The Carer Digital - Issue #195

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Make This a General Election for Social Care... Political Parties Urged

Care of the country s oldest and most vulnerable must be a top priority for political parties, campaigners have said, following Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s announcement to call a General Election for Thursday, 4 July “At last we have a General Election ” said Mike Padgham Chair of the providers organisation the Independent Care Group (ICG) Now let s make sure it is a General Election for social care! The ICG said giving care to those who couldn t get it and properly rewarding heroic care staff had to be priorities “This is the moment for social care ” Mr Padgham added “We must seize this opportunity to begin reform that will give care to millions who can t get it; give fair pay to a workforce that is short of 152 000 staff; end the closure of care providers and finally treat the oldest and most vulnerable section of our community with the respect it deserves (CONTINUED ON PAGE 3...)


Welcome to the latest edition of The Carer Digital!

Urgent Need for Social Care Refor m Amidst Election Uncer tainty

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s surprise announcement of a General Election on July 4 has sent shockwaves through the political landscape As we brace for a tumultuous campaign season one glaring issue remains conspicuously absent from the discourse the ongoing crisis in adult social care

Despite the urgency of the matter none of the main parties have outlined concrete plans or policies to address the multifaceted challenges facing this vital sector Which is a massive disappointment, since I was hoping to include them in our lead article today!

The adversarial nature of election campaigns exacerbates the problem for social care

Political parties vie for our votes by touting the superiority of their policies while discrediting their opponents This often leads to the dismissal of sensible proposals that might otherwise garner broader support In the heat of electoral battle even the most pragmatic solutions can be sacrificed at the altar of political expediency

The social care system s many problems demand long-term sustainable solutions that transcend the electoral cycle These solutions require collaboration, if not consensus, across the main political parties Without such cooperation the sector will continue to suffer from short-term fixes and policy neglect The adversarial approach not only hampers meaningful progress but also ensures that social care remains a political football subject to the whims of changing governments

History has shown that social care can easily become collateral damage in a partypolitical war of words Past elections have demonstrated how contentious funding proposals can provoke public backlash, making social care a toxic topic for politicians

Consequently they often avoid the issue until the impact of neglect becomes so severe that intervention is unavoidable This cycle of avoidance and crisis intervention sets back the prospects for genuine reform leaving the sector in perpetual limbo

As we approach the upcoming election it is imperative that we demand more from our political leaders thanks to social media and other modern day forms of communication they are in the spotlight on the court of public opinion more than ever

The social care sector needs decisive intervention and a commitment to long-term, sustainable solutions This will only be possible if political parties put aside their differ-

ences and work together for the greater good

The stakes are too high for social care to be ignored or mishandled any longer The millions of individuals who rely on these services, as well as the dedicated professionals who provide them deserve better

This election is an opportunity to advocate for the systemic reforms that are so desperately needed Only through collaborative effort and a shared vision for the future can we hope to address the deep-rooted issues plaguing our social care system

The time for transformative change is long overdue and it’s time for political leaders to rise to the challenge and deliver the sustainable solutions that will secure the future of adult social care

Once again I would be interested in your views in the lead up to the general election I will be writing this week to the main parties to see if they would like to take time out of their busy schedules and share with our readership exactly what their intentions are and it would be good to put some of your views too!

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Make This a General Election for Social Care... Political Parties Urged



We have endured 30 years of neglect betrayal and broken promises Now we want to see the manifestos and hear what they intend for social care

“And we must grasp this rare opportunity to get the country a cradle to the grave service it deserves

When the candidates come to our doorsteps we must ask them what they intend for social care and not let them off with weasel words or vague promises

We want proper reform and we will hold them accountable for what they promise

Some 1 6m people can t get care, there are 152,000 social care staff vacancies and providers of homecare and residential care are leaving the sector every day

The ICG says it is time for the Conservatives to break their silence on what they propose for social care and for the other parties to expand on what they have said so far Labour has so far promised better pay for the workforce while the Liberal Democrats promise free personal care for some a Carer s Minimum Wage and greater support for unpaid carers


Social care charity Guild Care met the news of a general election on 4th July with a mixture of hope and scepticism Social care is under significant pressure following decades of under-funding, unfairness and inequality This is exacerbated by a fragmented and stretched health and local authority environment

Alex Brooks-Johnson Guild Care CEO said “None of the main parties are raising the issue of social care

The problem of the funding gap which is getting wider every year is going to get worse The impact will be that people without significant personal wealth will face a future of inadequate care

He added “Social care is a difficult challenge to overcome but answers are possible with the right leadership innovation and collaboration We don t expect the Government to have all the answers but would call on all parties to pledge to address the considerable issues in social care if they win the election ” In 2019 the Government pledged to reform social care and the resulting report was dropped In 2023 a new commitment was made to reform social care through the ‘People at the Heart of Care Paper’ These reforms were shelved shortly afterwards although not after considerable time and money was spent on preparations

In addition reviews of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) have also been halted leaving many vulnerable people in desperate situations as Local Authorities struggle to meet demand These issues need to be addressed as swiftly as possible and Guild Care joins many other social care charities in calling for all parties to raise their game in pledging to take action

Alex added “We and our social care provider colleagues would only be too delighted to help shape some

plans to address these key issues We understand the problems well and have connections with the people who are impacted every day by the continuing delays to the long-overdue reform of social care funding ”


Professor Martin Green OBE Chief Executive of Care England says: “For the adult social care sector this general election will be an opportunity to reflect discuss challenges and priorities and consider alternative visions of what the future may look like For too long, our sector has been neglected and the can kicked down the road With this election that must come to an end It s time for political parties to finally put adult social care at the top of the agenda and bring about the generational reform and investment we so desperately need ”


The National Care Forum has called upon all political parties to ensure that adult social care is a central part of every manifesto, citing that for decades, governments of various political persuasions have failed to bring forward and commit to ambitious reform and the last few years have been no different with either delays to announced reforms or scaled back ambition

Demographic changes in our society, growing unmet need and a difficult workforce environment mean this is a policy area that must no longer be ignored they say

Adding that the full potential of adult social care to enable people to live to the full to unlock economic prosperity and combat social-economic and health inequalities is largely an untapped resource and one which needs to be at the centre of conversations about reform

The NCF are calling on all political parties to:

1 Think social care first-ensure that people care about social care like they do the NHS and understand its central role in joined up health and care for people

2 Improve the pay terms and conditions of the workforce-care is intrinsically skilled and valuable and must be remunerated to reflect this

3 Invest in people, not profit-adult social care should be for people not profit

4 Create an economic growth strategy for adult social care-social care is a large employer contributing £55 7 billion to the English economy making it an essential part of the national

5 Enshrine rights, fairness and choice for people in the National Care Covenant-co-produce and set out clearly the mutual rights and responsibilities of citizens families communities and the state

To date there has been little mention of adult social care among the main parties Labour has said committed to the introduction of a ‘national care service for adults’ services over the next ten years but has yet to add any clarification and in a recent policy paper the Conservatives set out a wider reform agenda putting ‘people at the heart of care’, however this is yet to feature in their 2024 manifesto


Building an International Worker Strategy in Care

As recruitment continues to be an overwhelming challenge for care homes, international workers remain an essential part of the solution Some scene setting in 2022 99% of care workers sponsored for work visas in the UK were from non-EU countries The top countries of citizenship for care workers using Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) in 2022 were India (33%), Zimbabwe (16%) Nigeria (15%) and the Philippines (11%)

The staffing crisis in the UK care sector has been attributed to multiple factors including: A lack of long-term workforce planning • Brexit leading to a loss of staff coming from the EU Concerns over pay and job pressures due to increasing staff shortages

The crisis is particularly acute now due to persistent understaffing across health and social care, posing a serious risk to the safety and wellbeing of people who use these essential services STATE OF PLAY IN THE SECTOR

Other contributing factors to the prevailing care crisis include: New legislation impacting providers: New rules to cut net migration and tackle visa abuse are now in force as part of the UK government s plan to bring down unsustainable levels of legal migration This means that care workers are restricted from bringing dependant family members with them when they move to the UK and the Home Office is hoping that in making the UK a less attractive destination this way it will lead to a reduction in the number of new care workers arriving in the UK

Care providers in England acting as sponsors for migrants are also required to register with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to crack down on worker exploitation and abuse within the sector and the Home Office has significantly ramped up compliance action against care providers that have a Sponsor Licence

The narrative here is very much be careful what you wished for when the Home Office relaxed the rules on recruiting care workers from overseas there was a critical shortage of care workers in the UK however it now very much looks like the Home Office went too fast too soon

Sponsorship process in the care sector: Sponsorship of workers through the Health and Care Worker visa route can only be undertaken by a business that is genuine and legally operating in the UK The business must apply for a sponsorship licence with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Once granted the sponsorship licence the business will need to assign a certificate of sponsorship to each worker they are recruiting As referenced above on increased compliance the whole process is getting more and more difficult For example if a care provider submits a request to increase their allocation of certificate of sponsorship the Home Office will always request a significant amount of supporting evidence to process the request, in the past these requests were rare

Eligibility of non-CQC care firms to sponsor migrant workers: Care providers who were sponsoring workers in exclusively non-regulated activities (and therefore not required to be registered with the CQC) before the rules change should be able to continue to sponsor these workers including for extensions to their visa on those terms But they will not be able to sponsor new ones


There are key ways care home providers can ensure they have access to an international employee pool As a provider you can:

Build a recruitment strategy specifically for international recruitment: This requires extensive planning and a long-term commitment to provide resources ongoing training and pastoral support to recruits

Adhere to the Code of Practice for International Recruitment: Providers must familiarise themselves with and ensure they adhere to the Code of Practice for International Recruitment and the requirements of the Health and Care Worker visa

Be aware of your sponsor duties and conduct regular audits The Home Office is performing more audits than ever, so it is critical that care providers are confident they will be able to pass an audit Boyes Turner provide bespoke audit & compliance training, including mock Home Office audits where we play the role of a compliance officer and assess your compliance with your Sponsor Duties

The Maples Care Home Raises Thousands At Trek26 For Alzheimer’s

The team at The Maples Care Home has raised £2,000 for Alzheimer’s research through its participation in the Trek26 event


for those affected by Alzheimer s The funds raised will contribute to improving the lives of individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their

families We are incredibly proud of our team s commitment and determination in raising funds for Alzheimer s research ” said Lianne Sturmey Home Manager “Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects millions of people worldwide and it is our mission to support efforts to find a cure and provide the best possible care for those affected ”

The Maples would like to express its gratitude to all the sponsors donors and supporters who contributed to the success of their fundraising efforts Their generosity and support

Trek26 event organized by the Alzheimer’s Society is a challenging 26mile hike aimed at raising funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease The event took place on Saturday 17th May and saw participants from all walks of life come together to support this important cause
The Maples assembled a team of dedicated team members to take part in the Trek26 event The team trained rigorously for several weeks leading up to the event ensuring they were physically prepared for the demanding walk Through their dedication and fundraising efforts The Maples team managed to raise two thousand pounds which will go towards funding
research support services
made a significant impact in the fight against Alzheimer s ” The Trek26 event not only provided an opportunity for people to contribute to a worthy cause but also allowed the
residents and their families to come together as a community fostering a sense of
and camaraderie
A care homes charity is marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day by offering free lunches to veterans and their partners living in the community this summer Royal Star & Garter is offering up to three free meals per person through its popular Lunch Club service which runs from its Homes in Solihull, Surbiton and High Wycombe, between June and August The charity chose to launch the offer in June to tie-in with the 80th anniversary of D-Day (6 June), and Armed Forces Day (29 June) Lunch Club launched at Royal Star & Garter last year to help tackle loneliness and isolation in the Armed Forces community and is open to veterans and partners of veterans living with disability or early stage dementia The sessions consist of a two-hour visit with a two or three-course meal conversation and support from staff and usually cost £10 But new users can now enjoy three Lunch Clubs over the three-month period free of charge Booking in advance is required but there is no obligation to continue using the service later Further details and the terms and conditions can be found on the charity s website at https://starandgarter org/our-lunch-clubs/ Free Lunch Club sessions will take place at Royal Star & Garter in Solihull on 19-20 June 24-25 July and 21-22 August In Surbiton the dates will be 14 June 28 June 12 July, 26 July, 9 August and 23 August while High Wycombe dates are 6 June (D-Day) 20 June 4 July 18 July 1 August and 15 August Shirley Hall is the Director of Care & Wellbeing at Royal Star & Garter She said: June is a special month for veterans with the 80th anniversary of D-Day and Armed Forces Day Lunch Clubs have been a really popular addition to our Homes since they launched last year, and we’ve seen camaraderie and friendships develop and grow among people using the service But we want to reach out and support more people and I hope this fantastic offer will help to achieve this ” D-Day 80: Veterans Offered Free Lunch At Royal Star & Garter

The Care Allowance Has Been An Absolute Disaster; Sir Ed Davey Says

On a recent Voices of Care podcast – a channel dedicated to celebrating the health and social care sector – Sir Ed Davey leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Kingston and Surbiton, called on the next government to once and for all reach a cross party consensus to reform social care including properly honouring the role of unpaid carers, calling the current Care Allowance an absolute disaster Census data from 2021 showed that more than 5 million people in England and Wales over the age of 5 were providing unpaid care in 2021; although research from Carers UK in 2022 estimates the number of unpaid carers could be as high as 10 6 million(Carers UK, Carers Week 2022 research report) Without their contribution the social care and indeed arguably the whole healthcare system including the NHS would collapse Speaking on the podcast Ed reflected on the role of family carers a group often neglected in mainstream commentary Evidence abounds of the role that unpaid carers have on the health and social care system and the wider economy

Commenting Ed states: “We clearly need to look after our care professionals much better than we do but I think care professionals would be the first to say ‘let’s also look after the families and the loved ones and the neighbours and the friends who do the vast bulk of caring I m not talking about childcare I m talking about looking after disabled people, looking after elderly relatives, looking after spouses We need better training for and structures in place to support unpaid carers At 12 years old when I was caring for my terminally ill mother and administering morphine I wish I had <<some>> training ” Research from Carers UK and Sheffield University

Local Care Home Hosts Pudding Club

that unpaid carers in the UK con-
increasing hours of unpaid care
hours to do so also putting their physi-
to one side Census data from 2021 suggests that there are over 2 million carers who are employees and, according to the State of Caring 2023 Survey 40% of carers surveyed-many providing more than 50 hours a week of unpaid care – said they had given up work to focus on unpaid care and 22% had reduced their working hours Nearly half (49%) of carers who had given up work or reduced their working hours had seen their income reduce by over £1,000 per month Ed comments: We need to make it a lot easier for people who can work alongside caring to do so It keeps them mentally healthy brings in more money and <<avoids>> going from a <<possible>> double income family to a no income family just because of the unluckiness of health People who are doing full time caring for loved ones, guess what, oftentimes they are quite poor It is not right that we treat unpaid carers in this way There’s a big debate over Carers Allowance, it needs complete reform it is an absolute disaster One thing I hope we can do much better on is make people understand that care is a tough job it should be valued much more and we need to both recognize that and provide support ” “When I think of the voice offamilycarers I don’t really hear it in that model and I am not having a go at some of the health commissioners but whether that s changed their mentality and the culture I don t know Because if you really are going to reach out to families andfamilycarers, if you really are going to reach out outside the NHS to people like community pharmacists and so on you do need a change of mindset and that will take time ” My own experience in government of having tried to get consensus and then being disappointed by the result we ve just got to get this done And that means we must get everyone around the table So I’ve called for all the main political parties to put in their manifesto a commitment to work cross party to finally get an agreement on this both what it would look like and how it will be funded in the next parliament And just imagine we did that in the next parliament, I think it would be a transformative parliament ”
in May 2023 showed
tribute £162 billion per year to the economy The report states “Providing
family members have no choice but to give up work or reduce their
cal and mental health needs
Longueville Court Care Home have invited local professionals to their pudding club Longueville Court held their pudding club on Friday afternoon they had Cllr Kirsty Knight and three members of Peterborough football club as guest judges Barchester holds monthly pudding clubs where the resident s recipes are made and judged Friday it was Longueville court turn to hoist Chef Aneliya Gramatikova and Activities coordinator Karina Dunn pulled out all the stops there was five delicious puddings there was also entertainment from The Fenlands Harmonica Guys The winning pudding will go into the end of year final and will be in a recipe book made of all the residents’ recipes that will be made at the end of the year Longueville Courts General Manager at Krzysztof Krzyszofiak says: “Longueville Court is keen to involve the community in our activities and showcase what we do in our home it was great to see our guest judges engaging with our residents and of course, enjoy our wonderful puddings made by our chef!

