Family Fun Day 11th June

  Fun costumes and the familiar faces of well-known film and book characters, helped to highlight the important work of local services in Neath Port Talbot and deliver a few key healthy messages to families. Colleagues from Swansea Bay University Health board, as well as local family services and charities, dressed up for the occasion and helped make the Flying Start Neath Port Talbot Family Fun Day at Ysgol Bae Baglan a big hit with families. Read more...

Care workers sleeping on the job! All part of their training.

Care workers at an outstanding care home are left to lie in a care home bed alone, as part of their training, to think about what kind of care their residents really need.

Burcot Grange care home in Bromsgrove has been praised by Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors and rated outstanding for its innovative training methods which has seen staff upskilled and 12 of its care workers go on to become GPs and nurses. Burcot Grange, a Read more...

Walk for MIND

Hi, I'm Rob Boucher I am currently training for a 6 day charity walk in November, it will be on the ancient Inca trail in Peru. The walk will be very tough, climbing three mountains and ending at one of the new seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu. Starting in the ancient city of Cusco at 2,200m and the highest mountain pass at 4,200m high, worryingly named Dead Woman's Pass! I am raising money for MIND the mental health charity. Having needed Read more...

Should Care Workers have time off to grieve and attend funerals of those they were caring for!

Care workers have confessed to feeling devastated and struggle to cope after the death of someone they have cared for and in response to staff experiences shared by carehome.co.uk, care minister Caroline Dinenage is calling on care providers to give employees time off to grieve and attend funerals.

Care minister Caroline Dinenage has told carehome.co.uk: “Care workers do an amazing and essential job supporting some of society’s most Read more...

Autism can be diagnosed using eye trackers!

Autism can be diagnosed using eye trackers, University of Waterloo researchers say!

Neuro-typical children focus on a person's eye while autistic children look at the mouth, study finds Researchers at the University of Waterloo say they have developed a new, "kid-friendly" way of diagnosing autism in young children. It uses infrared technology to read the way a child's eyes move as they process the features of a person's face. "A Read more...

National Festival to celebrate care workers

Let’s celebrate all that is good about people who work in care with the second annual Professional Care Workers’ Day on 4 September, says Karolina Gerlich, chief executive of the National Association for Care and Support Workers.

For too long, social care has been undervalued: despite delivering amazing care in a difficult economic climate, struggling for political attention alongside Brexit, and being treated as a support system to the NHS. It Read more...

Care Minister confirms DoLs replacement date!

The care minister Caroline Dinenage has confirmed in a letter to MPs that Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) will replace the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs) from 1 October 2020.

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 received Royal Assent on 16 May. The Act introduces LPS which will replace the current DoLs system. A deprivation of liberty for people in care homes can, for example, involve someone with dementia who is Read more...

First care home with onsite nursery boosts self-worth and cognitive function

The first care home with an onsite nursery has been found to improve residents’ physical mobility, verbal and nonverbal communication as well as their cognitive function and self-worth, according to a new study.

The research looked at the impact of Apples and Honey Nightingale Nursery being based on the same site as Nightingale House, a care home for the Jewish community in South London. Apples and Honey Nightingale Nursery opened in September Read more...

Elderly should be encouraged to ‘play and have fun’ and ‘be silly’

Baroness Sally Greengross is calling for older people to be given more opportunities to play and have fun, saying we need to combat the assumption that play ends with adulthood. Play has an essential role in boosting physical and mental health, yet ageism means “play is reserved for the youngest of society”, according to the chief executive of the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK). She was speaking at the ILC Future of Ageing conference where Read more...

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