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Ida brings up her century at Birkdale Tower Lodge
October 2020 | Ida brings up her century at Birkdale Tower Lodge
BIRKDALE Tower Lodge, part of the Athena Healthcare Group, welcomed in a century with the 100th birthday celebration of one of resident Ida Dainton, who enjoyed her big day with an Andrè Rieu concert, a range of delicious canapes and good company. 
The day began with a relaxing morning in the home's hair and beauty salon where residents, including the birthday girl, were pampered to the nines while listening to some of their favourite classic songs.  
Once their makeup, manicures and hairstyling were complete, the ladies were ready for their afternoon of partying and festivities. 
Everybody came together to celebrate in style with the Lodge decorated in a sparkling array of pinks and golds, topped off with a cake that matched the dècor. 
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Group keeps residents' spirits high during lockdown
October 2020 | Group keeps residents' spirits high during lockdown
THE Athena Healthcare Group has been keeping spirits high during lockdown by hosting a range of fun and engaging in-home activities, celebrations and events throughout their Lodges in the North West of England and Dover. 
Over the past seven months the Lodges have worked on incorporating more interactive activities and games into their schedule, with a little help from technology, such as their virtual games nights. 
Residents had a ball playing along to 'Who Wants to Be A Millionaire' calling upon their nearest and dearest as their lifelines to help them reach the £1m. 
As well as introducing a 'Staying in Touch' initiative to ensure residents and their loved ones keep connected via video and phone calls, the Group has held several events with the intent to build friendships and have fun within the home.  
There is a lot more planned for the coming months so that communication between residents and their loved ones continue to strengthen. 
One of these events was a series of 'Come Dine with Me' themed evenings with cuisine from all over the world, from French beef bourguignon to Spanish paella and back to traditional English pie and mash.  
All Lodges were decorated to the nines to capture the essence of each country. However, this was not the only event that took residents on a trip around the world, from the comfort of their own home, as the Group introduced both 'Armchair Travel' and 'Travel Memories' activities. Here residents learn all about different countries, reminisce over past trips abroad and share their favourite holiday stories. 
The Lodges have also reintroduced their choirs that bring people together through the power of music. Music, instruments and singing encourage reminiscence, calmness and communication as well as reinstating a sense of self for those living with cognitive disorders. 
On top of all that, each home has revamped and reopened their in-house hair and beauty salons and held a Facebook competition to 'Name Our Lodge' with residents selecting their favourite entry. 
Each week, residents enjoy sitting back, relaxing and getting pampered in a salon experience, which encourages self-care and self-confidence; it is always something residents look forward too! 
The Athena Healthcare Group is not planning on slowing down any time soon. They are planning to continue building upon their interactive activities to help residents and their loved ones stay connected, helping to keep residents not only safe but happy. 
Due to the current climate, families are unable to visit the Lodges and take part in their usual activities such as coffee mornings and the community choir. 
Therefore, Athena is now planning to introduce interactive versions of their regular activities so that families can join in with the festivities as if they were at the Lodge themselves, booking their place via Zoom.
Home celebrates Eric's 95th birthday
October 2020 | Home celebrates Eric's 95th birthday
RESIDENTS and staff came together to celebrate Eric's 95th birthday at Marine View Lodge with lots of delicious cake, music and laughter.  
The Lodge was draped in birthday bunting and decorated with red and yellow balloons throughout for the big day. 
Although friends and family were unable to visit Eric this year for his big day, the home's team understands the importance of staying in touch, especially on such a special occasion.  
They arranged for his loved ones to join in with the festivities via video call and showered him with lots of love.  
Eric was over the moon to catch up with his family, especially his grandso, Nick, who lives in America. 
As a lover of classical music, in particular Andrè Rieu, Eric was delighted to celebrate his birthday with his new friends while a concert played on a big screen throughout the day. 
Provider marks International Day Of Older Persons
October 2020 | Provider marks International Day Of Older Persons
BOROUGH Care marked the International Day of Older Persons by celebrating the rich and interesting lives of residents at its 11 homes across Stockport.  
Observed on October 1 each year, the International Day of Older Persons aims to raise awareness of the issues affecting the elderly. It also marks the contributions that older people make to society and the impact they have had.  
At Borough Care's Bryn Haven home in Brinnington, residents marked the International Day of Older Persons by spending the afternoon chatting to staff, and each other, about the interesting things they have done throughout their lives.  
