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May 17

22nd

Giving Residents the Right to Vote

Residents in residential care homes have the same human rights as people in the wider community, but this can often be forgotten when it comes to enabling them to take part in the democratic process. Politicians can sometimes appear to ignore the views of people in residential care, but they actually make up an important group with something to say, so supporting residents to take part in the...
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May 17

14th

Dementia Awareness Week: 5 Ways You Can Help

Dementia Awareness Week is aimed at raising awareness about dementia and how you can help and support people living with dementia. The Alzheimer's Society is asking everyone to unite against dementia to learn more about how to understand and manage some of the problems associated with the condition. Here are some strategies that will help if you are supporting someone who lives with...
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May 17

7th

Care Home Fees: Understanding Deliberate Deprivation

Making the decision to move either yourself or a loved one into residential care is never easy. It's important to take into account the various processes and assessments that precede such a step, including the question of care home fees. Although NHS care is free, social care needs to be paid for, so you need to understand what level of financial support, if any, you or your loved one can expect...
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May 17

1st

Could this new scheme reduce care home falls?

Staff in residential care homes are aware that falls are responsible for placing a massive financial burden on the NHS. When older people fall, they are likely to experience broken bones and may require hip replacement surgery, both of which will require a lengthy period in hospital for recovery. But it's not just the cost of broken bones and injuries to be taken into account: people in...
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Apr 17

26th

New Pureed Food Enhances Appearance of Meals

We all know the saying “you eat with your eyes” is true. If this statement wasn’t true, fine dining restaurants, celebrity chefs and the roaring cookbook trade would be out of business! So much of the ritual of eating centers on how food looks. A roast dinner. A decadent cake. The social aspect of eating in most societies is a powerful influence too. Aside from our need to survive, for many...
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Apr 17

22nd

Increasing Visual Awareness & Identifying Sight Loss

People who work in care homes are uniquely placed to identify when residents have sight loss and to help them to access the aids and support they need. At present, according to recent research commissioned by the Thomas Pocklington Trust, a sight-loss charity, deterioration in residents’ vision may be unnoticed as care home workers are not always trained in visual awareness. Why Does Sight...
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Apr 17

14th

Hairdressing Helpers Hit Care Homes

Personal grooming is important in maintaining a sense of well-being, and now hairdressers trained in dementia care are bringing their skills into the care home environment. It's long been known that personal appearance has a powerful effect on an individual's sense of dignity and self-respect, and a new breed of beautician is ensuring people in dementia care homes can enjoy a pampering session...
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Apr 17

8th

Bridging the Generation Gap

Developing connections between older people and very young children can benefit both the older people and the children. Two examples of how schemes promoting this have worked in practice are given below. Two groups of very young children have made regular care home visits to nursing homes or residential care homes for older adults. Beckett Hall Day Nursery Twice a month, children from the...
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Mar 17

24th

Pets Help Care Home Residents Keep Calm

More and more care homes are beginning to understand the positive impact that animals can have on residents. Research has proved that simply having animals around can dramatically increase happiness, and care home staff report the positive effects that animals can bring. Happy Memories Many older people have had pets at some time in their lives, and stroking and interacting with pets in the...
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Mar 17

17th

Care Homes Celebrate Vera Lynn’s 100th Birthday

Care homes around the country sang out to celebrate the centenary of a musical icon whilst harnessing the power of song to benefit residents. Care homes in Kingston, Surrey, Stroud and around the country held sing-alongs on March 20 to mark the 100th birthday of wartime legend Vera Lynn. Many homes invited local people and choirs to join residents for the celebrations. Many of the care...
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