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Caring UK is the number one magazine for managers in the elderly care sector. 
Our editorial pages feature top columnists, parliamentary and legal updates, news, people stories, event and exhibition previews, conference coverage, diary dates and business and property news. 
The magazine goes directly to the people with buying power - the budget-holders and decision-makers - which is why it is so effective at delivering product and service information to the right people.
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Home opens innovative resident facilities
February 2020 | Home opens innovative resident facilities
ASHLEY Gardens Care Centre in Maidstone has opened a range of new facilities for residents, specifically designed to support people living with dementia. 
The home, which supports up to 89 residents, offers a range of activities, events and facilities for people who live with the challenges the condition poses. 
The latest additions to the home include 'Violets Bakery' and a gentlemen's lounge and library, which includes a variety of board games and a giant Scrabble board.
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Carers at operator take next career step
February 2020 | Carers at operator take next career step
SOUTH coast care home operator Colten Care has seen its latest cohort of staff pass an in-house training course to take up new clinical roles and responsibilities. 
Twelve participants have completed the intensive, two-week programme to become Senior Care Leads - a dedicated post sitting between healthcare assistant and nurse. 
It means that since Colten launched the role in 2015, more than 150 care staff - some with many years of service - have taken the opportunity to progress their careers with the additional skills learning. 
SCLs support the registered nurses by carrying out many practical elements of care such as aspects of medication administration, wound dressing and writing care plans. 
The aim is to free up nurses to take on more supervisory and leadership responsibilities to maintain and enhance an outstanding level of resident care.
Residents enjoy pre-match visit
February 2020 | Residents enjoy pre-match visit
THE residents of Athena Healthcare Group's Hesketh Park Lodge had a very special pre-match visit ahead of Southport FC's game against Hereford.  
Residents were delighted to receive match day programmes and scarves in preparation for the match. 
Residents from Athena Healthcare Group care homes will also be in attendance ‪on March 7 to support the Yellows as they face Kidderminster Harriers.  
Before the match they will be taking part in a community initiative run by Southport Football Club that uses sporting memories to inspire conversation and reignite the passions of older people.
Homecare provider spreads the love on Valentine's Day
February 2020 | Homecare provider spreads the love on Valentine's Day
BLUEBIRD Care Reading, Wokingham, Windsor, Maidenhead and Bracknell will be spreading the love again on Valentine's Day. 
Team members will be driving around the local areas to deliver red roses to their customers - an annual tradition. In addition to the roses, customers will receive a voucher so they can book in a free one-hour social call with Bluebird Care.  
This year the provider has also joined forces with Kerry Mayne and Nichola Woolford - owners of Partyliciouss and Kakealiciouss, a family run business based in Maidenhead.  
Kerry and Nichola will be making more than 100 cupcakes for all customers, which will be hand wrapped for each of them to enjoy. 
This is the sixth year Bluebird Care has done this, which means they have donated more than 1,000 hours worth of care to support customers and their families.  
Many customers have loved spending their voucher and enjoyed the extra time with someone from the care team. 
Marion presented with monthly award by grateful customer
February 2020 | Marion presented with monthly award by grateful customer
MARION Ayer-Kumi has been recognised as Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells' care assistant of the month for January. 
The provider organised for one of Marion's customers, Barbara Draper, to present her with her prize - £20 worth of Love to Shop vouchers.  
Marion was chosen for her consistent hard work and dedication to her customers.  
This forms part of Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells' new initiative which recognises their care staff and the aim is to get customers to present the winner with their award. 
Marion has worked for the company for more than two years, and it is her first job in the care sector.
Property News From Caring UK
New luxury care home to open in Newport
February 2020 | New luxury care home to open in Newport
THE Grange care home in the picturesque village of Newport close to Saffron Walden will celebrate its grand opening with an open day on March 7 from noon until 4pm.  
The facility will provide affordable luxury care with a warm family feel. Set in the grounds of Debden Grange Retirement Village the care home will specialise in residential care, short-term respite care and specialist dementia care for up to 40 people.  
Managing director Alykhan Kachra said: 'We are delighted to be welcoming families to The Grange. As a family-run company we aim to create a 'home from home' feel in our homes and our care is the kind we'd want all of our loved ones to receive.' 
Staff will be on hand to show visitors around the care home, which will boast its very own themed pub where residents can visit for a drink with friends and relatives or enjoy activities such as pub games and quizzes. The Audley Suite on the first floor will open out on to a large terrace where residents and their visitors will be able to enjoy tea and cakes.  
The care home will feature quiet seating areas in corridors where residents can rest for a moment and enjoy the themed dècor. Each part of the interior design has been carefully chosen to offer opportunities for reminiscing and talking points, with themes such as vintage aircraft with maps, books and items to look at or read.
Club representatives attend home's opening
February 2020 | Club representatives attend home's opening
SOUTHPORT Football Club recently attended the opening of Birkdale Tower Lodge in Birkdale. 
Cutting the ribbon to open the home along with Southport manager Liam Watson was Mayor of Sefton Councillor June Burns, Steven Wylie, CEO of the Athena Health Care Group, and home manager Maxine Nichol. 
The Athena Healthcare Group and Southport Football Club have begun to work together for the benefit of both residents and the wider community. 
The club has welcomed residents from Parklands Lodge and Hesketh Park Lodge, both in Southport, and given them the opportunity to access football matches and the pre and post-match facilities, along with all other fans on a match day.
Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
February 2020 | Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
SPECIALIST business property adviser Christie & Co has sold Spurfield House in Exminster near Exeter on behalf of Guinness Care & Support. 
Having closed earlier this year, it has been acquired by a specialist operator from Torquay who plans to invest in the property and reopen it as a care facility in 2017. 
The site, which stands in a sizeable plot located close to the centre of the village, is a detached period property and was previously registered to provide accommodation for 13 people. 
Christie & Co has been instructed to market the remainder of the Guinness Care & Support care home portfolio which comprises a further six homes in Exeter, Tiverton, Paignton and Kingsteignton near Newton Abbot.
Bondcare invests in North East care homes
February 2020 | 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
February 2020 | 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.
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