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1TcA launch sustainable face masks and snoods enhanced by HeiQ Viroblock
1TcA launch sustainable face masks and snoods enhanced by HeiQ Viroblock
1TcA face coverings offer the care sector an environmentally friendly, inexpensive, safe and durable alternative to disposable face masks. 
They are the first British made reusable, sustainable and washable face masks and snoods manufactured using GRS (Global Recycle Standard) fabric woven from recycled waste plastic to be treated with HeiQ Viroblock technology. 
HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 is among the first textile finishing technologies that have been successfully tested against the virus that causes COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2*.  
This intelligent textile technology is specially engineered to work against enveloped viruses, such as influenza viruses and human coronaviruses.  
It inhibits the growth and persistence of bacteria and enveloped viruses on textile surfaces and is a unique combination of registered silver technology for antiviral and antibacterial effect and vesicle technology as a booster.  
HeiQ Viroblock is certified as safe and sustainable as all its ingredients are cosmetic grade, bio-based and recycled. 
All face coverings, be they disposable or reusable, carry a real risk of acting as vectors for viruses and bacteria.  
There is a risk of fabric contamination and the transfer of pathogens to and from the surface of face coverings, when putting them on and taking them off, during disposal and when touching the mask whilst wearing or during adjustment of the fit.  
The addition of HeiQ Viroblock technology makes the fabric resistant to harmful microbes. 
The treatment on the 1TcA face masks and snoods lasts for up to 30 washes at an energy saving 30°C and the products are durable, soft touch and comfortable, even when worn for extended time periods. Products have an expected life span of approximately one year.  
Easily worn around the neck and just pulled up when required, 1TcA snoods offer a protective alternative to those who find face masks uncomfortable or when only occasional use of a face covering is required for protection.  
1TcA Ltd: One Thought Changes All, is the brainchild of three professional mums keen to make a positive impact on the local and global community through provision of protective face coverings; with all net profits from sales funding sustainable charity development projects in the UK and globally. 
Products are immediately available for individual or bulk trade purchase.  
Visit: 1TcA.com  
Email contact@1tca.com 
* HeiQ Viroblock treated fabrics showed over 99.99 per cent reduction of SARS-CoV-2 viruses (which causes COVID-19 disease) after 30 minutes using the Viral Stability and Persistence test method.  
Testing took place in collaboration with the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne.

Biscuit delivery offers sweet treat to residents
Biscuit delivery offers sweet treat to residents
LIFE was sweet at Edward Moore House and Dene Holm Residential Care Home thanks to a delivery of biscuits from their friends at Northfleet Nursery. 
The afternoon's snacks were taken care of, as one of the teachers of the local nursery dropped off a batch of biscuits for the residents, to let them know the children are thinking of them and they're missing their regular visits. 
General manager Chris Hutchinson said: 'At the end of 2019, children from Northfleet Nursery started visiting us, and our residents made some visits to them to watch their Nativity etc. The project grew really quickly, and friendships developed, it was wonderful to be a part of. 
'However, due to Covid-19, the residents haven't been able to see the children for quite some time now, so it was a really thoughtful gesture for them to drop in some treats, to let the residents know they are thinking of them, we'd like to say thank you and that we hope to see them all soon.' 
Prior to the pandemic, the nursery children and care home residents had developed a friendship, regularly visiting one another and learning and reading together.  
General manager Chris Hutchinson is pictured with Amy Bullen of Northfleet Nursery.

Care staff working miracles on Covid-19 frontline
Care staff working miracles on Covid-19 frontline
SOCIAL care staff have been praised for their amazing and selfless contribution to the frontline fight against coronavirus. 
The Independent Care Group (ICG) says care staff working in care and nursing homes and caring for people in their own homes are true heroes during the pandemic. 
They are calling for care workers to get greater recognition. 
ICG Chair, Mike Padgham said: 'The work social care staff have done these past months has been right up there alongside NHS staff, doctors and nurses. They have worked miracles. 
'They have gone to work every day, putting their own lives and health on the line to care for people with Covid-19. They have been absolutely amazing. 
'From the very start of the pandemic they were on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus and at times were battling without the right personal protective equipment and without a proper testing regime.' 
He said better recognition of care staff was now vital. 
'We desperately need social care reform and central to that will be greater recognition of our staff,' he added. 
'As part of root and branch reform of social care, staff must have pay and recognition parity with their colleagues in the NHS and a proper career pathway. 
'For far too long, work in social care has been seen as a poor relation to NHS care work. The pandemic has proved that this should never have been the case and that now it has to change.'

