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New care home to create more than 100 jobs in Dorset
New care home to create more than 100 jobs in Dorset
MORE than 100 jobs will be created when a new care home opens in Dorset. 
Construction work is now underway on Colten Care's Bourne View in Poole with the art deco-style home due to open in the autumn. 
Speaking at a topping out ceremony, Councillor Lindsay Wilson, Mayor of Poole, described plans for the multi-million pound home as 'very impressive'. 
Bourne View is Colten Care's 12th home in Dorset. Currently the family owned company, which is based in Ringwood, has 20 facilities across Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex and Wiltshire. 
The new site will offer residential and nursing care with 68 bedrooms, all en suite. 
Poole Mayor Councillor Lindsay Wilson (right) is pictured carrying out the traditional ceremony watched by Colten Care directors and senior staff including Mark Aitchison, chief executive (holding spade); founder and co-chairman John Cowell (third right) and co-chairman Rick Otten (second left).

Planning approved on former Council care home
Planning approved on former Council care home
A DESIGN-led residential care home has received planning consent from York City Council on the site of a former council facility. 
York based architecture and building surveying practice wrdunn. and planning consultants O'Neill Associates have been working on the Fordlands Road scheme on behalf of client, Octopus Healthcare Developments.  
Located in the Fulford area of the city, the modern residential care home for the elderly received unanimous approval from York planning committee. 
Situated on a brownfield site, the former local authority care home has been closed for five years with the building no longer fit for purpose.

Virtual reality used to reduce the risk of fall
Virtual reality used to reduce the risk of fall
VIRTUAL reality equipment has enabled three Macclesfield locals to graduate from a specialist falls prevention course with flying colours. 
The trio of Experience Day clients from the Belong care village in Macclesfield are the first cohort to complete a 12-session falls prevention course, aimed at reducing the risk of falls for older people. 
Using state-of-the-art Silverfit virtual reality exercise equipment, the course involves cognitive games aimed at challenging balance, coordination and strength and takes place in Belong Macclefield's exercise studio, where a fitness instructor uses the machinery's data to develop personalised exercise programmes to enhance the wellbeing of each participant.

Home welcomes families to celebrate Dignity Action Day
Home welcomes families to celebrate Dignity Action Day
WICKWAR care home welcomed friends and family of residents to celebrate Dignity Action Day with a tea party and dignity pledge event. 
The Gloucestershire facility opened its doors to celebrate the annual Dignity in Care event, as an opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to treat all residents and staff with dignity. 
Residents enjoyed a 'Digni-tea' party in the company of their friends and family, and were invited to write out leaves for the home's 'Dignity Tree', on display in the main dining room. The leaves included what dignity means to them personally, and ways they pledge to treat others with dignity.

Mayor and Sheriff drop in for tea with residents
Mayor and Sheriff drop in for tea with residents
RESIDENTS and staff at a Gloucester care home have welcomed the city's Mayor and its Sheriff for afternoon tea. 
The Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Steve Morgan, and Lady Mayoress Sally Morgan, were joined by Gloucester's Sheriff, Councillor Paul Toleman at the Knoll Care Home in Tuffley. 
The civic dignitaries were given a tour of the home, meeting staff, residents and their families, while also learning more about the programme of daily activities designed to keep residents healthy and active.  
The VIP visit also saw local singer Barry Woodley entertaining guests with a variety of old-time songs, including hits from the 1940s and 1950s.

