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#UniteForParkinsons as condition remains 'massively underestimated'

Melissa McAlees (11-Apr-18)

One in 10 people with Parkinson's disease have been laughed at because of the condition, and more than a quarter have had symptoms mistaken for drunkenness, a leading charity has found. A lack of public awareness.....

World's oldest selfie-taker says Brexit is 'unnecessary'

Michaela Chirgwin (06-Apr-18)

Bob Weighton is the oldest man in England and he is now the world's oldest selfie-taker. Bob, who celebrated his 110th birthday last week, proved to be quite the perfectionist when it came to taking his.....

How to prepare for a CQC inspection

Michaela Chirgwin (04-Apr-18)

It can be daunting for care providers to think that a Care Quality Commission inspector could be on their doorstop at very short notice - usually in as little as 48 hours. However, the good news is, that.....

Leaving Mum in a care home is 'like taking your child to school for the first time'

Angeline Albert (23-Mar-18)

The daughter of an 80-year-old woman with dementia reveals how hard it was to leave her mum in a care home. Despite feeling torn between checking on her and ‘leaving her to settle’, photographs reveal her mum's dramatic improvement.....

Selfless care home manager sat with dying resident for five days and nights

Melissa McAlees (21-Mar-18)

For care home manager Donna Evans, dedication to residents and personally seeing to their care remains a constant. She recently sat with an elderly resident who was at the end of her life - staying at her.....

Care home manager loses three toes during world's coldest race

Sue Learner (19-Mar-18)

Nick Griffiths, a manager at Care UK, has lost three toes from frostbite, after undertaking a gruelling 300 mile race in Canada, where temperatures dropped as low as -54 degrees. Mr Griffiths was raising.....

How to challenge a CQC inspection report

Michaela Chirgwin (14-Mar-18)

A Care Quality Commission rating can make or break a care home, so it is vital care homes feel they are able to protect their reputations and can challenge inspection report findings if there is justification. It.....

Personal trainer helps care home's elderly turn back time

Melissa McAlees (27-Feb-18)

Care home residents in their seventies are seizing the opportunity to get physical in their new state-of-the art gym, proving that age is no barrier when it comes to working out. Adopting the ‘healthy body.....

Nail technician makes care home resident 'feel like a woman again'

Michaela Chirgwin (16-Feb-18)

Volunteer nail technician, Sharon Williams, was such a hit with residents at a group of care homes in Wrexham, that they wrote to the care home owners and asked that the 45-year-old-mum of two be given a permanent job. For.....

Care home couples talk: Attraction, romance and longevity of love

Angeline Albert (05-Feb-18)

What did you find attractive about your partner? If you ask 92-year-old Maurice Laws and his wife Dorothy, their responses are mixed. Maurice gamely says: “Everything!” But 93-year-old Dorothy is a little.....

Nurses urged not to be judgmental about working in care homes

Sue Learner (30-Jan-18)

Care homes all over the UK are struggling to attract nurses with some paying exorbitant agency fees to plug the gap. The level of pay and misconceptions about nursing in care homes are seen as largely to blame for nurses opting to.....

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.....