• Czajka Care Group serves up an ace sponsorship deal

    Luke Johnson and Konrad Czajka
    WEST Yorkshire based Czajka Care Group is sponsoring young tennis player Luke Johnson from Roundhay in Leeds as he embarks on a professional sporting career and pursues his dream of climbing to the top of world tennis.
    The 23 year old turned professional in October after returning from the US, where he’d spent four years obtaining a bachelor of science at Clemson University in South Carolina.  This also gave him the opportunity to hone his skills on the
  • Thousands of cancer patients denied wish to die at home

    For 38% of UK patients, life ends on a ward despite only 1% preferring that to staying at home, finds Macmillan charityTens of thousands of people with cancer are dying in hospital every year even though they would rather spend their final days at home or in a hospice.Although only 1% of cancer patients say they would prefer to die in hospital, 38% do, according to research by Macmillan Cancer Support, equating to 62,000 people a year across the UK.Related: End-of-life care in NHS still not good
  • NHS would fall over without staff from EU countries say Jeremy Hunt

    Responding to the Health Select Committee report on Brexit and health and social care, Nuffield Trust Chief Executive Nigel Edwards said:
     
    “The major implications for the NHS must not be overlooked in Brexit negotiations, and we support the call for a clear list of the issues to be planned for and who is in charge of doing so.
     
    “As Jeremy Hunt told the committee, the NHS would fall over without staff from EU countries. Not only do we need to try to secure their rights as
  • Triumphant London Marathon runners raise thousands for charity

    Jewish Care runners Josh Domb, Yael Kohn, Daniel Carmel-Brown.
    Jewish Care’s team of four triumphant runners were proud to complete the 26.2 miles in the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise £20,000 to support the charity’s vital work. The runners were spurred on by the incredible atmosphere which saw over 40,000 participants take to the streets cheered on by 1000’s more supporters, including the Jewish Care support team along the route.
    27 year old, Josh Domb, who grew
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  • Milton Keynes South MP performs topping out ceremony on new care home

    Iain Stewart – MP of Milton Keynes South
    Abdul Kachra – Chairman, Country Court Care
    David Hicks (back) – Group Estates Director, Country Court Care
    Al-karim Kachra – Finance Director, Country Court Care
    Alykhan Kachra – Managing Director, Country Court Care
    The MP for Milton Keynes South, Iain Stewart, recently performed a topping ceremony at a new care home in Newton Leys, called Lakeview Lodge. The care home, which officially opens its doors on Sunday 3th of Sept
  • West London homecare service marked ‘Outstanding’ by CQC

    A service that provides personal care and support at home to people living across the west London boroughs of Hounslow, Richmond, Hillingdon, Kingston and Wandsworth has been rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.
    Royal Mencap Society – Domiciliary Care Services – West London, has been rated Outstanding for being caring, responsive and well-led. It was rated Good for being safe and effective, following the inspection in February 2017.
    The service, which provides personal c
  • Young boy surprises Garforth care home resident with a special donation

    A kind-hearted boy from Strawberry Fields Primary School, Garforth demonstrated the true meaning of Easter when he paid a surprise trip to a care home resident in Garforth recently.
    Young Calub Winterhalder struck up such a special bond with Augustus Court resident, Joyce Shaw, following an Intergenerational trip to the home with classmates, that when Easter Day arrived he donated an egg to his newfound friend.
    Joyce and other residents were enjoying a Mad Hatters Tea Party at the home
  • Newark care home residents rediscover their green fingers during ‘National Gardening Week’

    Staff at Bowbridge Court care home in Newark have been helping residents to rediscover their green fingers during National Gardening Week last week.Jean Gregory, who has lived at Bowbridge Court for just under a year, mentioned in a recent Social Committee Meeting how much she missed planting and pruning.  Jean, who is 88 years old, had always had a well-cared for garden at her home in Newark and missed pottering outside, especially during the Spring and Summer months.  Staff listened
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  • London Marathon runners raise more than £9000 for disabled veterans

    Pauline Shaw with Surbiton Residents Jean and Bert
    The London Marathon remains one of the biggest charity fundraising events in the UK and this year veterans’ charity The Royal Star & Garter Homes was represented by three runners keen to go the extra mile to raise funds for the Charity they feel so passionately for.
     
