Grace Care Centre, Thornbury

OSJCT Gloucestershire Care Home facilitates new community purpose-built nursing unit

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) is a provider of initiatives to help promote and support care pathways in the community.

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NEWS: Bolivian Black Capped Squirrel Monkeys Swing into Madley Park House

Two squirrel monkeys called Malcolm and Mitchell surprised residents with a visit to Madley Park House, a care home operated by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT).

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BLOG: Community Dementia event successful at Edwardstow Court Care Centre, Stow on the Wold

Local companies and families attended the dementia day on Wednesday 14th November and were able to listen to our expert speakers. They also had an opportunity to speak with people who have had similar experiences

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NEWS: Langford View wins award for quality for the second time

Langford View Care home in Bicester has been awarded the Earl of Gainsborough Award for Quality for the second time at the prestigious OSJCT Chairman’s Commendations and Awards Ceremony.

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NEWS: Oxfordshire care homes celebrated at Chairman’s Commendations and Awards Ceremony

The shining stars of care homes across the county have been celebrated at The Orders of St John Care Trust’s annual Chairman’s Commendations and Awards Ceremony, held on Wednesday 7th November, in the Chapter House at Lincoln Cathedral.

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Monkscroft Outstanding!

NEWS: Just landed, our latest edition of Trust in Care!

Our latest edition of Trust in Care, Autumn 2018 is now available.

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NEWS: A Poppy Tribute to Armistice Day at Avonbourne Care Centre, Wiltshire

Avonbourne Care Centre in Wiltshire is hosting the unveiling of a poppy wall on its premises on the 9th of November after a 2-minute silence.

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NEWS: Two Winners from OSJCT for Great British Care Awards – South East Region

At the Great British Care Awards held at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on 3rd of November 2018, The Orders of St John Care Trust is delighted to announce two Trust winners.

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BLOG: Spooktacular Success at Goodson Lodge Care Home, Trowbridge

Residents, staff and the community celebrated Halloween at Goodson Lodge yesterday with a fantastic party where everyone was invited to come and join a host of ghoulish activities.

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BLOG: OSJCT Wiltshire resident celebrates her 107th birthday!

Dorothy Alice Dagger is a resident at The Order of St John's Care Trust Hungerford House in Wiltshire. On Wednesday 31st October 2018, Dorothy will be celebrating her 107th birthday.

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NEWS: Government launches engagement portal - join the national conversation!

On 10th September 2018, the Department of Health and Social Care launched a workforce engagement exercise to find out what employees in the sector think about the challenges they face.

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NEWS: Brookside Care Home Awarded Gold in South West Bloom Awards – Business Category

We are delighted to announce that The Orders of St John Care Trust care home Brookside in Melksham has been awarded Gold in the South West in Bloom Business category for this year.

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NEWS: Five Finalists from OSJCT for Great British Care Awards – South East Region

We are delighted to announce that The Orders of St John Care Trust has been notified of five finalists for the Great British Care Awards South East Region. An exceptional year for the Trust with finalists spanning a diverse range of categories.

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Tigger at Skirbeck Court

#InternationalCatDay pounces on OSJCT care homes

Today is National #CatDay and to celebrate we have gathered up the stories of our feline friends around the Trust.

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Kim Hewitt, General Manager at Edwardstow Court Care Centre, Stow on the Wold

New General Manager appointed at Edwardstow Court Care Centre

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) is delighted to announce the appointment of Kim Hewitt as General Manager at Edwardstow Court, a newly opened 48-bedroom home in the picturesque town of Stow on the Wold.

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Paro the robotic seal

Robotic seal Paro visits OSJCT’s Langford View Care Home in Oxfordshire

It’s not every day a baby seal visits a care home.

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Summer fete rolls into town at The Lakes Care Centre in South Cerney

It couldn’t have been a more perfect day on Saturday to host a traditional English summer fete in Cirencester. The Lakes Care Centre, welcomed over 100 members of the community into the home, to see the facilities, meet the team and enjoy some delicious treats.

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Mary Falmilton

BLOG: OSJCT resident recalls her career as a midwife, as the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday

Mary Familton is a resident at The Orders of St John Care Trust's (OSJCT) Athelstan House in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

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See-Saw Nursery children descend on OSJCT’s Goodson Lodge

On this sunny summers morning the 3rd of July some of the children from See-Saw Nursery arrived in high-vis vests and sunhats at Goodson Lodge.

