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April 2020 | The Alzheimer's Show 2020 - postponement statement
Due concerns about the coronavirus and the many impacts this may have on The Alzheimer's Show 2020, we have made the decision to postpone the event due to be held on 5th and 6th June 2020.  
The show will now be held in the Autumn and we are working with Olympia on appropriate dates.  
 This has been an extremely difficult decision and we deeply regret any inconvenience this postponement may cause, but as organisers it is our primary responsibility to ensure the health and well-being of our visitors, exhibitors and stakeholders. 
We look forward to sharing with you the revised date as soon as possible. 
 In the meantime if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.  
Telephone 01892 723 195 or email info@alzheimersshow.co.uk
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Residents enjoy tour of Goodison Park
April 2020 | Residents enjoy tour of Goodison Park
RESIDENTS from two Athena Healthcare Group's Abbey Wood Lodge and Parklands Lodge care homes enjoyed a visit to Goodison Park, home of Everton FC.\r\nThe residents, family members and carers were given a guided tour of the stadium,accompanied by former Toffees captain and FA Cup winner Mark Higgins. \r\nA particular highlight was walking out of the tunnel and onto the pitch to the soundtrack of Z-Cars.\r\nAttendees enjoyed a buffet in the famous Bryan Labone Suite, where they were joined by local dignitaries. All who toured the grounds were awarded certificates and signed autographs by Mark.
Care homes take Time for a Cuppa in aid of Admiral Nurses
April 2020 | Care homes take Time for a Cuppa in aid of Admiral Nurses
FAMILIES, friends and residents raised a cuppa or two at care homes across the south to highlight the vital role of specialist dementia nursing professionals. 
All 21 Colten Care facilities in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex staged tea parties or coffee mornings to help raise awareness of Dementia UK's Admiral Nurses. 
It was part of the national Time for a Cuppa initiative, now in its 10th year and the dementia charity's biggest annual fundraiser.  
In partnership with Dementia UK, Colten Care is the only private care home provider to employ a Consultant Admiral Nurse as one of its Admiral Nurse team. 
Adam Smith was at St Catherines View, the operator's Winchester dementia care home, to welcome visitors attending Time for a Cuppa.
National report calls for public sector leaders to maximise digital outcomes
April 2020 | National report calls for public sector leaders to maximise digital outcomes
THIS new report from the Good Governance Institute and Legrand Assisted Living and Healthcare calls for immediate action to embrace digital solutions, building on a programme of research and engagement with senior leaders from the health, care, and housing sectors.  
There is growing recognition that the public sector improvements we need cannot be delivered simply by delivering services in the same way, or even by becoming more efficient.  
New systems approaches are required in order to achieve improved health and wellbeing outcomes for communities throughout the UK.  
The report calls for Board members to adapt the digital strategic direction of their organisations, working in collaboration with diverse partners from across sectors to form new alliances.  
Unleashing the Digital Premium refers to the potential that digital technology has to deliver these improved outcomes through more cost effective, efficient and reliable services, and by supporting greater independence for individuals and their families.  
The Digital Premium is a fundamental enabler of national policy across the NHS and Local Government, including greater prevention of ill health, offering more flexibility in the delivery of services, and supporting individuals to live independently for longer.  
The report identifies barriers and opportunities facing Board members in order to make the digital premium a reality, including:  
 A sufficient focus on improving outcomes for communities.  
 The collection of data and how it is shared with partners. 
 Access to relevant expertise.  
 Diverse stakeholder engagement in developing and delivering digital strategy. 
The Unleashing the Digital Premium report iwas launched at the House of Lords recently. GGI and Legrand Assisted Living and Healthcare are seeking further views and perspectives in response to the report and will be hosting future events to continue discussion on this important topic for the future of the public sector.  
Get involved by contacting info@good-governance.org.uk or hello@legrand.co.uk and engaging with #DigitalPremium on social media to share your views and experience.
Anchor Hanover Group improves access for residents
April 2020 | Anchor Hanover Group improves access for residents
THEAnchor Hanover Group is a housing provider specialising in retirement and independent living. The housing is made up of flats where each resident has their own front door entrance and communal facilities available. 
The minimum age requirement for occupancy at Hanover Lodge is 60 years old.  
Helen Parsons the Estate Manager noticed that with the age of residents, the heavy self-closing fire doors were becoming problematic.  
'With an ageing demographic, it transpired that some of the residents were finding it difficult to open and close these doors'.  
This included doors to their own flats and the self-closing doors for the building entrance and the communal laundry room.  
Helen explained that 'front doors were increasingly difficult for residents to manage due to debilitating health conditions' which led her to look for a solution. 
Helen found out about Fireco's products through the previous Estate Managers and some of her Area Managers previously had some products installed with positive results. 
Freedor SmartSound was the best-suited product for Hanover Lodge, 'they take the weight out of the door and allow it to be moved as if it were almost weightless'.  
The residents benefitted from improved access as they no longer needed to battle with the heavy fire doors. Freedor SmartSound also allows residents to place open doors at any angle. This gives residents more time to enter and exit without doors closing on them. 
'Fireco has been extremely helpful. We experienced a few technical difficulties with the initial units that I had installed but these were rectified immediately. I cannot fault their after-sales care both to myself and the installers that they trained.'  
'I would not hesitate to recommend Fireco or the product.' 
To find out more visit www.fireco.uk or call us on 01273 320650.
Property News From Caring UK
New luxury care home to open in Newport
April 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
April 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
April 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
April 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
April 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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