Canine companions bring joy to care home residents

Canine companions bring joy to care home residents

FURRY friends have been helping care home residents with dementia by providing company and cuddles.

Lindsey Dixon and her dog Shadow visit The Oaks Care Home, Blyth, twice a week.

Lindsey, who is from Blyth, is a volunteer with North East based friendship dogs charity, Wag and Company.

They enable visiting dog teams to build meaningful new friendships with older dog lovers.

Ann Mielnik, Home manager at The Oaks, said: “Our residents love to see Shadow visiting and the smiles on their faces just say it all.

“Volunteers with just a small amount of spare time each week work with their own pets to bring joy and comfort to many individuals who appreciate being able to touch and stroke a friendly animal.

Harvest Healthcare

Harvest Healthcare

At Harvest Healthcare, we help Care Homes by being part of a solution to their problems. Through working with Care Home groups, we have identified some key problems such as; price pressure, compliance, attracting and retaining staff, rising costs, improving clinical outcomes and occupancy rates. We believe that our ‘3 C’ approach, focusing on compliance, costs and care can help to solve these problems.


We offer services to make sure you are complaint with legal standards.

 LOLER and PUWER testing make sure equipment is safe to use and complies with bed rail regulations. 

Help you to comply with the Care Quality Commission’s Key Lines of Enquiry.

Planned preventative maintenance optimises safe and reliable operation 

Elderly Care Costing Family and Friends £1.7 Billion

Elderly Care Costing Family and Friends £1.7 Billion

In 2017, friends and family spent up to £1.7 billion from their own pockets on care for their elderly loved ones.

This figure could increase to £2.8 billion by 2050 due to the growth of the UK’s ageing population.

This growth will mark 2020 as the point at which the 65+ population will outweigh under 15s, putting significant pressure on ‘the squeezed middle’.

Those defined as ‘the squeezed middle’ are under pressure to support offspring whilst also caring for their elderly relatives.

Working class families feeling the financial pinch of family life, defined as the squeezed middle, are under pressure to support and care for their elderly parents or grandparents.

New guide to improve care of ex-service men and women

Ray Lock Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust: supporting Ex-service men and women

A new guide has been launched to help care homes provide better support for the hundreds of thousands* of ex-service men and women in assisted living in the UK.

Produced by Demos think tank, in partnership with the Forces in Mind Trust and the Care Cluster of Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities), the guide will be sent to all UK care homes and care home provider headquarters.

Polly Mackenzie, Director of Demos says: “We created this guide in response to our 2015 report Under-Served. The report found that veterans can face a range of challenges while living in residential care, yet managers and staff lack the information and resources they needed to know how best to support them. The aim of the guide is to fill that gap.”

Care & Nursing Essentials' Naidex 2018 highlights

Naidex - safe house

Naidex 2018 – Europe’s largest and most established event for the disability sector – took place alongside the Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo at Birmingham’s NEC last week.

Our editor Victoria Galligan went along to meet exhibitors, are here are some of her highlights:

• Watching the SANO stairclimber take a wheelchair backwards up four stairs was truly remarkable – for people who have steps out onto the street or are unable to fit a ramp, this piece of tech is ideal. The SANO reps told me some supermarkets have invested in stairclimbers as part of their emergency evacuation plans. See more here.

We're backing the Changing Places campaign for accessible toilet facilities

pantsdown4equality Changing Places Sarah

Care & Nursing Essentials magazine are proud to be backing the Changing Places campaign. Tired of not being able to access toilets in public, healthcare workers are joining parents and disability rights campaigners to call on shops, restaurants and public buildings to accommodate adults who need to change in a dignified way.

The Twitter campaign #changingplaces has been highlighting inadequate toilet facilities and praising firms who have invested in hoists, adult-sized changing tables, grip handles and pull-cord alarms to ensure people of all abilities can change without being embarrassed – and so that carers can lift and handle without putting themselves at risk.

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. 

Innovative new Droplet mug helps carers tackle dehydration

Droplet Mug jug

A new smart mug that helps people to independently hydrate thanks to a light and sound alert has boosted water intake in clinical trials. Droplet is the new modular hydration solution that encourages people to drink more. Featuring a simple and engaging design, the Droplet mug has been specifically created to lessen the risk of dehydration and support the work of healthcare providers in hospitals and care homes.

Connect2Care launches healthcare apprenticeships with United Lincolnshire Hospitals

Connect2Care, an expert provider of training and apprenticeships in the care sector, has expanded its offer with the launch of its first healthcare apprenticeship standards across hospitals within Lincolnshire.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and its Talent Academy has teamed up with Connect2Care to deliver bespoke nursing development apprenticeships in Boston, Grantham, Lincoln and Louth. Eleven cadets are already enrolled on the scheme – which started in October – and plans are in place for a further 70 to commence a Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship.

Renray Healthcare

Renray Healthcare

Renray Healthcare is one of the largest and leading suppliers of high quality furniture and products to the healthcare sector. With over 50 years’ experience of manufacturing and supplying to the industry, you can feel rest assured that you are in good hands.

Our product offerings include bedroom, lounge, dining and communal furniture for care, nursing and residential establishments; beds, mattresses and PAC; patient and ward furniture for the NHS, and specially designed products for dementia and challenging environments. We also have an in house soft furnishings and flooring department who design, manufacture and install to your requirements.

Tanglewood Employees In Line for Care Awards

Care Awards

Fourteen employees at Tanglewood Care Homes are keeping their fingers crossed ahead of the second annual Lincolnshire Care Awards next week. 

The 14 team members have all been nominated for awards by care home managers, colleagues, residents or families – and they will find out if they’ve won at a ceremony in Lincoln on 22nd February.

Tanglewood employees make up one-fifth of the total nominees, and 11 of them work in one care home – Cedar Falls in Spalding.

The shortlisted candidates are:

Nursing category

Gabriel Curila – Hunters Creek Care Home in Boston

Stephanie Hewat-Jaboor, Mariana Anton and Susan Palethorpe – Cedar Falls Care Home in Spalding

Residential category

Moira Tasker – Tanglewood Care Home in Horncastle

‘Game-changing’ blood test could detect pancreatic cancer early

pancreatic cancer action Ali Stunt CEO

A “game-changing” new blood test for pancreatic cancer has been unveiled by researchers. 

The new test, formulated by scientists at John Hopkins University in the US, looks for signs of eight common types of cancer including pancreatic cancer. It requires only a blood sample and may prove very inexpensive. 

“The idea is this test would make its way into the public and we could set up screening centres,” says Nickolas Papadopoulos, one of the Johns Hopkins researchers behind the test. “That’s why it has to be cheap and non-invasive.”

The blood test is undergoing further trials with the aim being that people could eventually take it once a year, the researchers say.

Take on the challenge of re-shaping care sector

care worker with resident

Students are being invited to help re-shape the future of the care sector.

The Care Innovation Challenge is a competition devised to kickstart new ideas and solutions. It will take place on 17th and 18th February.

Students from a range of disciplines are invited to think broadly on ways to create positive change. Their ideas are showcased over a creative weekend of idea generation and prototype trialling.

"We need great ideas and innovation from dynamic and driven people"

Outstanding rating for home care service

care home hands

Staff at a domiciliary care agency are celebrating after being rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

SweetTree Home Care Services – which is based in Swiss Cottage, north-west London, but provides home and live-in services across the capital – was judged as being well-led and responsive. It was rated good for being safe, effective and caring. The agency provides support to a range of people from the elderly and people living with dementia, to those with brain injuries and learning disabilities.