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Pedal to the metal in the fight against Group B Strep infection

It’s a battle no parent should ever face. Amy was overjoyed when she learned she was having a baby girl.

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Kerry Dearden appointed as Deputy Chief Executive

The Orders of St John Care Trust’s (OSJCT) Commercial and Marketing Director, Kerry Dearden, has been appointed as the organisation’s first Deputy Chief Executive.

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OSJCT employees succeed at BASMOM awards

25 employees from The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) have received a BASMOM award at a ceremony in London.

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OSJCT The Lakes Care Centre to host Dementia Support Day

Following on from our hugely successful Dementia Awareness Event back in February, we are hosting a Dementia Support Day on Wednesday 8th August 2019 from 2-7pm.

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Dementia Action Week Event – Moorside Place

Moorside Place opened its doors to the community for Dementia Action Week, to discuss attachment therapy and sensory stimulation.

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60 seconds with OSJCT’s Head of Volunteering for #VolunteersWeek

This week is #VolunteersWeek, and our guest for 60 seconds is OSJCT’s Head of Volunteering, Kit Lendon. We spent some time learning more about Kit and her role.

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Spa Week at Athelstan House, Malmesbury

Dementia Spa Week at Athelstan House, Malmesbury

In support of Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Action Week from Monday 21st May to Friday 25th May, Athelstan House opened its doors to the community and residents’ families and friends to enjoy a week of spa treatments and relaxation.

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WIFI in Care Homes

Residents, relatives and employees at The Orders of St. John Care Trust (OSJCT) have been able to readily access the world wide web for some time, thanks to the wi-fi service.

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OSJCT Area Operations Director, Aaron Whitehead

60 seconds with Aaron Whitehead, Mental Health Nurse

This week is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, and our guest for 60 seconds is OSJCT’s Aaron Whitehead, Area Operations Director for Wiltshire.

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Oxfordshire Employee Awards

Oxfordshire Care Homes celebrated at Employee Awards

OSJCT introduces new catering initiative

The Orders of St John Care Trust has launched a new catering initiative using a software platform called Saffron.

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Brookside opens its doors to Care Home Open Day

On Saturday 21st April, Brookside opened its doors for Care Home Open Day

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Is data the new oil?

OSJCT's Chief Technology Officer Rob Collyer shares his views on GDPR.

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The Lakes Care Centre celebrates its first birthday!

The Lakes Care Centre in Cirencester went to great lengths recently to celebrate its first birthday, and they certainly did it in style!

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OSJCT celebrates positive Your Care Rating results

The Orders of St John Care Trust is celebrating today after many of the Trust’s homes performed strongly in a nationwide survey of care home residents and their family members and friends.

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Janet and Karen

A celebration of 30 years of volunteering for one of OSJCT’s longest serving Volunteers

Janet Collins has been volunteering at The Orders of St John Care Trust’s Ridgeway House, Wootton Basset since 1988

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Wiltshire Wanderers tackle the Beast from the East

The Orders of St John Care Trust fielded its very own Wiltshire Wanderers to tackle the Beast from the East that arrived in the UK last week.

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Love is in the air at Tonwsend House

Nothing quite says ‘I love you’ like a romantic dinner for two. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s no time quite like the present for Ann and John Gomm to celebrate their long romance.

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Dementia Awareness Event Success at The Lakes Care Centre

On Wednesday 28 March, The Lakes Care Centre held a family awareness event for those caring for loved ones with Dementia.

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Welcome to Your New Home Card - Competition Announcement

In January we launched a competition for residents to design a Welcome to Your New Home card that would be used across the Trust to welcome in new residents.

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Stirlings' Family event

Success for Stirlings’ Family Engagement Event

Taking that first leap from home into care can be a daunting and overwhelming experience

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‘Stop the Pressure’ success for OSJCT

The Orders of St John Care Trust is celebrating 34 homes across Lincolnshire and Wiltshire being pressure ulcer free for 100 plus days.

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Trust in Care Winter 2018 issue

The new issue of Trust in Care Winter 2018 edition is now available.

