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The Alzheimer's Show 2020 - postponement statement
Due concerns about the coronavirus and the many impacts this may have on The Alzheimer's Show 2020, we have made the decision to postpone the event due to be held on 5th and 6th June 2020.  
The show will now be held in the Autumn and we are working with Olympia on appropriate dates.  
 This has been an extremely difficult decision and we deeply regret any inconvenience this postponement may cause, but as organisers it is our primary responsibility to ensure the health and well-being of our visitors, exhibitors and stakeholders. 
We look forward to sharing with you the revised date as soon as possible. 
 In the meantime if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.  
Telephone 01892 723 195 or email

Residents enjoy tour of Goodison Park
Residents enjoy tour of Goodison Park
RESIDENTS from two Athena Healthcare Group's Abbey Wood Lodge and Parklands Lodge care homes enjoyed a visit to Goodison Park, home of Everton FC.\r\nThe residents, family members and carers were given a guided tour of the stadium,accompanied by former Toffees captain and FA Cup winner Mark Higgins. \r\nA particular highlight was walking out of the tunnel and onto the pitch to the soundtrack of Z-Cars.\r\nAttendees enjoyed a buffet in the famous Bryan Labone Suite, where they were joined by local dignitaries. All who toured the grounds were awarded certificates and signed autographs by Mark.

Care homes take Time for a Cuppa in aid of Admiral Nurses
Care homes take Time for a Cuppa in aid of Admiral Nurses
FAMILIES, friends and residents raised a cuppa or two at care homes across the south to highlight the vital role of specialist dementia nursing professionals. 
All 21 Colten Care facilities in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex staged tea parties or coffee mornings to help raise awareness of Dementia UK's Admiral Nurses. 
It was part of the national Time for a Cuppa initiative, now in its 10th year and the dementia charity's biggest annual fundraiser.  
In partnership with Dementia UK, Colten Care is the only private care home provider to employ a Consultant Admiral Nurse as one of its Admiral Nurse team. 
Adam Smith was at St Catherines View, the operator's Winchester dementia care home, to welcome visitors attending Time for a Cuppa.

National report calls for public sector leaders to maximise digital outcomes
National report calls for public sector leaders to maximise digital outcomes
THIS new report from the Good Governance Institute and Legrand Assisted Living and Healthcare calls for immediate action to embrace digital solutions, building on a programme of research and engagement with senior leaders from the health, care, and housing sectors.  
There is growing recognition that the public sector improvements we need cannot be delivered simply by delivering services in the same way, or even by becoming more efficient.  
New systems approaches are required in order to achieve improved health and wellbeing outcomes for communities throughout the UK.  
The report calls for Board members to adapt the digital strategic direction of their organisations, working in collaboration with diverse partners from across sectors to form new alliances.  
Unleashing the Digital Premium refers to the potential that digital technology has to deliver these improved outcomes through more cost effective, efficient and reliable services, and by supporting greater independence for individuals and their families.  
The Digital Premium is a fundamental enabler of national policy across the NHS and Local Government, including greater prevention of ill health, offering more flexibility in the delivery of services, and supporting individuals to live independently for longer.  
The report identifies barriers and opportunities facing Board members in order to make the digital premium a reality, including:  
 A sufficient focus on improving outcomes for communities.  
 The collection of data and how it is shared with partners. 
 Access to relevant expertise.  
 Diverse stakeholder engagement in developing and delivering digital strategy. 
The Unleashing the Digital Premium report iwas launched at the House of Lords recently. GGI and Legrand Assisted Living and Healthcare are seeking further views and perspectives in response to the report and will be hosting future events to continue discussion on this important topic for the future of the public sector.  
Get involved by contacting or and engaging with #DigitalPremium on social media to share your views and experience.

Anchor Hanover Group improves access for residents
Anchor Hanover Group improves access for residents
THEAnchor Hanover Group is a housing provider specialising in retirement and independent living. The housing is made up of flats where each resident has their own front door entrance and communal facilities available. 
The minimum age requirement for occupancy at Hanover Lodge is 60 years old.  
Helen Parsons the Estate Manager noticed that with the age of residents, the heavy self-closing fire doors were becoming problematic.  
'With an ageing demographic, it transpired that some of the residents were finding it difficult to open and close these doors'.  
This included doors to their own flats and the self-closing doors for the building entrance and the communal laundry room.  
Helen explained that 'front doors were increasingly difficult for residents to manage due to debilitating health conditions' which led her to look for a solution. 
Helen found out about Fireco's products through the previous Estate Managers and some of her Area Managers previously had some products installed with positive results. 
Freedor SmartSound was the best-suited product for Hanover Lodge, 'they take the weight out of the door and allow it to be moved as if it were almost weightless'.  
The residents benefitted from improved access as they no longer needed to battle with the heavy fire doors. Freedor SmartSound also allows residents to place open doors at any angle. This gives residents more time to enter and exit without doors closing on them. 
'Fireco has been extremely helpful. We experienced a few technical difficulties with the initial units that I had installed but these were rectified immediately. I cannot fault their after-sales care both to myself and the installers that they trained.'  
'I would not hesitate to recommend Fireco or the product.' 
To find out more visit or call us on 01273 320650.

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