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New HQ investment to support group growth
New HQ investment to support group growth
RANDOLPH Hill Nursing Homes Group has relocated to a new, larger head office as part of its ongoing expansion.  
The company, which operates nursing homes across central and east Scotland, has moved to a new 4,000 square foot group headquarters in the Redheughs Rigg Business Park in Edinburgh's South Gyle. 
The move to the new premises follows a number of key appointments within the group to support its ongoing expansion. They include the recruitment of a care standards manager, recruitment manager, facilities manager and marketing manager. 
Managing director Peter McCormick said: 'The new head office will enable us to enhance the support we provide and give us room for further growth across the group.  
'Over recent years we have been investing in both new and existing sites to ensure we retain the highest care standards for our residents. 
'Despite the current challenges in managing Covid-19 across all our homes, we remain fully committed to maintaining that investment and keeping our growth plans on track going forward.' 
Randolph Hill is nearing completion of a new, £9m home in Livingston, which is due to open early next year. The 60 bedroom site will become the group's seventh home and will create up to 80 new jobs.

Work begins on new Purley care home
Work begins on new Purley care home
BARCHESTER Healthcare marked the start of its newest care home build in Purley, which is under construction by McGoff Construction Ltd. 
The 72-bed care home is set to open in Spring 2022. The home will provide residential care services, as well as dedicated dementia care in Barchester's unique Memory Lane communities. 
Barchester's senior property development manager Andy Williams said: "We are thrilled to see the start of work on site here in Purley, and are excited to bring a high quality care provision to the local area. 
'Our care home will offer luxury surroundings for residents, and with 25 years' experience will bring Barchester's high quality care and expertise in caring for residents.  
'The luxury care home in Purley will provide residents with a home set in beautiful grounds, and will deliver personalised residential care, as well as dementia care within an interactive multi-sensory environment. 
'Our new home will also provide employment opportunities in the local community.' 
To officiate the start of the construction, Andy was joined by head of marketing Mandy Macara, who met with McGoff Construction project manager Drew Campbell, alongside McGoff's Construction contracts manager Craig Clancy and Holden and Lee project manager Michael Hilton to take a tour of the site. 

Silverline Care expands portfolio with the acquisition of Victorguard Care  
Silverline Care expands portfolio with the acquisition of Victorguard Care  
SILVERLINE Care is operating an additional three care homes in Bradford following the successful acquisition of Victorguard Care.  
The care homes (The Beeches, Willow Bank and Laurel Bank) are leased from Impact Healthcare, they are all purpose-built and offer 182 beds in total, with strong transport links, gardens and en-suite bathrooms. 
The acquisition, which took place in March, takes the number of homes under Silverline Care management to 12 in total, of which six are in Scotland and six in Yorkshire.  
Danny Wulwick, director of acquisitions at Silverline Care, said: 'We are delighted to welcome the residents, families and staff at Victorguard into the Silverline Care family.  
"Our vision at Silverline is to be the leading care provider in each of the local communities we serve.  
"We believe these three homes have great potential and we have ensured that there is a strong budget to support and reposition the homes, safeguarding their future."

Spalding Common care home opened by local MP
Spalding Common care home opened by local MP
SIR John Hayes MP cut the ribbon to officially open Fenchurch House Care Home in Spalding Common. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions the open day was not quite the usual grand celebration, with visitors instead enjoying socially distanced individual tours and the opportunity to see the home and meet manager Suria Webb.  
Stringent measures were in place to ensure the visitors felt safe and welcome during their tours, PPE was provided, and the domestic team was on hand to clean all areas and touchpoints between each tour. 
Fenchurch House will be home to up to 60 people, with a luxurious yet homely feel. The care home will offer long term residential care, short-term respite care and specialist dementia care.  
Facilities have been designed with residents' needs in mind, with themed communal spaces, large open spaces and various spacious lounge and dining areas, all complete with comfortable seating, modern facilities and specialist equipment.  
All bedrooms feature en-suite walk-in shower rooms and are bright and spacious, with some opening on to the landscaped gardens.

Frome care home celebrates a glowing report
Frome care home celebrates a glowing report
CATHERINE House in Frome, Somerset is celebrating having received a glowing report from the Care Quality Commission.  
The team was delighted to have received an impressive CQC report that rated the home as 'Good' in all areas, demonstrating that the HC-One operated home is providing high standards of care for residents, demonstrating that the home is safe, responsive, and well-led. 
Managing director Ruth Yates said: 'This rating is great news. I would like to thank the whole team for their commitment and hard work and congratulate them on such an impressive report. 
'We are dedicated to achieving our aim of being the care provider of choice for those looking for the very best care and support, and employer of choice for the best, most professional, and kindest care staff.' 
The inspectors were full of praise for colleagues at Catherine House, highlighting the kind ways in which they provide care for residents at the home.