    The 26.2-mile course was completed by Pauline Shaw, Director of Care and Service Development, Matt Petersen, a member of the Body of Governors for the Charity and Tr
  • Political parties must make a commitment to social care and the people it supports

    With six weeks to go before the general election on 8 June, VODG is calling on political parties to put human rights, social care funding and the workforce at the heart of their manifesto commitments. 
    Election campaigns must also be accessible to disabled people, argues VODG – the national charity that represents leading not-for-profit disability organisations – in its election 2017 position statement published today. The group is encouraging people who use services, care provi
  • Sunrise Senior Living UK nominated for prestigious motivational award

    Residents and staff at Sunrise Senior Living UK are celebrating after the care home provider was nominated for a prestigious award recognising the motivational benefits given to team members.
    For the second year running, Sunrise has been put forward for the Most Motivational Benefits prize at the esteemed Employee Benefits Awards.
    The award ceremony, now in its 15th year, recognises employers throughout British industry who develop innovative ways to engage and encourage their workforce. This ye
  • Care group makes pledge to improve social care with commitment to care staff

    A care home group in the South East, Forest Healthcare, has pledged to fight an industry-wide reputation for poor pay and conditions with a commitment to salaries above the living wage and career development packages via their Talent Strategy to attract and retain a higher calibre of carers and staff.  
    Forest Healthcare, which has 13 homes across the South East of England, has implemented the pledge for all care home workers across its homes.
     
    “We are part of an industry t
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  • Could Parkinson's disease start in the gut?

    Parkinson's disease may start in the gut and spread to the brain via the vagus nerve, according to a study. The vagus nerve extends from the brainstem to the abdomen and controls unconscious body processes like heart rate and food digestion.
  • Has May taken leave of her senses in calling this election? | Letters

    Election letters from Robert Frazer and Brian Collingridge on the ConservativesI was shocked by the prime minister’s announcement that we are to have an early general election and watched the Commons vote on 19 April with incredulity. As a paying member of the Conservative party, I wonder if my party leader has taken utter leave of her senses and with the same rash overconfidence and short-sightedness to disaster is taking us over the top into the Somme. Polls may indicate that Labour is d
  • New leadership appointments for Four Seasons Health Care

    Four Seasons Health Care has announced new leadership appointments and they are all promotions of people in the business.Amanda Cunningham has been appointed as Care Services Director, responsible for continuing improvement of care quality, safety, clinical standards and the resident experience.
    She was previously Managing Director for the North East England Region. Amanda joined the business in 2011 as a Home Manager and progressed through being a Regional Manager and Regional Director of Opera
  • Nanoparticles can travel from lungs to blood, possibly explaining risks to heart

    Tiny particles in air pollution have been associated with cardiovascular disease, which can lead to premature death. But how particles inhaled into the lungs can affect blood vessels and the heart has remained a mystery. Now, scientists have found evidence in human and animal studies that inhaled nanoparticles can travel from the lungs into the bloodstream, potentially explaining the link between air pollution and cardiovascular disease.
  • Why care homes should take part in the general election | Sara Livadeas

    Care homes are communities within communities and we should use them to raise social care’s profile. Invite local politicians in and get residents out to votePublic service workers: tell us what you want from the next governmentSocial care is in a perilous state. Understanding the unique role the sector plays in enhancing the day to day experience of many older and disabled people is too often neglected in favour of bad news stories and funding crisis discussions. When it comes to care hom
  • Abbeyfield Scotland celebrates completion of interiors upgrade

    (L-R): Niall Patterson, Chief Executive of Abbeyfield; Phyllis Hughes, resident at Abbeyfield House in Lenzie; and Rona Mackay MSP
    Abbeyfield Scotland, the charity that provides independent living with support for older people across Scotland, held a celebration at their house in Garngaber Avenue in Lenzie to mark the completion of an interiors upgrade project.
    Local MSP, Ms Rona Mackay joined, residents, local volunteers, and the Abbeyfield Scotland team to officially cut the ribbon on the newl
  • Dare devil care home staff ziplines for MND Scotland

