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New head of care welcomed at Abbey View
October 2015 | New head of care welcomed at Abbey View
A FAMILY-owned Dorset care home which is undergoing a major refurbishment has welcomed a new head of care. 
Mary-Ann Marsh has joined Colten Care's Abbey View in Sherborne after 14 years at Yeovil District Hospital, latterly in the Frail Older Persons' Assessment Service.  
The first phase of a major refurbishment programme has now been completed at the home. 
The work includes a bigger, more welcoming foyer; a new in-house cafe; an improved hairdressing salon and a brighter dining room. 
Newly appointed head of care Mary-Ann Marsh (right) is pictured with Jo Ellis, home manager, in the refurbished dining room at Abbey View in Sherborne.
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Bield digs deep to benefit garden projects
October 2015 | Bield digs deep to benefit garden projects
BIELD, one of Scotland's leading care and housing providers, supplied several of their developments across Scotland with various seed kits to get their gardens blooming this summer. 
The UK's biggest ever wild flower campaign, Grow Wild is an initiative run by Kew Royal Botanic Gardens and aims to reintroduce native flowers and bees in Scotland. 
The initiative, which is funded by the National Lottery looks to encourage friends, families and neighbours to transform gardens and local areas into beautiful outdoor spaces by planting native wild flowers with their seed packs. 
The kits include a DIY bee house, which looks to help increase threatened bee populations by providing a home for them.
Residents meet goats as part of farm visit
October 2015 | Residents meet goats as part of farm visit
RESIDENTS at Montreux Living care homes enjoyed a meeting with a goat called Scarlet and her kid daughter Spangles - as part of a therapeutic farm visit.  
Studies of older people with animals have shown they can trigger therapeutic remembering, and improve motivation, self-esteem and cognitive function. 
And Scarlet and Spangles were just two of a menagerie including pigs, sheep, rabbits and guinea pigs from the Miller's Ark 'mobile farm' which last month spent an afternoon each in two Montreux Living care homes, Linden House in Epsom, Surrey, and Westerham Place in Westerham, Kent.
October 2015 | Beauty therapy students visit residents
TWO beauty therapy students from Mid Kent College visited residents at Rogers House in Wigmore for an enjoyable afternoon of pampering and relaxation. 
The two students, Lauren Brown and Amber Curtis, visited the residential home to do their bit for their local community and gain some valuable work experience in their chosen field. 
The girls gave the residents therapeutic hand massages whilst they chatted about their college course and what they would like to do in the future. The residents enjoyed the indulgent treat and loved getting to know the students a bit better too. 
Lauren, who has been a volunteer at Rogers House since she was at school, suggested the activity, knowing that residents of the home enjoy the occasional bit of pampering.
Sunrise residents have it down to a fine art
October 2015 | Sunrise residents have it down to a fine art
A SPECIAL collection of paintings, drawings and watercolours have been on display at every Sunrise Senior Living community across England and Wales as part of a campaign championing art for older people. 
The collection formed the centre-piece of the Art of Sunrise campaign, which was officially launched at a gallery event in central London.  
It displayed powerful images created by residents across the provider's 27 communities and included pieces produced by people living with dementia and other forms of memory loss. One resident, Herbert Walter Huggins, who contributed a piece, is 101 years old. 
Every piece showed the power art has in inspiring and engaging people of all ages and abilities.
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Bondcare invests in North East care homes
October 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
October 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
October 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.
October 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.
October 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.
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05/11/2015 | National Care Association Symposium - Oxford 2015, Oxford
12/11/2015 | Care England 2015 Conference & Exhibition, Church House Conference Centre