News - Innovative Care

UK's top care homes as picked by care home residents

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.....

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.....

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.....

Cheshire care home finds dementia dolls give residents 'comfort and a sense of calm'

Sue Learner, Editor (26-Jan-17)

A care home in Cheshire has revealed it is using doll therapy on its residents with dementia, an intervention which is still viewed by some as controversial despite it having visible benefits. Barchester.....

To be a care home volunteer you need to 'love people'

Sue Learner, Editor (25-Jan-17)

Daphne Smith has been volunteering at Paternoster House care home run by the Orders of St John Care Trust for ten years. The not for profit care provider provides care in 68 care homes as well as a domiciliary.....

Emotionally intelligent robot plays games with elderly and keeps them active

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (12-Jan-17)

An emotionally intelligent robot has been created to help older people stay connected with their family and friends and to help them maintain a healthy level of cognitive and social activity. ElliQ, an advanced.....

Widow falls in love again in care home at age of 95

Sue Learner, Editor (11-Jan-17)

Elsie Bradbury, 95, has proved it is never too late to fall in love by getting engaged to a fellow care home resident, 20 years younger. The pair met at Care UK’s Broadwater Lodge care home in Surrey at the.....

Inventors battle it out with wheelchair that goes up and down steps and phone controlled by winking

Sue Learner, Editor (06-Jan-17)

Inventors working to improve the lives of people with disabilities are battling it out in a Dragons’ Den style global competition. Entries for the contest which pushes the boundaries of technology to benefit.....

Angela Rippon joins other adult social care heroes on New Year's Honours list

Angeline Albert, News Editor (03-Jan-17)

TV presenter Angela Rippon joins adult social care heroes on the New Year’s Honours list for her services to dementia care. She has received the title Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for.....

Ninety-three year old says campaign for shops to offer seating will help keep her independent

Sue Learner, Editor (21-Dec-16)

Care provider Anchor has launched the campaign Standing Up 4 Sitting Down, to reduce loneliness and encourage older people to go out to the shops more, by increasing the amount of seating for those who need it......

Nursery children's visits to care home are 'highlight of the week' for residents

Sue Learner, Editor (20-Dec-16)

Children at a nursery in Cheshire and residents at a nearby care home have struck up an unlikely friendship, breaking down barriers between young and old. Bright Horizons nursery staff contacted the care.....