The Carer Digital - Issue #193

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Incoming Government Will Face Eight Tests for Adult Social Care

Nuffield Trust has set out eight adult social care tests for political candidates ahead of the next election Entitled What health and care need from the next government: #2 – Adult social care the tests set out the need for parity with the NHS as its first challenge to the next government With a general election approaching although yest to be announced, the Nuffield Trust's briefing series challenges the NHS and social care manifesto commitments of UK political parties in advance of the vote The briefing examines adult social care: citing that this vital public service has been left with insecure funding, variable access, heavy reliance on unpaid carers, catastrophic costs for those in need, and high staff turnover Reform, it says is long overdue and sets out a criteria needed to be met for getting social care on the right footing (CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 )


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The Nuffield Trust has fired a shot across the bows of the next Government which is only a matter of months away in its critical briefing that outlines eight essential tests for any incoming government seeking to reform adult social care and rebuild public confidence in this vital sector

This briefing shed light on the precarious state of adult social care in the UK characterised by insecure funding uneven access heavy reliance on unpaid carers exorbitant costs for those in need, and persistently high staff turnover - all feedback we received at last month s Care show at London’s Excel

The call for reform is, as we know, not merely a suggestion; it is a pressing necessity The current system, as the briefing rightly points out, is deeply dysfunctional and as it states injecting more funds alone will not suffice to rectify its systemic shortcomings Reform must be comprehensive addressing multiple facets simultaneously to avoid unintended consequences

The Nuffield Trust's criteria for reforming adult social care demand urgent attention To start any incoming government must tackle the issue of funding stability

Securing long-term sustainable funding is crucial to provide certainty and stability for service providers and users alike Variable access to social care services must be addressed through a consistent national framework that ensures equitable provision across regions

Moreover, the heavy reliance on unpaid carers, who often face immense physical, emotional and financial strain, requires targeted support This can include enhanced respite care services, financial assistance, and better recognition of carers' contributions We here at THE CARER regularly receive we here at often hard hitting and distressing accounts regularly receive of the plight of unpaid carers who clearly save the country billions in fact this time last year we reported the value of unpaid care in England and Wales which is almost equivalent to a second NHS Unpaid carers save the government £162bn per year in the two nations research by charity Carers UK and the University of Sheffield revealed

Addressing the catastrophic costs associated with social care demands innovative solutions The current system often pushes individuals and families to financial breaking points Introducing a fairer funding model that provides protection against

catastrophic care costs is imperative

High staff turnover again a topic that was raised repeatedly when we spoke to operators and staff at The Care Show last month which has a severe impact on care quality is an additional pressing issue

Investing in the social care workforce by improving pay, training, and career development opportunities is vital to attract and retain skilled professionals

An incoming government must avoid piecemeal solutions that only address isolated issues within the system Instead a holistic approach is needed considering all interconnected aspects of adult social care This means designing policies that work in tandem to improve funding access support for carers cost management and workforce conditions simultaneously

And I have to say I have seen precious little evidence of that so far Here in Bournemouth in 2023 Lib Dem leader Ed Davey did make a pledge of a £5bn-a-year guarantee of free care packages for all in England but as at today I have yet to see what the other parties are offering I have put out alerts inviting parties to share with our readership what they have in mind for adult social care would they find themselves in office later this year, but so far nothing back, which at this stage is rather disappointing

Public trust in the adult social care system can only be restored through tangible and comprehensive reform The Nuffield Trust's briefing provides a clear roadmap for the incoming government to prioritise and implement necessary changes and we really do need to know that policies these mainstream parties have as we move toward the election

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Incoming Government Will Face Eight Tests for Adult Social Care



The briefing goes on the say that both the NHS and social care in England are struggling A combination of the sudden shocks from the Covid-19 pandemic and high inflation and the longer-term pressures of poor workforce planning morale problems failure to deliver promised efficiency savings, and decades of delay to social care reform are all taking their toll and highlights that strain and dysfunction are deeply rooted and will not immediately improve and the public sees this clearly: satisfaction with both services is at historic lows Credible long-term plans to improve this situation are vital for any political leader who wants to gain the support of the British people, the Trust says

An ongoing series of general election briefings produced with funding from the Nuffield Foundation has examined a set of key issues where a government taking or returning to office in the next year must act in order to meaningfully improve health and care

This latest (second) in the series examines adult social care – a vital public service supporting people of all ages in England to live with dignity independence and wellbeing, which, the briefing says has been left to languish for decades and despite much excellent high-quality care being successfully delivered every day, hundreds of thousands of people who need support with their daily lives simply get none the Trust adds


Multiple different aspects of social care are not functioning well, and simply pouring more money into this dysfunctional system will not be enough, the briefing says, highlighting that attempting a partial fix to just one part of the system in isolation risks creating unintended consequences elsewhere

For example expanding eligibility for care without ensuring there are enough high-quality providers capable of meeting demand may raise expectations but leave many people unable to access the care they have been told they should be able to access Similarly trying to raise workforce pay without making sufficient funding available risks pushing care providers into bankruptcy, or resulting in no actual growth in total staff numbers

While comprehensive reform of the entire system in one go may be

financially unachievable, it is vital that the new government maps out an eventual end point and puts in place a clear route for getting there with set timescales and a clear understanding of how each change affects other parts of the sector Without this implementation map there is a risk that money is invested but improvements are not realised


The Trust also expressed concerns that while both government and opposition leaders recognise that reform of this ailing system is overdue taking action will bring more blame than credit because of low awareness among voters and tight finances leading to an increase in public dissatisfaction

This briefing sets out the criteria needed to be met for a long-term social care reform which would support the sector as a vital pillar of social and economic infrastructure and a visible political success rather than a source of increasing public disapproval and is based in part on in-depth research into other countries such as Germany and Japan which have carried out comprehensive and politically successful reforms


There is a need to tackle low awareness of social care by articulating the clear benefits of investing in the system and building a case for the future To date, reform has been piecemeal and limited To transform the system there needs to be a coherent plan that recognises the interconnectedness of different elements


To ensure public support for contributions revenue should be raised through easily understood established taxation routes that are as fair as possible and pooled nationally to spread the risk of high costs across the whole population Any approach should put an end to the uncertain sporadic injections of money and boost overall funding


Diminishing and inconsistent access to care and support, determined by where someone lives has been a feature of social care in recent years Expanding the offer and ensuring people have consistent access to services needs to underpin a clear eligibility process


While consistency of eligibility criteria for public funding is crucial, this needs to be balanced with flexibility to design care and support to ensure that people who need social care have choice and control and can access personalised support The next government should not seek to define a national package of care for all and instead consider notional budgets to be used flexibly to suit an individual’s needs and preferences


Rising vacancies and turnover have undermined continuity and quality and been challenging for providers A strategy would need to address issues of low pay poor terms and conditions and training and development It should consider all parts of the workforce including registered professions managers and personal assistants and consider skills needed for the long term


A strong market development strategy should include ensuring fair fees are paid to providers to enable investment; setting clear rules of financial behaviour for all providers; and supporting councils to commission innovatively and strategically


Although the preceding reforms should create a system where there is less reliance on unpaid carers they will still be an important feature and should be both included in plans and given adequate tangible support to help them balance caring with their own wellbeing work and other activities

Test 8 Ensure social care reform works alongside other services in particular the NHS

Social care needs to be seen as an equal partner at integrated care system level and people interacting with both services should experience a seamless journey Where there are mutual benefits such as in workforce planning and investment in innovations, social care and the NHS should work collaboratively for the benefit of their local communities and to avoid undermining long-term planning in both services


The Importance of Nutrition and Hydration in a Care Home

For any of us maintaining a good balanced diet is key to maintaining health and general well-being However for the elderly in a care home setting, it s absolutely crucial Many residents will be reliant on carers to provide the right amount of nutrition and hydration as part of their holistic care What’s more some residents will also require assistance with eating and drinking skills, as well as the provision of meals

With that in mind it s essential that you re not only aware of the food and drink regulations in place, but how you can build on these to improve your offering and services within a care home environment


With age malnutrition can become more of a concern It s estimated that around 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 are either malnourished or at risk Changes that the elderly go through can lead to things like a diminished appetite or even a loss of interest in food not to mention health conditions or changing health needs that can also impact the amount of nutrition a person receives

It's important to remember that residents may be a healthy weight but could still not be getting the right nutrients they need Other signs of malnutrition might include things like muscle weakness feeling tired increased falls or even poor wound healing

What’s more, older people will find it more difficult to absorb vitamin D through sunlight, and so this must be considered in their diet

Similarly older adults can also be a higher risk of becoming dehydrated as they may not recognise the feeling of thirst the way they used to


The Health and Social Care Act of 2008 was brought in to ensure all care home settings registered with the Care Quality Commission and complied with its requirements It’s deemed to be one of the most significant reforms of social care in decades

In particular Regulation 14 states that the nutritional and hydration needs of residents must be met WHAT CARE HOMES CAN DO

With that in mind it’s important that care homes have the right measures in place to keep residents as healthy as possible when it comes to nutrition and hydration Here are some tips on how carers and kitchen staff can work together to further improve the system in place

Regular assessments: Every resident will have different needs, and so by carrying out frequent assessments you can determine more accurately whether residents are getting what they need from their current meals and drinks This also gives you the chance to identify issues or changes in requirements and address it accordingly

Personalised plans: Being able to offer personalised meal plans means that you’ll be better equipped to meet the residents dietary requirements Not only this but it also means that you can meet their needs in regards to allergies medical conditions and also flavour and texture preferences too This can be critical to ensure an enjoyable mealtime and offer a more encouraging environment for residents to eat and drink

Supervision at mealtimes: This can be particularly crucial if residents have trouble swallowing or eating as you ll need to support and supervise when necessary However it can be helpful even for those who don t experience this This is because you can observe and monitor how they are with using cutlery or holding a cup, and whether they have any additional needs that you could assist with

Ongoing education: It’s hugely important to carry out regular training and education so that carers can continue to recognise the signs of dehydration or malnourishment It also means they can be better placed to help residents improve their health and wellbeing

Emotional support and reassurance In some cases, residents may hold back on eating or drinking because of worries with incontinence It’s absolutely pivotal that carers can give the right emotional support and are able to reassure residents on this topic

Sail Of The Centur y For Salvation Army Care Home Residents

PAGE 4 | THE CARER DIGITAL | ISSUE 193 Rise and Shine is a game which was created to encourage a fun approach to physical activity on older person s inpatient wards and care homes Focus Games is giving away 100 copies of the game See our advert on the cover page or visit www riseandshinegame com The aim of Rise and Shine was to develop an activity so everyone has an opportunity to take part in some physical activity (when they are ready clinically and personally) to prevent Hospital Acquired Deconditioning (HAD) in a fun sociable way It is primarily aimed at older hospital inpatients and care home residents The initial idea for Rise and Shine came from international artist and sculptor Bob Olley who also designed the unique characters on each of the cards With mobility issues affecting our elderly population nationwide the solution was a card game that encourages players to move physically By engaging in this fun and social activity hospital inpatients and members of the care community can become more active Not only does this enhance their mobility but it also motivates patients to get out of bed, get dressed, and ultimately enhances their overall experience Developed in partnership with South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS FT and Health Innovation North East and North Cumbria Read the full case study at https://innovationlibrarynenc org uk/result/rise-and-shine-game/ 100 FREE copies of Rise and Shine for Carer Readers
group co uk) Residents at a Salvation Army-run care home in Weston-SuperMare went on a week-long virtual sightseeing tour of the world setting sail on a virtual cruise ship Salvation Army staff at Dewdown House on Beach Road who co-create activities with the older people in their care asked residents to choose which countries they wanted to visit on their virtual cruise Some of them have never travelled abroad before The choice was narrowed down to Italy, America, Japan, China and the UK and after passengers were consulted over food a special menu was drawn up to reflect each country’s cuisine Clare Timbrell activities leader at the Salvation Army home said: “We do like to have fun at Dewdown House bringing the joy of new experiences to our residents With the help of volunteers we decorated our dining room to look like a cruise ship, and built a ship s steering wheel which residents enjoyed using to pretend to steer the Good Ship Dewdown into port each day Our Chaplain spoke each day about the work of the Salvation Army in each country we visited and we prayed for the Salvation Army officers and volunteers who work in these countries “Residents tried out Chinese Calligraphy built Feng Shui gardens had a Chinese Market built towers of spaghetti and marshmallows played traditional instruments drank mocktails and juices danced and sang traditional cultural dances and learned some of the language for each country Despite travelling the high seas, the highlight of the week was when The Good Ship Dewdown returned home on Friday Clare explained: “The Weston Ukulele Players entertained us with songs jokes and banter Residents joined in dancing and singing and tucked into a traditional fish and chips supper It was a lovely conclusion to a fun-packed week of new experiences ” Passengers said they had a thoroughly enjoyable week Maureen said: “I’ve never tried anything like Chinese Calligraphy before I definitely want to do this again However, it was Ann who was keen to have the last word She said: It s been a wonderful week really wonderful Where are we going Monday?
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Eastham Care Home Celebrates Diversity with Staff Cultural Showcase


By embracing the different cultural backgrounds of our staff and involving our residents in these celebrations, we aim to promote a culture of inclusivity and acceptance,” said Lesley Manager of Eastham Care Home

Residents and their families enthusiastically participated in the event expressing their appreciation for the opportunity to learn about different cultures firsthand

One resident’s relative said, “It’s wonderful to see the staff sharing their culture with us It truly shows that Eastham Care Home values each member of its

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Is Artificial Intelligence in Care Homes a Game Changer for Falls Prevention?


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With safety being a priority in care homes care teams do all they can to ensure that residents are well looked after, including mitigating the risk of falls However, the complexity of eldercare is time-consuming as everyone has unique needs And with a lack of one-on-one care possible in most cases, it is immensely difficult to ensure complete safety all the time THIS IS WHERE AI CAN PLAY A ROLE

Imagine a system that watches when human eyes cannot This isn’t about replacing the human touch; it s about bolstering it offering caregivers the chance to intervene before incidents happen not just respond after

Video systems are prevalent in many care home settings as a monitoring and security function so the addition of AI opens up exciting possibilities taking ordinary surveillance systems and making them a key part of resident safety and behavioural observation



This function can be used in lots of ways but one of the most relevant for care home managers is noticing when a resident slips trips or falls When falls occur in a private setting – such as in a bedroom or bathroom – prompt action requires a carer a resident or a third party to be present and able to call for help Without this significant delays can occur between someone falling and help arriving

But AI can become a valuable asset for care homes in these types of scenarios - to raise carers’ attention instantly upon a slip, trip or fall, triggering an immediate and potentially life-saving response

To respect the privacy of those being recorded, this type of software is created with personal privacy in mind For example - video images

are fitted with privacy-enhancing features such as automatic blurring functions which starts when a resident who is under observation needs privacy Residents can still be monitored and alarms triggered without images broadcast to a screen in the nurse’s station – so you reap all the benefits of the new technology without impeding on privacy

AI can be trained to aid falls management by triggering a process of intervention It can also be used to identify patterns of behaviour that can predict these types of events In the case of falls prevention this might be unsteadiness or loss of balance for example but it can also flag issues like a resident struggling to breathe or behaving aggressively Rather than acting like traditional video and simply documenting incidents AI can trigger a response before things escalate or become life threatening

The application of AI leverages anonymised video – patients privacy is completely secure and respected The technology can identify the sudden movements that accompany falls and similar incidents, raising a red flag to care home staff that urgent investigation is needed

Milestone Systems XProtect Hospital Assist is an AI-assisted video platform designed for healthcare settings helping hospitals clinics and care homes to safely monitor their patients and residents and help reduce incidents


As we integrate AI into our care strategies, we must do so thoughtfully ensuring it complements rather than complicates the caregiving process The potential is immense but the goal is simple to make our care homes safer not just smarter

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Delay in Home Adaptations May Lead to Stays in Residential Care Charity Says

Older people at risk going into residential care due to massive delays in making adaptations to homes

Age UK has published a report which highlights the delays many older and disabled people face waiting for councils to install home aids and adaptations, making it more difficult for them to live independently at home

The report ‘A step change: improving delivery of the Disabled Facilities Grant’ says that increasing the amount of age-friendly accessible housing and providing quicker access to appropriate aids and adaptations should be central to the UK’s vision for the future of older people s housing

Accessible housing, aids and adaptations, the report says, are key to this independence and give people the autonomy and confidence to live a full and active life They are also important in reducing pressure on the NHS and social care services Adaptations such as walk-in showers and stair-lifts help to reduce falls sustain better health lessen dependence on others for care and ease hospital discharge

However in 2021/22 the most recent year for which figures are obtainable, over two-thirds of local authorities took longer than the six months recommended by the Disabled Facilities Grant guidance issued by the Government, to install most adaptations through the grant The longest took more than 24 months These are average figures and so some individual cases will have taken even longer

Anecdotally, there have been further delays since, due to a backlog of cases post-COVID Sadly there is little sign of improvement

Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK said:

Our report highlights the horrific delays older people often face when trying to get the adaptations they need through this funding Better off people tend to give up and buy their own kit instead but if you are on a low income and don t have many savings this isn’t an option and you are condemned to wait for as long as it takes Sometimes the delay is so pronounced that by the time an older person finally has the opportunity to explain what they want the adaptation they requested is no longer relevant because their health has declined to the point that they can no longer make use of it In the meantime while older people endlessly wait they have to endure discomfort and inconvenience and they may be at increased risk of falls This is so frustrating when installing an adaptation could have made all the difference

We know that falls cost the NHS more than £2 3 billion per year, with 30% of people aged 65+ and 50% of people aged 80+ falling at least once each year so you can see how important home adaptations can be Something as simple as a grab rail or a walk-in shower can make the difference between someone being able to remain at home living independently, and having to move into a care home, at substantial cost to the taxpayer or to themselves if they have to pay their own fees ”

