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Surprise party celebrates Norma's retirement
Surprise party celebrates Norma's retirement
AYCLIFFE Care Home, which is part of Akari Care, has said goodbye to one of its valued members of staff who has retired at the age of 69.  
Norma Moore, who was a care assistant and is older than some residents, enjoyed a surprise retirement party to mark her 15 years working for the group.  
Residents, members of staff and guests were entertained by a local singer and enjoyed a cake made by the home's cook.  
Also at the party, assistant cook Tina Davies, who has worked at the home for more than 11 years, shaved her head to raise money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support.  
Manager Doreen Bonnar said: 'Norma has been a fantastic and extremely valued member of staff at Aycliffe Care Home. She was thrilled when we surprised her with a party to show our appreciation for her hard work and dedication throughout the years. We all wish her well in her retirement and will miss working with her. We were also delighted that so many of our members of staff and residents who were celebrating Norma's retirement supported Tina's brave fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support.'  
Norma is pictured cutting her cake with Akari Care staff and friends.

Home celebrates Ladies Day with Bucks Fizz
Home celebrates Ladies Day with Bucks Fizz
TANGLEWOOD Care Home in Horncastle, Lincolnshire enjoyed Ladies' Day at Ascot with a sweepstake and Buck's Fizz. 
Resident Kathleen Smith is pictured presenting Matron Gillian Vernon with a trophy after she picked the winner of the Gold Cup - the Queen's horse, Estimate - in the sweepstake.

Fundraiser and volunteer wins lifetime achievement award
Fundraiser and volunteer wins lifetime achievement award
MORELLA Kayman MBE, fundraiser and volunteer for Jewish Care and co-founder of the Alzheimer's Society, was presented with the 2013 First Women Awards' prestigious lifetime achievement accolade at a glittering ceremony. 
The award recognised her tireless commitment to improving the lives of people affected by Alzheimer's disease over the past 40 years. 
After her late husband was diagnosed with dementia in 1972, Morella was shocked at the lack of support and advice available. She started to gather support and launched the Alzheimer's Society from her spare bedroom.  
Morella Kayman also founded the Alzheimer's Disease Golf Society in 1983 which has raised over £1m. Jewish Care's Sam Beckman Special Day Care Centre in Hendon benefits from the annual golf day which recently celebrated its 30th year. 
Held at the London Marriott, Grosvenor Square the evening was hosted by sports personality and broadcaster Clare Balding. The First Women Awards was created by Real Business, the CBI and held in association with Lloyds Banking Group.

Home celebrates opening with entertainment
Home celebrates opening with entertainment
MAGICIANS, a harpist and a jazz musician took part in a day of celebration at the opening of Bowes House care home in Hailsham. 
The Mayor of Hailsham officially opened the home, which incorporates parts of an old brewery and later became a rubber factory. 
Fifty five new jobs have been created through the opening of the Care UK home, and that number is expected to more than double as residents settle in. 
There are 90 beds for older people seeking the highest standards of personalised nursing, residential, and respite care, and an experienced team will also provide specialist support for those living with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. 
There is a Hailsham theme throughout Bowes House. Children from nearby schools have named the four suites Weld, Meadow, Barley and Alyssum, with pictures from the town's past adorning the walls. 
Hailsham celebrities are remembered too. An activities kitchen, decorated retro-style, pays tribute to Fanny Cardiac, while one of the lounges is furnished in rich colors inspired by Cardinal Wholes. 
The team at Bowes House, Hailsham are pictured celebrating the opening day at the home.

Broadcaster opens new home
Broadcaster opens new home
BALHOUSIE Care Group's newest home in Huntly, Aberdeenshire was officially opened by BBC broadcaster Robbie Shepherd MBE. 
Residents, their families and other special guests joined Robbie, care home manager John Hamilton and Balhousie Care Group staff for a celebration to mark the official opening of the £5.m, 60-bed facility, which is expected to create 60 jobs. 
A piper welcomed visitors to the home and Robbie entertained guests with poems and songs in the local Doric dialect before unveiling a commemorative plaque. 
The official opening will be followed by a series of open days for the local community, giving people the chance to visit the home for a tour. 
Robbie Shepherd MBE is pictured with John Hamilton at the opening of Balhousie Huntly Care Home.