Dr Mark Ward, CEO at Borough Care, said: 'During their full lives, many of our residents have made a huge impact on their local community or wider society.  
'They have made valuable contributions during their careers, by volunteering to help others or through their interests.  
'We firmly believe that people continue to have a valuable contribution to make as they age. When the time comes for an older person to need a little extra care and support, it doesn't mean their interesting life has to come to a standstill when they move to a care home.  
'We encourage all our residents to live life in colour and continue to lead an active social life, if they wish, by organising a regular programme of different activities to suit all tastes.  
'Our residents are also encouraged to share their life experiences and invaluable advice, as we can all benefit from the wisdom of the older generation.' 
Pictured is resident Elsie Williamson.
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More than 750 care homes share COVID-19 response on Care Sourcer
October 2020 | More than 750 care homes share COVID-19 response on Care Sourcer
CARE Sourcer has launched its new Covid-19 response feature, giving providers the opportunity to share the procedures they have in place to tackle the spread of infection.  
By being able to share their Covid-19 response on their online profile page, care providers can demonstrate how they are tackling the pandemic to thousands of people who use the website each month to find care.  
Care Sourcer CEO Andrew Parfery (pictured) said: 'Due to Covid-19, more care seekers are investigating care home safety measures.  
'However, it's hard to find and compare this information online. We wanted to make it simple for people searching for care to find this information, and for care providers to share it with a wider audience.  
'I believe the significant increase in phone calls to homes who have shared their Covid-19 response on Care Sourcer proves this transparency is helping to build trust.' 
So far more than 400 UK care homes have shared their Covid-19 response on their online Care Sourcer profile. Those that share their response receive a green badge on their profile and have seen a 34 per cent increase in phone enquiries.
October 2020 | Staffordshire care home rated Outstanding
A STAFFORDSHIRE care home has been rated Outstanding following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.  
CQC inspected Crispin Court Care Home in Stafford in January. 
The service accommodates up to 70 older people, including people living with dementia. 
Amanda Lyndon, CQC interim head of inspection for adult social care, said: 'Our inspection team was very impressed by the level of care and support offered at Crispin Court Care Home. 
'People were cared for with kindness and compassion, helping them improve their health and wellbeing. This considerate approach was particularly valued by people when they were new to the service, as it helped them settle into their new surroundings.' 
Under CQC's inspection programme, services are rated according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. In addition to its overall rating, Crispin Court has been rated Outstanding for being caring and responsive. It is rated Good for being safe, effective and well-led.  

October 2020 | London care home is rated Outstanding
A CARE home in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been rated Outstanding overall by the Care Quality Commission.  
It was previously rated Good overall. 
Chelsea Court Place in London's Kings Road was rated Outstanding for being effective, caring, responsive and well-led. It was rated Good for being safe following the inspection in February.  
Chelsea Court Place provides accommodation with personal and nursing care for up to 15 people, including those with dementia.
A CQC spokesperson said: 'All the staff at Chelsea Court Place should be very proud of the care they are providing for people using their services.  
'CQC's immediate focus will be on supporting the provider to continue to provide safe care to people during the Covid-19 pandemic.'  

Mayor joins homecare provider for birthday celebrations
October 2020 | Mayor joins homecare provider for birthday celebrations
MAYOR of Tonbridge and Malling Councillor Jill Anderson joined Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells in celebrating eight years of homecare provision 
Since opening, the company has provided just under 400,000 care visits to more than 1,000 customers. This includes 80 customers who required live-in care assistants.  
Zoe Furlonger, care manager at Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, said: 'We are extremely proud of the service, which can only be delivered by our fantastic team of care assistants who work tirelessly every day to ensure our customers receive the right level of care and support.' 
The birthday was marked with a celebratory afternoon tea.
Carers 'get on their bikes' to support people in their homes
October 2020 | Carers 'get on their bikes' to support people in their homes
MANORCOURT Homecare, which provides a range of care and support services to people living in their own homes throughout Norfolk, has opened a new branch in Bowthorpe, Norwich.  
To mark the opening of the new location, the team has embraced the city's love of cycling and has purchased two new bikes for its carers to use when visiting nearby customers. 
The branch, which is led by manager Anne-Marie Brown, was previously located in Attleborough, however the new base provides a more convenient location to access both the city as well as the neighbouring villages.    
Branch manager Anne-Marie Brown is pictured with care coordinator Kelly Soane and team leader Ryan Girard on their bikes.