We also need to improve the accessibility of our new and existing housing stock so there is less need for expensive adaptations in the first place There is a massive shortage of accessible housing and we should be making better use of new build and renovation work to provide more homes that can easily flex to meet our changing needs as we age

“Where adaptations are required however, many people will need to continue to rely on the Disabled Facilities Grant It’s delivery would be transformed if each local authority made a conscious effort to speed up the process learning from the practice of the best Better communication within local authorities and between them and older applicants is also essential The frustration some older people experience

when applying for this funding adds insult to injury At Age UK we fully recognise that local authorities are underfunded and under enormous pressure, but that makes it all the more important that they make the best use of the money they do have


Staggering Cost of Losing Doctors from the NHS Revealed in BMA Report

The cost to taxpayers of losing doctors early from the NHS at the current rate is as high as £2 4bn a year – and could rise to as much as £5bn a year if more is not done to retain doctors in the UK – a BMA report warns today

Based on the 15 000 to 23 000 doctors estimated to have left the NHS prematurely in England between September 2022 and September 2023, the BMA estimates that the cost of replacing them and their expertise would be between £1 6bn and £2 4bn Moreover, with rising numbers of doctors indicating they are taking steps to leave the profession the BMA warns this figure could rise even further – underlining not just the huge loss of medical expertise in terms of NHS capacity and patient care but also the vast expense to the public purse if action is not taken

In “When a doctor leaves: tackling the cost of attrition in the UK’s health services”, the BMA outlines four key areas where urgent action is needed to retain doctors in the UK protect services and patients and save public money:

Pay and debt Reversing years of real-terms pay erosion is the first step in rebuilding good faith showing doctors they are valued and retaining them A failure to do so will mean that doctors will continue to leave for better paid jobs elsewhere Furthermore writing off student debt while doctors work within the NHS will provide added incentive to stay

• Working conditions Working conditions need to make doctors want to stay, not push them out of the door, but too frequently they are uncaring uncomfortable and unsafe Governments health systems and employers must act to reduce workload pressures, improve work-life balance, expand access to basic facilities and services and stamp out harassment and abuse

Diversity and inclusion The NHS is fortunate to have a workforce that has become more diverse over time To keep this diverse workforce action needs to be taken to end discrimination and support those with additional needs to contribute to their potential

• Development and support In the context of relentlessly pressured environments staff are afforded less and less time for learning and development To better retain staff employers need to ensure that doctors are able to practise in roles that make the most of their skills and experience, with the support to develop and

progress personally and professionally

Dr Latifa Patel BMA representative body chair and workforce lead said: “It’s no secret that the NHS does not have enough doctors to meet our patients’ needs and the ones that we do have are increasingly saying they do not want to stay The negative effects are there for all to see – near-record waiting lists for treatments, overwhelmed services consistently missing A&E and cancer targets, exhausted staff working themselves to the point of burnout just to plug the gaps If this has so far not been enough for the Government or policymakers to take the issue of retention seriously then we hope seeing the staggering sums of public money needed to replace doctors who leave early will make them sit up and listen

“In a year where strikes have already estimated to have cost £1 2bn, when you add the cost of losing more doctors the Government s argument that it is unaffordable to properly value and support doctors falls

Residents From Local Care Home Visit Local Theatre Show

completely flat
is not enough to focus exclusively on recruitment It takes a long time to train a doctor and there is a risk that we’re training more doctors only for them to leave There’s no point turning on the taps to fill a bath if there’s no plug in the drain
are simple solutions starting with reversing real-terms pay cuts and making good on pledges to overhaul the way doctors’ pay is set We need to end the ongoing pay disputes with doctors across the UK and prevent further disputes in future Only by valuing doctors appropriately in the UK can we hope to prevent them from leaving for more competitive roles abroad or outside the NHS
a local level there are so many small changes that would make a real difference every day – from improving painfully and sometimes dangerously slow IT systems to making sure doctors have somewhere to rest to get a hot meal on a night shift park their car or even just perform administrative duties Doctors believe in the NHS and most would rather stay to ensure that it works for everyone But everyone’s goodwill runs dry eventually and they cannot be expected to continue to give every day to a service that so often leaves them undervalued under-supported and unable to care for themselves or their patients ”
Residents and staff from Longueville Care Home in Peterborough were in for a treat with a visit to the local theatre to see a Play called Remember Me at the Key Theatre Residents from the home were accompanied by staff from Longueville Court as they enjoyed the play by Lekha Desai Morrison, The play was about Dementia and the Play was an insight to those living with dementia and also the affects it has on the loved ones
resident commented;
was a brilliant paly very insightful but also very touching well done to the actors and the writer! General Manager, Kyzysztof Krzyszotofiak said: “Our residents and staff had a wonderful time at the Play- truly brilliant! We do our best to provide a wide range of activities and entertainment at Longueville Court as part of the lifestyle enrichment programme for residents and this was one of our favourites!”

Overcoming Recruitment Challenges In Residential Care

From acute staff shortages and low retention rates through to resourcing from overseas and frankly, a perception problem, recruitment is a daily issue that residential care employers must navigate The reasons behind the care recruitment and retention crisis are well-documented including historic and extremely low pay compounded by the cost-of-living crisis, a lack of career development and training opportunities as well as poor staff morale, often matched by long hours and burn-out

So where do care home employers start when it comes to redressing their recruitment strategies?


It’s easy to say “recruit carefully and slowly” when you re not faced with a consistent staffing challenge impacting the quality of care and service you can offer But by tackling your recruitment strategy over the longer-term you will be able to remove immediate pressures on your talent pipeline

Taking the longer- term view and hiring the right person for your business – from culture and personality fit perspective – can save you time further down the line This can be as simple as ensuring you have a thorough background check system in place to guide your hiring decisions as well as increasing retention rates



It might seem obvious but – when recruiting overseas staff - right to work checks should be done before the individual starts work EU workers will need to show they have either pre-settled or settled status and those with a temporary right to work will need to have their visa status checked From April 2022 all visas must be checked digitally via https://www gov uk/check-job-applicant-right-to-work

If you employ any staff on student visas, make sure they’re not exceeding their maximum permitted hours of 20hours / week during term times Any more than this is a breach of their visa conditions Overtime sleeping nights and on-call hours (if at the place of work or sufficiently restrictive) will count towards their total weekly hours We recommend requesting a copy of their university term dates at the start of each academic year to enable compliance

With modern slavery a very real and alarming feature of care homes today, ensure you have also implemented a watertight policy for this, including relevant identity checks as well as training of staff


Alongside the ethics of being a good employer, there’s a commercial advantage too – in a competitive marketplace care homes with strong employer brands will attract the best talent which means they can deliver the best care for their residents and their families All this fuels your reputation – in a market where reputation is a challenge

In an industry where staff are often treated as disposable developing a culture of appreciation is also vital: showing people they are valued supports engagement, productivity, and loyalty And this needs to be cascaded across all levels – from carers to catering and cleaning teams as much as management and leadership


Again a powerful way to recruit people is through culture a place where people can thrive at work

Make sure your employees take their full holiday allowance to both protect staff health wellbeing and work-life balance

Ensure staff get sufficient Breaks: they should comply with Working Time Regulation 1998 (WTR) requirements or, if this is not possible, offer sufficient compensatory rest instead Employers should check that staff who are working for other employers are still getting sufficient rest breaks between roles and not exceeding the maximum permitted amount of night working Remember sleeping nights and on-call shifts will count as working for WTR purposes (if at the place of work or sufficiently restrictive)!

In a market where training and career development are under-valued and hard to access prioritise professional development for your teams

An effective recruitment strategy in today’s care sector requires that employers ensure they prioritise the things that potential staff truly want – a positive workplace where people are valued can thrive and perform to the best of their ability – safely and fairly

Berkshire Care Association Celebrates Excellence

In Care At The BCA Care Awards 2024

also served as a catalyst for continuous improvement and innovation within the Adult Social Care sector by awarding 8 care services with the Care Service Recognition Award

The Chair of the BCA Board Peter Lomax commented by recognising and honouring excellence, BCA aims to inspire and empower caregivers to continue to fulfil their roles

Important - Health and Safety Matters

PAGE 10 | THE CARER DIGITAL | ISSUE 193 The National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHiCS) focuses on all Health and Safety matters affecting the social care sector The association has gone from strength to strength since its inception and has a growing membership across many care providers and organisations covering the UK Keeping up to date regarding Health and Safety matters is vital The more you know, the more you can plan and the more you plan the less you are susceptible in turbulent times to both internal and external risks Through the association you can Network with colleagues responsible for Health and Safety share your own best practice experiences and hear how others have overcome challenges Source dedicated events on health and safety in the sector and participate in national and local Networkers, Conferences, Seminars, in-person or virtual webinars Advertise job vacancies and benefit from favourable member offers and rates from suppliers of goods, services and equipment Receive regular update emails covering latest developments and safety alerts/news; while giving access to current information links on key safety topics; and monthly our highly praised e-News Matters covered range from fire safety training infection control lone working falls prevention, first aid to stress, legionella, case law, regulation, people moving people and mock courts to mention just a few See our website for information on past as well as future events – www nashics org We have developed national links with other organisations government bodies regulators and enforcement agencies Our aim is to promote and improve safety and health in care practice by providing a sharing and networking forum for debate and discussion Joining NASHiCS is a great and easy way to keep informed and aware Health and Safety is an essential element in the workplace and matters to everyone involved with social care now and in the future Find out more – administrator@nashics org www nashics org 07840 160 030
Berkshire Care Association (BCA) hosted its inaugural Care Awards at Cantley House hotel in Wokingham last week recognising the outstanding compassion and commitment displayed by individuals and teams working in the Adult Social Care sector across Berkshire The Awards were presented by Olympic Bronze boxing medallist Hassan Azim; James Sunderland MP for Bracknell; Kevin McDaniel, Executive Director of Adult Services, Health and Communities Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) and Lynne Lidster, Director of Commissioning for RBWM Optalis from Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Irina Stanciu of Langley Haven Care Home pictured above with Hassan Azim was awarded the Care Home Worker Award The awards ceremony spotlighted the outstanding achieve-
shortlisted from over 150 entries across 30 services providing care in care homes homecare and learning disability services Colleagues came from across the county to join in the celebrations The BCA Care Awards not only recognised individual achieve-
ments of 25 individuals across 11 categories Candidates were
with the dedication and passion so well demonstrated at the Awards” A full list of winners can be seen here https //berkscare co uk/bca-care-awards-2024-winners-andnominees/

New Mayor Of York Must Make Social Care a Priority Operators Say

The new Mayor of York and North Yorkshire and all other newly-elected politicians must make use of their power to bring about reform of social care, campaigners said today

The care provider group, the Independent Care Group (ICG) has sent congratulations to David Skaith who was today elected as York and North Yorkshire’s first Mayor And it called on him to use his election as a way to influence the way older and vulnerable adults are

cared for in his region and across the country ICG Chair Mike Padgham said:

“Congratulations to David – the people of York and North Yorkshire have placed their trust in him to help deliver improvements to this region

We will now be looking to him to use that power and influence to bring about change in the way a very significant section of the community is cared for as we need to raise the pressure for change

“York and North Yorkshire has a significant proportion of older and vulnerable adults within its population and we will look to the new mayor to take a lead on improving the lives of these citizens as part of his role in bringing about much-needed regeneration for the region

“Many within our area are living without the care they need and we hope that Mr Skaith can use his position to change that

“We also look to all others who are celebrating election or re-election to posts to join in with us and to fight for social care reform

As we head – sadly quite slowly – towards a General Election we must all use whatever power we have to give those who do not have one a voice and to press for a better way of looking after a generation of people who gave us so much They deserve better

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Friends Of The Elderly’s Dementia Champions Share Their Dementia Care Journeys

Recognising and marking this year’s Dementia Action Week, charity Friends of the Elderly s Dementia Champions are sharing their dementia care journeys and talking about how they support care and inspire residents who are living with dementia

The Charity s Dementia Champions focus on encouraging independence giving reassurance supporting and helping inspiring communication creativity interactions and providing high quality care with dignity that meets each individual’s needs – and all the Dementia Champions are totally committed to supporting residents living with dementia They spend time with every resident - or day care client –supporting caring for and getting to really know them finding out about their backgrounds likes dislikes interests and hobbies building trust and friendship Each Dementia Champion has a deep passion for caring and supporting those who are living with dementia and are consistently and continuously learning and developing thanks to the Charity s Dementia Training Programme

“Friends of the Elderly is committed to continuously developing its Dementia Education Programme which has the capacity to continue to evolve and grow rather than just being run of the mill annual dementia training ” said Mark Wilson the Charity s Chief Operating Officer

“To achieve our goal, we partnered with Worcester University s highly regarded Association for Dementia Studies and worked closely with the now retired Professor Dawn Brooker We now have 66 trained Dementia Champions throughout the Charity whose unwavering focus is to support residents and day care clients and to be there to help their families and friends The Programme is securely and well embedded and is also in place to support new members of the Friends of the Elderly team

with a further two shortly completing the course and another participating in our Dementia Leader Training Programme said Andy

“Friends of the Elderly’s Dementia Champion training has given me the understanding to be able to see things more clearly through the eyes of the residents who are living with dementia added Monika Ahmed the Activities Coordinator and a Dementia Champion at Bernard Sunley To see the look of happiness on someone s face bringing a person out of their shell and by being a friend that can understand and help them live a fuller happier life is so rewarding

“Being a Dementia Champion – first and foremost - is knowledge, understanding and skills which I share with my colleagues and residents’ families to promote positive changes to people living with dementia in our care home In addition being a Dementia Champion to me means that I have the duty to lead my colleagues by good example - being a role model by demonstrating quality and a person–centred approach to dementia care I am an advocate for the residents so they are heard and their needs and wishes are addressed and to promote their social physical emotional wellbeing

“Through the innovating programme, our entire charity, from our Chief Executive - right through to our frontline care teams - have attended the Dementia Education Programme This really does demonstrates our staff s commitment to supporting people living with dementia and of course their families

At Bernard Sunley, the Charity’s Woking-based residential, nursing and dementia care home there are five Dementia Champions including the Registered Care Home Manager Andy Cumper “At present, five members of the Bernard Sunley care team are Dementia Champions

At Redcot Friends of the Elderly’s Haslemere-based residential care home Anne Essam the care home s Dementia Champion said: “I’ve worked for Friends of the Elderly over 20 years and have been a Dementia Champion for five years One of the most rewarding parts of being a Dementia Champion is seeing the residents – who are living with dementia - smile when they achieve a task or are happy participating in one of our many group activities It is truly wonderful knowing that I have made a difference – even a small difference - to their day ”

Shirley Bradley Friends of the Elderly s Head of Day Care Services added: “I’m very proud of all the Day Care Team They all work so hard to give the clients a great day every day despite living with dementia Their commitment and ethos shines through as they know that what they do and achieve is about the person the individual and not dementia

They continuously think about new things to do each

day, themed and seasonal activities and topics of the day to support the clients in an inclusive engaging and enjoyable way so each one lives their life well whilst at our day care centres

“They are not just here for the day care clients but for their families too They are a friendly ear and comforting support If any of the team notices a difference in one of our clients they immediately tell their families so they can let doctors or medical professionals know keeping them currently up-to-date with a person’s wellbeing ”

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama Perform a Concert for Southgate Care Home

Residents and staff at Southgate Beaumont Care home in North London where treated to a splendid afternoon with a beautiful performance from the students attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Alice, Cathryn and Henry are all undergraduates at this prestigious school and kindly gave up their time to bring their classical

friend who played for the Salvation Army “He used to march up and down practicing his horn instrument in our house” she laughed

Our general manager Beatrice Godfrey remarked “We always enjoy having young talent here in our home and we are so very grateful for these students sharing their amazing talents with our home We would like to wish them all the luck for their final exams and exciting futures ahead”

Being a Dementia Champion has given me more awareness and comprehension of dementia and helps me – every day - to promote the wellbeing of the residents living with dementia and provide support to their loved ones ” said Emma Cranstone the Dementia Champion at The Lawn the Charity’s residential care home in Alton Hampshire I have been with Friends of the Elderly for over 13 years,” continued Adrian Tyrer the Dementia Champion at Davenham, the residential care home at Friends of the Elderly Malvern “I have always enjoyed looking after people and making sure they are healthy safe and that their wellbeing is well catered for I believe that through supporting each resident who is living with dementia I can help them to enjoy and live their lives in the best way they possibly can through providing an exceptional level of personalised care ” In closing Mark said: “We are proud of the approach we have taken to support residents and day care clients who are living with dementia Through our Dementia Education Programme our teams and Dementia Champions we are able to deliver tailored care that supports each person, focusing on their individual abilities that encourages and helps each person to continue living as independently as possible with fulfilled and happy lives

Residents at Austen House Celebrate Cinco De


Residents at Austen House in Lower Earley, Reading went loco celebrating Cinco de Mayo which takes place on 5th May every year Cinco de Mayo is a national day which celebrates freedom and liberty in Mexico It marks the date in 1862 when President Benito Juarez sent troops to face the invading French army who were marching towards Mexico City The day is hugely important in Mexico and is celebrated with parades, battle re-enactments fireworks and parties around the country Residents and family members watched videos of parades and celebrations in Mexico travelled virtually to different historic sites in Mexico had a Mexican quiz and enjoyed a brilliant Mexican party with Mariachi music and buffet of traditional Mexican food and drink Simona Cioinac Senior General Manager at Austen House said: We celebrate all cultures and religions and we try to mark as many cultural events as possible Cinco de Mayo is a fantastic celebration and a great excuse for a party We all had so much fun decorating the home with Mexican flags and dancing to the Mariachi music” Maurice a resident said: “It is so wonderful to be able to mark occasions like this and to remember the history behind the date I really enjoyed watching the celebrations in Mexico and the Mexican food was absolutely
performance to the residents They performed on both the horn and the piano and residents were thrilled that they had a private concert in the comfort of their own home One of our residents Marjorie, who is 104 years old, remarked how it brought back such happy memories of her son’s