Care home's residents write to volunteers
Care home's residents write to volunteers
MISSING their weekly visits from their dedicated team of volunteers, residents of Rogers House spent a morning writing to their friends. 
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the committed volunteers would visit the home weekly, sometimes more, to spend time with the residents of the care home, help with serving meals and to enjoy some activities. 
However, since the nation locked down in March, non-essential visits to care homes have been stopped and so the residents haven't seen their friends for over seven months.  
Many of the volunteers have been visiting the home for several years, so both the residents and staff sincerely miss them at the moment. 
In a bid to lift the spirits of both the residents and volunteers, the residents thought it'd be a nice idea to write the volunteers a letter, letting them know how they're all doing and what they've been up to since they could last visit back in February.

Students gain valuable insight into a life providing care
Students gain valuable insight into a life providing care
STUDENTS at Peterborough College have gained insight, information and first-hand accounts of life as a care worker thanks to an input from the manager of neighbouring nursing home, Park House. 
The students, who are studying for a diploma in Health and Social Care, were visited by Mungwaluku Mupatu, who is known by all as Mupatu, manager of the home, as part of their learning on the residential care sector. 
Mupatu has more than 15 years' experience in elderly care and is a trained nurse.  He spoke to the students about 'the day in the life' of a care home, the difference care assistants and everyone working to support residents can make, and how young people can enter a career in care. 
Park House has a strong relationship with the College, having previously welcomed students for work experience placements in the home, and hopes to build on these links to help support and encourage more people into the sector.

Loved ones welcomed back to charity's care homes after Covid-secure rooms built
Loved ones welcomed back to charity's care homes after Covid-secure rooms built
RELATIVES and loved ones will be able to meet Royal Star & Garter residents during the latest lockdown and beyond following new guidance issued by the government. 
The operator has built Covid-secure indoor meeting rooms in each of its Solihull, Surbiton and High Wycombe Homes, following the receipt of a £100,000 donation.  
This will enable the charity to meet new guidelines and allow relatives to continue safely visiting their loved ones throughout the winter months. 
However, while Royal Star & Garter has been able to benefit from the support of a generous donor, it is aware that other organisations in the care home sector may struggle to meet the criteria set out.

Spicing up life at Wellington care home
Spicing up life at Wellington care home
A SPECIALLY arranged India Day has spiced up life for residents of a dementia care home in Wellington, Somerset.  
Residents of Camelot House and Lodge spent the day immersed in Indian culture, trying out classic costumes and jewellery, having their hands painted with henna tattoos, and sampling Indian music, dance and traditionally prepared food.   
 For many of the residents the highlight of the day was an Indian buffet, with dishes rich in subtle Indian flavours and mostly home-made by Ryju Puthenveettil and Anil George who are on Camelot Care's nursing team.   
The flavoursome spread included onion bhaji, samosa, banana chips and jack fruit chips as starters, with south Indian fried rice, chilli chicken and Kerala roasted pork for the main course, and vermicelli milk pudding, gulab jamun and soan papdi as desserts.  

Homecare provider launches a campaign full of wisdom
Homecare provider launches a campaign full of wisdom
RADFIELD Home Care has launched its latest national marketing campaign centred around its services, employment opportunities and wisdom and advice the business is able share with more than 35 years of providing care and support services to local communities.  
The 'Winter Wisdom' campaign reflects the wisdom and experience not only from its co-founders, brother and sister Alex Green and Dr Hannah MacKechnie, but is also being guided by its national network of franchise partners offering expertise as homecare business owners with insightful and valuable advice as experts in previous care fields prior to joining the franchise network. 
The inspiration sitting behind the campaign comes from a powerful poem called 'Winter' written by Edith Sitwell, an English poet from Yorkshire, who became known for her poetry during World War II.  
The poem reflects the comfort, warmth and safety of a home, very relevant to the winter months approaching, living in a society with a pandemic affecting each and everyone of us in some way. 
Pictured are Radfield Home Care founders and directors Hannah MacKechnie and Alex Green.

