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Elderly get their perfect slice on National Pizza Day
February 2018 | Elderly get their perfect slice on National Pizza Day
A SLICE of fun was served to Stockton-on-Tees care home residents when they celebrated National Pizza Day. 
The residents at Ingleby Care Home, in Ingleby Barwick, were treated to a trip to Frankie and Benny's at Teesside Park for the day. 
They attended a pizza party with all the ingredients to make their own Italian creations supplied by the restaurant free of charge. 
Over a dozen residents and staff were joined by young adults from social care provider Vision25, which previously delivered shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts to the care home in December. 
Their perfect pizza creations included a mixture of ham, pineapple, mushrooms, peppers, salami and the usual cheese and tomatoes. 
Resident Annabelle Hubbard and Moira Hall are pictured tucking into their own pizza creations.
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Hallmark acquires Embrace care home
February 2018 | Hallmark acquires Embrace care home
AWARD-winning care provider Hallmark Care Homes has acquired Ty Porth, a former Embrace Group facility in Rhondda Cynon Taf.  
The new home becomes the 17th member to join the Hallmark family of homes and will represent a proud addition to the industry-leading care organisation that currently provides residential, dementia and nursing care to over 1000 people across England and South Wales.  
The sale of Ty Porth, which provides care to 80 residents and has a compliant CSSIW rating was handled by Christie & Co and received significant interest from other care operators.
February 2018 | Abbotswood Court to host expert led 'Urology Hot Topics' information event
ABBOTSWOOD Court in Romsey is hosting a free 'Urology Hot Topics' event on February 22. 
Affecting people of all ages, urological conditions include some of the most common serious diseases in the UK - such as prostate cancer, kidney damage and incontinence.  
Led by experts from Spire Southampton Hospital, it will run from 7pm to 9pm. Speaking at the luxury care home and retirement development, Julian Smith, consultant urologist at Spire Southampton Hospital, will discuss urological 'Hot Topics'.  
This will include up to date information on various conditions, new treatments and ways to enhance care. Following a welcome from Abbotswood, hot food will be provided to all attendees. They will also be an opportunity to meet psychiatrist Dr Shanaya Rathod, a specialist in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of common and severe enduring mental health conditions. 
To book your place, RSVP to Debbie Holmes on 01794 528700 or email abbotswood.haa@cinnamoncc.com
Billy the dementia community dog will be working his magic to improve lives!
February 2018 | Billy the dementia community dog will be working his magic to improve lives!
BILLY the black Labrador, who was named in honour of late Tynetec colleague Billy Graham, has been chosen to become the UK's first dementia community dog as part of the Dementia Dog Project.  
The Dementia Dog Project is a charitable collaboration between Alzheimer Scotland and Dogs for Good, and the first initiative of its type in the world to blend dementia specialist services with the provision of highly trained assistance and community dogs.  
Community dogs like Billy are trained through the accredited assistance dog organisation Dogs for Good, and identified to join the Dementia Dog specialist team in Scotland, where the dogs undergo their advanced training at HMP Castle Huntly, an open prison near Dundee and the operational base for the Dementia Dog Project.  
For the past several years, the Dementia Dog Project has been piloting the training of dementia assistance dogs so that they can be matched with couples who are living with dementia to help them remain independent in their own homes for longer. A recent three year grant from the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund will now allow the project to take their learning's beyond an individual assistance dog approach, to also support people with dementia in community settings in trial areas of Scotland and England. 
Tynetec colleagues made the decision to raise £15,000 to help sponsor a dog to be named Billy, in honour of their late colleague Billy Graham and his wife Lisa, who were tragically killed in the 2015 terror attack in Tunisia. 
In December 2016, Tynetec, a brand of Legrand Assisted Living & Healthcare, presented the Dementia Dog Project with a cheque for £15,975 which will enable Billy to complete his advance training in Scotland and support him in his onward 'career' as a dementia community dog.  
Billy's Tynetec colleagues took part in a number of events including the Edinburgh Marathon, a 200 mile bike ride from the Grahams' home town of Perth to Tynetec's HQ in Blyth, Northumberland, and a quiz night at the company's annual sales meeting which contributed to their monumental fundraising efforts. 
National Sales Manager for Tynetec, Stuart Carroll, said: 'Billy and Lisa were a wonderful couple who had experience of the challenges families living with dementia face. They also loved dogs and were aware of how much joy they can bring even in the darkest times. 
'We all agreed sponsoring Billy was an opportunity to remember some special people in a way that we hope would make them smile, and also make a real difference to the lives of others in their time of need.' 
Project Manager for Dementia Dog Project, Fiona Corner, added: 'Alzheimer Scotland and Dogs for Good would like to thank Tynetec for the amazing contribution they have made to the Dementia Dog Project. Thanks to their colleagues' generosity and commitment, they have run, cycled and quizzed their way to nearly £16,000 and now have a dog joining the project in memory of their loved colleague and friend Billy Graham. 'Billy' the dog will help pioneer a world leading therapeutic approach to providing evidenced based supports to people living with dementia. In time this will change lives across the United Kingdom for many people living with dementia.' 
Over the coming months, Billy will be learning dementia specific skills, such as learning how to retrieve dropped items, help someone get dressed, walking with a dual lead to increase people's exercise levels and confidence to get out and about, while emotional skills such as 'headrests' will help reduce anxiety in unfamiliar environments. Billy will help to reduce feelings of social isolation, helping build confidence and independence to re-connect people with dementia back into their local community. 
Trained to a similar level as an assistance dog, Billy will then use his skills out in the community in group dementia settings, bringing joy and meaning back into the lives of hundreds of people. 