Dignitaries enjoy afternoon tea at new home
Dignitaries enjoy afternoon tea at new home
COUNCILLOR June Burns, the Mayor of Sefton, her husband Paul and Councillor Josh Burns, Mayor of Maghull, visited Burscough's newest care home Lily Wharf Lodge. 
Everybody enjoyed a delicious buffet prepared by the in-house chef that included a selection of delightful cakes and Prosecco before embarking on a tour of the purpose-built residential and nursing home. 
All the team were involved in the celebrations, chatting to the dignitaries and enjoying a breath-taking performance of 'The Impossible Dream' by team member Danny.  
 

Staffordshire care home rated Outstanding
A STAFFORDSHIRE care home has been rated Outstanding following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.  
CQC inspected Crispin Court Care Home in Stafford in January. 
The service accommodates up to 70 older people, including people living with dementia. 
Amanda Lyndon, CQC interim head of inspection for adult social care, said: 'Our inspection team was very impressed by the level of care and support offered at Crispin Court Care Home. 
'People were cared for with kindness and compassion, helping them improve their health and wellbeing. This considerate approach was particularly valued by people when they were new to the service, as it helped them settle into their new surroundings.' 
Under CQC's inspection programme, services are rated according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. In addition to its overall rating, Crispin Court has been rated Outstanding for being caring and responsive. It is rated Good for being safe, effective and well-led.  


London care home is rated Outstanding
A CARE home in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been rated Outstanding overall by the Care Quality Commission.  
It was previously rated Good overall. 
Chelsea Court Place in London's Kings Road was rated Outstanding for being effective, caring, responsive and well-led. It was rated Good for being safe following the inspection in February.  
Chelsea Court Place provides accommodation with personal and nursing care for up to 15 people, including those with dementia.
A CQC spokesperson said: 'All the staff at Chelsea Court Place should be very proud of the care they are providing for people using their services.  
'CQC's immediate focus will be on supporting the provider to continue to provide safe care to people during the Covid-19 pandemic.'  


Home opens its outdoor space to visitors
Home opens its outdoor space to visitors
VISITORS have been allowed into the gardens of Deerhurst in Bristol to finally reunite their loved ones face to face.  
The care home is the first of Brunelcare's five facilities to trial outdoor visits.  
Each one-on-one visit will be 30 minutes long, with five visits being coordinated per day on a 'one in one out' basis. The visitors will be chaperoned to the garden area where their loved one will be waiting to greet them (all under a gazebo in case of bad weather).  
Precautions such as PPE, a temperature check, a signed disclosure form and social distance rules will be in place. 
Deerhurst was last open to visitors on March 23, but the carers and employees at the site have been making sure all of the residents have stayed well connected with friends and family with daily video and telephone calls and lots of activities taking place at the home. 

Dignitaries enjoy a French themed breakfast
Dignitaries enjoy a French themed breakfast
BURSCOUGH'S newest care home Lily Wharf Lodge welcomed local dignitaries Councillor Gaynor Owen, Councillor Noel Delaney and Mayor of West Lancashire Terry Aldridge to celebrate Bastille Day with a French breakfast followed by a tour of the facility. 
The Lodge's bistro was filled with pain au chocolats, brioches and other French-themed cuisine for all to enjoy before taking a look around. 
Gaynor also happened to be the chosen winner of the 'Name Our Bistro' competition with her entry 'The Priory Bistro'. Home manager Carol Dywer presented her with a bottle of bubbly and a box of chocolates. 
 