MP presents group with Investors in People gold award
MP presents group with Investors in People gold award
SOUTH Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman presented Kemble Care with its Investors in People gold award. 
During a tour of the firm's Hereford offices, staff explained to him the part they play in managing the delivery of care to people in their own homes.  
Jesse also presented certificates to newly qualified trainers and mentors, who look after newly joined staff and help to train them to deliver care.  
Jesse Norman MP and Kemble Care managing director Peter King are pictured with mentors and trainers, from the left: Amy Evans, Graham Downing, Sally-Ann Ford, Mim Hodgson, Louise Craddock, Lydia Ingram and Annette Saunders.

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.

Mark scoops FD of the year award at ceremony
Mark scoops FD of the year award at ceremony
City and County Healthcare Group FD Mark Harrison was named private company FD of the year at the annual FDs' Excellence Awards. As a senior member of the management team, Mark has played a key role in the growth of the London-based home care provider, which has become the UK's fourth-largest care home group after making 13 acquisitions over the past four years. And Al-Karim Kachra, head of finance at Lincolnshire-based nursing home group Country Court Care, was highly commended in the Ernst & Young FD of the Future category at the London ceremony. 
Mark Harrison from City and County Healthcare is pictured receiving his award from Michael Izza from event sponsor ICAEW and Debbie Farman from Jordans.

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.

MP cuts ribbon to open new dementia unit
MP cuts ribbon to open new dementia unit
Simon Hughes MP officially opened the new dementia unit at Tower Bridge Care Home which was purpose-built to provide some of the most advanced dementia care available in London. HC-One chairman Chai Patel and chief operating officer John Ivers also attended the opening. Kulvinder Sidhu, Tower Bridge manager, said: 'In the short time the unit has been running, we have already seen marked improvements in residents' sleeping patterns, communication skills and socialising. The early signs are that residents feel really comfortable and secure in their new home.' 
Simon Hughes MP is pictured with HC-One chairman Chai Patel and Tower Bridge manager Kulvinder Sidhu.

Sanctuary earmarks Canterbury site for new home
SANCTUARY Group has acquired a site in Hersden, near Canterbury in Kent, with a view to operating a new 60-bed care home. 
The transaction was brokered by specialist property adviser Christie and Co on behalf of Frontier Estates. 
Planning consent has been granted for the new 60-bed care home, which when finished will create in the region of 50 new jobs. Construction is due to start later in the year.

Cabinet Secretary opens new Edinburgh care home
Cabinet Secretary opens new Edinburgh care home
ALEX Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Well-being, was the special guest at the opening of St. Margaret's Care Home in Edinburgh. 
The home was previously St Margaret's Independent Girls School from 1890 to 1990. The Victorian property has been converted, extended and fully-refurbished by Four Seasons Health Care to create a welcoming and unique home for residents to live in. 
Jean Akel, regional manager for Four Seasons Health Care, said: 'St Margaret's is a beautiful home with a warm and inviting atmosphere. The home has great attention to detail and will provide a welcoming environment where residents can feel at home in comfortable surroundings.' 
MSP Alex Neil pictured with Marion Sutherland, a resident at St Margaret's Care Home.

Barnwood to develop £5m home in Worcester
Barnwood to develop £5m home in Worcester
BARNWOOD Construction has won the £5m contract to build an 82-bed care home for Care UK in Worcester. 
Lynda Appleby, operational projects director at Care UK, said: 'We're very excited that work has begun on site in Worcester. Once finished, this care home will offer residential and specialist dementia care in a state-of-the-art building designed to help people live calm, happy and fulfilled lives. 
'The internal layout will be based around a village green and offer a restaurant, cafe, hairdressing salon and a cinema for residents to enjoy with family and friends. Landscaped gardens will also provide residents with a place to relax or enjoy walks in a stimulating environment.' 
The home is due to be completed next April.

