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  • 10 Ways to Bring More Light into Your Home

    It’s important to consider how you can incorporate plenty of light into your environment, especially in contract environments such as care homes and hotels.

    Below are 10 easy ways you can bring light to any area.

    1.  Tie back your curtains

      By making sure your curtains can be tied back out of the way, you can introduce a cost-effective way of increasing light in any room.

    2.  Make sure your windows are unobstructed - and clean them

      By leaving windows unobstructed and uncluttered, you can give the feel of enhanced natural light in even the darkest rooms. Not only this, even just giving your windows a clean can make a world of difference!

    3.  Consider swapping out curtains seasonally or introducing lighter, translucent curtains.

      Whilst it might be inappropriate for some spaces like hotel rooms or care homes to forgo blackout curtains, some areas can benefit from translucent or light-coloured fabrics to let more light through.

    4.  Make sure outdoor spaces are accessible and open where available

      In better weather, keeping access to outdoor spaces open can be a simple and cost-free solution to increasing light when redecoration isn't possible.

    5.  Fill in gaps in natural light with highly hung light sources

      High up lights simulate natural daylight, and by filling in gaps with artificial light, you create an even lighting texture.

    6.  Consider recessed lighting

      Recessed lighting in shelving and on ceilings can illuminate dark spots and make shelving more accessible to those with restricted vision.

    7.  Bookshelves and partitions should be perpendicular to windows

      When partitions and large pieces of furniture are parallel to windows, it can make the room appear darker.

    8.  Use mirrors or mirror art

      An easy one, but as mirrors reflect light they become an obvious choice for strategically placing to brighten up dark corners.

    9.  Use matte paint or wallpaper

      Whilst glossy paint reflects light, matte paint reflects light much more evenly. Make sure to choice white or pale shades to open up the space.

    10.  Paint your ceilings pale shades and colours

      Light coloured ceilings give the illusion of height and make rooms look larger and brighter.

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  • Carers Week

    This Week is Carers Week, and we’re all about taking the time to recognise the hard work that carers do.

    “Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK” (Carers Week Website)

    It can be difficult to take care of your own wellbeing when caring for someone else, so in 2018 Carers Week is all about helping carers to stay Healthy and Connected.

    There are approximately 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK, and it’s important to recognise their important role and offer them the support they need for themselves – whether it’s emotional, health, or social to name a few.

    Whether caring for someone 24 hours a day or just a few hours a week, making a life long commitment or spending a few intense weeks helping someone as they come out of hospital, it’s important to offer the right support. Caring can cause ill health, poverty, and isolation – it can be a struggle to hold down a job, get a good night’s sleep, stay healthy and maintain your relationships.

    Statistics show that 3 out of 5 of us will become carers at some point in our lives, so it’s important to look after our carers.

    Show your support via the Carers Week website.

    All information from Carersweek.org

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  • World Environment Day

    World Environment Day

    It’s World Environment Day tomorrow on the 5th June, and the theme this year is plastic pollution.

    World Environment Day was started by the UN in 1974 and is stated as being a day for people to do something to take care of the Earth.

    This is more important than ever, as by 2050, if nothing changes, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

    There are some small ways you can help, both yourself and in the care home or service sector.

    • Break up with single use items such as takeaway cups, plastic bottles, plastic cutlery, straws and other food packaging that is often ingested by marine life
    • Use biological sourced material for plastic cups etc that biodegrade
    • Stop using products with microbeads
    • Ask for no plastic packaging when ordering online
    • Look at where you could switch to bars of cleaning products instead of bottles
    • Use sustainably sourced or biodegradable cleaning cloths, sponges or paper towels.
    • Buy products such as grains or cleaning products in bulk and avoid single servings

    For more information visit https://myplasticfreelife.com/plasticfreeguide/

  • Future of Care Homes

    With the ageing population on the rise, looking to the future in the care and retirement sector is increasingly vital. From the techiest Utopian ideals of fifty years’ time to the simple essentials that will improve day-to-day mental and physical well-being, the future of retirement housing and care homes is looking to innovative ideas for the way forward.

