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We were so impressed with the quality of entries we received from our Everybody’s Talking competition that instead of just finding three winners we also awarded four Runners Up prizes for other care homes that also impressed us with their innovative and thoughtful responses to introducing a whole home approach in their care home.
We are thrilled to announce the winners and runners up of our Everybody’s Talking competition – a quest to find and share all the wonderful ways you are incorporating a whole home approach into your daily activities.
Pippa Kelly, renowned blogger and writer about dementia, talks about how the power of activities lies not in the event itself, but in the people taking part and the connections they make
Ahead of World Rocks Against Dementia in March, we speak to the wonderful and inspirational Norrms McNamara, about life with dementia, his thoughts about the future and his proudest moments...
Chris Harding looks at the pros and cons of how technology continues to be used in the care sector – can – and should – it be replacing people?
When someone goes into a care home, it is a massive shock to their feeling of self. Suddenly they are in strange surroundings, which have nothing reminding them of home or their previous life. How can you ease this transition?
"My manager has told me to find better ways of recording our activities for the CQC. What are the most important and best ways of doing that?"
This is a great time of year to plan with our residents ways that they can maintain and improve their fitness over the coming months.
Chris Wilkins, founder of Sporting Memories Network, shares with us his passion for sporting reminiscence and the power that a shared love of sport can bring.
Jade Sheridan is the lead of a team of five Recreation and Leisure coordinators at Avalon Court Care Home in Coventry, where she has been for one year. "It is so rewarding knowing that you have a direct impact on someone’s life, in such a positive way."
Jan has worked in care for the last 12 years, and prior to that worked in agriculture. Her care home, The Old Vicarage Care Home in Dorset, was awarded an outstanding rating by the CQC this year.
We spend a lot of time considering the right articles to put in every single one of the Daily Sparkles. Our company slogan is ‘Happy Memories’ and it’s very important to us that we don’t bring up difficult or challenging topics for people. But sometimes, finding that balance, can be tricky.
KATE GRANGE, Dementia Lead, Norse Care. "The best thing about my job is... Spending time with our residents, tenants and families in our home and seeing how the teams and I can make a difference to their lives."