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Care group marks International Men's Day
November 2020 | Care group marks International Men's Day
A GROUP of 13 care homes across the South East of England marked the recent International Men's Day by recognising the achievements of its male workers and calling for others to reap the rewards the sector has to offer. 
With the coronavirus crisis causing many people to re-think their careers, Nellsar, a family-run group of homes across Surrey, Essex and Kent, is urging more men to consider a career in social care - following an increased recognition of carers' contribution to society in the wake of the pandemic. 
With Skills for Care estimating that only 18 per cent of the 1.45 million people working in social care are male - approximately 240,000 jobs - the care group wants to encourage more men to enter the industry, which offers the opportunity to embrace an inspirational vocation, with tremendous opportunity for career progression and development. 
The group currently has a number of vacancies open including physiotherapist, registered general nurse, recreation and well-being coordinator, senior health care assistant and chef. 
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York care home launches Christmas card competition for local children
November 2020 | York care home launches Christmas card competition for local children
EBOR Court care home in York is offering local children the opportunity to design its official 2020 Christmas card and be in with a chance to win £100 of high-street shopping vouchers. 
The competition encourages young people from the area to draw, paint or even photograph a design for a Christmas card in line with the poignant theme 'Caring this Christmas'.  
Ebor Court residents will judge the entries during a Christmas card gallery evening where the winner will be chosen. The cards will then be printed, ready to send to relatives and friends. 
Lifestyle manager Susie Carman said: 'It is more important now than ever to get into the community Christmas spirit, and this is such a lovely activity to do at home with the kiddies.  
'I think since March we have seen so many examples of how people across the UK have helped to care for one another so that was our inspiration for the 'Caring at Christmas' theme.  
'We have officially joined the 'hype' and put our tree up early, with lots of help from our residents, so I can't wait to send out our official Ebor Court cards this year too.' 
The closing date for the contest is November 30 and all submissions can be sent directly to the home with a note detailing the artist's name, age and what they think 'Caring at Christmas' means to them.
Homes welcome visitor testing plan
November 2020 | Homes welcome visitor testing plan
CARE providers have welcomed the announcement promising that care and nursing home residents will be able to enjoy visits from their loved ones before Christmas. 
But they have urged the Government to ditch the pilot scheme and urgently introduce visitor testing at all homes straight away. 
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said visitor testing would be available for care and nursing homes across the country in time for the festive period. 
The Independent Care Group said it was welcome news for all care providers. 
Chair Mike Padgham said: "Separating care and nursing home residents from their loved ones for a prolonged period has been one of the most distressing aspects of the coronavirus pandemic and has been very damaging for both parties' mental health and wellbeing. 
"Providers are very keen to enable visiting again but of course want to do so in the safest way possible for the residents, families and staff at the homes. 
"Our pleasure at this pledge is only tempered by the fact that we have had Government promises before and they have failed to materialise. 
"We question whether we need to have the pilot programme - which has only just started at 20 homes. By the time that pilot has been completed and the results considered we will be getting perilously close to Christmas. Our advice would be to press ahead with getting testing kits and training out to the homes as soon as possible and not delay any further.'
Care assistant crochets poppies for her customers
November 2020 | Care assistant crochets poppies for her customers
A CARE assistant with a passion for crocheting recently made more than 100 poppies as gifts to her customers 
Sammie Stanley, who has been care assistant at Bluebird Care West Berkshire and Bluebird Care North Hampshire for just over a year, realised that, due to Covid-19 restrictions, usual poppy sellers would not be going door to door this November, and so she decided to make ones that her customers will be able to re-use every year. 
She said: 'A lot of our customers will relay wartime stories, they love having a poppy in remembrance of this tragic time or to help them remember someone they loved. 
'When I made the poppies, I remembered stories my late grandparents told me about the fallen soldiers who fought for the world we live in today. It was an honour to do something so simple to say thank you to those who lost their lives protecting ours. 
'I loved making them because of what it means to me. I have a stepson in the armed forces, and we go as a family to watch the remembrance Sunday parade. It always brings me to tears.' 
Resident raises vital funds for the Royal British Legion
November 2020 | Resident raises vital funds for the Royal British Legion
A RESIDENT at Whitby House in Ellesmere Port has helped to raise money for the Royal British Legion by knitting poppies which she sold at the care home. 
Pauline Butterworth, aged 84, raised £25 for the home's local Royal British Legion branch through the sale of her hand-crafted poppies which were snapped up by staff. 
The home usually receives a supply of poppies to help raise money for the charity, however due to the current coronavirus pandemic, it was unable to happen this year. 
Home manager Angela Earlam said: 'It has been a very strange year for everyone, however we have been working hard to help the residents feel included as part of the wider community, as well as feeling safe and stimulated within the home. 
'Remembrance Day is incredibly important to many of our residents, particularly those who are veterans or where family members have served in the Armed Forces.  
'It was a wonderful idea of Pauline's to knit the poppies and they looked beautiful; the staff couldn't wait to buy one from her.'
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More than 750 care homes share COVID-19 response on Care Sourcer
November 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.
November 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.  

November 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
November 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
November 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.
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