Now Is The Time To Champion Digital and Data Sharing In Care

As we all know there are significant challenges facing the care sector and they have been well documented in recent reports and articles However with the General Election now confirmed and health and care being a top priority for all the political parties, it is encouraging to see the Local Government Association’s (LGA) recent report The Care Act 2014 Ten Years On from Royal Assent’, which reviews the impact of the legislation and what needs to happen next to address these pressing challenges

The report rightly recognises the historic underfunding in the sector which has only partially been addressed by short-term grant funding and the use of local taxation And it makes a strong case for the importance of longer-term, sustainable investment going forward – citing the estimated uplifts calculated by the Health Foundation to meet the growing demand

Gathering better data sets and improving the use of data shar-

ing also feature strongly in the recommendations It highlights how these improvements can deliver better outcomes and value for money and help move towards more preventative care provision that can reduce the demand and costs of care and NHS services

Whilst there have been significant moves to achieve this over the last few years – for example with the publication of the Care Data Matters strategy – the LGA report rightly calls out the need for continued improvements However, unfortunately, there aren’t any references to the role of technology in achieving these goals in the report itself


Given how effective digital tools are in improving the flow of information within and across care settings (and the wider care continuum), it is perhaps a missed opportunity There are residential and domiciliary care

providers across the country that are embracing technology not only to improve the collection analysis and sharing of data but to improve service efficiencies compliance and the quality of care provision

For example Bay Care (a domiciliary provider in Devon) introduced a fully integrated digital system that covers carer scheduling electronic care planning electronic MAR mobile working care monitoring billing and finances As a result they have a real-time picture of what is happening with their services enabling them to identify concerns and patterns with their citizens individually and as a community The coordination between the point of care mobile app monitoring dashboard and alerting features also helped drive up compliance to outstanding levels Plus it streamlined their back office saving £75 000 annually with an additional £3 000 saved each month on postage and stationery costs

By having a dashboard of all the data points across their community they can also quickly and easily export and share this for the reasons set out in LGA’s report - for example with their colleagues at the Integrated Care Board, and even at a national level, to pinpoint ways to shift to better demand management and preventative care It can also help overcome the patchy and inconsistent communication between the different health and care settings that can lead to duplication of efforts and/or missed opportunities


Whilst technology isn t mentioned in the overarching report it is thankfully acknowledged in some of the LGA s associated articles including the opinion piece from Dr Jane Townson OBE (CEO Homecare Association) Jane highlights how providers have embraced technology despite challenges such as the spending on care falling by 40% in real terms

And with the LGA championing new funding commitments from the next government now is an opportune time for them to advocate the role of data and digital Specifically by pointing to proven examples such as Bay Care and helping providers maximise the resources readily available Plus heeding the suggestions in Jane’s article including the importance of outcomes-based commissioning that focuses on efficiencies and prevention (which will ultimately be underpinned by digital)

Park View Care Home Steps Up for The Wellbeing Walk of Essex

Sip and Seed Party Launches

Sensor y Garden at Camberley Manor

PAGE 6 | THE CARER DIGITAL | ISSUE 195 A care home in Surrey has marked the launch of their new sensory garden with a Sip and Seed party for residents and friends of the home Camberley Manor based in Deepcut hosted a celebratory event earlier this month following National Gardening Week to officially open their new outdoor space in the presence of the 60 residents their families and local community The Mindenhurst team, who have been overseeing development in the home s immediate vicinity joined forces with the home and subcontractors, Graduate Landscapes to transform an area of the home’s existing garden into a tranquil sensory space The team generously donated their time, materials and expertise to build a bespoke seating area plant dozens of sensory plants and more to deliver a versatile garden complete with wheelchair accessible planters The home was joined by community including Parkinson s UK Citizen’s Advice Bureau, and local businesses to enjoy proceedings The Sip and Seed encouraged attendees to bring a cutting from their own garden or small plants to add to the existing creation and contribute to the sensory space After the ceremonial cutting of ribbon to announce the opening assisted by Camberley Manor resident Jean Edmondson, guests enjoyed a themed VE Day performance by LucyLou who sang classic 40 s tunes whilst savouring delicious canapes and prosecco Home Manager Girlie Braga said “This afternoon has been such a joy to host as we welcome new and familiar faces to the home We wish to extend a huge heartfelt thank you to the teams that contributed to this wonderful project Business Development Manager Jo Anderson-Woodley said “Niki’s teams have been fundamental in creating this sensory garden We are looking forward to utilising this space over the Summer for our residents and the local community we support Niki from Mindenhurst expressed her delight by adding that The team were delighted to work with Graduate Landscapes to create this new sensory garden It is really rewarding to collaborate with other companies who are also committed to making positive contributions within the community I hope all the residents at Camberley Manor enjoy this new space which not only looks great, but also promotes wellbeing ”
Social Care Consultant for Quality, Risk and Compliance, Access HSC ( Park View Care Home located in Witham recently participated in the Wellbeing Walk of Essex organised in collaboration with the Prosper Team This initiative aimed to achieve a collective 350-mile target equivalent to walking the coastline of Essex and involved the Runwood Homes group across the region From the 13th to 17th of May 2024 care homes throughout Essex joined forces to contribute miles towards this ambitious goal At Park View Care Home on the 16th of May three dedicated staff members took up the challenge with enthusiasm and determination Diane Anderson the Wellbeing Lead; Charlene a Domestic; and Paul the Handyman embarked on a walk from Park View to Hatfield Peverel Lodge and back totaling approximately 7 miles Despite the rainy weather the trio persevered demonstrating their commitment to promoting physical and mental wellbeing within their community Diane Anderson the Wellbeing Lead at Park View expressed her thoughts on the experience: We walked the whole way there and back in the rain but it was really worth it The lovely welcome we got from the Bupa Home at Hatfield Peverel Lodge was amazing They made us hot drinks laid on a delicious spread of food and gave us a lovely tour ” While the residents of Park View Care Home were unable to join the walk physically they actively participated by logging miles on their pedal bikes throughout the week This collaborative effort not only supported the Prosper Team s initiative but also fostered a sense of community and shared purpose among the residents and staff

Future-Proofing Care – Care

England Spearheads Coalition of Industr y Experts

In ITV’s latest Tonight Programme, Care England revealed the extent of the social care crisis in local authorities where underfunding from central government has compromised their ability to adequately fund social care

In response Care England has today announced the launch of Future-Proofing Care a new report delivering innovative solutions and turnaround strategies to sustain independent adult social care providers

Care England s 2023 Sector Pulse Check report produced in partnership with Hft highlighted a concerning trend: 43% of adult social care providers were forced to close parts of their organisations or return contracts to local authorities due to financial pressures last year in 2023 Even more alarming is the revelation that 56% of smaller providers seriously considered exiting the market last year due to these financial strains

Without root and branch reform of the way central government invests in social care through local authorities this figure will only rise In the absence of such reform care providers need immediate support to manage ongoing pressures which will have a real impact on people’s lives

Successive governments have pledged to fix social care yet the sector remains in an extremely precarious state Care England and the organisations contributing to this paper have taken action to provide immediate support to the sector But with yesterday’s announcement of a general election It is now incumbent upon the incoming government regardless of party to implement meaningful change and offer comprehensive long-term support to the entire sector

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says: This is not simply an industry concern; it is a societal one

Potential closure of essential services will have far-reaching consequences impacting the most vulnerable members of our society In a time when resilience is not just a virtue but a necessary survival strategy the independent adult social care sector finds itself at a crossroads Faced with unrelenting financial pressures and regulatory challenges, these providers are navigating a labyrinth of uncertainties that threaten their very existence Care England has spearheaded a coalition of industry experts to offer a lifeline to care providers The new report seeks to navigate the treacherous waters of financial vulnerability and operational challenges marking a collaborative effort to fortify the foundation of adult social care in England

Future-proofing Care recognises and explores the strategies available to care providers facing operational pressures From spotting early warning signs to implementing turnaround strategies exploring renovation or financing options and considering management takeovers or exit plans It delivers insightful analysis and practical guidance to equip every care services with the necessary tools and knowledge for making informed decisions and

sustaining high-quality care amidst evolving challenges

Ultimately every care provider will at some stage, need to rely on the solutions outlined in Future Proofing Care This document is designed to stand the test of time and provide universal value for all providers irrespective of their circumstances

You can access the report on the website at https //www careengland org uk/future-proofing-care/

Martin Green continues: “Future-proofing Care is an indispensable resource that will undoubtedly offer a beacon of hope and a definitive path forward promising a brighter future for providers in the toughest of circumstances With the stability of the health and care system at stake providers need to maximise their resilience But ultimately, the buck stops with Government Without urgent action the Government risk being responsible for the collapse of the sector that supports those in most need ”

Bharti Moore Partner in the Health and Social Care team at RWK Goodman says: RWK Goodman s Health and Social Care team are proud to be part of a sector that is so dedicated to providing high-quality care to some of the most vulnerable members of our society We are delighted to be contributors to the Care England Future Proofing Care report

“There are many challenges facing the care sector and smaller providers do not always have access to resources in the same way as larger providers It is essential for the care sector as a whole to come together and collaborate in finding solutions to the challenges This report is key to supporting smaller providers by highlighting best practices and strategies that smaller care providers can employ The report can serve as a valuable resource for smaller providers looking to learn, make informed decisions and drive positive change within their organisations and continue their essential service to their community ”

Andrew Whelan Director of Westcott Care says: “Care England s latest report Future Proofing Care and its initiative to find innovative solutions and turnaround strategies to sustain independent adult social care providers is of fundamental importance to the sector and the lives and well-being of many in our society As the demand for care evolves towards increasingly complex chronic conditions policy and practice must advance in step to ensure a sustainable supply of fit-for-the-future services In the face of considerable adversity from sub-optimal fees spiralling operational costs staffing shortages and an ever-complex regulatory environment it is the smaller independent providers (representing the majority of care services), who are impacted the hardest This initiative creates an opportunity for these providers to band together and discover innovative strategies and solutions for securing their services Westcott Care is delighted to be part of it ”

Blackpool Home Celebrates Completion Of Internal

Refurb With Outdoor Party In The Sun

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The residents has a great time during the party at MHA Pennystone Court A Blackpool care home celebrated the completion of its refurbishment with an outdoor party in the sun MHA Pennystone Court had an internal refurb with the bathrooms, furniture and showers being changed as well as the installation of a new lift The refurb took around six months to complete and the maintenance firm CLC Group who did the refurb decided to celebrate with an outdoor party for staff and residents There was plenty of singing and dancing with live entertainment from local entertainer Fran Collins MHA Pennystone Court offers 36 places for dementia and residential care Jaide Foster-Howarth community coordinator said: “ The refurb took around six months but every part of the building internally has been changed The home was in need of an update and we are very happy with the outcome “We are delighted with the refurbishments so are the residents and their families feedback has been excellent great opportunity to celebrate today with CLC There were a few family members here on the day and they also had a great time “CLC group took care of everything and even bought in some live entertainment “We all want to thank the CLC group for their hard work and throwing the party for us was the icing on the cake

Care Workers’ Charity Launches Their Manifesto

Calling for Urgent Action on The Care Sector

Labour Accused Of Missing Social Care Opportunity

said that was a serious omission as the two needed to be improved together

ICG Chair Mike Padgham said:

“It is hugely disappointing that again social care has been left out in the cold and we call on Labour to immediately set the record straight and tell us what it will do about the way we look after our most vulnerable Reforming the NHS without reforming social care would be pointless

“Both Labour and the Conservatives are remaining frighteningly quiet on social care and it can t go on We are heading into the second week of the campaign and social care has not been mentioned at all, which is making all of us worry that the politicians are afraid of it or do not see it as a vote winner

“They are wrong 80% of us will need social care in one form or another in our

The country isn t ready for that wave of extra social care demand that is heading towards us and sadly the Labour Party has shown today that it is not willing to say what it will do to cope

“It is time for all of the parties to stop running away from social care and tell the country what they plan to make sure older and vulnerable adults are properly looked after in the future ”

Some 1 6m people currently can t get care there are 152 000 social care staff vacancies and providers of homecare and residential care are leaving the sector In its Five Pillars for Social Care Reform document which has been sent to all the main political party leaders the ICG suggests ring-fencing a percentage of GDP for care creating a National Care Service setting a minimum carer

establishing a task force for reform and creating fair tariffs for services such as care beds and homecare visits

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The Labour Party missed a golden opportunity to make reform of the way the country looks after its most vulnerable a key General Election pledge according to the ICG The party has unveiled its plan for improvements to NHS healthcare but failed to mention social care reform
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STOP the Active Discrimination of Adults with a Learning Disability Within Social Care


At last the speculation is over the date has been set and the campaigns have begun 4th July is when the nation will go to the polls and cast their votes to who will run the country for possibly the next five years Regardless of who wins the race to 10 Downing Street there are some clear priorities that as a leading health and social charity care provider we at AFG believe need to be addressed as soon as the die is cast in early July IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT NHS WAITING LISTS

