- An extensive 18-year study of families across England could lead to more face-to-face contactWhen Amanda Boorman adopted Jazz, then aged five, social workers told her to avoid the town in which her child’s birth parents lived. “The impression I had was that they were quite scary and potentially quite dangerous,” she said.But Boorman, a trained social worker who founded the Open Nest, a charity that supports adoptive families, felt that she had not been told the full story. She
- Team members and residents at Colten Care’s Woodpeckers home in Brockenhurst get in the spirit of Red Nose Day.
Care home residents found their artistic sides as they painted the faces and arms of staff for Red Nose Day.Team members at Colten Care’s Woodpeckers home in Brockenhurst, Hampshire, including Home Manager Janie Pearman and Activity Organiser Sara Gould, came under the brush.
After ‘decorating’ both Janie and Sara with gentle watercolour designs of flowers, butt
- Warning to applicants: Online payments scam for HCPC registration
- Alzheimer’s Society is calling on housing organisations to unite against dementia and improve the lives of people living with the condition by signing up to its new Dementia Friendly Housing Charter.
Research from the leading dementia charity* has previously found that 85 per cent of people want to stay living at home for as long as possible when diagnosed with dementia, but that a third of the general public would not know where to find information about how to make their home and
- Precious Homes are an innovative community social care provider supporting 160 people with learning disabilities, mental health needs, autism spectrum condition and other complex needs, working across London, Birmingham, Hertfordshire, Central Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Devon.
Joining healthcare design finalists from across the UK at the prestigious award ceremony on 15th March 2017, high praise was given to the innovative design and co-produced, bespoke Phoenix House residential serv
- Belong Morris Feinmann is stepping up preparations for a new community care village for the Jewish community, which is set to open in Didsbury this summer.
The appointment of Carolyn Ball as Front of House Manager and Matt Maddocks as Bistro and Catering Manager, adds two new members to the team, who will be instrumental in the smooth running of the village, including its extensive village centre facilities, such as kosher bistro, hair salon, exercise studio and library.
- Individuals and staff at Potens’ Foxdale Supported Living service have hosted their very own Great British Bake Off competition at their home in Wirral competing against each other to be crowned Foxdale Baking Champion 2017!
Foxdale Close supports three individuals with a range of learning and physical disabilities to live independently in a shared supported living bungalow in Wirral.
Team Leader, Justyna Karbowska,explains: “Huge fans of the much loved national p
- Students from Barrhead have teamed up with residents at a local care home to share and learn together as part of an innovative school initiative.
Pupils, aged from 15 to 18 years old, from Barrhead High School in Glasgow volunteer their free periods on Wednesdays and Fridays to visit Bupa’s Millview Care Home to engage in a range of activities with the residents.
The project aims to encourage young and old generations to come together, get to know more about each other and teach each othe
- Astbury Lodge care home in Ellesmere Port joined the nation for a brew when it took part in this year’s ‘Time for a Cuppa’ campaign in support of Dementia UK.
Residents at the Croftwood Care-run home enjoyed an afternoon of high tea in the company of friends and family, complete with bone china tea sets, homemade scones and clotted cream. The scrumptious tea and scones were followed by a tea dance led by six members of a local dance group, who invited onlookers to j
- Over a third of the 149 services across England and Wales run by private care-provider Regard are planning local fundraisers for Purple Day (Sunday 26 March) in aid of Epilepsy Action, the UK’s leading epilepsy organisation, with some of them already ahead of the action.
This year sees the ninth celebration of Purple Day, an international annual theme day aimed at dispelling the myths surrounding epilepsy and raising awareness in a positive manner.
Members of Regard’s O
- Danshell Group has promoted Mick Batey to Manager of its Chesterholme hospital at Hexham.
Mick is a highly experienced Learning Disability Nurse, having worked for 26 years in the health and social care sectors in nursing and management roles.
He also is well-versed in delivering training and specialising in positive behavioural support.
During the last two years with Danshell, Mick has demonstrated dedication and commitment to both service users and staff. He began wo
- Pictured is Maria Willis the Home manager
The owners of a popular Malvern care home have appointed a new manager who is set to introduce fresh ideas to enhance its quality of care and keep residents active.
Maria Willis, who has 17 years’ experience in the care and medical sector, has joined Welland House Care Centre as its new manager where she is working to build on the home’s reputation for looking after people with a range of care needs.