Theo wins salon naming competition
Theo wins salon naming competition
THEO Graham won Woodlands Lodge Care Home's 'Name Our Salon' competition.  
The entry that stood out the most, catching the attention of the home's residents was 'Woodlands Under the Dryer'.  
It was suggested by the seven-year-old from Formby. To thank him for his help and creativity he received a £25 Amazon voucher and a selection of delicious sweets.  
When able, Theo will be invited back to the home to unveil the revamped salon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony alongside the Mayor of Sefton, Councillor June Burns. 
Theo and his family have close links to Woodlands Lodge and the local community as they have lived behind the home and watched it develop from a construction site.  
Theo often gives residents a big smile and wave through the window and regularly keeps in touch with letters and pictures to help those that might be feeling a little lonely during lockdown.

Home celebrates sixth birthday with themed party
Home celebrates sixth birthday with themed party
GRACEWELL of Church Crookham celebrated the home's sixth birthday on July 4 with a US Independence Day themed party. 
The in-house dining team prepared a selection of food for the party, served on American flag plates. They even made a spectacular themed birthday cake. 
Cindy Brock, who is a hostess at Gracewell of Church Crookham, joined the care home six years ago.  
She said: 'I came to Gracewell of Church Crookham to help support older people, but I never realised how invested I would get. I just love the residents. I love being able to sit down and just have a chat. I think I get as much out of it as they do. 
'It was very emotional to be part of the six-year celebration. Part of my role here is to really get to know the residents and their individual needs. I have built strong relationships with many residents. It is lovely knowing I might have made a positive difference to their life here.' 
'Before Gracewell of Church Crookham was this wonderful care home, the building was a night club. I used to work on the bar there. I also did gymnastics as a child in this building. Something keeps pulling me back here.'

Home welcomes families back for marquee visits
Home welcomes families back for marquee visits
BARNES Lodge in Tonbridge has excitedly welcomed family members back to the care home to be reunited with their loved ones, with the help of an outdoor marquee.  
Residents have waited patiently during this difficult time and can now finally see their family members and friends once again.  
By carefully following Government guidelines, staff have worked tirelessly to set up an outdoor marquee, which allowed loved ones to reunite, while social distancing.  
Staff made sure the marquee looked homely, welcoming and warm, while also ensuring there was a suitable distance to keep everyone safe.  
Home manager Nicky Pett said: 'Our residents have done so amazingly well during Covid-19, and it has been a joy to be able to welcome back family members.  
'Staff put so much effort into creating a lovely space and being able to now have these visits has made a huge difference to everyone 
Pictured are resident Rita Forder and her family.

Families reunite safely at Walk and Wave event
Families reunite safely at Walk and Wave event
THE UK lockdown has meant that residents at Sunrise of Purley were unable to see their loved ones in person until now.  
As soon as it was completely safe to do so, the team at the home organised a 'Walk and Wave' event so families could see each other once again, at a safe social distance. 
Families were overjoyed to be reunited with the residents; one resident was able to meet her great-grandchild for the first time.  
Rebecca Peters, director of community relations at Sunrise of Purley, said: 'This was such a wonderful event for us all. The weather did not dampen anyone's spirits and residents and their families were so happy to see each other for the first time in so long. 
'We will continue finding ingenious solutions so we can allow residents to see their families while ensuring they are all safe. We can't wait until the day we can have visitors come back into the home properly.' 
Local events company Red Chilli Events ensured there was plenty of decorations including balloon displays to mark the special occasion.

Home enjoys a Wimbledon rewind
Home enjoys a Wimbledon rewind
WIMBLEDON rewind month has begun at Woodlands Lodge care home in Formby. 
Residents came together for a socially distanced party to watch the 2008 final between Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, which is often dubbed as one of the greatest matches of all time.  
Residents enjoyed strawberries and cream, a glass of Pimm's and even did the Mexican wave. 
All residents and staff got involved, from those watching in their rooms to those cheering in the lounge. 
Throughout July, Woodlands Lodge will be hosting weekly viewings of previous Wimbledon matches to make up for the competition being cancelled this year.

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