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Rachael sleeps rough to raise funds for homeless young
Rachael sleeps rough to raise funds for homeless young
A DURHAM care home worker is choosing to sleep rough for one night to raise funds for homeless young people. 
Rachael Hindle will swap her comfy bed and duvet for a cold floor and sleeping bag in Sunderland's Stadium of Light on Thursday, November 2. 
The regional development officer for the Hill Care Group, which operates care homes throughout the North of England, is taking part in Centrepoint's Sleep Out 2017. 
She will be joined by friend Leigh Varga, a health and social care trainer for Lifetime Training, as they aim to raise £200 each for the charity.

Elderly pedal power raises funds for allotment and charity
Elderly pedal power raises funds for allotment and charity
ELDERLY care home residents cycled over 14 miles to raise funds for an allotment and the Alzheimer's Society. 
Specially adapted bicycles allowed the residents of Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, Newcastle, to cover the distance and raise over £450. 
They were joined by staff, family and friends, who all cycled from the home to Wylam Hills Farm and back. 
The bicycles were rented from Newburn Leisure Centre, which had them made to enable elderly and those with a disability to take part in cycling.

Norfolk care team accredited in specialist care
Norfolk care team accredited in specialist care
THE care team at Olive House in Newton Flotman has become accredited as specialists in providing support around end-of-life care.  
Head of care Kerry Gooda and home manager Lesley Eastoll have become recognised 'Six Steps Champions' as part of a scheme led by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, and have shared their knowledge with the rest of the team. 
Olive House is part of the Healthcare Homes Group and provides residential care for up to 45 people. Kerry and Lesley took part in the programme to increase the support their team could offer their residents around end-of-life care and the choices they can make. They attended workshops between September 2016 and March this year and received training within the home.

Pupils take part in scheme to help understand dementia
Pupils take part in scheme to help understand dementia
RESIDENTS and staff at Camelot Care's Freshfields Nursing Home in Plymouth are looking forward to taking part for the second time in the Archie Project, a scheme that links local schools with people with dementia in the community. 
Part of Reminiscence Learning, a West Country-based charity that aims to promote, maintain and improve activity and education by working with people with dementia, the Archie Project is a unique intergenerational awareness-raising project created to reduce the stigma and fear associated with the word dementia. 
A timetable has been agreed for the first two terms of the new academic year, which will involve pupils from Year 4 of St Budeaux Foundation School getting to know the residents of Freshfields in Plymouth, a specialist dementia-care home run by Camelot Care.

Bield wins £72k funding to support innovative services
Bield wins £72k funding to support innovative services
AROUND 350 older people across Scotland are set to benefit after a housing and services provider landed a £72,000 funding boost. 
Bield will use the funds to ensure the continued provision of a number of additional services for residents, service users and their families, including dining out experiences for people with dementia, IT projects and social activities. 
By successfully securing the grant from the Scottish Government's People and Communities Fund, the operator will be able to channel the funding towards a range of projects in their developments across the country.

Felixstowe care home residents join in beach hunt craze
Felixstowe care home residents join in beach hunt craze
RESIDENTS at care homes in Felixstowe are getting involved with a beach craze that has taken the town by storm. 
The 'Felixstowe Finds' Facebook group was set up by local teaching assistant Kelly Taylor and encourages families to paint pebbles found on the beach and hide them for others to find.  
Participants are asked to re-hide the treasures they find along the length of Felixstowe's promenade and within the seafront gardens. 
Since launching the idea at the end of July, over 8,000 people have joined the group, and the three care homes belonging to the Healthcare Homes Group decided to get their residents involved. 
Residents at Foxgrove, Maynell House and Mill Lane have been painting stones as part of their activities programme, and have enjoyed outings to the beach to hide them and to look for others.

