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Thanking colleagues on National Care Worker Day
Thanking colleagues on National Care Worker Day
THE activities team at a Wellington dementia care home made the most of National Care Worker Day, both to celebrate the extraordinary efforts of colleagues over the past 12 challenging months, and also to provide an inspiring talking point for residents who have themselves worked in the care sector.  
Richard Dempslake, activities co-ordinator for Camelot House and Lodge, described how moved resident Barbara Doubtfire was as she shared her memories of working as a registered nurse in a children's intensive care unit in the late 1950's.  
Richard and his team supported residents to make 'National Care Worker Day' posters, and organised a socially-distanced singalong for staff and residents.  
He said: 'It was such a harmonious afternoon, with everyone singing along to Bridge Over Troubled Water and Country Roads.  
'Lockdown and the pandemic has been tough on everyone's mental health so we thought a takeaway would also be a nice treat for all staff and residents.  
'Big thanks to manager Rob Pearce of Dominoes in East Reach, Taunton, who masterminded our mega-order for more than 100 people - staff and residents at Camelot House and Lodge.'

Sunrise of Winchester residents pay tribute to Sir Captain Tom Moore
Sunrise of Winchester residents pay tribute to Sir Captain Tom Moore
RESIDENTS at Sunrise of Winchester have paid tribute to Sir Captain Tom Moore with a walk around the care home. 
Sir Captain Tom Moore was an inspiration to all the residents and team members at Sunrise of Winchester.  
Following the news of his passing they wanted to honour his legacy with a walk around the home. Residents initially set a target of 100 laps - one for each year of Sir Captain Tom's life. 
19 residents took part, and between them they accomplished more than 181 laps of the home.  
After residents completed the laps, team members presented them with certificates that said, 'I walked for Captain Tom'. 
Families and friends of residents sponsored the residents on their walk, and all proceeds are going to The Captain Tom Foundation. The residents raised a total of £475. 
Resident Jean Tudor is pictured with her certificate.

Residents ring in Chinese New Year
Residents ring in Chinese New Year
RESIDENTS of Rogers House in Wigmore wished each other Gong Hei Fat Choy when they celebrated the Chinese New Year together.  
Marking the most important day in the Chinese calendar and welcoming the Year of the Ox, residents of the care home spent the morning embracing some Chinese themed crafting, including some therapeutic colouring. 
The home's catering team also prepared a tasting banquet for the residents' lunch, including plenty of tasty Chinese delicacies.  
The hungry residents enjoyed tucking into a number of dishes from chicken in black bean sauce and special fried rice to appetising sides, including spring rolls and prawn crackers.

Group's homes celebrate the Year of the Ox in Chinese New Year festivities
Group's homes celebrate the Year of the Ox in Chinese New Year festivities
HC-One care homes across the UK held Chinese New Year parties welcoming the 'Year of the Ox' by taking part in a series of fun, cultural celebrations. 
Colleagues at Dingle Meadow Care Home in Oldbury, West Midlands, decorated the home for the occasion in luxurious colours of red and gold, as well as a variety of dècor including Chinese paper lanterns, streamers, origami animals and flowers.  
Residents feasted on a selection of delicious Chinese cuisine, including spring rolls, noodles, samosas and a variety of sweet treats including plenty of cakes and biscuits for dessert.  
Residents enjoyed sampling the dishes, along with a tipple or two of wine, before finishing the evening with some dancing. 
At St Margaret's Care Home in Crossgate, County Durham, residents and colleagues celebrated Chinese New Year by making Chinese lanterns which were displayed proudly in the home to celebrate the 'Year of the Ox'. 
The home's chef made a variety of Chinese-inspired dishes for residents to sample.  
As part of their new year's resolutions to keep active, residents are taking part in virtual exercise programmes with fitness guru Joe Wicks.  
After finishing the exercise class, residents enjoyed crafting their Chinese lanterns.

Home serves up international cuisine as part of new food themed initiative
Home serves up international cuisine as part of new food themed initiative
THE catering team at a Hertfordshire care home treated its residents to freshly made Chinese dishes as part of a new scheme to incorporate international flavours into its menus. 
The pilot scheme saw residents at Foxholes, near Hitchin, served up some Chinese favourites to coincide with Chinese New Year. 
Overseen by head chef Manuel Tovar Angulo, the catering team prepared fresh, homemade spring rolls, noodles, satay chicken, and crispy duck; all full of nutrients and flavour from locally sourced, high-quality produce. 
He said: 'We look to trial and experiment with dishes that offer residents more taste, flavour, and texture, where possible. 
'This year, we want to incorporate more international flavours and China was the first stop on a global food voyage.  
"While a balanced diet full of nutrients is essential for our residents, so is flavour. We pride ourselves on offering exciting dishes that entice the tastebuds, and steer away from the bland food that can be found in some care home environments.'

