Health and Social Care News Roundup - April 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 seems that every month, care homes in the UK are stretching themselves to imagine and initiate creative ways to help their residents. This month’s news includes:

  • A Blackpool care home has unveiled a sensory room (you may remember we published “Sensory Rooms: a beginner’s guides for your care home” in February)
  • How creativity can be prescribed in care homes across the UK
  • A care home that provided an evening of cocktails and cabaret

You’ll also discover a poignant story that could help your care home staff to empathise with relatives of new residents, and which could be used as positive social proof of the benefits of care home residency.

Finally, there are links to news about Jeremy Hunt’s first speech since becoming responsible for social care, and his seven principles to lead reform of the sector.

As ever, plenty to put on the agenda of your next team meeting…

Sensory room is unveiled at Blackpool care home

care home recently named as one of the best in the North West has unveiled a new sensory room for use by its residents. Pennystone Court, in Handsworth Road, North Shore, was named a 'top 20 recommended care home' in the region by carehome.co.uk – on which it has a rating of 9.9 out of 10, based on residents' ...

How creativity on prescription can improve mental and physical health

At present there are a number of arts on prescription programmes operating around the UK – encompassing all kinds of human creativity including seated dance, creative writing, forum ... Our ongoing project, “Creative Journeys”, is looking at ways that the arts can help build social relationships in residential care homes.

Wandsworth care home residents enjoy a cocktails and cabaret ...

Residents at a care home in Wandsworth enjoyed an evening of cocktails, cabaret and entertainment to celebrate a groundbreaking initiative. Nightingale House, on Nightingale Lane, hosted the night to mark the opening of Apples and Honey Nightingale nursery, the first children's nursery located at a care home in the UK.

Leaving Mum in a care home is 'like taking your child to school for ...

With four slipped discs in her back, Ms Nichol could hardly walk or dress herself some days, and needed a back operation. She searched care homes and found what she calls a 'five-star hotel with a family feel' at Barchester Ashminister House in Ashford. When its staff visited Iris at home, Ms Nichol says: “I told Mum they ...

 

·       Stockton care home is 'outstanding'

“The focus on individual personalised care was outstanding. The registered manager also told us that no complaints had ever been received. None of the people or relatives with whom we spoke said they had any complaints or concerns. “It is clear the care being provided by Longlast is outstanding and I congratulate all ...

Care home residents given tech lessons by school children

Primary school children have been giving lessons in selfie-taking, using apps and searching the internet to residents at a care home. Pupils aged between nine and 11 from Ysgol Coed y Gof, visited Plas Bryn Care Home in Cardiff. Maggie, nine, said: "It's really fun to teach people to use technology instead of people ...

Care cap must be introduced to spare dementia sufferers 'punitive ...

Britain's Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt arrives in Downing Street in In his first speech since taking on responsibility for social care he criticised the "randomness and unpredictability of care, and the punitive consequences that can come from developing certain conditions over ...

Jeremy Hunt's seven principles on adult social care reform: a new ...

On 20 March, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jeremy Hunt finally made a speech identifying the principles that will inform the Green Paper on social care that is to be published later in 2018. Melanie Henwood considers what these principles reveal and reflects on their implications. Are there ...

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