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Taylor Wimpey support builds for care home
Taylor Wimpey support builds for care home
HIGHCLIFFE in Sunderland has been overwhelmed with messages of support and thanks for its critical frontline care staff in recent weeks. 
The care home recently received supplies of personal protective equipment, games and stationery to add to its stocks from Taylor Wimpey by way of support and appreciation for the amazing work being carried out by staff during the current coronavirus pandemic. 
The residential building developer has been using its logistical contacts to access and distribute face masks, aprons and gloves, as well as its own manufactured face visors via local teams of volunteers from the group. 
Home manager Adam Kane said: 'I would like to take the opportunity to express my thanks to Taylor Wimpey for their kind donation to our home and residents here at Highcliffe. Their valued support is very much appreciated.'

Care group goes live to celebrate VE Day
Care group goes live to celebrate VE Day
STAFF and residents across each of the 19 Ideal Carehomes in Yorkshire, the North West and the Midlands will stand in solidarity with the rest of the British public to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. 
Staff have arranged lots of activities for their residents to take part in throughout the day, including a two-minute silence to remember the declaration of victory and commemorate the end of World War II in Europe. Residents will have the opportunity to re-watch Sir Winston Churchill's victory speech before hosting a 1940's style afternoon tea party at 4pm when everyone will join in with a rendition of Dame Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again' live on Facebook.   
Ideal Carehomes is encouraging all families and friends to tune in and sing along with residents. 
Director Stacey Linn said: "Many people have likened the current pandemic to certain war experiences and we often look to the older and wiser generation to learn from them and their experiences.   
'We wanted to ensure our residents were able to celebrate with the help of their friends and families to show their respects and pay tribute during this monumental event." 
Phillip Scott, a resident at Newfield Lodge in Castleford, is pictured getting ready for the celebrations.

Care home gets bunting ready for VE Day celebrations
Care home gets bunting ready for VE Day celebrations
RESIDENTS at Gracewell of Weymouth have been busy making bunting in preparation for the 75th anniversary of VE Day. 
They have decorated the care home's main windows at the front of the building to help the local community feel involved in the celebrations. 
As part of the historic anniversary, residents will be treated to themed food and cupcakes with various activities set to take place in the home. 
Meanwhile, Weymouth town has fully embraced the celebratory spirit, with everything from old bras and knickers to old curtains being used as bunting on the special anniversary. 
Racheal Craig, activities organiser at Gracewell of Weymouth, said: 'We have lots of fun activities planned for this Friday, including a virtual karaoke with local entertainer Aaron Carter. The residents are really looking forward to it.'

Prestigious home care award win for operator 
Prestigious home care award win for operator 
A NATIONAL live-in care provider is celebrating following a prestigious award win at the Home Care Awards and for promoting excellence in home care services.  
Promedica24, which offers affordable, alternative live-in care for clients in the comfort of their own homes, was announced as a winner in the 'Recruitment/Training Expertise' category, as well as being highly commended in the 'Live-in care Expertise category. 
The care team impressed judges with their emphasis on recruitment, inspiring and supporting new and existing carers to build their skills on a solid foundation of care values and compassion, as well as expanding their professional development.  
The live-in care expertise category awards home care services for their personalised and flexible approach to providing a real alternative to admission into residential care.

SOUP event serves up success for people in the community
SOUP event serves up success for people in the community
A SOCIAL care provider has raised £400 for a local charity after a successful third SOUP event in Wokingham.  
The £200, which was raised during the evening, was match funded by Optalis and awarded to the winner of the night, Grief and a Cuppa, who support bereaved people to talk about their loss.  
The event hosted by Optalis provided an opportunity for members of the community to come together and listen to a range of community project ideas.  
In addition to Grief and a Cuppa, guests heard from a wellness community interest company, Omada CIC and the LINK Visiting Scheme, who work to tackle loneliness experienced by older people. 
Guests enjoyed homemade soup, bread and refreshments at The Westmead Centre while listening to the three community groups pitch for funding.

Home welcomes BBC film crew for intergenerational session
Home welcomes BBC film crew for intergenerational session
PARK View care home in Warwick welcomed a film crew who captured an invaluable community link for residents that was aired on BBC Breakfast. 
The crew filmed Runwood Homes' residents enjoying intergenerational activities with local primary school children, aged seven years, which was set up by Kissing It Better - a healthcare charity and training provider working to end the isolation of old age by bringing generations together.  
Home manager Denise Clark said the partnership with Kissing It Better is really beneficial to residents.  
She added: 'Working with Kissing It Better to aid our wellbeing enhancement programme was a fantastic opportunity that we couldn't pass up, and it was exciting to have a film crew here in the home too.'  
The children from Emscote Infant School interacted with kindness and expressed a natural inquisitiveness, asking their new companions about their past and enthusiastically listened to the interesting answers given by residents, helping to build meaningful relationships and getting to know one another.

Mayor joins homecare provider for birthday celebrations
Mayor joins homecare provider for birthday celebrations
MAYOR of Tonbridge and Malling Councillor Jill Anderson joined Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells in celebrating eight years of homecare provision 
Since opening, the company has provided just under 400,000 care visits to more than 1,000 customers. This includes 80 customers who required live-in care assistants.  
Zoe Furlonger, care manager at Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, said: 'We are extremely proud of the service, which can only be delivered by our fantastic team of care assistants who work tirelessly every day to ensure our customers receive the right level of care and support.' 
The birthday was marked with a celebratory afternoon tea.

Warning over care provider survival during virus
Warning over care provider survival during virus
CAMPAIGNERS have warned that unless the Government steps up funding for local authorities many social care providers could go to the wall as they battle to look after older and vulnerable people during coronavirus. 
The Government announced an extra £1.6bn in March and a further £1.6bn this month to help local authorities support social care. 
But the Independent Care Group says the Government must heed Local Government Association warnings that this extra £3.2bn won't be enough. 
It is calling on the Government to treat social care the same at it has treated the NHS because all are working together to conquer Covid-19.

Mobile testing units to target frontline workers
Mobile testing units to target frontline workers
CARE home staff will receive increased access to coronavirus tests after the government unveiled a network of mobile units to travel where there is significant demand. 
The number of new mobile units is being scaled up after a successful pilot which saw Department of Health vehicles refitted to fully functioning testing sites, following a design developed by the Royal Engineers of the British Army.  
Mobile facilities can be set up in under 20 minutes, allowing the testing of hundreds of people each day and are now travelling to those most in need and hard to reach.  
Specially trained Armed Forces personnel will collect swabs at the mobile sites, before they are sent to mega-labs for processing. Those tested will receive results within 48 hours.

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