News - Features

Alzheimer's at 30: Mum's heartbreak as bedbound daughter cannot speak or recognise her

Angeline Albert, News Editor (06-Jan-17)

“It breaks my heart” says the mother of Carla Bramall who is bedbound in a care home, unable to make eye contact or recognise her family because of a rare form of Alzheimer’s. Rita Pepper says of her.....

Loneliness: 'Robbing people of the moments that make life meaningful'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (04-Jan-17)

Most people know someone who has experienced loneliness. But loneliness is no longer thought to be just an older person's problem - it affects young people too. In March last year, the Office for National.....

Taking part in academic research empowers residents with dementia and 'gives them a sense of purpose'

Charley Walker, News Editor (22-Dec-16)

The role of dementia research and how it is borne out in reality can be a contentious issue, with some experts believing that it does little to benefit people currently living with dementia. But participating in projects can actually.....

Dramatherapist recalls 'precious moment' of laughter with autistic man

Charley Walker, News Editor (21-Dec-16)

Dramatherapy has many benefits for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Although sessions tend to be client-led, they are highly structured which supports people with ASD. The intensive interaction side of dramatherapy is.....

Interactive dementia game creates 'goosebump moments'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (14-Dec-16)

Meaningful activity has huge benefits for residents living with dementia and should be integral to daily care home life. Yet if the individual is not engaged in some way, they can experience anxiety, aggression, agitation or apathy. Around.....

Couple find love in a care home

Sue Learner, Editor (09-Dec-16)

Two residents, who met and fell in love in a care home, show ‘life really doesn’t have to stop when you move into residential care’. Sian Walley, 45, and Steven Ferrier, 55, got engaged after meeting at the.....

Easy for CQC inspectors to 'get the wrong end of the stick' says lawyer

Angeline Albert, News Editor (07-Dec-16)

It’s a comment Mei-Ling Huang from law firm Quality Solicitors Burroughs Day, says she doesn’t make lightly. She’s trawled through enough CQC inspection draft reports and evidence from care homes to recognise the care watchdog is.....

Some residents opting to stay at care homes over Christmas so they don't miss out on festivities

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (06-Dec-16)

An increasing number of care homes are putting on such an array of activities and festive entertainment, that some residents are choosing to stay in the care home over Christmas, instead of spending it at a relative's. Recreation.....

Reading University students 'lift spirits' of care home residents with Christmas concert

Charley Walker, News Editor (06-Dec-16)

Students from the Reading University Gospel Choir and residents at Lakeside Residential Care Home shared ‘quality time’ together during a special Christmas carol performance. Care home residents accompanied.....

Music therapy can be 'lifeline' for people with dementia who can no longer communicate through language

Sue Learner, Editor (06-Dec-16)

Music therapy can be crucial in reducing feelings of isolation for people with dementia, who may have got to a stage where they struggle to communicate through language. It can also boost self-esteem making them feel ‘valued and heard’. Polly.....

Work experiences for residents with dementia helps them 'connect with who they are'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (06-Dec-16)

Feeling frustrated, helpless and unsure of themselves, a person in the mid to late stages of dementia can withdraw from everyday situations, but at Eachstep Blackburn, residents are encouraged to utilise their skills and are offered.....

Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs dies of dementia but much-loved Manuel lives on

Angeline Albert, News Editor (02-Dec-16)

Best known for being beaten about the head with a frying pan in the 1970s comedy Fawlty Towers, the actor Andrew Sachs, who played Manuel in the sitcom, has died of vascular dementia at a care home for actors. The.....

Managing falls and fracture risk in care homes

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (02-Dec-16)

The prevention and management of falls is an important issue in maintaining quality of life and independence for older people, particularly for those living in care homes. According to the National Institute.....

What if Santa forgot Christmas? Poignant animation shows dementia doesn't discriminate

Charley Walker, News Editor (16-Nov-16)

What would Christmas be like if Santa had dementia? Alzheimer’s Research UK has joined forces with Aardman Animations to show that dementia doesn't discriminate in a moving animation called ‘Santa Forgot’. Narrated.....

Positive Spin: Enabling people with dementia to feel 'free and happy' by cycling

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (14-Nov-16)

Positive Spin has a range of all-ability trikes as well as regular bikes, with the aim of Cycle Training UK's project to offer a fun and sociable activity that has the potential to enhance health and well-being in people living with.....

Virtual reality helps transport Chelsea Pensioner back to town he liberated in WWII

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (11-Nov-16)

A Chelsea Pensioner has become the first World War Two veteran to use Virtual Reality to revisit a town that he helped liberate 72 years ago. The virtual reality video was specially created for 91-year-old.....

Diversity, creativity and diplomacy: A day in the life of a speech and language therapist

Charley Walker, News Editor (26-Oct-16)

Joanna Armstrong works as an independent speech and language therapist. She specialises in adults with communication disorders and swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) which have developed as a result of neurological conditions such.....

Care home pays tribute to 'remarkable' administrator as she retires aged 79

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (21-Oct-16)

A 'remarkable' lady who has made a huge difference in her time at a care home in North Yorkshire is retiring after 30 years - having never had a day off work sick. Since in Leyburn opened in 1968,.....

Charity raises concerns care homes are feeding meat to vegetarians with dementia

Sue Learner, Editor (19-Oct-16)

A charity has raised concerns that when care home residents lose their mental capacity and ability to express themselves, some care homes are failing to respect their beliefs and are feeding them meat. There.....

Care home's heartwarming video that went viral makes bid to win Care Home Idol

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (03-Oct-16)

When 86-year-old Northumberland care home resident, Pat was feeling a bit down and restless one evening at Wansbeck Care Home, a care worker stepped in to help cheer her up. One short 30-second video clip of the two singing and.....