News - Innovative Care

Poignant film shows bewilderment and confusion felt by people with dementia

Sue Learner (09-Jun-17)

A group of seven-year-olds from a primary school in York have taken part in a new dementia film, showing children can often face the same challenges as people with dementia, but they have the advantage of having “their Mum to keep.....

Dementia care volunteer: 'Whether they remember it or not they are having fun'

Sue Learner (07-Jun-17)

Volunteers are increasingly being used in the care of people with dementia, with a new report showing they have a positive impact on those with dementia, the people who care for them and the volunteers themselves. “Whether.....

Care home exercise sessions get centenarian 'waving pom poms and swinging her legs'

Sue Learner (31-May-17)

Meaningful activities in care homes are vital for boosting residents’ health and wellbeing so it is good news that an increasing number of residential homes have their own activity coordinators. These activity.....

Elderly with dementia benefit from Japanese chair gymnastics

Angeline Albert (17-May-17)

If you thought rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time was a mindless game for kids, think again, as the country’s care homes look to embrace a Japanese import that sees chair-based gymnastics benefit people with.....

Care home dog becomes muse for talented baker

Michaela Mildenhall (28-Apr-17)

A care home dog has become a muse for the manager of a Wrexham care home, who has produced a cake version of the white Samoyed dog, Daisy. The 18-inch canine creation, was commissioned by Mario and Gill.....

UK's top care homes as picked by care home residents and their families

Sue Learner (21-Apr-17)

Care home residents as well as their friends and relatives have rated care homes across the UK, giving their Top 20 for each region. Their reviews of the overall standard of a care home, also include ratings.....

Never too old to graduate: 101-year-old care home resident finally gets degree

Melissa McAlees (19-Apr-17)

Care home resident Betty Yorke had double the reason to celebrate on 17 March, after turning 101 and becoming one of the UK’s oldest graduates, proving you are never too old to fulfil your wishes. Last year,.....

Where Clooney goes Theresa May follows: Prime Minister throws shapes with care home residents

Angeline Albert (12-Apr-17)

Celebrities are stalking a care home in Sonning it seems – with the latest visit including some dance moves from Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May. Life for the residents of Sunrise Senior Living of.....

Scientists discover 'game-changing' therapy to reverse Parkinson's symptoms

Melissa McAlees (11-Apr-17)

To mark World Parkinson’s Awareness Day, new research suggests that for the first time it may be possible to reprogramme cells inside the brain to reverse the symptoms of Parkinson's. Scientists have discovered.....

Stroke patients set to receive 'revolutionary' treatment to reduce risk of long-term disability

Melissa McAlees (11-Apr-17)

Thousands of stroke patients are set to benefit from an advanced emergency treatment which can significantly decrease the risk of long-term disability. Around 8,000 people per year who suffer a severe form.....

Nuns on 'outstanding' run: Religious order's care home praised for 'positive healing'

Angeline Albert (06-Apr-17)

A care home run by nuns from the Order of Polish Sisters of Mary Immaculate, has been awarded an 'outstanding' rating, after impressing inspectors with its ‘positive healing’ setting. Sisters sent from the.....

Puppy love: Care home dog on the mend thanks to hip op paid for by residents

Angeline Albert (27-Mar-17)

A care home’s much-loved rescue dog is said to be “recovering well” after residents and staff raised £8,000 to replace both his hips. The resident canine called William, stole the hearts of all he met at.....

Intergenerational care: Children's visits are 'like medicine' for care home residents

Sue Learner (24-Mar-17)

Seven children aged from one to four-years-old have become regular visitors to a care home in Cambridge with their visits being the residents’ ‘highlight of the week’, due to a partnership between two childminders and the home. Since.....

Seventy-five-year-old 'follows his dream' and studies for pilot licence

Charley Walker (23-Mar-17)

Despite being a nervous passenger on flights, Roddy Kyle is taking control by studying to obtain a pilot’s licence 60 years after first experiencing life in a cockpit. The 75-year-old, who travelled across.....

George Clooney visits Berkshire care home and surprises 87-year-old with flowers

Sue Learner (21-Mar-17)

Film star George Clooney made Pat Adams’ dream come true when he dropped into her care home unannounced, and gave her a birthday card and a bunch of flowers. Staff at the Sunrise of Sonning care home wrote.....

Care home's knitters make tiny hats to keep hospital's premature babies warm

Angeline Albert (07-Mar-17)

Knitters at Galsworthy House care home have got their needles and balls of wool out to create hats for the premature babies at nearby Kingston Hospital. Regulars at the home’s Tuesday knitting group in.....

Oomph! launches initiative to get care home residents 'Out and About'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (22-Feb-17)

Social enterprise business, Oomph! Wellness, has launched a new £4m 'Out and About' service to offer regular, meaningful excursions for those in care. The initiative was launched by Oomph! following research.....

'Pimped up' Zimmer frames reduce falls and confusion for care home residents with dementia

Charley Walker, News Editor (15-Feb-17)

A Scottish care home has joined the Pimp My Zimmer craze by revamping and decorating residents’ traditional walking aids, which has proven to have health benefits as well as looking good. The campaign began.....

New blood test could differentiate Parkinson's disease from similar conditions

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (10-Feb-17)

A new blood test could be the most accurate way of determining whether someone has Parkinson's disease or a condition with similar symptoms, a recent study suggests. Published in the medical journal Neurology,.....

Care home finds sense of touch triggers memories and reduces agitation in dementia residents

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (03-Feb-17)

A national care provider is supporting pioneering artistic research that explores how the sense of touch can promote stimulation and emotional connection in dementia care. Working in collaboration with leading.....