Maria has wasted little time
- Regional care providers are urging their local authorities to ensure extra money announced in the budget actually gets through to frontline care services.
The Independent Care Group is calling on both City of York and North Yorkshire County councils to revisit the fees they pay to providers after the Chancellor announced an extra £2bn for social care – £1bn of which can be used in 2017-18.
It wants to see the councils use their share of that fund to pay a fairer price for the c
- Keith Edwards Chief Instructor and Roddy Kyle
Almost 60 years after first getting into a cockpit, a Fife man has his pilot’s licence in his sights as he studies for the first round of tests.
It’s up, up and away for Roddy Kyle, a tenant at Bield’s Abercrombie Court in St Monans, as an upcoming hip replacement has failed to take the wind out of his enthusiasm for aviation.
The 75 year old, who has worked across the globe serving his country, has taken on the challenge of achievi
- Service announcement - Registration department availability on Friday 24 March 2017
- Winnie Siggers showing off a masterpiece!
The spirit of spring was in the air at Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme last week, when tenants got together to enjoy a spot of seasonal crafting.
Tenants of the Ifield Way housing scheme gathered together in the dining room, to embrace their creativity and indulge in an afternoon of Easter themed crafting.
Whilst sipping cups of tea and nattering with one another, the group of keen creators got stuck into making their own personalis
- On the 14th of March 2017, it was an extremely special day at Lostock Lodge Care Home, in Lostock Gralam. Residents Bill & June Stedman enjoyed their 64th wedding anniversary amongst family and friends.
Bill joined the Air Force at the age of 16, where he trained for three years, to become an engineer. Bill was then selected as an air crew member in 1950. It was also around this time in the early 1950’s that Bill was offered a professional football player contract! June was an actor, p
- Maryam had severe cerebral palsy and her family were in dire need but we couldn’t get support for themJane and Helen are highly experienced therapists. They have come straight to my office door from their home visit to a teenage girl, Maryam, with severe cerebral palsy, and both are on the edge of tears. Maryam and her family are recently-arrived asylum seekers. The family home has a leaking roof and toilet, the children have no toys, no spare clothes and there is no bedding. Maryam cannot
- Tracscare’s has opened ‘Y Hwb’ (The Hub) in Swansea – an innovative new training centre designed to improve access to training and education courses for individuals with Learning Disabilities, Mental Health Needs, Autism and Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI).
Y Hwb was established to offer a new approach to supporting people by empowering them to pursue their own interests. The centre’s primary aim is to enable people to maintain positive mental health while provi
- Haslingden Hall care home in Lancashire announces an overall positive GOOD rating from a recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) report this month.
Representatives from CQC undertook an unannounced visit to the home on 23 and 25 January 2017, and the report has come through rating the home good for being safe, effective, caring, and a responsive and well-led service.
The home provides residential care for up to 76 older people, some of whom are living with dementia.
- Specialist care village, Belong Macclesfield, is helping residents in their 80s and 90s to experience cycling through the mountains of the Swiss Alps, walking through the streets of Amsterdam or rowing along the Rhine, thanks to the introduction of specialist virtual reality cardiovascular equipment.The equipment has been proven to increase older people’s independence, balance, coordination, mobility and emotional well-being
The exercise equipment is a virtual reality rehabilitation system
- A Greater Manchester care home has been judged one of the very best in the country after receiving an “Outstanding” rating from the Care Quality Commission.
This status – the highest achievable – puts Dystlegh Grange in the top 0.5% of all residential care homes in England.
Situated in Disley, near Stockport, the CQC lists Dystlegh Grange as being in the ‘Greater Manchester’ area – where only one other residential home out of 962 has the same accola
- When monitoring Parkinson's disease, SPECT imaging of the brain is used for acquiring information on the dopamine activity. A new study shows that the dopamine activity observed in SPECT imaging does not reflect the number of dopamine neurons in the substantia nigra, as previously assumed.
- A mother and daughter team at the Banstead-based care home of the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society are highlighting the benefits of families working together, as they celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday.
Valerie Dunbar, a Kitchen Assistant at the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society’s nursing care home and a mother of four, has worked at Belvedere House in Surrey for more than a decade, with her daughter Joanne joining as a General Assistant at the age of 16. Both outgoing
- Salim Atchia
Bramley Health has appointed experienced healthcare professional Salim Atchia as Hospital Director at Glenhurst Lodge in Maidstone.
