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£2,000 donation boosts Bield in Kirkintilloch
£2,000 donation boosts Bield in Kirkintilloch
A GENEROUS donation of £2,000 will ensure that people living with dementia in Kinkintilloch can continue to enjoy dining out in a familiar setting. 
The staff and some care users from Bield's Whitehill Court Day Care Centre were presented with the funds following the annual sportsman's dinner at The Eagle Lodge, a charity dinner that has been donating to worthwhile causes for a number of years. 
The sizeable donation, raised through pledges and auction bids on the night, marks the fourth year that Bield Housing and Care Services was chosen as beneficiaries of the charity dinner, with donations totalling £7,500. 
Whitehill staff and some of the older people they care for were able to enjoy afternoon tea courtesy of the Eagle Lodge before being presented with a cheque by owner Rahul Randev.

Residents make a splash at dementia-friendly sponsored swim
Residents make a splash at dementia-friendly sponsored swim
RESIDENTS of specialist care village Belong Crewe have been making waves at a dementia-friendly sponsored swimming event, organised to raise money to expand the range of activities and resources available at the facility. 
Residents and staff members swam a total of over 15 kilometres (900 widths) during the hour-long sponsored swim at Crewe Lifestyle Centre. Belong Crewe residents have been honing their skills at the centre's swimming sessions, which are specifically tailored for older people and people living with dementia. 
Swimming has been proven to hold many benefits for people with dementia, including reducing anxiety and falls, increasing flexibility and improving sleeping patterns.

Norfolk care homes launch community initiatives in an effort to tackle loneliness
TWO Norfolk care homes have launched new services to encourage older members of the community to join their staff and residents for activities, entertainment and meals.  
Olive House in Newton Flotman and Bilney Hall near Dereham are offering day care services and 'friendship lunches' and are encouraging anyone to attend. 
The homes, which are part of the Healthcare Homes Group, provide residential services, including specialist dementia care and are looking to widen the reach of their care expertise to help even more people. 
Recent statistics show that almost three-quarters of older people in the UK are lonely, and more than half of those have never spoken to anyone about how they feel.  
The day care services give individuals access to the communal areas at the homes throughout the day, with food and drink also provided, and friendship lunches offer a free opportunity to come and enjoy lunch at the homes, socialising with residents and taking part in the day's activities.

Talllington Lodge care home declared officially open
Talllington Lodge care home declared officially open
TALLINGTON Lodge, the latest care home to be built by Country Court Care, was declared officially open by Mayor of Stamford, Councillor Tony Story.  
The operator welcomed guests to the new 30-bed residential and dementia care facility where they enjoyed a tour, speeches and refreshments.  
'We were delighted to welcome so many people from the local community, as well as local health care professionals to come and celebrate the opening of Tallington Lodge,' said Country Court Care managing director Alykhan Kachra. 'We are very proud to have created a beautiful building that our residents can call home, and where we will provide a dedicated team of professionals who will deliver outstanding levels of care and understanding.'

Home's staff discover a little box of history
Home's staff discover a little box of history
STAFF from Reside Care Homes in Southbourne, Dorset recently contacted local historians after finding a box of paperwork including diaries dating back to 1849, family history, newspaper clippings, and sealed red wax stamped letters, after one of their residents passed away aged 81. 
David Horrocks, who had no next of kin or living family members, recently passed away at the provider's Southwood Lodge, a home specialising in dementia care. HE had been residing at the home due to lack of mobility and due to showing early signs of dementia. 
The diaries that were left at the home included an entry for V-Day on May 18 945. Other documents included family history book with details of William Henry Horrocks, senior honorary surgeon to the Bradford Royal Infirmary, Sir Brian Horrocks, corps commander in World War II and Jerimiah Horrocks, astronomer born 1617 who has a memorial at Westminster Abbey. There were also photos of old landmarks dating back to 1916. The documents will now be archived at the Dorset History Centre in Dorchester.

