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Squaddie defending Polish border gets food parcels from WW2 hero

Angeline Albert (06-Dec-17)

On his first tour of duty abroad, 20-year-old Private Daniel Burnikell was sent with 150 UK soldiers to defend the Polish border ‘against an undisclosed aggressor’. The young soldier's arrival in Poland in.....

Literature students share passion for Keats and Kipling with dementia residents

Michaela Chirgwin (05-Dec-17)

Stories and poems are bringing young and old together through an innovative scheme, where English Literature students share their love for Keats and Kipling with care home residents. The Exeter Care Homes.....

Inspirational woman overcomes crippling illness to land dream job as a care worker

Melissa McAlees (01-Dec-17)

A young woman who was given only hours to live at birth has landed her dream job caring for vulnerable, older people. Jade Boiling was born with a catalogue of major health problems but after defying the.....

Lord Attenborough, Hollywood and me: A care home resident's extraordinary life

Michaela Chirgwin (20-Nov-17)

In her youth, Diana Hawkins was a Hollywood publicist, producer and business partner of Lord Richard Attenborough. She lived in a world where she rubbed shoulders with people as wildly diverse as Princess Diana, Ronald Reagan and.....

Care worker's footcare for homeless brings 'podiatry and compassion'

Angeline Albert (17-Nov-17)

Deborah Monk works as a visiting podiatrist at Regent Residential Care Home in Worcester, but she spends her spare time giving free chiropody, podiatry, socks and even shoes to homeless people. She.....

Picture book on dementia helps children understand Granny's behaviour

Melissa McAlees (26-Oct-17)

Sometimes Granny doesn't remember my name. It’s like hundreds of names are spinning around in her head and she just picks one. She does unusual things too. She gets lost in her own house and puts orange juice on her cereal. What's.....

What's it like to have autism? 'My senses were under attack'

Angeline Albert (25-Oct-17)

As an autism tourist, I was about to take a trip and enter a new world. This new place, courtesy of a blacked-out van, was immediately unnerving. Visually it felt like the floor was escaping from me. Suddenly vulnerable. Unsteady.....

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,.....