A guide was launched in early June to help care homes provide better support for the hundreds of thousands of service men and women in living in care settings in the UK.
Produced by Demos think tank, in partnership with the Forces in Mind Trust and the Care Cluster of Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities), the guide will be sent to all UK care homes and care home provider headquarters.
Demos director Polly Mackenzie said the guide had been created in response to the 2015 Demos report ‘Under-Served’.
“The report found that veterans can face a range of challenges while living in residential care, yet managers and staff lack the information and resources they needed to know how best to support them,” said Ms Mackenzie.
“The aim of the guide is to fill that gap.‘Supporting Military Veterans in Residential Care – a practical … Read More »
Caring Times, May 2018
The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society has launched an innovative therapy programme at its Banstead home after winning a £5,000 grant to fund new technology.
The Society will use the Santander Foundation Discovery Grant to purchase five new iPads to aid resident activities at the Society’s care home, Belvedere House.
The iPads will be used for activities including the home’s new Music Therapy Programme run by its team of 30 volunteers.
Staff will be able to teach the elderly residents how to utilise new technology including how to send emails, listen to music and take photos using the iPads.
This will enable residents to feel comfortable with current technologies and communicate with their relatives and friends outside of the home.
The Royal Navy Association (RNA) has also donated several iPads to the Society as part of Project Semaphore to improve communication for the … Read More »
Caring Times, March 2018
A ‘pop-up’ soup kitchen in a Teesside care home opened for one day in February to serve hot food and drinks to homeless people.
Mandale House in Thornaby, opened the kitchen following the success of their food bank appeal in December. They are working with local initiative Hope for the Homeless North East, launched as a Facebook group by Darlington resident Ray Cook.
Ray has donated bottled water and cans of soup for the kitchen, which opened from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday, 7th February. The home’s hairdresser also offered free haircuts to anyone who visited.
The home is also launching an appeal for sleeping bags, hats, coats, gloves and blankets, to provide ongoing support to the area’s homeless people.
Michael Allen, home manager at Mandale House Care Home, said: “We ran a successful food bank appeal in the run-up to … Read More »
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 »
Caring Times, November 2017
Home Meadow care home in Toft near Cambridge has launched ‘Dance for Parkinson’s’ classes in an effort to provide a new form of exercise for people living with the condition.
The home, part of the Healthcare Homes Group, supports residents with a range of conditions including Parkinson’s and dementia.
The fortnightly sessions are open to residents and members of the community and are led by local community dance practitioner, Paula Hain, who has years of experience in dance for a range of groups and who already runs dance and activity sessions at the home.
Caring Times, November 2017
Cinemas across the UK recognised World Alzheimer’s Month in September with a series of dementia-friendly film events.
The BFI Film Audience Network and venue partners have made film accessible throughout September and beyond, for audiences living with dementia. Regular relaxed screenings, full of live entertainment, offer safe and welcoming experiences.
The film screenings are developed by venues and supported by the eight BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) Hubs across the UK and National Lottery funding, who provide dementia-friendly guidance, training and support to cinema operators.
Caring Times, October 2017
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 are offering day care services and ‘friendship lunches’ and are encouraging anyone to attend.
The homes, 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 even more people. Recent statistics show that almost three-quarters of older people in the UK are lonely and more than half of those have never spoken to anyone about how they feel.
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 … Read More »
‘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 »
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 »
Too few care home residents get the chance to engage regularly in meaningful activity, yet it can have a powerful impact on wellbeing. Julia Wood, Liezl Mari Anderson and Raymond Smith look at how an “active residents” programme is helping
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