Creative podcast project launched to help socially isolated people in care homes
Creative podcast project launched to help socially isolated people in care homes
A CREATIVE lockdown music and arts project is being launched to help older people and care home residents who are feeling lonely and isolated during the coronavirus pandemic.  
The Armchair Adventures interactive podcast recently launched with a large intergenerational and interactive online event, with school children and older people.  
Armchair Adventures is a creative response to Covid-19 by theatre-based CIC Made by Mortals and their theatre group for over 55s, Hearts & Minds.  
Based in Tameside, Manchester, they have created an interactive podcast series, with activity packs and online sessions, which takes the listener on an adventure of the imagination. The first episode has been released, with two more before Christmas and another three in 2021.  
Made by Mortals is currently working with older people and care homes to help them enjoy Armchair Adventures and its creative activities. They are also running a number of online training sessions for activities co-ordinators at care homes to ensure they can get the most out of the project.  
Made by Mortals works with a diverse range of people who would not usually engage with the arts, and who live on the fringes of major cities and are at risk of exclusion and isolation for many reasons, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Home hosts special ceremony to reward its carers for going above and beyond
Home hosts special ceremony to reward its carers for going above and beyond
A HITCHIN care home has rewarded two of its carers for going above the call of duty during the Covid-19 pandemic at its annual Carer of the Year awards. 
During the ceremony at Foxholes Care Home, Gillian Lavender and Stella Burton were presented with the Dorothy Lefford shield, which recognises and commends the hard work of the team of carers. 
Now in its fourth year, the residential home's awards evening began with each person from every team, including care, catering, maintenance, activities, management, front of house, and housekeeping, being commended for their efforts during what's been a difficult year for the care industry.  
The ceremony was then concluded with a firework display in Foxholes' grounds for the residents and staff to enjoy. 
The special accolade, which was awarded to Gillian and Stella by Usha Gandecha, Foxholes' home manager, is named after former resident, Dorothy, whose son wanted to leave a legacy in her name after she passed away four years ago.  
To thank the staff for the care they provided his mother, he donated the shield, which is engraved with the names of each years' winners. 

Couple celebrate 65th wedding anniversary at care home
Couple celebrate 65th wedding anniversary at care home
JACK and Erika Porter have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary at Sunrise of Virginia Water. 
The couple marked their special day with a cake that was decorated to reflect their favourite pastime of golfing together.  
Although the couple have never made a big fuss about their wedding anniversaries, the Porters celebrated this special day under a golden banner which proclaimed their 65 years of marriage.  
Jack and Ericka married in Nigeria in 1955 in what was a highly unusual circumstance. Jack was working for a bank in this part of Africa while living in a small hut with walls made from mud and a thatched roof. Erika remembers how the native hut had 'no windows and no door, just an opening.  
Despite living in Switzerland at the time, she caught a 6am flight to then marry Jack at 4pm on the same day.  
None of their family members were able to attend their wedding as it was difficult to reach Nigeria from England and Switzerland 65 years ago.  
The couple also said that the wedding was almost unplanned, which meant that the best man and those in attendance were all colleagues of Jack's from the bank he worked at.

Hampshire care home serves up culinary-themed scarecrow win
Hampshire care home serves up culinary-themed scarecrow win
RESIDENTS at 21 care homes across the south have proved outstanding in their field by staging a fun contest to make the best scarecrow. 
Handicrafts were the order of the day as carefully constructed, imaginatively designed creations came to life at Colten Care homes in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Sussex. 
Entries ranged from traditional countryside-type scarecrows stuffed with paper and straw to more 'refined' models such as overall winner 'Hazel Nut the Chef' from Lymington dementia care home Linden House. 
Judges declared her the winner after being impressed by her carefully constructed outfit, array of cooking utensils and the thinking behind her.  
Pictured at work on Hazel Nut the Chef at Linden House are resident Anne Davies and companionship team leader Chris Dimmick.

Care providers named winners at Employee Benefits Awards  
Care providers named winners at Employee Benefits Awards  
SUNRISE Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare have been named as the winners of the 'Most Motivational Benefits' award at this year's Employee Benefits Awards. 
The win marks the second time Sunrise and Gracewell have had success at the Employee Benefits Awards after first winning the accolade in 2017.  
The care providers secured the prize in recognition for their annual Heart & Soul Awards which show appreciation to their team members who go above and beyond for the residents.  
The awards culminate at a summer event where selected winners are invited to attend a glittering ceremony with their manager or regional director. Launched in 2006, the Heart and Soul awards have grown over the last 14 years to recognise more than 900 outstanding team members.

