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Touchsafe Nurse Call is put to the test by Sir Malcolm Stewart Bart General Charitable Trust
August 2018 | Touchsafe Nurse Call is put to the test by Sir Malcolm Stewart Bart General Charitable Trust
FOUNDED in 1945 by Sir Percy Malcolm Stewart OBE, 1st Baronet Stewart of Stewartby, and the Chairman of London Brick Company Ltd, the Sir Malcolm Stewart Bart General Charitable Trust is a private charitable trust controlled by its trustees. 
It has a collection of 86 warden controlled bungalows located in the village of Stewartby in Bedfordshire. The first phase of 24 bungalows were originally built in 1956 for retired employees of London Brick Company Ltd. 
Sir P Malcolm Stewart wanted to offer his former workers a home that would provide a safe and friendly environment throughout their retirement. 
The trustees of Sir Malcolm Stewart Bart General Charitable Trust are responsible for maintaining the retirement bungalows and the surrounding grounds. This includes offering 24-hour support to everyone living on the site, which encourages the residents to live an independent lifestyle with the reassurance that assistance is available if they should need it.  
Debbie Hassall, Trustee and Bursar to the trust, looks after the day-to-day management of the site, and ensures the continued provision of an effective warden service. She believed that the former Nurse Call system that supported her Senior Warden and Deputy Warden was obsolete, and contacted Aid Call to explore alternative options.  
Debbie said: 'When I began looking for a new system, it was difficult at first because the bungalows are very spread out. Nurse Call is typically designed for hospitals and care homes, but we needed a system that could work in a slightly different way. Thankfully the wireless design of Touchsafe works great for us. Everyone now has an Aid Call call point just inside the front door in their bungalow, and these can be taken off the bracket and moved around the home with the resident as needed.' 
As the main point of contact for the Sir Malcolm Stewart Homes, Debbie is also responsible for providing regular updates to her fellow trustees. 
Debbie commented: 'Thanks to Aid Call, myself and the trustees now have traceability across the entire site. Touchsafe is an extremely self-sufficient nurse call system which is a great relief for me. Our old system was very manual, and gathering the information to produce reports was a lengthy process. However, with Touchsafe I can now retrieve all manner of reports via my computer. I send those reports to the trustees as often as required, which gives them clear visibility of the work we're doing. It was previously very 'word of mouth' and now we have actionable reports that give real-time information about our day-to-day activities.  
The system is also self-maintained, so I don't need to do anything until it notifies me that maintenance is required. It provides me with automatic alerts if there are any issues including batteries that need changing or a call point being removed from a bracket, which saves a lot of time.' 
Following the successful installation of Touchsafe, Debbie considered additions to the system that could assist her more vulnerable residents with confidence or mobility issues. She decided to offer residents the option of wearing a Touchsafe pendant, which can be worn around the neck, and pressed if the user requires assistance.  
She added: 'A few of the residents now have pendants, which has been a great addition to the Aid Call system because it's another feature that allows them to be independent. We trialled the pendant with a lady who was prone to falls and within a couple of months it had already paid off tremendously well. She had a fall in her bedroom and her husband didn't hear her, so she pressed her pendant and one of our wardens was there to assist within minutes.' 
Debbie concluded: 'Everyone is extremely happy with the new system, and all the feedback I have received from the trustees, our wardens and the residents is very positive. 
The support from Aid Call has been brilliant and it's a very easy system to use. The project manager who dealt with our site had everything down to a fine art and the installers were very professional and friendly. They built a great rapport with each of the residents, which was a great relief as it can be difficult for our vulnerable residents to feel comfortable having someone they're not familiar with inside their home.'
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Free guide to care home fire safety
August 2018 | Free guide to care home fire safety
COMPLIANCE matters. Having the correct fire safety procedures in place saves lives.  
Fireco's new eBook ''Everything you need to know about care home fire safety' makes compliance easy. 
The eBook is free to download and is aimed at anyone in care responsible for fire safety. 
Fire safety can seem complicated to those that are unfamiliar with fire regulations. Our eBook simplifies the topic, with a step-by-step guide that clearly explains how care homes can remain safe and compliant. 
Topics covered in the eBook include: 
● Who is the Responsible Person. 
