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New interiors company launches
New interiors company launches
WELCOME to Sommer Rose - the new interiors company from Sarah Thompson.  
With more than 12 years' experience in creating beautiful and practical interiors for the care home industry, we understand just how important your business is and we believe that it's what's inside that really matters.  
Working side by side with our clients we lovingly handcraft the most rewarding living experiences for their residents and their families. We are Alzheimer's Society accredited and dementia care trained to provide the full package of furnishings, fixtures and equipment, all sourced from the UK's most trusted manufacturers of quality, bespoke dementia products. 
We carefully balance aesthetics and experiences with durability and cost so that all our interior solutions are truly fit for purpose. From creating sensory stimulus through colour, style and texture to ensuring comfort through correct posture and physical support, everything we do is designed to create beautiful spaces that live and breathe and last for years to come. 
Our clients include independent and corporate care homes, plus interior designers and architects across the UK for whom we provide consultation and project management services for both new build and refurbishment projects. 
Sarah looks forward to welcoming you inside our bespoke designed stand at D251 
Enquiries: Call 07495 471038, email or visit

Operator to deliver 139 new care home beds in Stockport
Operator to deliver 139 new care home beds in Stockport
OPERATOR New Care has received planning consent for two new £15million centres in Stockport. 
Helping to address the increasing shortage of beds in the area, the award-winning Cheshire-based operator has received approval for a state-of-the-art 71-bed care home in Bramhall and a similar 68-bed care facility in Cheadle. 
Each of the privately funded 'new generation' care facilities will be purpose-built to ensure that the highest standards of care can be delivered in a comfortable and stylish home-from-home environment.

High-flier Greg joins retirement village's team
High-flier Greg joins retirement village's team
A MASTERS graduate has joined the team at a retirement village as part of a prestigious national fast-track scheme to train future leaders for the social care sector. 
Greg Whalen, who graduated with an MSc Management master's degree from Durham University last summer, is on a placement at the award-winning Middleton Hall Retirement Village at Middleton St George, near Darlington, as part of the Skills for Care graduate programme. 
An independent charity, Skills for Care works as a delivery partner for the Department of Health and Social Care. Its graduate programme aims to widen the pool of recruits and develop new sources of talent for the social care sector. 
Greg is pictured with Jackie Cardus, Middleton Court manager.

CEO takes seat on Board
CEO takes seat on Board
WALNUT Care CEO Melanie Weatherley has taken a seat on the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership's Employment and Skills Board, with a view to highlighting the issue of recruitment in the social care sector. 
Following a recruitment campaign last month by the LEP, Melanie was one of two successful candidates to be appointed to the 15-member board and will take up the role in the near future. 
Using her wealth of social care experience, Melanie wants to strengthen the voice of small and medium-sized care providers in Greater Lincolnshire and help improve access to the right skills for the sector.

Group teams up With EDUCATE for music and laughter project
Group teams up With EDUCATE for music and laughter project
BOROUGH Care has signed up to the EDUCATE Music and Laughter project.  
EDUCATE is a Stockport based group of people living with dementia who raise awareness and help deliver training programmes.  
EDUCATE inspires others to live well with dementia. The Music and Laughter project is also being promoted by Fabulous Forgetful Friends, an involvement group for people living with dementia in Manchester.

Princess Alexandra visits The Royal Star & Garter Homes
Princess Alexandra visits The Royal Star & Garter Homes
HER Royal Highness Princess Alexandra joins military veterans to celebrate the charity's Founders' Day 
She spoke to residents at The Royal Star & Garter home in Surbiton and viewed some of the state-of-the-art equipment available there during a recent visit. 
Her Royal Highness was at the home as part of the Founders' Day celebrations, marking the charity's 103rd anniversary. 
Princess Alexandra has been president of the charity, which cares for ex-servicemen and women and their partners living with disability or dementia, since 1964. Her cousin, Her Majesty The Queen, became The Royal Star & Garter Homes' patron in 1953.

Care village achieves national accreditation for its end-of-life care quality
Care village achieves national accreditation for its end-of-life care quality
DIDSBURY care village Belong Morris Feinmann has received the national 'Six Steps' end-of-life accreditation following its completion of the rigorous 'Six Steps to Success' programme. 
The programme, which is underpinned by the national End of Life Care Strategy, supports care homes to achieve measures set out by the Department of Health Quality Markers for care homes and the Care Quality Commission's Essential Standards of Quality and Safety. 
To achieve the accreditation, Belong Morris Feinmann demonstrated strong commitment and a multi-professional approach to ensuring the best possible end-of-life care for its customers across the programme's three key audits. This included an audit of the entire village and evaluation of staff knowledge, skills and confidence in end of life care. 
Belong Morris Feinmann nurse Shadiat Liadi is pictured with lead support worker Hayley Owen.

