News Cramond Residence opens in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s newest care home officially opened its doors and welcomed its first residents early in October 2018. The much- anticipated Cramond Residence offers 74 luxury en-suite bedrooms and aims to provide the highest quality person-centred nursing care for older people in the capital. Having filled a number of key positions

before opening, the residence is recruiting for

a further 50 roles, including care assistants, team leaders, nurses, laundry and domestic staff and food service assistants. The care home comprises nine distinct

houses to promote small community living, each of which has been uniquely designed to reflect well known areas of Edinburgh. It also boasts a wide range of lounge, dining and activities rooms, as well as a hairdresser, nail bar and cinema.

Thanks to an exclusive partnership with

physiotherapy provider Balanced Edinburgh, a specialist in functional rehabilitation and fall prevention for older people, residents will be given a thorough assessment on arrival, which will be used to create bespoke care and fitness plans, tailored to individual needs. The team will be led by general manager,

Eileen Gray, who is well established in the care industry with over 20 years’ experience. She says: “We are very excited to open our doors at Cramond Residence and are really looking forward to welcoming our first residents into their beautiful new home. “As a result, we are now moving into the final

stages of our recruitment campaign and are seeking talented and compassionate individuals to fill a further 50 roles. “We are passionate about delivering the

finest care and it is hugely important to us that our residents feel independent and have as active and fulfilling lives as possible, so we are looking for the highest calibre of person to fill each and every role.”

Ball raises £140,000 for care workers charity

Hallmark Care Homes, in association with Care England, raised a staggering £140,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK and The Care Workers Charity at a glittering fundraising event in Mayfair. About 250 people attended the Care

Sector Fundraising Ball at the Grosvenor House Hotel in September in a sell out event. Some of the key sponsors on the night were Precious Care Homes, Oomph, Care UK and Advinia.

The special event, hosted by Hallmark

Care Homes chair and chair of Care England Avnish Goyal, featured a silent auction with many prizes and pledges donated by the care sector, which included a generous donation of £20,000 from a guest who wished to remain anonymous. Hallmark Care Homes agreed to match fund the pledges on the night with a further £50,000. Throughout the evening, guests also

enjoyed a four-course meal and entertainment from Glam Slam who performed songs from The Greatest Showman, light show Feeding the Fish, party band Madhen and comedy troupe The Noise Next Door. Speakers at the event included director of Alzheimer’s Research UK, Tim Parry and CEO of The Care Workers Charity, Alex Ramamurthy, who spoke about the critical work they do and the impact these charities have had.

Avnish Goyal says: “We are absolutely 12

delighted that we had a sell-out event and I would like to give a huge thanks to our lead sponsor CareTech and everyone else who supported the event by buying tables and giving so generously on the night.” Tim Parry, director at Alzheimer’s

Research UK, says: “It was a pleasure to be part of this fantastic event and we are honoured to have the support of Hallmark Care Homes in our mission to bring about the first life-changing treatment for dementia. “The money raised will go a long way in

helping to make breakthroughs possible and we couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who donated. There are currently no treatments available to stop or slow diseases like Alzheimer’s that cause dementia, but with businesses like Hallmark Care Homes by our side, we can change this picture.” CEO of The Care Workers Charity, Alex

Ramamurthy, says: “I was blown away by the inaugural Care Sector Fundraising Ball. Hallmark Care Homes did a fantastic job organising the event and we raised a whopping £140,000 to be split between both charities. “That £70,000 is going to allow us to test

new preventive measures to support care workers pre crisis, while also growing our grant giving. I’m proud to have shared the night with Alzheimer’s Research UK and incredibly thankful to those who attended and donated. Bring on next year!”

TV star joins staff,

residents and guests The official opening of a new Middlesbrough care home was led by actor and former Emmerdale star, John Middleton, who spent the day talking to staff, residents and guests. The home, which provides residential and

dementia care to people in Stainton and the surrounding area, is the 90th MHA home to open across England, Scotland and Wales. Middleton played Ashley Thomas in the

popular television show for over 20 years. Joining him to kick-off the event was Sam Monaghan, chief executive of MHA. The occasion was marked by an official ribbon cutting ceremony and cutting of the cake, before guests the opportunity to look around the home.

John Middleton says: “I first came across MHA while I was doing research into dementia for the character I played in Emmerdale. Their very first care home that I visited was Glen Rosa in Ilkley and I was absolutely bowled over by the care and atmosphere of that place. Montpellier Manor is the same - it’s just newer - and I can’t wait to come back to visit soon.”

Home manager, Gail Starling, who has

40 years of experience in the healthcare sector, adds: “I’m delighted with the feedback we’ve received from residents already enjoying life at Montpellier and pleased guests could get a true feel today for how we run the home, our residents’ home.”

www.thecarehomeenvironment .com • November 2018

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