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Walk raises funds for care home
Walk raises funds for care home
A CARE home housekeeper has racked up the miles to raise funds for dementia friendly equipment and a fish and chip supper for her residents. 
Caroline Young, who works at Mandale House Care Home in Thornaby near Middlesbrough, raised £300 after conquering her bridge to bridge walk across the River Tees. 
She completed eight miles, walking from the home to the Princess of Wales Bridge and then along the walkway to the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre cafe. 
After a short refreshment stop, Caroline doubled back across the Infinity Bridge and returned to the home via Stockton Riverside College, clocking up 11,400 steps on her pedometer in just under two hours.  
The sponsorship money will help fund new equipment for the home's specialist dementia suite. At the request of the residents, it will also be used to buy fish and chips for everyone at the home.

Care home's residents knit for those in need
Care home's residents knit for those in need
RESIDENTS at Aldringham Court Nursing Home in Suffolk are making a difference to local people and to those across the globe, through their knitting efforts. 
91-year-old resident Joyce Lugo has been knitting intricate, brightly coloured jumpers for charity for the past 10 years. Her jumpers are taken to the local charity shop, which then ships them to Africa to be distributed to young people in need of help.  
Joyce became involved with the charity through a friend who lived at Paxton Chadwick Housing with Care and has continued with her efforts while living at the home. 
In addition, the home has a knitting club as part of its activities programme, and seven of the female residents have been creating knitted bonnets and blankets for the Special Care Baby Unit at Ipswich Hospital.

New general residential care unit opens at Belfast care home
New general residential care unit opens at Belfast care home
A NEW general residential care unit with space for an additional 15 residents to reside at the home and receive professional, round the clock care and support has opened at Dunmurry Manor care home for the elderly,  
The official opening event was attended by current Dunmurry Manor care home residents, their families and friends, health and social care professionals, visitors from the local area as well as broadcaster, Q Radio. 
A buffet and refreshments was provided, as well as an entertainment in the form of regular visitor to the home, The Music Man.  
A sing-song and dance was enjoyed by residents during the relaxed function to mark the opening of the new wing, catering for non-dementia residents. It has its own dining and lounge areas, plus access to the home's sociable Life Cafè and outdoor gardens.

Beccles residential home celebrates Kim's 30-year commitment
Beccles residential home celebrates Kim's 30-year commitment
THE White House residential home in Beccles held a special presentation to celebrate the 30th anniversary of senior care assistant Kim Messenger. 
She originally joined the home in 1989 as an evening care assistant and today continues to support residents as a senior care assistant. With experience also in home-based care, Kim completed her NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care and has become a dependable and loyal member of the team, who goes the extra mile for residents. 
Kim Messenger is pictured with The White House manager Adina Marginea.

Residents welcome therapy dog
Residents welcome therapy dog
RESIDENTS at New Care's Grosvenor Manor Care Centre in Chester have welcomed a friendly furry friend in the form of Meg, the therapy dog. 
Proving a hit with all residents, Meg now visits the 81-bed facility every fortnight with owner Susan Caddell. 
Enhancing the health and wellbeing of the residents at Grosvenor Manor, Meg offers companionship and friendship, emotional comfort and stimulation, as well as doing tricks in the communal lounges to visiting residents in their bedrooms.

Residents get their skates on for ice rink trip
Residents get their skates on for ice rink trip
RESIDENTS at a Salisbury care home got their skates on when they took to the ice for a day out. 
Accompanied by staff, the seven residents from Colten Care's Braemar Lodge 'skated' on ice in their wheelchairs at Planet Ice's Olympic sized 60 x 30 metre rink in Basingstoke. 
The trip was organised by Colten Companion Karen Pinhorn, a keen ice skater in her spare time.

Swinging sixties stirs memories
Swinging sixties stirs memories
CAVELL House care home welcomed Elvis to the building in its most recent decade celebration. 
As part of a 'reminiscence initiative' the Larchwood Care home managed by Healthcare Management Solutions is encouraging residents to look back to their youth and celebrate the past with a series of activities, along with redecoration of the home based on the themed events.