Lord Mayor of Leeds officially opens latest Nurseplus branch
Lord Mayor of Leeds officially opens latest Nurseplus branch
THE Lord Mayor of Leeds visited Nurseplus' newest branch to officially welcome the healthcare recruitment company to the city.  
Councillor Jane Dowson was given a tour of the office, which includes a fully equipped training room, as well as meeting the Nurseplus staff team to find out more about their caring roles.  
Lizzie Holden, senior branch manager at Nurseplus' Leeds branch, said: 'I am delighted we have now officially opened our newest Nurseplus branch. We now have four branches across the Yorkshire region offering varied and flexible work opportunities for healthcare staff and a quality care service to our clients. 
'We were honoured to have the Lord Mayor

Foster children and elderly keep each other company
Foster children and elderly keep each other company
FOSTER children have been spending time with care home residents as part of a scheme to bring young and elderly together. 
The children from fostering agency Team Fostering have been visiting Broadacres Care Home, in Rotherham, as part of the initiative. 
They spent several hours with the residents over the festive period and the home has invited them back for future events and activities. 
The young and elderly played board games, pass the parcel, read poems and books together, performed songs and took part in a quiz.

Care home bookworms celebrate National Storytelling Week
Care home bookworms celebrate National Storytelling Week
BOOKWORMS at care homes across the North have been celebrating National Storytelling Week. Residents at more than a dozen Hill Care homes have been sharing their favourite yarns and fondest memories. Year 5 pupils from Mandale Mill Primary School visited Mandale House Care Home, both in Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, to read their favourite stories to residents. Toddlers from Brookhill House Day Nursery, in Stapleford, were treated to tall tales and nursery rhymes when residents at Longmoor Lodge Care Home, in Sandiacre, paid them a visit. At Barnfield Care Home, in Chesterfield, residents took a trip to Holmewood Library to pick up novels and audiobooks. And at Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, in Peterlee, residents created their own short books about some of their fondest memories. 
Bannatyne Lodge residents Joyce Lewis and Gladys Matthews are pictured sharing some of their favourite memories.

Christmas comes early for elderly with festive donation
Christmas comes early for elderly with festive donation
CHRISTMAS came very early for one Chesterfield care home after a local supermarket donated unsold decorations. 
Two enormous Christmas trees and bags of different coloured baubles were given to Barnfield Care Home. 
The festive decorations were left over from the Christmas sale at the town's Clay Cross Tesco Extra store.  
The supermarket's community champion, Jess Maidens, decided to donate them to the care home for Christmas 2018.

Care home sponsor licences targeted by the Home Office
Care home sponsor licences targeted by the Home Office
By Kashif Majeed 
THE Home Office has placed an even greater focus on the importance of compliance of UK care homes in a bid to eradicate poor management practices which have existed in the past. 
The increase in unannounced visits to the care homes follows on from Operation Magnify which highlighted a number of care homes that were not complying with the Home Office's rules and regulations specifically relating to the employment of non-EEA skilled migrant staff. 
The social care representative bodies such as Care England and others have claimed that the Home Office tougher action on care homes is not justified. However, despite the protest made by the care sector, the Home Office has continued applying pressure on care providers. 
One of the main pre-requisites for a care home to employ non-EEA skilled care workers in the UK is to obtain a Sponsor Licence from the Home Office. Care homes are required by law to comply with certain obligations in order to maintain their Sponsor Licence. Recently, the Home Office has placed greater emphasis on ensuring that Care homes are complying with the rules set out by them and the Sponsor Licensing Unit. In order to ensure that this is being done effectively, the Home Office have sanctioned regular compliance visits to care homes. 
A care home that is found to be in breach of the rules and regulations may find their Sponsor Licence being suspended; or in a worst case scenario it may be revoked. The revocation of a sponsor licence would have a significant impact on the care home as well as the employment status of the migrant workers. When a licence is revoked, the employers can no longer continue to employ or recruit non-EEA staff. The current migrant staff has up to 60 days to either find new employment, or leave the UK unless the care operator challenges the decision through a Judicial Review at the High Court. 
The decision to revoke the licence from a care home would mean that they would have to turn to Agency staff in order to fill the gap left by foreign sponsored workers who are no longer eligible to work for the business. This would have a considerable financial impact on the business, and in a worst case scenario, force the care home to cease trading. 
What does this mean for the social care sector? 
It is the sole responsibility of the care providers to ensure that the correct measures are taken and that procedures are followed carefully when recruiting non-EEA migrant workers. The onus is on the care provider to make sure the entire process, starting from the recruitment stage, tracking and monitoring of the migrants as well as HR procedures are followed in accordance with the Home Office Guidelines. 
There is also a genuine concern that a Sponsor Licence revocation would have a considerable impact on the resident's right to private life under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. It is feared that if a licence is revoked, the ensuing problems for the care home would have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of the residents. It is therefore of utmost importance that care homes are made aware of the rules and regulations set out by the Home Office so that the care providers may act in accordance with the law. 
Another major concern is that this ongoing issue will have an impact on care providers and the services they offer. A decline in the quality of care for the residents will not only compromise the health and safety of the residents, which is the primary concern, but that it will also lead to complaints from disgruntled families who rightly want the best care for their loved ones. 
It is imperative that all care providers comply with the rules and regulations of Immigration compliance as stated by law. There is a strong need for the issue to be taken seriously, and more effort needs to be taken to warn care homes of the repercussions of not complying with these new regulations. Employers who fail to comply with the strict Home Office guidelines will be liable to face civil penalties of up to £20,000 per employee, and may also face up to two years imprisonment. 
Kashif Majeed is a director at Aston Brooke Solicitors.

