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An Apprentice at 50, Shelly can't believe how good she feels
May 2018 | An Apprentice at 50, Shelly can't believe how good she feels
Shelly, is a support worker who takes huge pride in her role and the difference she makes every day to the lives of people she helps at Holland House, a support service for people with Prader-Willi Syndrome. 
When Shelly reached the big 50 she decided to take some time away from her current role. During that time, she supported a neighbour in caring for their husband who was diagnosed with a terminal illness. The experience changed Shelly's life and she began to consider how she could use her caring and compassionate nature to benefit others. 
A friend suggested a career in care and helped Shelly to create a CV and apply for roles. Shelly persisted and applied for a job as support worker with Consensus Support Services which she was offered and eagerly accepted. 
After six months, Shelly knew that this role was one she loved, and she wanted to expand her knowledge and educate herself further. Consensus Support Services worked with leading training provider Qube Learning to offer Apprenticeship training for its staff and Shelly started the NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care.  
Having just completed her NVQ Shelly feels more confident, competent and says her self-esteem has gone through the roof. She is eager to get going on her NVQ Level 3, something she had never thought she would hear herself say! 
Qube Learning is proud to be an OFSTED grade 2 (Good) training provider and works with hundreds of employers across the country to deliver a range of training and qualifications to a multitude of learners.  
Find out how an Apprenticeship could kick-start your career or contribute to your organisation by contacting the training experts at Qube Learning.
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Home celebrates latest Care Inspectorate grading
May 2018 | Home celebrates latest Care Inspectorate grading
STAFF and residents at Balhousie Forth View Care Home in Fife celebrated achieving two Grade 5 ratings after a recent Care Inspectorate visit by throwing an extra special party. 
Forth View was awarded a 'very good' rating of Grade 5 for both 'Management and Leadership' and 'Care and Support' after introducing a number of initiatives including a drive for more 'person-centred care' to enable residents to be more supported and involved in decision making within the home. 
The Care Inspectorate's visit found that residents and their relatives were very happy with the level of care provided and enjoy many of the home's activities including a Residents Committee, while staff felt well supported and 'listened to' by their managers. 
Heather Smith, area manager for Balhousie Care Group, is pictured with Gordon Candlish, care home manager at Balhousie Forth View.
Nurse celebrates 35 years with maritime charity
May 2018 | Nurse celebrates 35 years with maritime charity
A HOME manager from Sutton is celebrating 35 years' service to a Banstead-based maritime charity, having dedicated her life to the care of former seafarers and mariners. 
Anne Kasey first joined the Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society as a nurse at the previous care home located in another area of Banstead in 1983. She worked her way up to become the home's most senior nurse and manager in 2006. 
Anne has been instrumental in the Society's continued success, ensuring the charity's 152 years history of serving elderly and infirm former seafarers delivers its purpose. She has overseen the expansion of the care facilities at Belvedere House to include a dedicated dementia wing and ensured top results in its CQC inspections.
Home makes resident's wish come true
May 2018 | Home makes resident's wish come true
THE team at Hungerford Care Home in Berkshire fulfilled a wish for resident Phillip McKnight by arranging for him to be taken on a nostalgic trip back to Stamford Bridge where he used to play for Chelsea Football Club. 
Phillip, in his younger days, was a famous footballer, known as 'Corky' McKnight. Born in Glasgow in 1924, he played for Aloa Athletic before WWII and on demobilisation from the Royal Navy in 1946 he moved south and joined Chelsea Football Club.  
He stayed at Stamford Bridge for eight seasons before being transferred to Leyton Orient where he was a regular for seven seasons and a member of the Division 3 championship side of 1956-57. 
In his later years Phillip held coaching and managerial roles at Orient, Hayes and Ruislip Manor. 
Phillip moved into Hungerford Care Home a few months ago at 93 years of age.
Relative of Andover care home resident takes 'One Giant Leap' for charity
May 2018 | Relative of Andover care home resident takes 'One Giant Leap' for charity
AN Andover care home is supporting the son-in -law of one of its residents who is going to take part in a tandem skydive at 10,000 feet to raise money for Alzheimer's research. 
Kevin Bellis, 41, will be braving the jump on May 27 to raise sponsorship money for the Alzheimer's Society, which researches the disease in order to find a cure. The jump will coincide with Dementia Action Week, which runs from May 21 to 27. 
Kevin decided to take part in the charity's 'One Giant Leap' campaign on behalf of his mother-in-law, Gill, who is a resident at Mountwood care home. 
The home is supporting Kevin by helping him to raise money on his JustGiving page and by promoting the event to visitors. He is aiming to reach his target of £430 before the event. 
Pictured is Sarah-Jane Bellis, Gill Dann, and Kevin Bellis.
Property News From Caring UK
Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
May 2018 | 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
May 2018 | 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
May 2018 | 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
May 2018 | 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.
May 2018 | 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.
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22/05/2018 | Caring UK Conference 2018 - Staffordshire, Keele University
23/05/2018 | Caring UK Conference 2018 - Blackpool, Herons Reach - Village Hotel Blackpool
05/06/2018 | Commercial Kitchen Show 2018, The NEC, Birmingham
27/06/2018 | Health Plus Care Show 2018, ExCel London
04/07/2018 | Caring UK Conference 2018 - Wetherby, The Bridge Hotel and Spa