Palliative Care Sector Unites To Give Stark Warning To Next Government

Chief executives of the UK s palliative and end of life care charities have united during Dying Matters Awareness Week to urge party leaders to prioritise palliative and end of life care in their election manifestos and plans for government

In the letter chief executives from Hospice UK Marie Curie National Bereavement Alliance, Sue Ryder, and Together for Short Lives say if you do nothing to fix the problems that dying people currently experience hundreds of thousands will miss out on vital care and the trauma of seeing a loved one die without support will live in the minds of a generation People who are dying and their loved ones deserve better

end of their lives and we know that our ageing population means demand for care will continue to grow over the next decades Hospices are ready to meet this challenge but they need a new funding model and support from the next government to ensure they can continue to provide their brilliant care for everyone who needs it, whenever they need it

“We need the next Prime Minister to recognise the importance of palliative care and heed the recommendations of the joint manifesto, so everyone affected by dying, death and bereavement gets the best possible care and support

Up to 90% of adults who die would benefit from palliative and end of life care And due to the UK s ageing population around 32,000 more people would benefit from palliative care at the end of the next parliament (2029) compared to the start (2024)

Matthew Reed, the chief executive of the end of life charity, Marie Curie says:

“Dying people do not have time to wait the next government must prioritise fully funding end of life care Too many people are dying in avoidable pain frightened and without the dignity they deserve Families are left stressed, exhausted and traumatised Death and dying is inevitable but getting it wrong at the end isn’t If the next government fails to address the chaotic approach to end of life care that failure will affect us all

Toby Porter CEO of Hospice UK says:

“The next few years are critical for end of life care We know that many people do not get the palliative care they need at the

Children and young people in just a third of local NHS areas in England can access end of life care at home that meets National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) standards

Heidi Travis, Chief Executive of Sue Ryder, says It is clear no more time can be wasted; the government and healthcare system must act now

Our research shows that the demand for specialist palliative care services is expected to rise by 55% over the next decade The constant uncertainty of funding will continue to be a threat to service provision until a sustainable solution is reached

“Everyone should have a good death, and access to palliative and end-of-life care is integral to this The inconsistent provision across the UK continues to make this time more difficult for people at the end of life when their focus should be spending time with people they love and making memories ” Every year Dying Matters Awareness Week encourages people to talk about death dying and bereavement


Remarkable Life Stor y of Pauline Halliday (nee Chitty)

Meet Pauline aged 91 who happily lives at our Bay Tree Court care home in Prestbury Pauline s daughters Sarah and Jane shared their mother s Remarkable Lives story with us

Pauline’s story is one of resilience and survivorship Like so many in the ‘Lost Generation , the Second World War left its scars and it s important that their stories are not forgotten

Age 8

Age 5

Pauline was born on the 21ST January 1933 in Gotherington Cheltenham Her parents were Mary and Henry Chitty and her father was a local baker

Pictured is Pauline aged five in 1938 with brothers Robin and John It is the only photo of Pauline before she lost her arm The family lived in a house in Worcester Street, Cheltenham (just off the Tewksbury Road) Life was hard in those days, and they had little money and it was the Great Depression

Pauline lost her left arm in a tragic bomb disaster on Easter weekend of 1941 in Worcester Street, Cheltenham

A group of local children found an unexploded trench mortar bomb Not realising the danger it got brought back to their street and it exploded From the blast 6 children were killed – including Pauline’s brother Johnny Chitty age 7 and Pauline was injured

After the explosion, Pauline was taken to Cheltenham General Hospital in a dustcart which her mum flagged down the only vehicle available Not realising at this point her son Johnny had sadly been killed

A very skilled surgeon managed to save the top half of Pauline s left arm something she was always grateful for because her ‘stump’ was extremely useful She also suffered shrapnel injuries in her back

Pauline was in hospital for many months and was then sent away to convalesce in Weston Super Mare She returned to school and was a very independent child who just ‘got on with it’ despite her injuries

Life was extremely hard for all the family after the bomb

Pauline s parents had more children David Roger and Susan

Age 24

Pictured is Pauline s marriage to Dennis Halliday in 1957, and their wedding reception was in Cheltenham Town Hall They met as neighbours aged 8 in Whaddon Avenue where Pauline s family moved after the bomb

Pauline was fitted with a prosthetic arm and it wasn’t just for cosmetic purposes because it also helped her balance when she rode a bicycle (which she did for years)!

Pauline worked in Wards department store in Cheltenham where she had lots of friends and enjoyed her job

Pauline and Dennis have two daughters, Jane and then Sarah Age 91

Pauline lives at Bay Tree Court care home in Prestbury Cheltenham not far from her roots Pauline has settled in and calls it her home She enjoys the activities the range of food and especially loves the tea and cakes

Pauline’s daughters Jane and Sarah commented

“It’s remarkable that she managed to change nappies and feed her babies with only one hand! Like all things she just found ways around each problem and coped

Pauline continued to work right up until retirement age and then went on to give her time and skills by volunteering at local charities including Cruse Bereavement Care

Her daughters continued, “Despite such a traumatic beginning to her life, she managed to cope with life s challenges and proves that living a full life after losing a limb is possible”

Care Home Residents Set Up A Knitting Club Open For The Local Community

and abilities

Win A Gardening Bundle For Your Local Care Home Or Hospice With Westland

Westland Horticulture home to brands such as Big Tom, Boost, Resolva, Unwins, and Kent & Stowe, is excited to announce the New Horizon Fund that will support community garden projects across the UK and Ireland in 2024

Is your local care home s outdoor space in need of some love and care to help ensure its accessible to all?

At Westland we believe everyone deserves to get closer to nature, and a thriving garden has a vast array of physical and therapeutic benefits whatever your level of mobility From awakening the senses of touch sight and smell with an abundance of thriving plants and flowers to simply sitting in the fresh air surrounded by beauty and wildlife everyone deserves to enjoy an outdoor

New Horizon Fund aims to create a greener future for all, and will support community garden projects from schools allotments hospices and care homes across the UK and Ireland The funding will com-




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help its outdoor space thrive nominate them at www gardenhealth com/new-horizon-fund There will be multiple prize draws throughout the year in March June and September with at least five bundles being awarded at each stage so there s plenty of opportunities for your local care home to be gifted a bundle The sooner you enter the better chance you have The final closing date will be 1st September 2024 HELP WESTLAND GROW THE FUND Growing media which includes composts is the No 1 consumed gardening product With every bag sold of Westland s New Horizon peat free compost the fund grows and grows Every time you buy a bag of New Horizon, you’ll know you’re contributing to community projects that will greatly benefit from an improved outdoor space NEW HORIZON PEAT FREE ORGANIC ALL PLANT COMPOST Success in gardening all starts with compost, and with Westland’s New Horizon compost, you can be sure it is great for the garden and great for the planet Our relentless pursuit of excellence in ingredients processes and quality has resulted in our most environmentally friendly and highest performance compost range ever It provides everything plants require for optimal growth and health The New Horizon compost is our most sustainable variety and is the leading sustainable brand in our growing media category It’s naturally peat free, it’s 100% sustainably sourced, and helps all plants and nature thrive New Horizon has been specially created to be the perfect blend for vegetables, fruits, and flowers The ingredients start to nourish plants immediately and continue to feed for up to 6 weeks
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The residents at Elm Bank care home in Kettering have set up a newly established knitting club running every Friday morning from 10:30am to 12pm open to all within the local community We all understand the importance of life enriching activities for all our residents here at the home and within the local community Many of the residents at Elm Bank would have created knitting master pieces back in the day The knitting club that has been newly formed will run every Friday morning and it is opening its doors for the local community to join It is a great place to get together and knit with a nice hot drink and biscuits For some of the residents it was their first time learning to knit and what fun they had It allowed for the established knitters to share knowledge and the group as a whole to become friends The residents at Elm Bank are looking forward to welcoming members of the local community in to the home to join them Marvellous Bindura General Manager said It is lovely to see our residents enjoying activities that enrich their lives and the knitting club is something that means a lot to our residents It is amazing to be opening the newly formed knitting club for the local community to join, and we cannot wait to welcome new members The club will run every Friday with refreshments you do not have to be a knitter to join you can come and simply learn or sit with us and enjoy the company Our varied life enrichment programme keeps residents active and provides a daily choice of engaging physical, mental and spiritual activities tailored to residents’ interests

Parley Place Takes Part In Dementia UK Walk 31 Miles Challenge

Dementia UK are a specialist dementia charity based in the uk and offers support to the whole family, the provide life changing support to anyone affected by dementia Every 3 minutes someone in the UK develops dementia – it s one of the biggest health challenges of our time Families often feel overwhelmed and don t know where to turn which

Bedhampton Court Care Home Celebrates Team Marriage

session for the residents where Christine and Alvin will share their wedding photos and recount the cherished moments from their trip to Kenya We are thrilled to welcome Christine and Alvin back to Bedhampton Court after their beautiful wedding celebration said Wendy Bennett Activities CoOrdinator at Bedhampton

Whole Home Approach In Action – Friday Wellness Walks At Goodwins Hall



M-Resourcing are delighted to announce the appointment of
Ashenden to lead our M-Resourcing service with effect from 1 December 2023
our clients that managing their resourcing costs isstill a key priority and this important appointment underlines ourcontinuing commitment to the sector Christoph Marr CEO of Marr Procurement Dan is a highly-capable leader and has incredibly valuable experiencefrom his years in the care sector managing and delivering complex temporary labour agency programmes We areexcited to bring that experience to our clients ” Dan spent 6 years at Priory Group During my rewarding six-year tenure at Priory, I had the privilege of beingappointed as the inaugural UK Agency Manager where I honed my skills in enhancing their PSL offering Thisexperience has provided invaluable insights into the principles of effective temporary agency management reduction and control Now, as the Head of M-Resourcing at Marr Procurement I aim to leverage this knowledge tointroduce innovative strategies for temp agency reduction to benefit our clients My goal is to ensure the delivery ofa cost-effective and compliant offering, especially in the face of increasing sector costs With a rising demand andour commitment to fairness, our offering at Marr Procurement is poised to become even more beneficial Marr Procurement is a professional procurement organisation serving the care sector and founded on the values ofIntegrity Fairness and Quality In everything we do we believe in doing things better ensuring fairness for clientsand suppliers alike and always doing the right thing Marr Procurement was set up in 2008 and has since servedmore than 50 care clients in delivering savings through sourcing over £1bn of spend Christoph Marr CEO Marr Procurement: At Marr Procurement we believe in seeking to level the playing field forclients ensuring they have equal access to the best procurement services and outcomes This is what drives us everyday in serving our clients The team I have built are each highly capable leaders in their speciality but importantly,they all share a common belief in fairness and transparency This means they are always seeking the right solutionfor our clients where trust is at the forefront Dan is a great fit for our business and for our clients and I amdelighted to welcome him to the team ” Find out more at www marrprocurement com/m-resourcing/
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for the Care Sector Introducing Dan Ashenden our new head of M-Resourcing Bedhampton Court care home, in Havant, Hampshire, is delighted to announce the return of nurses Christine and Alvin who recently celebrated their marriage in their hometown of Kenya The couple who are integral members of the nursing team embarked on a month-long journey to Kenya to celebrate with their families and community after tying the knot on March 17th Christine and Alvin joined the Bedhampton family in October 2022 as part of the Overseas Nurses Recruitment Program organised by Healthcare Homes Upon their return the staff at Bedhampton Court organised a celebration to honour the newlyweds Colleagues gathered to present them with gifts while a cake gilded the centre of the gathering As the sounds of Going to the Chapel" and "Congratulations" filled the air Christine and Alvin were surrounded by the love and well-wishes of their Bedhampton family In a touching display of support some of the residents signed a card expressing their congratulations further highlighting the close-knit community fostered within the home and the strong relationships that bloom there Looking ahead Bedhampton Court is excited to host a special activity
Court We are all looking forward to seeing and hearing about the memories they create together
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taking part in a sponsored walk
the month of May to raise money for
is where Dementia UK comes in so they don’t feel alone
their relatives and staff are all getting involved with the challenge to walk 31 miles in May residents are taking part with walks round the garden and to the local park whilst staff taking on a massive 16 mile walk in 1 day and 8 miles on another as well as walks round the garden with the residents! Gina Smith General Manager of Parley Place Care Home said Taking part in this challenge is going to be a huge amount of fun and everyone at the home has got behind us It’s for such an important cause We are very glad to be able to do our bit to raise further awareness and money for the charity ” Every Friday there s a buzz of energy at Goodwins Hall care home in Kings Lynn as the team takes its whole home approach to wellbeing and activities to another level with the introduction of the Friday Wellness Walks Home Manager Flavia Hansell is delighted that the idea of the walks has been warmly welcomed by both her residents and team members These walks are more than just a stroll she said they’re a celebration of health happiness and connection The team at the care home are enthusiastic from managers to kitchen staff, gardeners to admin, housekeepers to caregivers nurses and our lifestyles team Together they are championing the importance of getting outside and soaking up the goodness of nature It really is a whole home approach said Flavia We ve started simply and it’s only going to get bigger and better as the weather warms up The beauty is it s simple I am asking every team member to take 15 minutes or more on a Friday to take a resident outside for a walk– lend an arm push a wheelchair and spend some time out in the fresh air Our residents love these weekly walks added Flavia We have wonderful gardens at Goodwins Hall which everyone likes to get out into and enjoy It’s a great opportunity for some one-to-one time with a member of our team and often a chance to chat to someone different But why are these walks so essential and what are the benefits especially for our older residents –Keep moving – walking keeps us nimble and agile, maintains mobility, strengthening muscles and keeping our hearts happy Happy thoughts – Fresh air is like a magic potion for our mood helping to relieve stress and leaving us with smiles for miles Bright minds – Outdoor jaunts give our brains a workout keeping us sharp focused, and ready for whatever comes our way Caring connection – Connecting with others on our walks fosters a real sense of belonging and camaraderie Vitamin D – Energy and vitality Exposure to natural sunlight can regulate sleep patterns and boost energy levels • Time to reminisce – A chance to reminisce share stories and connect with nature So as we lace up our shoes and head out into the sunshine let’s remember the magic that happens when we come together to explore laugh and make some memories Getting out into the fresh air even if just for a short period of time, is good for us all
at Parley

Training Helps Dysphagia Sufferers Enjoy Mealtimes Even More At Care Home

A HEREFORD care home is going to extra lengths to ensure residents who suffer from a condition which makes mealtimes more difficult are still able to enjoy food which looks appetising and safe Science has proven that first impressions count when it comes to food but this can be challenging when the diner suffers from dysphagia a swallowing disorder estimated to affect one in twelve people in the UK This often means people need to eat pureed food

But at Brockington House Care Community in Hafod Road, Hereford the challenge of preparing food that looks appetising and is safe for people to eat is one which is taken seriously, and this has resulted in Head Chef Cihan Wiltshire and Chef Ashley Davies undergo training in IDDSI – the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative

And the pair are now passing on what they have learned to other staff at the home to ensure the mealtimes of the ladies and gentlemen who live in Brockington House and who have dysphagia are enjoyable and safe

IDDSI grades the texture and thickness of foods and liquids into a standard global classification of 8 levels By grading food in this way a person with dysphagia – or their carer – can be aware of whether something is safe to eat or drink

Cihan says: Some people might initially think the solution is simply to purée all food to a pulp making it look like baby food and often a horrible looking mush that does not look appetising at all

But want all our residents to enjoy their food and to have the same choices as everyone else and this training, which chefs and carers are undergoing will help us to do that safely ”

At Brockington every resident has a food passport which details their food likes and dislikes any allergies, dietary requirements and IDDSI classification

Using this, chefs can prepare a meal and adapt it so everyone can enjoy

The example Cihan uses to demonstrate to other staff is a chicken roast dinner, prepared at four different levels of the IDDSI scale It starts with a standard roast dinner then the same meal which falls away to bite size pieces

As part of a presentation to cascade learning to staff Ashley demonstrated using spaghetti and meatballs as an example The pasta was puréed and then piped into a spaghetti shape to look practically identical to a non- puréed meal

“Lower down the scale the food may have to be puréed but this can be done to each item individually and crafted so the carrot puree on the plate looks like a carrot perhaps with some green purée as a tuft of leaf ” Cihan explains

It can take an additional two hours to prepare food in this way but Cihan is in no doubt it is worth it

To be faced with a plate of what looks like mush can be de-humanising and we have residents who simply will not eat it,” he said “

But when care is taken in the presentation you can see their eyes light up it looks delicious and then tastes delicious

“It has actually enhanced the dining experience for all There are some Michelin starred restaurants where you pay a lot of money for velouté sauces and purées and we include them as a standard option

People with dysphagia can experience difficulty swallowing food or drinks – including medication – and this in turn can lead to serious conditions including chest infections malnutrition or dehydration

Someone with a secondary condition, such as dementia, may not appreciate they have difficulty swallowing and then choking can become a danger The severity of the condition and the thickness of the food someone can consume, can vary from person to person

Bidfood Launches Industr y First With

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Functions For Care Customers

