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Carers worried over increase in infection rate
September 2020 | Carers worried over increase in infection rate
A LAG between Covid-19 infection rates and reported deaths from the virus is worrying care providers as they prepare for winter and a possible second spike in cases. 
They are warning that the county must avoid complacency and be extra vigilant to avoid coronavirus claiming more lives. 
Whilst latest figures for the number of deaths in care and nursing home showed a fall, care providers warned that the overall infection rate was rising. 
Mike Padgham, chair of The Independent Care Group, said: 'Of course a fall in the death rate is very welcome but we are more concerned about the sudden sharp rise in infection rates, particularly amongst young people. 
'Given that there is always a lag between infection rates and death rates from coronavirus, we have to be afraid that we will see a new spike in cases. 
'We have to remain vigilant, not rest on our laurels and in fact be even more cautions as we head towards winter. 
'The colder season always puts extra strain on everyone in the caring professions and we do not want to see a resurgence in coronavirus cases on top of that. That could be devastating. 
'The dangers in care and nursing homes have not gone away and our need for support is as great as ever.' 
Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that deaths from Covid-19 in care and nursing homes in England and Wales was 23 for the week ending August 28, down from 43 the previous week.
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Thermal and face recognition display for care homes
September 2020 | Thermal and face recognition display for care homes
IN these extraordinary times ensuring the safety of your employees and visitors is more important than ever. With signs of Covid-19 difficult to detect by reception and security teams, all office ltd has a simple to deploy solution.  
Our self-service kiosks can check people into your facility each day using facial recognition technology and at the same time temperature scan them for signs of fever.  
The units can record 30,000 faces and take less than two seconds to recognise a face and perform a temperature scan.  
They can then interface with other security systems to permit access to a turnstile or door access system. 
However, if the user fails the temperature scan or other security measure the unit can sound an alarm to alert building staff to the situation.
Residents enjoy get together at pub themed event
September 2020 | Residents enjoy get together at pub themed event
RESIDENTS at HC-One's Ash Grange care home in Walsall enjoyed an early evening get together in their communal lounge which had been transformed into a pub.  
Residents enjoyed having their tea at the 'pub' along with a variety of snacks and a selection of drinks.  
They then all played bingo and dominoes and sang along to the background music that was being played. 
Home manager Anita Horton said: 'It was lovely seeing our residents all happy and enjoying a drink at our own pub themed event.'
Care workers are undervalued and underpaid, research finds
September 2020 | Care workers are undervalued and underpaid, research finds
THE majority of adults in England overwhelmingly believe care workers are undervalued (81 per cent) and should be paid better (80 per cent), according to new research. 
The online poll carried out by the National Care Forum also finds that three quarters (74 per cent) believe care home staff do a brilliant job. 
There are almost 1.5 million care workers in England, contributing to one of the largest workforces, and caring for some of the most vulnerable people in society. 
The research findings were released to mark Professional Care Workers Week 
Vic Rayner, executive director at National Care Forum (pictured), said: 'Care workers have been the stalwarts of the Covid-19 front line.  
'24 hours a day, seven days a week our professional care home staff have continued to provide care under the most challenging of circumstance. They have done this with compassion, providing a lifeline for the most vulnerable across all our communities.  
'It feels very timely to have a week dedicated to recognising the efforts of care workers and acknowledging the extraordinary work they do.  
'Together we have clapped for our NHS, and our carers have been included in that outpouring of public gratitude. It's great to see society recognise them for their invaluable contribution - it's time that Government does too, and that they are rewarded adequately.' 
. National Care Forum's 'Here to Care' campaign shines a light on the incredible work being done in care settings, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. 
Homes appoint Resident Ambassadors
September 2020 | Homes appoint Resident Ambassadors
THE Athena Healthcare Group would like to congratulate its new Resident Ambassadors for both Birkdale Tower Lodge, Southport and Woodlands Lodge, Formby. 
The Resident Ambassadors will be working closely with the home manager to ensure fellow residents' thoughts and ideas regarding activities, events, menus and more are brought forward.  
Not only will the Resident Ambassadors be the voice for all residents, but they will also be included in the interviewing process for new team members as well as being in charge of the in-house mobile shop. 
Resident Ambassadors will be appointed in all Athena homes by the end of August, with residents either being nominated or volunteering for the roles.  
This initiative aims to ensure that residents' preferences and choices are always voiced, heard and met.
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More than 750 care homes share COVID-19 response on Care Sourcer
September 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.
September 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.  

September 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
September 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
September 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.