    A daring staff member from a Glasgow care home and her sister have ziplined across the River Clyde in a brave bid to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease.
    Geared up in harnesses and helmets, Heather Graham, from Bupa’s Wyndford Locks Care Home, and sister Nicola, were raised 150ft in the air, to the top of Glasgow’s Finneston Crane then glided over the Scottish river.
    The Graham sisters were inspired to take on the zipline to fundraise for MND Scotland that supports those living wit
  • Bramley Health service users enjoy birds of prey visit

    Bramley Health has held a birds of prey workshop for all its service users building on a successful event in 2016.
    Staff across the centres felt they saw a fantastic level on engagement from service users and unanimously agreed they would like to see the workshop return.
    During the latest workshop participants were taught how to handle the birds allowing them to land on their hands and feed them, giving the service users a unique insight into the art of falconry.It also included a lesson in wild
  • Kent extra care residents enjoyed Easter activities

    Tenants of Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme didn’t put all of their eggs in one basket over the Easter holidays, with plenty of fun activities taking place.
     
    With Easter decorations adoring the home and a bustling activity calendar, it would be difficult for tenants of the Ifield Way housing scheme not to get into the spirit of the Easter holidays.
     
    Tenants spent the week participating in an array of Easter themed activities, including baking and decorating cupcakes and
  • Costumed bikers deliver Easter eggs to care home residents

    EASTER bunnies, a gorilla, a beefeater Yeoman Warder and even Iron Man dropped into an Ingleby Barwick care home to delivery eggs to the elderly.
     
    The Boundary 500 Motorcycle Group donned costumes to make their Easter rounds in the Stockton-on-Tees area this year.
     
    Ingleby Care Home, on Lamb Lane, welcomed the eclectic mix of costumed characters, who entertained residents and staff during their visit.
     
    The group also visited Mandale House Care Home, on Acklam Road, Thornaby, to
  • Older people want to be cared for at home. Micro-providers are the answer

    A scheme in rural Somerset has plugged the social care gap for 700 people and could be a model for the rest of the UKWhen Jenny Dutton arrived at Pam King’s home the other day, she had to apologise for being covered in mud. On her way to King’s isolated Exmoor cottage, she had stopped to rescue a stranded sheep. The animal had complied, but only after a struggle.The story reflects both Dutton’s gritty determination and her commitment to her local community – qualities tha
  • Run rabbit run!

    If you spotted a large group of rabbits circling Ninesprings last week then your eyes aren’t deceiving you.Taking inspiration from their pets at the care home, residents and staff at Grovelands came up with a ‘hare-raising’ scheme to boost their amenities fund. Dressed in their best bunny ears (and full outfits for some) the Grovelands’ staff and residents took part in a sponsored rabbit run and boosted their amenities fund by around £200.This fund goes towards orga
  • Theresa May: Labour majority government could happen – video

    The prime minister, campaigning in Wales ahead of the general election on 8 June, says the Tory party intends to stop ‘ducking the issue’ of social care and instead come up with a sustainable solution to the problem. May also plays down the idea that the Conservatives are guaranteed to win, warning that opinion polls have been wrong beforeWales: May woos voters in Labour heartlands with vow to ‘stop ducking’ social careContinue reading...
  • Genes associated with resilience against brain pathology identified

    Researchers have discovered two genes, known as UNC5C and ENC1, that are associated with aging individuals having better memory and brain function than would be expected, given the amount of pathologies that accumulated in their brains.
  • Conservatives warned: don't take 'landslide' election win for granted

    Strategists fear voters may turn to other parties to reduce scale of anticipated victory as Theresa May tries to woo people away from Labour in WalesConservative strategists are warning that the current crop of opinion polls suggesting Theresa May will cruise to victory in June’s general election could dissuade voters from turning out to vote for the party.
    The belief is that a landslide “election narrative” may also encourage others to back Labour and other opposition parties
  • Wales: May woos voters in Labour heartlands with vow to 'stop ducking' social care

