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Dartford care home's four-legged friend provides happiness and connection
January 2021 | Dartford care home's four-legged friend provides happiness and connection
A DARTFORD care home's therapy dog is providing happiness and connection for residents amidst a third UK lockdown - gifting positive mental wellbeing in the height of the winter crisis. 
With next Monday (January 18) being 'Blue Monday', dubbed the most challenging day of the year from a mental wellbeing point, and exacerbated this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sonya Lodge Residential Care Centre has been bridging the gap of lost physical connections with loved ones through Roxi, its Pet As Therapy dog. 
The long-haired Jack Russell has been providing the home's residents with enriching mental stimulation through petting and reminiscing, as well as offering companionship during the ongoing restriction on visitors. 
A rescue dog who is now in the loving care of Sonya Lodge's business support officer Amanda Jones, Roxi can often be found roaming the home in search of cuddles and affection from the residents, who happily oblige. 
Resident Margaret 'Maggie' Newham is pictured with Roxi.
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Need for vigilance as care home death rate rises
January 2021 | Need for vigilance as care home death rate rises
COVID-19 is still claiming lives in care and nursing homes and we must be even more vigilant, care providers have warned. 
The Independent Care Group is warning that the vaccine now being given to vulnerable people in care settings is not an overnight solution to the pandemic. 
Its warning came after latest figures showed that 560 people died from Covid-19 in care and nursing homes in the week up to January 1, slightly up from 530 the previous week.  
Some 20,661 people died from Covid-19 in care and nursing homes between December 28, 2019 and January 1. 
ICG chair Mike Padgham said: 'Today's figures show that Covid-19 hasn't gone away, and, despite the arrival of the vaccine, we cannot become complacent and let our guard drop. 
'The message has to be that care providers keep up the pressure on Covid-19 - avoid social contact, use PPE, maintain good hygiene and observe social distancing. 
'We haven't got this thing beat yet. It's an aggressive and easily-spread strain and we must fight with everything we have to keep our residents, our staff and our communities safe.' 
The ICG has praised the Government for stepping up its vaccination programme. 
'After a slow start we are seeing an acceleration in vaccines and credit to the Government for that,' Mike added. 'We have to keep up that pressure until every single vulnerable person has had their first vaccination.'
Fantasy cruising with Athena Healthcare Group
January 2021 | Fantasy cruising with Athena Healthcare Group
ATHENA Healthcare Group's latest initiative will help residents take a brief break from the icy British weather and the unprecedented times we are currently living in by taking them on a journey of culture, sun and imagination. 
Across its Lodges, residents will be boarding the 'Athena Liners' that will take them to a range of beautiful locations across the globe, from Cuba to Jamaica and Spain to Italy, to name but a few. 
As the 'liners' set sail, residents will enjoy a range of relaxing and engaging activities such as dining at the 'Captain's table', pamper sessions in their in-home salon, quizzes and games with fellow passengers and a spot of shopping in 'duty-free'.  
After the boat docks, residents will have the opportunity to try the local cuisine and learn more about the country's history and culture whilst also enjoying afternoons of music, song and dance. 
It is with the hope that transforming the Lodges into luxurious fantasy cruises will bring joy to all residents, sparking their imaginations and inspiring reminiscence of past holidays and trips abroad to share amongst friends.  
The activities scheduled during the cruise experience will provide a taster of what life is like aboard a ship while also encouraging residents to learn more about different countries and cultures.
Manager and 104-year-old resident first to be vaccinated at Hertfordshire care home
January 2021 | Manager and 104-year-old resident first to be vaccinated at Hertfordshire care home
THE home manager and the oldest resident at a Hertfordshire care home were the first to be vaccinated as part of the new roll-out programme - to the delight of everyone at the home. 
Usha Gandecha, home manager at Foxholes, a family-run residential home near the market town of Hitchin, was the first to receive the Pfizer vaccination alongside Joyce Birrell, the home's oldest resident at 104 - who was in good spirits throughout. 
Usha said: 'We're delighted about the roll-out of the vaccine at Foxholes. It feels like we finally have light at the end of the tunnel and can start being optimistic about the future again.  
'I put myself forward to be vaccinated first as a show of solidarity and unity with staff and residents alike, hoping to ease a few of the nerves some may have had and providing reassurance that, if I'm willing to have it, then it can't be too bad.'
Frome care home celebrates a glowing report
January 2021 | Frome care home celebrates a glowing report
CATHERINE House in Frome, Somerset is celebrating having received a glowing report from the Care Quality Commission.  
The team was delighted to have received an impressive CQC report that rated the home as 'Good' in all areas, demonstrating that the HC-One operated home is providing high standards of care for residents, demonstrating that the home is safe, responsive, and well-led. 
Managing director Ruth Yates said: 'This rating is great news. I would like to thank the whole team for their commitment and hard work and congratulate them on such an impressive report. 
'We are dedicated to achieving our aim of being the care provider of choice for those looking for the very best care and support, and employer of choice for the best, most professional, and kindest care staff.' 