Salim joins the mental health rehabilitation service from the Priory Hospital Potters Bar. A qualified RMN, with 27 years’ experience, and Registered Nurse Tutor, Salim has taught at various Universities in the East of England.
He has worked in both the private and NHS sectors and as a Mental Health Act commissioner for the Care Quali
- Radiographer further suspended following substantive review
- My learning disabled daughter was denied a blue badge when her benefits changed. This government is redefining disability – with no right of appealWhen my daughter Emily was three years old, she was diagnosed with learning disabilities and autism. At 10, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. This year, she will be 20.When Emily starting receiving disability living allowance, she got a blue parking badge, which helped her in many ways. Her lack of complete cognitive understanding can cause her t
- Newton Abbot MP Anne Marie Morris visited Riverview, a specialist care home in Teignmouth, Devon, and praised the extraordinary achievements of its staff in receiving a top accolade from the care industry watchdog.
The home for adults with complex needs including autism, behaviours that challenge, acquired brain injury and learning disabilities, was recently rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission, placing it in the top 1% of care homes in England.Riverview is manage
- Cuts and stretched services are affecting the mental health of carers in the sector, with many too ashamed to seek helpUnderstanding around mental health is improving: campaigns such as Time To Change have drawn public awareness to the issue and employers are realising the affects of dedicated wellbeing support to staff – which have led to a 30% reduction in mental health-related absences. But surprisingly, stigma still exists for those working in mental healthcare themselves.Many people w
- People with learning difficulties and complex health needs living in a Frinton-on-Sea residential home are looking forward to enjoying a fragrant new sensory garden in the grounds of their home this summer, thanks to a gift from the family of a former house-mate.
Delia Nassim was so impressed with the support and care her brother William Glasgow received from the team at Arundel House in the 18 months he lived there before passing away last December, that, on behalf of his family, she has promis
- Residents at Home Meadow care home in Toft are experiencing a new kind of therapy thanks to the ‘Little Owls’ project run by local childminders, Nat Jackson and Amanda Strong.Seven children aged 1-4 are now regular visitors to the Home Meadow care home after their childminders forged a partnership with the home to enable the children to learn more about older people in their community.
Home Meadow provides residential care for up to 49 residents, many of whom live with dementia.
- Shared Lives South West’s Ursula Shepherd is proof that it’s never too late in life to learn.
Ursula, who lives with Shared Lives carer Lesley Waller in Exmouth, has been having lessons to learn to read.
The 87 year old being taught by a teacher from Learn Devon at the Kennaway Centre near to where she lives… and she’s loving every minute of it.
She says that because she was likely to become a domestic servant in the 1930s her teachers would not educate her.
The real cost of care- Cymorth Llaw homecare provider takes part in Panorama investigation into social careAs many have now witnessed, Cymorth Llaw recently took part in the BBC investigation programs Week in Week Out and Panorama that both aired on BBC 1’s prime time viewing slot of 20:30, in Wales and the wider U.K. on Monday the 20th March.
Cymorth Llaw Care Workers, Managers and Directors appeared on film to inform the public of the issues and challenges we all face when working within the private domiciliary care market, with both programs giving a very real insight into what lif
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- From left, Director Lesley Henderson, Head of Care and Quality Debbie Lamont, Managing Director Jeremy Walforn, Deputy Chief Inspector at the Care Quality Commission Debbie Westhead and Operations Director Pam Mooney.
A retirement village has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission following a recent inspection.
