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Discover a hassle-free alternative to care home laundry at Health+Care 2016
June 2016 | Discover a hassle-free alternative to care home laundry at Health+Care 2016
Berendsen will be exhibiting at this year's Health+Care event, 29-30th June, to showcase its proven laundry service, which is enabling residential and nursing homes in the UK to reliably outsource the washing, drying and finishing of linen, towels and resident's clothing. 
Health+Care is the UK's largest national integrated care conference. The event brings together health and social care professionals and leading service providers to help form strong new partnerships that enhance the performance and service delivery of care organisations. 
With this goal in mind, Berendsen's team of experienced specialists will be available at the event to explain the many benefits of outsourcing laundry. These include removing the hassle of having to manage the process internally, helping staff to spend more time with residents by cutting the time spent in the laundry room and dealing with machine breakdown. Outsourcing also helps to free up capital that might be spent on laundry equipment, as well as valuable floor space in a home. In addition, Berendsen's provision of hotel quality, rental bed linen and towels helps to create a comforting environment for residents. 
Berendsen's highly effective, efficient and reliable laundry service helps care homes to easily meet best practice guidelines for laundry processing in the social care sector from the Department of Health. The process also includes the use of proven track and trace technology for residents' clothing - ensuring all garments are washed in accordance with appropriate care instructions and minimising the chances of clothing being lost.  
Health+Care 2016 takes place on 29-30th June 2016 at ExCel London. Visitors will find Berendsen at Stand Q28 for the duration of the show. 
To learn more about outsourcing laundry in the care sector, read a free guide from Berendsen, which can be downloaded by clicking here.
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Market leading pressure care technology
June 2016 | Market leading pressure care technology
Alerta Medical is a new leader in the design and manufacture of innovative alternating pressure relieving mattress systems, delivering solutions for care providers to proactively prevent and treat the development of pressure ulcers. 
Developed and proven with the end user over many years, Alerta Medical alternating pressure relieving mattress systems have been designed to overcome common flaws in other alternating mattress products on the market. Alerta Medical pride themselves on innovative functionality, superior quality and reliability - resulting in improved patient outcomes and peace of mind for care providers.The Alerta Medical alternating pressure relieving mattress systems incorporate SensaCare Truflo Technology™ - constant auto pressure sensing through an air sensor and microcomputer regulator to provide ultra-low interface pressure and promote an even ambience for natural sleep patterns and stable blood circulation with Ultra-Silent™ pump operation.  
Alerta Medical offer a comprehensive range of alternating pressure relieving mattress systems, covering all risk levels, complimented by the addition of an alternating cushion system. 
The key benefits of the Alerta Medical range include:  
Multi-stretch PU cover to avoid searing. 
Ventilated air cells to control moisture.  
Auto pressure sensing for consistent distribution of air.  
Multiple cycle time control for efficiency.  
Digital 2-Panel LED display for ease of use. 
Ultra-Silent™ pump operation to avoid disturbance. 
Power failure and air loss warning. 
Panel lock to prevent tampering. 
Static and seated function with auto-firm. 
Call: 08452 088 097 
Home's Punch and Judy party a hit with school children
June 2016 | Home's Punch and Judy party a hit with school children
THERE may be a chill in the air this spring, but that didn't stop residents at Holcroft Grange from turning up the heat and hosting a beach party for local pupils from St Lewis Catholic Primary School. 
Residents and schoolchildren came together to enjoy a Punch and Judy puppet show, followed by a fish and chip lunch served in classic paper cones, and an afternoon of beach-themed party games.  
Some residents even came dressed for the occasion, embracing the beach party theme and sporting shorts and Hawaiian shirts in preparation for a day of beach party fun.  
The event, organised by Holcroft Grange activity coordinator Nicola Newens, was held entirely at the home.
Tenants treated to special St Patrick's Day celebration
June 2016 | Tenants treated to special St Patrick's Day celebration
TENANTS at Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme in Gravesend flew the Irish flag and got into the spirit of St Patrick's Day with a visit from some special guests. 
Tenants of the Ifield Way housing scheme are often seen to be celebrating some kind of special event, so it was highly unlikely that St Patrick's Day would slip by unnoticed. 
The tenants all gathered together in the communal lounge to enjoy some customary Irish entertainment, in the form of Irish dancers. The three young dancers put on a spectacular show, as the tenants thoroughly enjoyed clapping and tapping their feet along to the traditional music. 
Following the girls' performance, the tenants continued their celebratory evening with a buffet tea and a tipple or two.  
Helen Goulding, scheme manager of Watling Court, said: 'The tenants absolutely loved watching the Irish dancing, they were all really getting into the spirit of it all and thought the girls did an absolutely wonderful job.'
Residents celebrate National Plant a Flower Day
June 2016 | Residents celebrate National Plant a Flower Day
Ash Tree House care home in Wigan got residents involved in National Plant a Flower Day.  
Regional activity executive Natalie Ravenscroft provided an abundance of pots, bulbs and seeds for residents to enjoy painting and planting.  
National Plant a Flower Day marks the start of garden activities and is dedicated to the planting of flowers and looking forward to the Spring season.  
Ideal Carehomes, which operates Ash Tree House, used National Plant a Flower Day to launch the 2016 Ideal Homes in Bloom competition. The competition will run across all 15 homes within the company, involving staff, residents and the local community, and the best gardens will win a prize after being judged by the board of directors in August.  
Kathryn Disley, home manager at Ash Tree House, said 'We all really enjoyed National Plant a Flower Day. It was great to get the residents involved in such a fun activity and the home looks great with all the Spring bulbs.  
'It is also a great start to the Ideal Homes in Bloom competition and we are looking forward to getting outside and planting in the gardens once the weather improves.' 
Ash Tree House resident Muriel Orrell is pictured with staff member Amy Hanbury.
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Bondcare invests in North East care homes
June 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
June 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
June 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.
June 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.
June 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.
Current & Upcoming Events
29/06/2016 | 2016 Health+Care Conference, ExCel
13/07/2016 | Caring UK - Care Providers Conference 2016 - York, York Racecourse
05/10/2016 | Caring UK - Care Providers Conference 2016 - Plymouth, Holiday Inn
06/10/2016 | Caring UK - Care Providers Conference 2016 - Cheltenham, Cheltenham Racecourse
11/10/2016 | Care Show 2016, NEC