His progress can be followed every step of the way at www.dementiadog.org and www.independentforlonger.com
Oralieve Dry Mouth Relief - Daily oral health maintenance
February 2018 | Oralieve Dry Mouth Relief - Daily oral health maintenance
1 in 4 people suffer from a dry mouth¹ and it is usually caused by an underlying problem or medical condition which may be common in care home residents:  
· Polypharmacy² - many different medications can cause a dry mouth and the chances of suffering from a dry mouth increase with quantity of medications taken  
· Diabetes²  
· Medication for Parkinsons' and dementia can cause dry mouth  
· Medication for urinary incontinence  
· Oncology treatment² 
Having a dry mouth can lead to oral health complications which can impact on general health, wellbeing and dignity.³ It is important for residents to participate in a daily oral care routine and if they are not able to do so on their own, a member of the care home team should be able to assist.  
The Oralieve® Dry Mouth Relief range has been carefully developed with dry mouth sufferers to provide effective, lasting relief from the symptoms of dry mouth - whilst maintaining general oral health. The range consists of products suitable for self-use or assisted use including a moisturising mouth gel and spray, a non-foaming fluoride toothpaste and an alcohol-free mouthrinse.  
For resident samples and educational literature follow this link https://oralieve-direct.myshopify.com/pages/oralieve-samples-for-hcps
Property News From Caring UK
Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
February 2018 | Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
SPECIALIST business property adviser Christie & Co has sold Spurfield House in Exminster near Exeter on behalf of Guinness Care & Support. 
Having closed earlier this year, it has been acquired by a specialist operator from Torquay who plans to invest in the property and reopen it as a care facility in 2017. 
The site, which stands in a sizeable plot located close to the centre of the village, is a detached period property and was previously registered to provide accommodation for 13 people. 
Christie & Co has been instructed to market the remainder of the Guinness Care & Support care home portfolio which comprises a further six homes in Exeter, Tiverton, Paignton and Kingsteignton near Newton Abbot.
Bondcare invests in North East care homes
February 2018 | Bondcare invests in North East care homes
BONDCARE is investing more than £1m in major refurbishments at four of its North East care homes. 
Allan Court in Benwell, Newcastle; Debaliol Care Home in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland; Donwell House Care Home & Day Centre in Washington and Redworth House in Shildon, Co. Durham, will all benefit from the investment. 
Allan Court will undergo a full refurbishment of its lower ground floor to create a seven-bed learning disability unit. The refurbishment will include a new heating system, new lounge, kitchen and diner and a full re-fit and redecoration of the home's bedrooms.  
Debaliol will also have a new heating system installed and its public areas and some bedrooms refurbished.  
Donwell House will have a new heating system fitted, some of its bedrooms refurbished and improvements made to the car park and the home's gardens. And Redworth House will benefit from general improvements to the public areas in the homes, including new carpets throughout.  
Chris Denton, manager at Allan Court, is pictured with resident Annie Hunter and Steve Massey, north east regional manager of Bondcare, choosing materials.
Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
February 2018 | Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
Barclays has provided funding to support Peverel Court Ltd's expansion plans at Bartlett's Residential Care Home The loan has helped facilitate a £1.1m expansion project and complete the first phase of a new 14-bed extension at the facility in the Buckinghamshire village of Stone, a short distance from Thame. Bartlett's Residential Care Home, which is owned and traded by Peverel Court Limited, is a Victorian country house built in 1856 and offers residents around the clock personal care including those with the early onset of dementia. The newly completed extension will allow the care home to increase the number of residents to 38 and will create eight new jobs to take the staff teams to 38. 
Barclays relationship director Neil Chandler is pictured with Peverel Court managing director Anil Dhanani.
Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
February 2018 | Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
A NEW retirement living development has been officially opened in Market Harborough by Methodist Homes. 
Rev Alison Tomlin, who lives in the town, cut the ribbon of Welland Place, one of the newest services from MHA. 
Welland Place has 100 one and two bedroom apartments for people over 60, with individualised care and on site support available 24 hours a day and options for sale, rent or shared ownership. Facilities for residents include a gym, spa, swimming pool and landscaped gardens. 
Residents and local supporters were welcomed by MHA Board Member Norman Mann, followed by a thanksgiving service with contributions from residents and the local Methodist Church.  
Manager Richard Haddon said: "We offer privacy and independence with total peace of mind, the best of both worlds, in a community of like-minded friends and neighbours. Several people have already become firm friends and the new community is growing and evolving all the time." 
MHA also offers residential and dementia care at Aigburth care home in Oadby, Leicester.
February 2018 | Home approved despite residents' opposition
PLANS for a new 44-bed care home in a Suffolk town have been approved despite vociferous opposition from local residents. 
Tanner & Tilley Town Planning and Development Consultants were successful in obtaining planning consent for Angel Care to construct the facility after a more ambitious scheme was rejected on appeal in January 2012. 
Angel Care's Sandip Ruparelia said: 'This approval means this scheme can now go ahead, enabling much needed extra care accommodation to be provided for the residents of Woodbridge.' 
Tanner & Tilley operations director John Montgomery told the Development Control Sub-Committee the new application fully addressed the appeal inspector's concerns regarding effect on the amenities of surrounding properties and, in particular, those in Godfreys Wood to the rear.   
The committee heard from local residents who opposed the scheme before granting planning permission, but only on the chairperson's casting vote.
Current & Upcoming Events
11/04/2018 | The Manchester Cleaning Show, EventCity
12/04/2018 | Caring UK Conferences 2018 - Bournemouth, Bournemouth Football Club
25/04/2018 | The Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo 2018, The NEC Birmingham
25/04/2018 | Naidex 2018, The NEC Birmingham
22/05/2018 | Caring UK Conference 2018 - Staffordshire, Keele University