Relief as care home deaths start to fall
Relief as care home deaths start to fall
PROVIDERS breathed a sigh of relief as coronavirus deaths in care and nursing homes finally showed signs of falling. 
But they were the first to warn against complacency as Covid-19 continues to claim the lives of those most vulnerable. 
And they warned that any easing of restrictions must be gradual to avoid a new spike in cases. 
Ffigures from the Office for National Statistic show that 1,726 people died from Covid-19 in care and nursing homes in the week up to February 5, down from 1,971 the week before. 
According to these figures 28,406 people died from Covid-19 in care and nursing homes between December 28 2019 and February 5. 
The Independent Care Group said the news was positive but the need to remain vigilant remained. 
Chair Mike Padgham added: 'While today's figures are certainly a move in the right direction, we have to remain on our guard. 
'There is understandably an increasing call for restrictions to be relaxed but we have to be cautious and not come out of lockdown too quickly as I think we have done before. 
'I think people would rather this was the last lockdown and so restrictions should be eased slowly and safely to avoid the figures going up again.' 
He also urged anyone who had not had the vaccine to have it. 
'It is clear the vaccine is going to have an impact on Covid-19 and it is the main weapon in our fight out of the pandemic," he said. 
'To anyone, particularly care staff, who are hesitating I would say, have the vaccine for your own sake and for the safety of our most vulnerable.'

Care staff and residents reminisce about romance
Care staff and residents reminisce about romance
STAFF and residents at Morris Care's six nursing homes are celebrating the most romantic time of the year with tales of lifetime love and workplace weddings.  
The family run business offers residents double rooms to ensure married residents can continue to live and socialise together. 
'While we are great believers in sharing the love all year round, it is always nice to dedicate another day to our loved ones or use it as an opportunity for our residents to reminisce,' said Vanessa Davies, head of operations.  
'Listening to music and looking through photo albums can be one of the most stimulating reminiscence activities so we have lots of activities planned for residents on February 14.' 
Two residents at Corbrook Park near Audlem are still very much in love after 53 years of marriage.  
David and Irene Morris have lived at the home for four years. 
Irene has just celebrated her 101st birthday and David will be celebrating his 100th birthday in June. 
In the same year that the couple moved into Corbrook, love was in the air for nurse Melinda Csibri and senior care assistant Florin Vovc-Tomiuc.  
It wasn't a typical 'love at first sight', but they worked together, laughed a lot and a vibe developed, a mutual sympathy or affection.  
They married two years later and have lived 'happily ever after' ever since. 
Oldbury Grange resident Mary Layborne moved into the home near Bridgnorth in 2019 when her husband Eddie passed away.  
They had spent their life travelling the world with their four children, thanks to his job in the RAF.  
To this day, Mary keeps a photo of Eddie in her pocket so he's close to her heart and with her wherever she goes. Whenever she talks about him, a smile lights up Mary's face.

Naval sweethearts to celebrate Valentine's Day at care home
Naval sweethearts to celebrate Valentine's Day at care home
THE Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society's Belvedere House is marking the most romantic time of the year with a tale of true romance from two of its Naval sweetheart residents. 
The maritime care home in Banstead, Surrey, offers specialist facilities to allow married residents to continue to live together whilst receiving the best possible care. Two of their newest residents, Trevor Kirby OBE and Isabelle Kirby, who will have been married 70 years this year, moved into the Home in September 2020, just before the Autumn lockdown. 
Trevor, who joined the Royal Navy at aged 16 rising to the rank of Commander, and Isabelle, a Naval Nurse and then Welfare Officer, met at RNAS Culdrose, a Royal Navy airbase near Helston in Cornwall, in 1950. 
Their relationship reads like a romantic novel; after courting for a short time, Trevor went to sea for six months before returning via Gibraltar, where he bought an engagement ring, which he smuggled back to the UK so he could marry Isabelle at short notice. After a quick weekend honeymoon, the Kirbys were back at work on the Monday and didn't see each other for a fortnight, when Trevor managed to borrow a Seafire aircraft to fly down to see Isabelle, before borrowing a car and taking a ferry to see his new wife. 
After many years living apart and seeing each other only at weekends, they went on to have two daughters and a son and spent many happy years together before deciding to consider additional care needs. They moved into the Royal Alfred's Weston Acres estate late last year, with adjoining rooms allowing them to stay together and see each other every day, with care and nursing support when needed. 
When asked their secret to a long marriage, Trevor said separate bathrooms and Isabelle said lots of time at sea!

