News - Innovative Care

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

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

A Stranraer 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.....

Leicester care home uses cauliflower to teach children about dementia

Sue Learner, Editor (14-Dec-16)

A care home in Leicester, has been boosting awareness of dementia, by inviting children from a primary school to come and look around the home and see for themselves the impact it can have. The group of Year.....

Prince Charles: 'Having reached this age I understand' what caring for elderly is 'all about'

Sue Learner, Editor (17-Nov-16)

Prince Charles, who has just celebrated his 68th birthday, hosted a reception at St James's Palace for care home provider, Abbeyfield Society, saying "having reached the age I have, I begin to understand exactly" what caring for the.....

Sea Hero Quest: The smartphone game helping to fight dementia

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (17-Nov-16)

Sea Hero Quest is the mobile phone game that allows its users to help contribute to dementia research each time it is played, and has become the biggest dementia study in history. Since the game launched in May, more than 2.4m.....

Care home residents go vegan and discover it is far more than mung beans and lentils

Sue Learner, Editor (11-Nov-16)

Residents at a Barchester care home ditched meat and dairy for the day and instead ate only plant-based food, embracing the growing trend for veganism. Over the past decade, ethics and the desire for a.....

Public health campaign offers advice on how to 'Stay Well This Winter'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (07-Nov-16)

NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) have launched an awareness campaign to keep vulnerable people well over winter. The Stay Well This Winter campaign encourages people most at risk of a preventable.....

Care home residents travel back in time with virtual reality reminiscence sessions

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (31-Oct-16)

Care home residents can now travel to new places or back in time, without even leaving their armchairs, thanks to virtual reality, one of the latest technology innovations to enter the health and care sector. Virtual Reality (VR).....

Care worker bravely conquers fear of drowning to go swimming with the lady she cares for

Sue Learner, Editor (27-Oct-16)

A care worker in Bury overcame her fear of drowning and underwent ten weeks of swimming lessons, so she could accompany the lady she cares for in the swimming pool. Maria Hughes, who works for Persona, a.....

Ten top tips to help care homes provide nutritious and hygienic food

Sue Learner, Editor (26-Oct-16)

It is vital that older people in care homes have a good, nutritious diet as this can be instrumental in protecting them against a whole range of age-related conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, dementia, bowel problems and.....

Waltzing into the dining room gives care home Outstanding results

Angeline Albert, News Editor (24-Oct-16)

A string of spontaneous moments has aided one care home’s climb to the top one per cent of UK care homes rated Outstanding, as the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has discovered that if residents want a little fun before sitting down.....