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Major features added in CoolCare4's latest software update
CoolCare has added two major features to its care home management software, CoolCare4.  
Release 4.3 includes both a staff portal and a text messaging service to help care homes communicate more easily with their staff.   
The additions to CoolCare's innovative software are recognition of an increasing need in the care sector to communicate with staff instantly to safely staff homes, improve the efficiency of hours management and aid retention.   
CoolCare managing director, Fiona Hale, said: 'CoolCare release 4.3 is a real landmark for us. Allowing staff to manage their own holidays, and see their hours at any time on their own devices, is a fabulous empowerment tool, giving staff more control over their working lives in this turbulent recruitment market.  
'It also reduces administration time taken managing holiday requests and answering pay queries.  
'Speaking to one of our pilot homes recently, the manager told me that prior to using our staff portal, he'd have a queue of people waiting outside his office every morning to talk about their hours.   
'Now, he barely gets any queries.  In just a couple of months of usage, it has revolutionised his working day, giving him more time to spend with his residents and running his business. I'm so excited for all our customers to share these benefit.!' 
Following the release, staff from care homes using CoolCare4 will have their own login, allowing them to see and update important information about their working lives.  T 
hrough access to the CoolCare4 staff portal, staff will be able to see a calendar view of their shifts, holiday, training and absence.    
It also allows them to manage their hours, seeing what shifts they are planned to work and giving them the option to take on extra shifts.   
The new text messaging feature allows CoolCare's customers to send custom messages to one or multiple staff members.   Working alongside the staff portal, the home can send SMS requests to cover a shift directly from the rota.  
Leigh Ellis, CoolCare technical director, added: 'While this is a milestone in CoolCare4's development, given the breadth of features in this release, CoolCare has actually made in excess of 35 releases since its initial launch.  All of which include feature enhancements and new functionality.    
'We take a lot of pride in the way we develop our software, putting user experience and behaviour driven development at the heart of our processes. We then learn how our customers interact with the software and make constant enhancements to further improve ease of use.' 
CoolCare's full in-house development team is now continuing its focus on staff management features for its next significant development milestone.

Residents visit Sebastian's Action Trust's centre for seriously-ill children
Residents visit Sebastian's Action Trust's centre for seriously-ill children
A GROUP of residents from Sunrise of Bagshot care home spent time at Sebastian's Action Trust's family outreach centre - The Woodlands - filling sweet cones in preparation for the charity's Christmas market next month.   
Sebastian's Action Trust provides emotional, social and practical support to 528 families of seriously-ill children living in Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. 
Five residents from Sunrise of Bagshot, along with team members, put together sweet cones which will be sold on one of the many stalls that will feature at the first Christmas market taking place at the charity's Crowthorne facility.   
The visit to The Woodlands was part of Sunrise Senior Living UK's 'Live with Purpose' programme; a seven-point initiative which encourages residents to use their mind, body and soul through various activities including theatre trips, going out for coffee, visits to Marks and Spencer, river boat trips and generally getting out and about in the community.

Residents spread joy before festive season
Residents spread joy before festive season
CHAPLIN Lodge in Wickford, Essex, is supporting Wickford Salvation Army Foodbank this winter by opening a donation drop off point within the home. 
Staff, residents, family members and the public are being encouraged to bring their contributions in to the home to be redistributed to less fortunate families during the colder months, in particular toiletries and dried and tinned goods. 
As part of the initiative, staff and residents at Chaplin Lodge chose to contribute to Wickford Salvation Army Foodbank, supporting those in need at what can often be a more difficult time of year.

Home celebrates handy man's success
Home celebrates handy man's success
HARMONY House Care Home in Nuneaton is celebrating the success of handy man Martin Moore at a fishing competition held in memory of one of its residents, Dennis Armitage.  
To celebrate his lifelong love of fishing, the memorial Dennis the Fish Armitage Trophy fishing competition was held over two lakes the Heron and the Grebe, one of which Dennis used to own.  
Martin fished on the Grebe, winning the cup with a combined weight of 164lbs. 
 

Old and young celebrate the power of music
Old and young celebrate the power of music
PUPILS from The King's School joined residents at Grosvenor Manor Care Centre in Chester to show that there are no age limits to enjoying music. 
Inspired by BBC Music Day , the old and the young came together at the care home to celebrate the power of music to improve and change lives, especially for those living with conditions such as dementia. 
A group of 6th Form students from the top performing co-educational independent school located just outside of Chester spent the afternoon at Grosvenor Manor, performing a range of songs from different eras for the residents and encouraging them to get involved too.

Darley Dale apprentice wins Health and Care Hero Award
Darley Dale apprentice wins Health and Care Hero Award
NELL Matthews was recently presented with the prestigious Heath and Care Hero accolade at the Darley Dale Community Awards. 
The award recognised the 17-year-old health and social care apprentice's dedication and commitment to her role at Ivonbrook Care Home, celebrating her enthusiasm and excellence at work. 
Working towards her Health & Social Care Level 2, Nell has gone from strength to strength in the world of care, learning alongside the home's experienced carers how to provide the best care service possible.  
She attended the glittering award ceremony to accept her award, enjoying a night of much-deserved celebration.

Home enjoys visit from schoolchildren
Home enjoys visit from schoolchildren
CHILDREN from Bexton Primary School shared a morning with elderly residents at Lostock Lodge Care Home in Lostock Gralam.  
The year five pupils spent time chatting to residents, playing games and drawing pictures together. 
Teachers at the school thanked staff at the home for giving the children a warm welcome and said they'd had 'an amazing time'.  
The children have been enjoying a range of activities including learning about dementia, putting on a concert for older Knutsford residents and finding out how life was different (and the same) for older people when they were children.  
A highlight of the visit was when the residents showed the children their interactive Omi projection system, featuring motion activated games, music and social activities designed to engage and motivate all generations.