Middleton Hall Retirement Village, near Darlington was found to be outstanding following an unannounced 3 day inspection by the CQC in January 2017.&
- A Withernsea care home has welcomed one of the UK’s leading orchestras as part of a Hull City of Culture 2017 art project.Residents and staff at Tamarix Lodge, a residential care home which is operated by Hica Group, enjoyed a live performance from the Manchester Camerata Orchestra as part of the new ‘Classically Yours’ project.The year-long scheme, which is funded and operated by Arts Council England, East Riding Council and national music charity Orchestras Live, is set to b
- Residents at Newfield Lodge care home in Castleford, made ‘Time for a Cuppa’ last week by hosting an event to raise money for Dementia UK. The home threw open its doors to the local community for a tea party, providing hot drinks and home-made cakes from their award winning chef. Dementia UK offers specialist one-to-one support and expert advice for people living with dementia, and the ‘Time for a Cuppa’ week ran from 1st – 8th March. Home Manager a
- Research reveals that some think social workers are there to pop to the shops for you. It’s time to restore some prestigeAbout three in every 10 people in Britain think social workers help with household chores like cooking and cleaning, with personal care like washing and dressing, and with childcare. Two in 10 reckon they will nip to the shops for you. Asked to choose from a given list of professionals they consider important providers of mental health support, 69% of people identify psy
- Wellington-based dementia-care providers Camelot Care are celebrating being shortlisted in two separate categories in the 2017 Care Focus Care Awards.
Now in their 10th year, the awards celebrate excellence across the care, support, health, housing and local communities sectors, aiming to pay tribute to those who have demonstrated outstanding excellence and commitment within their field of work or community.
Alison Southcott and the team at Camelot House and Lodge in Wellington have
- Positive interactions between social workers and families are essential, but too often policies and practices act as a barrier Sitting around a table at a children’s centre in Essex are three families. With cups of tea in hand and their children playing next door, they share experiences of being parents and the role professionals have played in supporting them. In particular, who do they trust? Which relationships have made the difference?The conversation was part of a project run by Essex
- New accessibility facilities at Chichester Rugby Club have been completed and residents from Colten Care’s Wellington Grange care home joined sponsorship manager Ron Migliorini to see the changes. Resident Josie Allman (right) shows her rugby moves with activities organiser Emily Hudson and is pictured with fellow residents Paul Harvey and Bunny Storrar, Ron Migliorini and home manager Clare Gibson.
Chichester Rugby Football Club has delighted sports fans at a neighbouring care home by mak
- An extra care housing development in the historic market town of Cinderford has been shortlisted for a major honour at this year’s National Housing for Older People Awards.
The Hanover Housing Association facility, Hanover Court, has been shortlisted in the ‘Best UK housing with care for 44 – 52 units’ category. The awards, which celebrate the best examples of housing for later life, are run by the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) and recognise retirement housi
- Justine Greening was right not to let councils opt out of their legal obligations to vulnerable childrenWhen times are tough, those without a voice are destined to lose out. With no vote, no power and no say, children are easy to ignore when it comes to divvying up dwindling resources.Councils have already said they may not be able to meet basic obligations to schools, such as checking staff for criminal records and making buildings asbestos-free. Related: Greening drops plans to allow councils
- World Social Work Day offers an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the profession’s transformative work with families and communities“All children have the right to be loved,” Joseph, a Zambian social worker, told me as our bus navigated one of Lusaka’s bumpy, dusty streets. When we cleared the maze of people eking a living on the streets and turned to the entrance of Empowerment Village, Joseph explained: “Every child here belongs to a family, the village was
- Report finds under-funded social services stretched to brink of collapse, and huge differences in treatment of youngstersChildren’s social services are being engulfed by a funding crisis in which nine out of 10 local authorities are struggling to meet their legal duties and families face a postcode lottery, a damning report has concluded.The inquiry by MPs, led by a former Conservative children’s minister, Tim Loughton, has found “wildly different approaches” in the ways
- A multicenter trial looking at whether a single dose of millions of adult, bone-marrow-derived stem cells can aid stroke recovery indicates it's safe and well-tolerated by patients but may not significantly improve their recovery within the first three months, researchers report.
- Care England, a representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has welcomed the changes that coroners will no longer have a duty to undertake an inquest into the death of every person who was subject to an authorisation under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Professor Martin Green OBE Chief Executive for Care England says:
“Care England has worked hard to ensure that these changes take place. At present
- For patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib), a common heart rhythm disorder, closing the area of the heart known as the left atrial appendage as an add-on procedure during cardiac surgery was associated with a 40 percent reduction in the risk of thromboembolism (a condition when a blood clot forms and blocks an artery, which can cause a stroke or other complications) according to an observational study.
- Uninterrupted treatment with dabigatran, a non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant (NOACs), before, during and after ablation to treat atrial fibrillation significantly reduced the incidence of major bleeding events compared with uninterrupted use of the more established anticoagulant warfarin.
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