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Crewe care village opens dementia garden with Bags of Help
December 2017 | Crewe care village opens dementia garden with Bags of Help
A CREWE community care village run by Belong has officially opened its new dementia garden.  
It was designed by award-winning RHS dementia garden designer Carolyn Hardern and made possible with funding from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.  
It is open to the wider community and incorporates multi-sensory features and reminiscence points for the benefit of people living with dementia. It also provides a home for wildlife, including hedgehogs, birds and insects. 
Throughout the garden, numerous features provide stimulation for residents with dementia. Sensory displays include baskets of shells, pinecones and jewellery. Bubble columns in the centre of the garden are a focal point, and themed areas are designed to prompt reminiscence; a gardening-themed area has old garden tools and a potting bench, while a beach-themed section features a beach scene, deckchairs, a sandpit, buckets and spades. Historic images of Crewe are displayed on another wall. 
Cath Blundell (Tesco Bags of Help Champion) and Belong Crewe residents Cath Scott and Ray Knott are pictured with garden designer Carolyn Hardern and Experience coordinator Sharon Bull.
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Footballers inspire nun with dementia to play organ from memory
December 2017 | Footballers inspire nun with dementia to play organ from memory
A SPECIAL visit from Middlesbrough FC players inspired a care home resident with vascular dementia to play the organ - despite having no memory of how to play. 
Former nun Sister Mary Major, 89, saw the electronic organ and instinctively sat down to entertain the guests at Ingleby Care Home. 
Believing she would not be able to revive her former skills, she played a tune from her time in the religious congregation, all without sheet music. 
One the players, striker Patrick Bamford, was so stirred by her playing he decided to have a go himself - to the residents, staff and his team mates' surprise. 
Patrick Bamford is pictured opening the new salon at Ingelby Care Home.
Long serving staff members commended for service
December 2017 | Long serving staff members commended for service
DEDICATED staff members have been honoured for their service at Bield's AGM. 
Linda Lee, who works as an asset management co-ordinator in the Scottish housing and care provider's Glasgow office was part of the group that celebrated a combined total of 175 years of service with the charity. 
As a thanks for her long-standing dedication to Bield, she was presented with a certificate and flowers in front of fellow colleagues, tenants and board members.  
She said: 'I'm very proud and happy to be receiving my award. I love working for Bield and have seen a lot of changes over the years.  
Linda is pictured with Susan Napier, chair of Bield.
Hanover in seventh Heaven thanks to RSPCA recognition
December 2017 | Hanover in seventh Heaven thanks to RSPCA recognition
RESIDENTS and staff from Hanover Housing Association were celebrating after the national housing provider for older people retained its coveted RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprint for the seventh year in a row. 
Hanover looks to preserve the bond between people and pets as much as possible, as it recognises the benefits pets can bring to the health and wellbeing of owners and fellow residents alike. Recent studies have found that companion animals can help to lower blood pressure and regulate a person's heart rate during stressful situations. Looking after an animal can also give older people a sense of purpose and reduce isolation for those who live alone.
'Magical Memory Garden' opens at East Belfast care home
December 2017 | 'Magical Memory Garden' opens at East Belfast care home
PALMERSTON Residential Care Home in East Belfast, Northern Ireland, has officially opened its 'Magical Memory Garden' to support those living with dementia. 
The garden, which features a number of reminiscence areas, is the first of its kind ever created in Northern Ireland and has been funded by The Alpha Programme, Groundwork NI, Belfast City Council and Belfast City Airport. 
Palmerston residents and visitors to the garden can take a magical trip down memory lane. An on-site caravan can be used to recall family 'days out' or holidays, while car enthusiasts may prefer to spend time in the car port, which offers the opportunity for 'tinkering', polishing and cleaning the car. The space can also be used for simply sitting in the car and listening to the radio - an experience everyone can relate to.  
There is also a large garden shed, which is home to the 'Men in Sheds' project, and a dedicated pet's corner with rabbits and chickens that provides the opportunity to care for animals. The Secret Garden also provides a serene, secluded space for reflection. 
Annie Dawson, a resident of Palmerston Residential Care Home, enjoys a cuppa with television presenter Sarah Travers, who hosted the launch of the magical memory garden. Sarah is an ambassador for The Alzheimer's Society, and lost her father, Ian Travers, to an aggressive form of dementia in 2013, when he was aged just 67.
Property News From Caring UK
Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
December 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
December 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
December 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
December 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.
December 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.