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Oralieve Dry Mouth Relief - Daily oral health maintenance
Oralieve Dry Mouth Relief - Daily oral health maintenance
1 in 4 people suffer from a dry mouth¹ and it is usually caused by an underlying problem or medical condition which may be common in care home residents:  
 
· Polypharmacy² - many different medications can cause a dry mouth and the chances of suffering from a dry mouth increase with quantity of medications taken  
· Diabetes²  
· Medication for Parkinsons' and dementia can cause dry mouth  
· Medication for urinary incontinence  
· Oncology treatment² 
 
Having a dry mouth can lead to oral health complications which can impact on general health, wellbeing and dignity.³ It is important for residents to participate in a daily oral care routine and if they are not able to do so on their own, a member of the care home team should be able to assist.  
 
The Oralieve® Dry Mouth Relief range has been carefully developed with dry mouth sufferers to provide effective, lasting relief from the symptoms of dry mouth - whilst maintaining general oral health. The range consists of products suitable for self-use or assisted use including a moisturising mouth gel and spray, a non-foaming fluoride toothpaste and an alcohol-free mouthrinse.  
 
For resident samples and educational literature follow this link https://oralieve-direct.myshopify.com/pages/oralieve-samples-for-hcps

Homeless get helping hand and hot soup from care home
Homeless get helping hand and hot soup from care home
A POP-UP soup kitchen will open in a Teesside care home to serve hot food and drinks to the homeless. 
Mandale House in Thornaby is opening the kitchen following the success of their food bank appeal in December. 
They are working with local initiative Hope for the Homeless North East, launched as a Facebook group by Darlington resident Ray Cook. 
Ray has donated bottled water and cans of soup for the kitchen, which will open from 11am to 1pm on February 7. 
The home's hairdresser is also offering free haircuts to anyone who visits. 
Mandale House is also launching an appeal for sleeping bags, hats, coats, gloves and blankets, to provide ongoing support to the area's homeless.

Mayor invites elderly to new year tea party
Mayor invites elderly to new year tea party
A SPECIAL mayoral invitation was sent to care home residents ahead of the annual Peterlee over 60s New Year tea party. 
Residents from Bannatyne Lodge Care Home were among those to attend the event, hosted by Town Mayor Councillor Mary Cartwright. 
They were joined by elderly residents from across Peterlee, alongside care home staff and council members. 
Hot drinks and snacks were served throughout the tea party, held at Shotton Hall, while entertainment was provided by singer Shirley Mack.

Success blooms as home wins national flower show
Success blooms as home wins national flower show
RESIDENTS at an Ayr care home are celebrating their green-fingered success after winning a national gardening competition. 
Bupa's Claremont care home scooped the top prize at this year's Scotland and North Garden competition, thanks to its stunning garden which is awash with different colours and plants. 
The residents are particularly passionate about horticulture and were delighted by their success, which adds to a number of accolades awarded to the garden. After setting up a gardening club for residents 10 years ago, the home's grounds have gone from strength to strength and have been acknowledged with various awards, including frequent wins at the Ayr Flower Show.

Students tackle generation gap
Students tackle generation gap
CARING Sunderland College students are doing their bit to help bridge the generational gap between young and old. 
More than 30 students have been named as 'intergenerational advocates' with the aim of working alongside older people to offer social engagement, support and advocacy. 
The level three health and care students are working with residents of care homes and extra care housing schemes, where staff have identified those who will benefit the most from the new initiative. 
Split into two groups, the first wave of intergenerational advocates have already began their new roles and will be setting up a range of group activities for extra care housing residents in Bramble Hollow in Hetton-le-Hole and Willow Brook in Washington. 
Five advocates are also volunteering at Belle Vue House, a Hendon-based care home, where they are offering support and companionship to residents on a one-to-one basis.

Planning permission secured for refurbishment and extension
Planning permission secured for refurbishment and extension
LEEDS based Brewster Bye Architects has secured planning for the significant refurbishment and extension of a care home at Brown Court in Wigan. 
The project is for Housing & Care 21 - a provider of retirement and extra care housing for older people.  
The new design will not only improve the existing building's sustainability, by using an external wall insulation system, but also allow for an aesthetic improvement of the home. 
The scheme also includes the refurbishment of existing communal spaces, external areas and the creation of a new draft lobby and entrance canopy. Work has already started on-site.  
Mark Henderson, a director at Brewster Bye, said: 'Our proposals will improve Brown Court for its residents by creating a more comfortable and environmentally friendly scheme.' 
Following the successful designs for Brown Court, Brewster Bye has been invited to discuss further work opportunities with Housing & Care 21 in Sunderland, Blackpool and Newhaven.

