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December 2019 | Major features added in CoolCare4's latest software update
CoolCare has added two major features to its care home management software, CoolCare4.  
Release 4.3 includes both a staff portal and a text messaging service to help care homes communicate more easily with their staff.   
The additions to CoolCare's innovative software are recognition of an increasing need in the care sector to communicate with staff instantly to safely staff homes, improve the efficiency of hours management and aid retention.   
CoolCare managing director, Fiona Hale, said: 'CoolCare release 4.3 is a real landmark for us. Allowing staff to manage their own holidays, and see their hours at any time on their own devices, is a fabulous empowerment tool, giving staff more control over their working lives in this turbulent recruitment market.  
'It also reduces administration time taken managing holiday requests and answering pay queries.  
'Speaking to one of our pilot homes recently, the manager told me that prior to using our staff portal, he'd have a queue of people waiting outside his office every morning to talk about their hours.   
'Now, he barely gets any queries.  In just a couple of months of usage, it has revolutionised his working day, giving him more time to spend with his residents and running his business. I'm so excited for all our customers to share these benefit.!' 
Following the release, staff from care homes using CoolCare4 will have their own login, allowing them to see and update important information about their working lives.  T 
hrough access to the CoolCare4 staff portal, staff will be able to see a calendar view of their shifts, holiday, training and absence.    
It also allows them to manage their hours, seeing what shifts they are planned to work and giving them the option to take on extra shifts.   
The new text messaging feature allows CoolCare's customers to send custom messages to one or multiple staff members.   Working alongside the staff portal, the home can send SMS requests to cover a shift directly from the rota.  
Leigh Ellis, CoolCare technical director, added: 'While this is a milestone in CoolCare4's development, given the breadth of features in this release, CoolCare has actually made in excess of 35 releases since its initial launch.  All of which include feature enhancements and new functionality.    
'We take a lot of pride in the way we develop our software, putting user experience and behaviour driven development at the heart of our processes. We then learn how our customers interact with the software and make constant enhancements to further improve ease of use.' 
CoolCare's full in-house development team is now continuing its focus on staff management features for its next significant development milestone.
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Residents visit Sebastian's Action Trust's centre for seriously-ill children
December 2019 | Residents visit Sebastian's Action Trust's centre for seriously-ill children
A GROUP of residents from Sunrise of Bagshot care home spent time at Sebastian's Action Trust's family outreach centre - The Woodlands - filling sweet cones in preparation for the charity's Christmas market next month.   
Sebastian's Action Trust provides emotional, social and practical support to 528 families of seriously-ill children living in Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. 
Five residents from Sunrise of Bagshot, along with team members, put together sweet cones which will be sold on one of the many stalls that will feature at the first Christmas market taking place at the charity's Crowthorne facility.   
The visit to The Woodlands was part of Sunrise Senior Living UK's 'Live with Purpose' programme; a seven-point initiative which encourages residents to use their mind, body and soul through various activities including theatre trips, going out for coffee, visits to Marks and Spencer, river boat trips and generally getting out and about in the community.
Residents spread joy before festive season
December 2019 | Residents spread joy before festive season
CHAPLIN Lodge in Wickford, Essex, is supporting Wickford Salvation Army Foodbank this winter by opening a donation drop off point within the home. 
Staff, residents, family members and the public are being encouraged to bring their contributions in to the home to be redistributed to less fortunate families during the colder months, in particular toiletries and dried and tinned goods. 
As part of the initiative, staff and residents at Chaplin Lodge chose to contribute to Wickford Salvation Army Foodbank, supporting those in need at what can often be a more difficult time of year.
Home celebrates handy man's success
December 2019 | Home celebrates handy man's success
HARMONY House Care Home in Nuneaton is celebrating the success of handy man Martin Moore at a fishing competition held in memory of one of its residents, Dennis Armitage.  
To celebrate his lifelong love of fishing, the memorial Dennis the Fish Armitage Trophy fishing competition was held over two lakes the Heron and the Grebe, one of which Dennis used to own.  
Martin fished on the Grebe, winning the cup with a combined weight of 164lbs. 
Old and young celebrate the power of music
December 2019 | Old and young celebrate the power of music
PUPILS from The King's School joined residents at Grosvenor Manor Care Centre in Chester to show that there are no age limits to enjoying music. 
Inspired by BBC Music Day , the old and the young came together at the care home to celebrate the power of music to improve and change lives, especially for those living with conditions such as dementia. 
A group of 6th Form students from the top performing co-educational independent school located just outside of Chester spent the afternoon at Grosvenor Manor, performing a range of songs from different eras for the residents and encouraging them to get involved too.
Property News From Caring UK
Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
December 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
December 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
December 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
December 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.
December 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.