Although there is no doubt that those awaiting necessary treatment need to be seen as soon as possible the NHS waiting list and backlog rhetoric masks the real tsunami that is hitting the NHS – the mental health crisis We know that public mental health resilience has declined rapidly in the last five years – the charity MIND estimates that one in four people will now experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England That has increased from one in six in 2014 according to the Mental Health and Wellbeing in England survey undertaken by the government Or put in real terms an 8 5% increase or a staggering 14 million people today suffering from a mental health condition

And the vector is only going in one direction The new government needs to prioritise mental health services in the NHS and fast It needs to implement clear and quick reform of the Mental Health Act invest more in mental health funding at both a community and in patient services level and increase the capacity of provision to meet demand


How to fund elderly care has become the campaigning conversation yet there is a forgotten but just as important group of society that are living with us unseen - the 1 8m adults who are registered with a learning disability and the millions of others who need special care and support to live normal lives

For far too long they have been treated as second class citizens, neglected in funding and prioritisation within social care If the party who gains power come the Summer has one clear focus it needs to bring greater public awareness of adult disability, equity in its funding and fair policies in place that puts those adults needing social care whatever their age upfront and centre of the political agenda For far too long adult social care has been driven by cost rather than being person-centred resulting in those being supported having limited choices about how they can live their lives

Finally as the Chief Executive of an organisation whose aim is to enable those we support to achieve independence, thrive and flourish, we have a duty to ensure those with a mental health or a learning disability have a voice and a vote in this election For all the political parties talk of inclusive and a fair society we still have one that is massively swayed towards the able, that is prejudice against those who need care, where those with disabilities are still lower down the priority list and where their lives are compromised by lack of awareness fairness and equality The General Election gives all the parties an opportunity to make good on the promises and stand up and let those in health and social care be counted as the key part of society they are

Bournemouth Care Home Wins Award For Embracing Digital Technology

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Specialist care provider Cornerstone Healthcare is proud to announce its partnership with the Care Workers Charity (CWC) a renowned organisation dedicated to aiding care workers facing financial crises Established in 2009, the Care Workers Charity has been a steadfast supporter of current and former care workers, offering vital one-off crisis grants to alleviate financial burdens during times of need With the ongoing challenges presented by the cost-of-living crisis the demand for their support in 2023 surged with a 62% increase in grant applications compared to the previous year which resulted in £1 176 034 being awarded to care workers across the UK Cornerstone Healthcare Group s support for the CWC underscores its commitment to the well-being of care workers, recognising their invaluable contributions to society Through this collaboration, Cornerstone aims to amplify the reach and impact of the CWC s initiatives ensuring that care workers receive the support they deserve "We are delighted to support the Care Workers Charity in their mission to provide crucial assistance to care workers facing unforeseen financial challenges said Paul Hayes Chief Executive Officer at Cornerstone Healthcare Group At Cornerstone we deeply appreciate the dedication and compassion demonstrated by care workers every day By joining forces with the CWC we hope to contribute to their welfare and express our gratitude for the amazing contribution they make every single day Cornerstone Healthcare Group's support will enable the Care Workers Charity to continue its vital work offering relief and assistance to care workers experiencing hardships Through collaborative efforts and shared values both organisations strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who devote themselves to caring for others Cornerstone Healthcare Group Joins Forces with the Care
Care Workers in Need Muscliff Care Home in Bournemouth has come out on top at the Dorset Care Association s Care Awards 2024 and was named as the winner of the ‘Digital Innovator’ accolade The Award which recognises individuals or organisations who are using digital technologies to drive positive change and innovation within the care sector was presented to the nurse-led care home team at a special ceremony on 26th April at the George Albert Hotel in Dorchester The Dorset Care Awards celebrate the extraordinary achievements within the care sector and ones which deliver incredible outcomes With Muscliff Care Home’s operating systems now completely digitalised the Bournemouth care home was revealed as the winner Staff at the home are now experts in the use of digital systems, and Dedrey Charles Muscliff Care Home s Home Manager said: We have been going through an ambitious digital transformation over the last few years and have implemented new ways of doing things that is overhauling our delivery of care We re delighted to be embracing new technology Our new digital ways of working save us all a lot of time and bring huge benefits to our staff and residents Muscliff Care Home is part of AgeCare an experienced care home operator and Head of Nursing Sara Gallagher said At Muscliff Care Home we are a nurse-led care home so our approach focuses on meeting the healthcare needs of our residents Digitalisation of the systems within the home has ultimately enhanced the quality of care and overall efficiency that we can provide, and I’m delighted that this has been recognised with this Digital Innovator award
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APPG And Peers Launch Report Calling

For A New National Carers Strategy

A cross-party group of MPs and Peers have launched a new report calling on all political parties to commit to developing a new and ambitious National Carers Strategy following the upcoming Westminster General Election

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Carers which advocates on behalf of unpaid carers say that developing a new National Carers Strategy would better recognise the significant challenges that millions of unpaid carers are facing and help to improve their health and wellbeing finances and access to care and support

The economic value of the unpaid care that people provide each year in the UK is a staggering £162 billion – similar to spending on the NHS In recognition of the significant and broad set of challenges that carers are currently facing the group is calling for a step-change in the way Government supports unpaid carers

The report highlights the findings of a recent survey conducted by Carers UK on behalf of the APPG on Carers which received over 5 000 responses from unpaid carers and organisations that represent them An overwhelming majority (95%) of respondents strongly agreed (81%) or agreed (14%) that a new cross-Government National Carers Strategy should be developed by the UK Government

The group of parliamentarians wants to see any future strategy to be led by the Prime Minister with clear buy-in and responsibilities for Secretaries of States for all Government Departments that have responsibility for policy relating to the provision of unpaid care It also needs clear roles and responsibilities for other important stakeholders such as NHS England Local Government Association, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, and to work in tandem with organisations who represent carers Vitally any such strategy should be developed and co-designed with current and former unpaid carers

The UK Government has not published a National Carers Strategy since 2008 and there has not been a dedicated cross-Government approach to supporting unpaid carers since the Carers Action Plan 2018-2020 came to an end in 2020

Commenting on the launch of the new survey Dame Caroline Dinenage MP Chair of the APPG on Carers and former Minister for Care said:

I am delighted that we are launching this report today which calls for a new National Carers Strategy to recognise the vital support that families and friends provide on a daily basis to loved ones I am simply staggered by the huge response we received from carers and others to the survey that we held earlier this year; a response that would be worthy of a very well-engaged Government consultation I was very pleased that there is almost unanimous support for a step-change in the Government’s approach to supporting millions of people who do such important work in caring unpaid for their family and friends

“The Government s Carers Action Plan that was published in 2018 when I was Minister for Care provided a very valuable opportunity to improve the support provided to carers Developing a new National Carers Strategy would build on that work and provide a strategic focus to better enable Government to coordinate its support for carers and ensure they get the support they need ” Baroness Pitkeathley Co-Chair of the APPG on Carers and Vice-President of Carers UK said

“The need for a new cross-Government approach to supporting unpaid carers is something that unpaid carers national and local charities and other organisations that represent them have long been calling for

Dunluce Healthcare Opens New £10m Care Home

We pride ourselves on providing exceptional care tailored to individual needs and The Peninsula will enable us to do this while ensuring our residents feel valued respected and well looked after ” “This commitment to caring is reflected in its outstanding design which has focused on creating a home that our residents are comfortable in while making their stay with us as fulfilling and enriching as possible ”

The Peninsula which will offer hotel-quality care for nursing dementia respite residential and palliative needs, has been designed to maximise the picturesque landscape on which it is built, with echoes of the natural environment incorporated throughout Ryan continued: “Transitioning to a new environment is a very individual experience and every care has been taken to consider how we can facilitate personal touches and create a real sense of community amongst residents and staff

“This includes a unique private dining room with the ability to link up with loved ones around the world, enabling our residents to celebrate special occasions in style

In addition to its leading facilities for residents, The Peninsula includes a specialised staff training area which will be used to accommodate the Dunluce Academy Dunluce Healthcare s training and development programme

The wellbeing and development for staff is crucial as Ryan explained: Our person-centred approach

Dementia Prevention Through Lifestyle Medicine

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to care requires a dedicated team and it is our commitment to delivering a nurturing environment that encourages growth and professional advancement that sets us apart

“We go the extra mile for our staff, and supporting our employees has been considered at every stage of The Peninsula with specific facilities designed for their comfort

“We are pleased to have filled the 110 job roles created by The Peninsula with a team of knowledgeable and compassionate staff and it was fantastic to welcome our first residents through the doors

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A new 80 bedroom state-of-theart care home has opened following a £10 million investment by Dunluce Healthcare The Peninsula, which is located in Newtownards features cuttingedge dementia friendly design that exceeds the highest recognised standards Ryan Smith Chief Executive at Dunluce Healthcare said “We are excited to unveil The Peninsula an innovative and modern care home nestled in the serene surroundings of Scrabo Tower ”

Collaborative Care: Building Effective Interdisciplinar y Teams

In today s fast-paced healthcare environment the importance of collaborative care cannot be overstated Effective interdisciplinary teams can transform patient care offering a more holistic approach, improved outcomes, and a supportive work environment for healthcare professionals

Interdisciplinary teams are composed of professionals from various fields who work together towards a common goal: providing the best possible care for patients These teams often include doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, social workers, and other specialists Each member brings a unique perspective and skill set enriching the collective knowledge and expertise of the team

The advantages of interdisciplinary teams are manifold Firstly they promote comprehensive care Different professionals can address various aspects of a patient s health ensuring no stone is left unturned For instance while a doctor may focus on diagnosing and treating a medical condition, a physiotherapist can help with mobility issues, and a social worker can provide support for emotional and social challenges

Secondly, interdisciplinary teams foster better communication When team members regularly share information and insights it reduces the risk of misunderstandings and errors This collaborative approach ensures that everyone is on the same page leading to more coordinated and efficient care Moreover working in a team can enhance job satisfaction and reduce burnout Healthcare professionals often face highpressure situations and having a supportive team can make a significant difference Sharing the workload and responsibilities not only eases the burden but also creates a sense of togetherness and mutual respect

Creating a successful interdisciplinary team requires careful planning and ongoing effort Several key steps can help build and maintain effective teams For a team to function smoothly, it is crucial to have welldefined goals and roles Each team member should understand their responsibilities and how they con-

tribute to the overall objectives Clear guidelines and protocols help in avoiding confusion and overlap of duties

Healthcare is an ever-evolving field and staying updated with the latest advancements is essential Continuous education and training opportunities for staff can enhance skills and knowledge These programmes not only improve individual competencies but also benefit the team as a whole by bringing new insights and techniques into practice

In this digital age, leveraging technology can significantly enhance team collaboration At Langdale Heights we use electronic health records (EHR) and other collaborative tools to streamline communication and information sharing These technologies enable team members to access patient information quickly and efficiently leading to more coordinated care Acknowledging achievements and learning from challenges are crucial for team development We celebrate our successes no matter how small to boost morale and motivation In addition to our regular reviews that identify areas for improvement and address any issues that may arise we also hold team meetings and conduct thorough handovers These practices ensure that all team members stay abreast of ongoing developments This reflective approach not only helps in fine-tuning our processes but also strengthens our teamwork

While the benefits of interdisciplinary teams are clear, there are also challenges that need to be addressed Differences in professional cultures communication styles and work practices can sometimes lead to friction Understanding and respecting the diverse backgrounds and cultures of team members is essential We provide cultural competence training to help our staff appreciate and navigate cultural differences This training fosters a more inclusive and harmonious work environment

Interdisciplinary teams are a cornerstone of modern healthcare offering a more comprehensive and cohesive approach to patient care Embracing collaborative care can lead to remarkable results By establishing clear goals, fostering open communication, encouraging mutual respect, providing continuous training, leveraging technology, and celebrating successes, effective teams that deliver exceptional care can be built

Hethersett Hall’s Garden Party

Brings The Local Community Together

Care Home (www langdalecarehomes co uk) Orchard Care Homes turned Dementia Action Week into a festival of activity showcasing an amazing range of events across their homes in the Midlands and North of England The focus of Dementia Action Week 2024 was to improve dementia diagnosis rates and to call on the Government and the NHS to prioritise the condition in policy and decision-making Here is a round-up of some of the activity within the Orchard Care Homes group Orchard operates 23 homes across the north and Midlands and offers specialist dementia care across the group; many operating Reconnect Communities to help residents make their new surroundings as much like home as possible These innovative communities adopt a person-centric approach to dementia care in a therapeutic environment, aiming to understand why people exhibit the behaviours they do and adapt support to reduce distress At Nesfield Lodge Care Home in Leeds everyone was involved in sowing forget-me-not seeds, the symbol of remembrance and hope at the entrance of their building Sarah Golden Hill Home Manager said: We wanted to create a display to recognise our amazing residents who are living with dementia Once bloomed the flowers will serve as a reminder to visitors that their loved ones are cherished for who they are not just for their diagnosis " Over at Middleton Park Lodge Nursing Home in Leeds the residents held a charity coffee morning which raised an impressive £118 for Dementia UK Residents at Millfield Nursing Home in Bolsover took to their paints to decorate model elephant figures to create a powerful message Signifying hope and strength elephants are a meaningful symbol for people living with dementia and one that recognises the courage of everyone affected by the condition The elephants will be displayed at the home for visitors to enjoy At Eckington Court in Sheffield a week-long raffle was held which raised a superb £150 towards dementia research This is just a small snapshot of the variety of wonderful activities that took place across Orchard Care Homes portfolio of 23 homes during Dementia Action Week Hayden Knight CEO of Orchard Care Homes expressed his pride saying Our residents and colleagues have been incredible during Dementia Action Week They have had fun raising awareness and celebrating our people who live with dementia I’m extremely proud of everyone involved ” Week-Long Festival of Activity at Orchard Care Homes as Residents and Staff Come Together to Spread Positivity Staff residents relatives and the local community came together at Hethersett Hall to enjoy a Garden Party that was held in the home’s grounds Hethersett Hall hosted a variety of activities throughout the day including live entertainment cream tea and prosecco which were enjoyed by everyone who came to the event Staff at Hethersett Hall made everyone feel welcome and were delighted to see different generations having fun together Visitors enjoyed plenty of refreshments and cream tea prepared by the catering team who were hard at work making sure that a great time was had by all – it really was a team effort! Resident Donald said “I thoroughly enjoyed it I was surrounded by lots of great people and the refreshments kept flowing The weather held out until we finished Staff did a great job not just on the day but organising the event and getting everyone together Elena General Manager at the home, said: “Staff at Hethersett Hall are dedicated to making sure that the home is a hub of the local community and this event, along with all their hard work, has definitely paid off It was a resounding success! Hethersett Hall care home is run by Barchester Healthcare one of the UK’s largest care providers, which is committed to delivering personalised care across its care homes and hospitals Hethersett Hall provides residential care, nursing and dementia care for 65 residents from respite care to long term stays

