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Apetito springS forward with THE LAUNCH  OF new gluten-free dishes
April 2015 | Apetito springS forward with THE LAUNCH OF new gluten-free dishes
Leading food company, apetito has extended its successful range for care homes for Spring menus, including additions to its popular gluten free selection. The new products, all available in both twin and multi portions, have been launched to complement apetito's existing dishes which have become firm favorites with residents.  
 
Extensions to the gluten-free range include traditional Cottage Pie, Pork and Apple Casserole, Savoury Minced Beef and Shepherd's Pie. 
 
Newly developed dishes include a warming Bramley Apple & Blackberry Pie, Plum & Cherry Pie and Chocolate Éclairs which make a delicious accompaniment to afternoon tea and can help to maintain energy levels.  
 
'All our products are lovingly created by our team of chefs to provide high quality, delicious meals for all tastes and preferences. The latest additions to our ever-changing portfolio allows homes to refresh their menus for the Spring season and offer residents an even wider choice of tasty dishes which meet individual dietary requirements,' commented Ellen Brown, apetito Divisional Manager for Care Homes.  
 
apetito's range of meals have been created to meet individual nutritional needs and taste preferences, taking into consideration factors including special dietary requirements such as gluten free, low salt or low fat, medical conditions such diabetes and cultural diversity. All dishes meet CQC standards - along with BDA Digest Guidelines and Food in Hospitals National Catering and Nutrition Specification for Food and Fluid Provision in Hospitals in Scotland - and are quick and convenient to prepare. 
 
The new products will be available from 1st April, 2015.  
 
For more information or to book a FREE tasting session with the apetito Care Homes team, please visit www.challengeapetito.co.uk or call 0800 542 2631. 
 
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Time For Tea:  Apetito Joins Care Homes In Celebrating  Nutrition And Hydration Week
April 2015 | Time For Tea: Apetito Joins Care Homes In Celebrating Nutrition And Hydration Week
Care homes across the country treated residents to special tea parties with the help of leading food provider, apetito, to mark this year's Nutrition and Hydration Week (16th - 22nd March). 
 
Aimed at raising awareness of the importance of good nutrition and hydration as part of quality care, this year's Week included a dedicated Worldwide Afternoon Tea on 18th March. The afternoon tea theme was chosen to demonstrate how this simple meal occasion is ideal for promoting and improving nutrition and hydration, while also offering the important emotional benefits associated with socialising.  
Parties hosted by 35 homes across the country including the Summerhill Group were among hundreds happening around the world to mark the occasion. Celebrations included all the ingredients of a traditional tea party, from cake and tea to music, dancing and a smoothie making competition. 
 
'As a leading provider of delicious and nutritious meals to care homes, apetito is a major advocate of the value of good nutrition, which is why we're keen to support Nutrition and Hydration Week every year,' said Ellen Brown, Divisional Manager Care Homes at apetito. 
 
'It was a lot of fun working with homes to host their tea parties, but there's a very serious message here. Elderly malnutrition in particular is a huge problem in the UK and with more than one in three care home residents thought to be malnourished on admission1, managers and operators face a big challenge in ensuring residents receive food that's not only nutritious, but delicious and appetising to ensure they're encouraged to eat in the first place. 
 
By working with food providers such as apetito, homes can rest assured that residents are treated to meals that fit their individual nutritional needs and - more importantly - that they can look forward to eating.' 
 
Nutrition and Hydration Week is a nationally-recognised initiative organised by the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) and the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA).  
To book a FREE tasting session with the apetito Care Homes team, visit www.apetito.co.uk/care-homes. Or, for more information call 0800 542 2631
Dine Contract Catering's Royal Presentation
April 2015 | Dine Contract Catering's Royal Presentation
Highly entrepreneurial operator, Dine Contract Catering has presented His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex with a new sponsored minibus for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. 
 
The official handover in Lancashire was followed by an address by The Earl in which he thanked the award winning contract catering company for its ongoing support in helping young people. The sponsored bus will allow even more schools and youth groups across the North to join the challenging expeditions organised by the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.  
 
Dedicated to helping people between 14 and 24 years old, the Award is aimed at giving young people the life and work skills they need to reach their full potential. Many of those who benefit are from a disadvantaged background. 
 
Ian Cartwright, Dine Contract Catering's Managing Director, commented: 'We're delighted to sponsor the new minibus and help even more young people across Britain achieve their Bronze, Silver or Gold awards. The work of this brilliant charity links back with the ethos of our own company - to help provide young people in the catering sector with the tools, knowledge and confidence they need to forge successful careers in the future.  
 
'To this end, each of the new apprentices we take on every year are given the opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award and we're very proud of those from last year's intake who have chosen to progress to the Gold Award.' 
 
Paul Griffiths, The Duke of Edinburgh Operations Manager for Greater Manchester, added: 'Every year Dine Contract Catering provide outstanding support for The Duke of Edinburgh charity. Just last year the Team jumped on their bikes and raised over £10,000 with a cycle from Edinburgh to Dublin and now this new minibus will be a great addition to help young people across the North West achieve their ambitions.' 
 
For more information on Dine Contract Catering, visit www.dine-contract-catering.com
April 2015 | Residents sparkle on jewellery course
RESIDENTS at a care home in Glasgow have found sparkling success on a jewellery design course. 
Four residents from Bupa's Craigbank took part in the classes, which ran in the local community of Possil Park every Friday, facilitated by the city's Kelvin College. 
The residents each achieved an SCQF level one certificate in Working with Craft Tools, which provided them with an introduction on how to identify and use various craft tools. 
A presentation also took place at the home, with each 'graduating' resident receiving a bouquet of flowers.
Girls perform recital at Timperley care home
April 2015 | Girls perform recital at Timperley care home
PUPILS from Altrincham Girls' Grammar School performed an impressive music recital for the residents and staff at Allingham House Care Centre in Timperley. 
The hour-long performance was undertaken by 20 pupils from the school, ranging from years 8-13, and included music from the school's chamber choir, senior string quartet and several soloists.  
Music performed incorporated a wide variety of styles from contemporary American choral composer Eric Whitacre to an arrangement of the 1970s hit 'Downtown'. 
Residents and staff at the purpose-built 86 bed care facility came together for the performance and really enjoyed it.
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Bondcare invests in North East care homes
April 2015 | 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
April 2015 | 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
April 2015 | 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.
April 2015 | 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.
April 2015 | Karim adds Valley Lodge to his portfolio
HEALTHCARE operator Karim Rajan has completed the acquisition of Valley Lodge care home in Chandlers Ford thanks to loan facilities from The Royal Bank of Scotland 
He plans to increase the facilities at the 30-bed specialist dementia facility by extending the existing property as well as undertaking a full refurbishment which will provide a better living environment for its current residents.  
The work on the extension, which will take the registration up to 43, is expected to commence in September and will be carried out sensitively to ensure there is as little disruption as possible. 
Other homes in Karim's portfolio include Grasmere Nursing Home in Worthing, West Sussex and Shangria-la Care Home in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire.
Current & Upcoming Events
13/05/2015 | Caring UK Care Providers Conference - Yorkshire Event 2015, Wetherby Racecourse
21/05/2015 | National Care Association Symposium - Essex 2015, Essex
01/07/2015 | Caring UK Care Providers Conference - South West Region - Bristol 2015, The Bristol Pavillion, Gloucester Cricket Ground
02/07/2015 | Caring UK Care Providers Conference - South Westion Region - Torquay 2015, Riviera International Conference Centre
02/07/2015 | National Care Association Symposium - Devon/Cornwall 2015, Devon/Cornwall