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Tokyo 2020: Ottobock named Official Supporter

Care News - REHACARE press release - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 00:00
Thirty years after it supported its first Paralympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, Ottobock has been confirmed as an Official Supporter of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in an announcement made to coincide with the United Nations (UN) International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018.

A prosthetic arm that decodes phantom limb movements

Care News - REHACARE press release - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 00:00
About 75 percent of amputees exhibit mobility of their phantom limb. Using this information, in collaboration with physicians, researchers from CNRS and Aix-Marseille University have developed a prototype capable of detecting these movements and activating a prosthetic arm. The prosthesis does not require any surgery and patients do not need training.

Home videos of children can be scored to diagnose autism

Care News - REHACARE press release - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 00:00
Short home videos can be used to diagnose autism in children, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. The research expands on a 2014 feasibility study on the topic by the same researchers.

State pension age increase causing huge uncertainty for older workers, especially females

Care News - REHACARE press release - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 00:00
The alignment of state pension ages for women and men – while in some senses a milestone for gender equality – has created very real difficulties for those who will now not receive their State Pension when they had originally expected to.

Music supports the auditory skills of hearing-impaired children

Care News - REHACARE press release - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 00:00
Researchers at University of Helsinki, Finland, and University College London have found evidence that children with hearing impairment and cochlear implants can benefit from hobbies involving music and especially singing.

Improving dementia care and treatment saves thousands of pounds in care homes

Care News - REHACARE press release - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 00:00
Improving staff training in care homes and reducing reliance on harmful medications saves thousands of pounds per year, as well as improving quality of life and reducing agitation in dementia, new research has demonstrated.

France to host camp for intellectually impaired skiers

Care News - REHACARE press release - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 00:00
World Para Nordic Skiing and the International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) will host an historic camp and competition for skiers with intellectual impairments in Bessans, France, from 9-14 December.

Santa’s little helpers spotted in Camberley

Santa’s little helpers have been spotted running a mock all over Camberley’s Kings Ride. But not to worry, it is all in aid of raising money to beat dementia.

December 7th is National Elf Day and is a fabulous festive fundraiser on behalf of the national organisation – the Alzheimer’s Society.  Carers from Aura Care Living’s Kings Lodge care home will be unleashing their inner elf by dressing up in Christmas sparkle while also baking merry cakes for their residents.

Aura Care Living director Peter Lloyd said: “There’s a very serious reason behind Elf Day and that is dementia.

“Someone develops the disease every three minutes and dementia is the number one cause of death in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It doesn’t discriminate, it has a huge impact on families everywhere, and currently there’s no cure.

“At Aura Care Living we have specialist dementia wings to our homes and invest in some of the most innovative techniques and equipment to try and aid the sufferers of this condition.”


Over £8000 raised for ex-servicemen and women and their partners living with disability or dementia

A total of £8,159 has been raised for The Royal Star & Garter Home in Solihull at the 2018 Birmingham International Tattoo.


The event, which is Britain’s largest indoor tattoo and features over 1,250 performers, took place at Arena Birmingham on 24-25 November.

It marked the 11th year that the Tattoo had supported the Charity, which cares for ex-Servicemen and women and their partners living with disability or dementia, and brings the total amount collected for The Royal Star & Garter Homes to just under £110,000.


The money was raised through programme sales and an end-of-show collection from Sunday’s performance. The Charity is grateful to the West Midlands branch of Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, which provided 35 volunteers on the day to sell programmes and manage the collections.


The two-day event included marching bands from across the UK and Europe, spectacular displays and all the military pomp and ceremony associated with the prestigious annual Birmingham International Tattoo.


Also impressing the crowds was The Wreath of Respect Motorcycle Riders – a group of men and women who are passionate about motorbikes and use this as a means of supporting charities which help serving members and veterans of our Armed Forces, many of the team being veterans themselves.