Brunelcare and Brackley Investments announce plans for new  development
Brunelcare and Brackley Investments announce plans for new development
CHARITY and care and housing provider Brunelcare has signed contracts with Brackley Investments for the development of a new 64-bed care home and 24-bed reablement service in Cadbury Heath, South Gloucestershire. 
Following the receipt of planning permission, Brackley Investments will develop the buildings to Brunelcare's specification, which the charity will then lease from them on a 25-year term.

Extra care scheme is 'topped out'
Extra care scheme is 'topped out'
ROSEWELL House, The Abbeyfield Kent Society's new extra care housing scheme in Tonbridge, was topped out as representatives of the charity joined contractors, Jenner to place the final tile.  
As its spring 2018 completion date approaches, the charity's new extra care housing scheme reached a key milestone in the development, as the highest point of the structure was completed.  
Once complete, Rosewell House will comprise 59 one and two bedroom apartments, alongside a range of communal facilities for over 55s with a care and/or support need91354. The apartments will be available on an affordable rent basis through Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, and to purchase through Older Persons Shared Ownership. The show flat will be ready to view from January and apartments can be purchased off plan. 
AKS chair Zach Miles and Dean Elvidge, pre construction director at Jenner, are pictured placing the final tile.

Bollywood comes to Camelot
Bollywood comes to Camelot
RESIDENTS at a nursing home near Wellington were invited to experience the vibrant tastes and sounds of South Asia at a special Indian day. 
The event at Camelot House & Lodge involved all staff including, kitchen, management, domestic, nursing, laundry and maintenance. 
It was organised by activities co-ordinators Richard Dempslake from Camelot House and Angie Moore from Camelot Lodge. 
Customary Indian food was provided by Camelot chef Chris Morris and by Indian colleagues who work at the home which was also decorated for the occasion.

Care home tunes into the health benefits of music and art
Care home tunes into the health benefits of music and art
MUSIC, song and arts activities from students from Shrewsbury School have been prescribed for their health benefits at a care home in Bicton. 
The visit to Morris Care's Isle Court home was organised by Creative Inspiration Shropshire, a community interest company set up by Dr Jane Povey to deliver arts for health in the community. It uses its links with professional musicians and schools to provide music and other creative arts programmes to grow and maintain wellbeing. 
A group of music and arts students from Shrewsbury School performed music and song and helped with craft activities to entertain and engage residents. 
Students from Shrewsbury School are pictured with resident Barbara Morgan, Dementia Link Angela Kimberley and home manager Roberto Tumaliuan.

Home Instead ends year on a high
Home Instead ends year on a high
THE plaudits keep coming for at home care provider Home Instead Senior Care who finished the year on a high having picked up two more accolades as the year draws to a close.  
They have been named as 'Best Employer in Care' and the number one franchise company. 
The company has been recognised as 'Best Employer in Care' for the second consecutive year. The award of Five Star Employer is based on the feedback from thousands of the Home Instead's caregivers and is only awarded to the top 10 per cent of 120 organisations which enter. 
Home Instead has also been named as the UK's number one franchise business in the Elite Franchise 100. This is an annual league table, ranked by a panel of experienced judges on core criteria including growth, support, innovation, network size and future plans.

Residents knit blankets for premature babies
Residents knit blankets for premature babies
BLANKETS are being knitted by elderly Teesside residents for premature babies at the University Hospital of North Tees. 
The cosy comforters are being created by residents at The Beeches Care Home in Stockton-on-Tees and will be donated to the neonatal department. 
The home's knitting club is appealing for donations of wool to help them create as many blankets as possible.

A right royal visit for staff at Middlesex care home
A right royal visit for staff at Middlesex care home
STAFF at HC-One care home Cedar House met the Duke of York at an intimate gathering at The Kings Fund, Cavendish Square, for members of the 22 New Friends Group.  
Hosted by Attends, a national charity that supports and expands the roles volunteers play in creating healthy communities, the event brought together the Friends Group to celebrate the work they do in raising awareness of Attend and fundraising for the community.  
Jean Howard, a volunteer at HC-One's Cedar House, was nominated to meet the Duke alongside the home's wellbeing coordinator Grant Bentley and Laura Baumane from its sister home, Aston House.  
The Duke is the patron of all Attends member groups and takes great interest in their work.