Lura Care Launches its Mobile Dental Care

PAGE 18 | THE CARER DIGITAL | ISSUE 193 With care homes across the UK facing staff shortages and skill challenges Bidfood one of the UK s leading wholesalers has provided an all-in-one immersive support platform through the launch of its Interactive Care Home This digital initiative spotlights innovation and solutions for the six key areas found in UK care homes empowering Bidfood s customers to navigate challenges and thrive in what is an everchanging sector There are over 16 000 care homes in the UK [1] most of which are operating with tight budgets rising food costs and limited resources Bidfood’s Interactive Care Home has been designed with this in mind delivering a unique easy-to-use platform that clearly demonstrates how the wholesaler’s services expertise and relevant ranges seamlessly integrate within a care home all in one place A collaboration between Bidfood’s Chef Development Marketing, E-commerce and Technical Service teams, The Interactive Care Home places these experts at the forefront, as they talk through topics from resident dining experiences to menu planning food waste and more Users can explore each room, watching a range of videos where one of Bidfood’s experts will offer their professional advice on various areas including nutrition creating innovative and delicious dishes as well as how to shop and save time using their multi-award-winning e-commerce site Bidfood Direct With over 75 interactive elements to discover users are also able to access support tools on specialist diets product guides and increase their knowledge via Bidfood s free e-learning site Caterers Campus Business Development Controller for Education & Healthcare Gavin Squires said: We are thrilled to have launched this latest campaign for the sector Our aspiration is for this platform to become the go-to industry source where all care homes can access a comprehensive overview of the support readily available for their care home from Bidfood “We aim for it to be a place for thought leadership product innovation and trailblazing content The Interactive Care Home has been developed to become an integral tool for our customers as well as an innovative showcase to all care homes ” To enter The Interactive Care Home, simply click here: https://view bidfood co uk/the-interactive-care-home/?page=1
From their first operational centre in Hampton Hill Lura Care will be in a position to provide dental services to centres located in London South East and part of East England Lura Care a company specialising in dental care services for care homes and day centres has opened its first operational centre in the United Kingdom in Hampton Hill, London Their objective is to break the mobility barrier to care for dependent people or people with mobility problems who due to their condition, cannot access the oral health services they need Lura Care has developed an innovative model of mobile dental services that adapts to the specific needs of its patients whereby its specialised and highly skilled teams carry out the treatments on-site to avoid inconvenient transfers to clinics wherever possible The company, who are registered with the Care Quality Commission, also carry out free no-obligation initial assessments on-site to evaluate the oral health condition of residents and their dental care needs, as well as training activities in care homes to help promote preventative health and healthy habits As a social impact company Lura Care is committed to advancing towards the Sustainable Development Goals by promoting of good health and well-being (SDG 3) the reduction of inequalities (SDG 10) and the impulse of partnerships to achieve goals (SDG 17) as well as fighting the phenomenon of ageism that relegates millions of older people and restricts their rights to enjoy a full life with an optimal quality of life With this objective the company offers flexible and interest-free financing options for treatments, so that no person is left without the care they need for financial reasons and reinvests a portion of the revenue back into the centres through bonuses to help improve their services Founded in Barcelona Spain and also at present in Italy Lura Care has provided their services to more than 1 000 care homes and day centres and has attended to more than 100 000 patients since the company was founded in 2015 From their first operational centre in Hampton Hill they will be in a position to provide dental services to centres located in London, South East and part of East England Lura Care is registered with the Care Quality Commission For more information about the company, please visit www luracare co uk See the advert on the facing page for details
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Her Midwifer y To Caring Journey

To celebrate this year’s International Day of the Midwife Jan Daly the Registered Care Home Manager at Redcot the residential care home in Haslemere, Surrey run by charity, Friends of the Elderly has been sharing her own Midwife to Carer journey

“From a very young age, I knew I wanted to work in the Care Sector either as a Nurse Midwife or Carer I just felt this deep need to help people ” said Jan “I grew up in a nursing environment as my Mum was a Nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital in London When I was about five-years-old I had my very own Nurses uniform and Doctor’s bag and I used to love listening to my Mum s stories about what she d been doing at the hospital each day “My choice of career path never left me After finishing school I went to Guildford College to begin my Nursing journey Jan continued “Then when I was able I decided to specialise in Midwifery and worked hard to become a Registered Midwife After qualifying I worked at The Royal Surrey county Hospital and happily worked there, delivering many beautiful, bouncing babies for many years After having my own family, I returned to work in care and nearly five years ago I joined Friends of the Elderly as the Registered Care Home Manager at Redcot During her career as a Midwife Jan delivered many healthy bouncing babies It s true what they say that

it’s a small world as it turns out that I delivered one of my Team’s sisters many years ago ” Jan added Friends of the Elderly has 12 Registered Nurses and Midwives working within its care homes and day care services, all of whom have a steadfast and untiring commitment and devotion to make a difference to older people s daily lives

“At Redcot, one of our Activities Coordinators – Ann Essam – was also a Midwife in her previous career,” continued Jan Ann worked as a Midwife for three years and then became the District Midwife a role she stayed in for 14 years Then due to family circumstances Ann moved to Liphook in Surrey and took a role as a Midwife at The Royal Surrey Hospital where she stayed for 20 years Ann tried retirement but that didn t last for long added Jan After working as a Midwife for so many years, Ann tells me that she just couldn t take to being retired, it was too boring So, after working at Bernard Sunley our Woking-based residential nursing and dementia care home as an Activities Coordinator for a number of years, we were very lucky and grateful that Ann

sure that they are happy safe engaged and motivated every day Our residents are wonderful and I thoroughly enjoy spending time with them, whether we are taking part in one of our


ities or simply sitting down with a cup of tea and having a chat Their life stories are fascinating and some of the tales they tell me are absolutely hilarious I wouldn’t change what I do for all the tea in China,” Jan concluded

Exemplar Health Care Launches

Transformative New Leadership Pathways

Nursing and care provider Exemplar Health Care has launched its transformative new Leadership Pathways part of The Exemplar Academy

Representing a major investment in the development of its people and their skills the Leadership Pathways seek to redefine leadership training in the healthcare sector by transforming the skills and career opportunities of participants

Offering a clearly defined career pathway that empowers individuals at every level of the organisation they span four distinct levels –aspire engage accelerate and inspire

Designed for colleagues in a wide range of roles at all stages of their career the programmes will equip learners with the skills and behaviours needed to excel in their roles and advance their careers, whether they are aspiring or experienced leaders

Rob Coxon Director of The Exemplar Health Care Academy the organisation’s learning and development body said: The launch of Exemplar Health Care s new Leadership Pathways marks an exciting milestone in our journey of continual improvement Our pathways aren t just about training; they re about transforming the career prospects of our colleagues by empowering them to become exceptional leaders who can drive positive change and deliver outstanding care for the people we support

“Following a period of rapid growth, it became imperative for us to create a bespoke training offer that embeds the Exemplar Way and enables ambitious and talented colleagues to progress their careers As

we continue growing we ll require more leaders at every level – the pathways seek to develop these leaders from our existing talented team supporting retention and giving colleagues the practical skills and career advancement opportunities that truly make caring at Exemplar Health Care a rewarding career choice

The Leadership Pathways offer a comprehensive learning experience that goes beyond traditional training methods There are currently four learning programmes each of which consists of seven modules covering essential skills and knowledge for effective leadership Participants benefit from a blended learning approach including face-to-face sessions, coaching, peer-to-peer learning, and on-the-job training

Steve Melton, CEO of Exemplar Health Care, commented: Investing in our people has been central to our success to date and remains of paramount importance as we continue on our growth journey Our goal is to empower our colleagues by providing them with the tools confidence and opportunities they need to thrive in their careers

“We believe that by creating an environment in which everyone can develop their leadership skills we can ensure that our team is equipped to provide the best care and support to the individuals we support Our mission is to make every day better’ for everyone connected to Exemplar Health Care, and we're confident that our new Leadership Pathways will help us achieve that goal

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Praise For Nationwide Project Supporting Veterans In Care Homes

A new project is having a huge impact on the lives of ex-Armed Forces personnel living in care homes

The Veteran Friendly Framework (VFF) launched last year and aims to promote wellbeing and tackle loneliness by providing resources to care homes in England to better support their veterans

The managers of two care homes with VFF status – one which provides bespoke care for veterans and one that doesn t – have now spoken of the tangible impact it has had on ex-service people living in their homes

Helena Maher is the Home Manager at Surbiton St Mary’s Riverside in the East Riding of Yorkshire is run by Home Manager Laura Barnsley

Unlike Royal Star & Garter it is a non-military care home but currently has seven veterans in its care

Helena described the VFF as a priority while Laura said it allowed

her home to give recognition to the veterans we care for which they deserve

In a blog Helena said although Royal Star & Garter already cares for veterans the VFF is about understanding the military mindset and someone s previous military service” and “confirms we are achieving a high level of care She also highlighted how the VFF leads to improved “joined-up care” with external clinical services, and “raises awareness of our veterans and partners and the challenges they face when accessing care in the secondary healthcare arena ”

Speaking about the impact the VFF was having at St Mary’s Riverside Laura said the home is increasing its knowledge and expertise in how to support veterans,” and “improving the care we provide residents She said: We re connecting with them on a deeper level we have a deeper understanding of their past, which in turn improves their wellbeing and mental health I think with the VFF we ve improved their outcomes and their experiences living in our care home ” She also said the VFF had encouraged St Mary’s Riverside to connect

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Local School and Teachers Create a Link with Elm Bank Care Home

ous It is great to have links with local schools and for them to come in and spend time with our residents is simply wonderful Not only is it beneficial for the residents it is also beneficial for the pupils to learn new skills and being with the older generation, the pupils are able to learn many things about the past, it really is so nice to see the pupils and the smiles that they have and the residents on their faces it just brings joy to our hearts”

World War II Captive Celebrates 100th Birthday At Argentum Lodge Care Home

George Durkal who was held captive in an internment camp in Germany during World War II marked his 100th Birthday with a celebration at Argentum Lodge Care Home in Nailsea near Bristol with his birthday card from King Charles and The Queen Consort in pride of place

Born in Poland in 1925 George was one of six siblings The outbreak of the Second World War and Germany s invasion of Poland in 1939 shattered his happy childhood and aged 15 he returned from school one day to find his house burnt to the ground surrounded by German soldiers

Living in occupied Poland was extremely tough and in 1945 the Gestapo demanded one member of his family was to go to work in Germany George who was only 21 at the time, volunteered and he was sent by cattle truck across the border to work as a carpenter fixing farmers carts Later he was sent to an internment camp where he was forced to labour building underground bunkers

Following the war George joined the Polish Army and was stationed in Italy for two years As Poland was now under Russian occupation George emigrated to England where he swiftly learnt English and used his carpentry skills to find work making furniture He later worked for British Cellophane in Bridgwater for many years

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eventful life which is perhaps the secret to a long life I was blessed with a wonderful marriage of over 68 years to my soulmate Joyce, which brought me great joy I had a really lovely birthday and the staff at Argentum Lodge have gone out of their way to help me celebrate my century Jessica Hawker care home manager

Argentum Lodge said: “It has been a privilege for us to join George in marking this incredible milestone As the country marks the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings this year, the remarkable first-hand stories of people like George who lived through that terrible conflict become increasingly rare – and therefore all the more important to hear

“George is a much-loved member of our Argentum Lodge family and he still manages to take a full and active part in life at the home

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The residents and staff at Elm Bank care home in Kettering had the pleasure of local pupils and teachers coming to engage in morning activities at the home The staff and pupils of Stone Lodge School based in Kettering were delighted in coming to the home to engage in activities with the residents The residents at Elm Bank care home enjoyed the company of both the teachers and young pupils during the morning Jigsaw and Games Club The residents have an array of activities running throughout the week and having young pupils in is always greatly welcomed The teachers and pupils spent time in learning about the home and its residents understanding what activities and events are run throughout the weeks and months Going forward the school and pupils will build a great link that benefits all with residents already planning a trip to the school classrooms Marvellous Bindura General Manager said It is lovely to see our residents enjoying time with younger people, the enrichment it creates in their lives is obvi-

Oakland Care’s ‘Gold-Standard’ Sustainability

Efforts Recognised At Global Awards

Caerphilly Care Home Brings Generations Together

To Celebrate Global Intergenerational Week

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A Caerphilly care home has been opening its doors to children at a local primary school to encourage people from across the generational divide to come together to celebrate Global Intergenerational Week HC-One Wales’s Abermill Care Home – located in Abertridwr, near Caerphilly – welcomed children from Nant Y Parc Primary School as it celebrated Global Intergenerational Week, which ran between April 24 and 30 Children from Nant Y Parc Primary School were invited along to the care home to build relationships with some of its elderly residents at Abermill Care Home The care home highlighted the importance of sharing life stories between those young and old The special week emphasised that experiences can be celebrated with each other, no matter how old you are The celebrations started with children aged seven to ten-years-old and, following this, a younger age group joined in with a host of activities which united the different generations together Nant Y Parc Primary School children enjoyed a movement to music session hosted by Abermill s Wellbeing Coordinators Debbie Thomas and Shannon Webb, as well as a movement to music teacher Abermill Care Home Manager Christine Tipper said: It is lovely to see these little relationships developing heart-warming how kind and thoughtful the children are looking forward to what progresses Abermill Care Home resident, Jane Lewis, said: I really enjoyed interacting with the children including speaking to them about the history of the village ”

Huntingdon Care Home Resident Celebrates Milestone Birthday on Horseback

The Chase care home in the Connaught Care Collection, arranged a memorable day of horse riding for resident Diana Whelan at Northbrook Equestrian Centre in St Neots – where she used to volunteer

Diana who recently celebrated her 78th birthday at the home has a lifelong passion for horses which began when she received her first pony as a child Over the years she became an integral part of the Western Riding community; competing in British style riding, dressage events and offering horse therapy for people with disabilities

Diana s daughter Elizabeth who joined in the fun at Northbrook shares her delight at seeing her mother ride again:

My mother lights up whenever you talk about horses, and seeing her interact with them during activities arranged by The Chase has been wonderful When we set the goal of getting Mum back on a horse I wasn t sure it would be possible but it was and the sense of pride and achievement in that moment is something truly special”

This kind of therapeutic riding can play a significant role in boosting mental and physical health For many years Diana volunteered at the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) to offer one-to-one lessons for local people living with disabilities

This kind of equine-assisted therapy (EAP) can be a valuable therapeutic strategy for improving well-being and physical confidence

Sadly in recent years Diana has been unable to ride and looking after her own horses has become difficult However, with support from The Chase and Northbrook, she was able to relive some of her cherished memories as a rider

Nicola Orwin General Manager at The Chase says activities like this underscore the home’s commitment to offering a unique experience for every residents:

At The Chase we recognize that true care is never onesize-fits-all We strive to create meaningful memories for every resident based on their personal histories and passions I am therefore delighted the team could arrange such a perfect birthday for Di and we look forward to creating many more new memories for our residents”

Care Home Residents Test Out Their Cupcake Making Skills


Care Assistant Started Working In Care After Mums Illness

Celebrates 10-Year Work Anniversar y At Nottinghamshire Home

A Nottinghamshire woman who started working in social care following the illness of her mother has completed 10 years’ service at a Nottinghamshire home Susan Scaramuzza started working at MHA The Herons after discovering she wanted to support others following on from being a full-time carer for her mum

Prior to this Susan worked in the telecommunications industry but says she wanted to support others and their families and started working at MHA The Herons in 2014

Now 10 years later the 60-year-old hopes this will be her last job and can t see herself working anywhere else

The home provides residential care for our 39 residents and to mark the occasion Susan was presented with a certificate

Speaking afterwards she said: MHA The Herons is the first home I have wrecked in and I have really enjoyed the last 10 years

“It was an industry that I wasn't always interested in, but believe I found my true calling when I was looking after my mum “The staff and residents make it a very enjoyable place to work the residents especially as they have some interesting stories

The staff are always on hand to support one another and it s a great team

All the teams regardless of whether it s the kitchen laundry or care staff work together to make sure the residents needs are met

A lot has changed over time the needs of residents have evolved and we have been working through some tough times

There is a lot of progression available to those who wish to create a career for them in care and if you are prepared to do the hard work it s a very beneficial career

Sandstone Whips Up Excitement with New Regional Head

to their recipe for exceptional care, with the appointment of Rachelle White as our new Regional Head of Catering & Hospitality

Rachelle is here to sprinkle some magic across all nine Sandstone care homes from comforting classics to culinary adventures

Steven Hamblett Operations Director for Sandstone Care Group said: “The

residents at Elm Bank care home in Kettering got creative with testing out their amazing cupcake making skills We all understand the importance of life enriching activities for all our residents here at the home Many of the residents at Elm Bank would have created delicious homemade cupcakes back in the day for some it was a first and for others it was a chance to share knowledge with others It was an afternoon of mixing flour and eggs, and simply having fun Chef Sophie, is delighted to bake up the creations for all to enjoy later Pat a resident at Elm Bank said This is just such fun it is lovely we can get together and just be happy” Marvellous Bindura General Manager said It is lovely to see our residents enjoying activities that enrich their lives for some it brought back memories of when they created delicious cupcakes in the past for others it was something new for them to try To see the engagement of on the faces of the residents was heart-warming” Our varied life enrichment programme keeps residents active, and provides a daily choice of engaging physical, mental and spiritual activities tailored to residents interests and abilities
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passionate about providing high quality meals and, where possible including locally sourced ingredients for our wonderful residents who we consider part of our Sandstone family ” Rachelle s promotion from within the organisation speaks volumes about her talent and dedication She s been stirring up joy since she first joined us in 2017 as Chef at Oak Springs Care Home in Liverpool We re delighted that we were able to recruit for this role by promoting from within the Sandstone Group Rachelle has shown real skill and dedication to her role and has always put a smile on our residents faces through her delicious food and her lovely sense of humour “Rachelle will be working alongside the catering teams at all nine of our care homes, to ensure menus are varied suitable for all diets and of course absolutely delicious! She will also be looking at other ways we can improve the dining experience for our residents through our café and restaurant environments and catering teams We re excited to see what changes Rachelle has in store for us! So, what's Rachelle cooking up? Besides planning delicious and nutritious dishes she s all about harmony in the kitchen Rachelle s rolling up her sleeves to streamline processes tidy up paperwork and make sure every chef has the tools they need to create mouthwatering meals But that s not all! Rachelle s got big plans to sprinkle some magic in the dining rooms too Picture cosy corners friendly faces and meals served with a side of smiles It s all about creating an atmosphere where residents feel right at home Rachelle White Regional Head of Catering & Hospitality said “I’m really pleased to have been trusted by Sandstone Care Group to improve the catering offering across our care homes “Having joined the team back in 2017 as a chef at Oak Springs I know all the systems and processes well and have lots of ideas for how to build on our amazing work My goal is to keep bringing nutritious satisfying meals to our residents, who deserve the very best standards of care – which includes the meals they eat every day! With Rachelle’s passion for food and dedication to residents' well-being, it's sure to be a delicious journey at Sandstone Care Group!
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Trip Out to the Harley Davidson Show Rooms: A Memorable Outing for the Gentlemen of Braywood Gardens


of stability and routine in the lives of those who have lost full independence The availability of the minibus every Tuesday enables the residents to experience new adventures and maintain a sense of connection with the community The spokesperson expressed gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of Runwood Homes minibus initiative which promises to continue enriching the lives of its residents through engaging outings and activities