Tattoo Producer Norman Rogerson MBE said: “Since we started the Birmingham International Tattoo 30 years ago we have supported many charities and we are particularly pleased, through the generosity of our audiences, to continue to support The Royal Star & Garter Homes and their local Solihull home in their ongoing work caring for the veterans who have given so much to the country.”


The Royal Star & Garter Homes’ Chief Executive, Andy Cole, addressed the audience at the Tattoo. He later said: “We are extremely grateful to the organisers, the generous audiences and the volunteers at the Birmingham International Tattoo. They have once again supported us magnificently and we are proud to be a part of this military community. The money raised will make a real difference to the lives of the residents living in our Solihull Home.”

Care UK to operate new Maidstone care home

The latest addition to Care UK’s portfolio of homes will be a new care home being built at the Kent Medical Campus in Maidstone.


The new care home will provide 24-hour nursing accommodation for up to 75 older people, providing a mix of rehabilitation, respite and dementia care when it opens its doors in the summer of 2020.


The home will also offer step-down care for patients who are well enough to leave hospital but not ready to return home, reducing pressure on local hospitals.


Care UK is one of the largest providers of residential care for older people, operating 119 care homes providing both residential and nursing care, with a further 20 currently being built.


When open, the new home will create around 100 full-time equivalent jobs, with the new employees joining Care UK’s team of 8,000 people who deliver care to more than 7,000 residents every day.


Tony Collins, Chairman of Kent Medical Campus, said: “The decision by Care UK, combined with the recent opening of Cygnet Healthcare’s new hospital, means that Kent Medical Campus will soon be home to two leading national care providers, as well as Kent’s largest independent hospital KIMS.


“Care UK has recognised that Kent Medical Campus offers the right location and environment, and that it fits perfectly with its position as market leader.”


Tony Collins, Chairman of Kent Medical Campus, said: “We are delighted to welcome another Grade A care provider to Kent Medical Campus.


“The extent of Care UK’s collaborative business model with the NHS and public sector agencies nationwide is genuinely inspiring and we believe will enable commissioners locally and throughout the County to benefit from the range of services planned for the new facility at Kent Medical Campus. 


“We welcome the contribution this much needed facility will make to the Campus’ efforts to make Maidstone an attractive location for dynamic organisations involved in health, research and education.”


Care UK’s development director, Richard Pearman, said: “We are currently finalising the design of the new care home in conjunction with the developers of the building to ensure it works as well as possible for the people who will live there and our colleagues who will support the residents.


“Each of our care homes provides an impressive range of services for older people, ranging from short stay respite care to nursing care, end of life care, plus specialist care and support for people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.


“Care UK is proud to be operating the next generation of purpose-built care homes and delighted to have secured the care home at Kent Medical Campus.”


Commenting on the news, Cllr Martin Cox, Leader of Maidstone Borough Council, said: “News of Care UK’s impending arrival sends out a very positive message about Maidstone as a place for progressive businesses. It is a further endorsement of our decision to support the vision for Kent Medical Campus as a major employment site in the borough.”


Southbourne care home welcomes local communities at Open Day and Afternoon Tea

Southbourne-based specialist residential home Seabourne House welcomed their local communities to a fascinating open day on Wednesday 28th November, 2018.

By opening the doors of Seabourne House to their local communities on Wednesday, 28th November, organisers created the perfect, relaxed atmosphere for guests to enjoy afternoon tea, view the home’s luxury facilities, and ask staff questions about dementia, its care and treatment, and LuxuryCare Group’s ethos.

The afternoon was busy and well-attended with many visitors being shown around the home. Conversation was struck up between guests, residents and staff with lots of tea, coffee, cake and other goodies making the occasion go with a swing. Everyone made the very most of the communities coming together for this special occasion.    

With dementia and its recognised brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and dementia with Lewy bodies estimated to rise to 1 million by 2025 and soaring to 2 million by 2050, LuxuryCare wants to share its wealth of expertise on this pressing health issue with its local communities.