Group's homes join in national day
BALHOUSIE Care Group homes throughout Scotland are opening the doors to the public and inviting them to join them at a series of special events as part of the inaugural National Care Home Open Day 2013. 
National Care Home Open Day takes place on Friday, when Balhousie homes will host barbecues, fancy dress parties, craft fayres and various fun parties for local people. 
Balhousie homes in Aberdeenshire, Perthshire, Dundee, Coupar Angus, Arbroath, Carnoustie, Blairgowrie, Fife, Bonnybridge and Kirriemuir will join thousands of homes across the country in the celebrations. 
Tony Banks, chairman of Balhousie Care Group, said: 'National Care Home Open Day is a great new initiative to help bring residents closer to the local community. Feeling part of a community and being engaged with the local churches, schools, nurseries and other groups is important for wellbeing and social inclusion.'

Third home added to group's portfolio
Third home added to group's portfolio
Young at Heart Care Homes has secured its third site in the Bristol area with the acquisition of Bernash Residential Care Home in Whitchurch for an undisclosed sum. Debbie and Beryl Williams had owned and operated the home for more than 25 years when they instructed Christie + Co to sell it so that they could retire. Young at Heart Care Homes' Faridah Webb said: 'Bernash fits perfectly within our portfolio and we look forward to working with existing staff to offer the highest level of care to residents.' 
The purchaser was funded by Lloyds Bank and the solicitor advising was DMH Stallard LLP. The vendors were advised by Burroughs Day Solicitors.

Care group incorporates Stirling University Standard
Care group incorporates Stirling University Standard
A CARE group has shown its commitment to delivering the highest possible standards of care to people with dementia by incorporating the Stirling University Standard. 
Eleven facilitators from across the Roseberry Group, chosen for their leadership ability and their special interest in dementia care, have been trained in the internationally recognised training programme developed by the University's Dementia Services Development Centre.  
They in turn will be able to train eight staff members at a time at home level. Successful candidates will have to undertake an examination, which will be marked by the university, and will receive certificates from them. 
Moorend Place Care Centre staff are pictured with their certificates and course facilitator Mark Smith. From the left: Hayley Blunkett, Katie Lister, Laura Jackson, Rachel Hudson, Emma Billingsley, Sam O'Grady, Tracy Walters and Charlotte Hulley.

Work on £24.6m village completed
Work on £24.6m village completed
WORK on a new £24.6m retirement village in Chorley has been completed. 
Built on behalf of HicaLife by Caddick Construction, Buckshaw Retirement Village is set across three separate buildings which have been completed to a four-star hotel standard.  
They include a specialist extra care and dementia facility with sensory lounges, doctors' surgery as well as assisted and independent living accommodation. 
The development boasts several sustainable features, including timber frames from FSC managed sources, rigorous site waste management, bulk fill recycling and, where possible, materials from excavations were used as fill elsewhere on the site. Green compost was added to topsoil to achieve required ph levels and gabion baskets were used instead of concrete for the perimeter retaining walls. 
Buckshaw (pictured) is the first of its kind to be developed by Oakbridge Retirement Villages.

