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Healthcare Cleaning Specialist Set for Growth
November 2014 | Healthcare Cleaning Specialist Set for Growth
A young company which provides decontamination services to the healthcare sector is planning further growth following a successful rebrand.  
Carequip was founded in 2010 under the name YD Healthcare but as the company developed a clearer name and stronger brand was needed. 
Managing Director Dean Swift received support from business coaches at Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC) as part of the Enterprising Barnsley programme to develop his marketing and brand. 
Carequip provides decontamination services to care companies and NHS community equipment stores cleaning anything from wheelchairs to pressurised mattresses. 
'Because patients are being discharged from hospital quickly these days, more and more patients require specialist equipment in their homes,' said Dean, aged 27. 
'This equipment comes from community equipment stores which can have as many as 600 mattresses in each. 
'When they've been loaned out they require specialist cleaning and that's where we come in.' 
Carequip, which employs four people, predominantly operates in the Yorkshire region but has just won its first contract in Lancashire. 
'The business is growing and we realised that our existing brand didn't reflect who we were,' added Dean, whose business is based at Carlton Industrial Estate in Barnsley. 
'The help we've had from Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre has been excellent. We've now got a fantastic new website, name and stationery which puts us in a great position moving forward. We're now looking at tenders, targeting other key sectors and adding to the Carequip team.' 
Kevin Steel, Business Development Manager at Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre, which provides coaching support through the Enterprising Barnsley programme, said: 'Carequip has a huge amount of potential. The healthcare sector is enormous and there are some excellent opportunities awaiting companies like Carequip.  
'We've been able to help Carequip improve its brand and sharpen up its marketing which hopefully will pay dividends for the company in the months and years to come.'
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Apetito names its new head of care homes
November 2014 | Apetito names its new head of care homes
Apetito has appointed Ellen Brown as the new manager of its care homes division. 
Ellen joined apetito nearly a decade ago and has been part of its care homes team since the division launched in 2008. Her new role will include responsibility for the division's overall strategy. 
'Not only do I find the care homes market incredibly rewarding to work with, I'm also inspired by the enthusiasm and open-mindedness of the operators, managers and carers we work with,' said Ellen. 'With the number of people aged over 65 expected to rise by nearly 50 per cent in the next 16 years, the care homes market is likely to come under more pressure than ever and I'm excited about the opportunities we have to help homes meet the challenges this will present. As sales manager, I was fully immersed in our day to day work with care homes and I'm looking forward to taking a step back and taking a look at where this dynamic sector is going.' 
Ellen replaces Lee Sheppard, who has become apetito's new director of public policy and external affairs.
Home proves you are never too old to paintball
November 2014 | Home proves you are never too old to paintball
RESIDENTS at a Stockton-on-Tees care home proved that you're never too old to try something new when they embraced the experience of paintballing. 
Staff at Mandale House, in Thornaby, introduced the arty activity, which was a first for all of those who took part, during an end of summer barbecue attended by residents, staff, family and friends and members of the local community. 
Along with the paintballing installment, provided by Richard and Tommy Cross, that gave residents to chance to shoot colourful paint pellets at targets rather than each other, there was a whole host of entertainment on offer including stalls, stands, food, refreshments, prizes and even a visit from a fire engine. 
The event raised £136 for the residents' fund, which goes towards days out and activities for those living at Mandale House. 
Resident George Barrett is pictured with his carer.
November 2014 | St Andrews Court mark World Alzheimer's Month
RESIDENTS at Bield's St Andrews Court Care Home, which is designed for older people living with dementia, played their part in recognising the third global World Alzheimer's Month by undertaking a number of activities during September. 
Events at the facility in Uphall, West Lothian, kicked off with a trip on the scenic Bo'ness to Kinneil rail line.  
The outing along the 10-mile heritage railway, which runs alongside the Forth Estuary, was suggested by staff to allow residents to soak up the sights, smells and sounds of yesteryear. 
Other activities included an in-house concert at the home performed by 'Music In Hospitals', as well as an evening trip to the 'Older People Have Talent' show at Broxburn Community Hall.
Fashion show raises £14,000 for charity
November 2014 | Fashion show raises £14,000 for charity
MORE than 200 women raised £14,000 for two charities as they viewed the latest in autumn and winter fashion from Averyl's of Temple Fortune on the catwalk at the inaugural Alzheimer's Disease Golf Society fashion show. 
Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips CBE and TV presenter and broadcaster Fiona Phillips both attended to support the fashion show as Alzheimer's Society ambassadors, and both have personal experiences of dementia. 
The event, organised by the ADGS committee, was the last for long standing committee chair Morella Kayman MBE, and an opportunity for her to sign copies of her recently published autobiography 'A Life to Remember: The Life Story of Morella Kayman'. The foreword is written by Fiona Phillips.  
Morella Kayman is pictured with a copy of her book and Arlene Phillips CBE and Fiona Phillips.
Property News From Caring UK
Bondcare invests in North East care homes
November 2014 | 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
November 2014 | 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
November 2014 | 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.
November 2014 | 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.
November 2014 | 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.