    With an estimated 40,000 more beds needed over the next 10 years (AgeUK) and a call for greater specialism and customisation to individual needs, there is no time like the present to look to what the future could bring for our next generation of retirees.

    First and foremost, ambient monitoring is leading the way in technological progress and is starting to be implemented in care homes today. Alerts that remind people to turn appliances off, monitor medication and alert carers in case of falls, can all help elderly people lead more independent lives. Not only this, but voice recognition technology, which is becoming more and more popular, could allow those with impaired mobility to control their environment with greater ease, such as allowing them to open windows and control lights.

    Getting more futuristic, care homes could one day offer virtual pets, automatically adapt to people as they age, and even offer augmented reality eye wear to help dementia sufferers find their way around and provide immersive therapy.

    A number of retirees also intend on travelling in retirement, which could mean a potential global network of homes with international memberships.

    Whatever the future of care homes, the same needs for maintaining contact with family and friends, having a good community and social network, and spaces that combat isolation and loneliness will be just as important as they are today.

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    Sources: Age UK Carehome UK Anchor

  • Mental Health Awareness Week

    Mental health all too often gets swept under the rug, especially when treating conditions that can cause depression, such as dementia or Parkinson’s, are given priority. Nevertheless, there are some ways that can increase the well-being of every resident in your care home.

    Vanessa King, author of ’10 Keys to Happier Living’ identifies the acronym ‘GREAT DREAM’ as a starting point to living happier. This can be used as a framework for understanding how to make residents and staff happier by even the smallest and simplest of actions.

    Giving – doing things for others. This can be as simple as holding a charity event or birthday party.

    Relating - connect with people. Designing a space with plenty of opportunity for unpressured interaction can help set this up with minimal future effort.

    Exercising – take care of your body. This is hugely important with the elderly – walking, dance or gardening are all simple ways to encourage more activity.

    Awareness – living life mindfully.

    Trying Out – keep learning new things. This can be easy to organise – having an activity room to facilitate this can help.

    Direction – have goals to look forward to. Link the activities that are going on in the care home to simple goals – for example a gardening club growing fruit and vegetables.

    Resilience – find ways to bounce back. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.

    Emotions – look for what’s good. See life as it is but focus on the good bits.

    Acceptance – be comfortable with who you are.

    Meaning – be part of something bigger.

    Of course, mental health awareness includes a spectrum of illnesses. Awareness of conditions like anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other common mental illnesses is very important as anyone of any age or walk of life could be suffering.

    For more information, visit WHO or the Mental Health Foundation.

    10 Keys to Happier Living
  • National Walking Month

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    With daylight hours getting longer and spring coming in full swing, there’s no better month than May to declare National Walking Month.

    Walking is extremely beneficial for health and wellbeing, and as a low impact and accessible form of exercise, it can be great for the elderly. With obesity rising in old age as our metabolism slows down and we become more sedentary, walking is great for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

    Good for the heart

    Walking regularly reduces the risk of heart disease and strokes, as well as reducing bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol. It improves circulation and gets more oxygen pumping around your body, helping you to feel more energised.

    Good for the brain

    By walking 6 miles or more a week, you’re less likely to develop dementia. Walking is proven to prevent your brain from shrinking. It also helps improve insomnia and memory decline, which can develop with dementia in old age.

    Good for the bones and joints

    It strengthens your bones, stops bone mass loss and reduces osteoporosis. 1 in 2 women over 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis, but breakages like hip fractures can be reduced by 40% from just walking 30 minutes a day.

    Not only that, but walking supports your joints much better than running.

    By walking outside, exposure to vitamin D is increased, which also promotes bone health as well as immunity.

    Good for the muscles

    Walking is a full body work out – from your feet to your abdominals. It can strengthen your muscles with are likely to lose mass in old age, leading us to live a more active and healthy lifestyle.

    Good for the soul

    Did you know walking can be just as beneficial as taking an antidepressant? Just by being in nature or taking a brisk walk can boost your happiness greatly. Not only that, but it can be a social activity when done with friends and family, combating loneliness and isolation which can be common in old age.

