Care Home News Round-up – May 2018

Every month, Strive Care publishes its pick of the recent news that matters to care homes in the UK. In this Care Home News Round-up, you’ll find the headlines link to articles from a variety of sources and with a variety of subjects. There’s plenty here to interest you.

It’s clear that care homes. their managers, and their staff, up and down the country are striving for better and more creative ways to enhance the lives of their residents. We’ve selected a few of the ways in which care homes are making this happen this month. Incredible initiatives include:

  • The ‘Breath of Fresh Care’ initiative at Encore Care Homes in Bournemouth and Christchurch, where staff are helping residents to spend quality time outside
  • News of Lyndsay Rees’s merit award for a project that reduced falls in care homes by a third – and what timing, too, coming on the back of a report highlighting the increasing number of deaths caused by falls in the UK’s aging population
  • How animal therapy – engaging the services of animals ranging from penguins to robot dogs ­– is helping patients with a range of conditions, including dementia
  • A care home manager who makes the dreams of residents come true

These stories are just a few of the highlights over the past month. We continue to be astounded by the dedication of care home managers and employees. It takes special people to provide the care that your residents need. The creativity and problem solving that takes place in care homes is a testament to you all.

So, enjoy this months’ pick of the care home news. If there’s anything we’ve left out, please let us know. We hope these stories inform. More importantly, we hope they inspire. Food for thought for your next team meeting, perhaps?

Care homes' bid to get residents into the Great Outdoors

When the Department of Health revealed that half of UK care home residents never go outside two Bournemouth facilities vowed to do something about it. Shocked by the news that most care home residents get just 90 seconds per week of fresh, outside air, staff at Encore Care Homes' Bournemouth and ...

More elderly are dying after falls as care crisis deepens

Shortages of nurses and healthcare assistants in hospitals and care homes are blamed for a sharp rise in deaths ... to see their nearest and dearest die of a fall,” said Dr Eileen Burns, president of the British Geriatrics Society, which represents 3,400 doctors, nurses and occupational therapists who care for older people.

Nursing fellowship graduate reduces care home falls by a third

Her findings on falls management were presented to the Health Education England Patient Advisory Forum, and she also delivered a presentation at a House of Lords reception hosted by ageing and dementia specialist, Baroness Sally Greengross OBE. The success of the pilot scheme has let to Colten Care Homes rolling ...

Care home provider takes on over 3700 Bupa staff in deal

The acquisition follows the completion of Bupa's previous transfer of another 110 care homes to another provider, HC-One, in December. The deal means Advinia Health Care, which was formed in 1999, has grown from running 16 homes to now operating 38 across the UK, comprising 3,250 beds. As a result, the company ...

GDPR deadline looming: Some care homes have 'information obesity'

Care home owners have until 25 May to 'get their house in order' to ensure they can prove how they are protecting people's data. ... A new law for data protection which will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018, will see the enforcement of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) across the European Union.

'We had a fantastic day' - Suffolk care home opens doors to the ...

Michelle Hubbard and Eileen Dennis at the country and western party held at Mills Meadow care home in Framlingham. Picture: CARE UK. Mills Meadow in Framlingham welcomed visitors as part of the nationwide Care Home Open Day to develop relationships with the wider community and dispel myths about care home ...

Dementia cure? Residents at care home offered animal therapy using ...

Residents said they wanted to see the cute flightless birds after a recent meeting with staff, who got in touch with Heythrop Zoological Park in Chipping Norton, Oxon. Jane Roberts, owner of the Rosebank care home, said: "The two penguins we had in were specially reared to be able to be handled and for our residents to ...

'Incredible' care worker helps woman with autism overcome fear of ...

Aisling Duffy, chief executive of provider Certitude, said: "Only two per cent of adult social care providers in England receive an 'Outstanding' rating from the CQC and this award would not have been possible without the hard work, dedication and commitment of managers and staff at Certitude to ensure the support we .

Start-up seeks to transform social care with technology

Alistair Cohen, CEO of OnCare, said: “Social care represents a huge opportunity, with £20bn spent in the sector every year and over 1.3 million care workers in the UK alone. For too long, social care has been subject to over-priced, poorly-designed software and we don't believe that's right. With this investment, we can ...

The care home that grants wishes

From learning to drive to being blessed by the Pope, Whitby Dene care home in Eastcote is on a mission to make its residents dreams come true. 15 Apr 2018. Share this with Facebook · Share this with Twitter · Share this with Messenger · Share this with Messenger · Share this with Email; Share. Share this with. These are ...

Robotic dog lends a paw at care home for the elderly

Residents at a care home in the south of England have an unusual new best friend to bond with - a robotic therapy dog. Matthew Stock reports. ? Hide Transcript. ? View Transcript. Residents at a care home in the south of England have an unusual new best friend to bond with - a robotic therapy dog. Matthew Stock ...

Children help care home residents pimp up bland zimmer frames

Sarah Edwards, artist in residence with Pendine Park Care Organisation which runs Hillbury House care home in Wrexham, organized the project. She said: “National figures show the risks of falls in care homes is reduced by 60 per cent through the good use of zimmer frames. Each person who requires a frame has it ...

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