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Home opens innovative resident facilities
Home opens innovative resident facilities
ASHLEY Gardens Care Centre in Maidstone has opened a range of new facilities for residents, specifically designed to support people living with dementia. 
The home, which supports up to 89 residents, offers a range of activities, events and facilities for people who live with the challenges the condition poses. 
The latest additions to the home include 'Violets Bakery' and a gentlemen's lounge and library, which includes a variety of board games and a giant Scrabble board.

Carers at operator take next career step
Carers at operator take next career step
SOUTH coast care home operator Colten Care has seen its latest cohort of staff pass an in-house training course to take up new clinical roles and responsibilities. 
Twelve participants have completed the intensive, two-week programme to become Senior Care Leads - a dedicated post sitting between healthcare assistant and nurse. 
It means that since Colten launched the role in 2015, more than 150 care staff - some with many years of service - have taken the opportunity to progress their careers with the additional skills learning. 
SCLs support the registered nurses by carrying out many practical elements of care such as aspects of medication administration, wound dressing and writing care plans. 
The aim is to free up nurses to take on more supervisory and leadership responsibilities to maintain and enhance an outstanding level of resident care.

Residents enjoy pre-match visit
Residents enjoy pre-match visit
THE residents of Athena Healthcare Group's Hesketh Park Lodge had a very special pre-match visit ahead of Southport FC's game against Hereford.  
Residents were delighted to receive match day programmes and scarves in preparation for the match. 
Residents from Athena Healthcare Group care homes will also be in attendance ‪on March 7 to support the Yellows as they face Kidderminster Harriers.  
Before the match they will be taking part in a community initiative run by Southport Football Club that uses sporting memories to inspire conversation and reignite the passions of older people.

Homecare provider spreads the love on Valentine's Day
Homecare provider spreads the love on Valentine's Day
BLUEBIRD Care Reading, Wokingham, Windsor, Maidenhead and Bracknell will be spreading the love again on Valentine's Day. 
Team members will be driving around the local areas to deliver red roses to their customers - an annual tradition. In addition to the roses, customers will receive a voucher so they can book in a free one-hour social call with Bluebird Care.  
This year the provider has also joined forces with Kerry Mayne and Nichola Woolford - owners of Partyliciouss and Kakealiciouss, a family run business based in Maidenhead.  
Kerry and Nichola will be making more than 100 cupcakes for all customers, which will be hand wrapped for each of them to enjoy. 
This is the sixth year Bluebird Care has done this, which means they have donated more than 1,000 hours worth of care to support customers and their families.  
Many customers have loved spending their voucher and enjoyed the extra time with someone from the care team. 
 

New luxury care home to open in Newport
New luxury care home to open in Newport
THE Grange care home in the picturesque village of Newport close to Saffron Walden will celebrate its grand opening with an open day on March 7 from noon until 4pm.  
The facility will provide affordable luxury care with a warm family feel. Set in the grounds of Debden Grange Retirement Village the care home will specialise in residential care, short-term respite care and specialist dementia care for up to 40 people.  
Managing director Alykhan Kachra said: 'We are delighted to be welcoming families to The Grange. As a family-run company we aim to create a 'home from home' feel in our homes and our care is the kind we'd want all of our loved ones to receive.' 
Staff will be on hand to show visitors around the care home, which will boast its very own themed pub where residents can visit for a drink with friends and relatives or enjoy activities such as pub games and quizzes. The Audley Suite on the first floor will open out on to a large terrace where residents and their visitors will be able to enjoy tea and cakes.  
The care home will feature quiet seating areas in corridors where residents can rest for a moment and enjoy the themed dècor. Each part of the interior design has been carefully chosen to offer opportunities for reminiscing and talking points, with themes such as vintage aircraft with maps, books and items to look at or read.

Marion presented with monthly award by grateful customer
Marion presented with monthly award by grateful customer
MARION Ayer-Kumi has been recognised as Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells' care assistant of the month for January. 
The provider organised for one of Marion's customers, Barbara Draper, to present her with her prize - £20 worth of Love to Shop vouchers.  
Marion was chosen for her consistent hard work and dedication to her customers.  
This forms part of Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells' new initiative which recognises their care staff and the aim is to get customers to present the winner with their award. 
Marion has worked for the company for more than two years, and it is her first job in the care sector.

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