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    Sounds great, but what are some practical tips to start walking more?

    The NHS recommends 150 minutes of moderately intense exercise a week for those with no mobility issues – which means intense enough to break a sweat. However, there’s no reason you can’t work up to this or break it down.

    1. Start slowly – start at 10 minutes 5 days a week and increase it by a few minutes each week.
    2. Gradually increase the intensity – Starting at just walking around the garden and gradually increasing speed and slope can work just fine.
    3. Look for soft ground outdoors – this is much easier on the joints than pavements.
    4. Consider walking on a treadmill – treadmills are made to absorb some impact so that they are easier to run on. You can also track the speed and incline level very easily.
    5. Wear thin layers that you can remove easily
    6. Bring water, snacks, sunblock etc
    National Walking Month Infographic
  • What is the Design Experience?

    2So, what exactly is the design experience?

    At Edison & Day, we want to put our clients at the centre, so we came up with a new service that shows off what we’re great at – speed, innovation, and excellent customer service.

    For our clients who need advice on how to design a space that meets rigorous care home or hospitality requirements yet remains tasteful and a pleasure to be in, we’re inviting you down to our design room to make it happen in the easiest and most transparent way.

    This puts you in direct control whilst we lend you a helping hand – bypassing the need to wait weeks for projects just to be finalised.

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    Here’s what actually goes down.

    On arrival, we’ll greet you with a tea or coffee and we’ll chat with you about your project. Afterwards you’ll be given a tour of our factory, finishing in the Design Room.

    From our initial consultation, we’ll discuss the needs of your space and what you’re looking to get out of this experience. With over a decade in the furniture and care markets under our collective belts, we’re confident in our ability to advise you on whatever you need.

    Now we can get designing. Using our wide range of samples, we can work with you to create a selection of schemes that you love. At this stage we can also provide provisional quotes.

    From this, we can send you away with pictures of your schemes and a selection of samples for you to decide which is right for you. Once the design has been signed off, we can provide a full specification and move on from there with the completion of the project.

    What we can help with:

    How to design schemes for tough care home regulations

    How to make the best environment for those with dementia or impaired vision

    Designing a tasteful colour palette perfect for your environment

    Making excellent use of space and placement

    Creating a scheme that's right for you

    Providing inspiration if you just don't know where to begin

    Give us a call on 01722 342682 to find out more.

  • National Gardening Week

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    It’s National Gardening Week, which means it’s time to discuss your care home garden.

    Whether a small patch of greenery or a huge piece of land, an outdoor space is a vital part of any home. Not only do 90% of UK households have a garden, but half the population are gardeners. This means that more and more people going in to homes without gardens could be forced to give up an excellent activity that encourages exercise, socialisation, and good health.

    Benefits

    • Encourages people to spend time outside – increasing vitamin D production and keeping bones healthy.
    • Low impact exercise for both the mind and body
    • Boosts energy levels and provides a good night’s sleep
    • Allows for spending time with others and creates a community
    • Engages all the senses
    • May help those with dementia recall pleasant long-term memories
    • Encourages identity and independence
    • Exercise from gardening can help maintain balance which prevents falls
    • Relaxing
    • Improves fine motor skills and hand eye coordination
    • Evidence that contact with nature can lower blood pressure
    • Can be done all year round

     

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    Tips

    • Use raised beds to make gardening more accessible
    • Avoid the hottest times of the day
    • Keep it fun and light hearted
    • Take frequent breaks
    • Wear appropriate clothing
    • Use low maintenance features such as plastic furniture
    • Position areas of the garden that include more labour-intensive tasks closer to a resting place.
    • Invest in adapted tools
    • Install movement sensitive lights on to paths
    • Ensure all paths are smooth and in infinite loops with appropriate handrailing

     

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    What to Plant

    Plants should be hardy, low maintenance and/or engage the senses. It’s also a good idea to have plants such as evergreens that are all year round.

