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DENE Holm residential home was treated to an afternoon of singing, dancing and reminiscence when performers visited them from Dream Worldwide Productions.
The Northfleet facility was lucky enough to receive a visit from the performers who arrived stylishly dressed in 50s attire. The two young ladies performed a number of hits from the 50s whilw the residents relaxed and watched the show.
Home manager Taofeek Bolakale said: "It was a brilliant afternoon, the residents loved hearing songs from the 50s and it was great to see some of our quieter residents join in and sing along to songs. A lot of them remembered all the words. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.?"
Residents are pictured being entertained by the duo.
STAFF and residents at a Malvern care home are celebrating after their home received top marks in its latest CQC inspection.
The CQC inspectors reported that the quality of care service delivered to residents of Bupa's The Springs was up to standard in all areas examined.
They added that residents are cared for safely and treated respectfully, staff are suitably qualified and experienced, and the home provides a clean and safe living environment.
Home manager Stephen Whitfield said: "I am delighted that the hard work of the team here has been recognised in this report and that residents and relatives are happy.
"I have only been here a few weeks, so can't take any of the credit but I am looking forward to further developing the quality of our service so that we make sure we are delivering the best care we possibly can.
Stephen is pictured with staff and resident Lionel Mercer.
BARCHESTER Healthcare has appointed Professor Trish Morris-Thompson to the newly created role of director of quality and clinical governance.
Trish has more than 30 years' experience working in the NHS, and prior to accepting the position with the care provider she was seconded to the CQC.
Mike Parsons, founder and chief executive, said: "With the face of social care changing rapidly over the last couple of years, and with more change to come, our focus is on continuing to drive quality of care and clinical excellence throughout the company, developing integrated, innovative solutions responding to local needs. Trish will play a major role in influencing these developments."
A unique line-up of visionaries, pioneers and political decision makers from across the health and social care sector will present at Health+Care series of four co-located conferences taking place at London ExCeL this summer.
Highlight speakers include Health Minister Norman Lamb, who will give a keynote address explaining plans to transform social care, with the potential for new policy to be formed based on the content from this lively opening.
Labour's position in the debate will be highlighted by Shadow Health Secretary the Rt Hon Andrew Burnham. Mr Burnham has been a vocal participant in the debate and will expand on his party's approach to whole person care - with additional emphasis on resources and future direction.
Health+Care's events on Personalisation, Dementia care, Home Care and Residential Care are designed to show how to keep people out of hospital and long-term residential care.
Other keynote speakers will include Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, who will help to examine how to commission and implement patient-centred care, raise quality and drive efficiency. They will examine whether the system can provide real personalisation, while adapting to budgetary constraints. This goes beyond just the distribution of personal budgets and the role of commissioners in enabling it.
Keeping people out of hospital and long-term residential care is another key challenge for the health and social care system. Dementia Tsar Professor Alistair Burns will speak to his healthcare colleagues on how the industry is rising to the dementia challenge, how to commission and implement patient-centred care while raising both quality and efficiency.
Further programme highlights include lessons from Torbay and Blackburn - two of the most advanced examples of integration; the Department of Health's integration lead will outline the steps required for progress, as will leading academics; Kent's massive and 'live' health
and social care integration programme will be outlined; and, the general role of HWBs will be examined.
VISIONCALL is counting down the days until it launches a new initiative to take better sight to India.
A team from the home eye care provider is heading to the country to set up a special clinic to carry out eye tests and treat people living in one of the most deprived areas of the world.
Visioncall in India Right to Sight will see the team working with staff at a Christian charity hospital in Punjab to offer eye care.
In all, a team of 12 optometrists, dispensing assistants and administrators from will spend time at the clinic carrying out eye tests and dispensing spectacles. They will also provide training in providing eye examinations and dispensing spectacles to staff at the hospital.
Visioncall has also set up Specsort, in collaboration with HMP Barlinnie near Glasgow, to sort and recycle unwanted spectacles for distribution at the clinic.
The company is collecting spectacles which are no longer required, from the network of nursing and care homes that use its services. Prisoners at HMP Barlinnie are measuring the prescription of the spectacles and sorting them into different strengths for use in India.
Brian McGuire, Visioncall's chief executive officer, said: "This initiative to bring eye care and better sight to a deprived region of India is something that Visioncall feels very passionate about.
"Whilst most of us take good eye care for granted, in the Punjab area where we are setting up the clinic, that is very much not the case. Some 33 per cent of the world's poorest people live there, and it is estimated that 15 million people have visual impairment or are blind.
"The team that will go out to India are really looking forward to making a real difference to people's lives on the other side of the world."
