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First phase of development project completed
March 2017 | First phase of development project completed
CARE in Sunderland and the surrounding area has taken a dramatic change for the better, as Orchard Care Homes completes the first phase of a development project in five homes in the region, worth over £500,000 of investment. 
To officially launch the reopening of the homes, The Right Worshipful Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Alan Emerson, visited Archers Park in Farringdon, and spent time with the residents and care staff. 
Having taken over the facilities a year ago, Orchard Care Homes began regeneration work in the spring and has invested significant time and money in bringing the homes to the same high standards of care provision as the wider group. From cosmetic upgrades to the addition of pub spaces and the implementation of dementia strategies throughout the home, where tactile and visually stimulating environments are created with the purpose of supporting the lives of and enhancing the memories of those living with dementia. 
The Right Worshipful Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Alan Emerson, is pictured with Tracey Tomlinson, director of customer experience, Orchard Care Homes, Jackie Murray, regional operations manager for Orchard Care Homes and Roz Wright, home manager.
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Dundee home unveils results of refurbishment programme
March 2017 | Dundee home unveils results of refurbishment programme
DUNDEE-based Balhousie Moyness Care Home has unveiled the results of its refurbishment programme, which has seen them work together with residents and their families to create a cosy, country themed facility. 
Newly decorated areas at the 29-bed care home include the entrance, a new sitting room, complete with fireplace and woollen furniture, the dining room and the corridors. 
Residents were involved with designing and creating many of the artefacts that now adorn the walls of the home, helping decorate crockery and wall art to hang in communal areas, so that the dècor reflects the history of the residents and the home.
March 2017 | Centre of excellence hailed as 'naturally Welsh'
A DEMENTIA centre of excellence in Caernarfon has been hailed as 'naturally Welsh' by the country's language supremo.  
The £7million Bryn Seiont Newydd was opened a year ago by Mario and Gill Kreft of the award-winning Pendine Park care organisation on the site of a former community hospital on the outskirts of the town. 
At the end of an official visit to the flagship development, Welsh Language Commissioner Meri Huws congratulated the couple for their 'innovative' approach to care provision which means more than 80 per cent of its staff are Welsh speakers. 
The Commissioner's role is to promote and facilitate use of the Welsh language and ensuring that in Wales it is treated no less favourably than English. 
Welsh Language Commissioner Meri Huws (right) is pictured with, from left: Pendine Park proprietor Mario Kreft, Gwynfor Jones and Mary Wimbury, from Care Forum Wales
Two new regional operations directors for Caring Homes
March 2017 | Two new regional operations directors for Caring Homes
CARING Homes has made two senior operational appointments, further strengthening the management structure supporting its 61 care homes across the UK. 
Richard Hawes and Jane Prior join the company as regional operations directors. Both are registered nurses, in line with Caring Homes' policy of appointing nurses in operational management roles. Jane is responsible for 24 elderly care homes in East Anglia, Kent, Surrey and Scotland, while Richard's area encompasses 18 care homes principally in the south and south west of England.
Frith House manager receives Harry Patch Award
March 2017 | Frith House manager receives Harry Patch Award
VICKI Mitchell was the winner of Somerset Care's 'Harry Patch Outstanding Manager Award'.  
The presentation was made at the annual Christmas managers' meeting, which was held at Somerset County Cricket Ground.  
Vicki, who joined Somerset Care in 2004, works as manager at Frith House, a care home in Burnham-on-Sea that provides residential and specialist dementia care and support.  
Alongside her role, Vicki has been part of many working groups and projects, including Somerset Care's dementia steering group, care plan group and the activities co-ordinators' forums. As well as supporting her own staff, Vicki has also supported other care homes within Somerset Care, including those on the Isle of Wight.
Property News From Caring UK
Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
March 2017 | 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
March 2017 | 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
March 2017 | 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
March 2017 | 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.
March 2017 | 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
04/04/2017 | National Care Association Regional Business Clinic, Harrogate, The Crown Hotel
16/04/2017 | National Care Association's Spring Event Annual Conference, The Regis Conference and Banqueting Centre
10/05/2017 | Caring UK Conference, Bournemouth, Marsham Court Hotel
17/05/2017 | Caring UK Conference, Newcastle, Newcastle Racecourse
18/05/2017 | Caring UK Conference, Blackpool, Herons Reach Hotel