News - Features

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 may gradually choose to withdraw from everyday situations, but at Eachstep Blackburn, residents are encouraged to utilise their skills.....

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.....

Dementia care home designed without mirrors to reduce confusion, frustration and embarrassment

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (03-Oct-16)

For people living with dementia there can be a range of triggers that cause anguish or agitation, particularly as they become sensitive to their surroundings. For many, this can include mirrors. According.....

Charles Bonnet Syndrome: 'My mum saw faceless people' and had 'terrifying hallucinations' says Telegraph columnist

Sue Learner, Editor (30-Sep-16)

Telegraph columnist Judith Potts is calling on care and health professionals to be on the lookout for older people suffering from “clear and vivid hallucinations” in a bid to boost awareness of the frightening and debilitating condition.....

Care sector is facing 'the most difficult period I can remember', says Des Kelly

Sue Learner, Editor (29-Sep-16)

Des Kelly, who spent 13 years at the helm of the National Care Forum and clocked up 45 years in social care, has revealed that “without doubt social care is facing the most difficult period” he can remember......

How funny is dementia? Comedian David Baddiel sees humour in his dad's condition

Angeline Albert, News Editor (13-Sep-16)

‘My Family - Not the sitcom’ is a hugely ‘disrespectful celebration’ of the lives of comic David Baddiel’s father Colin, who has a rare form of dementia, and his late mother Sarah. 'Calling.....

Travel charity 'rekindles interest in life' for people with disabilities

Sue Learner, Editor (09-Sep-16)

Going on holiday is something most people take for granted. Yet for those with disabilities or people who are very ill, a trip to the shops isn’t easy, so a holiday abroad can be a logistical nightmare. There.....