Better Financial And Data Management Can Improve

Resilience And Support Growth For Care Providers, Says New Report By Kent Finance and Browne Jacobson

Proactive financial management and strategic planning should be a priority for independent care providers amid a series of economic and societal challenges according to a new industry report

The white paper by Kent Finance in collaboration with The Social Care Foundation and UK and Ireland law firm Browne Jacobson argues that detailed financial modelling and strategic reviews can help businesses to achieve the delicate balance between providing highquality care and maintaining financial sustainability

Titled The future of social care: Navigating financial and regulatory challenges it features case studies of organisations that have transformed adversity into growth opportunities by investing in financial acumen and embracing digital innovation

It is the first white paper to be commissioned by The Social Care Foundation, a cross-party think-tank set up by Dr Robert Kilgour in 2023 to bring positive debate ideas and suggestions on how to reform UK social care

Dr Kilgour who also founded social care businesses Renaissance Care and Four Seasons Health Care said: “Social care businesses have been confronted with a post-Covid ‘new normal’ characterised by high inflation stagnant fee increases higher interest rates and labour shortages

Despite these complex financial challenges there are important steps they can take to position themselves for long-term success in a digitally dominant horizon

This white paper underscores how embracing innovation leveraging data and adopting proactive financial management strategies can enable social care organisations to thrive amid uncertainty, and chart a course towards a resilient and sustainable future

The white paper highlights recent research published by the Lancet Journal showing that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) closed 816 care facilities between 2011 and 2023 affecting 20 000 residents

It discusses how the causes have been the inability of care operators to keep up with increases in operational costs such as energy, food and labour, combined with income lagging behind Other challenges it sets out as facing the sector include an increased demand for services resulting from an ageing population, complexity of care needs, a strain on social care funding, housing and infrastructure challenges and workforce shortages

As a higher interest rate environment affects social care organisations’ ability to access funding, manage

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insights as part of Health and Care Connect, a free network for anyone involved in the independent health and care sector

Scarborough Home Raises Over £400 Following Spring Fair

Pawsitively Pawsome Moments

PAGE 14 | THE CARER DIGITAL | ISSUE 195 The Cedars care home in Bourne was full of animal mischief in May when Michelle’s Petting Party came to visit the home Residents at The Cedars were pleasantly surprised to see up close and be able to handle a tortoise a guinea pig rabbits and a chicken called Doris along with their favourites, Boots and Simon the ragdoll cats, and Diego and Mitsy the mischievous pooches roaming around their home and garden Meeting these animals unlocks a subconscious joy allowing the purest response that is contagious Senior General Manager Rebecca Aldred said “Our residents have really enjoyed their visitors today Michelle always spends quality time in our stunning Garden Lounge introducing our residents to all her wonderful animals teaching us about them and regaling us with their comedy antics, before visiting all our other residents in the comfort of their own rooms This complete sensory and inclusive activity is definitely one of the best!” ” Resident Harry Nash was very excited and touched by meeting Boots and Simon: “I was brought up in Woodford Green and as a child my mum would take in all the local strays, she wouldn’t see anyone or anything going without Today was more emotional than I could have imagined it has rekindled such strong memories of my childhood Thank you for making this possible to be able to spend time with the cats up close has been really wonderful ”
maintain financial stability, the report provides advice on how to develop prudent financial management and contingency planning to navigate macroeconomic fluctuations and ensure service continuity It also features takeaways on how social care organisations can improve data management to drive efficiencies increase productivity and meet regulatory requirements
turnaround case studies are highlighted in the report We Change Lives, a not-for-profit social care provider went from making a £1m loss to a £2m surplus within three years after a financial modelling exercise
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providers that do not embrace the opportunities created by better use of data risk falling behind the market At the same time the CQC s new approach to regulation charts an irreversible course to greater digitisation, and expects providers to rapidly improve in line with the Government s plan for digital health and social care Will Napier-Fenning, Director at Kent Finance, added: “Despite facing an unsettling confluence of macro factors outside of any individual s control it s not all doom and gloom for the social care sector “This report confronts these issues and lays the
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MHA Priceholme took advantage of the nice weather and arranged a spring fair where they managed to raise £420 00 in total The home s garden area and summer lodge was the venue where more than 40 people including staff and residents were present Typical fair activities including tombola a raffle and guess how many sweets in the jar took place The home provides residential care for up to 32 people and will use the funds for their amenities which goes towards arranging trips and activities for residents George Robinson activities coordinator said: “The spring fair went really well and it was a good day for all The residents had a lovely time the weather was warm and we had a good amount of support from family members and the local community The fair was on for two hours and to reach the amount we did is a great effort from everyone “We had a local artist bring in her artwork and also show off some of the work our residents had done which was well received Aside from this we had the Birds of Prey come to visit and brought with them a range of birds which the residents thoroughly enjoyed “In terms of what the money will be used for it s entirely up to the residents but we are very happy with the outcome and want to thank everyone for their support ”

Why AI Could Help Transform The UK’s Social Care Sector

Our health and social services are facing immense challenges including staffing shortages, rising costs, and ever-increasing demands The residential and nursing care sectors are unfortunately no exception However there is great potential for artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics to help revolutionise how we deliver social care while easing burdens on staff and improving individual outcomes

The UK government published its National AI Strategy in September 2021, which included a focus on the use of AI in health and adult social care Overall the strategy outlines an ambitious long-term plan to cultivate AI capabilities talent infrastructure and trustworthy adoption across the UK economy and society

Key recommendations from the strategy include scaling up public sector investment in AI development and research, promoting AI literacy for the general public and leveraging AI for public services In hindsight, the report was incredibly progressive considering the impressive developments and strides already made in the field of AI in the past 12 months and it will continue to impact how the country delivers social care going forward

At the National Robotarium we are exploring how AI and robotic systems can support home or residential based caregivers across a wide range of tasks These could include supporting routine cleaning and monitoring duties right through to improving brain function in care receivers by playing memory games or simply being an extra companion when needed

By maximising intelligent systems like AI and robotics to automate repetitive or physically demanding work, nursing and care professionals can focus on providing the compassionate, person-centred care they have been trained for and excel in

The transformative potential of AI in the UK social care sector is becoming increasingly apparent with each passing day At our purpose-built state-of-the-art facility in Edinburgh our researchers are pioneering a multitude of intelligent systems that are evidencing direct benefit to individuals caregivers and social care providers - including those focused on supporting our ageing and vulnerable populations

One such example is FEATHER a collaborative research project between Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh universities, which was awarded £1 1 million from the UK Government by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council This unique data platform helps individuals carers and clinicians to recognise the signs of potential urinary tract infections in care receivers far earlier helping to prompt any investigations and medical tests where needed Data is gathered about the daily activities of individuals in their home through sensors that could help spot changes in behaviour or activity levels like if the kettle is being used much more or less, a change in a person’s walking pace, sleeping patterns or cognitive function

We are also working closely with partners like Leuchie House a respected respite centre to trial technologies that can help individuals with neurological conditions like MS or conditions like dementia, to maintain greater independence From monitoring for cognitive decline to providing mobility assistance after a stroke, these AI-powered solutions can significantly enhance quality of life while alleviating strain on caregivers

By combining sensor technology and robotics, data can be collected over longer periods of time helping to monitor patients and alert carers to when a care package may need to be reviewed The rooms in Leuchie House for example are equipped with voice activated environmental controls, to illustrate the potential of AI in everyday situations Their technology team can also work with individuals to install similar technologies at home giving them and those who care for them more independence

Additionally the National Robotarium has also cultivated a strong working partnership with Blackwood Homes and Care a leading housing association operating over 100 developments across Scotland Blackwood's innovative team is collaborating with us to create AIenabled telecare telehealth and social robot applications that seamlessly integrate mobile interactive robots into their digital infrastructure This allows Blackwood s residents to experience the benefits of socially assistive robots firsthand in their own homes The collaboration with Blackwood’s own digital system means that carers are kept connected to residents helping them become more independent and lessens the need for carers to sleep over, giving them peace of mind that technology is ensuring the wellbeing of residents

The product is delivered through a secure two-way video call The team is also exploring the use of telepresence robots i e robots that emergency responders can control over the Internet as a way to bring a video-call to each room This avoids the need to install cameras in every room which would pose issues of privacy and feasibility

Of course robust testing stakeholder collaboration and building public trust are critical for widespread adoption of new AI and robotics practices At the National Robotarium, we are committed to working handin-hand with care providers engaging staff at all levels to understand their needs and ensure new technologies truly serve their priorities of improved care and optimised resources

As the UK s social care workforce shortage persists AI and robotics also present an opportunity to make careers in care delivery more attractive and sustainable By automating arduous tasks and enhancing workflow efficiency these technologies can help reduce staff burnout while allowing human professionals to focus on the most rewarding aspects of patient interaction

We are entering an era of extraordinary possibilities, where intelligent systems will play an increasingly vital role in residential and nursing care - empowering human caregivers enhancing patient experiences and ensuring more equitable access to quality healthcare for all

The National Robotarium is proud to lead the way in realising this transformative potential and will continue to realise this game changing potential through collaboration, innovation and a steadfast commitment to enhancing human welfare

Old Friends Reunite At Dovecote Manor

Iris who lives at Dovecote Manor Care Home in Milton Keynes recently reunited with one of her best friends after 40 years apart!

Iris and Linda met when they were 16 years old whilst working as estate agents They quickly became best friends and did everything together! They would always be seen together at work events and go out dancing in the local town

Iris was thrilled when she was asked to be a bridesmaid at Linda s sister s wedding It was a wonderful day and many cherished memories were made that Iris still holds dear to this day

The pair worked together in their twenties but after moving homes and starting families, they unfortunately lost touch with each other

After not seeing each other for 40 years Linda began trying to find Iris through Friends Reunited and other social platforms Keen to reunite with her best friend Linda managed to find Iris’ son

at Dovecote Manor Care Home, where Iris is living

It was a heartwarming moment when Linda arrived at Dovecote Manor and saw her old friend There were lots of happy tears as they reconnected had a muchneeded catch-up, and shared memories they made together in their 20s

Ringwood Care Home Invites Local Veterans To Join Their D-Day Event

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phone and spoke with Linda Hearing the stories from their younger years and the friendship they had, Lisa helped the pair to reunite
It was almost like they had never been apart and proves true friendship can stand the test of time and distance Now they re back in touch the team looks forward to seeing their friendship continue to blossom as they make new memories together
A Ringwood care home is inviting local veterans to join their event to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day next month St Ives House will be holding an afternoon of reflection and remembrance on Thursday 6 June in honour of 80 years since D-Day which will see commemorative events take place across the UK and France The team at the care home on Horton Road are welcoming local veterans who may be alone on the day to attend their ‘Ritz’ themed afternoon with live music It has been organised for the home s residents and the residents of St Ives Place the neighbouring assisted-living apartments and cottages, some of whom are armed forces veterans or have family or relations who served There is no cost for veterans to attend the event and St Ives House can provide transport for people who are unable to get to the care home Places must be booked in advance by Monday 3 June Emma Cotton, Home Manager at St Ives House, said At Care South we are home to many veterans and relations of those who served in the forces so we wanted to pay tribute to them and give our thanks to all of those who fought for their country We would like to welcome any local veterans to enjoy the company of our residents for an afternoon and take in the peaceful surroundings of our care home ”

WEC Calls On Government To Investigate Why Eligible People Are Not On The Learning Disability Register

The Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) is calling for an investigation into why eligible people are not on the Learning Disability Register

The Register entitles people with a learning disability or autism to receive reasonable adjustments such as support when making decisions and access to an annual health check However the WEC has found that 75% of eligible people are not registered and struggled to convince their GP or surgery staff to register them

MPs on the cross-party committee warned that people with a learning disability and autistic people face significant health inequalities including an “unacceptable level of premature and avoidable deaths”

In its new report entitled Inequalities in healthcare and employment for people with a learning disability and autistic people WEC concluded “overall care and outcomes too often still fall below acceptable standards

WEC called on the Department for Health and Social Care and NHS England to work with national and local learning disability organisations and charities and the Royal College of General Practitioners to investigate why eligible people are not on the learning disability register and take appropriate action to increase registration

The report recommended the work should include an assessment of the reasons why eligible people who have applied to be on the register have been denied access to it and a review of the existing guidance for GPs to ensure it captures all those who are eligible for registration

The report urged the Government to “radically increase the funding allocated to reducing waiting times for an autism assessment warning: It is clear that current efforts to address the waiting list backlog are inadequate and that the additional funding that has been allocated is far short of what is required ” MPs on the Committee recommended Ministers explain why the number of autistic people detained in mental health hospitals has increased and how it plans to reduce that number and by when Ministers it added should set out the measures it will take to improve access to and availability of community-based

alternatives to inpatient settings including the additional resources it plans to allocate to support this

The report also warned people with a learning disability and autistic people “face the widest employment gap of all people with disabilities and find it difficult to get their foot in the door”

It called on the Government to publish a new disability employment goal based on relative measures and set out how it plans to achieve it; ensure that work to improve Disability Confident and Access to Work includes reviewing the extent to which those policies are helping employers to recruit and support people with a learning disability and autistic people

Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee Rt Hon Caroline

Nokes MP said:

“It is deeply concerning to see that health inequalities continue to be significant among people with learning disabilities and autism including an unacceptable level of premature and avoidable deaths compared to the general population

The Committee heard from people who struggled to convince their GP to put them on the learning disability register and only achieved success once the media and politicians were involved They should not have to reach that point and not everyone will feel empowered to argue their case or have access to such advocacy to assist them The system has to work better to ensure all people with a learning disability have access to good healthcare

The Government has fallen short on its commitment to halve the number of people with a learning disability and autistic people inappropriately detained in mental health hospitals It must learn from previous failings and increase support for community-based alternatives to detention and do more to stop people reaching crisis in the first instance ”

On work opportunities it is vital the Government acts to close the unacceptably wide employment gap for people with a learning disability and autistic people and sets out plans on how to achieve this with specific targets to measure progress ”

School Children For Her 100th Birthday Hamworthy Care Home Fulfils

Wish To Ride A Horse During Stables Visit

that they may have in the hope that we can safely make them happen I am so pleased that we could make Sheena and Susannah’s spe-

cial wish come true

Equine therapy can provide a host of benefits including reducing stress and anxiety building trust and strong bonds improving confidence, and boosting physical

Stephanie Buchanan Yard Manager at RAC Saddle Club in Bovington who recently received a BEM in honour of her work supporting the community said: “Our aim is to give back to people of all ages in the community so we were delighted to enable Sheena to ride a

