News - Innovative Care

London care home that encourages 'positive risk taking' rated 'outstanding'

Sue Learner (06-Dec-17)

A care home in London that encourages residents to take ‘positive risks’, such as pouring boiling water from a kettle to make a cup of tea, has been rated ‘outstanding’. Anchor’s Silk Court in Bethnal Green.....

Care home resident finally recognised for code-breaking at Bletchley Park

Sue Learner (28-Nov-17)

Joanna Chorley, who is in her nineties, has finally been recognised 70 years after WWII for her work as a code breaker at Bletchley Park. Joanna, who lives at Tewkesbury Fields Care Home in Gloucestershire, never received.....

Tips on protecting care home residents from infections

Sue Learner (27-Nov-17)

Clean bed linen as well as clean clothes is crucial in care homes, as older people are more susceptible to infections and diseases and will take longer to recover if they do become ill. Immune systems get weaker as people age and.....

Husband buys 'magic table' dementia gift for wife

Angeline Albert (21-Nov-17)

The husband of a woman living in a care home with dementia has raised more than £5,000 to buy a ‘magic table’ to give his wife a chance to have fun with other residents. Pete James, whose wife Nicole lives.....

Lonely, older people to stay at care homes for free over Christmas

Melissa McAlees (14-Nov-17)

While the Christmas build-up is a time of excitement for many, for the thousands of older people living alone, it signals a countdown to the time of year when feelings of isolation and anxiety can be at their greatest. As.....

Care staff experience ageing challenges with simulation suit

Sue Learner (10-Nov-17)

Staff at a care home in Suffolk have been experiencing for themselves the challenges that older people face, by wearing age simulation suits. The unusual training method uses a suit to simulate physical symptoms.....

Harry Styles visits care home but residents 'hadn't a clue' who he was

Melissa McAlees (03-Nov-17)

Harry Styles, the former One Direction singer, chaired a game of bingo at a Warrington care home, and while there seemed to be initial confusion as to who he was, he won them over with his charm as a bingo-caller. As.....

A good care home activity coordinator will understand each resident's uniqueness

Sue Learner (27-Oct-17)

The best thing about being a care home activity coordinator is “seeing someone completely absorbed in an activity and the smile it puts in their eyes,” reveals Tamzin Moloney, who works at Oakfield Care Home in Bath. Being.....

Robots to care for elderly and check if they are happy or sad

Sue Learner (16-Oct-17)

Robots are being created to help care for older people, find out if they are sad, happy or angry and check they are hydrated and have taken their medication. As well as caring for older people, researchers.....

West Sussex care home wins accolade for top reviewed home

Sue Learner (10-Oct-17)

Elizabeth House care home in Bognor Regis has been selected from over 80 care homes as Shaw healthcare’s top reviewed care home. The care home won the ‘carehome.co.uk Award’ at Shaw Healthcare’s annual Shaw.....

Outstanding care home reduces aggression in people with autism

Sue Learner (22-Sep-17)

A care home in London for people with severe learning disabilities and autism has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, for substantially reducing aggressive behaviour. The care regulator.....

Care homes championing human rights are more likely to be outstanding

Sue Learner (14-Sep-17)

Care homes which champion equality and human rights are more likely to be rated outstanding, according to the Care Quality Commission. The care regulator claims there is a clear link between a provider’s.....

Comedian Jason Manford surprises care home residents with 'gig'

Melissa McAlees (11-Sep-17)

Comedian Jason Manford made a surprise visit to a care home in Greater Manchester last week after a care home worker contacted him on Facebook. In a video clip shared on the performer’s Facebook page, Jason.....

carehome.co.uk helping to solve care home staff recruitment crisis

Sue Learner (08-Aug-17)

carehome.co.uk is helping to tackle the care home staff recruitment crisis with its new CV Search tool. In recent years, some care homes have been forced to shut their nursing wings or close down entirely.....

Dementia-friendly swimming gives care home residents a 'sense of freedom'

Melissa McAlees (14-Jul-17)

Residents of specialist care village, Belong Crewe, have been making waves at dementia-friendly swimming sessions, which have been designed to enhance mobility, appetite and general well-being. 'Increasing.....

Care home residents get lullabies, better sleep and fall down less, thanks to 'sophisticated baby monitor'

Angeline Albert (05-Jul-17)

A ‘sophisticated baby monitor’ for older people may sing you to the land of Nod but its presence in a care home has also dramatically reduced falls and stopped staff disturbing sleeping residents. No.....

Cycle ride raises over £11k for Care Workers Charity

Sue Learner (16-Jun-17)

Two fundraising cycle rides have succeeded in raising over £11,000 for the Care Workers Charity, which helps current, former and retired care workers when they fall on hard times. The 30 cyclists, mainly.....

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 art classes help grandmother tackle depression and lose seven stone

Sue Learner (06-Jun-17)

A grandmother has managed to regain her confidence and lose seven stone, after taking up drawing again at art classes at a care home in Wales. Gaynor Jones, who has respite care at Pendine Park care home.....