LuxuryCare Group, with four homes in Bournemouth and Poole, has an outstanding reputation as specialists in the residential care of people with dementia.

Rosanne Buckingham, Manager of Seabourne House, says,

“An open day such as this gives us the optimum way to connect with people in our local communities who may themselves be experiencing the effects of dementia in their families or have friends experiencing the same. We want to spread the word that dementia is not a condition to be feared. The more people know, the more the condition is demystified”.

Register your home now for Care Home Open Day 2019

Care England, National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) and National Care Forum (NCF) are pleased to be working together to support Care Home Open Day 2019. 


Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says:

“We have learned so much from the previous seven years of Care Home Open Day and 2019 is well on its way to being a fantastic celebration marking the importance of the arts in care”.


Care Home Open Day 2019 will take place on Friday 28 June 2019.  Care homes are encouraged to throw open their doors and participate.  The Care Home Open Day website has been refreshed and is now a one stop shop for all those participants wanting to make the best of the day. is now remarkably user friendly, easy to register and search, up to date, and an expedient tool for promoting the innovative programme in your care home.


Sylvie Silver, Executive Director of NAPA, says:

“Care Homes are often creative places and Care Home Open day offers an opportunity for those who live and work in care homes to show off their talents. The creative arts play a key role in encouraging self expression, sharing emotions and reminding everyone that many residents have talents that come to the fore when given the right environment to flourish. We would also like to see community based arts groups visiting the homes on the Open Day to share their skills and experiences too”.


Care home Open Day also includes new pages with tips and key resources.  It has a suite of informative documents signposting the positive role of arts in mental and physical health with particular reference to dementia.  There are case studies of previous programme which will help other participants make the most of the day. 


Vic Rayner, Executive Director, NCF says:

“Care homes play such a central role in local communities. They provide excellent care for community members, employment and volunteering opportunities for local people, excellent space for local organisations to meet and gather, offer vital support for local carers and so much more. In short they are often a community’s best kept secret – and we want Care Home Open Day 2019 to change that! We want everyone to understand just what an excellent resource their local care home is, and to come and join in the celebrations.”

Barchester Healthcare CEO recognised for Outstanding Leadership at HealthInvestor Power 50

Dr Pete Calveley, CEO of Barchester Healthcare, was recently awarded The HealthInvestor Power Fifty Outstanding Leader prize at the HealthInvestor Power Fifty 2018 Awards. Presented the award by sponsor Harben Green Human Capital, Pete was recognised in front of his peers for his “resilient, visionary and pragmatic leadership having steered his company most successfully through the year”.

The HealthInvestor Power Fifty celebrates the most effective and inspiring leaders across six key aspects of independent healthcare. The sector’s most influential leaders have been split into their areas of expertise and then they were ranked via anonymous ballot by the other members of the HealthInvestor Power Fifty.

Now in its tenth year, the awards is one of the most established nights in the health and social care calendar. For the best part of a decade, the event has brought together the leading individuals in the sector for an evening of celebration, contention and vigorous debate over the shortlist.

The awards took place at the Plaisterer’s Hall, One London Wall, where the winners of the 7 categories were presented their trophies in front of an audience of leaders and contributors in the care and business sector. The Outstanding Leader Award, sponsored by Harben Green Human Capital, was presented to Pete by Harben Green CEO Howard Green, who described presenting the award to Pete as a “real honour”.

Pete Calveley said of his award that “it’s wonderful to be honoured in this way, and I just want to say a big thank you to those who voted for me. In the care sector, good leadership keeps those we care for safe, keeps the teams we manage happy, and keeps a clear focus on the business goals, but it’s not easy, and it requires a lot of personal sacrifice. I want to dedicate this award to the care managers and directors at our Barchester homes and hospitals for all of the great work that they do.”

Pete was also recently awarded the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Care award at the 2018 Laing Buisson Awards in November.