As the Braywood Gardens community looks forward to more adventures and interactions with the wider community the success of the Harley Davidson showroom trip serves as a testament to the positive impact of such initiatives in fostering joy companionship, and a sense of belonging among its members

Parklands Care Homes To Acquire Huntly Care Home

The Partnership has managed the care home since April 2023 when the previous operator withdrew its registration Staff employed by the previous operator will automatically transfer to Parklands while short-term contract staff appointed by AHSCP have been offered the opportunity to apply to remain in role in line with Care Inspectorate requirements Parklands is also actively recruiting in the local area

The care home will be renamed Deveron House Ron Taylor, Managing Director of Parklands Care Homes, said: Parklands has been caring for older people in the north-east for over 30 years and we are delighted to take on the stewardship of this important community asset This is our first home in Aberdeenshire but Huntly is very close to our Moray heartland and we look forward to becoming an integral part of the local community

“I want to pay tribute to the team at AHSCP for their efforts over the past year, in sometimes challenging circumstances They have

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Parklands plans to re-open a 15-bed wing at the home carry

extensive refurbishment and provide enhanced facilities for residents including a cinema and bar and upgrades to the courtyard garden Deveron House will be managed by Ruth Smith who has worked for the Parklands group for over 10 years, most recently at Wakefield House in Cullen where she was instrumental in driving up care standards

She said: “I am looking forward to working with the existing team at Deveron House and to welcoming new members to our care team We have a good foundation on which to build, thanks to the efforts of AHSCP AHSCP Partnership Manager for South Aberdeenshire, Janine Howie, said “This is a positive step to secure the future of the home for residents and families and we look forward to working with Ruth and the wider Parklands Care Homes team I would like to take this opportunity to thank and pay tribute to all of the staff who work at the home or who have supported the home over the last year or so for their dedication and compassionate care for the

Liberty House Hosts Fashion Show, Taking Residents

On A Journey Through Time

Liberty House Care Home recently hosted an exceptional fashion extravaganza titled Fashion Through the Years on April 27th 2024

This event dedicated to enhancing the lives of its residents took attendees on a journey through iconic styles and moments from the 1940s to the 1990s

The event featured special appearances from legendary music icons such as Elvis Presley Elton John Tina Turner the Jackson 5 and the Spice Girls, adding an extra touch of magic to the proceedings

Karen a member of the housekeeping team shared her delight at witnessing the residents’ enjoyment highlighting the camaraderie among staff and residents Resident Maisie praised the efforts of everyone involved stating I think everyone involved did an excellent job; there was something for everyone It was very entertaining and funny ”

Jody and Kelley the passionate wellbeing leads at Liberty House spearheaded the event with a devoted team of staff members ensuring every detail was meticulously planned The highlight of the evening was Joyce, a beloved resident whose dream of experiencing a fashion show was realised as she graced the red carpet in a stunning dress captivating the audience with her elegance Jen the homes admin echoed these sentiments emphasising the event’s ability to bring everyone together and create lasting memories

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PAGE 26 | THE CARER DIGITAL | ISSUE 193 Opeque can assist in reducing energy bills, complying with legislation, managing health and safety and achieving a sustainable operation Over years Opeque has worked with various industry sectors from tyre manufacturing to laundries schools to hotels and hospitals to care homes optimising their manufacturing procedures and facilities management Applying industrial engineering principles we address productivity resource efficiency quality control health and safety and asset management bringing people utilities equipment and buildings together to realise product excellence We have worked with many care homes to provide laundry services and water hygiene and it is from these close relationships that we believe we can further assist your CARE HOME to reduce operating costs Call or Email NOW: 07831 873355, email admin@opeque com or visit www opeque com See the advert on page 6 for details
Late last month the residents of Braywood Gardens care home in Nottingham embarked on an exciting journey to the Harley Davidson motorbike showrooms It was an experience marked by fascination and delight as the gentlemen explored the remarkable collection of motorcycles some of which were truly unique and mesmerising The visit proved to be particularly special for those among the group who were former bike riders, as they found themselves immersed in nostalgia and admiration for the craftsmanship on display The residents roamed the two floors of the showroom with the upper level boasting an array of luxurious and expensive bikes Following the showroom visit, the group took a leisurely stroll through Colwick Park a well-known local park in the Carlton area Despite having visited the park on numerous occasions in their lives the experience was rejuvenating as they took in the beauty of nature and enjoyed the refreshing outdoors To conclude the
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THE CARER DIGITAL | ISSUE 193 | PAGE 27 NUTRITION & HYDRATION Nutrition and Hydration Week was earlier this month Food procurement experts allmanhall’s dietitian Tess Warnes shares a menu of ideas for year-round inspiration
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The Transformative Role of Music in Care Communities

In life where memories intertwine with the present there s a profound need for companionship, understanding, and support – especially for those navigating the complexities of dementia We know that Dementia isn't just a medical condition; it's a complicated journey for over 90 000 people in Scotland today marked by profound emotional upheaval and huge uncertainty As such we believe that approaches to this delicate type of care must transcend clinical protocols and embrace the little things when it comes to human experience For example, music!

When the rhythm of life slows to a gentle rhythm in the quiet corridors of care facilities, music can be a powerful force and breathe vibrancy and vitality into the lives of those who need it most What we have found is that for those navigating the complexities of dementia,

the role of music surpasses mere entertainment it becomes a lifeline A conduit for connection, and a source of comfort

In my time in my role I personally have witnessed first-hand the great impact of music in nurturing mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing among the 3 500 people benefiting from our Dementia Day Care Services every year We have all been exposed to music in some way in our lives – whether by listening to recordings playing an instrument attending concerts or dancing From lively sing-alongs to serene music therapy sessions, partaking in a symphony of experiences when living with dementia can awaken hidden memories stir dormant emotions, and reignite feelings of joy and camaraderie

In fact a study comparing standard care to regular singing or music listening sessions over 10 weeks in 89 people with dementia (type not specified) music sessions improved general cognition (MMSE score) attention and executive function compared to standard care Singing appeared to evoke personal remote memories by increasing recall of names of children friends and immediate short story recall

One of our flagship programmes, the Music Wellbeing Programme, stands as a testament to the power of communal music-making Led by talented musicians and dedicated staff members this dementiainclusive activity serves as a sanctuary where residents and caregivers alike gather to share stories create melodies and forge lasting connections Through familiar tunes we witness the emergence of radiant smiles the tapping of feet and the stirring of long-forgotten memories as residents reclaim moments of joy and belonging Music really does serve as a universal language for us all overcoming factors such as age, cognition, and physical ability

Could your centre or service partner with local entertainers or other community organisations to incorporate music within your care community? From lively dance performances to intimate acoustic sessions

these collaborative endeavours create an environment with an infectious energy lifting spirits and fostering a sense of collective celebration

The Eric Liddell Community stands as a centre of hope redefining the landscape of dementia care with innovation, compassion, and inclusivity Our namesake – a Scottish legend sports person and missionary – strived to create a world where no one felt isolated or alone Where every individual's journey is met with dignity and respect

Based on the substantial evidence that music offers numerous health benefits, we’d highly recommend that your establishment considers introducing music entertainment and community engagement Together we can all create moments of joy connection, and meaning for those who need it most

Scruffies - The Lawn’s Paw-Fect Dog Show - Returns For Its Second Year

s second community Dog Show – affectionately known as Scruffies

“Our 2023 event was such as success that we really had to host it again said Emma Last year our residents had a ‘paw-fect’ day enjoying the inaugural Dog Show and everyone was so keen and loved it so much, that they insisted that we hosted the event again this year The 2023 Scruffies saw a range of dogs of varying breeds take part in 10 award categories with all the canine entrants being cheered on by residents their families friends and the care team

“This year we have 11 award categories and have slightly changed a few of them to open up the competition continued Emma Our categories now include Best Junior Handler the Sausage Eating Raceand a rather cheeky Most Like Their Owner award ” The 2024 Scruffies will take place at The Lawn care home at 119 London Road Holybourne, Alton, GU34 4ER on Saturday 29th June, starting at 2 p m “We will be asking all dogs to make sure their owners get them to the event for 1:30 p m so there will be plenty of time get used to the grounds and their surroundings ” added Emma

“The Show Ring will be set-up on the lawn outside the care home’s dining area giving everyone a good view of the proceedings Emma continued This year our award categories will be Most Handsome Dog Prettiest Lady Dog, Best Rescue Dog, Best Junior Handler, The Waggiest Tail, The Best Behaved Dog, The

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Scruffiest Dog The Dog Most Like Its Owner The Winner of The Sausage Eating Race and finally, The Dog The Judges Would Like To Take Home added Emma, “With the final award going to Best in Show ” The Entry Fee will be £1 per dog per category The ‘fur-tunate’ top three winners in each category will be presented with beautiful handmade rosettes which will be lovingly made by The Lawn s residents However nobody will leave with empty paws, as every dog that enters will be given a doggie bag with tasty homemade dog treats, which the residents will also make for them All the money we raise from the 2024 Scruffies will go into the Resident’s Activity Fund said Alina Gutu the Registered Manager at The Lawn

“Our residents not only love dogs but all animals ” added Alina “They frequently reminisce and talk about pets they have loved and looked after during their lives – cats birds rabbits – between them it s quite a menagerie ” There will also be fur-bulous whining and dining for visitors and all the dogs humans to enjoy too as The Lawn will be offering tasty afternoon teas for only £5 per person Hot and cold beverages will also be available to purchase

If you would like to enter your dog into any - or all - of the 2024 Scruffies categories please email Emma on emma cranstone@fote org uk or give her a call on telephone number 01420 84162 “We look forward to welcoming as many dogs their owners and visitors as paw-sible to make our 2024 Scruffies bigger and better than last year – and really raise the woof,” concluded Emma

Hand Protection specialists Unigloves has rebranded its protective workplace skincare system - Derma Shield https://uk unigloves com/collections/dermashield Designed to protect the skin against common workplace irritants including chemicals detergents oils and greases helping to control the risk of dermatitis Derma Shield can be used across a wide range of workplace environments Safe to use inside gloves the newly rebranded range includes three different sizes of aerosol mousse – 50ml 150ml 500ml - and two sizes of lotion – 100ml and 1000ml Manufactured to UK medical standards Derma Shield contains pharmaceutical-grade moisturisers such as Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, which work rapidly to preserve the skin s natural moisture balance Universally safe with a non-greasy finish once applied it remains on the skin for up to 4 hours despite repeated washing and can be used on all areas of the skin including the face Derma Shield is a proven and trusted barrier solution helping protect the skin against a wide range of workplace skin irritants, keeping it moisturised through the working day We are delighted to have updated the branding across the range in line with our range of industrial gloves ” said Unigloves MD Chris Wahlers For more information on Unigloves Derma Shield protective skincare range visit https://uk unigloves com/collections/derma-shield
Its Derma Shield Workplace Skincare System At The Lawn the Alton-based residential care home run by charity, Friends of the Elderly, Emma Cranstone the care home s Activities Coordinator has been ‘em-barking’ on the preparations for The Lawn


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step-down mattress system the Integra-Mat can be used as a static mattress or it can be stepped-up to support the active prevention or treatment of painful pressure sores and ensure residents who do experience them remain as comfortable as possible Over 700 000 people in the UK suffer from pressure sores almost all of which (95%) are avoidable with the right care and equipment For residents requiring Grade 1 pressure care the air mattress fully inflates in static mode with the foam mattress on the top surface under the cover; for Grades 2, 3 and 4 the

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Additional features include: Auto Weight which automatically weighs the patient and adjusts pressure accordingly removing the need for manual intervention; Auto Upright which automatically optimises pressure when the patient is sitting up; and Auto Firm which adjusts

MOWOOT II - a revolutionary non-invasive solution to chronic constipation

Consort Claudgen s innovation in the electric heating industry takes another leap forward by introducing Wi-Fienabled heaters to their low surface temperature (LST) range These cutting-edge heaters offer unparalleled convenience and efficiency The heaters connect directly to WiFi, enabling users to control heating through the digital control panel on the heater or via the Consort Connect app With a comprehensive 7-day timer which allows 24 individual heating periods per day and features such as a lock function open window detection and custom automation users can tailor their heating needs to their preferences Adding to the ease of use users can view the energy consumption statistics of all connected heaters providing insights into usage patterns and potential savings The LST heaters with Wi-Fi and occupancy sensors have a self-learning control ability They utilise in-built occupancy sensors to detect and learn a user s weekly presence in a room, creating an intuitive heating schedule When the space is unoccupied, the heater conserves energy by switching to a setback temperature or frost protection mode BIM (Building Information Modelling) objects for the heaters are available for download from Consort s website 01646 692172 | sales@consortepl com | www consortepl com See the advert on page 7 Consort Claudgen
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Developed by doctors and other healthcare professionals the MOWOOT II mechanically performs gentle abdominal massage that speeds up intestinal transit in people suffering w ic constipation Clinically proven, effective, sa ing and easy to apply, the MOW Abdominal Massage Therapy Sy relieves troublesome constipatio the sufferers the freedom and enjoyment of a healthy life Comfortable when used the MOWOOT II treats and manages chronic constipation in people with spinal cord injuries multiple sclerosis and Parkinson s Disease Gentle abdominal massage with MOWOOT II helps the menopausal and post-menopausal women and the older and elderly people experiencing idiopathic chronic constipation In clinical studies the MOWOOT II was found to increase evacuation frequency soften stools improve regularity reduce gasses and bloating and relieve abdominal discomfort Just 10 to 20 minutes per day of relaxing abdominal massage therapy with the MOWOOT II produces evident improvement Significant results are experienced few days after the first treatment Regular usage of the MOWOOT II ensures lasting relief and better quality of life MOWOOT II for simple safe and effective relief from chronic constipation! Win Health Medical Ltd - 01835 864866 –nfo@win-health com - www win-health com See the adverts on page 3 and the front cover
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Never A Cross-Word At New Copford Place

Care Home’s Residents Are Definitely Not Clue -Less When It Comes To Their Daily Puzzles

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Other benefits of puzzles include helping relaxation as by immersing yourself in a puzzle it can serve as an exercise in mindfulness and help to relieve stress For the elderly in particular the act of picking up puzzle pieces turning them over and fitting them together can sometimes but quite a challenge However puzzles are a great way to exercise the small muscles in fingers and eyes

“One of our residents told me that jigsaws can be traced back to the 18th Century when European map makers put their maps on to wood and cut them into small pieces They did this to create learning tools to teach geography – so really interactive puzzles

At Friend of the Elderly s Colchester-based residential care home New Copford Place residents have been celebrating this year’s National Puzzle Day by talking about and engaging with their favourite traditional and application puzzles Whether it’s number puzzles word searches Scrabble matching and memory puzzles or giant classic Jigsaws, residents enjoy a range of daily brain teasers Puzzles are part of New Copford Place s wide and varied daily activities “We tailor all our activities to meet each individual’s likes preferences hobbies and interests and puzzles are a firm favourite said Daniel Sabau the Registered Manager at New Copford Place Our residents thoroughly enjoy all types of puzzles; whether they are played in groups individually on our large electronic interactive Tiny Tablet or sat comfortably around a table there s always some puzzling puzzle mystery taking place ” New Copford Place s interactive activity Tiny Tablet enables residents to enjoy experience and benefit from a wide catalogue of engaging applications It is a large easy to use device with a touchscreen not too dissimilar to an iPad or smart phone but on a much larger scale The ‘Tiny Tablet’ is fully mobile and accessible and can be moved to a standing upright position or turned flat into a table top style “For National Puzzle Day we thought it would be fun to find out our residents’ top three all time favourite puzzles added Chelsey Leather New Copford Place s Activities Coordinator After having a chat the residents decided that they had more than a top three Their favourites – in no particular order – are Word Searches Scrabble Number Puzzles Matching Puzzles and Memory Puzzles Chelsey continued “When it comes to a classic traditional jigsaw some of our residents enjoy doing the Relish Jigsaws which have been created for those living with dementia They are designed to stimulate minds and evoke happy mem-
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person-centered VR experiences Our fully managed service is a fun and exciting way to personalise care enhance activities and improve the quality of life of your residents Our service has been designed for the care sector with an intuitive app which does not use controllers or difficult operating systems Our library of incredible experiences means there will be something for everyone! The headsets even work offline which is brilliant for domiciliary care and for those rooms where wifi doesn t reach VR is an impactful activity and can be really effective during one-to-ones in group sessions alongside themed activities, and in reminiscence sessions for people living with dementia Our headsets and experiences have been co-designed with people living with dementia and Alzheimer s Society and have been shown to improve wellbeing and help recall memories All headsets come with our full support and training to help integrate VR into your everyday care plans and activities For more information or to schedule a demonstration, contact us at info@recreovr co uk or give us a call at 01482 526940 Visit our website at www recreovr co uk to discover the possibilities that Recreo VR can unlock for your care facility
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Can AI Ease Loneliness for Adults in Care?

