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Home proves you are never too old to paintball

RESIDENTS at a Stockton-on-Tees care home proved that you're never too old to try something new when they embraced the experience of paintballing.
Staff at Mandale House, in Thornaby, introduced the arty activity, which was a first for all of those who took part, during an end of summer barbecue attended by residents, staff, family and friends and members of the local community.
Along with the paintballing installment, provided by Richard and Tommy Cross, that gave residents to chance to shoot colourful paint pellets at targets rather than each other, there was a whole host of entertainment on offer including stalls, stands, food, refreshments, prizes and even a visit from a fire engine.
The event raised £136 for the residents' fund, which goes towards days out and activities for those living at Mandale House.
Resident George Barrett is pictured with his carer.

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Romanian orphans thank residents for handmade gifts

CHILDREN at a Romanian orphanage have expressed 'surprise and delight' at receiving bookmarks handmade by elderly care home residents in Hampshire.
The reaction was witnessed by Colten Care activities organiser Julia Puia, who included the gifts in packages of clothing, toiletries and food she personally shipped and delivered.
Julia, who works at the family-owned provider's Lymington home, Court Lodge, was born and brought up in the small village of Stremt in the Transylvanian region of Alba Iulia.
The 21-year-old was on a visit there two years ago and vowed to help the plight of a nearby orphanage where around 17 children in poverty, some of them siblings, are looked after by a local priest.
Julia Puia, Colten Care activities organiser, is pictured with Vera Diplock, one of the Court Lodge residents who made the bookmarks for the Romanian orphanage.

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Apetito names its new head of care homes

Apetito has appointed Ellen Brown as the new manager of its care homes division.
Ellen joined apetito nearly a decade ago and has been part of its care homes team since the division launched in 2008. Her new role will include responsibility for the division's overall strategy.
'Not only do I find the care homes market incredibly rewarding to work with, I'm also inspired by the enthusiasm and open-mindedness of the operators, managers and carers we work with,' said Ellen. 'With the number of people aged over 65 expected to rise by nearly 50 per cent in the next 16 years, the care homes market is likely to come under more pressure than ever and I'm excited about the opportunities we have to help homes meet the challenges this will present. As sales manager, I was fully immersed in our day to day work with care homes and I'm looking forward to taking a step back and taking a look at where this dynamic sector is going.'
Ellen replaces Lee Sheppard, who has become apetito's new director of public policy and external affairs.

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Scientists identify proteins crucial to loss of hearing

Right now, there is no way to reverse hearing loss, largely because auditory hair cells, which sense sound and relay that information to the brain, do not regenerate. A new study, however, has found a key clue to how these hair cells develop. The study identified a new role for a particular group of proteins in the development and survival of the hair cells.

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Residents celebrate arrival of new minibus with MP

CORKS popped at a Sanctuary Care home in Hatfield when RT Hon Grant Shapps, Welwyn and Hatfield MP and Minister without Portfolio, joined residents there to celebrate the arrival of a new minibus.
Grant visited Hatfield Residential and Nursing Home for a celebratory tea party to mark the arrival of the minibus, donated to the facility by the West Herts Charity Trust.
Hatfield tirelessly fundraised to contribute £7,000 towards the cost of the £60,000 vehicle, which has already been used to take residents out on day trips and will be used in the future for visits to garden centres, the seaside and to see Christmas lights.
Grant launched the original appeal in 2012 and has supported the care home since with their new appeal.
MP Grant Shapps is pictured with residents and members of the team at Hatfield.

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Proud Sheila sees granddaughter's graduation day – 5,000 miles away

A CARE home resident was able to watch her granddaughter's graduation over 4,623 miles away with help from tech savvy staff.
Sheila Christie (pictured) desperately wanted to see Lara graduate from university in America so staff at Bield's Coxton Gardens in Glasgow made this possible with a live stream.
Other tenants gathered to see Lara in her cap and gown at her graduation in Texas.
Sheila's son Gary left Glasgow and moved to Texas with the rest of his family 14 years ago. Sheila has been out to visit her family in Texas four times, including on her 80th birthday.
But when it became apparent his mother may miss on Lara's big day, Gary contacted staff at Coxton Gardens to see if anyone could help.
Senior housing care assistant Josephine MacLennan saved the day by setting up a link to a live stream at the University of Texas. She then arranged the viewing in the communal area of the development.

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