Barchester Healthcare is one of the UK’s largest care providers supporting older people living independent lives with dignity and respect. Providing a wide range of services for a variety of needs, Barchester Healthcare support 11,000 residents across 200 homes for short breaks to long term stays. Recently ranked 14th in the Sunday Times Top Track Mid-Market companies for growth, Barchester are looking forward into the future under Pete’s leadership with innovative care ideas as well as a strong financial performance.


Hanover Housing Association and Anchor Trust announce successful merger

Anchor Hanover, England’s largest provider of care and housing for older people, has been formed from the successful merger of Hanover Housing Association and Anchor Trust.


With more than 60,000 homes across 1,700 locations supported by more than 9,000 colleagues, the new organisation formally launches today (Monday 3 December). Anchor Hanover Group, usually shortened to Anchor Hanover, operates in more than 90% of local councils in England.


Both Anchor and Hanover started out in the 1960s. Together, the new organisation formed from them provides rented and leasehold retirement housing and residential care homes across England.


Anchor Hanover Chair Dr Stuart Burgess CBE said: “More specialist housing and care will be needed going forwards, with new types of services. Anchor Hanover can offer more options, have a stronger voice with government and local councils, operate more efficiently and build more properties for older people. We have ambitious plans and want to provide more services, driven by the needs and aspirations of our ageing society. This could include social rented, shared ownership and outright sale new homes.”


Anchor Hanover Chief Executive Jane Ashcroft CBE said: “For more than 50 years, Anchor and Hanover have helped people enjoy later life. Today, in an ageing society, our housing, care and support is needed more than ever. Together, we can provide a bigger range of housing and care options and build more new locations. Anchor Hanover provides an exciting opportunity to create a brighter, happier future for more people. Crucially, our new organisation also enables us to offer better career options for colleagues and attract and retain great people.”


£16 million European collaboration paves the way for new research into health and social care

UK Funders, including Alzheimer’s Society, have united with 15 countries across Europe, Australia and Canada to support international research collaborations into diseases of the brain, including those that cause dementia. The latest Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease (JPND) funding awards represent a €17.5 million (approx. £15.75 million) investment over the next three years.

James Pickett, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Society, who led the UK funding of the initiative, says: “One person develops dementia every three seconds across the world. Dementia is a global problem, and we need global collaboration to defeat it.

“Alzheimer’s Society is committed to a world without dementia, but we can’t achieve this on our own. Uniting the Department of Health and Social Care (England), Health and Social Research Wales, and Health and Social Care Northern Ireland as well as 15 other countries to fund these eight ambitious new global care research programmes, brings us a step closer to making this a reality.  

“Our funding supports research in the UK, but we know the reach of our work is far wider. Sharing findings internationally and setting up collaborations around the world makes research funding go further, and allows researchers to be a part of cutting-edge dementia research.

“Alzheimer’s Society is committed to spend at least £150 million on dementia research in the next decade and, as the only UK charity funding research into dementia care, cure and prevention, we are delighted to include the Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease as part of our research portfolio.”

Ipswich care home residents have been playing detectives

Residents and staff at Handford House care home in Ipswich have been playing detectives at a Murder Mystery event, held at the home.

The team hosted a special ‘Murder in the Manor’ evening, inviting residents, friends and relatives to join them for food, drink and entertainment, working together to solve clues and discover who murdered ‘Ginger Whiskers’.

Several members of the team attended, playing suspects and dropping clues whilst helping the participants to investigate ‘who dunnit?’. Residents played out the storyline as characters such as gangster ‘Knuckles Malone’, played by resident Graham, before it was revealed that resident Sam, playing ‘Halliday Inn’ was the culprit.

Home Manager Mike Parris said, “We had such a great time at our murder mystery evening. All the residents that took part really got into character and played along, so it was full of comedy and suspense as we worked to find out who was behind the murder.

“Seeing our residents having fun and doing something totally out of the ordinary is fantastic and is everything we’re about at Handford House. This is a happy place, full of laughter, and we’re always keen to see the new ideas that our activities pro Kelly has planned for everyone at the home.”