The inspectors were full of praise for colleagues at Catherine House, highlighting the kind ways in which they provide care for residents at the home.
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New HQ investment to support group growth
January 2021 | New HQ investment to support group growth
RANDOLPH Hill Nursing Homes Group has relocated to a new, larger head office as part of its ongoing expansion.  
The company, which operates nursing homes across central and east Scotland, has moved to a new 4,000 square foot group headquarters in the Redheughs Rigg Business Park in Edinburgh's South Gyle. 
The move to the new premises follows a number of key appointments within the group to support its ongoing expansion. They include the recruitment of a care standards manager, recruitment manager, facilities manager and marketing manager. 
Managing director Peter McCormick said: 'The new head office will enable us to enhance the support we provide and give us room for further growth across the group.  
'Over recent years we have been investing in both new and existing sites to ensure we retain the highest care standards for our residents. 
'Despite the current challenges in managing Covid-19 across all our homes, we remain fully committed to maintaining that investment and keeping our growth plans on track going forward.' 
Randolph Hill is nearing completion of a new, £9m home in Livingston, which is due to open early next year. The 60 bedroom site will become the group's seventh home and will create up to 80 new jobs.
Work begins on new Purley care home
January 2021 | Work begins on new Purley care home
BARCHESTER Healthcare marked the start of its newest care home build in Purley, which is under construction by McGoff Construction Ltd. 
The 72-bed care home is set to open in Spring 2022. The home will provide residential care services, as well as dedicated dementia care in Barchester's unique Memory Lane communities. 
Barchester's senior property development manager Andy Williams said: "We are thrilled to see the start of work on site here in Purley, and are excited to bring a high quality care provision to the local area. 
'Our care home will offer luxury surroundings for residents, and with 25 years' experience will bring Barchester's high quality care and expertise in caring for residents.  
'The luxury care home in Purley will provide residents with a home set in beautiful grounds, and will deliver personalised residential care, as well as dementia care within an interactive multi-sensory environment. 
'Our new home will also provide employment opportunities in the local community.' 
To officiate the start of the construction, Andy was joined by head of marketing Mandy Macara, who met with McGoff Construction project manager Drew Campbell, alongside McGoff's Construction contracts manager Craig Clancy and Holden and Lee project manager Michael Hilton to take a tour of the site. 
Silverline Care expands portfolio with the acquisition of Victorguard Care  
January 2021 | Silverline Care expands portfolio with the acquisition of Victorguard Care  
SILVERLINE Care is operating an additional three care homes in Bradford following the successful acquisition of Victorguard Care.  
The care homes (The Beeches, Willow Bank and Laurel Bank) are leased from Impact Healthcare, they are all purpose-built and offer 182 beds in total, with strong transport links, gardens and en-suite bathrooms. 
The acquisition, which took place in March, takes the number of homes under Silverline Care management to 12 in total, of which six are in Scotland and six in Yorkshire.  
Danny Wulwick, director of acquisitions at Silverline Care, said: 'We are delighted to welcome the residents, families and staff at Victorguard into the Silverline Care family.  
"Our vision at Silverline is to be the leading care provider in each of the local communities we serve.  
"We believe these three homes have great potential and we have ensured that there is a strong budget to support and reposition the homes, safeguarding their future."
Spalding Common care home opened by local MP
January 2021 | Spalding Common care home opened by local MP
SIR John Hayes MP cut the ribbon to officially open Fenchurch House Care Home in Spalding Common. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions the open day was not quite the usual grand celebration, with visitors instead enjoying socially distanced individual tours and the opportunity to see the home and meet manager Suria Webb.  
Stringent measures were in place to ensure the visitors felt safe and welcome during their tours, PPE was provided, and the domestic team was on hand to clean all areas and touchpoints between each tour. 
Fenchurch House will be home to up to 60 people, with a luxurious yet homely feel. The care home will offer long term residential care, short-term respite care and specialist dementia care.  
Facilities have been designed with residents' needs in mind, with themed communal spaces, large open spaces and various spacious lounge and dining areas, all complete with comfortable seating, modern facilities and specialist equipment.  
All bedrooms feature en-suite walk-in shower rooms and are bright and spacious, with some opening on to the landscaped gardens.
Homecare provider wins top franchising award
January 2021 | Homecare provider wins top franchising award
HOME Instead Senior Care has been named Gold winner in the Franchisor of the Year category at the virtual bfa HSBC Franchise Awards ceremony. 
The awards form part of the British Franchise Association's annual conference which went online this year. They celebrate the achievements of franchisors and their franchisees, recognising best practice and outstanding support. 
Business development director Ruth Brown added: 'We are honoured to have been named as Gold Franchisor of the Year. This award is very special, but to win it in 2020 feels extra special as it's such an extraordinary year. 
'This accolade is down to the hard work and commitment of so many people - the team of experts at National Office to our franchise owners and their key players and, of course, our amazing CAREGivers.  
'We could not accept this award without also thanking the many clients and their families who entrust their care to us.' 
Pip Wilkins, CEO bfa is pictured with Andy Branttesani of HSBC at the virtual awards ceremony. 
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