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January 2019 | Home spearheads new initiative
LIGHTHOUSE Lodge nursing/ residential care home in New Brighton is spearheading a community local eateries and businesses initiative. 
Some of the residents recently enjoyed complimentary coffees at Costa Coffee in New Brighton, and now 
other businesseshave offered to do the same. 
Athena Healthcare Group's Lighthouse Lodge officially opened last October, creating jobs and new business in New Brighton. 
Spokesperson Lesley Malon said: 'We are working with local organisations to help regenerate New Brighton for people to enjoy, live and come and visit. 
'Working together makes a difference for older people to live their own lives to the fullest and to make their own choices as the age well.'
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Discount on guide to help adult social care providers improve their CQC rating
January 2019 | Discount on guide to help adult social care providers improve their CQC rating
IT'S important that care providers are equipped with the right knowledge and skills to lead their service effectively.  
Skills for Care helps create a well-led, skilled and valued adult social care workforce, and their online bookshop has a range of popular resources for managers and care workers. This January, selected publications are available at a discount. 
This includes the 'Good and outstanding care' guide, which supports adult social care providers to improve their service and prepare for their next CQC inspection. 
The guide shows the key characteristics that differentiate CQC ratings and shares recommendations and best practice under each area of inspection.  
It draws on practical examples and inspection reports from providers already rated good and outstanding. This learning can help other employers assess their current performance and identify key areas to improve their service and CQC rating. Some of the shared learning is simple and effective, while others are more innovative and transformational.  
The workbook edition of the guide has activities and self-assessment checklists to benchmark what you're doing now and decide where to make improvements. This January, get your copy of the workbook for a discounted price of just £30 (usually £35).  
This is just one of the guides in the Skills for Care January sale. Don't miss out - find this publication and more at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/bookshop.
Technology helps care home residents find their voices
January 2019 | Technology helps care home residents find their voices
STAFF at a care home in Formby have launched a pioneering new initiative to bring their residents up-to-speed with the latest technology using voice-command devices. 
Athena Health Care Group runs a Community Activities Hub and their latest project has seen them team up with software company Yozu, who have provided Alexa devices for residents living at Woodlands Lodge in Formby. 
Residents will now be able to use the voice-command devices to play music, find out what the weather is like and hear news updates and turn lights on or off. 
Lesley Malone, events organiser for the healthcare group said: 'Our ladies and gentlemen are looking forward chatting to Alexa. 
'We are known to be at the forefront of the latest care innovations and we want to push the boundaries once more with the implementation of smart home technology throughout all care homes.'
Japanese academics learn from Belong
January 2019 | Japanese academics learn from Belong
JAPANESE academics and care professionals visited Belong's most recently opened care village, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, to see how the country's growing care sector can benefit from insights into the organisation's specialist model of dementia care, which is unique in the UK. 
The group, led by associate professor at Osaka City University Graduate School of Business Takaya Kawamura was joined by local MP Paul Farrelly on a tour of the £13.5m care village development, including the Belong Heritage Gallery. 
Made possible by a £1.8 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Belong Heritage Gallery was created by transforming Newcastle-under-Lyme's oldest building into a centre for world-leading dementia care. It also charts the building's 350-year history, which includes being a potters, a coaching inn and famous 80s nightclub, Maxims.
Association hosts care cook workshops
January 2019 | Association hosts care cook workshops
HAMPSHIRE Care Association partnered with Harvest Fine Foods to host two care cook workshops in the company's demo kitchen in Totton.  
The sessions for care home chefs and cooks were led by expert care chef Preston Walker and chocolate master Sam Rain, winner of Bake Off Creme De La Crème.  
The workshops focused on the difficulties of providing interesting and nutritious meals for residents with dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) and the new IDDSI (The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative) diet descriptions which come into effect in April 2019.
Property News From Caring UK
Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
January 2019 | Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
SPECIALIST business property adviser Christie & Co has sold Spurfield House in Exminster near Exeter on behalf of Guinness Care & Support. 
