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March 2015 | Residents sparkle on jewellery course
RESIDENTS at a care home in Glasgow have found sparkling success on a jewellery design course. 
Four residents from Bupa's Craigbank took part in the classes, which ran in the local community of Possil Park every Friday, facilitated by the city's Kelvin College. 
The residents each achieved an SCQF level one certificate in Working with Craft Tools, which provided them with an introduction on how to identify and use various craft tools. 
A presentation also took place at the home, with each 'graduating' resident receiving a bouquet of flowers.
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Girls perform recital at Timperley care home
March 2015 | Girls perform recital at Timperley care home
PUPILS from Altrincham Girls' Grammar School performed an impressive music recital for the residents and staff at Allingham House Care Centre in Timperley. 
The hour-long performance was undertaken by 20 pupils from the school, ranging from years 8-13, and included music from the school's chamber choir, senior string quartet and several soloists.  
Music performed incorporated a wide variety of styles from contemporary American choral composer Eric Whitacre to an arrangement of the 1970s hit 'Downtown'. 
Residents and staff at the purpose-built 86 bed care facility came together for the performance and really enjoyed it.
March 2015 | BUPA to recruit 150 dementia ambassadors
BUPA Care Services is to recruit 150 dementia ambassadors - the largest number in Scotland - ensuring at least three will be located in each of its homes across the country. 
The pledge is part of the group's commitment to provide expertly-trained staff who can deliver care and support to people living with dementia and their family members. 
The Dementia Ambassadors programme is a key element of the Scottish government's Promoting Excellence programme: a skills and competencies framework for all health and social services staff working with people with dementia. 
Since adopting the programme last June, Bupa has already helped more than 100 staff members to sign up to the scheme, but it has announced plans to bring that number of 150 - ensuring it will host the largest number of Dementia Ambassadors in Scotland.
March 2015 | Drop-in dementia centre gets VIP launch
A NEW drop-in centre for people in Ipswich who are living with dementia, and their families, has been given a VIP launch. 
Mayor of Ipswich Councillor Bill Quinton and Bupa's Global director of dementia care Professor Graham Stokes, officially opened the centre, which has been developed at Bupa's Anglesea Heights Nursing Home. 
They were joined at the opening event by VIPs including Ipswich MP Ben Gummer, and Baroness Stowell, Leader of the House of Lords, along with residents of the home and their families, staff, local healthcare professionals, and supporters of people living with dementia. 
Known as the Dementia HUB, the centre aims to share the care home's dementia expertise more widely in the community, and provide a safe and welcoming place where anyone from the local area can share knowledge and experience, meet other people, and learn more about dementia from guest speakers and other experts.
March 2015 | Residents enjoy strength building exercises
RESIDENTS at a Wateringbury residential home have been getting together for an hour of moderate, strength building exercises.  
The gentle exercise class at Greensted, run by personal trainer Paul, takes place each Thursday afternoon, and invites the residents to get involved and try a number of light workouts that will benefit the whole body, the majority of which they can have a go at from the comfort of their chair. 
Using enjoyable and innovative activities, including bowling and parachute games, the energising aerobics are gentle on the joints but effective in encouraging strength and flexibility.
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Bondcare invests in North East care homes
March 2015 | 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
March 2015 | 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
March 2015 | 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.
March 2015 | 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.
March 2015 | 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.
Current & Upcoming Events
09/04/2015 | National Care Association Symposium - Leicester 2015, Leicester
13/05/2015 | Caring UK Care Providers Conference - Yorkshire Event 2015, Wetherby Racecourse
21/05/2015 | National Care Association Symposium - Essex 2015, Essex
01/07/2015 | Caring UK Care Providers Conference - South West Region - Bristol 2015, The Bristol Pavillion, Gloucester Cricket Ground
02/07/2015 | Caring UK Care Providers Conference - South Westion Region - Torquay 2015, Riviera International Conference Centre