News - Innovative Care

New blood test could differentiate Parkinson's disease from similar conditions

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (10-Feb-17)

A new blood test could be the most accurate way of determining whether someone has Parkinson's disease or a condition with similar symptoms, a recent study suggests. Published in the medical journal Neurology,.....

Painting, dancing and visiting museums 'boosts wellbeing' in later life

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (08-Feb-17)

Playing the piano, singing, dancing and owning your own home boosts wellbeing in later life, new research suggests. The Wellbeing Index report, from Age UK and the University of Southampton, found that while.....

Emotionally intelligent robot plays games with elderly and keeps them active

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (12-Jan-17)

An emotionally intelligent robot has been created to help older people stay connected with their family and friends and to help them maintain a healthy level of cognitive and social activity. ElliQ, an advanced.....

Inventors battle it out with wheelchair that goes up and down steps and phone controlled by winking

Sue Learner, Editor (06-Jan-17)

Inventors working to improve the lives of people with disabilities are battling it out in a Dragons’ Den style global competition. Entries for the contest which pushes the boundaries of technology to benefit.....

Angela Rippon joins other adult social care heroes on New Year's Honours list

Angeline Albert, News Editor (03-Jan-17)

TV presenter Angela Rippon joins adult social care heroes on the New Year’s Honours list for her services to dementia care. She has received the title Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for.....

Red Cross volunteer enables people in crisis to regain independence

Sue Learner, Editor (03-Jan-17)

When Tricia Lodge, 71, retired and moved to the North Yorkshire Dales, she was keen to do something that would help others and also get her out of the house. A friend showed her a newspaper article about.....

Ninety-three year old says campaign for shops to offer seating will help keep her independent

Sue Learner, Editor (21-Dec-16)

Care provider Anchor has launched the campaign Standing Up 4 Sitting Down, to reduce loneliness and encourage older people to go out to the shops more, by increasing the amount of seating for those who need it......

Home care provider which teamed up with Women's Institute to boost dementia awareness rated Outstanding

Sue Learner, Editor (19-Dec-16)

The home care agency, Mill Farm in Market Harborough, has been rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and praised for being “committed about making a difference to the people they support”. Mill.....

Supermarkets urged to introduce 'slow lanes' for older people

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (28-Nov-16)

Supermarkets across the UK are being encouraged to introduce 'slow checkout lanes' to benefit older people living in isolated areas by giving them a chance to experience the 'social aspect' of shopping. Researchers.....

Prince Charles: 'Having reached this age I understand' what caring for elderly is 'all about'

Sue Learner, Editor (17-Nov-16)

Prince Charles, who has just celebrated his 68th birthday, hosted a reception at St James's Palace for care home provider, Abbeyfield Society, saying "having reached the age I have, I begin to understand exactly" what caring for the.....

Sea Hero Quest: The smartphone game helping to fight dementia

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (17-Nov-16)

Sea Hero Quest is the mobile phone game that allows its users to help contribute to dementia research each time it is played, and has become the biggest dementia study in history. Since the game launched in May, more than 2.4m.....

Teenagers' blood creates youthful brains in old mice

Angeline Albert, News Editor (15-Nov-16)

The blood of teenagers has been found to improve the memory cognition and physical activity of old mice, according to new research. Sakura Minami, a neuroscientist from Californian firm Alkahest, may have.....

Public health campaign offers advice on how to 'Stay Well This Winter'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (07-Nov-16)

NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) have launched an awareness campaign to keep vulnerable people well over winter. The Stay Well This Winter campaign encourages people most at risk of a preventable.....

London home care provider named regional Living Wage Champion

Charley Walker, News Editor (01-Nov-16)

Penrose Care was named London Living Wage Champion 2016 at the Living Wage awards ceremony held at the British Library in London. Judged by an independent panel of community leaders, the Living Wage Champion.....

Care worker bravely conquers fear of drowning to go swimming with the lady she cares for

Sue Learner, Editor (27-Oct-16)

A care worker in Bury overcame her fear of drowning and underwent ten weeks of swimming lessons, so she could accompany the lady she cares for in the swimming pool. Maria Hughes, who works for Persona, a.....

Twins: One receiving care, one a care manager with very different lives, brought together by the same care provider

Sue Learner, Editor (14-Oct-16)

Twins Pav Hughes and Jags Kalsi, have led very different lives, with Pav working in the health and social care sector and Jags living with a learning disability, autism and OCD. However, they have now been.....

Keeping audio diaries can boost confidence of people with dementia

Sue Learner, Editor (07-Oct-16)

Recording regular audio diaries can boost the confidence of people with dementia and help to reduce stigma, according to a new study. Researchers at Leeds Beckett University evaluated ‘Dementia Diaries’,.....

Health visitor service for older people reducing hospital admissions and 'changing lives'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (06-Oct-16)

As the number of older people continues to grow, the demand for health and care services is increasing. Despite the increasing number of older people living in the UK with one or more long-term health conditions, not all older.....

Songaminute Man and Alzheimer's Society celebrate chart single success

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (06-Oct-16)

Viral singing sensation Teddy Mac, or 'The Songaminute Man', as he is more commonly known, is celebrating after seeing his first ever single reach the charts. The cover of the Frank Sinatra classic 'You Make Me Feel So Young' made.....

Outstanding home care agency praised for speeding up hospital discharges

Charley Walker, News Editor (23-Sep-16)

Home care provider Care By Us has achieved an Outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for its efforts to accelerate older people’s safe discharge from hospital. The CQC report, published.....