Care UK to run multi-million pound care home in Maidstone
Care UK to run multi-million pound care home in Maidstone
THE latest addition to Care UK's portfolio will be a new care home being built at the Kent Medical Campus in Maidstone. 
The facility will provide 24-hour nursing accommodation for up to 75 older people, providing a mix of rehabilitation, respite and dementia care when it opens its doors in the summer of 2020. 
It will also offer step-down care for patients who are well enough to leave hospital but not ready to return home, reducing pressure on local hospitals. 
When open, the new home will create around 100 full-time equivalent jobs, with the new employees joining Care UK's team of 8,000 people who deliver care to more than 7,000 residents every day.

Operator achieves perfect CQC inspection
Operator achieves perfect CQC inspection
HOME Instead Senior Care Exeter and East Devon has achieved a perfect score during an inspection by the CQC. It is the first care provider in the South West to be deemed outstanding in all five categories. Owners Mark and Vanessa McGlade said: 'People put their trust in us and we take that very seriously. We are all humbled by the comments in the report and delighted to be deemed outstanding in all five categories. This would not be possible without the amazing and empathetic care delivered by our wonderful team of caregivers who are supported by an enthusiastic and diligent office team.'

Home's residents enjoy Burns Night celebrations
Residents of Great Oaks care home in Bournemouth took part in a packed day of Burns Night celebrations to pay homage to the Scottish holiday. The day kicked off with a traditional bagpipes performance by local musician Alan Cowie, which set the scene for the 'Address to a Haggis' which was recited by the care home's carer, Betty Riley. Once the well-known poem was performed, those that wished to, raised a glass of scotch to toast Robert Burns and his legacy, more than 200 years on. Afterwards, everyone tucked into a Scottish traditional lunch of haggis, salmon, neeps and tatties. In the afternoon a selection of Scottish-themed games were played with residents and their friends and family.

Line-up of industry experts announced to speak at Future of Care Conference
Line-up of industry experts announced to speak at Future of Care Conference
THE Future of Care Conference has announced an outstanding line-up of leading names from across the care sector to speak at the event on March19 . 
Chaired by BBC broadcaster and dementia charity founder, Sally Magnusson, the speaker sessions will be kicked off by Sue Howard from Care Quality Commission (CQC) with her presentation 'Quality Adult Social Care Services - Meeting the Needs of a Changing Population', looking at how can the sector can ensure people are receiving care that is consistently safe, effective and high quality. 
Technology and the future of the care industry will be a key talking point of the day, with a presentation about how robotics and artificial intelligence can help support the changing needs of the sector by Dr Chris Papadopolous, Principal Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Bedfordshire. Speakers also include CEOs from Care England, Alzheimer's Society, Anchor, Skills for Care and Age UK. 
Two panel debates will be held at the conference, giving delegates the chance to network and discuss current topics and issues with those at the forefront of the industry. The first debate will focus on innovation as a catalyst for change in the care sector, followed by a second debate later in the day on staff recruitment and retention. 
The conference will end with a fascinating talk from Frank van Dillen, who will present a case study on his pioneering Dementia Village, Hogeweyk, based in the Netherlands; a specially built care facility that allows dementia residents to enjoy a better quality of life and manage their own households. Residents have the freedom to buy groceries in the village market, visit the theatre or local parks, and more - all under the supervision of specially trained care staff. Frank will discuss the need for different living environments to choose from, and what such an environment means for quality of life. 
To book your tickets, register online today at or call 01425 838393. Tickets for this conference are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment!

Care home holds Dignity Day
Care home holds Dignity Day
LIGHTHOUSE Lodge in New Brighton held its Dignity Day recently. 
Carers signed up to become Dignity Champions, while a community open day was also held. Those who attended enjoyed a buffet as a visit to the home's hair and beauty salon. 
Manager Kerry Winstanley said: 'I'm very proud to be a part of a great caring team. I would like people to say that Lighthouse Lodge is the care home that has many initiatives, community involvement and will spearhead the vision in the caring sector.'

Why is an early diagnosis of dementia important?
Why is an early diagnosis of dementia important?
MY name is Dr Edyta Monika Hunter and I am a managing director of Dr Hunter Cognitive Health Harley Street practice and a long-standing chartered neuropsychologist specialising in cognitive health, ageing and memory disorders.  
After a long career in academia, recognising the potential for more specialised care from healthcare providers for people with dementia and cognitive impairment, I decided to apply my years of research to work on my mission of directly helping people. 
I believe my expertise and cutting-edge neuropsychological testing systems could offer care homes potential to optimise the care of many of their clients.  
To read more see the February issue of Caring UK.

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