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Home celebrates latest Care Inspectorate grading
Home celebrates latest Care Inspectorate grading
STAFF and residents at Balhousie Forth View Care Home in Fife celebrated achieving two Grade 5 ratings after a recent Care Inspectorate visit by throwing an extra special party. 
Forth View was awarded a 'very good' rating of Grade 5 for both 'Management and Leadership' and 'Care and Support' after introducing a number of initiatives including a drive for more 'person-centred care' to enable residents to be more supported and involved in decision making within the home. 
The Care Inspectorate's visit found that residents and their relatives were very happy with the level of care provided and enjoy many of the home's activities including a Residents Committee, while staff felt well supported and 'listened to' by their managers. 
Heather Smith, area manager for Balhousie Care Group, is pictured with Gordon Candlish, care home manager at Balhousie Forth View.

Nurse celebrates 35 years with maritime charity
Nurse celebrates 35 years with maritime charity
A HOME manager from Sutton is celebrating 35 years' service to a Banstead-based maritime charity, having dedicated her life to the care of former seafarers and mariners. 
Anne Kasey first joined the Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society as a nurse at the previous care home located in another area of Banstead in 1983. She worked her way up to become the home's most senior nurse and manager in 2006. 
Anne has been instrumental in the Society's continued success, ensuring the charity's 152 years history of serving elderly and infirm former seafarers delivers its purpose. She has overseen the expansion of the care facilities at Belvedere House to include a dedicated dementia wing and ensured top results in its CQC inspections.

Home makes resident's wish come true
Home makes resident's wish come true
THE team at Hungerford Care Home in Berkshire fulfilled a wish for resident Phillip McKnight by arranging for him to be taken on a nostalgic trip back to Stamford Bridge where he used to play for Chelsea Football Club. 
Phillip, in his younger days, was a famous footballer, known as 'Corky' McKnight. Born in Glasgow in 1924, he played for Aloa Athletic before WWII and on demobilisation from the Royal Navy in 1946 he moved south and joined Chelsea Football Club.  
He stayed at Stamford Bridge for eight seasons before being transferred to Leyton Orient where he was a regular for seven seasons and a member of the Division 3 championship side of 1956-57. 
In his later years Phillip held coaching and managerial roles at Orient, Hayes and Ruislip Manor. 
Phillip moved into Hungerford Care Home a few months ago at 93 years of age.

Relative of Andover care home resident takes 'One Giant Leap' for charity
Relative of Andover care home resident takes 'One Giant Leap' for charity
AN Andover care home is supporting the son-in -law of one of its residents who is going to take part in a tandem skydive at 10,000 feet to raise money for Alzheimer's research. 
Kevin Bellis, 41, will be braving the jump on May 27 to raise sponsorship money for the Alzheimer's Society, which researches the disease in order to find a cure. The jump will coincide with Dementia Action Week, which runs from May 21 to 27. 
Kevin decided to take part in the charity's 'One Giant Leap' campaign on behalf of his mother-in-law, Gill, who is a resident at Mountwood care home. 
The home is supporting Kevin by helping him to raise money on his JustGiving page and by promoting the event to visitors. He is aiming to reach his target of £430 before the event. 
Pictured is Sarah-Jane Bellis, Gill Dann, and Kevin Bellis.

Staff to raise awareness through dementia ambassador role
Staff to raise awareness through dementia ambassador role
FOUR staff members from care homes across the Highlands are to play an advanced role in supporting elderly residents, following their completion of a Dementia Ambassador course. 
Meallmore Ltd employees Laura Ross, Kevin Mitchell, Ovidiu Suciu and Patricia Thomson undertook the course, which took six months to complete, through Stirling University. 
Now, the dedicated four will take on the Dementia Ambassador role at their respective care homes, located in Inverness, Alness and Nairn. 
The position will see them enhance the quality of dementia care by working closely with existing Ambassadors, Champions and other team member to support residents living with the condition.

