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Chris Packham - Asperger's and Me: 'People find me weird which is why I live in a wood'

Sue Learner (18-Oct-17)

Wildlife TV presenter, Chris Packham, has spent 30 years on the TV “trying to act normal”. Now he has decided to bare all in an extremely candid documentary, revealing what it is like living with autism. It.....

Puppetry of dementia: 'Parts of brain disappear but imagination is still there'

Angeline Albert (29-Sep-17)

If a character in a play dies of dementia, how do you mark the death? Trickier still, how do you kill a puppet? To answer that question you must ask an expert in puppetry and Mayra Stergiou has thought long and hard about it. Having.....

Tips on preventing falls in care homes

Sue Learner (29-Sep-17)

When an older person has a fall, the effects can be huge, both emotionally and physically. It can hit their confidence, make them feel extremely vulnerable and cause a loss of independence as well as causing.....

Care village with eight centenarians shares secrets to long lives

Melissa McAlees (27-Sep-17)

A Surrey retirement village with the motto ‘living longer, ageing well’, is believed to be the only care provider in the UK to house eight centenarians. While researchers have pondered over the secret to.....

'Songaminute Man' with dementia releases debut album for World Alzheimer's Day

Melissa McAlees (21-Sep-17)

Viral singing sensation Teddy Mac, also known as 'The Songaminute Man', releasesd his debut album to mark World Alzheimer’s day and to help raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. The 81-year-old, who was diagnosed.....

Nurses told care homes are a wise career move

Angeline Albert (06-Sep-17)

A nurse employed as a care home's deputy manager has been entering classrooms to attract nursing students into care homes, as the recruitment crisis continues in social care. Before nurses from across the.....

Care home creates lasting legacy by 'moving in' nursery children to end 'age apartheid'

Melissa McAlees (31-Aug-17)

The recent Channel 4 experiment ‘Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds’, which saw a group of four-year-olds ‘move in’ to a retirement village for six weeks, has proved that children really can give older people a ‘new lease of life’.....

Care home residents with dementia 'shown the way' with illuminous footprints and loos

Michaela Mildenhall (30-Aug-17)

A dementia care home in Essex has come up with a novel way to prevent disorientated residents from falling during the night, and it involves illuminated toilets. The Haven in Colchester has seen fall rates.....

Want to know what it's like to have autism? Try Care Show's 'reality' experience

Angeline Albert (23-Aug-17)

‘Scary’, ‘irritating’, ‘confusing’ and ‘emotional’ are some of the words being bandied about to describe how some have felt after walking into an autism reality experience which will be at the Care Show 2017. Care.....

Mobile optician: 'I’m often asked by patients to look at various parts of their anatomy!'

Michaela Mildenhall (08-Aug-17)

Mobile optician, Parm Mund admits many of his patients have mistaken him for a doctor, and he's had to reply, "examining anything below nose level is out of bounds!". The Warrington-based optician tells carehome.co.uk about how.....

'Devastated' husband who lost wife to early onset dementia completes her bucket list

Melissa McAlees (04-Aug-17)

A heartbroken husband is ticking off the final item on his late wife’s bucket list by taking on a trek to Bhutan for Alzheimer’s Research UK. For Steve Boryszczuk, trekking across the Himalayas for charity.....

Holocaust survivor: 'Wanting to be shot not gassed...I even kissed Mengele's boots', says care home resident

Angeline Albert (26-Jul-17)

Ninety-year-old Sam Pivnik, who lives at Jewish Care’s Clore Manor Care Home, hasn’t celebrated his birthday since the German Nazis invaded Poland and took away his childhood in the village of Bedzin on the day he turned 13. At.....

Poor oral health can cause 'life threatening conditions,' reveals care home dental hygienist

Michaela Mildenhall (21-Jul-17)

Dental hygienist, Jane Peterson, is making a difference to the lives of residents in cares homes across the UK, helping them to achieve a “real sense of wellbeing” from the feeling that a fresh mouth gives them. By her own admission,.....

Davina McCall 'grieves loss' of her 'old Dad' who has dementia, but says 'he's still my Dad'

Sue Learner (19-Jul-17)

TV presenter Davina McCall, has revealed how she “grieves the loss “of her “old Dad” since he got dementia, but says they are “forging a new relationship, a different one, where perhaps he might need me more”. Davina,.....

Male care worker urges young men to consider a career in care

Melissa McAlees (10-Jul-17)

“More must be done to encourage young men to consider a career in the care sector,” says Jarred Stansfield, a 20-year-old care assistant in Surrey and one of Anchor’s youngest employees. Having left college.....

Reliving sounds of their lives: The hots Jean had for American GIs

Angeline Albert (29-Jun-17)

Londoner Jean Cohen never forgot the ‘cute’ American GIs she met during the Second World War, and others can now have a chuckle over her memories at a sound installation project in her care home that conjures up thoughts, history.....

Dementia-friendly barber: 'They have a big smile when they leave as they feel good about themselves again'

Sue Learner (23-Jun-17)

“There is such a need for dementia-friendly barbers, says Lenny White, who has been making men with dementia feel good about themselves again. Based in County Down, Northern Ireland, he started cutting the.....

UK sees over 90 per cent drop in EU nurses since Brexit

Melissa McAlees (14-Jun-17)

Since the referendum on Brexit last year, the number of nurses from the EU registering to practise in the UK has dropped by 96 per cent. The Health Foundation obtained figures from a Freedom of Information.....

General Election's grey vote: How will care home residents decide?

Angeline Albert (02-Jun-17)

Britain's over 65s have seen promises broken by many governments and some recall better leadership choices stretching back to Winston Churchill - so who gets the grey vote on 8 June? carehome.co.uk door-stepped residents at Shinfield View.....

Cyber security experts to advise care sector at Health+Care Show

Angeline Albert (31-May-17)

IT experts will speak to care providers at London’s Health+Care Show to try to protect staff and patients from the threat of a ‘Computer says No’ effect, triggered by hackers. At the show's ExCel London venue,.....