    PM also appeals to pro-Brexit voters and defends health spending under Tories, but Labour warns of NHS ‘disaster’ in England
    Theresa May has promised to “stop ducking” the issue of social care as she travelled to Wales to kickstart a Conservative campaign that intends to target voters in Labour heartlands who have never backed her party before.In a speech to Tory activists in Bridgend, the prime minister appealed to the local vote in favour of leaving the EU by saying: &l
  • Wales: May tries to woo voters in Labour heartlands with vow to 'stop ducking' social care

    PM also appeals to pro-Brexit voters and defends health spending under Tories, but Labour warns of NHS ‘disaster’ in England
    Theresa May has promised to “stop ducking” the issue of social care as she travelled to Wales to kickstart a Conservative campaign that intends to target voters in Labour heartlands who have never backed her party before.In a speech to Tory activists in Bridgend, the prime minister appealed to the local vote in favour of leaving the EU by saying: &l
  • Protesters join forces

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  • Acacia Court resident in high spirits as she celebrates her centenary

    A jet setting resident at Meridian Healthcare’s Acacia Court in Pudsey was in high spirits this month when she celebrated her 100th birthday.
     
    Centenarian Emily Procter, nee Pearson, fondly known by her friends and family as ‘Emmie,’ was born on 2nd April 1917 in Farsely, where her parents and grandparents were shopkeepers.
     
    Sadly, her mother died during childbirth whilst her father was serving in France, resulting in herself, younger sister Bery
  • Ground-breaking, nurse-led pilots to improve the learning environment for staff working in care homes

    Care England a body for independent care providers, has welcomed the launch of Teaching Care Home Impact Report. This suite of reports sums up the Teaching Care Home Programme; ground-breaking, nurse-led pilots to improve the learning environment for staff working in homes, undergraduate nurse apprenticeships and all learning placements in care homes.  
    Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says: “These pilots demonstrate that the care sector is a cruci
  • Outstanding rating for Essex care home

    The Care Quality Commission has found the quality of care provided by Woodbury Court in Laindon, Essex, to be Outstanding overall following an inspection in January. 
    Woodbury Court is owned by Runwood Homes Ltd. The service provides care
    and accommodation for up to 94 people who may need assistance with personal care and may have care needs associated with living with dementia.
     
    Inspectors found staff were caring and compassionate and people were being provided with safe, responsive,
  • Spring celebrations at Warrington care home

    Westy Hall resident Lyn Smith (L) receives a daffodil bouquet from a member of the Latchford Music Makers
    Spring has finally sprung at Westy Hall, the Croftwood Care-run residential home in Warrington, where staff and residents welcomed the start of the new season with an afternoon tea party themed around one of its most familiar motifs – the daffodil.
     
    Staff, residents, family and friends embraced the spirit of spring and attended the daffodil party in yellow dress to complement the
  • Cardiff nursing home transfers into new ownership

     
    L-R Anne Thomas, executive director of Linc Care with Sahra Noor, nursing home manager.
    Residents and staff at a Cardiff nursing home are looking forward to the future, following the completion of a transfer of ownership. 
    Ty Coch nursing home, on Station Road in Llanishen, has become the latest addition to the portfolio of health, social care and affordable housing schemes run by Linc Cymru (Linc) in south Wales. The home employs 90 staff, caring for 60 elderly residents, and has be
  • The government is jeopardising progress on child sexual exploitation | Richard Scorer

    Proposal in children and social work bill to cut local safeguarding boards will make it harder for agencies to work together to protect vulnerable young people“A bad idea drawn up by Whitehall that has not been properly evaluated or impact-assessed.” This was Lord Ramsbotham’s scathing verdict on clause 29 of the children and social work bill, the controversial provision allowing local authorities to opt out of legal obligations to vulnerable children. Quite rightly, the govern
  • Care home residents celebrate 75 years of marriage

    LOVE at first sight led to 75 years of happy marriage for Holmewood Care Home residents Jack and Muriel George.
     