Abbotswood Court charity open day invites people to have a 'cuppa that counts'
LUXURY Romsey care home Abbotswood Court is inviting residents, families and members of the community to come for a cup of tea, a sweet treat and a good old natter.  
On March 1 they are opening their doors in support of the national Dementia UK charity. 
Hosting a Time for a Cuppa event, they will be encouraging donations to help support people affected by dementia around the country. 
To support the growing number of people with dementia, alongside their families and carers, Abbotswood Court will be welcoming guests from Romsey and further afield. They will be providing refreshments and a warming cuppa in return for a small donation to Dementia UK. 
Gemma Ridout-Bowden, general manager of Abbotswood, said: "We are delighted to be taking part in this national charity campaign. We'll be popping on the kettle and inviting people from all walks of life to come in and help raise money for Dementia UK."

Elderly get their perfect slice on National Pizza Day
Elderly get their perfect slice on National Pizza Day
A SLICE of fun was served to Stockton-on-Tees care home residents when they celebrated National Pizza Day. 
The residents at Ingleby Care Home, in Ingleby Barwick, were treated to a trip to Frankie and Benny's at Teesside Park for the day. 
They attended a pizza party with all the ingredients to make their own Italian creations supplied by the restaurant free of charge. 
Over a dozen residents and staff were joined by young adults from social care provider Vision25, which previously delivered shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts to the care home in December. 
Their perfect pizza creations included a mixture of ham, pineapple, mushrooms, peppers, salami and the usual cheese and tomatoes. 
Resident Annabelle Hubbard and Moira Hall are pictured tucking into their own pizza creations.

Hallmark acquires Embrace care home
Hallmark acquires Embrace care home
AWARD-winning care provider Hallmark Care Homes has acquired Ty Porth, a former Embrace Group facility in Rhondda Cynon Taf.  
The new home becomes the 17th member to join the Hallmark family of homes and will represent a proud addition to the industry-leading care organisation that currently provides residential, dementia and nursing care to over 1000 people across England and South Wales.  
The sale of Ty Porth, which provides care to 80 residents and has a compliant CSSIW rating was handled by Christie & Co and received significant interest from other care operators.