Staff celebrate 120 years of caring
Staff celebrate 120 years of caring
STAFF at Lyncroft Care Home in Wisbech celebrated clocking up 120 years of caring between them this year.  
The milestone was marked with an awards presentation, where Country Court Care finance director Al-Karim Kachra presented staff with a certificate and gift.  
The long serving staff members are: Liz Green - carer - 28 years. Brenda Durrington - home manager 25 years. Mandy Ward - carer - 16 years. Nicky Klohn - senior carer - 15 years. Mary Cunnington - carer - 14 years. Karen Mann - housekeeper - 13 years. Clare Baker-Taylor - deputy manager - nine years.

Charity staff and volunteers clean up stream
Charity staff and volunteers clean up stream
STAFF at The Royal Star & Garter Home in High Wycombe have helped clean up a stretch of the Hughenden Stream as part of a community project. 
They donned wellies to pick out bottles, crisp packets, cigarette ends and other rubbish from the part of the stream running behind the new care home, which welcomed its first residents recently. 
The clean-up was part of the Chiltern Rangers and Thames Water River Wye Restoration Project, designed to return the several parts of the waterway to a condition which can be enjoyed by people and wildlife. 
The charity, which cares for ex-Servicemen and women and their partners living with disability or dementia, looks after the stretch of stream running adjacent to the home.

Residents relive their youth
Residents relive their youth
SEVERAL residents at Ruddington Manor Care Centre Wilford were able to relive their youth by riding motorbikes. 
New Care, which runs the home, regularly asks its residents to make a wish and Dorothy Stapleton, aged 90, wanted to ride a motorbike again. 
Other residents who sat on the motorbikes were John Pownell, aged 85, and Hilda Brown, aged 90, both of whom loved the experience. 
New Care's activities coordinator Amy Simpson is pictured with Dorothy Stapleton, who was reliving her youth on a motorbike.

Care home celebrates 10th anniversary
Care home celebrates 10th anniversary
A YAPTON care home is celebrating 10 years of delivering care for its residents. 
Warmere Court marked the milestone with a celebratory cake, drinks and afternoon tea.  
Residents, staff and family members were joined by local performer Janine Leigh, who sang a mixture of songs from the 50s and 60s, alongside a performance from a 15-piece ukulele band. 
The District Councillor for Adur Council, Stephen Haymes, and Alun Thomas, chairman of Shaw healthcare - which operates the home - also joined the celebrations. 
Support worker Clare Coe and home manager Mary Latter were also thanked for their long service, having both worked at Warmere Court for 25 years.

Staff walk on fire for residents
Staff walk on fire for residents
A FIRE walking world record attempt saw care home workers stride across hot coals to raise funds for their residents. 
Deputy manager Clare Robson, carer Linda Palmer and activities coordinator Angela Hedley, from The Oaks Care Home, in Blyth, Northumberland, took on the challenge to help fund a summer seaside trip. 
They collected £287 in sponsorship by completing the walk, receiving a medal and certificate for the daring feat. 
The record stands at 1,360, with organisers hoping to get 1,500 firewalkers involved, but they fell short of their target.

New care home breaks ground in Eastbourne
New care home breaks ground in Eastbourne
A NEW care home development in Eastbourne celebrated a major milestone with a recent topping out ceremony.  
The occasion marked the completion of the latest stage of the 80-bed care home where the final tile was laid, and final brick was fitted. 
The new home, officially named Mortain Place, has been built by McGoff Construction Ltd, and is owned and operated by Barchester Healthcare.  
The luxury new home will feature en-suite bedrooms with smart TVs, spa bathrooms, an in-house hair salon, and Wi-Fi available throughout. Just a stone's throw from the city centre, the home is conveniently located directly opposite the Sovereign Harbour Marina and Sovereign Harbour Retail Park, close to a wide selection of restaurants, retail outlets, cinema, pharmacy, and local post office.