Group named best 'complex care provider' in the UK
Group named best 'complex care provider' in the UK
CORNERSTONE Healthcare has been named as 'Complex care provider of the year' in the 2020 HealthInvestor awards. 
The industry accolade comes just two years after the group established its first two homes in Hampshire.  South Africa Lodge in Waterlooville, along with Kitnocks House in Curdridge, cares for people with challenging behaviours associated with complex neurological and mental health needs. 
Cornerstone beat off competition from nine other providers to win the award. 
Judges praised its 'impressive' and 'innovative' approach to dealing with individual service users. 
The group will open its third home in January 2021.  Marula Lodge will offer 42 bedrooms in Camberley in Surrey.    
Two further homes - one in Bristol and one in Somerset - are in the developmental phase and will be in operation from 2022 onwards.  This will take the company's bed capacity to 355. 
The HealthInvestor Awards 2020 took place virtually. 

New extra care scheme for over 55s open for business
New extra care scheme for over 55s open for business
MEADOW View Court, Rapport Housing & Care's new extra care housing scheme in The Orpines, has opened for business. 
The facility, which will provide independent living support for over 55s, has welcomed its first residents following just over 18 months of construction. 
Residents of the scheme will be able to make use of a range of on-site communal facilities, from a hair salon and restaurant to an activity room and garden.  
Rapport Housing & Care's domiciliary care team, Caring Companions, will be on site daily to provide personalised care packages, supporting the residents to live independently.  
A member of the housing team will be also be on site 24/7, giving residents peace of mind, should an emergency arise.

Care worker first person in Dorset to get Covid vaccine
Care worker first person in Dorset to get Covid vaccine
A FRONTLINE care worker at Agincare's Cheriton Care Home in Dorchester was the first person in Dorset to be given the Covid vaccination. 
Sam Impey, who works as a care team leader, was given the vaccination at Dorset County Hospital.  
She was joined by her Cheriton colleagues Zena Blumenstein, Eleanor Timlin and Colleen Cordell. 
She said: "I was at the front of the queue for the vaccine and the nurses told me I was the very first person in the county to be given it.  
"We're doing all we can to keep our residents safe at Cheriton, so I feel honoured to have been a vaccine trailblazer today. 
"Taking action like this means we can protect our residents, our families and ourselves.  
"Once the vaccine has been rolled out to our residents we can start returning to normal, including those cherished visits from friends and family."

Stay vigilant until vaccine arrives - carers
Stay vigilant until vaccine arrives - carers
CARE providers have called for continued vigilance as they welcomed the news that the first people are being vaccinated against Covid-19. 
The Independent Care Group said today marked a vital step forward in the protection of older and vulnerable people looked after by social care. 
But it also warned that the country had to stay on high alert after new figures showed another increase in Covid-19 deaths in care and nursing homes. 
ICG chair Mike Padgham said: 'Today is a great day as we witness the first people getting the vaccine. 
'Credit to the Government, it is wonderful that people in the vulnerable category are getting the injections first - they cannot happen quickly enough, and we look forward to the moment where everyone we care for and everyone who works in social care and for the NHS has been protected. 
'In the meantime, however, we have to remain on high alert because Covid-19 hasn't gone away and sadly people are still being taken from us.' 
Today's figures show that 571 people died from Covid-19 in care and nursing homes in the week up to November 27 - up from 467 the previous week and 425 the week before that.  
Some 17,889 people died from Covid19 in care and nursing homes between December 28 and November 27. 
Mike added: 'Today is a milestone day but these figures show that we aren't out of the woods yet.'

Festive season arrives at care group
Festive season arrives at care group
THE Athena Healthcare Group has been ringing in the festive period with magical Christmas Light Switch-On events across its Lodges. 
They have transformed their gardens into an enchanted winter wonderland filled with sparkling lights, reindeer and candy canes to bring Christmas joy to all.  
Everybody came together, either wrapped up warm and cosy or watching from the windows, to see each Lodge light up its magical garden.  
From resident ambassadors to local councillors, each Lodge had their own little helper to lend a hand switching on the lights, welcoming everybody and enjoying a jolly good sing-song. 
Santa Claus himself came to town, along with some of his elves, as there were many reported sightings across the Lodges' light switch-on events, much to the residents' amusement. 
This is only the beginning for the Athena Healthcare Group as they have lots of festive fun in store over the next few weeks.  
From seasonal roast dinners and Christmas fayres to baking and carols by the tree, there's lots to look forward to.

