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May 2015 | Dementia Awareness Week 2015
To mark Dementia Awareness Week ( May 18-24), Dine Contract Catering nutritionist Roz Witney shares her advice for catering for residents with this complex condition.  
'Good nutritional intake is a major contribution to maintaining health and wellbeing for residents with dementia, especially as under-nutrition can exacerbate dementia. However, as a loss of taste and smell, coupled with a general apathy for food, often goes hand in hand with dementia, it can be very difficult for carers to encourage residents to eat in the first place. 
'With this in mind, here are my top tips on how to help residents with dementia get the nutrition they need to remain as healthy as possible.' 
 
Embrace snack times  
Limiting eating occasions to a pattern of set mealtimes at breakfast, lunch and dinner isn't appropriate for dementia sufferers, who often need to eat at more regular intervals. Offering snacks in between meals will help maintain a steady intake of energy and accommodate for fluctuations in appetite throughout the day, as low blood sugar levels can intensify the condition (as this often means less glucose reaches the brain). 
 
Make the most of desserts 
This is often the most popular course for those with dementia, so it's a good chance to help them take on vitamins and minerals that may be missing from their diet. Try serving options that have been fortified with additional nutrients. 
For example, a sticky toffee pudding made with wholemeal flour and dates, served with custard, not only provides vital nutrients, but also fibre to keep bowels healthy plus iron for immune and cognitive function as well as an array of micronutrients to protect against further neurodegeneration. 
 
Include smoother options 
Milkshakes, smoothies and soups can prove more appealing for those with smaller appetites and can be fortified easily.  
For instance, blending a banana with yoghurt, as well as whole milk, ground almonds and a small scoop of ice cream provides around 400 calories, as well as essential fatty acids, protein, calcium, folate and fibre. 
Quinoa (a supernutritional seed that looks and tastes like a soft rice grain) has a perfect protein profile and is very easily metabolised, making it an ideal addition to soups. 
 
Use visual aids 
Giving residents with dementia a picture menu rather than asking them to recognise meals from a written description will go a long way in improving nutrition. Presenting them with appetising pictures of nicely presented dishes is a useful way to encourage them to eat. 
 
Consider coconut oil 
Among the latest theories as to the causes of dementia has described Alzheimer's (the most common form of the condition) as 'diabetes of the brain' and researchers are currently looking at the influence of a certain type of fat (medium chain triglycerides) that can act as fuel for brain cells in the absence of glucose.  
Coconut oil is a rich source of this kind of fat and makes an excellent alternative to cooking oil as it is stable at high temperatures. Plus, we've found that its great taste makes it an ideal replacement to butter or margarine when making cakes or biscuits. 
For further information visit www.dine-contract-catering.com or call 01925 282 330.
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May 2015 | Apetito brings fifties fun to residents
Food provider apetito is helping care homes across the country host 1950s-style parties, as part of a wide range of activities to raise awareness of dementia and its consequences as this year's Dementia Awareness Week (17th-23rd May) approaches. 
An opportunity to help spark nostalgic memories from residents' youth, the parties will include finger food options such as chicken goujons and apetito's new chocolate èclairs - which are particularly suitable for those with dementia - as well as decorations and popular music from the decade. apetito has also created posters and invitations that homes can use to encourage the close friends and family of residents to join the celebrations. 
As well as supporting the Alzheimer's Society as its first charity of the year, apetito's work to raise awareness and funds for dementia-related causes in 2015 includes providing food and marshals at a local charity walk organised by Alzheimer's Support, a charity based close to its headquarters in Trowbridge on May 24. A recent car boot sale organised by apetito raised over £2,000 for the cause. 
A strong advocate for high quality care for those with dementia, apetito is also supporting the Dementia Care Matters' 'S Factor' events across the country this year. The company is encouraging and helping colleagues to train to become Dementia Friends, a nationwide network supported by the Government to help those living with dementia in the community. 
'The 1950's style parties during Dementia Awareness Week are a chance for care homes and residents to have fun, while emphasising the importance of social interaction for those with dementia,' said Ellen Brown, divisional manager, Care Homes at apetito.  
'We see the harsh reality of dementia on a daily basis and our work throughout the year as advocates of good quality care for people living with the condition - including the importance of good nutrition in supporting their health and wellbeing - is a big focus of what we do.'
May 2015 | Castleoak wins £15m worth of design contracts - Commerce
CASTLEOAK has won two design and build contracts worth £15m for new customer Retirement Villages Group Ltd.  
Across two major developments, Castleoak will build 68 one-and two-bed retirement apartments for sale plus a new village centre. 
The first contract win is to deliver 49 retirement living apartments, spread across four separate buildings to form phase two of Retirement Villages' award-winning Charters Village in East Grinstead, West Sussex. 
The second contract is at Elmbridge Village, Surrey, where Castleoak will deliver retirement living apartments and a new village centre.  
The distinctive 1,400sqm village centre will include an auditorium, restaurant, library, bar and doctor's surgery. Above, Castleoak will build 18 one-and two-bed apartments for sale. 
Construction of both retirement village developments will complete in early 2016.
May 2015 | Home launches monthly dementia support group
A BENWELL care home is launching a specialist support group for carers and families in the local community who are faced with caring for loved ones with dementia. 
Allan Court, which is part of Bondcare Shaftesbury, will hold a dementia support group on the last Thursday of each month, which is open to anyone who is affected by dementia care. 
The group will offer expert guidance by trained professionals for individuals caring for loved ones with the condition and provide the opportunity for people in the community who are going through similar situations to support and talk to each other, share their stories and advise on best practice.
May 2015 | Sheffcare wins funding for major European research project
SHEFFCARE, the not for profit organisation that operates a chain of 11 residential care homes across Sheffield, is taking part in a major European research programme. 
Sheffcare and the University of Sheffield have been successful in securing funding for research into how people with dementia could be supported with technology. 
Sheffcare has been awarded a grant of 180,000 which will released over a three-year period as the research project continues.
Property News From Caring UK
Bondcare invests in North East care homes
May 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
May 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
May 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.
May 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.
May 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
01/07/2015 | Caring UK Care Providers Conference - South West Region - Bristol 2015, The Bristol Pavillion, Gloucester Cricket Ground
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