By 2030 one in six people in the world will be aged over 60 (including me!) The WHO now outlines loneliness as a key risk factor for the wellbeing of people in later life As a potential solution we’re increasingly seeing AI companions championed for being virtual friends who will listen and talk to individuals With loneliness and feelings of isolation rife amongst the elderly and vulnerable it begs the question: could AI chatbots be beneficial in care?

In short we would argue no Here s why


Complex issues such as loneliness cannot be solved by technology alone AI chatbots may seem like a promising solution but they cannot replace the human element of companionship and care that is so essential especially for those who are vulnerable and have complex needs

Carers play a vital role in providing not only basic physical care but also emotional support and understanding This is especially important for individuals with disabilities who may feel isolated due to their condition or those with cognitive challenges and degenerative conditions such as Dementia

Chatbots are not suitable for everyone And in such cases human empathy is necessary to interpret the needs and communicate effectively with the patient Empower carers and patients through technologies

The use of technologies such as AI in care must be evaluated to ensure it complements and enhances human connection rather than replacing it This means there must be careful consideration when proposing how to fit technology into the roles of those who may be the people patients see and talk to most as well as how it can be used to make the care journey better for patients

Although chatbots cannot replace human carers a combined approach of AI and other technologies can help care providers and facilitators

For example currently a typical caring schedule often includes three in-person visits per day for each patient However, due to time constraints, caregivers may have to rush these visits In this case, we would argue, that

technology can be used to allow carers to perform a more thorough in-person visit and follow up with two video check-ins based on the patient's needs (these video care calls can even of course be instigated from overseas)

Remote intelligent monitoring and predictive analytics can also be used by carers to capture an accurate overall picture of a patient s well-being to design better care programmes in advance rather than spending too much time during an in-person appointment on data capture

As well as improving patient-centricity, AI has the potential to streamline services for care facilitators by taking on mundane tasks and freeing up the caregiver's time and talent for creativity and innovation For example the administrative work involved in the daily operation of care providers and facilitators AI can handle emails user inquiries and information requests enabling users to access information quickly so management can focus on solving more complex issues efficiently


Ultimately the current care system is dealing with legacy and complex technology which has held back much-needed innovation While AI can be a potential solution many care providers see AI as a cost-cutting solution without first addressing the underlying issue of an inadequate care model

Digital transformation within the care sector should instead prioritise the needs of patients and carers rather than simply implementing technology for the sake of it Technology should add value to the care journey for example making it safer by vetting carers ID and training documents with banking-standard technology or reducing the time carers spend doing admin so they can focus on their vocation Similarly it should enable patients to access care easily and quickly so that they aren t stuck in the hospital and have better care outcomes


The successful implementation of AI in the care sector requires careful consideration of how it can meet the needs of patients And for that reason it’s not an effective way of combatting the loneliness of people in care AI cannot replace the crucial interpersonal relationships between carers and patients that build trust safety and companionship

However it can help ensure carers have more time to put the needs of patients at the heart of their work The key to successful AI implementation in the care sector is putting the patient first

Care UK s luxurious new Oat Hill Mews care home in Leicestershire gets the latest in Smart TV and digital signage technology from Boltonbased TVC Technology Solutions in time for its recent opening Oat Hill Mews is a stunning new development by Care UK offering the best in assisted living on-site care health and wellbeing for residents Designed as a showcase of Care UK s portfolio the Market Harborough venue boasts luxury accommodation an on-site hair and beauty salon a dedicated café an on-site cinema multiple lounges and a fully equipped bar To complete this high-tech luxury venue Care UK asked long-term audio visual and domestic appliance supplier partner TVC Technology Solutions to furnish the luxurious bedrooms resident common areas and cafes with the latest in Smart TV technology Maintaining the cuttingedge theme Care UK wanted the latest in digital signage throughout the main areas enabling them to show various guest information restaurant menus and entertainment schedules With Oat Hill Mews officially opening at the start of 2024 the complete AV and digital signage systems were specified installed and tested well in advance Early visitors have already been impressed by the neat hightech and luxurious feel of Oat Hill Mews from the reception area with its HD digital signage to every bedroom featuring a 43in Smart TV on either articulating or swivel wall brackets to provide the best viewing experience to its residents Heading up the TV-technology TVC specified its own-brand Mitchell & Brown Smart TVs in 43in screen size for every room These fully featured Freeview Play catch-up TVs with all of the apps for streaming services such as Netflix Amazon Prime Disney+ and Apple TV offer Full HD picture quality and are backed by Mitchell & Brown’s UK-based customer help desk A key factor for Care UK in specifying Mitchell & Brown TVs was the brands famous seven-year warranty on every model in its range which has enabled it to become Britain s favourite UK TV brand In the reception area, alongside a large Smart TV screen, TVC provided an industry-leading commercial digital signage media player with MySign content management software The system can be managed by staff at Oat Hill Mews to show a host of information including where residents are situated for their incoming guests display upcoming trips and events on-site staff and activities or simply display local weather and current events from around the world MySign s cloud-based software has the functionality for members of staff at Oat Hill Mews and remotely from Care UK s main offices to easily schedule modify or update the content with minimal fuss As a default time-based templates provide information on meal times current and five-day weather forecasts Comments TVC s Andy Greaves Sales Director With a longstanding relationship spanning over 15 years with Care UK the association trusts us to supply install and maintain a whole host of audio and visual solutions alongside small domestic appliances and white goods in both new build properties and their existing homes Oat Hill Mews is a stand-out luxury care home venue that boasts cutting-edge Smart TV technology for residents alongside the very latest in flexible digital signage in the reception area We are very proud to be a trusted supplier and partner to Care UK with Oat Hill Mews giving us the opportunity to deliver a classleading AV solution for the care home sector ” Oat Hill Mews celebrated its official opening earlier this year with Care UK inviting prospective customers to come along and sample the live entertainment try out the chef’s menus take a tour of the facilities and join in a range of activities For more information on Care UK www careuk com For more information on TVC Technology Solutions: https://tvc uk com/ https://tvc uk com/case-studies/care-uk-oat-hill-mews/ Care UK’s Latest Care Home Opens in Style Thanks to TVC Technology Solutions PAGE 36 | THE CARER DIGITAL | ISSUE 193 INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGY Lovett Care Introduces Alfred – The New Robotic Team Member at their Flagship Home - Fairfax Manor Growing Northwest care provider Lovett Care (www lovettcare co uk) has collaborated with Bear Robotics and introduced Servi+ to their new home in Harrogate The innovative robot helps support residents with maintaining independence and providing an additional “team member” in a fun and interactive environment Alfred, as named by the home, can be seen weaving his way through the home s Orangery or Dining areas where residents and team members can return cups and plates back to another part of the home or even send a cup of tea to a bedroom Recent visitors to the home have received a demonstration of this cutting-edge technology and the home has shared the benefits of how this will enhance resident s time in the home Chief Operating Officer Debbie Baker said “As a forward-thinking organisation we remain committed to continuously enhancing our services through the adoption of innovative technologies that improve the quality of care and support for our residents” Head of Sales Emea for Bear Robotics, Malachy Ryan said We understand the importance of helping care home residents live their lives to the fullest That is why we have worked so hard in developing smart solutions to enhance the quality of communal senior living experiences a Servi + is our state-of-the-art foodservice solution to help make any dining experience exceptional Fairfax Manor in Harrogate acquired from Angela Swift Developments in 2023 and will shortly be open to new residents The home has been thoughtfully designed to offer an exceptional living environment with a range of outstanding facilities The newly recruited team are in place ready to warmly welcome new residents Lovett Care also has homes under construction in St Helen s South Manchester and Kent With the growing demand for quality elderly care these will all be welcome additions to their local communities For further information visit www lovettcare co uk or www bearrobotics ai


Stay Safe with Smart Wireless Nurse Call

Blaucomm Ltd - Telecommunications & Networks In the post pandemic world we have all seen the effects of supply chain problems with the invasion of Ukraine and other alarming global factors ever increasing costs of living and other more local issues which have driven up the rate of inflation over the last few years The impact of this meant that most manufacturers of electronic products had to increase their prices as costs spiralled This, of course, has impacted the end user The most dramatic impact has been on the Care Industry An industry that has lacked the support it desperately needs in these trying times Courtney Thorne at the same time took a strategic decision to take a close look at our core products right down to component level the objective being to make us less vulnerable to future global supply chain issues and to reduce the cost of each product with the amin of ensuring that we deliver the same high quality product at a cost protected price We had to ensure that this would happen without jeopardising the superb levels of support we provide to our valued customer base This ground up review involved all departments from Research and Development right through to the Field Service team (and everything inbetween) This in-depth collaboration took time as we had to ensure that each and every element was refined, perfected and tested to our (and our customers) rigorous requirements Whilst many organisations have limited-time or end of product line offers, we are very pleased to announce a price reduction on our core Connect and Connect Health Nurse Call system ranges With flexible terms full integration with Care Apps celebrated service delivery and the most reliable and robust solution now at a new lower price there has never been a better time to talk to us about a new nurse call system For more information email us at: info@c-t co uk or see the advert on this page
MONITORING THE CARER DIGITAL | ISSUE 193 | PAGE 37 Blaucomm s Nurse Call Messaging Service (NMS) is the market leading solution to remove the dependency on noisy nurse call panels and pagers through its intelligent software which delivers the alerts straight to the care staff who need them Care homes are rapidly introducing smartphones for digital care planning and eMar - now, the same devices can be used to receive the nurse call alerts they need for the residents under their care Furthermore Blaucomm NMS is deeply linked into Person Centred Software MCM so call bell data is linked straight to care plans This unlocks a huge benefit to care homes to enhance the staff performance with how they accept and respond to residents, which ultimately promotes better response times and visibility for management to audit their performance The best part is that Blaucomm NMS links into your existing nurse call system - we work with all major brands such as Aidcall ARM Courtney Thorne C-TEC ENS Intercall Medicare, SAS and TeleAlarm Care operators are constantly recognising Blaucomm NMS for its reliability and dependability to their care operations, which is why we’ve been chosen time and time again over other solutions Head of IT Trudi Harrow at WCS Care had this to say about Blaucomm NMS: We find Blaucomm is a genuinely fantastic company with a reliable product We would highly recommend this to anybody who wants to replace expensive pagers and silence those annoyingly loud nurse call screens!” To find out more about Blaucomm NMS visit www blaucomm co uk/healthcare See the advert on the front cover for more details


Fall Savers - Affordable Fall Monitoring Solutions

Crash Mats Designed to Reduce Injuries from Bed Falls

MONITORING Fall Savers® are an experienced market leading healthcare provider of resident safety solutions for over 15 years FALL SAVERS ® WIRELESS MONITOR Eliminate all cables with our new generation falls management solutions! Upgrade your falls programme with the latest technology from Fall Savers® The NEW Fall Savers® Wireless eliminates the cord between the monitor and sensor pad This results in less work for nursing staff improved safety for patients and reduced wear and tear on sensor pads Wireless advantages include the ability to use one monitor with two sensor pads simultaneously and support for many new wireless devices BENEFITS INCLUDE: Safer for patients; less work for staff Bed and chair pads available One monitor works with two sensor pads Integrates with most nurse call systems A variety of options including: Call button Pager Floor sensor mat Wireless door/window exit alerts TREADNOUGHT ®FLOOR SENSOR PAD The TreadNought® Floor Sensor Pad is built to last with a durable construction that far out lasts the competition Our anti-bacterial floor sensor pad is compatible with most nurse call systems or can be used with a portable pager to sound an alert when a person steps on to the sensor pad Caregivers typically place the sensor pad at the bedside, in a doorway or other locations to monitor persons at risk for falls or wandering An optional anti-slip mesh reduces the potential for slippage on hard surface floors FEATURES INCLUDE: Connects directly to most nurse call systems High Quality anti-bacterial Floor Sensor Pad Large Size Pad: Measures (L) 91cm x (H) 61cm Options (sold separately) Anti-slip mesh for hard surface floors See the advert on this page for further details or visit www fallsavers co uk
Medpage Limited has collaborated with a leading UK manufacturer of crash mats to deliver a cost-effective tool for falls management strategies The inclusion of the new TumbleCare full-length pressure mat sensor ensures that should a patient tumble out of bed an alarm signal is generated to alert care staff to the incident resulting in a recordable improvement to patient safety and service Crash mats act as a protective barrier absorbing the impact of a fall and reducing the risk of serious injuries when a person tumbles out of bed Beneficial for individuals who are at high risk of falling such as older adults patients recovering from surgery, or those with neurological conditions such as epilepsy Falls can pose significant risks especially in healthcare settings and senior care facilities Every year thousands of people suffer injuries due to falls from beds and other furniture To prevent these accidents and ensure the safety of patients and residents, it is essential to implement effective falls and safety management strategies Further details can be obtained by telephoning 01536 264 869 or emailing sales@easylinkuk co uk

Frequency PrecisionSensors and Pressure Mats to Monitor

Those in Care

NURSE CALL AND FALLS MONITORING THE CARER DIGITAL | ISSUE 193 | PAGE 39 Technology has made people more connected with the world around them and the revolution in assistive care devices has made it possible for the elderly to spend their last years in a comfortable and familiar environment These devices have also made it easier for home carers to provide quality care for their loved ones while managing their own lives They allow you to care for your elderly whether they are travelling in the city for errands staying alone at home or staying in the same home as you They are also helping nursing homes provide better care for them with discrete monitoring and quick responses to emergencies If you re looking for these kinds of assistive care devices for your loved ones or nursing home Frequency Precision produce some of the best systems available to help you with elderly care and mobility monitoring ranging from bed chair and floor sensor mats through fall monitoring and GPS tracking to fully integrated nurse call plug or wireless systems Phone: 01837 810590 Email: contact@frequencyprecision com Website: www frequencyprecision com


How to Manage the Threat of New Viruses

Early last year Norovirus cases among people over 65 in England reached the highest level in over a decade In the week ending on the 26th March the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) identified that there had been 665 cases within a two-week period

Norovirus is particularly horrible results in severe vomiting and can have serious consequences for older people It is particularly devastating for care homes, and if an outbreak occurs, it can easily be transmitted and may affect many residents It has also led many care homes to go into lockdown and restrict visiting admissions and community activities

During the Covid-19 pandemic care homes became very good at delivering infection control measures and ensuring that communicable diseases did not enter care homes because we were cognizant of the tragic impact Covid-19 could have on care home residents However now that the Covid-19 pandemic no longer constitutes a global health emergency , and we are seeing care homes opening and returning to a more ‘normal life’ this does create a danger that other infections such as Norovirus and flu may reassert themselves and enter care settings

The World Health Organisation has now ended the global emergency status for Covid-19, three years after its original declaration but despite the pandemic being officially over it is vitally important that care homes are aware of the continuing threat of other infections

During the Covid pandemic we saw a real focus on managing viruses and care home hygiene and infection control routines were prioritised as never before What also became apparent was the need for products that assured hygiene and infection control to residents their families and staff The sector understood the importance of getting this right and having the right products that were both reliable and easy to use

We are fortunate that P&G Professional have a suite of well-known and respected products across the sector and scientifically proven to give the best protection against many viruses Flash Professional Disinfecting Multi-surface Cleaner is proven to kill flu viruses and SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes Covid19) As well as being scientifically proven products developed by P&G Professional are easy-to-use so that housekeeping and care staff can quickly get the

Commercial Kitchen and Laundr y Solutions (CKLS)

job done and ensure the safety of residents Laundry is one of the major cleaning and hygiene challenges for care homes Ariel Professional Washing Powder Antibacterial is a professional detergent specially formulated to deliver excellent stain removal and deep down cleaning at low temperature Ariel Professional delivers unrivalled cleaning and antibacterial protection at low temperatures and with short washing cycles thereby reducing energy and time costs whilst still getting things clean There is also an added benefit in that many P&G Professional products have similar names and smells as their domestic ranges giving a feeling of comfort and familiarity to residents and their families Hygiene and infection control is vital and at the top of the agenda for care homes but we can be comforted to know we are going into battle with some of the most reliable and scientifically proven products that P&G Professional have developed with their unparalleled experience of engaging with the care sector and with the most comprehensive scientific rigour
Professor Martin Green OBE is an Expert Advisory Council member for P&G Professional and the Chief Executive of Care England Commercial Kitchen and Laundry Solutions (CKLS) are one of the UK s leading suppliers of commercial kitchen and laundry equipment Whether you are a small sized residential home or large scale nursing home group CKLS has the expertise and equipment you need to keep your operations running smoothly At CKLS we understand that the success of your business depends on the quality of the equipment you use That's why we've made it our mission to provide businesses across the UK with the highest quality commercial laundry and kitchen equipment available We work with only the best manufacturers in the industry to ensure that our customers get the most reliable and efficient equipment possible Our commitment to our customers doesn t end with the sale of our equipment At CKLS we know that maintenance and repairs are crucial to keeping your equipment functioning at its best That's why we offer a full range of maintenance and repair services to our customers including emergency repair services available 24 hours a day 7 days a week We believe that our success as a company is measured by the success of our customers That s why we re constantly striving to provide better products and services to help our customers achieve their goals We're proud to say that our commitment to excellence has earned us a reputation as the go-to provider of commercial laundry and kitchen equipment in the UK So if you re looking for reliable high-quality commercial laundry and kitchen equipment look no further than CKLS With our extensive range of products and services, we're confident that we can help you find the right equipment to meet your needs and keep your business running smoothly for years to come Visit our website www ckls co uk, contact by phone on 01200 411914 or email at sales@ckls co uk See the advert on page 22

