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Special guests open home's new tea room
April 2014 | Special guests open home's new tea room
A BARNSLEY care home hosted a grand opening event with special guest celebrities to celebrate the launch of its new tea room.  
Famous faces Cher and Tina Turner, albeit tributes, were given the honour of opening the new facility at Deangate, which will offer a range of mouth-watering treats and quench-thirsting beverages. 
The grand opening event also raised funds for the home's residents, and featured a host of activities to entertain the guests throughout the day.
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Havana Nights comes to Belong Crewe
April 2014 | Havana Nights comes to Belong Crewe
BELONG Crewe enjoyed an injection of glitz and glamour when Havana Nights dance act visited to run an afternoon of 'Strictly Come Dancing' themed activities. 
Lively customers of the community care village were taught Latin American, Tango and Salsa dances and everybody got into the Latin spirit, recreating dances from the hit TV show.  
With colourful costumes, dazzling dance moves and more than a little laughter, residents, their relatives and staff at the village learned a range of routines that got everybody moving on the dancefloor. 
Earlier in the day at Belong Crewe a coffee morning was held to celebrate the lives of the people living there. The event included a 'Guess the Baby' competition, where everybody compared photos from their childhoods and tried to guess which babies had grown into which adults. 
Belong activities and experience days coordinator Lee Edwards is pictured with Doreen Barnett, who lives on Patriot House at Belong Crewe.
Care director role for Richard
April 2014 | Care director role for Richard
The Orders of St John Care Trust has appointed Richard Hawes its new care director. 
Richard brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience following a career in the statutory, commercial and not-for-profit sectors, including a role as director of care services for a charity based on the south coast providing residential, nursing and dementia care for older people. 
His key responsibilities in his new role will include dementia strategy development and leading the Trust's care policy and internal care quality audit functions.
Brendoncare unveils new chief executive
April 2014 | Brendoncare unveils new chief executive
CAROLE Sawyers has been appointed chief executive of Brendoncare, the Winchester-based care charity for older people. 
She will join the organisation in June from The Fremantle Trust, where she has been chief executive since 2002. A qualified chartered accountant, Carole was previously a senior manager in the audit department of Ernst & Young. 
Commenting on her appointment, she said: "I am passionate about the care of older people and I am really looking forward to joining Brendoncare and building on the organisation's vision of seeking alternative service models for care." 
The current chief executive of Brendoncare, Ron Staker, will hand over the role to Carole in June, following his decision to retire.
Football fan has a birthday to remember
April 2014 | Football fan has a birthday to remember
A resident at Newcastle-based Charlton Court enjoyed a 70th birthday to remember thanks to Newcastle United Football Club. 
Resident Stan Lunn, who has been a lifelong Magpies' fan, was presented with a signed letter from former player Peter Beardsley MBE - the club's football development manager, congratulating him on his birthday. 
Susan Drew, Mmanager at the Akari Care home, said: "We were all absolutely thrilled with the letter from Peter Beardsley, especially Stan, who is a devoted Newcastle fan."
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Bondcare invests in North East care homes
April 2014 | 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 2014 | 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
April 2014 | 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.
April 2014 | 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.
April 2014 | 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.
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April 2014 | Maria Mallaband Care Group strike a deal with Shackletons Ltd to be the sole furniture provider for MMCG and Countrywide Care Homes

Shackletons Ltd have been in the furniture industry for over 50 years and are famous for designing, manufacturing and creating comfortable, long lasting craftsman-made furniture for the nursing and care home industry. The Maria Mallaband Care Group (MMCG) have been using Shackletons furniture since we began in 1996, so we know the quality is good and is specially designed for its functionality, practicality and comfort.

MMCG has recently taken over 35 Southern Cross care homes and launched Countrywide Care Homes to manage the homes. We felt that these homes also needed the special touch of Shackletons and we are now pleased to be able to announce this partnership.

Commenting on the deal, James Burgan, Commercial Director said: “We have grown quickly in a short space of time and they have always been committed and shown dedication and compassion to our own changing needs. The Countrywide Care Homes will take our group into a new sector - this is a very exciting time for both organisations. We expect the same high standards, quality and comfort from the furniture and furnishings we use in all our care homes, and we are positive that Shackletons will not only meet, but exceed our expectations. It has been a pleasure working with Shackletons over the years and long may this continue.”

Jason Bloom, National Sales Manager, commented: “Shackletons are very proud to be associated with a caring, progressive and superior quality care home group such as MMCG. Our corporate goals and that deserving of our furniture, is to align ourselves with the very best operators in the sector and MMCG and Countrywide Care Homes are certainly one of those. We look forward to extending our already successful relationship”.

For further information contact Clare Boitelle (clare.boitelle@mmcg.co.uk) on 0113 2382690.

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