Having closed earlier this year, it has been acquired by a specialist operator from Torquay who plans to invest in the property and reopen it as a care facility in 2017. 
The site, which stands in a sizeable plot located close to the centre of the village, is a detached period property and was previously registered to provide accommodation for 13 people. 
Christie & Co has been instructed to market the remainder of the Guinness Care & Support care home portfolio which comprises a further six homes in Exeter, Tiverton, Paignton and Kingsteignton near Newton Abbot.
Bondcare invests in North East care homes
January 2019 | Bondcare invests in North East care homes
BONDCARE is investing more than £1m in major refurbishments at four of its North East care homes. 
Allan Court in Benwell, Newcastle; Debaliol Care Home in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland; Donwell House Care Home & Day Centre in Washington and Redworth House in Shildon, Co. Durham, will all benefit from the investment. 
Allan Court will undergo a full refurbishment of its lower ground floor to create a seven-bed learning disability unit. The refurbishment will include a new heating system, new lounge, kitchen and diner and a full re-fit and redecoration of the home's bedrooms.  
Debaliol will also have a new heating system installed and its public areas and some bedrooms refurbished.  
Donwell House will have a new heating system fitted, some of its bedrooms refurbished and improvements made to the car park and the home's gardens. And Redworth House will benefit from general improvements to the public areas in the homes, including new carpets throughout.  
Chris Denton, manager at Allan Court, is pictured with resident Annie Hunter and Steve Massey, north east regional manager of Bondcare, choosing materials.
Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
January 2019 | Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
Barclays has provided funding to support Peverel Court Ltd's expansion plans at Bartlett's Residential Care Home The loan has helped facilitate a £1.1m expansion project and complete the first phase of a new 14-bed extension at the facility in the Buckinghamshire village of Stone, a short distance from Thame. Bartlett's Residential Care Home, which is owned and traded by Peverel Court Limited, is a Victorian country house built in 1856 and offers residents around the clock personal care including those with the early onset of dementia. The newly completed extension will allow the care home to increase the number of residents to 38 and will create eight new jobs to take the staff teams to 38. 
Barclays relationship director Neil Chandler is pictured with Peverel Court managing director Anil Dhanani.
Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
January 2019 | Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
A NEW retirement living development has been officially opened in Market Harborough by Methodist Homes. 
Rev Alison Tomlin, who lives in the town, cut the ribbon of Welland Place, one of the newest services from MHA. 
Welland Place has 100 one and two bedroom apartments for people over 60, with individualised care and on site support available 24 hours a day and options for sale, rent or shared ownership. Facilities for residents include a gym, spa, swimming pool and landscaped gardens. 
Residents and local supporters were welcomed by MHA Board Member Norman Mann, followed by a thanksgiving service with contributions from residents and the local Methodist Church.  
Manager Richard Haddon said: "We offer privacy and independence with total peace of mind, the best of both worlds, in a community of like-minded friends and neighbours. Several people have already become firm friends and the new community is growing and evolving all the time." 
MHA also offers residential and dementia care at Aigburth care home in Oadby, Leicester.
January 2019 | Home approved despite residents' opposition
PLANS for a new 44-bed care home in a Suffolk town have been approved despite vociferous opposition from local residents. 
Tanner & Tilley Town Planning and Development Consultants were successful in obtaining planning consent for Angel Care to construct the facility after a more ambitious scheme was rejected on appeal in January 2012. 
Angel Care's Sandip Ruparelia said: 'This approval means this scheme can now go ahead, enabling much needed extra care accommodation to be provided for the residents of Woodbridge.' 
Tanner & Tilley operations director John Montgomery told the Development Control Sub-Committee the new application fully addressed the appeal inspector's concerns regarding effect on the amenities of surrounding properties and, in particular, those in Godfreys Wood to the rear.   
The committee heard from local residents who opposed the scheme before granting planning permission, but only on the chairperson's casting vote.