Clacton Care Home Resident Joined By

PAGE 18 | THE CARER DIGITAL | ISSUE 195 Marjorie (Margie) White celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday 7th May at Spring Lodge care home in Clacton with Facetime calls, afternoon tea and a visit from pupils from Clacton Coastal Academy Margie was born on 7th May 1924 in Manchester She and her sister and brother went to school in Manchester before the family moved to West Ham in London in 1937 She has lived in Ilford Dagenham Romford and finally settled in Clacton-on-sea After leaving school Margie got an engineering job and has also worked in an office She married her first husband William who sadly passed away and then met her second husband Thomas who she was with for over 50 years They had two children Stephen (now passed away) and Brian who continues to visit her most days Margie moved into Black Swan’s Spring Lodge care home in August 2021, during the covid pandemic She enjoys lots of visits from her friends and family and enjoys having her hair done at Spring Lodge as well as going out for coffee and cake and a bit of shopping which the care team enjoy doing with her She also enjoys doing some crafts with the other residents but most of all she loves a chat and a cup of coffee! For her birthday, she enjoyed opening her cards and presents with her son Brian and staff at Spring Lodge before speaking to her Grandson Billy in Australia via Facetime Later, she enjoyed an afternoon team at the Kingscliff Hotel in Clacton with her family The celebrations continued the next day when pupils from Clacton Coastal Academy came to spend some time at the home and to hand over some specially made cards and a present A spokesperson for the Academy said on their Facebook page that “The residents thoroughly enjoyed the pupil’s company and have invited them back for an afternoon tea This experience is shaping our students into compassionate community members and they can t wait for more visits Debbie Savva, Manager at Spring Lodge thanked everyone for their kindness: We ve had so many lovely messages for Margie Lots of cards arrived at the home and we even received a blanket from a local lady who saw our post about Margie s upcoming birthday We always make our residents’ birthdays special so it’s been a really lovely week ”
Hamworthy care home resident rode a horse for the first time in years during a stable visit
who lives at Dorset House care home in Poole rode Sally the 15 hands 2 inches tall horse at the Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) Saddle Club in Bovington Afterwards Susannah a former showjumper got to meet Sally the horse up-close and give her a pat The special event was organised by Sam Baker Activities Lead with support from Amy Hoyland Activities Assistant at Dorset House The visit was arranged in response to Sheena and Susannah s special wish to visit a stable and ride a horse after taking up horse-riding as children They were joined by several other residents from Dorset House for the trip who also got to meet some of the horses as well as looking around the facilities and learning more about how the animals are cared for
said: I used to ride a horse called Briar as a child all through the school summer holidays I haven’t ridden one since then, so I enjoyed it as I never thought I d get to do it again
at Dorset House, said: “At Care South, we love to get to know the individ-
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horse and to welcome the other Dorset House residents to meet some of the animals and have a tour of the facilities Dorset House, which is run by the not-for-profit charity Care South, provides specialist residential respite and dementia care The care home features a range of communal lounges overlooking a landscaped garden for residents to enjoy Dorset House also has a dedicated activities team who organise a daily programme of events to bring residents together to socialise and build friendships Care South is the leading provider of high quality residential and home care services across the south of England The not-for-profit organisation, which is a registered charity has care homes in Dorset north Devon Somerset and West Sussex and home care offices covering east and west Dorset, and northeast Somerset and south Somerset

NHS Confederation Responds To

Confirmed Date For General Election

As the political parties begin their official campaigning and citizens prepare to cast their votes the membership body for the NHS is calling on the health and wellbeing of the nation to be at the forefront of the new government’s plans

The NHS Confederation which represents all parts of the healthcare system including trusts, primary care providers and integrated care bodies is calling on the political parties to provide much-needed hope for the future of the NHS and to commit to placing the health and care system on a sustainable footing

Priority areas from health leaders include a ban on unnecessary and distracting structural reforms to the NHS for the duration of the next parliament; a 12-month stabilisation plan to get NHS performance back on track; roughly doubling NHS capital expenditure for vital building updates and new equipment a promise to fund the existing NHS workforce plan; and a new cross-government health improvement strategy

Matthew Taylor chief executive of the NHS Confederation said:

“The next government quite literally has the population’s lives in its hands As we head into the election season political parties must remember that a healthier nation is not only beneficial to our day-to-day lives but it supports the safe running of the NHS and wider economy Our evidence shows that every £1 of investment in the NHS returns £4 to the economy in gross value added (GVA)

Since the last election the NHS has gone through its most difficult years with it responding to a global pandemic, growing waiting lists, staffing pressures and strikes, and rising ill health In the face of these challenges its 1 4 million staff continue to deliver their very best for their patients but the road to recovery is long Health leaders are clear on what the NHS needs to thrive and they recognise they also have an important role to play in making this happen including by working even harder to spend every healthcare pound as effectively as possible

We are at a turning point for the NHS and political parties have a choice to make on what they want their legacy to be if they are granted the keys to Downing Street Simply put, the next government’s commitment to the NHS will shape our own health and wellbeing and those of generations to come


Independent polling reveals that concerns about the NHS have surpassed worries about inflation to become the most mentioned important issue facing Britain

The latest Spring Budget saw the NHS receive an at best flat revenue settlement for 2024/25 against a backdrop of significant deficits and operational pressures

There are over 121,000 recorded vacancies across the NHS in England and 152 000 vacancies across social care

ONS figures suggest that 2 8 million people aged 16-64 years are not working due to ill health with the cost of labour inactivity due to this estimated to be over £43 billion a year Analysis from the Centre for Mental Health also puts the cost of mental illness at £300 million In England over

Industrial action in the NHS has led to more than 1 4

planned operations and appointments needing to be cancelled or rescheduled in England with the cost of the strikes estimated to be around £3 billion • Despite some progress, the total elective care waiting list in England still stands at more than 7 million The IFS has said it is unlikely this will be reduced to pre-pandemic levels over the next four years

Primary care leaders feel shortchanged by the level of additional investment set out in the GP contract for 2024/25 at a time when patient list sizes are growing and GP numbers continue to fall

The NHS Confederation set out its ‘manifesto ahead of the general election “Building the Health of the Nation: Priorities for a New Government which draws on the insights of health and care leaders across England Wales and Northern Ireland It outlines the changes that the incoming government must make to place our health system on a sustainable footing THESE ARE TO:

Put the NHS on a more sustainable footing with no top-down structural reform in England for the next parliament, and to commit to a short-term stabilisation plan during the first 12 months of a new parliament to help get performance in the English NHS back on track

Increase NHS capital spending and reform how the capital regime operates Specifically in England, capital funding needs to increase to at least £14 1 billion annually a £6 4 billion increase from the current level of £7 7 billion

Commit to fund and deliver the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan for England alongside an equivalent plan for social care

Provide more care closer to home by enabling local health systems to proportionately increase investment into primary care and community-based services, mental health and social care

Deliver a strategy for national health given that most policy that impacts people s health is made outside the NHS As part of this, the Prime Minister should lead a cross-government national mission for health improvement to shift the focus from treating illness to promoting health and wellbeing reducing inequalities and tackling the wider determinants of health and supporting the public to be active partners in their own health

Celebrating Diversity and Community: Family Meals at Ashlynn Grange

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Ashlynn Grange in Peterborough has always prided itself on creating a warm and welcoming environment for its residents and the team who work at the home Recently Head Chef Gavin has taken this mission a step further by introducing family meals for the team featuring dishes from around the world This initiative not only fosters a sense of community but is also raising funds for charity reinforcing the home s commitment to both care and compassion Gavin explained The idea behind these family meals is simple – we re bringing people together through the universal experience of sharing food, creating a dining experience that makes everyone feel at home Gavin was inspired by the diverse backgrounds of the team at Ashlynn Grange where many of the team members come from overseas including countries like India and Nepal and this diversity is reflected in the meals prepared Every other week Gavin and kitchen team member Raj prepare a special meal on Sunday chosen by one of their colleagues These meals will also coincide with various religious and cultural festivals allowing everyone to celebrate and learn about each other’s traditions The initiative started modestly with just four participants but quickly grew with 10 and then 15 joining in The first dish Gavin prepared was lamb biryani made as authentically as possible Following this he created Momo a delicious dumpling with a variety of spices that hold the secret to its unique flavour He hadn’t made Momo before and Gavin's willingness to experiment with new recipes and accommodate requests has been a key factor in the success of these meals He is even considering serving dishes from South Africa where he was born and raised one week “These meals offer more than just a taste of home; they are a fun event that fosters a family atmosphere and provides a chance for all of our team to chat and bond around the meal table said Gavin The sense of camaraderie that develops from these shared experiences is invaluable creating a synergy that enhances the working environment at Ashlynn Grange All team members who enjoy the meal donates a small sum of money – the proceeds from this are split between the RSPCA and a charity dedicated to researching children's cancers This adds an extra layer of meaning to the initiative, as participants know they are contributing to worthy causes while enjoying delicious food and good company
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Jersey To Become £2m Island Testbed For Health And Care Technologies

The Government of Jersey through Impact Jersey is awarding up to £2 million to technologies that can transform the lives of Jersey’s rapidly ageing population The new CareTech Challenge is calling for techfocused projects that can empower people to live well, live safely and live independently

Jersey’s population is getting older With that comes challenges that it must anticipate and address to ensure as many Islanders as possible live independently and with dignity within a community that cares about their wellbeing Most developed economies are contending with the challenges of an ageing population Jersey s digital connectivity makes it the perfect testbed for life-enhancing technology

The number of Islanders aged 65 and above is set to increase by 30% within 16 years (by 2040) including a 50% increase in the number of people living into their 80s and beyond By the age of 65 over half of Jersey’s islanders live with one or more long-term health conditions; by the age of 85 the majority of people have two or more long-term health conditions

Jersey measures just 45 square miles with a population of around 100 000 and offers all the components of a larger country but in a small, campus-like space Jersey is one of the most digitally connected countries on the planet and tops the worldwide broadband speed league table All broadband connections in Jersey are gigabit Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) Jersey also benefits from three separate 4G networks island-wide 5G launching this summer and multiple dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) networks making it the ideal testbed for companies looking to demonstrate the effectiveness of cutting-edge technologies

Jersey’s Minister for Sustainable Economic Development Deputy Kirsten Morel said: “In the next decade the number of people aged 65 or more will significantly increase both in number and as a proportion of the

population We are addressing the challenges that this demographic shift will bring for the Island’s health and care systems now As one of the world s most digitally connected jurisdictions Jersey is primed to seize the opportunities that new technologies offer our citizens, enabling Islanders to enjoy life and retain their independence for longer The CareTech Challenge will help us achieve this goal ”

Tony Moretta CEO Digital Jersey responsible for delivering Impact

Jersey said: We have the opportunity right now in Jersey to transform how we support health and care for our older citizens, delivering better outcomes for them by enabling new and scaling technologies that leverage cutting-edge advances Not only will these solutions benefit Islanders but Jersey can be the testbed for these technologies to support older people around the world ”

The CareTech Challenge is calling on individuals start-ups and established organisations to develop and deploy technologies and services that directly contribute to the health independence and safety of Jersey’s ageing population, or benefits carers and the people they care for

Impact Jersey is actively encouraging and supporting international collaboration to bring the world s best ideas to the island

It is seeking technology-based approaches that aid older people to live safely in their own homes help them to stay connected with their communities and to support carers in their roles The technologies must enhance the quality of life for Jersey’s older people and the people who care for them to help them maintain good health and independence and in turn reduce the demand on Jersey s healthcare

Retired Nurse With Four Decade Career Surprises

NHS Staff On International Nurses Day

A RETIRED nurse who spent over 40 years in the NHS gave staff at a Bolton hospital a surprise for International Nurses Day

Doris Mary Coleman 89 began her career in 1956 after completing her nursing education at the United Manchester Hospital School of Nurses

She went on to obtain her ophthalmic nursing board diploma and then passed the central midwives board examination before filling various nursing roles over the following 44 years

She began assisting on the maternity ward at Bolton Royal Infirmary where she was affectionately known as Aunty Mary and later worked in the ophthalmology department Mary eventually rose to matron managing two wards at the hospital before retiring in 1990

Now living at Lever Edge Care Home, in Great Lever, Mary was asked if she wanted to help with a celebration for International Nurses Day

The care home’s activities coordinator, Manny Patel, approached Mary and several other residents to help prepare goody bags for the staff at Avondale Health Centre part of Royal Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

The bags contained flavoured coffees hot chocolate biscuits sweets chocolates pens cards with quotes hand gel lip balms and more

After Mary and her fellow residents took the time to decorate the cards by hand and sign them she joked: I used to be a nurse Where s mine?

Manny and Mary then travelled to the hospital to deliver the bags, which also gave the former nurse the opportunity to reminisce with matrons sisters and members of the community nursing team

She said: Times have changed from when I used to be a nurse In 1956 nursing was different There are new treatments now and advancements in medicine

Mandy Whitelaw, the leader of the Community Nursing Team at the Royal Bolton Foundation Trust was among those to receive a goodie bag

She said: “Meeting Mary was a delightful experience and we truly appreciated her taking the time to visit us

“It was heartwarming to see that the residents also dedicated their time to create gifts for

“One thing that hasn’t changed is the privilege of caring for others and making a difference to their lives ” After meeting several members of the nursing team Mary was presented with a rose and a can of gin and tonic and Manny received a hamper for the care home’s summer fayre raffle

“We hope Mary enjoyed her little glass of gin when she returned It was truly a pleasure to meet her and we are glad that you all recognise the importance of nurses ” Manny said: Mary was delighted to see all the nursing staff in their uniforms especially the matrons’ red uniforms, as she used to be a matron herself



Never Lose Hope: Anita Harris’ Song Tribute To Late Husband

Music is my life and was the whole of both our lives says Anita “Sometimes lyrics can say more than spoken words This song came through my love for him ” Anita started penning the track called Never Lose Hope after

recording of Just Loving You and starring in two Carry On films Follow That Camel and Carry On Doctor, said: “I found myself waking up with this song just pouring out of me ‘Never lose hope is something he would always say when he was going through his various health problems and I think hope is so important


“This song is to commemorate and remember my lovely, devoted husband and to let anybody going through the same thing know that they are not alone ” – Anita Harr

Anita went public with his diagnosis in 2022 to raise awareness of the disease and support Alzheimer s Research UK – the UK s leading dementia research charity Now Anita will drive funds for

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vital dementia research through her emotional song is released on the Redrocca digital label – an arm of Peer Music Anita chose to support our charity stating Alzheimer s Research UK s drive and determination gives us all hope that there will be a cure It s only through sharing our experiences and supporting their work that we will end the heartbreak and take away the aloneness that diseases like Alzheimer’s cause ” She adds: “I’d like to thank everyone who has made this song possible including Peer Music who have been a constant support “We are honoured that Anita has decided to donate profits from her powerful song to further our search for a cure said Hilary Evans Chief Executive of Alzheimer s Research UK “With a sustained effort, we will find a cure for all forms of dementia and Anita is helping us take a step closer to achieving this We can t thank her enough “We’d love people to support Anita and the charity by downloading or streaming the beautiful Never Lose Hope – every penny raised will make such a difference