Meallmore secures Silver Investors in People accreditation
Meallmore secures Silver Investors in People accreditation
ONE of Scotland's largest independent care home providers has been awarded Silver status by Investors in People. 
The status was awarded in recognition of Meallmore Ltd's efforts to ensure the company's homes are great places to work and for their residents to live. 
Specialists from Investors in People visited six Meallmore homes over a two-week period, which allowed them to talk to over 100 team members from various parts of the business about their experience of being a Meallmore employee. 
All team members were also invited to fill in a survey, to give a broader picture of the company's procedures and processes. 
Gerry Hennessey, Meallmore managing director;is pictured with Karen MacDonald; Meallmore learning and development manager; Mary Preston, Meallmore operations director; Jim Oag; Investors in People director of Highland and Islands Services

Poet revisits dementia care centre whose residents provided inspiration
Poet revisits dementia care centre whose residents provided inspiration
A POET returned to a dementia care centre to say thank you to the residents who inspired him to write the powerful piece which won a major prize.  
Gwion Hallam, whose day job is a television producer, worked on an eight-week community project for Literature Wales which saw him visiting dementia homes. 
He spent most of the time talking to residents at Bryn Seiont Newydd, the dementia centre of excellence in Caernarfon run by Pendine Park. 
Gwion spoke to them about a range of topics, from the stories of their lives to their own enduring love of poetry, and he drew on their rich reminiscenes to pen a poem entitled Through a Mirror, which was adjudged the best in the Crown Competition at the National Eisteddfod at Bodedern, Angelsey, in North Wales. 
Gwion is pictured showing the winning crown to one of the residents he interviewed, Iwan Williams known as Jiws, along with his son Marc.

Swanholme Court wins group's 'In Bloom' competition
Swanholme Court wins group's 'In Bloom' competition
THE finale of 'Country Court Care In Bloom' a gardening competition between homes in the Country Court Care group was celebrated with a garden party at Lyncroft Care Home in Wisbech.  
Led by their well-being and activities coordinators, the operator's care and nursing homes across the UK have been busy growing their own vegetables, flowers and plants and entering the results in a virtual village show.  
Judging day at Lyncroft was celebrated with a garden party attended by Mayor of Wisbech Steve Tierney, as well as families, friends and the local community. 
Special guests were children fromWisbech Day Nursery, who judged the best scarecrow category. The Mayor of Wisbech also judged the categories alongside Country Court Care's area manager Suria Webb,managing director Alykhan Kachra and finance director Al-Karim Kachra.

Resident reunited with late husband's war diary after 17 years
Resident reunited with late husband's war diary after 17 years
A 92-year-old Hallmark care home resident was reunited with her late husband's World War Two diary after winning an in-house, Christmas wish-granting competition. 
Alice Morgan who lives at Bryn Celyn Care Home in Maesteg, Wales made the emotional 350-mile trip to the RAF Museum in London to view the historical diary, which documents Ronald Morgan's service as a wireless operator in London and Heliopolis, Egypt from 1942 to 1944.  
The diary is a mixture of musings and poems from Ronald. It also provides a weary account of receiving news of unsuccessful invasions by Italian and German forces on the supply route of the Suez Canal in Egypt in 1941 and 1942. 
Alice is pictured at the museum with her husband's diary.

Glastonbury care home strikes platinum for quality care
Glastonbury care home strikes platinum for quality care
A BRUNELCARE care and nursing home dedicated to providing the best possible care for all of its residents right up until the end of their lives, has been recognised with a major national award - for the second time. 
Glastonbury Care Home is among 68 homes from across England to win a Quality Hallmark Award again, three years after receiving the prestigious honour from the National Gold Standards Framework Centre, the UK's largest provider of training in end-of-life care.  
Employees from the home will receive the award from Vic Rayner, executive director of National Care Forum, at a special ceremony in London.

