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Japanese academics learn from Belong
Japanese academics learn from Belong
JAPANESE academics and care professionals visited Belong's most recently opened care village, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, to see how the country's growing care sector can benefit from insights into the organisation's specialist model of dementia care, which is unique in the UK. 
The group, led by associate professor at Osaka City University Graduate School of Business Takaya Kawamura was joined by local MP Paul Farrelly on a tour of the £13.5m care village development, including the Belong Heritage Gallery. 
Made possible by a £1.8 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Belong Heritage Gallery was created by transforming Newcastle-under-Lyme's oldest building into a centre for world-leading dementia care. It also charts the building's 350-year history, which includes being a potters, a coaching inn and famous 80s nightclub, Maxims.

Association hosts care cook workshops
Association hosts care cook workshops
HAMPSHIRE Care Association partnered with Harvest Fine Foods to host two care cook workshops in the company's demo kitchen in Totton.  
The sessions for care home chefs and cooks were led by expert care chef Preston Walker and chocolate master Sam Rain, winner of Bake Off Creme De La Crème.  
The workshops focused on the difficulties of providing interesting and nutritious meals for residents with dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) and the new IDDSI (The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative) diet descriptions which come into effect in April 2019.

Operator launches partnership with Acorns Children's Hospice
Operator launches partnership with Acorns Children's Hospice
SUNRISE of Edgbaston is working with West Midlands-based charity Acorns Children's Hospice to support its mission of providing a network of care for children with life limiting and life threatening conditions. 
To kick-start the partnership, the community is launching a 'Pay for a Day' initiative to raise money for the hospice, presenting its very own donation of £500 by way of giant cheque.  
Sunrise's campaign will aim to support the hospice's mission of 'making every day count' and raise the required funds for a full day of care at Acorns Birmingham hospice, based in Selly Oak, while spreading the word about how the community can get involved. 
Sunrise launched the partnership by hosting a special open-house event, with the local community enjoying prosecco and nibbles while finding out more about the work of both facilities.

Romsey care home celebrates third birthday
Romsey care home celebrates third birthday
ABBOTSWOOD Court in Romsey celebrated its third birthday with Councillor Roy Perry, leader of Hampshire County Council.  
Presenting Abbotswood Court's longest-serving residents with a bouquet, he recognised the occasion and the care home's work in the local community. 
Abbotswood Court is a purpose-built care home that offers 60 spacious en-suite rooms and a wide range of recreational facilities. During his visit Roy was introduced to their specialist dementia care services, which include the Namaste Care Programme.  
Councillor Perry is pictured celebrating Abbotswood Court's third anniversary with staff and residents.

Lisa joins New Care as activites coordinator
Lisa joins New Care as activites coordinator
FAST growing care home operator New Care has appointed Lisa Forth from North Wales as activities coordinator at its flagship care centre in Chester. 
In her new role, Lisa is responsible for delivering a purposeful and meaningful activities programme for the residents at Grosvenor Manor.  
From musicians, singers and entertainers to physical, therapeutic and wellness activities and day trips, celebrations and parties, Lisa will ensure the weekly programme of events is fun and engaging and provides every resident with a better quality of life, a sense of purpose and something to look forward to each day.

Home takes a trip through time
Home takes a trip through time
CAVELL House is taking its staff and residents on a trip through time with a series of themed events. 
The care home in Shoreham has organised events celebrating the 1920s and 1940s with music, outfits and entertainment, including singers, inspired by the various decades. 
The events have been so popular with both staff and residents that the facility is planning to organise further events celebrating the 50s and 60s. Cavell House will use the events as inspiration to revamp some of the corridors to reflect the different eras.

Care provider introduces services to Harlow and surrounding areas
HARLOW-based homecare provider Care Just4U is introducing its services across the many parts of Essex where it works, including Epping Forest, Stansted and Waltham Abbey. 
The company's focus is on providing older people with a wide range of care services where its clients live, allowing them to stay at home, and live independently, for much longer. 
Ifeoma Achomadu, director of Care Just4U Limited, said: 'We have many years of experience in this sector, and we only employ people who share our understanding of what great care should be. 
'Our passion is for providing quality, affordable care to the vulnerable and elderly so that they can remain in their own homes. We believe that this can and should be a positive, joyful experience, and our motto is 'Your care, the way you want it.' 
'Our services are also provided around the clock, so we can be there whenever we're needed.'

Recruitment drive launched for new veterans' home
THE Royal Star & Garter Homes has launched a recruitment drive ahead of the opening of its new home in High Wycombe. 
At least 140 new staff members will work at the £26million care home, which will welcome its first residents in early 2019. 
Registered nurses, care assistants, housekeepers and catering staff are all needed to work at the facility. 
It will also have its own fully-equipped physiotherapy room providing residents with in-house therapy. As a result, the charity is also looking for physiotherapists.  
Once open, the home will provide specialist nursing and therapeutic care for 74 residents and include a specialist dementia care wing for 30 residents.