Bamaid raises a glass for care home residents
Bamaid raises a glass for care home residents
A GENEROUS barmaid at a Glasgow pub raised £400 for residents at HC-One's Greenfield Park care home after taking part in Sober October.  
Nancy, from Westburn Bar in Carntyne, took part in the annual event, which encourages people to go alcohol free for the 31 days of October, in order to pay for residents to take part in an array of activities out in the community. 
The money raised has already been used to take residents out to the pantomine and more day trips are lined up over the coming weeks.

Former Brownie leader recalls her memories during visit
Former Brownie leader recalls her memories during visit
A 91-year-old former Brownie leader recalled her memories of being in the famous Girl Guides group during a visit from children at Brandon House in Coventry.  
Dorothy Henwood, Brownie leader at the 28th North Coventry St Albans branch in 1965, met with Brownies from Alderman Green after they came into the home to sing Christmas Carols.  
Sheryl Davis, manager at Brandon House, said: 'It brought back many fond memories for Dorothy when we received a visit from the Brownies and she was delighted to be able to share her wonderful stories with them.' Dorothy dug out an old black and white photo featuring her daughters from her days as a leader and the children recited the new version of the 'Brownie Promise.'

SI² Fund invests in Active Minds' international growth.
SI² Fund invests in Active Minds' international growth.
SI² Fund, a European social impact investment fund focused on scaling impact-driven businesses, on Thursday 14th December announced its investment in Active Minds, a UK-based company that develops human-centred activity products and games for people living with dementia. The funding by SI² Fund will be used to accelerate international growth, expand its product offering and achieve social impact at scale. 
 
Founded in 2008, Active Minds is a social business with a mission to create positive, well-made and evidence-based activity products and games, offering people living with dementia a better quality of life. Active Minds' award-winning products are tested in partnership with care homes, activity coordinators, families and carers to ensure they are as effective as possible. Proven positive outcomes for people living with dementia include a reduction in depression, boredom and isolation and an improvement in communications and engagement. 
 
Building on its unique offering and strong customer network, Active Minds will use the funds to grow its international activities and product range and achieve social impact at scale. 
 
Ben Atkinson-Willes, Founder of Active Minds, on the partnership:  
 
'We are excited to partner with SI² Fund. We are relying on SI² Fund's exceptional track-record in business management and the social impact sector to accelerate our international growth, strengthen our operations and grow a long-term, profitable social business.' 
 
Pieter Oostlander, Fund Manager of SI² Fund comments:  
 
'Active Minds is a unique company, built on years of research and personal experience, in a high impact and attractive segment. We look forward to supporting Ben and his team in scaling the social impact they have already achieved over the past couple of years. We will assist the company in implementing the SROI (Social Return on Investment) framework to enable them to truly understand, measure and manage the social impact of their business.' 
 
Active Minds already has a diverse list of products available for care homes and individuals. Clients include Unilever Food Solutions, The Alzheimer's Society and Four Seasons Healthcare.

Grovelands is first 'Outstanding' rated care home in Yeovil
Grovelands is first 'Outstanding' rated care home in Yeovil
STAFF at Grovelands are celebrating following the results of their recent CQC inspection.  
The Yeovil care home run by Somerset Care was given the highest rating of 'Outstanding' by the social care inspectorate who published their report on December 21.  
This now puts Grovelands in the 1.4 per cent of adult social care providers nationally that are rated 'Outstanding' overall and meansthey are only care home for over 65s in Yeovil to achieve this.

Leading care centre teams up with solicitors to offer free advice
Leading care centre teams up with solicitors to offer free advice
ONE of Sidcup's top care homes Baugh House Care Centre has teamed up with local solicitors T G Baynes to offer local elderly people and their families a chance to learn more about Lasting Powers of Attorney. 
Taking place on January 17 at the centre in Baugh Road, the free event will see guest speaker Coreen Ayres, a legal executive at T G Baynes, discuss Lasting Power of Attorney. 
This is a legal document that allows a person to appoint one or more people, known as attorneys, to manage their affairs in case of an accident or illness that results in the loss of mental capacity - making them very useful for those with long-term care conditions such as dementia.  
Starting at 2.30pm, the event will offer the centre's residents and local people the chance to learn more about Lasting Power of Attorney documents and query Coreen on their use during one-to-one sessions.

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