Inverness couple Eddie and Rita are fools in love this Valentine's Day
Inverness couple Eddie and Rita are fools in love this Valentine's Day
AN Inverness couple who got married on April Fool's Day in 1961 have shared their top tips for staying together this Valentine's Day - always have a good sense of humour. 
Andrew (Eddie) Mckenzie, 80, and wife Rita Mckenzie (nèe Downes), 79, believe they can give couples of all ages some sound advice from their almost 60 years together and say laughter is the best medicine for a long and happy matrimony. 
Eddie and Rita first set eyes on each other in Edinburgh where Rita was on holiday visiting from Hinckley and Eddie was on a night off from training for the British Army. 
The two of them bumped into each other as Eddie, who is originally from Inverness, was leaving a bar. Eddie, thought Rita was gorgeous and didn't hold back from telling her so. But Rita wasn't impressed and walked away. 
It wasn't until later that evening after coincidentally ending up at the same dance together that the lovebirds were able to get to know each other. After the dance, Eddie realised he didn't have enough money for his bus fare back to the army camp. Rita bailed him out and the rest is history. 
Eddie and Rita have two children together, Carol and Anne, and two grandchildren, Steven and Victoria. Eddie and Rita will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary this April. 
This year, the doting pair are celebrating Valentine's Day at Culduthel Care Home, where they have both lived together since May 2019. 

New owners for West Sussex care home
New owners for West Sussex care home
CORPORATE lawyers at regional law firm Lodders have supported the owners of a 20-bed residential care home on its sale. 
The retiring owners of the CQC-registered, 20-bed Cornelius House in Fishbourne, West Sussex, have sold 100 per cent of the business to Alchemy Care Holdings Limited in the deal brokered by Lodders - the firm they used when they purchased the home in 2005. 
John Kellas and his wife were each 50 per cent shareholders of Cornelius House, which provides full time and respite care to up to 20 residents.  
Head of Lodders' corporate and commercial team in Stratford upon Avon, Kim Klahn, acted for Mr and Mrs Kellas, with support from associate Leanne Lawrence, and Victor Matts, former head of the team who acted for the couple on the home's purchase in 2005. 
Kim said: 'Mr and Mrs Kellas took the decision to sell Cornelius House as part of their retirement plans. 
'Having made the decision, the aim was to find a buyer and complete the sale as quickly as possible. John turned to Lodders for legal advice and support on this important transaction, being familiar with the firm's capabilities and expertise in this area, especially in share capital transactions, from when he purchased the home 15 years earlier.  
'The timing of the sale was significant for Mr and Mrs Kellas for personal reasons, and we succeeded in progressing to completion quickly.'

Residents and staff complete 100 laps of Kent care home in memory of the late Captain Tom
Residents and staff complete 100 laps of Kent care home in memory of the late Captain Tom
STAFF and residents at a Kent care home rallied together to complete 100 laps of the home's dining area in honour of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore. 
Walking to the tune of Gerry and the Pacemakers' 'You'll Never Walk Alone', almost 30 residents and staff at Woodstock Residential Care Centre in Sittingbourne tallied up 100 laps between them in memory of Captain Tom, who sadly passed away last week. 
In honour of the national hero, who raised more than £32million for the NHS after walking 100 laps of his garden last spring, the home completed the inspired challenge to raise funds for NHS Charities Together. 
Marina Foreman, senior recreation and well-being lead at Woodstock, said: 'We've followed Captain Tom's journey closely since last spring having been inspired by his incredible achievements.  
'After giving us so much hope last year, we wanted to take part in our own 100-lap challenge in memory of the great man. 
'Some of our residents who are unsteady on their feet or in wheelchairs were assisted by staff. It was a true team effort. We just wanted to do our small part for a man who has made us all feel very proud to be British during these hard times.'