● How to complete a fire risk assessment. 
● Planning an evacuation strategy. 
● Fire safety training and fire wardens. 
● Fire prevention measures. 
● Deaf and hard of hearing residents. 
The downloadable eBook also features risk assessment and PEEP checklists so staff can record their findings and strategies. 
To download the eBook please visit fireco.uk/care
DPC2018 to deliver 'accessible education' for nurses working in diabetes care
August 2018 | DPC2018 to deliver 'accessible education' for nurses working in diabetes care
S Professional Care is the UK's leading, free-to-attend, CPD-accredited conference and exhibition for healthcare professionals involved in the prevention, treatment and management of diabetes, and its related conditions.  
'Since DPC launched in 2015, our mission has been to give HCPs the skills and knowledge they need to provide the very best care for their patients with diabetes,' said event's founder Maggie Meer. 'Key to this is putting together a conference programme that focuses on real-world learning, practical education and innovative diabetes healthcare solutions.' 
This eight-stream conference will cover a breadth of content areas, with streams including: Prevention and Obesity in Practice; T1 Diabetes; and Primary, Community and Specialist Care. 
DPC2018 will also raise awareness of diabetes complications, with a Diabetes Co-morbidities stream including a mental health and wellbeing session on: 'Parity of esteem - reducing the diabetes risk and improving diabetes management for patients with a serious mental illness', presented by Anne Moore, group nurse and drector safer care, Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust. 
Running alongside the conference, DPC2018's informal, practical workshops will also address the emotional and psychological impact of diabetes, with a session on: 'Don't be afraid to open a can of worms - addressing feelings in consultation about diabetes', delivered by Dr Anne Kilvert, Diabetes Centre, and Dr Charles Fox, R&D Unit, Northampton General Hospital.  
Aimed primarily at helping nurses to support their patients with diabetes, the TREND-UK & Injection Technique Theatre will focus on practical skills. The theatre will be run by highly experienced diabetes nurse consultants, with sessions including: Jill Hill discussing 'Supporting diabetes care at the end of life'; Debbie Hicks exploring 'Alcohol, smoking & illicit drugs & the impact on diabetes'; and June James addressing 'Principles of blood glucose monitoring: what, where, how?'. 
DPC provides a unique education and networking platform for nurses - of all specialisms and levels of experience.  
DPC2018 takes place at Olympia, London, on November 14 and 15. Register online at www.diabetesprofessionalcare.com to reserve your free place.
Care home volunteer Ruth rewarded by residents and staff
August 2018 | Care home volunteer Ruth rewarded by residents and staff
A TEESSIDE care home volunteer has been rewarded by residents and staff during National Volunteer Week.  
Ruth Atkinson has been helping at The Beeches Care Home, in Stockton-on-Tees, since her mother became a resident, in February 2016. 
Despite Ruth's mother, Ellen Atkinson, passing away earlier this year, she continues to volunteer her time and services. 
She lends support at events throughout the year and has raised funds for outings and activities - once undergoing a sponsored head shave. 
Staff and residents at The Beeches Care Home presented Ruth with a bouquet of flowers on National Volunteer Week to show their appreciation.
Ain't no mountain high enough for Belong Atherton
August 2018 | Ain't no mountain high enough for Belong Atherton
SNOWDON was no match for a team of fundraisers from Belong Atherton care village, who courageously battled to the top of the highest mountain in England and Wales to raise money for vital portable sensory equipment for those in full-time care. 
The adventurers took the Pyg walking route to the 3560 ft summit, a seven-mile round trek which takes a total of six hours, and managed to raise £1159.56 on the way. The money raised will support the care village's 'Vecta Deluxe' equipment, a portable sensory experience unit specially designed for those who require full-time care.
Property News From Caring UK
Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
August 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
August 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
August 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
August 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.
August 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
12/09/2018 | Caring UK Conferences 2018 - Torquay, Riviera International Centre
13/09/2018 | Caring UK Conference 2018 - Cheltenham, Cheltenham Racecourse
26/09/2018 | Rehacare International 2018 - Dusseldorf, Messe Dusseldorf
11/10/2018 | Caring UK Conferences 2018 - Colchester, Colchester United Football Club
17/10/2018 | Care Show 2018, The NEC Birmingham