Sonia completes millionth e-learning course
Sonia completes millionth e-learning course
AN innovative e-learning initiative by Four Seasons Health Care has proved so successful that Sonia Van Bart, an employee at Guthrie House Care Home in Edinburgh, has completed the millionth course. 
In addition, Margaret Rita Wong from St Catherines Care Home in Bolton was the first person to complete course number a million and one, setting Four Seasons on their way towards the second million. To celebrate this remarkable achievement and thank everyone for supporting e-learning, the company has presented Sonia and Margaret with an iPad each. 
Launched across Four Seasons in August 2010, e-learning courses initially covered mandatory learning topics that are required by regulators and are essential for all staff within care homes and specialist units. Since then the number of courses available has steadily grown to include a wide range of optional modules that help support employees' personal and professional development and enable participants to acquire a national qualification that will help in their career advancement. 
Ian Smith, chairman of Four Seasons Health Care, is pictured presenting winner Sonia Van Bart with her prize.

Residents take part in recipe competition
Residents take part in recipe competition
RESIDENTS at all 19 of a care group's homes are taking part in a recipe competition to mark the family-owned company's sponsorship of two prestigious food awards. 
South coast operator Colten Care is headline sponsor of both the annual Taste of Dorset and Hampshire Life Food and Drink awards, reflecting a shared aim of promoting excellence in regional produce and cooking. 
To celebrate its involvement, the care provider is inviting residents, relatives and team members at its entire family of homes to suggest ideas for their best home cooked recipes. 
The 'Handpicked Excellence' competition will involve judging by a panel of culinary experts who will shortlist a winner for each home. 
Prizes include a specially-laid on Taste of Dorset garden party and, in Hampshire, VIP tickets to the Hampshire Life awards ceremony. 
Tim Wookey, marketing director of Colten Care; Fiona Dart, deputy editor of Blackmore Vale Media; Fergus Davitt, Colten Care's hotel services manager; and Rodelyn Thompson, Newstone House manager, are pictured at the launch of the Taste of Dorset Awards 2013.

New sensory garden to benefit residents
New sensory garden to benefit residents
RESIDENTS at a Worthing care home will be enjoying the benefits of a new sensory garden this summer thanks to 'Breathing Spaces' duo Claire Hunt and Lisa Leach. The pair approached Windsor Rest Home last summer as they launched their new company promoting gardening therapy for the elderly and the young. With staff fundraising and a generous donation from the family of a resident who had been at Windsor for nine years, until the age of 107 , two borders were planted with flowers and shrubs chosen for their fragrance and texture. The residents are now planting herbs and bulbs, which will be added to the garden.\r\nResident Chris Searle is pictured doing some planting for the sensory garden.

Bondcare opens up its homes for national event
BONDCARE homes across the North East are opening their doors to the public to help dispel some of the negativity and myths surrounding care homes. 
As part of National Care Home Open Day on 21 June, visitors to the Bondcare homes across the region will be given the opportunity to take tours of the facilities, discuss the care available with members of staff and enjoy a range of activities and entertainment on offer at the homes.  
The Bondcare homes taking part are: Allan Court in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Brancepeth Court in County Durham, Debaliol Nursing Home in Northumberland, Donwell House Care Home and Day Centre in Washington, Lansbury Court in Sunderland, Lumley Court in County Durham, Portland Day Centre and Sheltered Bungalows in County Durham and Redworth House based in Shildon, County Durham.  
Steve Massey, north east regional manager of Bondcare, said: 'The nationwide event is a fantastic way for our homes across the region to connect with their communities and cement strong relationships with local people. We are looking forward to opening our doors to the public, so that prospective residents and their families can come along to see the surroundings for themselves and to find out more about the fantastic services and quality care we provide.'

Group to show its support to National Care Home Open Day
Group to show its support to National Care Home Open Day
SOMERSET Care's residential and nursing homes will be opening their doors to the local community as part of the first National Care Home Open Day on June 21.  
The group operates 32 care homes in Somerset, Gloucestershire and on the Isle of Wight, which provide care and support for over 1,550 residents. 
There are a number of activities happening throughout Somerset Care's care homes, from cream teas to farmers markets and craft fairs.  
Alyson Martin, chief executive, said "We are extremely pleased to be taking part in the first National Care Home Open Day and hope by opening our doors we can create more relationships within the local community and promote a positive image of social care."

