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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.

French elderly care home residents surf in Channel

An elderly care home in Brittany is encouraging residents to remain active in old age, by offering “surf therapy” lessons in the waves of the English Channel. The Ehpad (elderly care home) in Dol-de-Bretagne (Ille-et-Vilaine) now offers the sport to its residents, many of whom have eagerly taken part. “Surf therapy” requires participants to lie forward on their boards, rather than stand – and seeks to encourage confidence, agility, and wellbeing.

Woman, 104, arrested at care home by police to fulfil bucket list wish

A 104-year-old woman has ticked off another item on her bucket list after being arrested by the police.

Anne Brokenbrow, who has never fallen foul of the law, cheekily grinned as officers “detained” her inside a care home and bundled her into a waiting police car.

She had revealed her desire to be arrested as part of a charity scheme where residents write down what they want most at Stokeleigh Care Home in Bristol.

She wrote: “My wish is… to be arrested. I am 104 and I have never been on the wrong side of the law.”

Anne, who has dementia, was put in handcuffs by PC Stephen Harding and his colleague PCSO Kelly Foyle before being taken for a drive by the officers.

Pimp My Zimmer is a winner

Residents of a HC-One care home based in Coventry have been decorating their Zimmer frames, along with staff to help reduce the number of falls. The Pimp My Zimmer project aims to reduce falls after a care home matron noticed people with dementia sometimes find it hard to recognise their own frame. Zimmer frames are usually grey, making them hard for people with dementia to tell apart or, in some cases, see them clearly. With the help of staff at Brandon House, residents have had their frames transformed into colourful works of art. HC-One’s care home manager, Sheryl Davis, said: “Our main priority at Brandon House is to ensure residents recognise their frames, which will help to reduce the number of falls. We are planning to decorate other resident’s frames as we can already see that residents are responding well to the decorations and most importantly remembering to use their Zimmer frames.”

Staff at Leicester General Hospital create makeshift wedding venue for patient and his bride

A patient at Leicester General Hospital has married his sweetheart in a ceremony organised by nurses and staff. Harry Pell, 69, and his wife Beverley Saxton, now Pell, 56, got engaged at the end of 2018 having known each other for 30 years and having been together for the last six. They planned on getting married later this year, but brought the wedding forward after Harry was admitted to hospital. The ceremony was planned and put together in just 48 hours for the couple, by transforming a dayroom on Ward 20 into a makeshift wedding venue. Beverley said: “The staff have been amazing. It has been above and beyond what the staff did for us. The room was beautiful.”

New ward and bridge opened at Worcestershire Royal Hospital

A NEW ward at Worcestershire Royal Hospital is now open with the first patients already being moved in. The new 28-bed Avon 5 ward is connected by a bridge to the main building to make moving patients easier for staff. Access to the ward, located on the second floor of Aconbury East comes via the new £3m link bridge which was opened on the same day. A Worcestershire Acute Health Trust spokesman said the ward would help the hospital cope with increased winter pressures, saying: “We continue to work closely with our partners across the health and care system to manage winter pressures. These important developments form part of a comprehensive Winter Plan which will see more beds in place across the Trust in the coming weeks to help improve patient flow through our hospitals.” The ward was opened on January 16th and the first patient was moved in on the same day.

Hospital ward opens cinema for patients with memory problems

Hull Royal Infirmary has opened a £7,000 cinema showing footage of Yorkshire throughout the decades to help patients with memory problems. The film booth complete with cinema seats and a giant screen has been set up in the middle of Ward 80 to help people reminisce about their past and share memories of growing up in the city. Ward 80 is the Progression to Discharge Unit where patients recovering from recent illness spend time recuperating before they are discharged home with support or to a care home. The cinema helps to keep people mobile, encouraging them to move around the ward to prevent muscle wastage and get back into a more normal routine following a hospital stay.

Surprise birthday party at Royal Preston Hospital for 80-year-old nurse Janet Ashton

Janet Ashton shows no signs of retiring from her beloved nursing job, as she celebrated her 80th birthday with colleagues. The mother-of two from Fulwood still works part time in the main outpatient department at Royal Preston Hospital and was surprised when fellow staff held an impromptu buffet celebration. She enrolled onto a pre-nursing course at Salford Royal in 1958 for three months and she began her nurse training at Sharon Green Hospital, where she qualified as a staff nurse in theatres in 1961. 

New tax on over-40’s being considered to fund social care

A new tax being considered by ministers as a way to fund social care could raise up to £15bn a year, according to a new report. The proposal would see a 2.5 per cent levy applied to the earnings of people over the age of 40, similar to the model used in Germany. The revenue generated by the new tax would go into a ring-fenced pot used to fund social care. Research carried out by pensions and risk consultancy Hymans Robertson suggested the German-style system could raise half of the money needed to plug the £30bn-a-year gap in social care funding the UK is facing by 2031.

David Cameron admits ‘we didn’t solve’ the social care funding problem

David Cameron has expressed regret he was unable to do more to deal with the “huge” challenge funding social care for Britain’s ageing population. The former prime minister – who has since become president of Alzheimer’s Research UK – said a way had to be found to meet the “catastrophic” costs of caring for people with dementia. “There is a huge social care funding challenge we have to answer, and I accept that we’ve made some steps forward, but we didn’t solve that problem. Everyone knows it’s a difficult conundrum. Lots of effort has been made to try and solve it but we haven’t got there yet” said Mr Cameron. In office he sought to introduce a £72,000 cap on the costs an individual would have to pay towards care home charges with the state picking up any further bills. Ministers had hoped insurance companies would develop products that would enable people to insure themselves against their care costs up to the £72,000 limit. However, the plans were put on hold in July 2015 after insurers proved reluctant to enter the market.

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