Care home worker completes 5km for Stroke Association
Care home worker completes 5km for Stroke Association
A CARE home worker has completed a 5km run to raise funds for the Stroke Association. 
Michelle Park, an activities coordinator at Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, was cheered on by colleagues at the Resolution Run Newcastle 2018. 
The event took place in Leazes Park, in the heart of the city, when thousands of runners plodded the pathways for the charity. 
Other staff members from Waverley Lodge manned the water tables, sponsored by the Hill Care Group, which operates the care home.

Residents to benefit from transformation funds
Residents to benefit from transformation funds
RESIDENTS at two HC-One care homes will benefit from Greater Manchester Transformation Funding awarded to them in partnership with Bolton Council. 
The group's Four Seasons and Meadowbank House care homes in Bolton have been awarded with the Innovation Funds, which aim to reduce isolation and encourage social interaction in and around the community.  
The funding means that the two homes can now plan to complete a sensory room, host pamperology sessions, help transport more residents with support needs on trips out, set up computer desks to encourage new life skills and interaction with family members living far away, as well as develop secure outdoor spaces for residents with dementia.

Hospice praises residents for 'phenomenal' fundraising
Hospice praises residents for 'phenomenal' fundraising
PEOPLE living with dementia have found a crafty way to support a New Forest hospice charity. 
Residents at Colten Care's Linden House care home in Lymington sold greeting cards and pictures they made in arts sessions as part of a fundraising drive for Oakhaven Hospice Trust. 
They and fellow residents at the group's nearby sister home Court Lodge were enabled to put the items on sale at 'winter wonderland' community craft markets held at both sites. Together the events raised more than £580 for Oakhaven. 
Meeting residents from the homes at a celebratory tea party and cheque presentation in Linden House, Oakhaven community fundraiser Jill West described the fundraising as 'phenomenal'.

Mayor celebrates opening of Nurseplus branch
Mayor celebrates opening of Nurseplus branch
A NEW healthcare recruitment company has been welcomed to the city by the Worshipful the Mayor of Gateshead, who officially opened Nurseplus' latest branch 
Councillor Pauline Dixon met with the Nurseplus staff team and was given a tour of the office, which includes a fully equipped training room for care workers. 
The branch, located in Gateshead, will offer specialist recruitment support to local and regional healthcare organisations, also providing a number of employment opportunities to individuals in the area.

Pupils visit home as part of project
Pupils visit home as part of project
RESIDENTS at a Plymouth care home enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane with a visit from youngsters from nearby St Budeaux Foundation School. 
Eight pupils met up with four people who live at Freshfields as part of the Archie Project, a scheme that links local schools with people with dementia. 
The 'Life Stories' project involves children asking residents questions about their life, including favourite holidays, fashion, and former beloved pets. 
Resident Elizabeth Bessant (centre) is pictured with teacher Carin Thompson and Year 4 pupils Paiton Newton and Miley Porritt.

Charity donates chocolates to care home residents
Charity donates chocolates to care home residents
DOZENS of boxes of chocolates have been donated to residents and staff by charity Al-Imdaad Foundation UK. 
The Bolton branch of the international aid relief and development organisation brought the Milk Tray chocolates to Lever Edge Care Home. 
They handed them out to residents during a visit, when they also spent time chatting and sharing stories. 
The charitable group made a video of their visit, which is the second to the home, and is has since been viewed hundreds of times on YouTube.

Borough Care launches new fitness programme
Borough Care launches new fitness programme
OLDER persons care provider Borough Care is launching a new fitness programme for residents and staff, which it will be rolling out across its Stockport homes.  
SMILE - Simple Movements Improve Life Every Day - is a new low impact and gentle exercise concept developed by social enterprise company Life Leisure.  
The SMILE programme is designed to offer a fun and engaging way to deliver adaptable exercise for older people, to help improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing.  
Borough Care staff will receive training from Life Leisure's SMILE crew so they can begin to deliver the sessions in their care homes as part of the regular activity programmes.