Care home reopens in Dudley
Care home reopens in Dudley
HIMLEY Manor Care Home in Dudley has undergone a complete refurbishment and has opened its doors to residents.  
Formerly Grange Park Care Centre, the home was bought from administrators FRP Advisory LLP as an empty property. FRP Advisory LLP appointed DC Care and Edward Symmons as joint agents for this and another home in administration. 
Mr and Mrs Qayum have transformed Himley Manor, providing a bright and welcoming environment.

Group's homes to take part in National Care Home Open Day
Group's homes to take part in National Care Home Open Day
MERIDIAN Healthcare's entire group of care homes are taking part in the first National Care Home Open Day on June 21. 
Care home managers across the group have decided to host afternoon tea between 2pm and 4pm or a summer fete on the day to encourage people to come and have a look at life in a care home setting. 
Irene Booth, care centre manager of The Millbrook Care Centre in Millbrook, said: "This is a great opportunity for us to give something back to our local community.  
"I'm sure we can dispel any myths out there, once people pop in to see us, they will see how much fun we all have. Tea and cake is always in ready supply here." 
The Millbrook Care Centre manager Irene Booth with resident Harry Fogg.

Meet a CQC inspector as part of National Care Home Open Day
Meet a CQC inspector as part of National Care Home Open Day
MEMBERS of the public are invited to meet their local CQC inspector to talk about the quality of care and to find out what to look out for when choosing a care home, as part of National Care Home Open day on June 21.  
Supported by care home sector representatives, homes across the country will open their doors to the public for the day. CQC inspectors will also be available to talk to visitors in a number of the homes. 
Chief executive David Behan said: "Our job is to inspect care homes to make sure they are providing safe, compassionate, high quality care. This is a good opportunity for us to meet the public and listen to what they have to say. We also want to explain more about what we do and the care people have a right to expect." 
The CQC will start public consultation on its new fundamental levels of care - the bar below which services must not fall when they are inspected - very shortly.

Work begins on new development in city
Work begins on new development in city
WORK has started on a state-of-the-art development for older people in Portsmouth.  
Maritime House with 80 flats, is being built on the site of the former 50-bed Alexandra Lodge residential home in Hilsea.  
The new development, which is due to open at the end of next year, will be the latest of a series of extra-care apartment buildings developed by the city council and Housing 21. 
It will include:  
- 80 one-bed or two-bed apartments for affordable renting, 10 of which will be specially adapted for disabled residents  
- Communal facilities, including a restaurant, a hair salon, a laundry and landscaped gardens  
- A 20-bed facility for older people who have spent long spells in hospital. Staff will assess their ability to cope with independent living and help them regain skills needed to live independently. This will replace the Victory unit in Longdean Lodge, Paulsgrove.

Bridge evening raises £27,000
Bridge evening raises £27,000
A CARE organisation's Bridge evening raised £27,000 towards the running costs of its two homes. 
More than 200 people attended Nightingale Hammerson's annual event at West London Synagogue in Alyth Gardens, and the money will be used at Nightingale House in Clapham and Hammerson House in North London. 
Prizes were awarded to Stephen and Susan James for winning the Gentle duplicate and Allan Lipton and Sue Simon for winning the Regular duplicate (pictured).

Residents take part in minibeast handling workshop
Residents take part in minibeast handling workshop
Residents at The Laurels and Pine Lodge Residential Care Home in Oakdale, Poole took part in a minibeast handling workshop. Some of the unusual animals brought to the homes by the Zoolab rangers included a millipede, a giant snail, a stick insect and a hermit crab. Activities organiser Ann Smith said "We work hard to keep our programme of activities as interesting and varied as possible, and the workshop certainly was something completely different. Some of our residents didn't want to get too close and were happy to watch from a distance, but others absolutely loved handling the creatures and finding out more about them." 
Resident Sylvia Dulieu is pictured with a giant snail.