    The Chesterfield couple first met when Jack was visiting Muriel’s brother in 1936 and since then they have been inseparable.
     
    Muriel, who was crowned Holmewood Carnival Queen in 1937, said: “The happiest day of my life was when Jack asked my mum for my hand in marriage.”
     
    The couple married at North Wingfield Church in April 1942, when Jack was 24 a
  • Grimsby care home hosts Easter egg hunt for local children

    Residents, staff and families at The Grove Care Home in Waltham near Grimsby got their annual Easter egg collection off to a great start last week. Local women’s refuge Women’s Aid supported the giving of eggs to local children. The collection was organised by David Emberson of J.W Emberson Funeral Directors on Macaulay Street in Grimsby.
    J.W Emberson paired up with North East Lincolnshire’s Women’s Aid to help provide women and children with esse
  • How to measure the Brexit-related risks and opportunities facing social care providers

    With Brexit set to dominate the snap general election, VODG (the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) is today launching a new resource to help social care providers assess the risks and opportunities facing the sector. 
     
     
     
     
     
    Brexit: risk register and mitigation plan for social care providers, has been developed with VODG members. The resource takes the key 
Brexit risks that are likely to impact on providers and suggests some possible actions to mit
  • Brain's power to adapt offers short-term gains, long-term strains

    Like air-traffic controllers scrambling to reconnect flights when a major hub goes down, the brain has a remarkable ability to rewire itself after suffering an injury. However, maintaining these new connections between brain regions can strain the brain's resources, which can lead to serious problems later, including Alzheimer's Disease, according to researchers.
  • Methadone may reduce need for opioids after surgery

    Patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery who are treated with methadone during the procedure require significantly less intravenous and oral opioids to manage postoperative pain, reports a new study.
  • Public service workers: tell us what you want in party manifestos

    We want to hear from health staff, care workers, civil servants, local government and charities about what election pledges you want on 8 June In the run-up to June’s general election, almost every aspect of our public services and social policy feels at breaking point: we’re in the midst of an NHS crisis, a social care crisis, a housing crisis, a local government funding crisis and a civil service staffing crisis, not to mention a collapse in public trust for charities. The election
  • Public service workers: tell us what you want from the next government

    We want to hear from health staff, care workers, civil servants, local government and charities about the election pledges you want on 8 June In the run-up to June’s general election, almost every aspect of our public services and social policy feels at breaking point: we’re in the midst of an NHS crisis, a social care crisis, a housing crisis, a local government funding crisis and a civil service staffing crisis, not to mention a collapse in public trust for charities. The election
  • Celebrities unite to fight dementia – set to be 21st century’s biggest killer

    Alzheimer’s Society launches a new campaign today calling on the public to set aside their differences – from age to tastes and social standing to political allegiances – and unite in the fight against dementia, as it’s set to become the 21st century’s biggest killer.
     
    Celebrities and sports stars including Jo Brand, James Cracknell, Meera Syal, Robbie Savage and Uriah Rennie are backing the biggest ever campaign from Alzheimer’s Society calling on peopl
  • New manager appointed at Whorlton Hall hospital in Barnard Castle

    Danshell Group has promoted Chris Shield to Service Manager of Whorlton Hall hospital in Barnard Castle, County Durham.
     
    Chris started his career as a Support Worker in 1996, before completing his nurse training in 2003.
     
    For the last three years he has been Deputy Manager of Newbus Grange, another Danshell service, near Darlington, which supports service users living with autism and learning disabilities. While working at Newbus Grange, Chris was shortlisted for Learning Disability
  • Paedophile hunters jeopardising police work, says senior officer

    Revealing identity of suspected child abusers gives suspect opportunity to destroy crucial evidence, police chief warnsStings by self-styled paedophile hunters – who pose as children online to catch potential sexual predators – are diverting “significant resources” into the protection of suspects, police chiefs have said.After a court ruled in favour of a group that argued that it should face no official oversight, Ch Con Simon Bailey, of the National Police Chiefs’

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