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Touchsafe Nurse Call is put to the test by Sir Malcolm Stewart Bart General Charitable Trust
Touchsafe Nurse Call is put to the test by Sir Malcolm Stewart Bart General Charitable Trust
FOUNDED in 1945 by Sir Percy Malcolm Stewart OBE, 1st Baronet Stewart of Stewartby, and the Chairman of London Brick Company Ltd, the Sir Malcolm Stewart Bart General Charitable Trust is a private charitable trust controlled by its trustees. 
It has a collection of 86 warden controlled bungalows located in the village of Stewartby in Bedfordshire. The first phase of 24 bungalows were originally built in 1956 for retired employees of London Brick Company Ltd. 
Sir P Malcolm Stewart wanted to offer his former workers a home that would provide a safe and friendly environment throughout their retirement. 
The trustees of Sir Malcolm Stewart Bart General Charitable Trust are responsible for maintaining the retirement bungalows and the surrounding grounds. This includes offering 24-hour support to everyone living on the site, which encourages the residents to live an independent lifestyle with the reassurance that assistance is available if they should need it.  
Debbie Hassall, Trustee and Bursar to the trust, looks after the day-to-day management of the site, and ensures the continued provision of an effective warden service. She believed that the former Nurse Call system that supported her Senior Warden and Deputy Warden was obsolete, and contacted Aid Call to explore alternative options.  
Debbie said: 'When I began looking for a new system, it was difficult at first because the bungalows are very spread out. Nurse Call is typically designed for hospitals and care homes, but we needed a system that could work in a slightly different way. Thankfully the wireless design of Touchsafe works great for us. Everyone now has an Aid Call call point just inside the front door in their bungalow, and these can be taken off the bracket and moved around the home with the resident as needed.' 
As the main point of contact for the Sir Malcolm Stewart Homes, Debbie is also responsible for providing regular updates to her fellow trustees. 
Debbie commented: 'Thanks to Aid Call, myself and the trustees now have traceability across the entire site. Touchsafe is an extremely self-sufficient nurse call system which is a great relief for me. Our old system was very manual, and gathering the information to produce reports was a lengthy process. However, with Touchsafe I can now retrieve all manner of reports via my computer. I send those reports to the trustees as often as required, which gives them clear visibility of the work we're doing. It was previously very 'word of mouth' and now we have actionable reports that give real-time information about our day-to-day activities.  
The system is also self-maintained, so I don't need to do anything until it notifies me that maintenance is required. It provides me with automatic alerts if there are any issues including batteries that need changing or a call point being removed from a bracket, which saves a lot of time.' 
Following the successful installation of Touchsafe, Debbie considered additions to the system that could assist her more vulnerable residents with confidence or mobility issues. She decided to offer residents the option of wearing a Touchsafe pendant, which can be worn around the neck, and pressed if the user requires assistance.  
She added: 'A few of the residents now have pendants, which has been a great addition to the Aid Call system because it's another feature that allows them to be independent. We trialled the pendant with a lady who was prone to falls and within a couple of months it had already paid off tremendously well. She had a fall in her bedroom and her husband didn't hear her, so she pressed her pendant and one of our wardens was there to assist within minutes.' 
Debbie concluded: 'Everyone is extremely happy with the new system, and all the feedback I have received from the trustees, our wardens and the residents is very positive. 
The support from Aid Call has been brilliant and it's a very easy system to use. The project manager who dealt with our site had everything down to a fine art and the installers were very professional and friendly. They built a great rapport with each of the residents, which was a great relief as it can be difficult for our vulnerable residents to feel comfortable having someone they're not familiar with inside their home.'

