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Table tennis champ offers top tips to dementia home residents
July 2015 | Table tennis champ offers top tips to dementia home residents
RESIDENTS at a Lymington dementia care home are set to play some friendly table tennis this summer with a rising star of the sport. 
Matthew Daish, one of the top players in England for his age, will share tips and offer gentle practice during visits to Linden House in the town. 
It follows an agreement with home owners Colten Care who are helping towards Matthew's travel and coaching costs this year. 
Home manager Ruth Wildman said: 'This will be great fun for our residents. They will love the chance to meet Matthew, see his skills in action and learn some tips for themselves. We're even planning to hold a tongue-in-cheek 'Challenge Matthew' competition.' 
Matthew Daish is pictured at Linden House with, from left, resident Laurie Wayman, home manager Ruth Wildman and Colten Care marketing executive Laura Rolph.
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July 2015 | Sevacare completes Basing Care acquisition
SEVACARE has completed the acquisition of Basing Care.  
The acquisition of Basing Care complements Sevacare's continued expansion in the south of England. 
Following successful contract wins in Southampton and Portsmouth, Basing Care, which is based in Basingstoke, will link Sevacare's London and south coast operations as well as maximise on the work currently being delivered in Hampshire. 
Darren Stapelberg, Sevacare's chief operating officer, said: 'Fundamentally, the acquisition provides Sevacare with an excellent geographical fit and a platform to provide services to private funded clients and build on the existing contract Sevacare has with Hampshire County Council. 
'We look forward to welcoming the Basing Care employees into the group as we continue to build the range of broader health and social care services for our clients.' 
Basing Care, who have 65 employees, deliver services across Basingstoke to around 135 people funded privately or by the local authority or NHS.
Romanian orphans thank residents for handmade gifts
July 2015 | Romanian orphans thank residents for handmade gifts
CHILDREN at a Romanian orphanage have expressed 'surprise and delight' at receiving bookmarks handmade by elderly care home residents in Hampshire. 
The reaction was witnessed by Colten Care activities organiser Julia Puia, who included the gifts in packages of clothing, toiletries and food she personally shipped and delivered. 
Julia, who works at the family-owned provider's Lymington home, Court Lodge, was born and brought up in the small village of Stremt in the Transylvanian region of Alba Iulia. 
The 21-year-old was on a visit there two years ago and vowed to help the plight of a nearby orphanage where around 17 children in poverty, some of them siblings, are looked after by a local priest. 
Julia Puia, Colten Care activities organiser, is pictured with Vera Diplock, one of the Court Lodge residents who made the bookmarks for the Romanian orphanage.
Bernadette wins fabulous prize
July 2015 | Bernadette wins fabulous prize
Bernadette Mossman, healthcare director at Vida Healthcare's Vida Hall care home in Harrogate, was the winner of the fabulous prize generously donated by Required Systems at Script Media's first care conference of the year at Wetherby Racecourse. 
 
She won the CQC Essential Standards 2014 Policies and Procedures software and is pictured receiving her prize from Required Systems founder Peter Hawkins.
Dine Contract Catering sails ahead with Harbour Healthcare contract
July 2015 | Dine Contract Catering sails ahead with Harbour Healthcare contract
DINE Contract Catering has continued its successful expansion into the care home sector with the win of a new contract with Harbour Healthcare, a family run group of homes based in the North West. 
Dine Contract Catering now works with seven care homes within the Harbour Healthcare group, which had previously been managing its catering provision in-house.  
Harbour Healthcare took the decision to outsource its catering operations as it wanted to ensure the standard of food served - plus the overall dining experience for residents - matched the high standards set by all other aspects of life in its homes. 
The new partnership sees Dine Contract Catering oversee the catering provision, from preparing and serving delicious meals that are clearly nutritionally labelled to advising on how to create a pleasant dining atmosphere and managing costs - an area care home staff had previously struggled to keep on top of themselves. 
'One of the key factors for Harbour Healthcare in choosing to work with Dine Contract Catering in particular was the full package of support we could offer, as well as our innovative Nutrition Pathway System, which allows homes to monitor the nutritional intake of each resident on a daily basis,' said Zoe Green, business development director. 
The Nutrition Pathway System is easy to use and clearly flags any nutritional deficiencies so that they can be addressed promptly. 
Alison Foreman, marketing manager at Harbour Healthcare, added: 'It's very important to us that mealtimes are a real highlight of the day for our residents and Dine Contract Catering shares the same aspirations about making the full dining experience as enjoyable as possible. 
'None of us have been as fully immersed in hospitality to the degree the Dine Contract Catering team has and our managers have a level of support they've never experienced before. It gives our general managers something less to worry about on top of everything else they have to focus on.'
Property News From Caring UK
Bondcare invests in North East care homes
July 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
July 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
July 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.
July 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.
July 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.
Current & Upcoming Events
02/07/2015 | Caring UK Care Providers Conference - South Westion Region - Torquay 2015, Riviera International Conference Centre
02/07/2015 | National Care Association Symposium - Devon/Cornwall 2015, Devon/Cornwall
13/08/2015 | National Care Association Symposium - Surrey 2015, Surrey
24/09/2015 | National Care Association Symposium - Lincoln 2015, Lincoln
29/09/2015 | Caring UK Care Providers Conference - South Region - Southampton 2015, The Ageas Bowl, Hampshire Cricket Ground