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Care centre holds summer fete for residents
A SUMMER fete at Collisdene Care Centre in Strathaven, Lanarkshire raised more than £450. 
The fete, which took place in the Canterbury Care home's spacious car park, was enjoyed by residents, their friends and family and members of the community.  
Activities and events included a tombola, face painting, a raffle, bric-a-brac stall and a bouncy castle, with all funds raised going towards extra treats for the residents, such as additional day trips out.  
Home manager Kelly Mair said: 'At Collisdene Care Centre we like to engage with our community as much as possible, so it was fantastic to see many people from the local area enjoying the summer fete with our residents.  
"It was also a great opportunity for members of the public to see the excellent facilities we have and talk about the quality care that we offer.'

Students cook up a treat for residents
Students cook up a treat for residents
RESIDENTS at Belong Village Atherton enjoyed a fine dining experience provided by year 10 students from Fred Longworth High School. The students, who have been practicing their cookery skills as part of a Prince's Trust xl club award, enjoyed the chance to demonstrate what they'd learned, to an appreciative audience. The meal included homemade lemonade, fish and chips served in newspaper cones, and the traditional dessert of spotted dick and custard. Nicola Beaver, activities co-ordinator at Belong Atherton, said: "The best part for me was seeing our customers and the students mixing. Hearing two generations laughing about their school days as they traded stories was a real high point for me." 
Belong Experience day customer Rita Grundy and residents Norma Gee, Nellie Williams and Mike Jenkinson are pictured enjoying their meal.

Thirsk care home opens its doors
Thirsk care home opens its doors
THIRSK'S newest care home Hambleton Grange has opened its doors. 
The purpose-built home was visited by over 50 sector workers as well as the town's Mayor, Councillor Janet Watson.  
Members of the caring profession were invited to view the state of the art facilities before the Ideal Care Home officially opens to the public. 
Nikki Durrant, home manager, said: "I have a really strong team behind me and we are all positive we can make this home a great place to live and work."

Flower power at Gravesend care scheme
WATLING Court, Abbeyfield Kent's extra care scheme in Gravesend, has set Wednesday mornings aside for the residents to embrace their creative side and arrange flowers.Phyllis Aitchison, who runs the session, said: "We've been running the class for almost a year now and we all have a cracking time. The first time we came in only three people attended; now we have almost 20 each week. The residents love it because it's companionable and relaxing. Some of the residents used to be particularly quiet during the sessions, they would sit with their head down, but since they've been taking part they've really come out of their shell, it's lovely to see."

Home refurbished with family's donation
A GRAVESEND care home has undergone an extensive refurbishment programme thanks to a donation of more than £10,000 from the family of a late resident. 
When Anne Wilks passed away after spending over five years living at Edward Moore House, Mary Smith and her siblings decided to provide the home with a substantial donation to thank the staff for their care and kindness. 
The huge sum of money donated to the home was spent on improving the staff areas and the garden. The donation enabled the home to completely refurbish their staff room and kitchenette, obtain a new meeting room and locker facilities for staff.  
The family also reserved part of their donation to improve the garden area, as their mother always enjoyed spending time outside and chatting with the gardener.

Care agency's Poole branch celebrates second anniversary
THE Poole branch of Eleanor Care, which provides home care and other care related services, has celebrated its second anniversary. 
The company now employs approximately 100 staff in the branch alone, which is impart due to the firm's March take-over of services previously provided by SCA Care. 
The Poole branch has also recently expanded its training services, not only providing in-house training to its staff, but also opening up its services to outside providers and individuals currently working or who are looking to work in the care sector.

Unique dementia centre opens in Liverpool
A UNIQUE specialist dementia support centre has been officially opened in Liverpool.  
The purpose-built £1.2m council-run Sedgemoor Dementia Support Centre in Norris Green has been built by Bullock and is believed to be the first of its type in the country. 
It has been specially designed for people with dementia and will provide assessment and respite facilities, with naturally lit spaces. The centre has been constructed o a unique open plan design specification that will provide a more calming atmosphere for the residents making use of the facility.  
It features a hi-tech, interactive 4D theatre, where people will be able to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and even smells of the past through old videos, cine footage, photographs and relevant scents. 
The Sedegmoor centre was officially opened by Liverpool's assistant mayor and Cabinet member for adult social care, councillor Roz Gladden, and forms part of the council's Transformation Plan for day care services which is seeing six health and wellbeing hubs created across the city.