Resident launches choir at retirement village
Resident launches choir at retirement village
A RESIDENT at a Sussex retirement village has set up a choir to help fellow residents benefit from the joy of singing and the many health benefits it can bring. 
As a previous member of over 25 choirs, including the Northern Ireland Army Choir during WWII, the Wellbeck Abbey Choir and the Blackfriars Singers, St George's Park resident Don Geen has sung in a choir since a young age.  
The choir was set up last autumn and already has 35 members, who vary from having extensive to no experience at all. They meet every fortnight in the original concert hall at the retirement village and enjoyed their first performance at the St George's Park Christmas Carol Service.  
Pictured are the choir members at St George's Park.

Residents knit to ensure cats stay warm
Residents knit to ensure cats stay warm
RESIDENTS at Burnworthy House care home in Somerset have been tirelessly knitting for months to produce blankets to donate to the Cats Protection League to ensure the animals are warm in cold weather spells.  
The idea came after they donated blankets and pom-poms to the RSPCA in the winter to provide warmth and entertainment for the puppies and kittens. 
Each week 10-15 residents take part in the knitting group with help from Claire Davis, activity co-ordinator, and Gwen Trott, a resident's daughter.  
Karen Roberts,manager of the home, said "The Nifty Knitters has become a very popular activity in the home, attracting more residents to join since it first started last year.  
"It has become a social occasion for the ladies and gentlemen who take part as they enjoy refreshments, a good chat and sometimes a singsong while they are busy knitting. 
"In the warmer weather, everyone sits outside and chats about their memories of summer holidays, where they have been and family occasions." 
Residents and a representative from the Cats Protection League are pictured with the knitted gifts.

Lambs visit County Durham care home
Lambs visit County Durham care home
RESIDENTS at a County Durham care home enjoyed a woolly welcome to springtime thanks to a group of visitors.  
Raby Cottage, which is part of care home operator Bondcare and is based at The Willington Care Village, welcomed four lambs for the afternoon to celebrate the new season.  
Residents, members of staff and their children enjoyed learning about caring for the lambs, feeding them and watching them play. 
Julie Gray, manager at Raby Cottage, said: "Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the visit from the lambs and it was a perfect way for us to celebrate Spring.  
"At Raby Cottage we have a carefully planned programme of activities and events for residents to enjoy and benefit from." 
Residents Raymond Gill and Betty Amos are pictured playing with the lambs.

Linda shows her support at charity golf day
Linda shows her support at charity golf day
ACTRESS Linda Bellingham, was the special guest at the ADGS golf day at Dyrham Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire which raised £55,000 for Jewish Care?s Sam Beckman Dementia Day Care Centre in Hendon and the Alzheimer's Society. 
The tournament is the brainchild of Morella Kayman, who instigated the fundraising initiative 31 years ago, following the death of her first husband Lawrence Fisher, who was diagnosed with the disease when he was 49. 
Linda Bellingham is pictured with ADGS golf day organiser Morella Kayman. Picture credit: Blake Ezra Photography

First phase complete of £4.7m redevelopment of Cardiff care home
First phase complete of £4.7m redevelopment of Cardiff care home
LINC Care has completed the first phase of its £4.7m redevelopment of Penylan House Nursing Home in Cardiff and the first residents have moved in. 
Penylan House is the second purpose-built community nursing home and, when complete, will have 73 en-suite bedrooms, assisted bathrooms, spacious lounges, dining areas, solar panels to generate electricity and landscaped gardens.  
Construction has been split into two phases to ensure that residents living in the original building did not need to move offsite during the redevelopment. 
The existing 28 residents have moved across from the old building to the newly completed first phase, which consists of 30 bedrooms. 
Penylan House residents Doris Green, Gwynfryn Pritchard and Anita Celnik are pictured with care assistant Denise Griffin, nursing manager Geraldine Paterson and care assistant Stacey Sydenham.

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