School pupils become dementia friends
School pupils become dementia friends
RESIDENTS at Hartismere Place care home in Eye were joined by pupils from St. Peter and St. Paul CEVA Primary School to take part in a Dementia Friends information session. 
A class of 30 eight and nine-year-olds visited the Care UK home to take part in a number of activities to learn about how the brain works, the effects of dementia and how dementia can have an effect on everyday tasks.  
The session was centred around the five key messages of dementia, set out by the Alzheimer's Society, and the children all committed to carry out one action to help people living with dementia. 
At the end of the session all the children were presented with a Dementia Friends badge.

Enjoying 'virtual' voyages across the globe
Enjoying 'virtual' voyages across the globe
RESIDENTS at Sanctuary Care homes across the country have been embarking on 'virtual' cruise trips during a summer-long globe-trotting expedition. 
Throughout August and September the teams at each of the group's facilities have recreated holiday hot spots from across the world right in the heart of their homes, inviting people from their local communities along to celebrate. 
Among them was Ravenhurst Residential Care Home in Stourport-on-Severn, where the residents embarked on their 'maiden voyage' for a cruise launch party, with Gerry Graham and his 'World Cruise Show'. There was an abundance of food - and the team dressed to impress as staff aboard a liner. 
For the rest of the week the residents experienced French knitting in Paris, pizza making in Italy, arts and crafts in Spain as well as a piñata party in Mexico - and in real time took a mid-week trip to Weston-super-Mare for a breezy beach day in Blighty.

Operator receives ringing endorsement
Operator receives ringing endorsement
A SHROPSHIRE care operator has been given a ringing national endorsement coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the launch of its Shrewsbury nursing home. Caring UK reports. 
Marches Care, which owns and runs both the Uplands care home and Uplands Day Centre at Bicton Heath, has been pinpointed as a national exemplar in the use of information technology and the implementation of information governance in adult social care. 
The operator was largely responsible for putting together the NHS Information Governance Toolkit, a guide for bodies in the care sector to store and share individuals' information in a safe and secure way, which is being published this autumn. 
Nurse director Carey Bloomer is pictured with Katie Thorn.

Petrified care home workers abseil Liverpool Cathedral
Petrified care home workers abseil Liverpool Cathedral
PETRIFIED care home workers abseiled from Liverpool cathedral to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society. 
Emma Willoughby, Lynn Walter and her niece Lucy Mellor strapped into harnesses and lowered themselves off the landmark for the charity. 
Emma is acting home manager for Alderwood Care Home, in Salford, and Lynn is senior regional manager for the Hill Care Group, which operates the home. Together they raised £907 for the fight against dementia.

Care home gets residents get moving to music
Care home gets residents get moving to music
RESIDENTS at Emmanuel House care home in East Yorkshire have been having fun while keeping active by taking part in exercise classes set to music.  
The 'Movement 2 Music' sessions involve group-based exercises designed to improve the overall health of participants, including their mobility, balance and mental well-being. 
They include muscle-strengthening exercises with balls, hula-hoops and scarves. Residents exercise and sing along to a soundtrack of familiar songs, including wartime tunes such as 'It's a long way to Tipperary' and 'What shall we do with the drunken sailor'. 
The exercise routines are tailored for older people and are intended to improve participants' flexibility, strength, coordination and balance. This can lead to improved overall health, greater confidence and a reduced instance of falls.  
Emmanuel House residents are pictured being put through their paces by Movement 2 Music instructor Louisa Ingleton.

Residents' memories take flight with trip to RAF Duxford
Residents' memories take flight with trip to RAF Duxford
RESIDENTS at The Meadows, the Minster-run care home in Haverhill, Sussex, have been transported back in time to wartime Britain with a visit to the Imperial War Museum at RAF Duxford.  
The trip allowed residents to get up-close to both civilian and military aircraft dating from World War I to the present day, and learn about the airfield's role in the Battle of Britain. 
The group of residents, their family members and staff spent the afternoon exploring the airfield, including the site's hangars, which house exhibitions on the Battle of Britain and 100 years of aviation history and warfare.  
Famous aircraft on display included a Spitfire, a Lancaster Bomber and a Concorde prototype. There were also military vehicles from D-Day.  
Pictured are John and Mary Wilson.