Bondcare invests in North East care homes
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
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.

Top marks for Wimborne care home
Top marks for Wimborne care home
STAFF and residents of Magna Care Centre in Wimborne were celebrating as they received top marks in their latest inspection by the CQC. 
The purpose built home, part of the family-owned Caring Homes Group, has demonstrated the highest possible levels of care delivery having met or exceeded the required standards in all five areas. 
As part of the process, CQC inspectors spoke to residents, relatives and members of staff at the home. 
Magna Care Centre manager Heidi Williams said: "We are delighted that the hard work done each and every day by our team has been recognised through this positive report. We have a tightly knit staff team here and we put the service users at the heart of everything we do. 
"First and foremost, Magna Care Centre is our residents' home. It is a pleasure to provide a service for so many wonderful people, but it is always nice to hear that you're getting things right."

Supporters donate minibus to Hammerson House
Supporters donate minibus to Hammerson House
LONG standing supporters of Nightingale Hammerson Gillian and Irving Carter donated a new 14-seater minibus to Hammerson House through their trust The Locker Foundation. 
Irving's mother Sylvia, who is a resident at Hammerson House, handed over the minibus keys to Andrew Leigh, chief executive of Hammerson House, which will be used to take the residents on trips to many locations including the theatre, art galleries and shopping centres. 
Andrew said: "It gives me great pleasure to accept this tremendously generous donation from the Carter family.  
"Having supporters and donors is so important to us at Nightingale Hammerson as the support they give reflects so positively on the lives of our residents." 
Andrew Leigh is pictured receiving the keys from Sylvia Carter, her son Irving and his wife Gillian.

Inspectors praise Prescot care home
SHEVINGTON Court care home in Rainhill, Prescot, has been commended for the quality of its care by the CQC 
On inspection, the facility was found to comply with all necessary standards, including respecting and involving people who use services, ensuring the care and welfare of people who use services and safeguarding people who use the services from abuse. 
Manager Beverley Unsworth said: 'I am extremely pleased with the result of the CQC report and all the positive feedback that it included.  
"Hearing the excellent reviews and comments from our residents and the endorsement of the CQC is very rewarding.  
"The report is testament to the staff at Shevington Court who work extremely hard to ensure we exceed all standards set by the CQC and make this a homely, safe and comfortable environment for our residents to live in.'

Critchill Court supports National Care Home Open Day
Critchill Court supports National Care Home Open Day
CRITCHILL Court was one of thousands of care homes nationwide that opened its doors to the local community as part of the first National Care Home Open Day.  
The Somerset Care owned facility held a variety of activities including entertainment from John Baker, dancing and cream teas. A cake stall and raffle raised money for the residents' amenities fund, with a donation going to Frome based charity Mama Upendo Children's trust. 
Alan Johnston, manager of Critchill Court, said 'We had a brilliant time taking part in the first National Care Home Open Day and opening our door to the local community. Thank you to everyone that worked hard to organise this event.' 
For a full round-up from National Care Home Open Day see the August issue of Caring UK out shortly.

Family fun day raises £15,000
Family fun day raises £15,000
A FAMILY fun day at Jewish Care's Princess Alexandra Home in Stanmore raised £15,000. 
Children enjoyed three bouncy castles, face painting, sand art, a ball pond, beat the goalie, milk the cow and a magician.  
Entertainment was provided by several local schools. 
Brian Eisenberg, chairman of Princess Alexandra's special events committee, said: 'I was absolutely delighted with the outcome of the day, seeing approximately 1000 children enjoying the luxury of choosing from more than 50 different activities. Nine months' planning and hard work has paid off.'

Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
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.

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