    • Old favourites such as forget-me-nots, snapdragons, daisies and marigolds that might remind residents of fond memories
    • Plants that attract butterflies or bees such as lavender or buddleia
    • Colourful plants such as poppies and phlox but take note that a large patch of small plants will be easier to see than one large plant.
    • Soft plants such as lamb’s ears
    • Plants that smell nice such as roses, lavender or mint
    • Fruit, vegetables and herbs for making food and drinks
    • Plants that show the seasons such as snowdrops, daffodils, crocuses and trees.

     

    National Gardening Week Infographic
  • Dance for Dementia Care

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    In honour of International Dance Day, let’s talk about ways dancing can be good for older people and people with dementia.

    As a low impact, non-competitive sport, dance can be an excellent form of exercise, as well as brilliant form of self-expression.

    Good for the Body

    • Regular physical activity can reduce the occurrence of conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, depression and osteoporosis
    • Good source of aerobic exercise
    • Can improve balance, strength and gait, which reduces risk of falls.
    • Beneficial in the treatment of arthritis, Parkinson’s, dementia and depression.
    • Ballroom and Latin can improve coordination and fluidity
    • Improves aerobic power, muscle endurance and strength, flexibility, dynamic and static balance, agility and speed.

    Good for the mind

    • Ballroom dancing has been shown to reduce chances of dementia by 76%
    • Can improve reaction times and cognitive performance
    • Freestyle dancing requires constant decision making which maintains intelligence.
    • Stimulates memory

    Good for the soul

    • Dancing promotes emotional wellbeing and combats isolation.
    • Exercise gained is secondary to the enjoyment of the experience.
    • The opportunity for self-expression is beneficial to overall wellbeing.
    • Can increase confidence
    • Dance can offer a way of expression for those with dementia that transcends words.
    • Rhythmic movements can help you feel calmer.

    Good for community

    • There are no targets or failures, making it inclusive
    • Social aspects can help overcome feelings of isolation
    • Enjoyment means a relatively low dropout rate.
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  • Colour Schemes for Spring

    Spring is finally here! And with the sun and warm weather, we're looking to some Spring themed colour palettes.

    Using Design Seeds and our Pinterest board, we selected a few spring palettes that would work well in a care home environment.

    Green

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    The obvious choice for spring, but green is a classically refreshing colour that inspires feelings of nature. It also symbolises balance, harmony and regrowth, making it perfect for a care home environment, especially the bedroom.

    Leckford Care Home Chair in Sky Blue GreenCare Home Floral Fire Retardant Curtains in Apple

    (Dubridge Chair in Sky and Loxley Rosalind Fire Retardant Curtain in Apple)

    Pastel

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    Another obvious choice, but for good reason. The refreshing and light shades can incite calmness and optimism, and the delicate colours match blossoms and spring flowers.

    Care Home Chair in CreamFire Retardant Floral Curtains in Rose Pink

    (Dunbridge Chair in Cream and Juliet Fire Retardant Curtain in Rose)

    Peachy Green

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    Floral for spring is hardly groundbreaking stuff, but after the typically long British winter, they are a welcome familiarity. This palette is a great mix of spring greens, refreshing pastels, and a splash of rich purple.

    Care Home Chair in Rose PinkFire Retardant Floral Curtains in Apple Green

    (Leckford Chair in Rose and Loxley Amba Fire Retardant Curtain in Apple)

    Neutrals

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    Universally appealing neutrals with a twist of green for spring can work well in a living room or lounge, creating a relaxing and enjoyable environment.

    Care Home Chair in Fennel GreenFire Retardant Leaf Curtains in Burnt Sienna Brown

    (Dunbridge Chair in Fennel and Ambience Leaf Fire Retardant Curtains in Burnt Sienna)

  • Parkinson’s Awareness Week

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    Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disorder and about 90% of the time begins showing symptoms in the 60s. Because of the nature of this disorder, many of those who suffer from Parkinson’s end up in care homes in the later stages of the disease and their life.

    Symptoms that can affect an individual’s ability to look after themselves, meaning they must go to care homes, include a tremor, loss of smell, trouble sleeping, trouble moving and dizziness/fainting. This can put an increasing pressure on care and nursing homes to cater for these conditions.