Dancing through Dementia Action Week
Dancing through Dementia Action Week
MUSIC , dancing and top-class entertainment were the essential ingredients when Athena Healthcare Northwest Community Activity Hub came together with Studio 10 Dance and Drama College (Bootle) and British Ballroom and Latin Junior Dance Champions, to enjoy an afternoon together at the Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport this week.  
The enjoyment of music and dancing for all, and especially those who live with dementia, has long been promoted to ensure emotional and physical wellbeing.  
It was apt then that during Dementia Action Week the ''Let's Get Loud' event was held, bringing Athena Care Home residents, the Promenade Care Home and the local community together to enjoy an afternoon of live entertainment.  
Dancing demonstrations from the Under 12 British Champions in Latin and Ballroom, Francis and Olivia, gave those who were once light on the feet, had music and dancing as a regular social activity, an opportunity to reminisce.  
Head of business development for Athena Healthcare, Alison Foreman, said: 'It was a wonderful, uplifting and enjoyable event for everyone who attended. Our residents gain so much from being active and a live music and dancing event has to be the best way of bringing residents, families, talented young dancers and the wider community together.'

Wallpaper Murals Recreate a Historic City Centre Inside a New Care Home
Wallpaper Murals Recreate a Historic City Centre Inside a New Care Home
Tanglewood Care Homes have recently opened their new flagship Cloverleaf Care Home in Lincoln. Naturally impressed by the quality of the furnishings and dècor throughout the home, one is nevertheless amazed to exit the lift on the second floor and step straight into the historic city-centre of Lincoln - all made possible with wallpaper murals.  
Care Home Murals was commissioned to provide the wallpapers for this lobby area. The firm, who specialise in designing wallpaper murals for care homes, have recreated the iconic Bailgate shopping street in a clever way that is instantly recognisable to both residents and visitors.  
Tracy Ann Shelbourn, Tanglewood Care Homes Founder & CEO said 'We have six care homes in Lincolnshire, and each one has its own identity and personality. We have worked with Care Home Murals before and I knew Michael, their designer, would jump at the chance to create something special for us at Cloverleaf. Cloverleaf's Bailgate-themed area is our tribute to a forward-thinking city steeped in history.'  
The result is quite astonishing. The murals, all carefully designed down to the smallest detail, provide just the right amount of visual impact in a balanced and meaningful way for the residents. With the complementary furnishings, the lobby is a familiar, welcoming, peaceful yet fascinating environment in which to sit quietly or chat with friends outside the Cafè with a cup of tea.  
Michael Potter, Care Home Murals design director, comments 'As muralists, creating wall imagery that 'works' for the intended space and purpose is what we do. Every job is different and we relish opportunities, such as a

Company urges public to 'Care About Dementia'
Company urges public to 'Care About Dementia'
A HOMECARE company has launched a campaign to raise awareness of dementia to thousands of people UK wide. 
'Care About Dementia' is Home Instead Senior Care's campaign kicking off during the Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Action Week in May. As part of the week, which runs from May 20 to May 26, Home Instead CAREGivers will be sharing caring advice and tips to help people with dementia to live well. 
The campaign is just one of the steps the home care company takes to raise awareness of dementia, a disease affecting more than 850,000 people in the UK. 
In the last year, more than 1,100 Home Instead CAREGivers have been trained in City & Guilds accredited dementia awareness. 
Martin Jones, managing director of Home Instead Senior said: 'Almost all of us know someone affected by dementia and so we all have a reason to take action and learn more about it. Care About Dementia is all about sharing information and useful information with the public if they are caring for a family member, friend or relative with dementia. 
'With so many of our elderly clients affected by dementia, our CAREGivers are passionate about helping them to live well and have so much advice to share. The more we talk about dementia, the more we can all learn how to help people living with it.' 
Searching for the hashtag #CareAboutDementia on social media, people will be able to view useful advice and tips on social media.

Interactive Dementia Experiences at The Alzheimer's Show 2019
Interactive Dementia Experiences at The Alzheimer's Show 2019
Two interactive dementia experiences will feature at The Alzheimer's Show 7-8 June 2019 at Olympia London. Training2Care's Virtual Dementia Tour, the closest a person with a healthy brain can experience what dementia might be like, will appear along with Alzheimer's Research UK's virtual reality app, A Walk Through Dementia. The app was guided by people living with dementia for a better understanding of some of the symptoms they live with. Both features are valuable sources of information and training for care professionals and family carers and are free to take part in. 
The two-day conference and exhibition will host an extensive speaker programme with leading industry experts, professionals, family carers and people living with dementia, practical activity workshops, professional advice clinics and leading dementia and care exhibitors.  
For further information and to book tickets visit One-day tickets cost £15 online and £20 on the door.

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