Singing hits the right note at nursing home
Singing hits the right note at nursing home
RESIDENTS at a Bridgwater dementia care home were on their feet and singing their hearts out when a professional touring theatre troupe came to perform a range of songs from the '40s through to the '70s with a 'Music Through The Decades' show. 
The hits ranged from Glen Miller through to Abba, with every resident participating in their own way, assisted by props provided by the troupe as well as guided dance routines. 
Resident Emily Balmforth is pictured with activities organiser Lisa Priddice.

Toddlers' trip to see Nottingham's elderly care home residents
Toddlers' trip to see Nottingham's elderly care home residents
TODDLERS took a trip to a Nottingham care home to enjoy a day of games with the elderly residents. 
Arts and crafts, playdough making, balloons and singing kept both young and elderly entertained before they shared lunch. 
Longmoor Lodge in Sandicare hosted the children from Brookhill House Day Nursery in Stapleford. 
The three to five-year-olds have been making regular trips to the care home, playing parachute and ball games, reading and sharing photographs and stories, among other activities.

Local businesses bring new life to Warley care home
Local businesses bring new life to Warley care home
RESIDENTS at The Squirrels Care Centre in Great Warley enjoyed a newly refurbished garden this summer thanks to two local businesses. 
Ford Motor Company in Warley gave the time of their European Powertrain Programming and Constraints team as part of a team building day, and Wickes of Brentwood donated all the required materials, along with the time of two of their staff. 
Residents will be invited to care for parts of the garden, as well as relaxing in it, as part of the centre's efforts to help them feel more at home and involved. The garden now has a number of planters, flowers, and seating areas.

Ship's crew pay surprise visit to local Navy veterans
Ship's crew pay surprise visit to local Navy veterans
ROYAL Navy veterans John Mundy and Peter Jeffreys received a visit at their West Sussex care home from a group of officers and sailors currently serving on HMS Shoreham. 
Both men are residents at Croft Meadow nursing home in Steynin, and often talk about their experiences of serving at sea. When staff heard that the Royal Navy mine-hunting ship was returning to its namesake port of Shoreham after a recent NATO deployment in the Balkans, they contacted the local harbour master and requested a visit.

Bag pack raises funds for Alzheimer's
Bag pack raises funds for Alzheimer's
A CHARITY bag pack at a Barnsley supermarket has raised hundreds of pounds for the Alzheimer's Society. 
Staff from Deangate Care Home, in Mapplewell, spent the day on the checkouts at Morrisons helping customers with their packing. 
Generous shoppers donated a total of £428.68 - with all proceeds going towards research and support for those living with dementia. 
The funds add to a year-long campaign for the Alzheimer's Society by the Hill Care Group, which operates Deangate.  
Staff and volunteers from Deangate Care Home are pictured taking part in a charity bag pack.

Summer house in resident's memory officially opened
Summer house in resident's memory officially opened
STAFF and residents at Edward Moore House Residential Care Home celebrated the opening of their new summer house, which was donated by former resident Raymond Simmons.  
Refurbished and repainted by the staff, the summer house now sits proudly in the garden, ready for use by residents and guests who can enjoy unwinding in the cosy seating area.  
Raymond, who initially lived at the Society's home in Maidstone, bought the summer house for the residents to enjoy. When the home closed it moved to the Gravesend residential home, so it could still be enjoyed for many years to come. 
Senior carer Kelly Town officially opens the beach hut alongside home manager Chris Hutchinson and trustee Tony Searles as well as residents.