Home awarded work experience employer of the year by Uxbridge College
Home awarded work experience employer of the year by Uxbridge College
KINGSLEY Court care home in Hayes has been presented with a 'Work Experience Employer of the Year' award from Uxbridge College. 
It was presented as part of the college's annual awards ceremony to celebrate 'stand out students', as well as employers that closely support students with placements, apprenticeships and career opportunities. 
They were presented by multi-award winning entrepreneur and author Junior Ogunyemi to star students and apprentices who had made outstanding progress or gone beyond the call of duty for their communities. 
They were joined by employers who work with the college to provide work placements or on-the-job training for apprentices in 25 sectors, who were also recognised for their support. 
The award was presented to Healthcare Homes Group's Kingsley Court as it had shown the greatest continued and ongoing commitment to the training and development of students, through the provision of opportunities and support whilst undertaking work experience. 
 

Octogenarian RAF veteran returns to the skies to recreate first flight
Octogenarian RAF veteran returns to the skies to recreate first flight
AN 83-year-old RAF veteran left his care home for the day to return to the skies for a final time - recreating his first flight in a Tiger Moth biplane, 68 years after the original event. 
Antony 'Spike' Hughes, a resident at Goatacre Manor Care Centre, near Calne, joined the RAF as an apprentice aged 15. However, his role as ground crew, then an engineer, meant his feet stayed mostly on the ground during a career spanning 45 years. 
He did, however, take to the skies on the odd occasion, but with his first flight - in a Tiger Moth - seared in his mind's eye, he always dreamed of getting in the cockpit one last time. 
Spike's bucket list wish finally came true as he soared, looped and rolled through the skies over Bicester Airfield thanks to the efforts of care home staff and the team at Finest Hour Experiences. 
In a further fitting tribute, pilot Chris Thompson's father 'Tommy' Thompson was in the same squadron as Spike during their time in the RAF.

Wish comes true for Everton fan in Formby
Wish comes true for Everton fan in Formby
A WISH came true for Nora Moscrop, a resident at New Care's Formby Manor Care Centre in Formby, who was treated to a VIP experience at Goodison Park. 
A life-long fan of Everton FC, 86-year-old Nora had wanted to return to the stadium to watch a match for many years as it was her favourite pastime with her late husband and children. 
Heather Claydon, housekeeping assistant at Formby Manor, made contact with the club and organised the visit as a surprise treat for Nora. 
On arrival at Goodison Park, Nora met with several Everton ambassadors, including former football player and manager Graeme Sharp and retired footballer Ian Snodin, and was treated to a pitch-side photoshoot. 
Throughout the game,

Art deco-themed care home celebrates double global success
Art deco-themed care home celebrates double global success
A PROVIDER'S interior design team is celebrating a double helping of international recognition for its newly opened Dorset care home, Bourne View. 
Colten Care's art deco-themed nursing and residential home in Poole scooped Silver at the World Interiors News WIN awards and a finalist's place at the SBID International Awards. 
Both sets of awards are well established in the design industry calendar, attracting entries from companies, agencies and design practices across the world. 
Judges in both awards, including distinguished architects and designers, praised Bourne View for successfully balancing residents' clinical needs with modern living and art deco-style glitz. 
The twin success comes just a few weeks after the home won the Knight Frank Care Home Design Award for the way it has been planned, designed, built and fitted out. 
In addition, the interior design team are on the shortlist for the forthcoming FX Awards, a further celebration of world-class design excellence.

Home supports student in music dream
Home supports student in music dream
HERALD Lodge care home in Coventry has joined forces with Hereward College to make a student's dream of becoming an entertainer a reality.  
Performing Arts student Joel McCormack has been entertaining the residents at Herald Lodge with his DJ sets, which have been so well received that he has been invited to become a permanent entertainer.  
DJ Joel is currently studying at Hereward College, a further education college specialising in skills for independent living and employment for young people with disabilities and additional needs.   
He has had a bespoke music station created so that he can perform from his wheelchair and each week he visits Herald Lodge to play classic hits to the residents and take special requests.   
His DJ residency at the home is not only contributing towards his studies, but is also helping the residents to reminisce through the power of music. 

'Digital nursing' technology rolled out across Liverpool care homes
'Digital nursing' technology rolled out across Liverpool care homes
IMMEDICARE, a pioneering telemedicine service connecting medical professionals to care home residents via video link, has been rolled out to care homes across Liverpool. 
The citywide initiative comes as the NHS is gearing up for a 'collision course for the worst ever winter', according to the British Medical Association. 
The Immedicare service is already proving successful in other city regions across the UK, and new findings show how telemedicine can dramatically reduce local healthcare costs and frontline resource pressures. 
The service was first trialled in the city in 2017 following a collaboration with Liverpool's Clinical Commissioning Group. It is now being expanded for use in 55 care homes across the city.

First social care celebration event hailed a success
First social care celebration event hailed a success
THE first event held to celebrate social care providers on the Yorkshire coast has been hailed a success.\\r\\nAround 500 people from social care and support industries gathered at Scarborough Spa for a sparkling evening.\\r\\nThey were treated to live music, a four-course celebration dinner and entertainment which included West End singers and all-round entertainer Steve Walls.\\r\\nThere was also a guest appearance from BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration who announced the charities being supported during the evening: Saint Catherine's Hospice, Age UK, Alzheimer's Society and Dementia Forward.

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