Care home launches 'Heart to Heart Shout Out'
Care home launches 'Heart to Heart Shout Out'
RESIDENTS at Ashworth Grange care home in Dewsbury are launching a unique 'Heart to Heart' initiative by asking local children to design and create love heart ornaments to help them decorate their home over Valentine's Day. 
The hearts can be drawn, painted, sewn, knitted or crafted, which will be used to create a striking Valentines mural in the home to spread the love. 
Residents are encouraging children to write a Valentine's message on their hearts, which could include a fun joke, a poem or something straight from the heart. 
Lifestyle Manager and driving force for the 'Heart to Heart' initiative, Colette Senior, hopes the decorations will bring joy to the residents who will be taking part in a host of Valentine's activities such as baking themed buns, listening to love songs and watching romantic movies.  
She said: "It is more important now than ever to get into the community together to spread the love, and this is such a nice activity to do at home with the kiddies.  
"Our team and residents have been creating their own hearts, and this felt like a really fun way to get the community involved with the day. I look forward to seeing what creative hearts we receive." 
Ashworth Grange is accepting postal and doorstep drops offs, which are being facilitated in a Covid-19 secure way until February 14. All postal entries can be sent to Collette Senior at Ashworth Grange Care Home, Ashworth Green, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, WF13 2SU. 
Pictured is Ashworth Grange resident Joan Johnson.

Atherton care home goes Down Under
Atherton care home goes Down Under
THE Chanters care home in Atherton, Greater Manchester, celebrated Australia Day in true Antipodean style with cork hats and inflatable native creatures. 
The home held an afternoon of fun for the residents with themed games including a Bushtucker Trial where residents ate creepy crawly shaped sweets rather than the real thing. 
Exploring and celebrating different countries and cultures is an important part of the home's activities plan, enabling residents to learn more about countries they may not have visited. 
The residents also shared stories of exciting places they have visited in the past, while enjoying a Fosters shandy together. 
Manager Anne Hargreaves said: "The residents had a lot of fun celebrating Australia Day, and the Bushtucker Trial game was a hit.  
"You're never too old to learn and it's important that we all take time to understand more about other cultures and countries, and it was very interesting to discover more about the animals and creatures that are native to Australia." 
Pictured is resident Sybil Downham.

Keynote speakers revealed for virtual show
Keynote speakers revealed for virtual show
ORGANISERS of the Health Plus Care Online are delighted to announce Professor Stephen H Powis, national medical director, NHS England and Matthew Gould, CEO, NHSX are confirmed to deliver two keynote addresses. 
They will join an esteemed list of 50+ expert speakers from the health and care sectors already confirmed for the virtual show on February 24 and 25.  
Free for healthcare professionals, attendees can register online at: 
Health Plus Care Online will bring together the entire health and social care community virtually, to review the effects of the initial waves of the pandemic and look forward to progress being made in 2021 and beyond. 
The two-day programme will be broken up into four key content streams:  
 Healthcare: Reimagining Innovation and Delivery 
 Digital Transformation 
 Residential and Homecare (social care) 
 Patient Safety & Infection Prevention 
Sessions will also be available after they have taken place, on demand for the duration of the show, so attendees will be able to watch back on any sessions that they may have missed.  
Health Plus Care Online is supported by the NHSE&I, NHSX, CQC, AHSN, IHM, TSA, BCS, Chime, UKHCA, PRSB, Patient Safety Learning and many more leading organisations.  
These partners have helped us to shape and refine the event and will be delivering case studies, speaker sessions and holding networking events within the programme.  
View the full programme on our website -  
Register today -

Home hosts digni-tea for Dignity Action Day
Home hosts digni-tea for Dignity Action Day
RESIDENTS and staff of Rogers House in Wigmore marked Dignity Action Day with a digni-tea party and a discussion with the home's Dignity Champions.  
Dignity Action Day is an annual opportunity for health and social care workers, and members of the public to uphold people's rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for people who use care services.  
Staff at Rogers House used it as an opportunity to have an open discussion about what dignity means to each of us, over a cup of tea and some delicious treats. 
The home's Dignity Champions, staff who put themselves forward for further training in dignity in care, were on hand to drive the conversation and invite the residents to write a leaf for the home's dignity tree, answering the question 'what is dignity?'  
And while dignity means different things to different people, there was a clear theme of respect and treating others as you wish to be treated amongst the responses.