Close shave for Salisbury care home's 'good sports'
Close shave for Salisbury care home's 'good sports'
FOUR Salisbury care home colleagues went a cut above to raise more than £1,300 for Macmillan Cancer Support. 
Losing their locks in a sponsored head shave at Colten Care's Braemar Lodge were laundry assistants Libby Durham and Carol Petty and domestic staff Martin Cannings and Debbie Pepper. 
Each surpassed their personal fundraising targets thanks to contributions from across the home's community of friends, families and contacts. 
Amid smiles all round, resident Dorothy Noyce, 103, joined staff and family members including Libby's daughter Shannon, for some of the shaving. 
Colleagues Libby Durham, Debbie Pepper, Martin Cannings and Carol Petty are pictured after braving the shave at Colten Care's Braemar Lodge care home in Salisbury.

Nursery and care home come together on National Play Day
Nursery and care home come together on National Play Day
A MESSY encounter between elderly residents and nursery children took place in Widnes as part of National Play Day celebrations. 
Halton View Care Home welcomed Dunky's Day Nursery to create homemade playdough and share lunch with the residents. 
Flour went flying as the children mixed it with water and food colouring to create the vibrant dough, with residents watching on and lending a helping hand.

Wild West birthday celebrations at Belmont House
Wild West birthday celebrations at Belmont House
COWBOY hats and checked shirts were the order of the day as Belmont House in Surrey celebrated a year of providing first-class nursing care to the local community with a Wild West party. 
The home, run by Caring Homes, is a purpose-built facility in Sutton which offers residential, nursing and dementia care for up to 60 elderly residents. 
Home manager Arthur Tanare said it has been a busy first year for the home, and everyone had enjoyed celebrating with the local community.  
Some of the care team in their Wild West outfits.

Care home unveils Memory Lane dementia corridor
Care home unveils Memory Lane dementia corridor
STAFF and residents at a Bampton based care home were joined by the chairman of West Oxfordshire District Council for the unveiling of its Memory Lane dementia corridor.  
Rosebank invited Councillor Norman MacRae to cut the ribbon and declare the corridor officially open, before residents and their families admired the specially designed dècor and took a tour of the newly opened hair and beauty salon. 
The concept of Memory Lane was the suggestion of residents and staff following discussion with the home's lifestyle support team. Everyone was keen to create an area that offered visual and sensory awareness and a 'time out' area for reminiscence and relaxation.  
Councillor Norman MacRae is joined by resident Francis Howes to cut the ribbon.

Primary school pupils liven up Kemsing Care Home
Primary school pupils liven up Kemsing Care Home
RESIDENTS of The Dynes Residential Care Home in Kemsing were joined by a group of local primary school children for an afternoon of fun and games.  
Surrounded by Jenga, Scrabble and Snakes and Ladders, the residents spent a rainy afternoon laughing, joking and playing board games with pupils of the local primary school.  
The activity, which was organised by Kemsing Church, was a hit with the residents, who loved chatting to the children about their school work, while enjoying a relaxing afternoon.

Tracey takes over as Belong chief executive
BELONG'S former finance director Tracey Stakes has assumed the role of chief executive and former operations director Tracy Paine,has been promoted to deputy chief executive following the retirement of Nick Dykes.  
She had previously held the position of finance director since joining Belong in 1997, while Tracy had been operations director since 2003. 
Chris Hughes has also been appointed as chief finance officer.

MP visits Pudsey care home
MP visits Pudsey care home
Residents and staff at HC-One's Acacia Court received a visit from local MP Stuart Andrew to take a tour of the care home. The MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough met with 101-year-old Francis Moran after viewing her living quarters, before witnessing some of the activities taking place at the Pudsey based home, including an armchair exercise class. Helen Fowler, care home manager, said: 'The residents were touched that he'd made the time to come and visit and he was really impressed by the high quality living standards that we enjoy at the home.' 
Stuart is pictured with Helen.

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