Free guide to care home fire safety
Free guide to care home fire safety
COMPLIANCE matters. Having the correct fire safety procedures in place saves lives.  
Fireco's new eBook ''Everything you need to know about care home fire safety' makes compliance easy. 
The eBook is free to download and is aimed at anyone in care responsible for fire safety. 
Fire safety can seem complicated to those that are unfamiliar with fire regulations. Our eBook simplifies the topic, with a step-by-step guide that clearly explains how care homes can remain safe and compliant. 
Topics covered in the eBook include: 
● Who is the Responsible Person. 
● How to complete a fire risk assessment. 
● Planning an evacuation strategy. 
● Fire safety training and fire wardens. 
● Fire prevention measures. 
● Deaf and hard of hearing residents. 
The downloadable eBook also features risk assessment and PEEP checklists so staff can record their findings and strategies. 
To download the eBook please visit

DPC2018 to deliver 'accessible education' for nurses working in diabetes care
DPC2018 to deliver 'accessible education' for nurses working in diabetes care
S Professional Care is the UK's leading, free-to-attend, CPD-accredited conference and exhibition for healthcare professionals involved in the prevention, treatment and management of diabetes, and its related conditions.  
'Since DPC launched in 2015, our mission has been to give HCPs the skills and knowledge they need to provide the very best care for their patients with diabetes,' said event's founder Maggie Meer. 'Key to this is putting together a conference programme that focuses on real-world learning, practical education and innovative diabetes healthcare solutions.' 
This eight-stream conference will cover a breadth of content areas, with streams including: Prevention and Obesity in Practice; T1 Diabetes; and Primary, Community and Specialist Care. 
DPC2018 will also raise awareness of diabetes complications, with a Diabetes Co-morbidities stream including a mental health and wellbeing session on: 'Parity of esteem - reducing the diabetes risk and improving diabetes management for patients with a serious mental illness', presented by Anne Moore, group nurse and drector safer care, Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust. 
Running alongside the conference, DPC2018's informal, practical workshops will also address the emotional and psychological impact of diabetes, with a session on: 'Don't be afraid to open a can of worms - addressing feelings in consultation about diabetes', delivered by Dr Anne Kilvert, Diabetes Centre, and Dr Charles Fox, R&D Unit, Northampton General Hospital.  
Aimed primarily at helping nurses to support their patients with diabetes, the TREND-UK & Injection Technique Theatre will focus on practical skills. The theatre will be run by highly experienced diabetes nurse consultants, with sessions including: Jill Hill discussing 'Supporting diabetes care at the end of life'; Debbie Hicks exploring 'Alcohol, smoking & illicit drugs & the impact on diabetes'; and June James addressing 'Principles of blood glucose monitoring: what, where, how?'. 
DPC provides a unique education and networking platform for nurses - of all specialisms and levels of experience.  
DPC2018 takes place at Olympia, London, on November 14 and 15. Register online at to reserve your free place.

Care home volunteer Ruth rewarded by residents and staff
Care home volunteer Ruth rewarded by residents and staff
A TEESSIDE care home volunteer has been rewarded by residents and staff during National Volunteer Week.  
Ruth Atkinson has been helping at The Beeches Care Home, in Stockton-on-Tees, since her mother became a resident, in February 2016. 
Despite Ruth's mother, Ellen Atkinson, passing away earlier this year, she continues to volunteer her time and services. 
She lends support at events throughout the year and has raised funds for outings and activities - once undergoing a sponsored head shave. 
Staff and residents at The Beeches Care Home presented Ruth with a bouquet of flowers on National Volunteer Week to show their appreciation.

Ain't no mountain high enough for Belong Atherton
Ain't no mountain high enough for Belong Atherton
SNOWDON was no match for a team of fundraisers from Belong Atherton care village, who courageously battled to the top of the highest mountain in England and Wales to raise money for vital portable sensory equipment for those in full-time care. 
The adventurers took the Pyg walking route to the 3560 ft summit, a seven-mile round trek which takes a total of six hours, and managed to raise £1159.56 on the way. The money raised will support the care village's 'Vecta Deluxe' equipment, a portable sensory experience unit specially designed for those who require full-time care.

Meadow House turns Swaffham blue and raises £645 for charity
MEADOW House Nursing Home in Swaffham held a special themed week of activities to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis and has raised over £645 as a result for the MS Trust.  
The national MS Awareness Week commenced with its traditional 'be bold in blue' theme and the Meadow House team supported this by hosting a range of events and activities to spread the word about the condition and to raise funds for much needed research.  
Activities included a fun run through Swaffham town centre, which saw staff and residents dressed in crazy wigs and blue costumes.  
They encouraged members of the public to join them and spoke to them about their work, in an effort to raise funds and awareness.  
In addition, all week, a raffle was held alongside a 'blue bingo', as well as a coffee morning to conclude the week's events.

