News - Innovative Care

Emotionally intelligent robot plays games with elderly and keeps them active

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (12-Jan-17)

An emotionally intelligent robot has been created to help older people stay connected with their family and friends and to help them maintain a healthy level of cognitive and social activity. ElliQ, an advanced.....

Widow falls in love again in care home at age of 95

Sue Learner, Editor (11-Jan-17)

Elsie Bradbury, 95, has proved it is never too late to fall in love by getting engaged to a fellow care home resident, twenty years younger. The pair met at Care UK’s Broadwater Lodge care home in Surrey.....

NICE urges care homes to prioritise oral health of residents

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (09-Jan-17)

A draft quality standard has been published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to improve oral health in care homes and hospitals. The draft standard calls on care homes to assess.....

Inventors battle it out with wheelchair that goes up and down steps and phone controlled by winking

Sue Learner, Editor (06-Jan-17)

Inventors working to improve the lives of people with disabilities are battling it out in a Dragons’ Den style global competition. Entries for the contest which pushes the boundaries of technology to benefit.....

Ninety-three year old says campaign for shops to offer seating will help keep her independent

Sue Learner, Editor (21-Dec-16)

Care provider Anchor has launched the campaign Standing Up 4 Sitting Down, to reduce loneliness and encourage older people to go out to the shops more, by increasing the amount of seating for those who need it......

Nursery children's visits to care home are 'highlight of the week' for residents

Sue Learner, Editor (20-Dec-16)

Children at a nursery in Cheshire and residents at a nearby care home have struck up an unlikely friendship, breaking down barriers between young and old. Bright Horizons nursery staff contacted the care.....

Leicester care home uses cauliflower to teach children about dementia

Sue Learner, Editor (14-Dec-16)

A care home in Leicester, has been boosting awareness of dementia, by inviting children from a primary school to come and look around the home and see for themselves the impact it can have. The group of Year.....

Prince Charles: 'Having reached this age I understand' what caring for elderly is 'all about'

Sue Learner, Editor (17-Nov-16)

Prince Charles, who has just celebrated his 68th birthday, hosted a reception at St James's Palace for care home provider, Abbeyfield Society, saying "having reached the age I have, I begin to understand exactly" what caring for the.....

Sea Hero Quest: The smartphone game helping to fight dementia

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (17-Nov-16)

Sea Hero Quest is the mobile phone game that allows its users to help contribute to dementia research each time it is played, and has become the biggest dementia study in history. Since the game launched in May, more than 2.4m.....

Care home residents go vegan and discover it is far more than mung beans and lentils

Sue Learner, Editor (11-Nov-16)

Residents at a Barchester care home ditched meat and dairy for the day and instead ate only plant-based food, embracing the growing trend for veganism. Over the past decade, ethics and the desire for a.....

Public health campaign offers advice on how to 'Stay Well This Winter'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (07-Nov-16)

NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) have launched an awareness campaign to keep vulnerable people well over winter. The Stay Well This Winter campaign encourages people most at risk of a preventable.....

Care home residents travel back in time with virtual reality reminiscence sessions

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (31-Oct-16)

Care home residents can now travel to new places or back in time, without even leaving their armchairs, thanks to virtual reality, one of the latest technology innovations to enter the health and care sector. Virtual Reality (VR).....

Care worker bravely conquers fear of drowning to go swimming with the lady she cares for

Sue Learner, Editor (27-Oct-16)

A care worker in Bury overcame her fear of drowning and underwent ten weeks of swimming lessons, so she could accompany the lady she cares for in the swimming pool. Maria Hughes, who works for Persona, a.....

Ten top tips to help care homes provide nutritious and hygienic food

Sue Learner, Editor (26-Oct-16)

It is vital that older people in care homes have a good, nutritious diet as this can be instrumental in protecting them against a whole range of age-related conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, dementia, bowel problems and.....

Waltzing into the dining room gives care home Outstanding results

Angeline Albert, News Editor (24-Oct-16)

A string of spontaneous moments has aided one care home’s climb to the top one per cent of UK care homes rated Outstanding, as the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has discovered that if residents want a little fun before sitting down.....

Twins: One receiving care, one a care manager with very different lives, brought together by the same care provider

Sue Learner, Editor (14-Oct-16)

Twins Pav Hughes and Jags Kalsi, have led very different lives, with Pav working in the health and social care sector and Jags living with a learning disability, autism and OCD. However, they have now been.....

First care provider in England with five Outstanding care homes ensures 'every day is a day well lived'

Sue Learner, Editor (10-Oct-16)

WCS Care Group has had its fifth care home in a row rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. The not for profit group which runs 12 care homes has added its Warwickshire home, Newlands, to its elite.....

Keeping audio diaries can boost confidence of people with dementia

Sue Learner, Editor (07-Oct-16)

Recording regular audio diaries can boost the confidence of people with dementia and help to reduce stigma, according to a new study. Researchers at Leeds Beckett University evaluated ‘Dementia Diaries’,.....

Huntington's Disease occupational therapist shares expertise with top scientists at The Hague

Sue Learner, Editor (03-Oct-16)

Kirsty Page, an occupational therapist from Badby Park, a care home for adults with complex needs, has been sharing her clinical knowledge on Huntington’s Disease with scientists at the European Huntington’s Disease Network (EHDN). She.....

Hotelier Laurence Geller launches luxury dementia care home in Chelsea

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (28-Sep-16)

Laurence Geller, a British-born, US-based real estate investor and philanthropist, has launched Chelsea Court Place, a care home on the famous Kings Road in Chelsea, London, for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. As.....