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OSJCT appoints General Manager for Grace Care Centre

It’s set to be the first care home in South Gloucestershire. Grace Care Centre, is on track to open on 19 February 2018.

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A choir in Every Care Home

Residents take part in a national intiative, aimed at bringing music and singing into care homes across the UK.

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Postcards from Abroad

Residents at Brookside care home managed to see the world with each other, but did it all without boarding a single plane.

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Christmas Elf at The Meadows

19-year-old Courtney Hughes delivers Christmas gifts to the residents at The Meadows for a sixth year.

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OSJCT’s 95-year-old Shining Star

Meet Marjorie Dunford, OSJCT's oldest volunteer at 95 years of age.

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Trust in Care Summer 2017 Issue

News of what's going on around OSJCT

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HRH The Princess Royal opens The Lakes

HRH The Princess Royal visited The Lakes Care Centre to perform the official opening on 20 July.

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Duke of Gloucester Visits Lincoln

​Boultham Park House in Lincoln welcomed a special visitor on 6 July when HRH The Duke of Gloucester dropped in during his day of engagements in Lincoln.

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OSJCT Achieves Top 20 Award

We are proud and delighted to have again achieved a Top 20 Award from carehome.co.uk.

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The High Sheriff of Lincolnshire officially opens The Poplars new extension

On 5 April, Mrs Jill Hughes, the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire cut the ribbon to open the home's newly-built dementia care household.

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Getting On automaton on display at First International Research Conference on Arts & Dementia, held in London on 9-10 March 2017

“Getting On” automaton on display at International Dementia Conference

"Getting On", the automaton created in 2015 by sculptor Robert Race as part of the "Exploring Ageing through Art" project, has been exhibited at the First International Research Conference on Arts & Dementia in London.

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Your Vote Counts - Don’t Miss Out

Everyone's vote is important so make sure you don't miss out on your opportunity to have your say at the local elections on 4 May 2017

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Trust in Care Winter 2017 Issue

News of what's going on around OSJCT - never a dull moment!

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England’s Chief Nursing Officer visits Millbrook Lodge

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer of England, visited Millbrook Lodge in Gloucestershire last week (Friday 13 January) to talk to Home Manager Robin Willmott and his team about their work on the Teaching Care Home project.

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Paro the Robotic Seal

At OSJCT we’re always looking at different ways to enhance the well-being of our residents so we were thrilled when we were introduced to Paro, the robotic seal by Agnete (Aggy) Petersen, an MSc student of Anthropology at Aarhus University in Denmark.

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OSJCT Annual Report 2015-16

OSJCT Annual Report & Accounts 2015-16

We are delighted to publish our Annual Report & Accounts for 2015-16

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Royal Opening for Chilterns Court Care Centre

HRH The Duke of Gloucester performed the official opening of Chilterns Court Care Centre in Henley-on-Thames on 15 November.

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Cllr Dorcas Binns unveils Foundation Stone for new Stow Care Home

On 19 October, Cllr Dorcas Binns, Cabinet Member for Older People at Gloucestershire Council, unveiled the Foundation Stone for the Edwardstow Court Care Centre, OSJCT's newest development on Fosse Way in Stow on the Wold

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The Mayor of Marlborough Opens Coombe End Court Renovation Project

On 22 September, Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton, the Mayor of Marlborough cut the ribbon to open the home's newly-built 'destination area' and refurbished dementia care household.

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Cllr Erica Williams Lays Foundation Stone for new Thornbury Care Home

On 8 September, Cllr Erica Williams, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, laid the Foundation Stone for the Grace Care Centre OSJCT's new state-of-the-art care centre on the Midland Way site in Thornbury.

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OSJCT Volunteer News August 2016

OSJCT Volunteer News August 2016

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Summer Issue of Trust in Care

The Summer issue of Trust in Care magazine is now available

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The Order of Malta Awards 2016

Huge congratulations to medal recipients who received their awards at The Order of Malta’s St John’s Day Ceremony, which was held at Brompton Oratory in London on 24th June

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Royal Opening for Avonbourne Care Centre

HRH Princess Alexandra performed the official opening of Avonbourne Care Centre in Salisbury on Thursday, 4 May.