Time Travellers get together to pin their past
Time Travellers get together to pin their past
A NORTH East charity has been working alongside a local museum on a new reminiscence project to help people with dementia map out their life journey. 
For the past two years, Age UK North Tyneside has been running a regular Time Travellers group to help people living with dementia share and celebrate memories of their past. 
The group work with the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museum's outreach team, to access museums, galleries and collections across the region to make local history come to life and provide the opportunity to gain new experiences. 
In January 2016, the Time Travellers group were selected to take part in a special project with the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums called 'HistoryPin: Tyne & Wear Connections'. 
The HistoryPin project saw the group create their own life story timelines, taking along photographs, documents and archive images to trigger memories and promote discussion. Their timelines have been shared online at the HistoryPin website, linking to the specific places around the world their events took place in.

Herb planting boosts Sheffield care home residents' wellbeing
Herb planting boosts Sheffield care home residents' wellbeing
PLANTING herbs has helped Sheffield care home residents get outside and rekindle their passion for gardening. 
Horticultural therapy sessions have been taking place at The Laurels and The Limes Care Home for several weeks. 
The latest session with expert Caroline Cook, who works with care homes and day centres with elderly residents throughout South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, included planting herbs in accessible raised beds.

Bushell House: One of the longest standing Care Homes in the UK
Bushell House: One of the longest standing Care Homes in the UK
Bushell House is one of the longest standing residential care homes in the UK, with a rich heritage that dates back to 1722. Situated in the beautiful village of Goosnargh, three miles north of Preston, Bushell House now homes up to 31 respite, convalescence and permanent residents, after opening its doors in 1743 as a charitable trust to care for the elderly.  
 
The trustees of Bushell House maintain the Georgian retirement homes extensive history whilst ensuring its residents are still provided with the best possible care. Responsibility for that care largely falls to Sue Barr, the Registered Manager for Bushell House, who often attends healthcare conferences to keep up with the latest developments in carer technology. 
 
As the care home has been using Aid Call products for over fifteen years, Sue frequently visits the Nurse Call providers' exhibition stand, which is where she was introduced to the new Touchsafe Pro wireless Nurse Call system. Having been considering an upgrade to the current Bushell House system for some time, Sue requested further information about the new system, which ultimately prompted her decision to upgrade.  
 
 
Planning 
 
Bushell House's local Nurse Call and Assistive Technology specialist, Stuart Barclay, worked closely with Sue to ensure the Touchsafe Pro Nurse Call system would meet the needs of all her staff and residents. The installation and maintenance of the system was carefully planned to accommodate the requirements of all the individuals that depend on the service. 
 
Sue said: 'Stuart has always been exceptional in looking after us over the years I've worked with him. He's provided us with an excellent maintenance package that goes along with the system and ensures we never have any problems at all.' 
 
 
 
 
Installation 
 
The renovation of any element of a residential care home is a delicate process, as there are often many elderly residents continuing their day-to-day activities during the installation. Aid Call promised Sue that there would be minimal disruption to her staff and residents while the new Nurse Call system was installed. The Touchsafe Pro system utilises wireless technology, which limits disruptive installation because there is no need for cables to be fitted. 
 
Sue commented: 'Although the upgrade was a necessity, it isn't easy for our residents to have any disruption to their normal routine or their home environment. Their happiness and safety is my main priority so I needed to make sure that neither of those things was compromised and I couldn't have been happier with the installation of the Aid Call system. The installers were so tidy and efficient, as well as being considerate of all our staff and residents. You could tell they were familiar with working in a care home environment because they knew exactly how to behave, and clearly understood the need for the installation to be completed quickly without compromising any quality.' 
 
 
Features 
 
Sue added: 'Our previous system worked well for many years, but it was quite loud and my staff and I could continuously hear alarms going off throughout the residence, including in our break room which made the carers feel as though they didn't get a proper break. With the silent feature of the new system, there's no longer any unnecessary noise throughout the house which provides a peace and quiet that definitely makes it feel more like a home. 
 
'The Bluebell pagers also make very limited noise and the water proof feature is great for my staff since they no longer need to worry while they are bathing residents. They log in to the pagers with their own ID at the start of each shift and the Touchsafe Pro panel allows me to see where all of my staff is at any one time and how long certain tasks are taking. All that information is logged and readily available for me to review which has been great for monitoring purposes. The entire system is so easy to use and both the staff and residents are very pleased with the decision to upgrade.'

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