Care home worker honoured at Pride of Rugby Awards
Care home worker honoured at Pride of Rugby Awards
A RUGBY care home worker has been honoured with an award recognising the difference she has made to residents' lives. 
Dawn Hulley, activities coordinator at Willow Tree Nursing Home, was recognised at the Pride of Rugby Awards, which celebrate the achievements of businesses and the community. 
Dawn, who has worked at Willow Tree for four years, won the Customer Care Award for her tireless work raising sponsorship and organising visits for residents to tourist attractions, creating a fitness session for residents and arranging afternoon teas, on top of raising over £860 for the Alzheimer's Society. 
Dawn's sponsored adventures have seen her sky dive and she is currently preparing to do the gruelling Wolf Run in Warwickshire.

Perth tenants set for wheelie good time
Perth tenants set for wheelie good time
AN 81-year-old Perthshire pensioner has teamed up with his local school and council to help older people get back on their bikes. 
Norman Ridley, a former Salvation Army Officer who resides at Bield's Quayside Court in Perth, has joined forces with Perth High School and Perth and Kinross Council to bring Cycling Without Age to the area. 
Founded in 2012 by Ole Kassow, Cycling without Age is a project which aims to help elderly people who have limited mobility get back on their bikes and enjoy the fresh air. 
Making use of trishaws, volunteers will offer free bike rides to local tenants and those who have reduced mobility. 
Already a successful global venture, the scheme has taken off in countries such as New Zealand and Chile, as well as in founding country Denmark. 
First launched in Scotland in Falkirk in 2016, Norman is hoping that Perth can follow suit and benefit from the scheme.

Theatre company thanks residents for inspiring success of moving play about dementia
Theatre company thanks residents for inspiring success of moving play about dementia
MORE than 5,000 people saw a moving play about dementia inspired by residents of a care home in Gwynedd. 
The nationwide tour of Ŵy, Chips a Nain (Egg, Chips and Grandma) by the Frȃn Wen theatre company was the most successful large-scale production in its history. 
The play shines a light on the affects of the cruel condition as seen through the eyes of a young grandson. 
It was written by Welsh language poet and musician Gwyneth Glyn who visited Bryn Seiont Newydd in Caernarfon to speak to the residents and staff as part of her research. 
The play was a co-production between the Menai Bridge-based theatre company and Galeri Caernarfon where it was premiered in February. 
The ensuing tour was sponsored by Pendine Park care organisation who own Bryn Seiont Newydd. 
Olwen Williams and Carl Owen from Fran Wen With Gwynfor Jones and Nia Davies Williams.

Sport for all ages as operator teams up with The West Hants Club
Sport for all ages as operator teams up with The West Hants Club
RESIDENTS at a group of nursing and residential homes can enjoy regular access to a premier Bournemouth sports club steeped in tennis history thanks to an innovative partnership. 
Family-owned Colten Care has teamed up with The West Hants Club in a move that will also support talented youngsters seeking to play sport at higher levels. 
Under the two-year agreement, residents of seven care homes in Bournemouth, Poole and East Dorset can go to the club to watch games, either brought along by their families or on minibus trips. 
Up to six residents at a time can also use the club swimming pool for an hour on weekday afternoons. 
To promote wider understanding of fitness and wellbeing in later life, Colten Care's clinical experts will host presentations for club members on aspects of elderly care and health. 
The partnership was launched with a visit by residents from Avon Cliff care home in Bournemouth.

Felixstowe care homes welcomes French students
Felixstowe care homes welcomes French students
FOXGROVE and Maynell House care homes in Felixstowe have welcomed a group of French students to help them learn more about working in the care industry. 
The group of four students, aged 17-19, from the Lycèe Aiguerande, located in the Beaujolais area, are studying health and social care and are part of the Erasmus programme, which arranges for students to spend time in education and work placements across Europe. 
Last year a resident's relative approached the homes' managers to see if they might be interested in accommodating some students as part of a learning experience. The homes were keen to take part and they recently welcomed the students to the homes, which are based next to each other.

