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

Michaela Mildenhall (08-Aug-17)

Parm Mund is a mobile optician who has been visiting care homes within 30 miles of Warrington for over 10 years. By his own admission, many of his patients have mistaken him for a doctor, and he's had to politely reply that "examining.....

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,.....

Manchester bomb attack: Social care student Gina 'always had big hugs for everyone'

Angeline Albert (30-May-17)

Eighteen-year-old Georgina Callander, was one of the 22 people killed in a bomb attack at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, but she had spent her short life determined not only to meet the US singer but to pursue a career caring.....

Voters with learning difficulties 'last to be listened to but most affected by legislation'

Michaela Mildenhall (26-May-17)

Over a million potential voters with learning difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are at potential risk of being excluded from the voting process of the upcoming General Election on 8 June 2017......

Growing number of care homes using personalised playlists to reduce use of anti-psychotic drugs

Sue Learner (26-May-17)

A growing number of care homes are creating personalized music playlists after research showed people with dementia who listened to music tailored to their tastes and memories, needed less anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic medication. The.....

Care home residents who 'accidentally found love' become Britain's oldest newlyweds

Melissa McAlees (24-May-17)

With a combined age of 165, Peter Barratts and Nancy Evans recently tied the knot in their hometown of Chard, Somerset, making them Britain’s oldest newlyweds. The 82-year-old former engineer and his now.....

Ex-soldier with dementia cycles 934 miles in 'fightback' for family

Angeline Albert (15-May-17)

Forty-one-year-old Chris Graham has Alzheimer’s but is wasting no time in cycling the length of Britain to raise money for research into a disease that has killed his father at 42, grandfather at 46, aunt at 38 and cousin at 41. Chris.....

Autistic women diagnosed late in life: Appearing 'normal' on an 'uneven playing field'

Sue Learner (12-May-17)

Many women with Autism are not diagnosed with the condition until they reach middle age, leaving them wondering what is ‘wrong with them’. Boys are still five times more likely to be diagnosed with Autism.....

Care home fires: Should residents smoke if it risks lives?

Angeline Albert (03-May-17)

No less than 120 care homes caught fire accidentally in London in 2016, causing London Fire Brigade to change its view last October from recommending smoking take place on premises ‘as safely as possible’ to no smoking at all. So.....

Charity single by autistic teenagers goes viral with 2.7m hits

Michaela Mildenhall (05-Apr-17)

The charity single ‘Let Me Shine’ starring autistic teenagers and the band Low Island, has become an internet sensation with 2.7 million hits on social media sites. Released on 2 April to coincide with World.....

Bedtime is now 'happy time' after Care Workers Charity bought new beds for care worker's children

Sue Learner (04-Apr-17)

The Care Workers Charity, which gives financial support to care workers when they fall on hard times, has stepped in to help a family who couldn’t afford new beds and bedding for their children and newborn baby. Pete.....

Care sector mourns loss of Bhavna Emery-Jones: 'We have lost one of the best'

Sue Learner (03-Apr-17)

The care sector is mourning the loss of Bhavna Emery-Jones, who has died from a brain tumour. Bhavna was diagnosed with glioblastoma in September 2013 and during that time became an ambassador for the Brain.....