Transform Laundr y Management Within

Your Care Home with Forbes Professional

Laundr y Specialists Lavamac Receive Sustainability Award

In the demanding environment of any care home the reliability and efficiency of laundry appliances is paramount Yet all too often care homes find themselves grappling with the challenges of appliance repair and maintenance resorting to third-party engineers and facing costly and disruptive downtime Forbes Professional recognises these challenges and is proud to offer solutions that revolutionise laundry management for care homes In addition to rental solutions Forbes offers reactive service contracts to care homes whose existing machines breakdown This grants care operators swift access to a nationwide network of qualified engineers when the in-situ laundry equipment is not beyond economical repair or due an imminent upgrade Forbes Professional s multi-award winning service support enables care homes to rest assured knowing that any issues with their laundry appliances will be promptly addressed by expert technicians With sustainability and client satisfaction at the core of their operation Forbes are always committed to prolonging product life span and minimising downtime and disruption to daily operations When the time comes to upgrade existing laundry equipment Forbes rental solution includes a same/next day engineer response at no extra cost for the duration of the contract Aside from the logistical benefits a key advantage in renting Miele’s highly efficient and reliable commercial laundry appliances from Forbes is the elimination of costly upfront capital outlay Avoiding substantial investments in purchasing equipment enables care homes to allocate their resources more efficiently focusing on delivering exceptional care to residents Whether choosing Forbes Professional for a maintenance contract or a rental solution care homes can optimise their laundry management processes and enhance operational efficiency With their commitment to reliability performance and customer satisfaction Forbes is proud to support care homes in delivering excellence in care while ensuring a seamless and hassle-free laundry experience www forbespro co uk info@forbes-professional co uk 0345 070 2335
Chester based Laundry professionals Lavamac Ltd official distributor of Lavamac industrial laundry equipment has received the prestigious Bronze Sustaibnability award in recognition of their policies and procedures based commitment to maintain a sustainable business for ourselves or customers and the environment The three main points Lavamac have been recognised for are 1 Air source heat pump dryers connected load 3kw as opposed to 30Kw for a 16kg electric dryer and 25-30 kw for Gas clean efficient and saving the planet available from £10995 fully refurbished to £16995 00 new both with 24 months parts and labour warranty and the option to extend and cost effective annual premium?
Refurbished Equipment we completely rebuild any current model of Primus Lavamac or Ipso washers dryers and ironers I full ground up restoration leaves these machines as good ( if not better than ) New ! sold rented of leased these machines are between 40-50% of cost of their new equivalent with a warranty as new 24 months parts and labour ( see attached literature on our product range ) 3 Intelligent washings machines ( In conjunction with our partners www countrywidehealthcare co uk ) we can potentially reduce chemical usage by up to 35% and labour by 30 % A delighted Jeremy Hartigan CEO of Lavamac Ltd said: “I am extremely proud to announce that Lavamac have been awarded a prestigious Bronze Sustainability Award by the UK Groundworks Trust This award demonstrates our commitment to promoting sustainability and environmental responsibility within the sector This award is renowned for honouring businesses that demonstrate exceptional dedication and innovation, and we are thrilled to be recognised for our resolute focus on offering sustainable products and services while raising awareness about the importance of environmental concerns within the sector” See the advert on this page for further information on Lavamac


Get Your Bathroom Ready For When You Return From Hospital

Omnicare Digital Shower for Level Access Bathrooms

After a stay in hospital it s wonderful to hear the words you can go home But if your physical needs have changed it s important that you can live at home safely and without any struggle This might mean organising equipment or renovations before you come home At AHM Installations we are used to installing bathrooms for people coming home from hospital Here s our guide to getting it right: Take note of what the professionals say A doctor nurse or occupational therapist may recommend what activities you need help with For example if you need a walking frame or wheelchair as your bathroom supplier we d need to know what size it is Know the difference between independent and assisted bathing If your goal is to remain independent we d need to know whether you can sit down and stand up unaided and how your mobility is likely to change over time If a carer is going to help then products such as bath-lifts may need to be considered Ask a fam ly member or close fr end to help Take the pressure off and involve someone you trust in making the decisions Use a bathroom company you can trust Some companies focus on selling bathroom products without understanding your needs At AHM our priority is quality of life – we think there s no point having a product unless it makes things safer and easier for you You re welcome to call us on 0800 731 6495 just for advice – there s always someone at the end of the phone We offer a Price Match Guarantee and discounts for military veterans Triton has unveiled its new Omnicare Digital solution designed for safer showering in level access bathrooms Expanding its industryleading collection of Omnicare electric care showers, the latest launch from Britain’s leading shower manufacturer has Bluetooth compatibility enabling it to automatically pair with a Whale Instant Match pump evacuating wastewater from showers where gravity cannot do so Ideal for both new build and retrofit applications the product joins Triton s existing Omnicare Omnicare Ultra and Omnicare Design products to form a complete range of inclusive thermostatic showering solutions Packed with innovative features the Omnicare Digital switches off instantly if power to the pump is cut for any reason preventing flooding Quiet in operation the unit controls the pump s speed based on flow rates so gulley suction noise is minimised With a small footprint, the pump can be installed in various locations, including bathrooms, airing cupboards and other accessible locations –making it easier and faster for contractors to fit and maintain A 7m pairing distance through Bluetooth wireless technology also offers flexibility for the pump to be sited outside the bathroom area For more information about Triton s Omnicare range please visit: www tritonshowers co uk/care-showers Contact details: Call: 02476 324 776 Email: specification@tritonshowers co uk

Powering the World of Care

PASS Becomes First and Only NHS Assured Solution to Achieve

Standards and Sets Industr

GP Connect for instant access to GP patient records, and ongoing enhancements to our best-in-class digital care planning software

For more details about PASS and its digital social care solutions, visit https://www everylifetechnologies com/

To get a deeper understanding of the NHS Digital Social Care Records Standards and their importance in care provision visit: https://nhse-dsic atlassian net/wiki/spaces/DSCR/overview?homepageId=11971330147

Consort Claudgen Introduces

Enabled Heaters to LST Range

TECHNOLOGY AND SOFTWARE For over two decades Advanced has supported care organisations with innovative software which makes a vital contribution to managing workflows managing costs and achieving regulatory compliance OUR SUITE OF SOLUTIONS We provide a suite of software solutions for care organisations in residential domiciliary and supported living settings including: Care Business Management: A comprehensive toolkit that equips you to manage your care business anytime anywhere ensuring smooth and efficient operations
Management: Streamline your financial processes with tools designed to simplify the complexities of care finances making it straightforward and stress-free People Management: From recruitment to retaining valuable staff our solutions make managing your team not just easier but more effective • Governance and Risk Management Stay ahead of the curve with our integrated software ensuring compliance in your operations and effective risk management • Workforce Management: Maximise your team s potential through intelligent rota and shift planning ensuring the right people are in the right places at the right times OUR PROMISE TO YOU When you choose Advanced you re not just selecting a software provider; you're partnering with someone who genuinely cares about your success Here s what sets us apart: Customer-Centric Approach: We build our software with your needs at the heart From the design to deployment your success is our priority Simplicity and Clarity: Our tools are intuitive and user-friendly designed to bring clarity and efficiency to your operations without the confusion of complex jargon Empowerment
Support Beyond offering solutions, we're here to support you every step of the way with robust customer service and resources to help you get the most out of our products Designed for You Our suite of products is tailored to meet the unique needs and challenges of residential, domiciliary providers, supported living, or any other type of care We offer not just tools but solutions that bring real measurable change to your organisation For more information, to arrange a call or demonstration visit www oneadvanced com See the advert on the back cover of this issue
In a landmark achievement PASS by everyLIFE Technologies has officially become the UK s most compliant care management solution being the first and only software to meet all 14 NHS Digital Social Care Records Standards The news highlights PASS's commitment to data security, seamless sharing, and putting people at the centre of care setting a new benchmark in social care The 14 standards covering areas such as Data security Clinical Safety and Interoperability ensure care providers have solutions that meet the strictest care management requirements Compliance with each of the Standards is also a condition to be listed as an NHS Assured Solution Commenting on the achievement Taffy Gatawa Chief Information and Compliance Officer at PASS said Seeing PASS meet all 14 NHS Digital Social Care Records Standards is a huge achievement This milestone reflects our team s hard work and our steady commitment to pushing care standards higher Setting this new standard is a win for our customers and the people they care for guaranteeing the highest levels of data security and care management We re not just at the forefront; we re redefining compliance in the care sector " Working closely with care providers and regulators, PASS continues to lead the way in the digital social care space since launching a decade ago This includes the rollout of Roster, our smart care scheduling system,
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Benchmark THE CARER DIGITAL | ISSUE 193 | PAGE 45 Consort Claudgen’s innovation in the electric heating industry takes another leap forward by introducing Wi-Fienabled heaters to their low surface temperature (LST) range These cutting-edge heaters offer unparalleled convenience and efficiency The heaters connect directly to WiFi enabling users to control heating through the digital control panel on the heater or via the Consort Connect app With a comprehensive 7-day timer which allows 24 individual heating periods per day and features such as a lock function open window detection and custom automation users can tailor their heating needs to their preferences Adding to the ease of use users can view the energy consumption statistics of all connected heaters providing insights into usage patterns and potential savings The LST heaters with Wi-Fi and occupancy sensors have a self-learning control ability They utilise in-built occupancy sensors to detect and learn a user s weekly presence in a room creating an intuitive heating schedule When the space is unoccupied the heater conserves energy by switching to a setback temperature or frost protection mode BIM (Building Information Modelling) objects for the heaters are available for download from Consort s website 01646 692172 | sales@consortepl com | www consortepl com See the advert on page 7


Behaviour Smart

It records not just the de-escalation techniques used, but also their effectiveness This data is exported to a welldesigned behaviour plan, or ‘Smart Plan Our customers have experienced significant reductions in behaviour incidents, with some reporting over an 80% reduction after using Behaviour Smart for just one year

Dean Cotton, Director, Behaviour Smart info@behavioursmart co uk www behavioursmart co uk

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As a Behaviour Consultant I was frustrated with the inefficiency of behaviour incident recording in schools, children s homes and care settings The data collected was often filed away rarely analysed and only revisited in case of allegations Existing systems were not designed to improve behaviour This led me to conceive Behaviour Smart a system designed to enhance behaviour management However the high cost of software development deterred me Despite my wife s encouragement and discussions about re-mortgaging the house taking loans or seeking investors I decided against it My wife believed in Behaviour Smart but in 2019 she unfortunately passed away from cancer She requested that I use the life insurance money to develop Behaviour Smart Honouring her wish I proceeded with the project Behaviour Smart works by encouraging staff to reflect on incidents through structured reports It features a dedicated post-incident learning page which is based on extensive research to improve outcomes for individuals and staff
supports over 1 000 care providers every day giving them access to market leading care management tools hand in hand with unlimited 24/7/365 support from our dedicated and friendly PASS team Assured by NHS Transformation Directorate PASS provides a secure platform that allows you to plan record and evidence the care you deliver The only assured solution built specifically for the home care sector, it provides comprehensive real-time functionality and allows you to share progress against outcomes with customisable, exportable reports CARE PLANNING AND ROSTERING FROM A SINGLE PLATFORM
meet the wider needs of the PASS community All-in-one PASS has recently been launched bringing advanced rostering functionality to our established digital care planning platform As a result advanced staff scheduling payroll and invoicing functionality is now seamlessly linked with care planning and reporting reducing the technical complexity risk and overhead associated with integrating two separate systems As a result PASS now provides an all-in-one suite of digital care management tools available from a single platform designed to: Save you time Increase the efficiency of your teams Improve the quality of care Deliver better outcomes INTEGRATED HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE Our commitment to the continual evolution of PASS is further illustrated by the addition of GP Connect The first product of its type to offer this feature PASS is still one of only a handful of digital care management solutions to have completed this NHS Digital integration and is the only one offering it to the home care market PASS GP Connect provides authorised social care staff with realtime access to their client s GP records It makes medical information available when and where it is needed leading to improvements in both care safety and outcomes Visibility of allergies vaccinations and medications especially useful for clients unable to reliably share their personal information Using medical information to inform care planning Ensuring that the right medication is delivered to the right person in the timeliest manner In one case this allowed the administration of antibiotics on a Friday evening aiding the service user s swift recovery from infection Available to all PASS users at no additional cost PASS GP Connect is significantly more efficient than waiting for a GP response It’s also a positive step forward on the path to the DHSC s goal for widespread digitally enabled care and is in full alignment with their ambition for joined up care for everyone Get in touch www everylifetechnologies com hello@everylifetechnoloiges com

Cloud Doing Good: Award Winning Care Accounting Software for Care Homes

Like it or not, financial accounting is crucial to the operations of your care home Without accurate reports, you cannot make proper forecasts, build accurate budgets, get paid on time by multiple funders and keep bed occupancy at optimal levels

Unfortunately, many care homes don’t have the time or budget to invest in powerful, care home accounting software This results in a vicious cycle where financial teams are so busy running manual tasks that they cannot take the time to improve their accounting systems, only to find each year they are farther and farther behind the technology their care home will need in order to thrive in the long term

Cloud Doing Good, a licensed partner of Oracle NetSuite, is here to stop that vicious cycle We believe care homes should have access to enterprise-level software without ballooning their budgets, so we donate the base software with up to three users to qualifying non-profit care homes

Why Care Home Accounting is So Complex

You know better than anyone that care home management is complex, and we know better than anyone that care home accounting gets complicated fast Balancing income for each resident from Councils, private sources, and family members requires detailed billing practices Add on top of that multiple legal entities, multiple care homes, the need for timely occupancy tracking and your finance team quickly becomes bogged down in repetitive, manual, and frustrating work

To make it worse, most accounting software are designed for slick enterprises (and priced for slick enterprise budgets) That leaves too many care home finance teams battling spreadsheets and duplicate reports to accomplish basic care home accounting tasks

How Cloud Doing Good Makes It Simple

Cloud Doing Good partners with care homes to

implement Oracle NetSuite’s enterprise-grade accounting software at as low a price as possible Here’s how Cloud Doing Good simplifies your care home’s accounting:

Single Source of Truth

Pull all your financial data into a single platform Even with multiple legal entities, multiple care homes, complex billing structures, bed occupancy tracking, resident admissions and departures and additional unique needs, our system aggregates all the pieces of information into a single repository

Robust Reporting

Whether you need to get an overview of last year’s spending or forecast income, you can run the necessary reports in a matter of clicks This makes it simpler for your team to build forecasts, track spending, track bed occupancy and the financial implications in real time, and manage billing and collecting resident payments easily

Implemented By Experienced Accountants

When it comes to your financial systems, you need financial experts not call centre IT to set you up for success After all, with cloud software the IT should be pre-built and proven With pre-built base software, we

match our experienced system accountants with your project to make sure it reflects your accounts, your finances, and your people So you get not just powerful accounting software, but confident end users within as little as 15 chargeable days From the start of the project through your first month’s ends, you will have a team of system accountants on call to walk you through doing the day job on the new system

Donated to Qualifying Care Homes

Cloud Doing Good’s mission is to bring streamlined accounting management to organisations that deserve it, so we keep it simple For qualifying non-profit care homes, we donate the base Oracle NetSuite software, including up to 3 users and unlimited UK entities This way, you can upgrade to enterprise-level accounting management without ballooning your budget

Keeping Your Data and Care Home Secure with Oracle NetSuite

When you partner with Cloud Doing Good, you get access Oracle NetSuite’s award-winning accounting management software 25+ years of investment and trusted by over 1 million users, Oracle NetSuite safeguards your data in a cloud network with the latest security protocols and automatic updates to protect against breaches We’ll also integrate the platform into your existing data security structure for smooth, uninterrupted, and safe operations as needed This way, you can focus on your care and let us worry about cybersecurity Don’t risk your data and care home on a solution running small numbers of customers: Oracle NetSuite is powering 38,000+ organisations

Find Out If You Qualify

We stand ready to simplify your care home’s accounting. Reach out to discuss your needs: Iain Goldmann, Director Mobile: 447404354865

LinkedIN: www linkedin com/in/iaingoldmann/

Curam Forges New Partnership with Doctify to Advance Patient-centric Feedback in the UK Care Market

Curam (www curamcare com) the largest care worker marketplace and home-care technology platform in the UK today announces a strategic partnership with Doctify (www doctify com/uk) the leading global platform for patient reviews of health and social care, to power enhanced trust and transparency in the UK care sector through patient verified reviews when choosing carers

The partnership will address the critical need to improve patient experiences where only 14% of households are satisfied with care services Providing more choice confidence and quality of care for patients and their families is therefore essential – and that



