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Home hosts Mad Hatter¹s Tea Party on Wear it Pink Day
February 2016 | Home hosts Mad Hatter¹s Tea Party on Wear it Pink Day
A STOCKTON on Tees care home has raised over £100 for the fight against breast cancer - after celebrating national Wear it Pink Day. 
Residents and staff at The Beeches donned pink clothing in support of Breast Cancer Now, the UK's largest breast cancer charity. 
The extra-ordinary day also saw residents take a tumble down the rabbit hole, as they were treated to a Mad Hatter's Tea Party on the same afternoon. 
Sue Abdi, manager of The Beeches Care Home, said: 'The residents thoroughly enjoyed Wear it Pink Day and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party all on the same day.  
'It was certainly out of the ordinary, so they probably did believe they fell down the rabbit hole. 
'We'd like to thank everyone who donated towards Breast Cancer Now in support of Wear it Pink Day.' 
Residents are pictured enjoy the day at The Beeches.
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February 2016 | Surrey care home providing a 'good' service
CRANMER Court care home in Warlingham, Surrey has been rated as providing a 'good' care service in all areas, according to its latest inspection by the CQC. 
The care home was given a 'good' overall rating by inspectors, for providing a safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led care service. 
Norah Davey, home manager at Cranmer Court, said: 'Staff are extremely happy at the praise we received from inspectors in the report following their visit. All of our staff, residents and families work well together to support each other, so it is great to receive positive comments about this in the CQC's report.'
National Living Wage could cause collapse of Britain's care sector, claim
February 2016 | National Living Wage could cause collapse of Britain's care sector, claim
THE new proposed living wage will have a damning impact on the care sector, forcing many independent operators out of business and leaving thousands of people without support, says leading health and social care management advisers Carter Schwartz. 
The higher wage will only cover around 60 per cent of staff, pushing labour costs up by 330m in the next year, rising to £1bn by 2020 - a cost that the care home sector simply cannot afford. 
Adam Carter (pictured), managing director at Carter Schwartz, said: 'Many care home operators already struggle to pay the minimum wage and continued local funding cuts are putting greater strain on budgets and limiting resources. With the funding gap expected to reach £4.3bn by 2020, the introduction of the living wage will only exacerbate the problem. 
'With suggestions that some of the larger domiciliary care providers are operating on margins of under 10 per cent, any increase in living wage will have a huge impact on their ability to keep services running. Whereas other sectors can absorb the extra costs by elevating their prices, health and social care providers are restricted to set contracts. 
'The government must to do more to address industry concerns, as without any additional support, it is very likely that some of our biggest care providers will be put in jeopardy, leading to a crisis in the sector, with too many people needing care and not enough support for them.'
'Wonderland' visit for care home's residents
February 2016 | 'Wonderland' visit for care home's residents
A PRUDHOE care home has paid a visit to 'Wonderland' after hosting a fun-filled Mad Hatter's Tea Party. 
Guests and residents were treated to the party at Red Brick House care home, which was open to the community. 
Staff and residents dressed up in Alice and Wonderland fancy dress for the event, and provided guests with refreshments, including tea, scones and cakes - in true Mad Hatters Tea Party fashion. 
All money raised on the day went towards the residents' comfort fund, which allows for extra treats and contributions towards trips out for residents. 
Prior to the party, the home organised art and craft classes for residents, who made their hats for the celebration, as well as baking sessions.
Belong Warrington celebrates 1st birthday with 2040 time capsule
February 2016 | Belong Warrington celebrates 1st birthday with 2040 time capsule
BELONG Warrington customers, staff and relatives joined together to bury a treasure-filled time capsule in celebration of one-year since the community care village first opened.  
With a helping hand from Alicia White, representing the Warrington first division Brownies, the capsule was packed with staff and residents' old photographs and mementoes, as well as objects significant to 2015, such as pictures of Queen Elizabeth II, now Britain's longest serving monarch.  
The Brownies also donated their unit badge, Dementia Friends badge and poems about what a Belong village stands for.  
General manager Janine Curwell said: 'It feels like only yesterday that we first opened our doors, yet the strong sense of community and vibrant village life we have here is remarkable." 
Belong Warrington customers, staff, relatives and friends are pictured gathered in the village garden to watch the time capsule being buried, with the help of Alicia White from the Warrington 1st division Brownies.
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Bondcare invests in North East care homes
February 2016 | 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 2016 | 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
February 2016 | 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.
February 2016 | 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.
February 2016 | 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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