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Care homes allow indoor visits from nominated friends and family

Care home visits from a nominated friend or relative will be permitted in England from today – but hugging and kissing residents is still off limits. Every care home resident will be able to nominate someone to visit them indoors, while residents with the highest care needs can receive more frequent visits from a loved one who will provide essential care and support.

Billericay care home awarded ‘Outstanding’ CQC rating.

After receiving an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission, team members and residents at a Billericay care home are celebrating.

Anisha Grange Care Home on Outwood Common Road was given the maximum overall rating by the health watchdog, putting it in a small percentage of care homes across the country to achieve this high standard.
The report praised the residential, nursing and dementia home for their ‘exceptional and distinctive leadership’ and out of five key areas reviewed, two of the five were rated ‘Outstanding’ whilst the others was rated as ‘Good.’

The care home owner and Managing Director, Ram Goyal said: “It gives me great pleasure that Anisha Grange has been recognised by our regulator for delivering exceptional care to residents.”

How singers are providing a lifeline to care home residents in lockdown

Tapping her feet and swaying, care home resident Freda Colbourne is transported to another world by the singing she’s listening to outside her window. Family and friends aren’t allowed to visit the Cedar Lawn care home in Stratford Upon Avon due to lockdown restrictions, as coronavirus continues to spread across the UK. Contact with the outside world is now minimal, but Hannah Ciotkowski, from the healthcare charity Kissing It Better, is making sure people don’t feel too lonely, standing outside and singing a collection of golden oldies for the residents inside. Freda, 97, seems particularly touched by the music, telling us how lovely it is to hear the singing, especially Over The Rainbow, which reminds her of her late husband and was played at his funeral. Kissing It Better was set up in 2009 by Jill Fraser to “try and do what we can to help the isolated and lonely”.

New independent living scheme opens in Yorkshire

A new extra care scheme in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, has welcomed its first residents. Bransdale View was built by Housing 21 in partnership with Ryedale District Council and North Yorkshire County Council as a positive alternative to residential care. The property is designed to offer independent living for people over the age of 55 with access to on-site care for those who need it. Residents are able to live in their own apartments and remain part of the community as a result of the scheme’s communal facilities, which includes a café bistro, hair salon, communal lounge and hobby room. The apartments at the property are available for affordable rent and shared ownership.

North Lincolnshire care home rated among the best in the country

A Brigg care home has been ranked in the top three per cent in the country after being rated as Outstanding by inspectors. Health watchdog the Care Quality Commission praised the Orchard Court home for the dedication of its staff and the safe environment it offers to its 29 residents. An unannounced inspection was carried out in September 2018 and the home was given the maximum overall rating of Outstanding. In their report, inspectors said staff at the home were “extremely attentive and went the extra mile to ensure people’s lives were fulfilling and meaningful”.

Leicester care home rated Outstanding

Diamond House in Leicester has been rated Outstanding by the CQC. The service provides care and support for up to 44 older people, the majority of whom are living with dementia. Rob Assall-Marsden, CQC’s Head of Inspection for Adult Social Care in the central region, said: “People felt safe, staff were trained in how to protect people from abuse and knew what to do if they were concerned about the welfare of anyone using the service. People were encouraged to make decisions about their lives and care plans provided information for staff telling them what support people required to ensure their independence.” Service users and their relatives were very complimentary about the food provided by Diamond House and meal times were found to be a social affair enjoyed in a calm and relaxed environment. The home had been decorated and adapted to meet the needs of people living with dementia. People were encouraged to take part in activities and perform tasks which provided them with reassurance and a sense of purpose. The home’s garden was accessible and provided stimulation and interest and was used by people to relax and take part in activities. Well done Diamond House!