A FREE one-day conference for senior managers in residential care on the challenges and strategies for success in employing people takes place at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club in March.
Organised by experienced management consultancy Collinson Grant, which provides support on employment law and human resources to many major care home operators, the event on March 5 will offer advice on how operators can successfully overcome challenges including recruitment and selection and succession planning.
'The care home operator - more than 'just another employer' will feature presentations by Collinson Grant's employment law and human resources specialists on how operators can successfully overcome these challenges and others. They will be joined by many senior managers, both HR and operational, from the sector.
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PUPILS from Downs View School in Brighton took part in a ground breaking ceremony for Bupa Care Homes' new flagship care home, burying a time capsule in the new grounds before building begins.
The new 80-bed Dean Wood Nursing and Residential Care Home will provide specialist nursing care and has been carefully designed to create a stimulating environment for people living with dementia. It will create more than 100 new jobs in the local area.
The pupils selected items to be buried that reminded them, their family and friends, of Brighton past and present.
Mark Elliott, Bupa's regional director, said: "The children have done a great job of burying a snapshot of the present day so a big thank you to everyone who helped make the day so memorable."
CARE providers Nightingale and Hammerson have merged to become a single organisation: Nightingale Hammerson.
The two are well established charities within the Jewish community, and the merger will allow them to share their extensive expertise. The homes will keep their individual identities, but they will share a common governance structure.
Harvey Rosenblatt, chairman of Nightingale, will become the chairman of the new organisation.
He said: "Nightingale and Hammerson have both been providing expert care to older members of the Jewish community for many decades, and we are thrilled that we have now merged to become one organisation."
OUTGOING CQC CEO Cynthia Bower was the guest speaker at the launch of a new group representing care providers throughout Essex and Suffolk.
Care Providers Network was founded by Dan Wylie, Elizabeth Vincent and Linda Woodard with the aim of improving business stability within the sector and more importantly the care provided there.
The launch event, which took place at Colchester United Football Club, was attended by representatives from more than 50 local care businesses.
Dan, who is also a director of Aldanat Care Ltd, said: "Care Providers Network was formed to bring local care professionals together, to share best practice and support each other, in this increasingly demanding climate for our sector."
A BERKSHIRE extra care scheme has won a national Housing Innovation Award.
Alexandra Place in Woodley, which consists of 64 one and two bedroom apartments for the over 55s, was awarded the prize for Most Innovative Supported/Sheltered Housing Scheme at a ceremony held at the Gloucester Hotel in London.
It was developed through a partnership with Wokingham borough council, Central & Cecil, Catalyst Housing Group, Housing 21, Leadbitter Group and PRP architects. Central & Cecil manage Alexandra Place, with Housing 21 providing the care.
May 2013 | Maria Mallaband Care Group strike a deal with Shackletons Ltd to be the sole furniture provider for MMCG and Countrywide Care Homes
Shackletons Ltd have been in the furniture industry for over 50 years and are famous for designing, manufacturing and creating comfortable, long lasting craftsman-made furniture for the nursing and care home industry. The Maria Mallaband Care Group (MMCG) have been using Shackletons furniture since we began in 1996, so we know the quality is good and is specially designed for its functionality, practicality and comfort.
MMCG has recently taken over 35 Southern Cross care homes and launched Countrywide Care Homes to manage the homes. We felt that these homes also needed the special touch of Shackletons and we are now pleased to be able to announce this partnership.
Commenting on the deal, James Burgan, Commercial Director said: “We have grown quickly in a short space of time and they have always been committed and shown dedication and compassion to our own changing needs. The Countrywide Care Homes will take our group into a new sector - this is a very exciting time for both organisations. We expect the same high standards, quality and comfort from the furniture and furnishings we use in all our care homes, and we are positive that Shackletons will not only meet, but exceed our expectations. It has been a pleasure working with Shackletons over the years and long may this continue.”
Jason Bloom, National Sales Manager, commented: “Shackletons are very proud to be associated with a caring, progressive and superior quality care home group such as MMCG. Our corporate goals and that deserving of our furniture, is to align ourselves with the very best operators in the sector and MMCG and Countrywide Care Homes are certainly one of those. We look forward to extending our already successful relationship”.
For further information contact Clare Boitelle (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 0113 2382690.
10/06/2013 | Care Forum, Heythorp Park Resort
12/06/2013 | Health + Care 2013, Excel
20/06/2013 | NASHiCS Learning and Development Forum, Concorde Centre, Manchester Airport
17/07/2013 | Script Events Care Providers Conference., Park Inn Southend - on - Sea