Post-Pandemic, People In The UK Are Living

Longer, Healthier And Richer Lives Report Reveals

New findings by the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC) reveal that since 2019 the UK is simply treading water when it comes to healthy ageing

To enable more people to stay healthy for longer, the ILC – UK s leading authority on the impact of longevity on society – calls upon the next government to invest more in preventing ill health and supporting people to adopt healthier behaviours

The good news is that, on average, people in the UK are living longer, healthier and richer lives than before the pandemic

Comparing the latest 2022 data across life span, health span and income with 2019 data, ILC’s analysis finds that, on average, we:

• Live 6 months longer: average UK life span has improved from 81 7 to 82 2 years

Spend 5 more months in good health: average UK health span has improved from 70 1 to 70 5 years

Are richer making around £560 today a year more than we did in 2019; mean average income has increased from £37 485 to £38 045 today

But over this three-year period we ve seen a drop in work span environmental performance and happiness and as a result the UK global ranking on ILC’s Healthy Ageing and Prevention Index remains largely unchanged since 2019 (ranked 14th)


We work 6 months less than before the pandemic: our average work span has dropped from 31 6 to 31 1 years

We’re less happy now the UK’s happiness score has dropped 0 5 points from 7 2 to 6 7 points out of 10

• And as a country we are less environmentally sustainable than in 2019 the UK’s environmental performance score has dropped from 81 3 to 77 7

While globally the pandemic has had a significant negative impact on people s life expectancy and the

number of years spent in good health the UK has fared better on a population level However what these statistics don t show are the significant inequalities between people’s health and income – as much as a 19-year difference in healthy life expectancy between the most and least deprived parts of the country

While the UK still does well in environmental terms relative to other countries (ranking 2nd) and even improving in ranking from 4th in 2019 to 2nd in 2022 however the data shows a slide in the wrong direction The drops in work span and happiness are also of concern and could have serious implications for both the health of individuals and the UK’s economy TO BEGIN TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES THE ILC CALLS ON THE NEXT

Beautiful Brookfield Care Home Opens After £850,000 Investment

Meet The Senior Swifties Going Viral After Transforming into Taylor Swift Ahead of the UK Era’s Tour

THE CARER DIGITAL | ISSUE 195 | PAGE 23 With just a few weeks before Taylor Swift visits the UK for her Eras Tour care home residents in Aylesbury (UK) have been celebrating by transforming into the singer In partnership with care home marketplace Lottie and shared love for Taylor Swift, the UK s Senior Swifties at Bartlett s Care Home have recreated their favourite Taylor Swift covers in anticipation of the UK Eras Tour Including 91-year-old Elizabeth who was inspired by Taylor's re-recorded – Taylor’s Version album Speak Now With an average age of 87, residents have re-created five of Taylor Swift s most-famous record covers: Elizabeth 91 years old recreated Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) • Beryl 95 years old recreated Red (Taylor’s Version) • Jill, 86 years old, recreated 1989 (Taylor’s Version) Janet, 79 years old, recreated Lover Carol 80 years old recreated Midnights Recreating Swift s album covers brought lots of joy to everyone involved - especially the residents: Bartlett's biggest Taylor Swift fan Carol (80 years old) loves Taylor Swift s outfits especially her sparkly Eras Tour costumes, and shared I wish I could wear outfits like Taylor Swift every day” Music enthusiast Janet (79) likes Taylor Swift's music and shared “It s hard to pick a favourite ” Janet recreated the album cover for Lover and enjoyed wearing sparkly love hearts on her face which she kept on for the rest of the day Janet shared I ve loved being pampered It s been such a great day to watch everyone pick a photo to recreate 84-year-old Vivien enjoyed participating and supported her fellow residents as they posed for the camera Music holds a special place for Vivien and the activity sparked fond memories Vivien proudly shared “My son-in-law is the lead singer of The Boo Radleys - I have a Gold Vinyl record awarded to the group on display in my room” Chris Donnelly Co-Founder at Lottie who organised the activity for residents, shared: Partnering with Bartlett s Residential Care Home has been great to host this activity Our vision behind the Senior Swifties project was to debunk common misconceptions of care through music and show everyone that care homes can be the start of a new and fulfilling chapter in life We re so pleased to have brought the Eras Tour to the extraordinary ladies at Bartlett’s Care Home Music has many health and wellbeing benefits especially for those with dementia or in a care setting Listening and engaging with music can help someone living with dementia communicate, stay connected to others, and spark memories of joy and happiness Many care homes across the country provide music therapy and we re so proud we ve added a new twist to this popular activity by bringing different generations together to celebrate the power of music
at least 6% of the UK health budget annually on preventing ill health Take forward initiatives that include minimum alcohol pricing sugar taxes and compulsory reformulation of foods high in fat sugar or salt • Create an innovation fund to develop and scale initiatives to get the UK moving David Sinclair ILC
s Chief Executive said
fiting generations in the future even though they might inconvenience vested interests today Stephen Burke, CEO of Hallmark Foundation which has co-funded the development of the Index, said The latest index is a wakeup call for all nations – we can t assume that we will continue to live longer lives in good health The index highlights the issues countries need to consider if they want to move up the ranking – from how long we work to how happy we are Crucially all countries must do more to invest in prevention and reduce inequalities
“We can and should do much better We urgently need new solutions to address the wide disparities in healthy life expectancy between rich and poor and to enable more people to stay healthy for longer We need our politicians to embrace the nanny state; holding firm on policies and taking bold decisions to bene-
Family-owned Czajka Care Group has invested more than £850,000 in a major extension and refurbishment programme at its popular Brookfield Care Home in Nab Wood near Saltaire creating eight new en-suite rooms The care home officially opened its doors to new residents this weekend and celebrated the opening with a party for its residents, their family and friends and its team of 45 care professionals Following work completing on the extension, Brookfield Care Home can now care for 45 residents in their own en-suite rooms With full-time care respite care palliative care day care and short breaks all available at the purpose-built home Brookfield Care Home has been rated as good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) Julie-Ann Fitton, manager at Brookfield Care Home, said: We are all so excited to see the new wing of our wonderful home open and two of the rooms have already been taken So much attention has been paid to all the little details and the fully accessible rooms and bathrooms meet all our residents needs perfectly Along with deputy managers Helen Larkin and Ada Przykaza and the rest of the fabulous team we are delighted to be able to care for more residents It s such a lovely community here at Brookfield, with first-rate facilities, an array of activities and a central location ideal for visitors and there is plenty of parking too Managing director of Czajka Care Group, Konrad Czajka, added: There is a high level of demand for quality residential care in the area and we know from the number of enquiries we have received that all eight rooms will soon be occupied Those that have chosen to live at Brookfield have not only liked the team the activities the home-made food and the flexibility in terms of type of care available, but they have also been attracted to the fact that Brookfield Care Home is part of our wider Fairmount Park development

Elevating the Mealtime Experience: Introducing Mealtime Champions at Aria Court

Contractors Devote Day To Lincoln Home and Become Volunteers During Gardening Weekend

From Drug Discover y to Treatment to Care: The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Show 2024

Now in its 11th year The Alzheimer s & Dementia Show is the UK s leading event for care providers, healthcare professionals, families and carers This is an unmissable event for those wanting to learn from leading experts find practical advice and support resources help and information develop a better understanding of dementia and further professional skills

Taking place at London ExCel on 14 - 15 June the show features a fully accredited CPD conference programme with talks from leading experts, family carers and people living with dementia alongside professional advice clinics dementia and care exhibitors and unique individual training opportunities you won t find at any other event


Exhibitors include organisations offering a range of products and services including care at home, care homes, living aids, reminiscence therapy, funding, training telecare assistive technology charity research legal education and finance

EXCLUSIVELY TO THE ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA SHOW 2024: The Virtual Dementia Tour & Training Experience is for anyone working in any form of dementia care or living with someone with dementia It offers a greater knowledge and understanding of how to improve the lives of those with dementia by experiencing an immersive tour taking eight minutes followed by a tailored 75 minute individual debriefing and training session Dementia Interpreters – learning the ‘language’ of

takes away your ability to speak,

and move your body and is the first experiential course specifically designed to simulate the communication needs of people living with dementia It forces you to find new ways to communicate and recognise how to better understand living with dementia


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will be running an ‘inspector hub’ on stand C26 All show attendees are invited to come and speak to a CQC inspector or registration manager to discuss any queries they may have; local inspectors will be able to answer any questions as well as dealing with registration advice This year’s Alzheimer’s & Dementia Show will for the first time include a Drugs Discovery Summit for GPs nurses and community carers providing insights into the latest advancements in research and treatment options as well as practical tools to guide and support patients and Chaired by Professor Fiona Ducotterd Nigel Ward, the show’s founder and organiser said: “Over the last 11 years our annual event has strived to deliver practical help and expert guidance to care professionals as well as unpaid members of the public caring for those with dementia In the continuing absence of more robust financial support, both persons living with dementia and their carers desperately need and deserve all the help and reassurance they can get “Under one roof with straightforward access to products and information from trusted suppliers and CPD accredited experts visitors can increase their knowledge and confidence which in turn benefits the quality of care they provide Book your tickets today – www alzheimersshow co uk
A Lincoln home had some extra helpers during their gardening weekend thanks to the electrical firm that has been working at the home for nearly six months MHA Stones Place arranged a gardening weekend where they called on the help of volunteers to renovate and update their garden in the run up to summer EML Electrical Contractors have been working on doing a major electrical update at the home and decided to get stuck in and give a day to the home as volunteers Staff from EML Electrical Contractors who are based in Peterborough cut the grass weeded cleared the block paving and added bedding plants to the planters Emma Pickett home manager said: “We recently held a Gardening Weekend at Stones Place where staff families and residents volunteered their time and worked in the garden tidying it and getting it ready for the Summer Months ahead “Following on from this the Guys from EML gave us a day in the gardens There was a real sense of team spirit and they were happy to be involved in something that would be of benefit to the residents of Stones Place and help to enable them to live later life well “They were rewarded with Bacon Butties from Chef Jo and the gardens are looking much better and their help is greatly appreciated as the grounds of Stones Place are huge! “This has been a great support for the Greencare Strategy that we are promoting in the home and we will be continuing with Gardening activities throughout the coming months Mark Brear director at EML said: EML have been at the Stones for approximately six months working on a major electrical upgrade project of the building “The staff and residents have been amazing to work alongside over this time We have even been able to have the EML v residents game of bowls “It was a privilege for our engineers to take a day out and spend some time giving something back to the residents for being so accommodating while we have been undertaking the work I hope the residents will benefit from the amazing green space the home has and they will be able to enjoy the fresh air and colours from the flowers in the outdoor space The EML team had a great day together doing this for the home and it really is a privilege to be able to give back ”
Mealtime holds a special place in the rhythm of daily life at Aria Court care home in March where excellence is not just a goal but a standard upheld at all times Now this commitment to excellence takes a new form with the introduction of the Mealtime Champions initiative, enhancing the dining experience for residents in a meaningful way and reinforcing the whole home approach to all aspects of care home life At its core the Mealtime Champions concept revolves around presentation service portion sizes and individuality Each meal is crafted to be more than just sustenance; it is an occasion to be eagerly anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed Whether it s a hearty breakfast or an elegant dinner every dish is prepared with attention to detail Head Chef Tyler Horton spearheaded the Mealtime Champions initiative driven by his passion for elevating every aspect of the dining experience We eat with our eyes said Tyler Food has to look good and smell good if it is going be eaten and the way it is presented becomes even more important as people get older and may be less enthusiastic about food ” We re a busy kitchen at Aria Court with four separate communities to be served at each mealtime Our trollies are in and out regularly and it sometimes just isn’t possible for the kitchen team to go out with them as we are here in the kitchen clearing and preparing for the next mealtime ” To ensure that each meal meets the diverse dietary needs of residents including modified foods and special diets the kitchen operates round the clock From classic comfort foods to gourmet delights, the aim is to serve homely meals with the finesse of a high-end hotel steering clear of any institutionalised approach Regularly engaging with residents and families for feedback, the kitchen team adjust their offerings based on preferences ensuring a truly person-centred approach to dining The implementation of the Mealtime Champions scheme involves simple yet effective training for the team members from Tyler equipping them with the tools and techniques to enhance each meal's presentation There s hints about how to get the best looking mashed potatoes on the plate and garnishes to add before serving - whether it's a sprig of fresh herbs grown in the Aria Court garden or a lemon twist these subtle touches add an extra layer of delight to the dining table However the ultimate measure of success lies in the residents satisfaction While some may embrace the heightened dining experience others may prefer a simpler fare – and that's perfectly okay The Mealtime Champions approach respects individual preferences ensuring that every resident feels valued and catered to In essence the introduction of Mealtime Champions at Aria Court signifies a commitment to excellence and person-centred care It's not just about serving meals; it's about creating moments, one plate at a time

Family Of Resident At Mobberley Home Donates Sports Equipment So He Can Reconnect With His Love For Sport

Aberdeen Care Home Residents ‘Twist and Shout’ with A Beatles Blast From The Past

The residents of Cranford Care Home in Aberdeen, part of Larchwood Care were treated to an afternoon of music and memories as Keith from The Rock Room Music Studio hosted a Beatles-themed interactive music session With tambourines and shakers in hand residents clapped danced and sang along to some of the greatest hits from the iconic band Care Home Manager, Coleen Reid, highlighted the significance of these musical events Music has a unique power to connect and energise she explained "Keith's sessions are not just about fun; they're also a vital part of our therapeutic activities that genuinely uplift everyone s spirits here His ability to engage with our residents and staff alike brings our community closer together

The event featured a playlist of timeless Beatles tracks carefully selected to encourage participation and awaken fond memories among the residents The room was filled with energy and smiles as familiar tunes echoed through

the halls, creating an atmosphere of joy and camaraderie Marion Craig one of the residents shared her enthusiasm Hearing these songs again is like stepping into a time machine she said with a smile The music reminds me of my youth and all the good times It's lovely to share this with friends here and Keith always makes it so special Further enhancing the resident experience, Cranford Care Home ensures that these music sessions are part of a broader range of activities designed to cater to diverse interests and needs From art workshops to fitness classes and cultural outings the home provides a holistic approach to care that promotes not only physical wellbeing but also mental and emotional health We believe in

Unlocking Innovation and Collaboration: The Care & Occupational Therapy Show

The Care & Occupational Therapy Show scheduled for July 17th at Westpoint Exeter is poised to be a pivotal event in the fields of care and occupational therapy With an extensive lineup of CPD-accredited seminars keynote speakers networking opportunities and expert exhibitors, this event offers a comprehensive platform for professionals to explore the latest trends exchange ideas and foster collaborations

At the heart of the event are the CPD-accredited seminars and keynote speeches which promise to provide attendees with invaluable insights and knowledge Renowned experts will take the stage to address pressing issues share innovative strategies and discuss emerging trends shaping the future of care and therapy From advancements in assistive technologies to holistic approaches to patient care attendees can expect to gain a deeper understanding of the evolving landscape of their professions