Abbotswood Court to host expert led 'Urology Hot Topics' information event
ABBOTSWOOD Court in Romsey is hosting a free 'Urology Hot Topics' event on February 22. 
Affecting people of all ages, urological conditions include some of the most common serious diseases in the UK - such as prostate cancer, kidney damage and incontinence.  
Led by experts from Spire Southampton Hospital, it will run from 7pm to 9pm. Speaking at the luxury care home and retirement development, Julian Smith, consultant urologist at Spire Southampton Hospital, will discuss urological 'Hot Topics'.  
This will include up to date information on various conditions, new treatments and ways to enhance care. Following a welcome from Abbotswood, hot food will be provided to all attendees. They will also be an opportunity to meet psychiatrist Dr Shanaya Rathod, a specialist in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of common and severe enduring mental health conditions. 
To book your place, RSVP to Debbie Holmes on 01794 528700 or email

Billy the dementia community dog will be working his magic to improve lives!
Billy the dementia community dog will be working his magic to improve lives!
BILLY the black Labrador, who was named in honour of late Tynetec colleague Billy Graham, has been chosen to become the UK's first dementia community dog as part of the Dementia Dog Project.  
The Dementia Dog Project is a charitable collaboration between Alzheimer Scotland and Dogs for Good, and the first initiative of its type in the world to blend dementia specialist services with the provision of highly trained assistance and community dogs.  
Community dogs like Billy are trained through the accredited assistance dog organisation Dogs for Good, and identified to join the Dementia Dog specialist team in Scotland, where the dogs undergo their advanced training at HMP Castle Huntly, an open prison near Dundee and the operational base for the Dementia Dog Project.  
For the past several years, the Dementia Dog Project has been piloting the training of dementia assistance dogs so that they can be matched with couples who are living with dementia to help them remain independent in their own homes for longer. A recent three year grant from the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund will now allow the project to take their learning's beyond an individual assistance dog approach, to also support people with dementia in community settings in trial areas of Scotland and England. 
Tynetec colleagues made the decision to raise £15,000 to help sponsor a dog to be named Billy, in honour of their late colleague Billy Graham and his wife Lisa, who were tragically killed in the 2015 terror attack in Tunisia. 
In December 2016, Tynetec, a brand of Legrand Assisted Living & Healthcare, presented the Dementia Dog Project with a cheque for £15,975 which will enable Billy to complete his advance training in Scotland and support him in his onward 'career' as a dementia community dog.  
Billy's Tynetec colleagues took part in a number of events including the Edinburgh Marathon, a 200 mile bike ride from the Grahams' home town of Perth to Tynetec's HQ in Blyth, Northumberland, and a quiz night at the company's annual sales meeting which contributed to their monumental fundraising efforts. 
National Sales Manager for Tynetec, Stuart Carroll, said: 'Billy and Lisa were a wonderful couple who had experience of the challenges families living with dementia face. They also loved dogs and were aware of how much joy they can bring even in the darkest times. 
'We all agreed sponsoring Billy was an opportunity to remember some special people in a way that we hope would make them smile, and also make a real difference to the lives of others in their time of need.' 
Project Manager for Dementia Dog Project, Fiona Corner, added: 'Alzheimer Scotland and Dogs for Good would like to thank Tynetec for the amazing contribution they have made to the Dementia Dog Project. Thanks to their colleagues' generosity and commitment, they have run, cycled and quizzed their way to nearly £16,000 and now have a dog joining the project in memory of their loved colleague and friend Billy Graham. 'Billy' the dog will help pioneer a world leading therapeutic approach to providing evidenced based supports to people living with dementia. In time this will change lives across the United Kingdom for many people living with dementia.' 
Over the coming months, Billy will be learning dementia specific skills, such as learning how to retrieve dropped items, help someone get dressed, walking with a dual lead to increase people's exercise levels and confidence to get out and about, while emotional skills such as 'headrests' will help reduce anxiety in unfamiliar environments. Billy will help to reduce feelings of social isolation, helping build confidence and independence to re-connect people with dementia back into their local community. 
Trained to a similar level as an assistance dog, Billy will then use his skills out in the community in group dementia settings, bringing joy and meaning back into the lives of hundreds of people. 
His progress can be followed every step of the way at and

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