The evening was part of a wide range of events and activities arranged at the home by activities coordinator Kelly McLaughlin. Residents are regularly asked for their input on the events and opportunities provided for them and Kelly and Activities Assistant Maria Castello work to provide a varied mix of opportunities all throughout the year.

Middlesbrough FC memorabilia help residents with dementia reminisce

THE BORO Foundation has been sending out memorabilia boxes to care homes to help residents with dementia reminisce.


The boxes containing old programmes, tickets and photos, among other items from past Middlesbrough FC games, have been the centre of activities run at the homes.


Mandale House Care Home, on Acklam Road, in Thornaby, was one of those benefitting from the scheme.


The home works closely with the Middlesbrough FC Foundation’s National Citizenship Service (NCS), offering teenage volunteers opportunities to work with elderly residents.


Kelly Daley, the Foundation’s NCS lead, said: “The club has delivered a number of dementia tours at the Riverside Stadium and the feedback was overwhelming.


“All participants really enjoyed it and it had a positive impact upon all of them.


“As a result, we thought it would be an idea to take the tour to the care homes that we work alongside across a number of our projects.”


Kelly and her colleague Claire Streeter delivered two memory boxes to Mandale House Care Home, alongside a cake for residents and staff.


Two of the home’s residents and Boro fans, Billy James and Ted Leckenby, also received shirts from the 2017/18 season.


Billy said: “I love my Boro shirt.”


Kelly added: “From my viewpoint, I think with the personal experience of Alzheimer’s within my family, I have witnessed the heart-breaking effects it can have on the families as well as the patients.


“From them not remembering who you are through to not even being able to hold a conversation anymore.


“The most heart-breaking thing for me is the fact that, in the early stages of the diagnosis, you witness them trying to find the words but can see in their eyes the struggle it’s proving to be.


“I think the ideas behind the memory boxes allow families and patients to engage in a conversation that can be lost and it provides a little joy when patients do recognise memorabilia. So I think they’re a fantastic idea and something that we are happy to support.”


Jacqueline Ball, administrator at Mandale House Care Home, said: “It was such a kind thing for the MFC Foundation to do.


“The residents loved the memory boxes and Boro kit and those who aren’t really into football really enjoyed the cake.


“Our partnership with the Foundation has been fantastic for both our residents and the young NCS volunteers and we look forward to our ongoing work together.”

Movember mania at RMBI Care Co.

Pictured L-R: Marc Nelson-Smith (Properties Director), Brett Edwards (Assistant Director Health & Safety), Mark LLoyd (Managing Director), Hilary Duffus (HR Systems Manager), Chiao Kwan (Marketing & Communications Officer) Front left: Amir Shrestha (Finance Manager)

A dramatic growth in facial hair was witnessed at RMBI Care Co.’s Head Office last week as staff turned out to support Movember.


The team, including Managing Director Mark LLoyd, donned fake moustaches to help raise awareness of men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide.


Much fun was had at a special Cakes & Moustaches party, where funds were raised and donated to the Movember Foundation, the charity behind Movember.


A number of RMBI Care Co. care homes have also held Movember tea parties to encourage their residents and staff to talk more openly about men’s health.   


RMBI Care Co.’s, Managing Director, Mark LLoyd, said: “Movember is such a brilliant vehicle for us to raise awareness of men’s health issues, both at our Head Office and also in our care homes. We’re proud to support such an important health initiative.”

Paralympic dream inspires US students

Care News - REHACARE press release - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00
Students at a community college in the USA have been so inspired by the impact Para sport is having around the world that they are helping one aspiring athlete to achieve her dream of competing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Artificial joint restores wrist-like movements to forearm amputees

Care News - REHACARE press release - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00
A new artificial joint restores important wrist-like movements to forearm amputees, something which could dramatically improve their quality of life. A group of researchers led by Max Ortiz Catalan, Associate Professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have published their research in the journal IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering.



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