Nutrition and Hydration Guide launched to support care home caterers
Nutrition and Hydration Guide launched to support care home caterers
To mark Nutrition and Hydration Week, Bidfood has launched a new guide that aims to help care homes find novel and creative ways to achieve healthy hydration amongst residents. 
Free to download from hereƒ-Nutrition-Hydration-Week.pdf, Bidfood has designed the guide to support those caring for the 40,000+ elderly and disabled people currently in residential care and nursing homes across the UK. With an extra 71,000 care home spaces needed in the next eight years1, it's more important than ever that caterers have the tools and resources to ensure the specialist needs of the elderly are met with not only nourishing, but inspiring solutions. 
Bidfood's Nutrition and Hydration guide includes everything from recipes and educational quizzes, to guidance on fluid intake. For example, by giving residents their own jug of water and access to squash sticks, they can independently prepare their own soft drinks and maintain their individual drinking routines.  
Vicky Mogford, Marketing Manager, Customer Marketing at Bidfood, said: 'Malnutrition is a key issue amongst the elderly and it's imperative that healthy hydration levels are maintained throughout the day. This can be from both hot and cold drinks as well as food with high water content, such as vegetables. The right food and drink can enhance a resident's experience as well as play a part in their care and wellbeing - irrespective of their length of stay. 
'It's of course of vital importance that strict nutritional standards are met, however we also believe that sharing a drink or meal together should be enjoyed. Sadly, many of the elderly can experience a loss in appetite and concentration levels - meaning it's even more important that food and drink options are as appealing as possible.  
'Eating and drinking can be a wonderful social experience, and can bring a lot of pleasure through taste, presentation and flavour. Our guide is about marrying the two up - bringing together the nutritional needs of the elderly along with creativity to inspire care home catering teams to bring innovative dishes to residents.' 
Bidfood's guide also includes advice on tableware and how to ensure residents can hydrate safely. An example of this would be providing biodegradable straws so residents can minimise the difficulty of controlling the angle that a cup is tipped at, avoiding too much liquid being dispensed. Alternatively, offering drinking cups with handles which are easy to grip, can help to reduce spillages amongst residents who have tremors. 
The Bidfood Nutrition and Hydration guide will launch this month (March 2018) with a roadshow taking place during Nutrition and Hydration Week. The roadshow will see Bidfood team up with suppliers to host nutrition experiences at care homes across the country including a cupcake decorating workshop with Dr Oetker to get residents involved in food preparation and a 'golden oldie' cinema with popcorn and ice cream. 
For more information or to download the guide please visit our care home page

Outstanding hat-trick for Colten Care
Outstanding hat-trick for Colten Care
A NEW Forest nursing home has become the third Colten Care facility in less than a year to gain an official 'Outstanding' rating. 
Inspectors from the CQC awarded their highest grade to Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst, praising its 'exceptionally personalised' care and declaring its service especially 'effective, responsive and well-led'. 
The hat-trick follows Outstanding ratings for two of Colten's other New Forest homes: Linden House in Lymington and Kingfishers in New Milton. 
Staff members at Woodpeckers care home in Brockenhurst are pictured celebrating their Outstanding rating from the CQC.

Home promotes experienced deputy to new manager
Home promotes experienced deputy to new manager
SOWERBY House has promoted its deputy manager to lead the team of staff and volunteers at the Thirsk-based care home. 
Katie Hodgson, who joined the home in 2016, has more than 16 years' experience in the field. She started her care career with Sowerby House, where she worked with the Thirsk home, and returned as deputy manager more than a decade later. 
During her career, Katie has had a number of deputy and acting manager positions, giving her a great deal of experience in managing the day-to-day running of a care home. She also worked closely with Sowerby House's previous manager to implement positive changes during the last 12 months. 
Katie had originally interviewed for a manager's position at a different home, but when the previous manager left the company, she was offered the role at Sowerby House.

Leading care provider launches in Cheltenham
Leading care provider launches in Cheltenham
EXPERIENCED elderly and dementia care specialist Kelly Hennessey-Ford has been appointed to launch a new home care service in Cheltenham. 
Kelly is opening a branch of SweetTree Home Care Services, one of the UK's leading care providers, and is in the process of recruiting a team of carers. 
SweetTree, established 15 years ago, serves more than 350 clients and employs a team of 500 carers and support workers who look after elderly residents and those with complex needs including learning disabilities, brain injuries, neurological conditions and dementia. 
Its service in London has just been rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, making SweetTree one of the top performing home care providers in the UK.