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1940s Vintage Tea Dance

Wiltshire residents enjoyed a 1940s themed Vintage Tea Dance

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Langford View one of first in country to help residents fight off dementia by gathering memories

Therapy which sparks the memories of those living with dementia has been hailed a success for the residents of our Bicester care home. Langford View has become one of the first care homes in the country to introduce a course to get residents thinking back.

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Residents at The Meadows become super sleuths for Lizzy McBain’s storymaking sessions

A beloved music hall performer has been murdered and 93-year-old Audrey Chalmers may be the only person who can solve the mystery. It is only pretend, but this project is designed to stimulate the same “little grey cells” as a real-life mystery and keep residents’ neurons firing on full power.

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Vintage Tea Party

Gloucestershire residents waltzed back in time as part of a Vintage Tea Party designed to bring residents from across the county closer together.

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Election Time Again!

It's election time again and we're re-energising our "Your Vote Counts" campaign.

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Trust’s Got Talent

Dr Ralph Stephenson, Gloucestershire Trustee presented Henlow Court resident, Daniel Granger, with an iPad Air 2 and trophy during a ceremony on 7 April to celebrate his victory in OSJCT’s first-ever ‘Trust’s Got Talent’ competition.

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Monkscroft ranked within the top 20 for the South West

The carehome.co.uk Top 20 Care Home Awards 2016 highlight the most recommended Care Homes in each region of the UK. The Awards are based on over 55,000 Reviews & Recommendations received from Residents and Family/Friends of Residents.

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New issue of Trust in Care

The new issue of Trust in Care is now available. Please do make sure you get your copy.

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Nominate your “Shining Star” for our Employee Recognition Awards

Nominations can now be submitted for our Employee Recognition Awards - our OSJCT "Oscars". You can fill in a nomination form online and email it to your nearest regional office. Addresses below.

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Celebrating Elf Day for the Alzheimer’s Society

OSJCT's Support Centre in Wellingore celebrated Elf Day on 16 November, in support of the Alzheimer's Society.

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Annual Report 2015

Annual Report & Accounts 2015

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Chairman Don Wood with all award recipients at the Trust Awards Ceremony held in the Guildhall, Salisbury on 11 November 2015

Celebrating Outstanding Achievement at the Trust Awards Ceremony

We were delighted to recognise and celebrate outstanding achievement and excellence in care delivery at our Trust Awards Ceremony, held in the prestigious surroundings of Salisbury's Guildhall.

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Cllr Humphries unveils foundation stone for new Trowbridge Care Centre

On 21 October, Cllr Keith Humphries, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Adult Care, unveiled the Foundation Stone for the Trust's new state-of-the-art care centre on the Hilperton Road site in Trowbridge.

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Exploring Ageing Through Art

Exploring Ageing through Art - "Getting On" goes on tour

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OSJCT Executive Team Changes

Changes announced to Executive Team

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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh opens new Hayward Care Centre in Devizes

Summer Issue of Trust in Care magazine!

The latest issue of our Trust in Care magazine is now available!

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Survey of our Extra Care Service

Every year we carry out a survey of people living in our extra care housing (ECH) to get their feedback and to check out if they are happy with their support.

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National Care Home Open Day

National Care Home Open Day provides an opportunity for people of all ages to visit their local care homes, meet residents and see the vibrant and positive lifestyle they enjoy.

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Dementia Awareness Week 18 - 24 May

Dementia Awareness Week aims to educate people about dementia and those living with the condition so they feel valued, confident and can retain as much of their independence as possible

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Voting Campaign reaches climax

Our 'Your Vote Counts' campaign reached its climax on Polling Day, Thursday 7 May, with teams in all of our homes making sure residents had the opportunity to have their say.

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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Opens Hayward Care Centre

His Royal Highness unveiled the commemorative plaque to mark the official opening of our newest home in Devizes

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Older People Deserve a Voice - Your Vote Counts!

We're making sure our residents have the opportunity to have their say on issues that directly affect all of us. Make sure you exercise your right to vote at the General Election. REMEMBER, your vote really matters!

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Admiral Nurses provide significant support for dementia care in Care Homes

A report commissioned by OSJCT evaluating the role of Admiral Nurses in its care homes has concluded that they provide valuable additional support to residents living with dementia.

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