Group announces charity partnership
Group announces charity partnership
A LEADING care, leisure and property group has given its backing to not one but four North East charities. 
Newcastle-based Malhotra Group plc has chosen Age UK Gateshead, Age UK North Tyneside, Age UK Northumberland and Age UK Sunderland as its nominated charities for 2018. 
The charities provide a range of services for older people, making them natural partners for Malhotra Group, whose residential care division, Prestwick Care, owns and manages 12 care homes at Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, Gateshead and North Tyneside, with a further three currently under construction. 
The group plans to raise money with charity collections in all its leisure sites and care homes, special events throughout the year and employee participation in sporting events.

Residents take home gold in Dundee challenge
BALHOUSIE St Ronans care home residents have proved their mettle by coming first in Dundee's Go For Gold challenge. 
Residents joined other care home teams in the competition at Menzieshill Community Centre, dressing up as police officers as part of the fun.  
Go For Gold, organised by Leisure and Culture Dundee as part of the Care Inspectorate's Care About Physical Activity, invites care homes across the city to take part in activities to keep residents physically active, along with opportunities to reminisce. This year's event had a uniformed services theme.

Provider celebrates its nurses on International Nurses Day
Provider celebrates its nurses on International Nurses Day
BARCHESTER Healthcare paid special tribute to all of its nurses and support functions throughout the company on International Nurses Day, to thank them for their dedication to the residents and patients they care for.  
CEO Pete Calveley made a special visit to Longueville Court in Peterborough where he personally awarded each of the nurses with a branded water bottle as a token of appreciation for their contribution at the home, and to encourage nurses to stay hydrated. 
Saying thank you to the 2,036 nurses within the wider Barchester family, each received their own branded water bottle. Many Barchester homes throughout the company also honoured their nursing team with a celebratory event with residents and friends and family to the home.

Nelson care home In partnership with 'Burnley Football Club in the Community
Nelson care home In partnership with 'Burnley Football Club in the Community
STOCKS Hall, Andrew Smith House Care Home in Nelson has recently partnered with Burnley Football Club in the Community to attract young people into the sector through the 'Turf Works' programme. 
Turf Works is a community-based employability programme for persons aged between 16 and 24. It helps youngsters build and improve confidence for future job opportunities.  
The Premier League programme uses the power of football to engage young people who are not involved in education, training and employment. The main aim is to help participants progress closer to volunteering or work. 
Andrew Smith House Care Home has joined the programme, providing a placement area for people who would like to learn about working life within a care home environment.

School raises more than £400 for local care home
School raises more than £400 for local care home
A SHOREHAM care home has been presented with a cheque for more than £400 by local school pupils. 
Residents and staff from Elmcroft were invited to a community day at Shoreham Academy, which was organised by those studying BTEC qualifications in health and social care.  
They shared tea and cake with the students and a game of bingo followed by a dance display. They also made Chinese lanterns and ate Chinese food to celebrate the Chinese New Year. 
At the end of the session, residents and staff were presented with a donation of £429.85, which the pupils had raised as part of a non-uniform day. Pupils had also raised money for the Rockinghorse Children's Charity in Brighton.

Care home turns the clock back for 50s fun
Care home turns the clock back for 50s fun
FAVOURITE foods and fabulous tunes from the 1950s brought the memories flooding back at a special party at Morris Care's Corbrook Park nursing home on the Shropshire, Cheshire border. 
Residents turned the clock back to enjoy a nostalgic rock and roll themed musical afternoon at the home in Audlem. 
Singer Sheena Beckett and musician Allan Beckett from Bond Entertainment got the party started and invited the audience to singalong. It was then time to tuck into some 1950's inspired hotdogs, fries and milkshakes. The dining room was transformed into an American diner to add to the occasion. 
Dementia and social life lead Alison Hearle is pictured with social life co-ordinator Tracey Williams.

Circus skills top the bill at care home garden party
Circus skills top the bill at care home garden party
A DORSET care home's summer garden party hit the heights when a staff member brought along her aerial circus troupe. 
Stephanie Jolliffe and fellow performers at Poole-based Secret Circus wowed residents and visitors at Colten Care's Castle View home in Poundbury. 
The acrobatic show, using hoops, was Stephanie's first and proved a real hit with onlookers gathered for the annual party in aid of charity.

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