Networking lies at the core of The Care & Occupational Therapy Show offering attendees the chance to connect with peers industry leaders and potential collaborators Whether you re seeking to expand your professional network, explore career opportunities, or forge strategic partnerships, the event provides a conducive environment for meaningful interactions Through structured networking sessions informal discussions, and dedicated meeting spaces, attendees can leverage the collective expertise and experiences of their peers to drive innovation and excellence in their practice

In addition to the educational and networking aspects the show boasts a vibrant exhibition floor featuring

expert exhibitors showcasing the latest products services and solutions

From state-of-the-art assistive devices to innovative therapeutic interventions, attendees have the opportunity to explore a diverse range of offerings from leading industry providers The exhibition serves as a hub for discovering cutting-edge technologies, exploring new approaches to patient care, and staying abreast of industry developments

Furthermore the event caters to professionals at every stage of their career journey from seasoned practitioners to students and newcomers to the field For students and recent graduates the show offers valuable insights into the profession, career guidance, and networking opportunities to kickstart their careers For established professionals it presents a platform to stay updated on the latest advancements, expand their knowledge base, and connect with peers to drive continuous improvement and innovation in their practice

The Care & Occupational Therapy Show is a must-attend event for professionals seeking to stay ahead of the curve in the dynamic fields of care and occupational therapy By combining CPD-accredited education networking opportunities and expert exhibitors under one roof the event promises to unlock innovation foster collaboration, and empower attendees to drive positive change in their practice and the broader healthcare community Mark your calendars for July 17th and join us at Westpoint Exeter for a day of inspiration, education and networking at the forefront of care and occupational therapy

Get your free tickets today using the link below www eventbrite com/e/care-occupational-therapy-show-2024-tickets-875814373367

creating a vibrant living environment where all our residents can thrive Coleen Reid added Today s Beatles singalong is just one example of how we strive to enrich the lives of our residents through engaging and meaningful activities
David Langford was a keen darts and table tennis player in his younger days An avid table tennis and darts fan living at a Mobberley home was able to rekindle his love for both sports thanks to a donation from his family David Langford lives at MHA The Willows and was a keen darts and table tennis player in his younger days During his college days he took up playing table tennis after one of his fellow students Richard introduced him to the sport A few years later he took up playing darts and really enjoyed that sport as well even playing in a tournament and winning a trophy for his efforts After a conversation with activity coordinator Amanda Drayton on how much he missed playing table tennis, Amanda spoke with his family, wife Janet and daughter Hannah they decided to donate the table tennis equipment that was still in their garage so that David along with our other residents could make use of it Amanda said: “David let it slip one day whilst having a chat that he used to really enjoy playing table tennis and darts David shared with me how when he was a young man at Stoke on Trent college, one of his fellow students was an excellent table tennis player David even remembered his name Richard as he made such an impression with his reverse the bat slicing action “We chatted with David’s family and after hearing David s thoughts we bought a ‘safe use’ darts board for everyone’s enjoyment as well as his family donating the table tennis equipment To see David s face light up when he saw the table tennis and darts board was a really special occasion “After David and I played several games of table tennis together we managed to score a rally of 20 “I let David know how much he had impressed me with his skill of the game David said that he enjoyed our game very much and added it all came flooding back to him he added it made him feel very proud he could still hit the table tennis ball and get a good score on a rally’ “I would like to end by saying no matter where we are now living, or how old we are, always encourage my residents Never to say Never and always have a go and seize the day

Patient Hygiene Wipes Promote An Individualised Approach To Cleansing For Those Receiving Care

Unigloves Rebrands Its Derma Shield Workplace Skincare System

PERSONAL HYGIENE PAGE 28 | THE CARER DIGITAL | ISSUE 195 Providing choices for care receivers in how they are cleansed supports independence and wellbeing NICE advise adoption of an individualised approach to healthcare that is tailored to the patient’s needs and circumstances 1 The Conti® range have been developed with personalised care in mind, we believe that those receiving assistance in bathing should be able to participate in decision making around their personal hygiene by being given a range of cleansing options to best suit their individual needs Conti® offers a complete range of cleansing solutions for those receiving bedbound care Conti® wet wipes provide a selection of rinse free products featuring washcloths and shampoo caps for bed bathing hands and face cleansing wipes and plastic free wipes for post toileting The use of these products replaces the need for soap and water practices by providing a pre-dosed cleansing solution which promotes good practice in personal hygiene and infection prevention Conti® multipurpose dry wipes combine strength softness and absorbency to deliver best practice in hygiene through everyday personal care The range has flushable and maceratable plastic free wipes alongside other super soft kind to skin alternatives used with water Using the Conti® wet and dry wipes can provide the following benefits to care facilities; Eliminate cross-contamination - Products have been developed with singleuse in mind Intended to be used individually with one single-use cloth per anatomical region Save time and cost - Research suggests that a waterless bathing system provides a more efficient bathing process, delivering cost and time savings 2 Remove the risk of reusable - Disposable systems offer an alternative that overcome infection prevention and control limitations posed by reusable alternatives 3 Try the range now – request your free samples samples@vernacare com or visit www vernacare com for more information 1 NICE (2021) 2 Owen J (2015 De ivering t me and cost sav ngs through evaluat on of bed bathing practices IPS poster presentat on 3 Hallam C et a (2020)
Hand Protection specialists Unigloves has rebranded its protective workplace skincare system - Derma Shield https://uk unigloves com/collections/derma-shield 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

The Importance of Nutrition and Hydration in a Care Home Setting

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 FOOD AND DRINK REGULATIONS FOR CARE HOMES

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

Nutrition and Hydration Essential To Residents’ Health and Wellbeing

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 ever-changing 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 Bidfood Launches Industr y First With The Interactive Care Home, Featuring Over 75 Support Functions For Care Customers Spring has officially sprung! And with the weather getting warmer it won t be long before summer comes knocking at the door But while we look forward to greeting the much beloved warmer months with open arms an element of caution must also be granted within care homes The summer days present new opportunities for residents such as el fresco dining outdoor afternoon tea or simply a few strolls in the fresh air However to ensure that residents can enjoy these luxuries safely care operators must make certain considerations Nutrition and hydration are essential to residents’ health and wellbeing and can help prevent malnutrition and dehydration which if not carefully monitored can occur in hot weather In fact The Food Standards Agency recommends at least 6-8 glasses of fluids every day with evidence suggesting that good hydration can help to prevent falls, constipation, pressure sores, blood pressure problems and headaches Sometimes residents are reluctant to drink or may simply forget, meaning care operators need to be on the ball and find other ways to increase fluid intake One way to help residents drink plenty of water and stay hydrated is to bring residents and staff together! Get creative and have some fun whilst helping to address this important topic why not get your residents to make and stick posters around their care home highlighting the importance of staying healthy and reminding others to drink regularly? Or perhaps turn it into a competition encouraging residents to keep a tally on how many glasses of water they can drink throughout the week with a winner announced at the end But it isn t enough to just serve cups of water to your residents throughout the day Incorporating drinks into the activities and social events you have going on in your care home is a great way to support residents with hydration from afternoon tea to happy hour! For an added layer of hydration do a round of hot and cold drinks in the morning and evening to ensure residents receive their daily fluid intake with staff always on hand for those who need assistance And don’t just stop at the staff in your care home encourage any family or friends visiting to offer and have a drink with their loved one As well as the drinks you re offering, it’s important to develop a well-balanced but deliciously good menu with an array of dishes that are high in water content The likes of cucumber, watermelon, celery and lettuce are high in water content and make great salads when tossed in a tasty dressing And for something sweet after why not offer round some jelly or make up a fruit salad for event more water For more on nutrition and hydration as well as our other support tools for the care sector visit this link https://www bidfood co uk/care-homes/
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


The Importance of Proper Laundr y Practices in Care Environments

Laundry is one of the major cleaning and hygiene challenges for care homes

For care homes maintaining impeccable cleanliness is more than a routine task; it is a vital responsibility The elderly and those with compromised health are particularly susceptible to infections making rigorous hygiene standards essential Professional laundry systems are engineered to meet these stringent requirements ensuring that every piece of linen from bed sheets to residents' clothing is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized

Unlike domestic machines commercial laundry systems are designed to handle large volumes with consistent efficacy They maintain precise water temperatures and use specialized detergents capable of eradicating harmful pathogens This level of thoroughness is crucial in environments where the risk of infection is high MINIMISING INFECTIONS AND CROSS-CONTAMINATION

Infection control is a critical concern in care homes Pathogens such as MRSA E coli and norovirus pose significant threats to residents Professional laundry systems play a key role in mitigating these risks by incorporating advanced features designed to prevent cross-contamination Barrier washers for instance have separate compartments for dirty and clean laundry ensuring that contaminants are contained and do not spread to freshly laundered items

Programmable wash cycles in these systems can be tailored to different textile types and soil levels, optimizing the disinfection process Furthermore innovations like ozone technology enhance sanitization while allowing for lower temperature washes, preserving fabric quality and extending the life of linens THE ROLE OF TRAINING AND SAFETY

Effective laundry management in care homes extends beyond the machines themselves Proper training for staff is critical to ensure that laundry processes are carried out safely and effectively Understanding how to use detergents correctly is a key aspect of this training Professional laundry detergents are formu-

lated to be both powerful against germs and safe for sensitive skin but improper use can diminish their effectiveness or even pose safety hazards

Staff must be trained in the correct handling and dosing of these detergents to maximize their benefits while ensuring safety Additionally, training on the use of laundry equipment helps prevent operational errors and promotes adherence to hygiene protocols


In conclusion the importance of best laundry practices in care homes cannot be overstated By implementing effective laundry procedures care facilities can safeguard the health and well-being of residents maintain a clean and hygienic environment, and ultimately enhance the quality of care provided Prioritising proper laundry practices is a fundamental aspect of upholding the highest standards of cleanliness and ensuring the comfort and safety of individuals in care homes

P&G Professional have a suite of well-known and respected products across the sector for powerful cleaning and lower operational costs

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

Revolutionising Care Home Laundr y: The Genius Choice

PAGE 32 | THE CARER DIGITAL | ISSUE 195 At Forbes Professional we understand the critical role that dependable laundry facilities play in the daily operations of any care home As a trusted industry partner we provide a reliable multi-award winning support that encompasses both reactive and preventative services for commercial laundry appliances We offer a range of servicing options; whether you opt for our comprehensive Complete Care rental solution or purchase with maintenance or simply a service contract for your existing machines we can accommodate your requirements We understand the importance of ensuring that your care home fully complies with all the relevant industry and health and safety regulations As such we can also offer gas-certification for your existing machines as well as our rented or maintained appliances ensuring that your operation is in accordance with Regulation 35 of the Gas Safety Regulations 1998 As a supplier and service partner for Miele, Primus, SpeedQueen, Heusbsch and many leading brands, we bring you unparalleled expertise and access to genuine parts ensuring that your equipment receives the highest standard of care At Forbes we have an expansive team of in-house qualified electrical and gas engineers allowing us to deliver a consistent level of service With a nationwide network coordinated from our headquarters in Surrey our engineers provide a swift and efficient support All our vans carry key components and spare parts and are tracked to enable us to assign calls according to our engineers proximity to site With our extensive reach across the UK, we ensure that wherever your care home operates our skilled engineers are just a call away Our commitment to a rapid response means minimal downtime for your laundry operations which we know is key to keeping your care home running smoothly Whether you rent lease or purchase laundry equipment it is important to secure a reliable partner for regular machine servicing That not only helps maintain optimal performance of the laundry appliances, it also prolongs the equipment s life expectancy Furthermore proactive and preventative maintenance helps to reduce costly repairs and disruptions as well as reducing waste and minimising your carbon footprint With almost 100 years’ service experience, you can trust Forbes to support your care home and help you maintain stringent hygiene standards www forbespro co uk info@forbes-professional co uk 0345 070 2335 Forbes Professional: Your Trusted Laundr y Ser vices Partner Ensuring clean and comfortable clothes and bedding for care home residents is a fundamental requirement, alongside the imperative of achieving 100% effective laundry disinfection An increasing number of care homes are also choosing to clean and finish staff workwear and uniforms in their on-premise laundry In today s landscape managing operating costs and enhancing sustainability essential necessitating a focus on reducing laundry energy and water consumption While all washing machines may appear similar at first glance, the latest advancements in smart technology have transformed the landscape Girbau s GS7 Genius Internet-enabled washer range sets a new standard for energy efficiency and innovation with capacities ranging from 9 to 32kg The next-generation washers are engineered to minimize water detergent and energy usage while maximizing productivity With a high spin speed capable of achieving up to 450G extract force they ensure remarkable water extraction faster drying and reduced energy consumption For a typical machine completing eight cycles per day the saving can be as much as £725 a year based on an electricity price of 25p per kWh The tangible benefits are significant By reducing drying time by at least 10% and cutting drying energy consumption by up to 30% the Genius GS7018 sets a new benchmark for efficiency Compared to leading competitors it consumes substantially less energy per load cycle translating to substantial annual savings
an optional integral weighing system ensures precise load measurement automatically adjusting programs to optimize cycle time, minimize water and chemical usage, and enhance productivity Durability and programmability are further hallmarks of Genius washers which also offer automatic chemical dosing The innovative Care Plus Drum extends linen life and minimizes tangling while ergonomic design features such as a wide door opening facilitate easier loading and unloading The user-friendly 10-inch colour touch screen is designed to work with gloved hands Girbau's Sapphire remote-control software enables seamless management production reporting and real-time data analysis from any device ensuring operational efficiency and compliance with thermal disinfection protocols essential for care homes For energy efficient drying Girbau s superbly engineered ED series dryers ensure all items are dried safely uniformly efficiently and cost-effectively Their
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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 dementia-inclusive 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

Recreo VR - Bringing a Change of Scener y to Care

Recreo VR’s innovative service has been proven to enhance the mental and social well-being of those living with dementia through person-centered virtual experiences Our headsets are a fun and exciting way to personalize care enhance activities and improve the quality of life of your residents

We partner with the Alzheimer’s Society and our service has been co-designed with those affected by dementia offering an intuitive VR interface for carers to select experiences and environments that are meaningful, engaging, and suitable for residents to enjoy In a recent evaluation of our product with over 100 people living with dementia 97% of residents engaged with our headsets 86% said they enjoyed it and wanted to access VR more in their care Our headsets also helped residents recall memories improved mood and wellbeing over

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A Comprehensive Approach to Managing Falls Among Elderly Residents: A Nursing and Operational Perspective

As the Director of Operations and Commissioning at Langdale Care Homes, and a seasoned nurse with over 20 years in the healthcare industry, I have witnessed first-hand the challenges posed by falls among elderly residents It is a subject close to my heart, and I feel it is of utmost importance to share our comprehensive and sensitive approach to this matter

