Tag: Culture/Models of care


2nd February deadline to join Care innovation Challenge

Posted on January 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on 2nd February deadline to join Care innovation Challenge

Students have until Friday, February 2nd to apply to enter the Care Innovation Challenge, which takes place at the Oomph! Wellness HQ in Wimbledon on February 17th and 18th where teams from across the country will spend two days of intensive ideas generation, development and prototyping.

Teams must consist of two or three people, made up of students (undergrad, postgrad) or graduates who are one year post-graduation. The competition is open to students from all faculties and disciplines and teams do not need to be focused on technology. The competition is also open to any other individuals (non-students) with an idea for the care sector to apply as a team.

The Care Innovation Challenge has been created in response to the growing challenges and mounting pressure on the care sector, the aim being to work with creative and entrepreneurial individuals and teams to … Read More »


Oomph!: from care homes into the community

Posted on December 1st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Oomph!: from care homes into the community

With £915k National Lottery Funding from Sport England, Oomph! aims to get 27,000 adults doing regular exercise within two years.

 

Oomph! Wellness, a social enterprise dedicated to enhancing the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of older adults, has been announced as the largest delivery partner of Sport England’s £10m Active Ageing Fund.

The organisatiom pans to train around 1600 workers and volunteers in retirement villages and community venues to run adapted sports activities for older people.

Oomph! is prioritising online applications from venues in the North West of England and London and the South East before moving on to other regions.The organisation is best known for transforming exercise and activity provision in care homes, working with many of the biggest providers to put quality of life front and centre. It was established in 2011 by young entrepreneur Ben Allen.

Sport England has put tackling inactivity … Read More »


Study: people die more comfortably in a care home

Posted on November 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Study: people die more comfortably in a care home

Very old people are more likely to die comfortably if they die in a care home or at home, compared with dying in a hospital, suggests a new study from the University of Cambridge.

Yet while the overwhelming majority of very old people reported symptoms at the end of life such as distress, pain and depression, the study found that these were not always treated effectively.

Older people with dementia commonly report multiple symptoms as they approach the end-of-life, and if these symptoms are not adequately controlled, they may increase distress and worsen an individual’s quality of life.

The researchers argue that their findings highlight the need to improve training in end-of-life care for all staff, in all settings, and in particular to address the current shortage of palliative care doctors in the NHS.

Compared with people who died in hospital, the odds of … Read More »


Colne supported living scheme gets under way

Posted on November 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Colne supported living scheme gets under way

Work has begun on a £1.6m supported living development in Colne, Lancashire.

Due for completion in Spring 2018, the three storey scheme will provide 11 apartments alongside communal areas and landscaped gardens specially designed for adults with a range of support needs.

New residents will receive a tenancy agreement and there is no limit to how long people can live there.

The development, a three-way partnership project between Making Space, a national charity and leading provider of health and social care services, specialist accommodation developer Homelife and health and social care landlord Inclusion Housing, is intended to enable adults with a range of support needs to live as independently as possible, with support from an on-site care team.


Windsor retirement village goes to extra lengths in fire safety

Posted on October 6th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Windsor retirement village goes to extra lengths in fire safety

Castle Retirement Living is putting in place a fire safety system and strategy which exceeds all legal requirements at its flagship Castle View Windsor retirement village development.

Due for completion in October 2018, the new urban retirement village in the heart of Windsor will have a multi-faceted, fire safety strategy to ensure resident welfare goes beyond legal requirements, giving greater protection for the 63 homes for the over 55s including 12 one-bedroom, 43 two-bedroom and eight three-bedroom apartments, together with an additional 72-bed care home.

Fire prevention investment includes installing automatic sprinklers in all corridors, in addition to smoke and heat detectors in each apartment, all linked to a central fire detection centre with 24-hour managed attendance in all buildings.

Castle View Windsor has also been built with a more expensive concrete frame across its structure for greater fire resistance, while fire resistant … Read More »


Healthwatch looks at life in a care home

Posted on October 5th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Healthwatch looks at life in a care home

Caring Times, October 2017

Between January 2016 and April 2017, local Healthwatch staff and volunteers across England visited 197 care homes across 63 different local authority areas, to find out what day to day life is really like for many of those living in care homes.

The Healthwatch report outlines key next steps for care homes, how feedback can be used to identify a whole host of small, low cost changes that ensure all residents feel ‘at home’.

The majority of residents and relatives Healthwatch spoke with considered the care they received to be good, with innovative homes showing what is possible without breaking the bank. Local Healthwatch representatives saw staff going above and beyond the call of duty to connect with those they care for and really helping them to live their lives – including one activities co-ordinator from Cheshire who arranged … Read More »


Care professionals: masters of the bottom-up solution

Posted on October 5th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care professionals: masters of the bottom-up solution

‘Pioneers of social care’ was how Dr Claire Royston described the care professionals who attended the Best Practice conference in Birmingham on September 20.

Organised by Caring Times and sponsored by Four Seasons Health Care, the event brought together dozens of examples of forward-thinking and best practice from care homes across the country.

In her keynote address Dr Royston, who is group medical director for Four Seasons, said care homes needed to raise awareness of the many initiatives being taken to improve the lifes of elderly people and those with special needs.

“There are wonderful things happening in the sector but we don’t always shout about it,” said Dr Royston.

“It is a huge problem that many in the NHS feel that only they have the answers and that they need to tell the care sector what to do.

“We are all pioneers and it … Read More »


Children’s nursery opens on care home campus

Posted on October 3rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Children’s nursery opens on care home campus

South London nursery Apples and Honey Nightingale has opened its doors to its first intake of children on-site at Nightingale House care home in South London.

The project integrates both older residents and children into the delivery of the nursery curriculum. Meaningful intergenerational activity is at the heart of the nursery, with daily activities planned between elderly care residents and nursery children.

The first week’s programme included making soup harvested from the vegetables planted by residents and children at the nursery launch, painting alphabet tiles together, designed by 89 year old resident Walter Goldstein.

Every week now, residents will visit the nursery and children will interact with the care home, making maximum use of the whole campus. Diverse activities will be led both by nursery and Nightingale Hammerson staff, all of which are designed to deliver an early years curriculum based on the … Read More »


The stuff of life

Posted on September 18th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

David Sheard explains why the quality of interior engagement in care homes is so important

Vol 25 No 5 Page 22


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 »



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