Allied Irish Bank appoints healthcare specialist
Allied Irish Bank appoints healthcare specialist
ALLIED Irish Bank has strengthened its specialist healthcare team with the appointment of Richard Henshaw as a healthcare relationship manager.  
He will be responsible for supporting the bank's healthcare customers. 
Richard has extensive experience working in the healthcare sector spanning over 16 years. He previously worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland as a healthcare specialist but also has experience working as a broker and gained five years' experience working as a care home operator.

Barwood Capital moves into care home sector through partnership
Barwood Capital moves into care home sector through partnership
NORTHAMPTON-based real estate investment manager Barwood Capital has agreed a funding partnership with care home development specialist Duncan Ford. 
A new company, Perseus Land & Developments Limited, has been set up by Duncan, who has more than 20 years' experience in the healthcare property sector, working for Frontier Estates, Tilfen Land and Danescroft Developments. 
He has overseen the acquisition and obtained planning permission for more than 50 developments throughout the UK, from Exeter to Edinburgh including the provision of over 3,500 care home bed spaces. 
Perseus will be a developer and facilitator of bespoke residential accommodation for older people who have both emerging and acute care needs including sheltered housing, extra care housing and new care homes.  
The partnership will see Barwood Capital fund the acquisition of sites with Perseus as development manager. The Barwood 2017 Fund closed earlier this year with the capacity to invest in £150m of regional property opportunities.

Group shortlisted in Small Business Entreprenuer of the Year category
Group shortlisted in Small Business Entreprenuer of the Year category
ARCADIA Care Homes has been shortlisted for the sixth annual NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Small Business Entreprenuer of the Year category. 
The operator beat off some tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist as the only care home in the finals in the UK, with a record number of businesses entering the awards nationally across the wide range of categories. 
Ali Al-Mufti, managing director of Arcadia Care Homes, said: "This is an incredible moment for all of our team, past and present, who have been with us over the last four years.  
'Everything they've done for our residents and their families is the sole reason why the business has been shortlisted for this wonderful award, and I'm delighted for them that they're dedication and commitment has been recognised.'

Solar Care Homes becomes part of The Regard Group
Solar Care Homes becomes part of The Regard Group
THE Regard Group, the UK's third largest private care provider in its sector, has strengthened its presence in the South West with the acquisition of the Cornwall-based Solar Care Homes Ltd.  
This latest acquisition has increased Regard's portfolio to 167 services, offering 16 new beds in Redruth to adults with learning disabilities, autism and physical disabilities.  
CEO Carole Edmond said: 'One of Solar Care's services is rated Outstanding by the CQC, and we were attracted to them because their vision matches our own - to provide excellent care and support, to continuously improve the quality of our service and to make people's lives better every day.  
'We are confident that Solar Care's staff and the people they support will feel very much at home as part of Regard. Our regional firector for the South and South West, Kerry Libby, is leading the team which is helping to ensure a smooth transition for the staff as well as continuity of care for the people they support.  
'Regard is pursuing a strong growth strategy, both organically and through acquisition of like-minded quality-focussed companies, and more such deals are planned.'

Expert addresses diabetes care for older people at DPC2018
Expert addresses diabetes care for older people at DPC2018
An expert professor has urged healthcare professionals (HCPs) to individualise diabetes care for older people. 
Speaking last week to a packed audience at Diabetes Professional Care 2018 (DPC2018), Professor Alan J Sinclair discussed solutions for the unique challenges and multiple comorbidities associated with diabetes management for older people.  
In his conference session, 'Individualising diabetes care for older people with a focus on frailty', he also examined the implications of several key studies, revisited how frailty can be detected in primary care, and emphasised the importance of foot inspection in care home residents with diabetes.  
Professor Sinclair, Director at the Foundation for Diabetes Research in Older People (FDROP) and Diabetes Frail, is a highly regarded specialist in the field of diabetes among older people.  
He has carried out a number of research studies into the subject, more recently investigating diabetes services carried out in care home settings. 
In an interview with The Diabetes Times, prior to DPC2018, Professor Sinclair said: 'Our review of research findings is quite worrying because we've found the level of diabetes care remains fragmented, which means many older people are becoming far more vulnerable to poor health than they should be. 
'It is therefore imperative that those with the condition carry out proper management. If the patient fails to control their diabetes, it can lead to frailty, dependency, disability and reduced life expectancy. 
'There is also the added strain on the NHS as frequent hospital admissions to treat diabetes-related complications are costly, not to mention unsettling for the patient and family.' 
Professor Sinclair has provided advice on matters relating to diabetes in older people to NICE, ABCD, JBDS, CQC and UK Government Department of Health. 
He added: 'High-quality individualised care for older people with diabetes would be hugely beneficial. Multiple comorbidities associated with ageing, combined with the increased prevalence of geriatric syndromes and frailty, contribute to the complexity of managing diabetes in older people. 
'If HCPs and care home teams recognise these unique challenges and target those who are at increased risk of poor outcomes - such as those who are housebound or frail - then we can begin finding solutions to address the declining diabetes health of this vulnerable sector of people, who deserve the best possible level of care.' 
Diabetes Professional Care (DPC) is a free-to-attend conference and exhibition for healthcare professionals involved in diabetes care. DPC will return to Olympia, London, on 29 & 30 October 2019.

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