Homecare provider wins top franchising award
Homecare provider wins top franchising award
HOME Instead Senior Care has been named Gold winner in the Franchisor of the Year category at the virtual bfa HSBC Franchise Awards ceremony. 
The awards form part of the British Franchise Association's annual conference which went online this year. They celebrate the achievements of franchisors and their franchisees, recognising best practice and outstanding support. 
Business development director Ruth Brown added: 'We are honoured to have been named as Gold Franchisor of the Year. This award is very special, but to win it in 2020 feels extra special as it's such an extraordinary year. 
'This accolade is down to the hard work and commitment of so many people - the team of experts at National Office to our franchise owners and their key players and, of course, our amazing CAREGivers.  
'We could not accept this award without also thanking the many clients and their families who entrust their care to us.' 
Pip Wilkins, CEO bfa is pictured with Andy Branttesani of HSBC at the virtual awards ceremony. 

Contribution of homecare support to be celebrated
Contribution of homecare support to be celebrated
AN online campaign raising awareness of the crucial role of care at home and housing support services in supporting older and vulnerable citizens across the UK will take place on Wednesday (December 9). 
Homecare Day aims to celebrate what homecare services do, the people that work in them and the achievements of those supported at home.  
The day also seeks to facilitate wider discussions on the future of homecare and what services should look like. 
The day is supported by two leading care bodies, United Kingdom Homecare Association and Scottish Care, who are calling for organisations and individuals across the UK to join them on social media in raising the profile and value of homecare support using the hashtag #homecareday

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Appeal for patience over visiting
Appeal for patience over visiting
CARE providers have appealed to the public to be patient over the reintroduction of visiting to care and nursing homes. 
The Independent Care Group said it was excellent news that the Government had announced arrangements for care and nursing home residents to resume having in-home visits and for younger residents to visit loved ones themselves over Christmas. 
But it warned that new systems would take time to introduce as the Government rolls out testing kits to thousands of homes across the country. 
ICG chair Mike Padgham said: 'The news was excellent for all those families who have been apart from their loved ones for too long and every care and nursing home across the country will do its utmost to meet the arrangements the Government has announced. 
'But this is going to be a huge undertaking and we appeal to families to be patient with their loved ones' homes as they try to resume visiting as soon as they can. 
'It is going to take time for the tests to reach all homes and then for staff to be trained up in the procedures needed to test relatives and then have them come into homes to see their family and friends. 
'The public have shown amazing patience so far and we just appeal to them now to show a little more whilst we prepare for these long-awaited visits.'

Devon care home in landmark Covid trial
Devon care home in landmark Covid trial
A DAWLISH care home is one of eight in the county taking part in a rapid results Covid-19 test trial designed so that families can safely visit their loved ones. 
Sefton Hall is part of the Southern Healthcare group, which also has homes in Exeter, Plymouth and Seaton. It is offering nasal and swab tests which give results in 30 minutes.  
Managing director Geoffrey Cox said: 'We are totally thrilled to have been asked to take part in this trial, which is absolutely necessary.  
'This has been a very distressing time for everyone in the care industry and we are keen to do whatever we can to ease this situation.  
'Our staff are highly-trained and motivated, and I am sure they will do everything they can to ensure this trial is a success.' 
Sefton Hall was been rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. Earlier this year the home hit the headlines when it arranged a 'drive-thru', enabling families to see their loved ones from their cars for the first time in months.

Care providers facing Catch 22 over visits
Care providers facing Catch 22 over visits
CARE providers are calling for urgent guidance over relative visiting after doubts were cast on the accuracy of tests. 
The call comes after latest figures showed another increase in the number of Covid-19 deaths in care and nursing homes. 
The Independent Care Group says care providers are facing a Catch-22 situation as they prepare for testing to allow relatives to visit. 
ICG chair Mike Padgham said: 'We are in a no-win situation here. On the one hand the death rates are continuing to rise and there are doubts about the accuracy of the Lateral Flow Tests the Government wants us to use. 
'On the other hand, we do want to enable relatives to be able to visit their loved ones, especially as we approach the festive season.' 
Latest figures show that 467 people died from Covid-19 in care and nursing homes in the week up to November 20 - up from 425 the previous week. Some 17,319 people died from Covid-19 in care and nursing homes between 28 December and 13 November.

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