Separation of sponsor and service user responsibilities permits unlimited sponsor/service user relationships and as any number of charge codes may be defined this allows complete flexibility of service user/sponsor /charge code definition

one outstanding application package

SFIncS r/3 - A Fee Income System especially for Residential and Nursing Care Homes Designed to deliver simplicity and ease of use coupled with speed flexibility and accuracy SFIncS r/3 (Simple Fee Income System release 3) has a proven track record of over 12 years in use
prototyped as an MS Access database, since 2017 SFIncS r/3 has lived entirely on the cloud so is available 24/7
from anywhere in the
a completely bespoke package, born of necessity and collaboration between seasoned software consultants with ties to the care industry, SFIncS r/3 offers innovations and capabilities not found in any other system
cashbox module are available for incidental expenses (either or both can be used) Use of the balance forward accounting principle (which makes unnecessary invoice matching a thing of the past - though invoicing is included) plus super quick receipts entry using just six clicks makes SFIncS r/3 almost effortless to use Paula who owns and operates Monkstone House Residential Home in Porthcawl testifies to it s incredible prowess: “With 41 partly private and partly sponsored service users some of whom are multiply funded it takes me only 30 to 40 minutes per week to keep both my accounts and fee income up to date! More importantly I never need to worry about underpaid or overpaid fees - everything is always spot on And the invoices and statements produced let me present the polished and professional image I need SFIncS r/3 integrates easily with any accounting package, can be used by any type of care home and by single or multiple home operators alike For more information email benjones@intracare co SFIncS r/3 - A Fee Income System Especially for Residential and Nursing Care Homes Better by Design: A Fee Income System especially for Residential and Nursing Care Homes SFIncS r/3 is the ultimate fee income management and control system • Unlimited sponsor and charge code assignments allow complete flexibility of service user billing profiles • Perfect for all types of care homes - Nursing, Residential, Mixed, Specialist Unique continuous billing functionality provides the most efficient charge definition possible Only charge start points need to be maintained and all sponsor charges for each service user (including historic) are shown on just one screen Completely flexible invoicing Invoice any sponsor at any time for any charges for any service user for any period of time • Super fast receipt entry including Six clicks copy functionality • Balance forward accounting means you can forget laborious invoice matching • Ad hoc charges functionality • Cashbox module included Works for multiple or single home operators • Integrates with any accounting system • Plus all the reports, views and graphs you’ll ever need In use for over 12 years • Free training and help with system set up Historic data loading option available (charges may apply) • 30 day free trial For a demo, free trial or for further information please email or visit We've analysed every aspect of fee income processing to the nth degree and developed a bespoke solution that delivers simplicity and ease of use coupled with speed, flexibility and accuracy – all in
Its unique continuous billing function is the most efficient means possible of defining recurring charges (an entry is only required when a change occurs) and both an ad
charge function and a
s exactly the goal of the Curam and Doctify partnership Doctify gives patients quick access to genuine independent and verified reviews of carers to find the best carer to suit their needs for at-home care These are anonymised based on the experiences of other patients and cover aspects such as the quality of specialists
their services and treatments
carer selec-
self-employed carers are also able to earn around 50% more than they would in traditional care agencies Patrick Wallace director of Curam said The cornerstone of care is the patient But the UK’s care sector currently doesn’t reflect that, with the demand for fast high-quality care far outweighing the supply We re on a mission to transform care into a sector that’s truly patient-centric and offers more rewarding careers for carers too With our partnership with Doctify we are providing even more transparency and confidence to patients and their families that they are receiving quality personalised care ” Patient experience expectations continue to rise in the care sector The sector must prioritise trust and transparency by putting the patient at the centre We work with 32 000 healthcare providers to achieve this and are delighted to join forces with Curam Through our partnership, we ensure that carers have access to meaningful feedback strengthening their understanding of patient needs and improving their experiences while patients can find carers they feel confident in said Subhash Mishra VP Business Development at Doctify Contact client@curamcare com or 01387 730 766
can then click through to Curam to connect with the carers with the
that they need in real time Not only does this ensure that patients have complete control
tion and the opportunity to form consistent trusting relationships but Curam’s


Encanto and Cuba – Fabrics for Well-designed Contract Interiors

meets IMO standards with the added benefit of the MED wheelmark, confirming suitability for marine/cruise-line interiors Available immediately with short lead-times for larger order quantities, Skopos are pleased to add this collection into their Accents range For a copy of our Encanto shade-card pls contact our customer service team: sales@skopos co uk or for free

Adding to the family of impervious contract upholstery solutions from Skopos Encanto provides a burst of colour and texture into commercial spaces Marrying the key attributes antimicrobial impervious soil and stain resist the 3 designs offer amazing performance without compromising on style Following in the footsteps of Chamonix Moritz and most recently Chamonix Deuxième the choice within the collection is designed to compliment a range of different interior choices With 38 new Skus each design works beautifully alone or in combination to create simple contemporary and stylish contract furniture pieces The fractured herringbone Onda injects a familiar yet unique texture alongside a flexible small-scale check and our familiar Cuba linen design The palette provides pops of colour or a choice of classical neutrals The three designs are provided are Halogen-free, Oeke-tex 100 compliant, with Crib 5 Flame Retardant backing with 50 000 Martindale rubs offering a beautiful choice for any contract interiors whether office education care or highend hospitality and cruise interiors Along with many other Skopos upholstery fabrics this collection comes under the Skopos Protect+ banner Perfect for flagship interiors with colours that compliment Skopos drapery and bedding designs view the full palette on-line and order a shade-card The collection meets the requirements for Flame Retardancy standards across the UK and Europe, and
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organisation in 2023 working towards PAS2060 status as part
towards a more sustainable future For further information please visit our website Skopos is an ISO9001 accredited company and has more than 50 years specialist experience in the design and manufacture of high-performance FR contract fabrics for the hospitality sector Images show Marmotte Magenta and Slalom Olive/ Orelle Elm provided by Barons Furniture PAGE 50 | THE CARER DIGITAL | ISSUE 193
samples of our collections
Skopos are looking to become a Carbon Neutral
of our drive
Firstlight Products are award winning market leaders in contemporary, classical and contract lighting We have over 40 years of experience in the lighting industry supplying both UK and overseas customers We pride ourselves in our comprehensive range of products for both Interior and Exterior use Our lighting products are of the very latest designs and can help your Care Home look attractive and up to date The importance of selecting the correct lighting solution is greatly underappreciated It is so important to consider the correct items as this can help create warmth and coziness Selecting incorrectly and areas can be cold and clinical Our lighting categories include decorative ranges ceiling fittings wall lights table & floor bathroom spotlights track and an extensive range of outdoor We have lighting solutions for bedrooms bathrooms open living areas as well as garden and outdoor security We have friendly Technical support available at the end of the telephone or email to help with any questions or queries you may have on the products in our range In 2022 we were awarded for our Quality Assurance processes by the Lighting Industry Association which allows customers complete confidence when selecting their products You can view Firstlight s entire range at our comprehensive website which includes product specification sheets of every product to help you select and choose your preferred option For more information about Firstlight and how we can help you please call one of our team on 01908 310221 or email flp@firstlight-products co uk Our comprehensive website can be found at www firstlight-products co uk Please see our advertisement on page 9 Firstlight Have the Lighting Range to Help Illuminate Your Care Home with Style
Mr Trax Curtain & Blind Solutions aims to provide a first class service across a wide range of products and bespoke fittings thanks to its two decades of experience with many previous clients in the care sector Mr Trax has a range of NHS compliant fabrics for use in care homes including ‘blackout’ They can supply and fit a wide range of flame retardant curtains and blinds in various fabrics to be made to your sizes and fitted using heavy duty fittings and rails Curtains can normally be made and installed within four weeks and blinds in two weeks Fire retardant blinds on heavy weight systems are readily available and can be manually controlled or electrically operated They also have antimicrobial options as well all at varying prices all normally available in two-three weeks Faster times are available on some products The company is affiliated with Checkatrade where you can see customer reviews including this recent comment: Douglas did a fantastic job fitting our shutters and curtain rail He even fitted an extra rail for us which we had bought ourselves! Friendly and efficient service plus great looking results Very pleasedwould definitely recommend! Based in Hailsham East Sussex and owned and run by Doug and Carol Coe the firm also provides a number of corded and motorised options for blinds as well as curtains and offers a comprehensive range of shutters Doug says: “We stock two ranges of silent gliss corded curtain tracks and two ranges of silent gliss uncorded curtain tracks the fitted prices for which are available on this website All of the aluminium silent gliss tracks stock can be shaped and fitted into bay windows, as can some of the poles We also have ready access to many more ranges of both tracks and poles, most of which we can get in one working day “To read more of what our customers say about us please do look us up on Checkatrade: checkatrade com/mrtrax Call now to speak to one of our team on 0800 3345114 or 07968 242004 email us at: doug@mrtrax co uk Mr Trax Curtain & Blind Solutions

New Qualification To Boost Care Sector



Policies and Procedures Within Social Care

Excellence Through Training: The Health & Safety Group’s Commitment to Exceptional Care

At The Health & Safety Group, we understand that the process of getting your care workers through their Care Certification can be pretty demanding So we ve made it our mission is to make the training process as flexible and accessible as possible without increasing your costs or sacrificing the quality of our courses

We recognise that some prefer traditional classroom learning for the benefits of immediate instructor feedback hands-on skills practice and connecting with likeminded professionals However if committing to fixed schedules and locations proves difficult staff may favour the unmatched flexibility of e-learning Our online courses allow caregivers to learn at

Our Care Certificate Training Course designed specifically for care workers healthcare assistants and social care support workers is just one of our high-impact training courses available both face-to-face and online through our e-learning platform Mapped to the ‘Skills for Care’ Care Certificate standards this course equips caregivers with the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the complexities of their roles empowering them to deliver comprehensive

A new accredited qualification for care workers will help to improve perceptions of the sector and will boost retention
opinion of a Lesley O Connor Head
Strategic Development at Realise a leading training provider which offers numerous qualifications in the sector Lesley welcomed the Government s £75m investment to help people progress in their Heath & Social Care careers
Government recently set out plans for a new accredited qualification and a national career structure for the adult social care workforce
qualification will benefit around 37 000 workers within the sector while the defined career pathway will help people plan their future progression
Lesley said while the funding package would make adult social care a more attractive proposition, it would likely only make a small differ-
to the 152 000 vacancies within the sector
Government investment to add accreditation to the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate is very welcome and it will give the qualification additional value said Lesley
clearly defined career pathway is also something I have championed for a long time and it offers people a clear route to progress their careers
will also help to improve perceptions of adult social care as a whole People still think of adult social care as looking after old people and everything that goes with that but the opportunities are far more varied including helping young people with disabilities and assisting with treatment and recovery from addiction
school leavers to consider adult social care as
than a stopgap It will undoubtedly help to raise the profile of the sector and will give people with limited qualifications the chance to build their skills “It’s well-known that people stay longer at places where training is available ” People in adult social care jobs will be able to enrol on the new Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate qualification between June this year and March 2025 There will be other training initiatives available, including a new digital leadership qualification to help managers in the sector with the implementation of technology But Lesley warned that this funding must be followed up with decisive Government action to plug the gap in care sector vacancies She said “There is a bigger conversation to be had at a time when there are 152 000 vacancies within adult social care It is predicted we will need 440 000 care workers by 2035 “While this is a good starting point the Government must pledge future funding to support the long-term sustainability of the sector to attract many more people into roles at all levels If decisive action is not taken soon we could be facing unimaginable consequences over the next decade Valuing the current workforce and giving them opportunities to upskill is important but ultimately pay and conditions need to improve to attract new blood into the sector rather than going into retail or hospitality Realise is one of the country s leading training providers working with more than 1 000 employers and more than 10 000 learners a year throughout apprenticeships and adult education courses For more information visit https://bit ly/realisetraining
“I hope it will encourage
a viable skilled career with progression opportunities rather
The delivery of safe care is the paramount responsibility of social care providers Central to achieving this is the governance framework adopted by service providers And at the core of this framework are policies and procedures These enable the provider to comply – and evidence compliance – with relevant legislation and regulations as well as facilitating best practices supporting business needs and assisting in recognising and managing risks Providers have a legal duty of care to the people they employ Policies and procedures should provide clear guidelines to staff on how the organisation operates as well as informing them of best practices and processes to be followed Policies should be reviewed annually as a minimum to ensure they are still fit for purpose and align with legal and regulatory requirements They should be reviewed not only by employees of the business but also by experts in various subject matters (e g infection control or medicines management) For many small- to medium-sized providers there may not be the in-house skills knowledge and experience to complete such a robust annual review Many choose instead to purchase their policies and procedures from a reputable provider like W&P Compliance & Training who will also complete reviews and ensure their policies and procedures remain up to date This way a provider not only ensures they remain compliant; they also benefit from best practice policies and procedures that provide a solid foundation for safe working practices and – ultimately – protect and support service users and staff Ben Erskine – Director at W&P Compliance & Training www wandptraining co uk | Tel: 01305 767104 See the advert on page 2 for further information
their own pace, fitting training around their commitments while benefitting from rich multimedia resources However you learn HSG offers the best of both worlds With classroom courses available nationwide 6 days a week we provide exceptional accessibility for face-to-face training Our dedicated e-learning platform ensures flexibility enhanced by our Training Team s support for any queries
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industry experts, ensuring that training prepares staff for real-world situations using practical skills
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From Medical Administration to Safeguarding


Recruiting Success with CVMinder ATS

Care recruiting is currently challenging So why is CVMinder ATS a great choice for Care Providers? Stuart Haddow MD suggests that its Ambassador Customers make the biggest difference Ambassadors include senior HR leaders from the Care sector “They have proven to be great at overcoming recruiting
says Stuart CVMinder s Ambassador
also guide CVMinder product improvement programme
that great guidance delivers a competitive advantage for all CVMinder Care customers Jack
of Local Solutions agrees “CVMinder has made the process as smooth and as streamlined as possible That’s is critical when recruiting in a demanding sector like care It gives us central control of everything and the management information we generate from CVMinder has helped to improve our recruiting approach Without CVMinder our recruiting costs would be much higher and good candidates would be lost in the administration clutter Donna Newell of The Kent Autistic Trust says “CVMinder ensures that we are being responsive to applicants and the demands of our managers Having a one stop shop means that we can post and update jobs at the touch of a button Receiving all applications online and using filter questions enables our recruiters to shortlist batches of applicants swiftly ” T: 01634 202 101 E: enquiries@cvminder co uk W: cvminder co uk/care
JJ Recruitment has the large database of well qualified applicants with experience in the health-care industry, such as health care assistants, senior carers, and nurses from overseas We also have an expert team of solicitors for the necessary legal proceedings and advices WHY JJ? We have very minimal processing fees We assist you to get a sponsorship license Qualified and experienced candidates from overseas Tel: 01704 808227 www jjcarerecruitment co uk admin@jjrecruitment co uk In Dire Need Of Experienced Health Care Assistant, Senior Carer Or A Nurse? Global assists clients throughout the U K who specialise in the healthcare sector to achieve their objectives of purchase, development and refinance We have organised over £1 8bn for clients in the past 30 years providing clients with competitively priced funding to refinance existing debt ease cashflow and develop businesses further From helping clients make their first purchase through to allowing groups to grow significantly in size we assist at every stage of your business expansion Every proposal is individual and deserves to be treated that way so we hope you will allow us to be of assistance to you and call us to chat through your plans and requirements, I am sure we will be able to tailor a facility to your requirements Call us on 01242 227172 or e-mail us at enquiries@globalbusinessfinance net Care Home Finance from Global Business Finance

Introducing The Carer Recruitment

Quality Care Group, the largest independent Insurance Broker to the Care Sector proudly announces its victory in the prestigious National Insurance Awards 2024 The gala event held at the illustrious London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square Mayfair London saw Quality Care Group clinch the coveted title of 'Commercial Lines Specialist Broker of the Year ' The National Insurance Awards recognise excellence and innovation within the insurance industry, celebrating outstanding achievements and contributions across various categories Quality Care Group s win in the Commercial Lines Specialist Broker of the Year category underscores its unwavering commitment to delivering bespoke insurance solutions and unparalleled service to the Care Sector
receiving the award, Managing Director Darren Pollard expressed his gratitude and pride, stating, "We are thrilled and honoured to be recognised as the Commercial Lines Specialist Broker of the Year at the National Insurance Awards 2024 This prestigious accolade is a testament to our team s dedication expertise, and relentless pursuit of excellence in serving the unique needs of the Care Sector " Quality Care Group has established itself as a trailblazer in the insurance industry renowned for its innovative insurance and wider business solutions, client-centric approach, and commitment to superior customer service The company s comprehensive range of services tailored specifically for the Care Sector has set new standards of excellence and earned the trust of clients nationwide As the largest independent Insurance Broker to the Care Sector Quality Care Group continues to lead the way in providing tailored insurance solutions proactive risk management strategies and unparalleled support to care businesses across the UK For further information on Quality Care Group visit www qcaregroup co uk How you can help your clients pay for care? Lifetimemortgages info is a trading style of The Later L fe Lending Network which is an Appointed Representat ve of The Right Mortgage Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority Registered in England and Wales no 09832887 Registered address 70 St Johns Close Knowle Solihull West Midlands B93 0NH If they are over 55 and a homeowner then a lifetime mortgage might be the answer to paying for care It can release cash from their homes and use it to pay for care They could have extra visits or services they can’t presently afford, or install stair-lifts, hoists, wet-rooms etc to make life easier Ideally suited to domicillary care but can be used to fund the needs of one party living in care Best of all clients keep ownership of their home What’s in it for you? More money! More services, longer care periods To find out if it could work for you contact: 07789 885611 or e-mail money@lifetimemortgages info Quality Care Group Triumphs at National Insurance Awards 2024 RECRUITMENT & PROFESSIONAL SERVICES THE CARER DIGITAL | ISSUE 193 | PAGE 53 RECRUITMENT.THECARERUK.COM ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT PEOPLE TO FILL YOUR VACANCY? WE CAN HELP! MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO PEOPLE'S LIVES WITH A CAREER IN ADULT SOCIAL CARE WELCOME TO THE NEW CARER RECRUITMENT WEBSITE USER-FRIENDLY AFFORDABLE FAST & EFFICIENT
Your Premier Destination for A dult Social Care Hiring Solutions! We are thrilled to announce the launch of THE CARER Recruitment, the latest addition to our growing portfolio! As the leading UK residential and nursing care/adult social care publication, we understand the pressing need for effective recruitment solutions in the face of ongoing challenges within the sector WHY THE CARER RECRUITMENT? Unparalleled Reach: THE CARER stands as the UK’s popular and must read adult social care publication boasting a vast offline and online readership With our new recruitment platform, we extend our reach even further, ensuring your vacancies are seen by a targeted audience consistently across print digital, website, and social media channels Tailored Solutions Say goodbye to recruitment headaches! Our userfriendly platform offers cost-effective solutions tailored to meet your hiring needs Whether you're a small care home or a large healthcare organization we ve got you covered Seamless Interaction: At THE CARER, we pride ourselves on our exceptional relationship with our readership With THE CARER Recruitment expect seamless interaction and support throughout the hiring process ensuring a smooth and efficient recruitment journey for both employers and candidates alike In the face of the ongoing crisis in adult social care recruitment The Carer offers a streamlined and cost effective solution to meet your staffing needs Join us in revolutionizing the way you hire in the adult social care sector! Visit our website now to learn more and get started Together let s shape the future of adult social care recruitment! Warm regards, The Carer Team recruitment thecareruk com

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