Heritage researchers praise Maxims makeover
Heritage researchers praise Maxims makeover
POSTGRADUATE researchers from the University of Birmingham have hailed a major Staffordshire heritage project as a shining example of the reuse of a historical site, during a visit to Newcastle-under-Lyme's oldest building. 
The researchers, from the University of Birmingham's Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, visited the 17th century building, currently being sympathetically regenerated as part of a wider £13.5m development by state-of-the-art care village operator Belong, to see first-hand the process of bringing new life to a site of historical interest.  
The visit also provided postgraduate students and doctoral researchers with a chance to observe the delivery phase of a Heritage Lottery Fund backed project. 
Researchers from the University of Birmingham's International Institute for Cultural Heritage pictured outside the Maxims building.

Home celebrates anniversary with cutting-edge technology
Home celebrates anniversary with cutting-edge technology
ANCHOR'S Beech Hall has installed the Tovertafel ('Magic Table' in Dutch) in its care home as part of its anniversary celebrations.  
This award-winning innovation comes from the Netherlands, which is renowned for its cutting-edge approach to dementia care. 
The Tovertafel contains a series of activities for people living with mid to late stage dementia. It has been designed to encourage instinctive participation, inviting engagement and stimulating a level of physical and social activity rarely seen in people living with dementia in the later stages of their journey.

Group appoints new manager in Arbroath
Group appoints new manager in Arbroath
AWARD-winning provider Balhousie Care Group has appointed a new manager for its Antiquary care home in Arbroath. 
Cath Maclean brings to the role almost 20 years' experience in nursing and care homes. As manager of the Antiquary home, she is responsible for almost 60 residents, 20 of them in a self-contained facility for people with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. 
Cath joined the care home industry 18 years ago with a long-held passion for caring for people with dementia.

Care homes partner with primary school for pen pal scheme
Care homes partner with primary school for pen pal scheme
KIDDERMINSTER care homes Hollyfields and High Habberley have teamed up with Franche Primary School on a newly launched pen pal scheme, connecting residents within their homes with creative writing pupils.  
Recently featured on BBC Breakfast, residents of the two homes, both run by Barchester Healthcare, have been sharing their stories of the past with year four students, and making new friends in the inter-generational scheme. 
Letter writing, which is part of the school's creative writing curriculum, has covered topics such as holidays and places to visit, as well as cautionary tales from both the students and the residents of Hollyfields and High Habberley.

Former bomb inspector shares stories from the Forties
Former bomb inspector shares stories from the Forties
EDNA Neilson, a tenant at Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme, shared her stories of her time spent working as a bomb inspector during World War Two. 
Well-known among colleagues for her exceptional eyesight, Edna spent her teenage years inspecting faulty bombs for Vickers Armstrong in Newcastle. Recently, she was joined by the scheme's hairdresser's granddaughter, pupil, Ellie, who chose to do her school project on Edna's exciting past. 
She may have only been 16-years-old at the time but Edna quickly became renowned amongst the other inspectors and superiors for her first-rate vision and meticulous attention to detail, as she inspected bomb after bomb, before they were shipped out to the war.  
Edna is pictured sharing her stories with Ellie.

Harrogate care home achieves 'Outstanding'
Harrogate care home achieves 'Outstanding'
A SPECIALIST dementia care home in Pannal, Harrogate has impressed local CQC inspectors, who found the service to be 'Outstanding' - a status shared by less than two per cent of all care homes in the country. 
Vida Grange, which offers specialist care for up to 124 people living with dementia, was inspected in November, less than a year after opening, securing its outstanding rating for its caring ethos and effective approach to care. 
The report highlighted in particular the person-centred approach in the home, recognising the efforts made to meet people's individual needs and the very positive impact this had on their wellbeing. The report also highlighted the specialist training, excellent support and mentorship staff at the home were given to ensure they had the skills and knowledge to provide the highest standards of care and support.

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