people caring for their loved ones, especially if some family members were not located nearby.

Urging care home facilities managers to specify legal for trade

Y Pellets

With the pressures on spending, close scrutiny of procurement and good governance continuing to be under the spotlight, national wood pellet supplier, Y Pellets, is asking residential care home managers using biomass wood pellets as an alternative heating and energy source to fully examine what they pay for.

At a time when many wood pellet suppliers subcontract deliveries on vehicles which don’t meet EN Plus trading standards, the company, which supplies premium quality, sustainable wood pellets to homes and businesses from its 5,000 tonne storage facility in Google, has identified discrepancies in practices widely used by other contractors who are not legal for trade but may supply to private and public care home facilities.

Cramond Residence Information Suite Now Open

Cramond Residence Information Suite Now Open

Information Suite Now Open at Edinburgh’s Finest Care Home. Edinburgh’s newest luxury care home has officially launched its Information Suite which is now open to locals across the city for an exclusive first look tour. 
The much-anticipated Cramond Residence is welcoming guests to its beautifully-designed suite to showcase the high quality of accommodation and facilities that will be available when it opens later this year.

Care company provides staff with free nutritional snacks to promote healthy eating

healthy eating

Following recent reports on healthy eating, claim that middle-aged millennials are set to be the most overweight generation since records began, one of Kent's leading home care providers, Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, has launched a new healthy eating initiative to coincide with the start of Nutrition and Hydration Week (12 – 18 March).

Under the new scheme, Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells's staff will be able to choose from a range of delicious and nutritious snacks, which will be provided free of charge. The options will include nutritionally balanced items such as dried and fresh fruits, high-fibre wholefood cereal bars, biltong, wholegrain popcorn, nuts, seeds and olives.

Margaret Shares Exotic Travel Stories Thanks to Innovative Care System

Blackwoods Clever cogs

A pensioner who enjoyed her first ever foreign trip has been able to share her holiday photos with the boss of the charity who developed the Blackwoods Clever Cogs innovative care system that allowed her to travel to Vietnam.

Margaret Sancken, 65, felt confident enough to book her first ever holiday to Vietnam thanks to Blackwood’s Clever Cogs system, a digitally enhanced product which aims to keep people as independent as possible. Blackwood has a commitment to push the boundaries of technology to allow property adaptations which make a huge difference to people with disabilities.

New online platform connecting RGNs and care homes with the best temporary shifts


Florence is a pioneering online platform that takes a new and different approach to providing temporary staffing to care homes in health and social care. The platform works by directly connecting healthcare managers with pre-vetted registered nurses (RGNs and RMNs) by cutting out recruitment agencies. Using more traditional recruitment agencies to fill temporary positions can be very costly, meaning money is taken out the system and doesn’t reach those who deserve it.

Complete Temperature Management for Cold and Ambient Pharmaceutical Storage

Complete Temperature Management for Cold and Ambient Pharmaceutical Storage

QED Scientific +2°C to +8°C Pharmacy and Vaccine Fridges are designed for safe and secure storage of all pharmaceuticals as advised in ‘Protocol for Ordering, Storing and Handling Vaccines by Public Health England’. These are compliant with all guidelines including the DoH Green Book as well as being ideal for hospitals these are also suitable for use in clinics, care homes, schools, veterinary surgeries – or anywhere needing refrigerated storage of drugs. They come in a range of sizes from under bench and wall models up to free standing floor units. Many have solid or glass door options. All have digital display, fan, and auto defrost as standard.

Rohit Patni, CEO and co-founder of wellness management app WeMa Life

From booking home carers to physio sessions, WeMa Life is an online marketplace and app that brings together health and care providers with individuals seeking a wide range of services. The multi-service HealthTech platform offers benefits to both consumers and businesses. For people seeking health, care and wellbeing services – either for themselves or someone close to them – WeMa Life makes it easy to source, book and pay reputable providers. 

Care Home Volunteers Help During Snow

Care Home Helpers

A Skelmersdale mum and her two children volunteer their services at a local Care Home during the snowy weather.

After the snow forced closures at several Lancashire schools on Thursday 8th March, a kind-hearted Skelmersdale family volunteered their service to local Care Home, Stocks Hall Skelmersdale.

Joanne Wilde, Office Administrator at Westhead Lathom St James’ CE Primary School and her two children, Daisy, aged 7 and Dan, aged 13 who all live in Skelmersdale, approached the nearby Care Home to see if they could help in anyway.

Looking forward to the Future of Care Conference

Looking forward to the Future of Care Conference

Against the backdrop of increasing service pressures within the sector, the Future of Care Conference provides a platform to look forward to the future and collaborate to support each other with advice and knowledge as we move forward despite the crisis in both funding and workforce.

This brand-new one-day conference consists of a range of high calibre speakers from across the industry who will impart their knowledge and innovative ideas. Sights are set firmly on the future as topics include ‘What next for the care home sector’ and ‘Understanding the trends and future challenges with Alzheimer’s’.

Outsourcing is the key to compliance


ECO is urging care homes to outsource help desk facilities to help ensure they stay on the right side of the law.

ECO Integrated Property Solutions (IPS) is advising managers that using a professional and expert supplier to co-ordinate and oversee any works in their property will not only lighten their load but will ensure compliance with rules and regulations.

Managing a schedule of repairs, refurbishments and maintenance can be a time consuming distraction and it would be easy to overlook smaller details or rush processes through lack of time. But trusting a specialist team to take on all aspects of property care will ensure accuracy, consistency and compliance, particularly if they’re invested in the latest technological advances.

She's making a career out of caring - with ‘ridiculously amazing' success

Balhousie Care Group

Jozi Stables' story is one of hard work and dedication. She progressed from doing dishes in a care home kitchen to becoming the youngest care home manager at Balhousie Care Group.

"Make Today Ridiculously Amazing" says a piece of art on Jozi Stables' office wall. It joins other words of encouragement as well as many photos - of the residents and staff of the care home where Jozi has just been appointed manager.

At the age of 27, Jozi is the youngest care home manager at Balhousie Care Group. She heads up 48 full- and part-time staff at Balhousie Ruthven Towers, a Scottish care home which has achieved top Grade 6 ratings from the Care Inspectorate for its management, leadership and standards of care.

Combined Care Initiative Benefits Old and Young in Romsey

Abbotswood Court

Encouraging greater happiness, mental stimulation and increased longevity amongst their elderly residents, Abbotswood Court care home in Romsey has been welcoming pre-school children from nearby Yellow Dot Nursery.

In the UK one in three over 65s see family members, including grandchildren, less than once a month. This can lead to feelings of isolation and mental decline. Providing positive mental and emotional stimulation, Abbotswood Court in Romsey has been connecting elderly residents with a group of pre-schoolers from the nearby Yellow Dot Nursery.

Youth and experience brought together at Oundle care home

Oundle care home

Oundle care home care home is leading the way in bridging the generational gap by opening its doors to local young people.

Abbott House has welcomed pupils from Oundle School, who have been volunteering at the Oundle care home by helping staff at meal times, playing board games with residents and providing entertainment using their own musical instruments. Three pupils have also been painting murals on the bathroom walls, while others have given talks on their varied backgrounds, sharing experiences with residents. The volunteering doubles up for some pupils as a contribution towards the service element of their silver or gold Duke of Edinburgh awards.