Audrey becomes a social media sensation during National Storytelling Week
Audrey becomes a social media sensation during National Storytelling Week
A RESIDENT at Ravenstone care home in Droitwich has starred in a Jackanory worthy video for National Storytelling Week. 
Audrey Prince, 90, read the popular Goldilocks and the Three Bears on camera which the home shared on its Facebook page as part of the nationwide initiative which aims to encourage storytelling and reading for all ages. 
As well as narrating the story, residents at Ravenstone created their own Goldilocks themed illustrations to be shown throughout the video. Some of the illustrations included Goldilocks, grizzly bears and bowls of porridge. 
The video received lots of support from the page's followers, with many comments congratulating Audrey on her professional recital of the childhood favourite.

Angus care home residents participate in world's largest wildlife survey
Angus care home residents participate in world's largest wildlife survey
A GROUP of avid birdwatchers from an Angus care home took part in the world's largest wildlife survey. 
'Eagle-eyed' residents at Balhousie Glens care home in Edzell spent an hour counting as many birds as they could in their home's gardens for the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch. 
To prepare, residents and staff made balls filled with bird feed and placed them all around the home's garden. Then, they sat with binoculars in hand, and noted what they saw. 
Home manager Jackie Donley said: 'Our residents just love the outdoors and nature, so this was an ideal activity for them - and they were able to stay indoors where it's warm while they took part. It was particularly fun for our birdwatchers who love to sit and watch the wildlife come and go from our garden.' 
A number of birds were spotted, from smaller ones which were too quick to identify to larger pigeons, seagulls and crows. Then, with help from activities coordinator Jen Nevin, residents submitted the details of the Birdwatch online. 
The Big Garden Birdwatch offers wildlife experts a snapshot of what birds we are seeing in our gardens and a better understanding of their behaviour and he challenges they face. 
With many bird watchers and garden lovers amongst the residents, they thoroughly enjoyed getting involved.

Health Plus Care goes online
Health Plus Care goes online
ORGANISERS of Health Plus Care are proud to present HEALTH PLUS CARE ONLINE, a new virtual conference and exhibition, taking place between 9am and 5pm on February 24 and 25.   
Health Plus Care Online will welcome more than 3,000 health and care professionals and offer a stimulating online conference programme, including 50+ presentations, delivered virtually by healthcare leaders, policymakers and strategists and most importantly - those who are battling to make a difference on the front line. 
Health Plus Care Online will be your chance to catch up on the whole sector - with dedicated streams across: 
· Healthcare: Re-imagining innovation and delivery. 
· Digital healthcare. 
· Residential and home care. 
· Patient safety and infection prevention control. 
Free for healthcare and care professionals, sign up today to attend Health Plus Care Online and learn about some of the amazing transformation that has been achieved through the pandemic and also look into the challenge this presents across the whole sector for staff and patients alike. 
Exploring the most up to date content and the latest developments in the NHS and care sector, attendees can pick and choose sessions to watch and participate in throughout the two days. 
Register online at

Care providers hail swift vaccine rollout
Care providers hail swift vaccine rollout
CARE providers havepraised the Government for the speed at which the country's oldest and most vulnerable had received their first vaccination against Covid-19. 
But they warned that the country had to remain vigilant against the threat of the virus to care and nursing home residents and those being cared for at home. 
The Government has announced that all residents in care and nursing homes had been offered a Covid-19 vaccine, ahead of its January 31 deadline. 
Care provider organisation The Independent Care Group said it welcomed the news. 
Chair Mike Padgham said: 'Credit where credit is due, the Government is to be commended for the swift way they have rolled out the vaccine to people in care and nursing homes. This is a tremendous step forward in our fight to protect the most vulnerable. 
'But we must stay on our guard as most of those people will only have had the first dose of the vaccine and their immunity will not be full at this stage. And where homes have not had their vaccines yet because of outbreaks, we must ensure that they are picked up as soon as it is safe. 
'People will understandably be looking to homes to resume normal visiting again soon, and I know that all homes will want that to happen as soon as possible. But we must tread carefully until all our residents and staff have had the second dose and are fully protected. 
'Even then, we will need to be careful as there will still be risks and so protective measures will need to be in place. 
'The news is wonderful, but we still have a long way to go, not least in also ensuring that all people who receive care in their own home and other vulnerable groups, along with those who care for them, are also fully protected against Covid-19. '

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