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Our editorial pages feature top columnists, parliamentary and legal updates, news, people stories, event and exhibition previews, conference coverage, diary dates and business and property news. 
The magazine goes directly to the people with buying power - the budget-holders and decision-makers - which is why it is so effective at delivering product and service information to the right people.
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Dancing through Dementia Action Week
May 2019 | Dancing through Dementia Action Week
MUSIC , dancing and top-class entertainment were the essential ingredients when Athena Healthcare Northwest Community Activity Hub came together with Studio 10 Dance and Drama College (Bootle) and British Ballroom and Latin Junior Dance Champions, to enjoy an afternoon together at the Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport this week.  
The enjoyment of music and dancing for all, and especially those who live with dementia, has long been promoted to ensure emotional and physical wellbeing.  
It was apt then that during Dementia Action Week the ''Let's Get Loud' event was held, bringing Athena Care Home residents, the Promenade Care Home and the local community together to enjoy an afternoon of live entertainment.  
Dancing demonstrations from the Under 12 British Champions in Latin and Ballroom, Francis and Olivia, gave those who were once light on the feet, had music and dancing as a regular social activity, an opportunity to reminisce.  
Head of business development for Athena Healthcare, Alison Foreman, said: 'It was a wonderful, uplifting and enjoyable event for everyone who attended. Our residents gain so much from being active and a live music and dancing event has to be the best way of bringing residents, families, talented young dancers and the wider community together.'
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Wallpaper Murals Recreate a Historic City Centre Inside a New Care Home
May 2019 | Wallpaper Murals Recreate a Historic City Centre Inside a New Care Home
Tanglewood Care Homes have recently opened their new flagship Cloverleaf Care Home in Lincoln. Naturally impressed by the quality of the furnishings and dècor throughout the home, one is nevertheless amazed to exit the lift on the second floor and step straight into the historic city-centre of Lincoln - all made possible with wallpaper murals.  
Care Home Murals was commissioned to provide the wallpapers for this lobby area. The firm, who specialise in designing wallpaper murals for care homes, have recreated the iconic Bailgate shopping street in a clever way that is instantly recognisable to both residents and visitors.  
Tracy Ann Shelbourn, Tanglewood Care Homes Founder & CEO said 'We have six care homes in Lincolnshire, and each one has its own identity and personality. We have worked with Care Home Murals before and I knew Michael, their designer, would jump at the chance to create something special for us at Cloverleaf. Cloverleaf's Bailgate-themed area is our tribute to a forward-thinking city steeped in history.'  
The result is quite astonishing. The murals, all carefully designed down to the smallest detail, provide just the right amount of visual impact in a balanced and meaningful way for the residents. With the complementary furnishings, the lobby is a familiar, welcoming, peaceful yet fascinating environment in which to sit quietly or chat with friends outside the Cafè with a cup of tea.  
Michael Potter, Care Home Murals design director, comments 'As muralists, creating wall imagery that 'works' for the intended space and purpose is what we do. Every job is different and we relish opportunities, such as a
Company urges public to 'Care About Dementia'
May 2019 | Company urges public to 'Care About Dementia'
A HOMECARE company has launched a campaign to raise awareness of dementia to thousands of people UK wide. 
'Care About Dementia' is Home Instead Senior Care's campaign kicking off during the Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Action Week in May. As part of the week, which runs from May 20 to May 26, Home Instead CAREGivers will be sharing caring advice and tips to help people with dementia to live well. 
The campaign is just one of the steps the home care company takes to raise awareness of dementia, a disease affecting more than 850,000 people in the UK. 
In the last year, more than 1,100 Home Instead CAREGivers have been trained in City & Guilds accredited dementia awareness. 
Martin Jones, managing director of Home Instead Senior said: 'Almost all of us know someone affected by dementia and so we all have a reason to take action and learn more about it. Care About Dementia is all about sharing information and useful information with the public if they are caring for a family member, friend or relative with dementia. 
'With so many of our elderly clients affected by dementia, our CAREGivers are passionate about helping them to live well and have so much advice to share. The more we talk about dementia, the more we can all learn how to help people living with it.' 
Searching for the hashtag #CareAboutDementia on social media, people will be able to view useful advice and tips on social media.
Interactive Dementia Experiences at The Alzheimer's Show 2019
May 2019 | Interactive Dementia Experiences at The Alzheimer's Show 2019
Two interactive dementia experiences will feature at The Alzheimer's Show 7-8 June 2019 at Olympia London. Training2Care's Virtual Dementia Tour, the closest a person with a healthy brain can experience what dementia might be like, will appear along with Alzheimer's Research UK's virtual reality app, A Walk Through Dementia. The app was guided by people living with dementia for a better understanding of some of the symptoms they live with. Both features are valuable sources of information and training for care professionals and family carers and are free to take part in. 
The two-day conference and exhibition will host an extensive speaker programme with leading industry experts, professionals, family carers and people living with dementia, practical activity workshops, professional advice clinics and leading dementia and care exhibitors.  
For further information and to book tickets visit www.alzheimersshow.co.uk. One-day tickets cost £15 online and £20 on the door.
Forbes delivers a streamlined solution for national care groups
May 2019 | Forbes delivers a streamlined solution for national care groups
A NATIONAL care group needs to know they are delivering a consistently high standard of care. 
And in order to do this they need to ensure that they are working with service partners they can trust.  
When it comes to laundry provision, centralised procurement and management teams want to know that they will have access to a streamlined process for all ongoing account and service management.  
Forbes Professional offers a nationwide delivery of a local-based service, with the security and reliability that comes from being a long-established company.  
Our expansive network of depots and field engineers enables a highly responsive service and maintenance response, which is mobilised via a dedicated hotline at our head office.  
We work closely with clients to devise the solution best suited to their requirements; conducting comprehensive site-surveys, offering detailed CAD designs and always specifying the most appropriate, industry compliant machines.  
We choose our manufacturers carefully to ensure that we are offering the highest quality of both product and service.  
For the care sector, hygiene is always of paramount importance and our commercial laundry equipment fully adheres to the relevant WRAS and CQC guidelines for infection control.  
All of our laundry equipment is available for rent, lease or purchase with maintenance. Our complete care solution gives access to premium products without upfront capital outlay and with no repair or replacement bills for the life of the contract.  
National care groups are always assigned a dedicated account manager who remains their point of contact, centralising all account management for a highly efficient process that keeps things simple for both procurement teams and care management staff.
Property News From Caring UK
Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
May 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
May 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
May 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
May 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.
May 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.
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