    Whilst regular exercise, support from family and friends, physiotherapy and some medication can help, the practical elements of a care home can also enable a more active and healthier lifestyle from someone suffering with Parkinson’s.

    Some points to consider:

    • Thick floor rugs are difficult to walk on. Thin carpets or wood floors are better.
    • Shuffling gait can lead to trips if the flooring is uneven.
    • Homes should be fully adapted for wheelchair use. All of our dining tables fit wheelchairs.
    • Fabric or rope pulls on cupboards and door handles can be easier to use.
    • Making sure surfaces for leaving things on are between chest and waist level for easier access and less need for reaching.
    • Door knobs might be much harder to use than handles.
    • Adaptive handles are now available on things like cutlery and toothbrushes which enable more independence.
    • Buttons can be replaced with Velcro.
    • Some with Parkinson’s might benefit from regular massages.
    • Items like rubber squeeze balls can encourage muscle use.
    • Avoiding over stimulation which can lead to distress.

    Whilst care homes are not as well designed for Parkinson’s as they are for Alzheimer’s, it’s not hard to improve the care home environment with these simple tips. Furthermore, staff training to enable an understanding of the disease can also be an easy and beneficial way to improve the quality of life for those in care with Parkinson’s.

    Parkinson's Infographic
  • Peppermint Red

    Red is one of those particularly strong colours that often divides care home operators, especially when discussing dementia. Love it or hate it, red does have a place in the care environment. When mixed with different shades and white as shown above, chairs or schemes can offer that instant taste of nostalgia.

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  • Edison & Day™ Completes First Luxury Care Home Refurbishment Yeovil For The Care Home Group.

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    Edison & Day™ has completed installation of the first luxury care home refurbishment for The Care Home Group in Yeovil, transforming Latimer Lodge into a luxury five star-hotel-style care home. As part of a £450,000 care home refurbishment project, Edison & Day™ worked to the groups detailed design to produce bespoke furniture for 13 bedrooms, 2 lounges, a hair salon and a reception area.

    Leila Dible, Edison & Day’s Project Manager for Latimer Lodge commented; “We’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of this amazing project. We worked to the Care Home Group’s own designs and it was an excellent experience making their vision a reality.”

    Bespoke furniture and joinery from Edison & Day™ included a luxury reception desk, bespoke bedroom furniture for 13 bedrooms, a coffee bar/kitchenette in the dining room, lounge and dining furniture throughout as well as a beautifully designed custom faux fireplace; an elegant solution for displaying a large TV in the lounge.

    15-11-2016_DX12_0083Steve Twigg, The Care Home Group’s Sales & Marketing Director also commented; “Working with Edison & Day on this project has been a very positive experience. The quality of the furniture is exceptional and we’re really pleased with the finished project. I’ve spent several years working in property development and for me this is the first time an end project has been finished exactly as seen in the CGI artist impressions. We look forward to working with Edison & Day™ again.”

    To view our online gallery featuring this care home refurbishment project's highlights click here.

    Edison & Day™ are a leading manufacturer and supplier of care home furniture and soft furnishings, providing high quality solutions and years of experience in creating positive and functional healthcare environments. For more information on how Edison & Day™ can help you with your project, please contact our interiors team on 01722 342622, email [email protected] or visit edisonday.co.uk today.

  • Welcome To Edison & Day - Contract Furniture Supplier

    Contract Furniture

    Welcome to Edison & Day™ the new contract furniture brand from Healthcare Plus Global.

    Edison & Day is a contract furniture supplier providing high quality bedroom furniture, chairs for social housing, care homes & hotels as well as a leading catalogue of inherently fire retardant fabrics for use as curtains & other soft furnishings. We've been in the market since 2007 providing great services such as Dayex® & healthcare plus interiors.

    Edison & Day™ Contract Furniture

    Edison & Day is for those with design at the heart of their project. We'll work with you to help you reach your goal and achieve your vision. Nothing is too much for us, and if we don't have a suitable product in our catalogue to meet your needs, we'll work with you to develop unique contract furniture pieces to fit with your preferred look and feel.

    For more information about Edison & Day™ and our capabilities, contact our support team on 01722 341 552.