Falls can have devastating effects on the physical, mental, and emotional health of our elderly residents leading to injury hospitalisation and a decline in confidence and independence However they are not an inevitable part of ageing With effective strategies and due diligence we can significantly reduce the risk and impact of falls Our approach is rooted in individualised care Each resident is unique and so too are their risks and vulnerabilities A thorough and personalised risk assessment is the cornerstone of our falls management strategy The assessment covers a wide range of areas from physical health mobility and medication to environmental factors within the home

In terms of physical health we pay keen attention to conditions known to increase fall risk such as poor vision arthritis and neurological impairments Regular health check-ups coupled with personalised exercise programmes to improve strength and balance have proven highly effective Our team works closely with residents ensuring they feel comfortable and confident in performing these exercises

Medication can also significantly influence fall risk As a nurse I understand the complex interactions between various drugs and how they can affect balance and coordination Therefore we regularly review residents'

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medication regimes liaising with GPs and Pharmacists to ensure any potential risks are mitigated We also recognise the essential role of the environment in falls prevention Simple adjustments like improving lighting, reducing clutter and installing grab bars can make a significant difference We continuously assess our home's environment to ensure it is as safe and supportive as possible Communication, I believe, is at the heart of successful falls management It involves regular dialogue between our team residents, and their families We encourage our residents to express their fears and concerns regarding falls empowering them to take an active role in their care Education is another pillar of our approach We provide ongoing training to our staff, ensuring they are up to date with the latest evidence-based practices in falls prevention This includes understanding the complex interplay of factors contributing to falls and how to respond effectively when a fall does occur
have actively participated in falls management projects like the Winn Care Cushions and ISTUMBLE pilot These innovative initiatives use advanced technology to prevent falls and minimise their impact enhancing quality of life for residents I have also attended the Derbyshire provider forum trainings on Falls Prevention equipping me with essential knowledge and skills My involvement not only aids in proactive falls prevention but also in providing effective empathetic responses when falls occur This continuous learning and improvement in falls management ensures optimal support and care for our residents Through our robust falls management strategy we have seen a significant reduction in falls alongside an improvement in our residents confidence and quality of life However we never rest on our laurels We continuously strive to learn improve and innovate driven by our commitment to providing the highest quality care to our residents at Langdale Care Homes In conclusion managing falls among elderly residents requires a comprehensive individualised and proactive approach It involves regular risk assessments environmental modifications effective communication and ongoing education As care providers it is our duty to ensure our residents can live their lives with dignity independence and confidence In doing so we not only reduce the risk and impact of falls but also enhance the overall wellbeing of our residents The journey to effective falls management is ongoing but with each step we take we move closer to our goal of a safer happier and healthier home for our elderly residents
- BSN (Band 8): Director of Operations and Commissioning, Langdale Care Homes Group (www langdalecarehomes co uk)
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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 jeopar-

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are most common in our older populations and those living with frailty Falls are also three times more frequent in care homes A third of falls occur at nighttime and in the care
tor, these can be triggered by low blood pressure, medication issues, disorientation, mobility issues, confusion, dementia, and unfamiliarity with surroundings I felt that something had to change!
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Envivo Group is at the forefront of care and support sector driving innovation that enables people to live lives full of choices and opportunities They have 202 locations that are now using Mainteno Facilities Management software

“Our experience with Mainteno at TLC/Envivo Group has been really positive already Since its roll-out it has shown real and measurable benefits and has had a marked impact on the workload and assurance of our operations team

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Alleviating Pain in Care Homes - Prevalence of Pain in Care Homes

Over 425 000 people live in Care Homes in the UK Many have significant longterm health problems Some 65% have dementia, reduced cognitive functioning, and difficulties with communication Studies estimate that at least one-third of the Care Home population live with, and experience pain

Care Home residents with cognitive and speech disorders are at a higher risk of living with pain and musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) that affect muscles bones and joints

The Care Act 2014 emphasises the importance of measuring and improving the wellbeing of social care users However, there is no standard method of measuring quality of life in Care Homes nor are there ways to measure aspects of health such as pain, anxiety, or depression

The consensus is that pain is often under-recognised and under-treated in care homes

However pain is a subjective experience and cannot be adequately measured which is why mainstream approaches rely on self-reporting A key challenge to carers managing these experiences is the high proportion of residents who live with dementia


Thermal imaging or thermography is a non-invasive complementary diagnostic approach that creates a high-definition thermal map of your body (thermogram) Thermograms illustrate temperature patterns consistent with inflammation Inflammation is a vital part of the immune system s response to injury and infec-


The appearance and location of thermal patterns helps to identify regions and sources of pain based on levels and differences in temperature and hence thermography can be used to diagnose pain objectively - invaluable when the resident is unable to communicate effectively

Thermography can also detect the source of pain and inflammation surrounding bone fractures entrapped nerves muscular trigger points and arthritis It enables the early detection of pressure injuries before any visible signs and provides diagnostic information indispensable in helping to arrive at identifying the sources of pain and an accurate diagnosis

Early detection of the source of the problem allows practitioners and residents to design a proactive treatment plan with specific interventions and treatments to mitigate the process of inflammation Thermography is also a highly effective tool for monitoring if a treatment protocol is working

Bunn et al in a meta-analysis of studies in 2020 found that thermography had such high diagnostic utility that they propose thermography as a first line MSD detection tool

By seeing what the human eye cannot see Thermidas thermal imaging solutions can assist carers and clinicians in locating and creating optimal treatment plans and alleviating pain

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Data Protection And Cyber Security: Next Steps For Care Homes

Record numbers of care homes are using the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) to check and improve how they keep information safe Almost 80% currently comply with the self-assessment tool But compliance is one thing – the real challenge is implementation Cyber crime is a real and present danger The real risk however may be closer to home According to the Information Commissioners’ Office most data breaches occur because of human error not as a result of a criminal attack According to the ICO s analysis of data breaches reported by social care since 2019, only 22% were because of cyber concerns 78% were due to non cyber issues – including data being emailed posted or faxed to the wrong recipient, verbal disclosures of data, and the loss or theft of paper records But what can senior care managers do to protect their organisations from malicious criminals and innocent staff? Better Security Better Care – the national support programme on data protection and cyber security at the Digital Care Hub advises care provider to prioritise the following areas: Train your staff: Even with the best tech security in place, a well-intentioned but poorly informed colleague can leak data or admit a cyber criminal into your systems If you haven’t trained them on what to look out for, or you haven t put clear policies in place – you can expect errors to be made and your company is responsible as well as the individual Access free training on data protection and cyber security specifically for care staff Add digital and data to your business continuity plan: Something will go wrong at some stage – that’s just the data-rich world we live in You need to be prepared Use the Digital Care Hub template and guide to create your own plan Review and republish your DSPT at least once a year: Things change: new tech is introduced, care services come and go, and staff turnover is high The DSPT is a comprehensive checklist of issues you need to consider every year The deadline for this year is 30 June 2024 As ever Better Security Better Care offers free expert support to help care providers complete and implement with the DSPT Visit www digitalcarehub co uk/bettersecuritybettercare


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CareZips® Classic are patented easy dressing unisex adaptive pants designed for older and disabled people suffering with problems associated with continence mobility mental function and cognition Suitable for persons living in care institutions, receiving care at home or living independently at home, CareZips® Classic enable people to dress themselves or with assistance from carers CareZips® Classic feature patented 3-zipper system, which opens the front of the pants from the waist to the knees for quicker access during toileting continence pads changes and personal hygiene The forward positioning of the two side zippers lessens pressure on sensitive hip areas helping to eliminate discomfort The third zipper facilitates simple full frontal opening for faster more dignified diaper changes catheter adjustments personal cleansing and hygiene routines CareZips® Classic have many benefits for the older and disabled users and their carers: People dressing themselves enjoy the practical functionality and versatility of the CareZips® Classic all day comfort and easy garment care People dependent on assisted dressing appreciate quick easy dressing process with less stress, embarrassment and greater dignity offered by CareZips® Classic CareZips® Classic offer practical gains to the carers, helping them to provide better care whilst reducing physical efforts and saving valuable time CareZips® Classic are unisex available in 6 sizes and 3 practical colours (i e black charcoal and navy) Tapered fit at the ankles gives a tidy appearance Made from breathable moisturewicking 4-way stretchy crease-free and easy-care durable fabric CareZips® Classic are comfortable practical and conveniently functional For more information contact Win Health Medical Ltd - 01835 864866 - www win-health com See the adverts on the front cover and page 3
From basins to baths and showers, catering and wash down, hot water is a necessary daily requirement across the care sector It s also energy intensive which means it can be both expensive and a key contributor to carbon emissions from buildings especially if running on gas water heating Care homes intending to address existing gas-fired hot water systems with more sustainable technologies as part of a decarbonisation strategy have several choices and solar thermal should be given serious consideration Working to offset existing gas demands and reduce emissions or providing preheat in all-electric replacement systems solar thermal is becoming increasingly attractive again As grid electricity continues to be substantially more expensive than gas (by a factor of 5 51 at the close of 2023) solar thermal currently offers an especially strong return on investment in ‘greener’ all electric systems Solar thermal systems which are properly installed and serviced have proven to have a long lifespan with low maintenance demands especially flat plate collector systems with drainback technology These systems employ gravity flow to preserve operational qualities of the solar fluid required to transfer solar energy as heat to the hot water application A hot water system deploying solar thermal as a preheat can offset a minimum of 30% of its annual energy For Southern and Westerly UK regions this percentage is much higher and in the summer months the technology could meet nearly all a building s hot water demands With new high-efficiency robust flat plate collectors and protective drainback cylinders and controls to integrate solar thermal Adveco can support upgrades to existing gas-fired water heating or with an electric boiler transition to full electric water heating with bespoke system design and product supply For care homes that previously invested in solar systems which need renovation or are no longer supported by the original manufacturer Adveco can provide the necessary system elements to resurrect pre-existing solar thermal installations It’s a costeffective method for rapidly gaining advantage of energy offsetting as part of a care home s sustainability strategy Visit www adveco co or see the advert on page 5
Watch your resident's eyes light up when the trolley arrives! Euroservice trolleys can also be used as a vending trolley or to sell personal care products to residents How about a delicious snack/pastry trolley or even a drinks trolley for that afternoon tipple? Your lovely trolley could do so much for you and your residents! Visit the website at www euroservice-uk com to see the full range Or see the advert on page 7 Ser
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Angloplas are a UK manufacturer who specialise in producing dispensers for the health and hygiene industry Although these are designed to keep the workplace tidy and uncluttered they are more importantly built knowing the control of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) are a priority for healthcare providers, and who are employing a combination of infection prevention and control strategies, including hand hygiene, cleaning training and the adoption of new technologies to tackle the problem As a result a wide range of infection control products and technologies are emerging on the market including antimicrobial technology Angloplas range of dispensers are produced in the world s first proven Antimicrobial PVC with silver ion technology and which is exclusive to Angloplas This helps reduce the risk of cross infection by stopping the growth of bacteria and mould and works continuously for the lifetime of the product reducing levels of bacteria such as MRSA, E Coli, Legionella, Salmonella and mould by up to 99 99% For non-clinical environments Angloplas has recently launched its new Budget Range of products which are made to the same exacting standards as the antimicrobial protected ones but with lower price tags You can order Angloplas products directly from its website by going to www angloplas co uk See the advert on page 7
C&S Seating Ltd have provided postural control equipment to residential homes hospices medical equipment services and NHS trust hospitals nationwide since 1991 With 9 different sizes of T-Rolls and Log Rolls, in a removable and machine washable Waterproof Titex or Soft Knit material These rolls are used to control posture and position of the body in either supine or side lying Our Knee & Leg support wedges are ava lable in 2 sizes C&S Seating Ltd is the sole manufacturer of the Alternative Pos tioning Support – also available in two sizes which has removable side cushions and middle pommel for when more control of the abducted lower limb is required Our popular and vibrant range of Soft Knit covers in a choice of 5 colours provide a softer alternative ideal for the colder seasons and are designed to fit snug over our waterproof rolls for maximum protection and comfort Contact us on 01424 853331 or visit www cands-seating co uk to request or download a brochure pricelist or order form request an individualised quotation speak to an advisor or to place an order See the advert on page 9 Debt financing in the social care sector has come under considerable scrutiny over the past decade thanks in part to the influx of private equity funders and the collapse of Southern Cross in 2012 Despite this Abbey Watkins and Rachel Emmerson accountants at Kreston Reeves say not all debt is bad The demand for nursing and residential care is increasing with the need for beds outstripping supply A recent survey by Knight Frank highlights the scale of the challenge facing the sector, predicting that over the next decade there will be a shortfall of 58 000 beds Independently owned and managed residential care homes are well-placed to pick up some of that shortfall but will need to invest to do so With funding squeezed and cash reserves tight that may leave care providers with little choice but to explore funding growth through debt Debt does however have negative connotations and is seen by many business owners as something to be avoided But there is both good and bad debt Debt borrowing that exists simply to help the business survive is unlikely to be contributing to the future growth or success of a care business Whilst it may be needed it will also be a drag on growth and may not be a sensible option Good debt however is borrowing that is used to invest in the future growth of the business As long as it continues to provide those foundations for growth, exploring debt should not be feared Contrary to what care businesses may read banks and other investors are willing to lend to care businesses with strong growth plans Lenders will expect businesses to be able to demonstrate amongst other things an understanding of their current borrowing and how that will impact the ability to repay future borrowing They will also want a clear and compelling proposal from that business on how funding will be used to contribute towards growth Importantly, independent care providers will need to plan ahead, and that will require forecasting when funding is most likely to be needed It should be remembered that funding may not be needed all in one tranche but drawn down as and when needed It is also important to remember that debt financing is a corporate transaction meaning that it is there for the benefit of both parties Put bluntly debt finance must work for the lender just as much as it must work for the business meaning that not all borrowing requests will be granted It may sound cliched but people do lend to people We see that in the rise of the challenger banks who will often lend where traditional banks will not Relationships of course are not built in a 30-minute meeting so invest time in ensuring your lender understands your vision and plans for the future Banks are in most instances the first place most care providers turn to when looking for borrowing In almost all cases a bank will ask for a personal guarantee Whilst uncomfortable for many business owners they are unavoidable A blended debt financing approach could be explored (CONTINUED ON FOLLOWING PAGE )


Debt Financing and Social Care


There are an increasing number of debt financing options open to care providers from alternative lenders through to grants In Kent for example Kent County Council is offering an interest-free loan to fund capital investment and growth projects Whilst these schemes will often require match-funding or come with a demonstratable job creation requirement they can offer a valuable way to reduce bank funding

Care businesses should always take specialist and independent advice based on their own specific situation before considering which lender to approach for borrowing or taking external investment Rachel Emmerson is a Partner and Abbey Watkins an Accountant in the Funding Team at Kreston Reeves Kreston Reeves offers accountancy, tax and business advice to a wide range of clients Visit www krestonreeves com

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