Members articles and blogs

Jen returns from Everest!

Article by Autonomy Care Group

Namaste from Autonomy Care Group, as their Marketing Coordinator Jen returns from Everest! Jen jetted off to Everest in Nepal back in April to help raise essential funds for Stepping Stones District Specialist Centre’s new garden in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. The charity supports pre-school children aged 0 to 5 years who have special needs. Click here to read the full article. 

HC-One celebrates Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Article by HC-One 

HC-One care homes across the country joined in with the celebrations from 2nd – 5th June to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, following becoming the first British Monarch after 70 years of service to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee on 6th February this year. Click here to read the full article. 

HC-One care homes mark International Nurses’ Day

Article by HC-One 

HC-One care homes across the UK celebrated International Nurses’ Day on Thursday 12th May 2022, to celebrate the achievements of the nursing profession and to thank Nursing Colleagues at HC-One for the enormous difference they make every day to the lives of residents and their loved ones. Click here to read the full article. 

Exeter care home resident celebrates 101st birthday

Article by the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI)

A resident at RMBI Care Co. Cadogan Court, in Exeter, has celebrated her 101st birthday.
Janet Wigmore enjoyed a party with fellow residents. The staff, determined to ensure that she had a memorable birthday, arranged a celebration at lunchtime with flowers, balloons and a delicious cake. Click here to read the full article. 

The future of social care: training the next generation

Article by Vida Healthcare

The social care workforce is absolutely vital. Without the work carried out by the incredibly skilled and talented people both in residential care settings and for vulnerable people living at home, the sector would simply not be able to meet the needs of service users successfully. Click here to read the full article. 

Jen is 'stepping' her way up Everest!

Autonomy Care Group, a care company, based in Wiltshire, is supporting an exciting adventure to raise money for Stepping Stones District Specialist Centre.

Stepping Stones is a charity based in Trowbridge, Wiltshire and supports pre-school children aged 0 to 5 years who have special needs. Jen, Autonomy Care Group's Marketing Coordinator, will be trekking up to Mount Everest Base Camp in April 2022 to raise vital funds for the pre-school's 'Garden Project.' Click here to read the full article. 

Singing sessions to bring out the smiles in older people

Methodist Homes (MHA) has joined forces with a performing arts charity to help bring participatory singing experiences to its members and residents.
Run by Shapeshifter Productions, the Smiling Sessions have gone online during the pandemic, after being initially run in person in places such as care homes as community singing events, which are known to help increase people's wellbeing and happiness. Click here to read the full article. 

Blue Monday: Supporting workplace mental health in social care

Article by Vida Healthcare 

Dubbed the most depressing day of the year, Blue Monday (17 January 2022) is an annual phenomenon taking place in the third week of January each year. The day marks the moment that many people experience uncharacteristically strong feelings of depression, which are often attributed to the cold weather, dark nights, and financial pressure post-Christmas. Click here to read the full article. 

We’ve Joined The Restraint Reduction Network

Article by Bright Futures Care

It gives us great pleasure to announce that we have joined the Restraint Reduction Network (RRN). We believe that this organisation is important to maintaining the high standards of care we expect, and wanted to tell you a little more about it. Click here to read the full article

Social care and recruitment: how can we reverse the crisis?

Article by Vida Healthcare

With over 110,000 vacancies across the social care sector, we’re currently facing an acute recruitment and retention crisis. Vaccinations becoming a condition of deployment, Brexit, and burnout thanks to the pandemic have all contributed to people leaving the sector and a struggle to recruit new talent. Sam Rhodes, Recruitment Manager at the UK’s leading provider of specialist dementia care Vida Healthcare, shares her top tips for care home operators to develop a strong workplace culture and recruit and retain talent effectively. Click here to read the full article. 

Vida Healthcare secures new certification

Article by Vida Healthcare

Vida Healthcare has achieved certification against the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards as assessed by the BILD Association of Certified Training. These standards ensure the training is directly related and proportional to the needs of populations and individual people. Training should be delivered by a competent and experienced professional who can evidence knowledge and skills that go beyond the application of physical restraint or other restrictive interventions. The certification not only improves training and practice, but it protects people’s fundamental human rights, improves the quality of life of those being restrained, reduces reliance on restrictive practices, and increases the understanding of the root causes of behaviour and recognition that many behaviours are the result of distress due to unmet needs. Click here to read the full article.

Managers are Existing but not “Living”

Blog by Paul de Savary, MD, Home from Home Care 

To use an old analogy, social care providers are the dog that everyone is kicking – the regulator, commissioners, ONS, DHSC, PHE etc. In an unbridled way to fit their own narrow agendas, these masters/stakeholders demand more. Fine, except as the cliché goes – care is broken. Covid, supply chain disruptions and massive wage inflation linked to labour scarcity at the lower end of the employment chain, with little prospect of reasonable fee increases, has made the dog sick to the extent that it’s in survival mode.
Click here to read the blog.