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Norfolk care homes launch community initiatives in an effort to tackle loneliness

Posted on August 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Norfolk care homes launch community initiatives in an effort to tackle loneliness

Two care homes in Norfolk have launched new services to encourage older members of the community to join their staff and residents for activities, entertainment and meals. Olive House in Newton Flotman and Bilney Hall near Dereham offer day care services and ‘friendship lunches’ and are encouraging anyone to attend.

The homes, which are part of the Healthcare Homes Group, provide residential services, including specialist dementia care and are looking to widen the reach of their care expertise to help more people. The day care services give individuals access to the communal areas at the homes throughout the day, with food and drink also provided, and friendship lunches offer a free opportunity to come and enjoy lunch at the homes, socialising with residents and taking part in the day’s activities.

Lisa Brown, regional manager (Norfolk) for Healthcare Homes, said full assessments could … Read More »


Extracare – the next best solution?

Posted on August 21st, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. No Comments

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Academics at Newcastle University say that an average of almost nine thousand more care home beds will be needed each year for the next eight years to meet the growing need consequent to us all living longer.

If they’re right we have a problem as for the past few years there have been fewer care home beds as closures have outpaced new care homes coming on stream.

No problem of course for the flourishing self-pay market in the south but it very much looks as though care homes are going to be increasingly out of reach for frail elderly people living in the north of the UK.

I don’t see the Government taking the sort of radical action needed to address the problem (relieving local authorities of their social care funding responsibilities and replacing the present unwieldy, costly and … Read More »


Stimulating activities promote brain health

Posted on August 18th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Stimulating activities promote brain health

A care provider in Wales says it encourages its service users to engage in activities such as learning an instrument or gardening.

The Global Council’s recent report on brain health recommends people engage in stimulating activities such as learning an instrument, photography and gardening as they provide benefits for adults’ brain health and can impact how well the brain functions.

Ffion Evans, registered manager at Abacare, said the company had been encouraging our service users to engage in cognitively stimulating activities for many years.

“The report says that ‘brain-training’ games including mind games and puzzles that are designed to improve brain health have little benefit as the player only gets better at the game, which does not amount to improvements in daily cognitive ability, and we agree,” said Ms Evans.

“We much prefer to encourage our service users to take up activities such as … Read More »





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