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Residential retirement developer and operator Elysian Residences has appointed Katherine Rose as Director of Marketing and Sales.

A man who attacked workers at his grandma’s care home has been jailed. Luke Brooks launched a savage attack on two female members of staff at Keate House Care Home in Lymm, leaving them requiring hospital treatment. Chester Crown Court heard on Friday, January 17, that the 28-year-old called the Brookfield Road home in the early hours of June 14 2019 ‘demanding’ to speak to his gran. When he later did speak to her over the phone, Brooks could be heard shouting on the other end – leaving his grandmother ‘visibly distressed’ and forcing carers to end the call. At around 1pm that day, the defendant turned up on the doorstep of Keate House. The nursing home’s administration assistant answered the door, and he asked: “Can you tell me why you put the phone down on me?” She shut the door and hit a panic button, having been made aware of the earlier issue between Brooks and his grandma. But he kicked the door back open and began to repeatedly punch the employee with both fists. The attack even continued after the self-employed software engineer, whose previous client include the Ministry of Defence, had knocked her to the floor. After she screamed for help, the home’s care manager came to her colleague’s aid and pushed Brooks away. He then grabbed this second victim in a headlock and repeatedly hit her in the face. Both women were able to escape and locked themselves in a room, and a number of other members of staff chased after Brooks as he fled the scene. When caught, he pulled a set of keys from his pocket and brandished them through his knuckles saying: “I’ll do you harm.” But he was wrestled to the floor and arrested after police officers attended. Brooks, who has one previous conviction for harassment dating back to 2015, appeared to be under the influence of drugs with his ‘eyes popping out’ and a white substance around his mouth. At least one care home resident witnessed his cowardly attack. The two assault victims attended A&E, with the first having sustained severe bruising and the second suffering a sprained left wrist. In a statement read out to the court, one of the women described how she continues to have ‘vivid flashbacks’ and is ‘still not back to her normal self’. Brooks, from Manchester, admitted two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and a public order offence. Defence barrister Desmond Lennon described his client as being ‘deeply ashamed of his deplorable behaviour’, which led to him losing his work and moving in with his other grandma. Sentencing him to a year behind bars, judge Simon Berkson said: “You became aggressive and difficult and you were told to stop contacting the home, but you didn’t. “Your reaction was to go to the nursing home, and when a member of staff attempted to get you to move away you attacked her. “This sustained attack continued even when you had got her to the floor, punching and punching and punching her. “The care manager went to the assistance of her colleague, and when you saw her you didn’t stop your attack – you simply turned your attentions to her, you got her in a headlock and repeatedly punched her. “They were left very frightened by the incident. “This offending was committed against people working in a caring environment where vulnerable adults, including your grandma, were present. “In my view, the serious nature of the case means that appropriate punishment can only be achieved by immediate custody.” Brooks was also handed a restraining order preventing him from contacting his victims for seven years and told to pay a surcharge.

Borough Care has promoted Nerys Carpenter to the position of Area Manager. Nerys was previously Home Manager of Borough Care’s Shepley House in Hazel Grove. Borough Care is the largest not-for-profit provider of care for older people in Stockport and has eleven homes across the borough.

A mother reported her own daughter to authorities after she became suspicious of her sudden luxurious lifestyle. The bizarre story began in January 2018 when former model and fashion designer to the stars Emily Evans-Schreiber, was asked to look after her elderly grandmother Rosina Evans. The woman, aged in her 90s, had been diagnosed with dementia, and Evans-Schreiber moved into a house nearby to help out. At the time Evans-Schreiber – who was previously a fashion designer for Cara and Poppy Delevingne – was broke with just £40 ($A75) in her bank after recently losing her job. But between April and December that year, Evans-Schreiber made 42 transactions from her grandmother’s bank account into her own after the older woman authorised a mandate allowing her granddaughter to take over her finances. Soon the socialite and mother-of-one began jetting off on holidays across the globe, including to Los Angeles, and splurging on fancy hotels, designer outfits and cosmetic treatments. Evans-Schreiber’s mother Clare grew “concerned” by the sudden change in her lifestyle and reported her to police who found a slew of transactions going into the woman’s account under labels such as “bills”, “care”, and “savings”. They also uncovered a number of “luxury products” such as designer clothing, shoes and accessories. Authorities found Evans-Schreiber had stolen a total of £230,251 ($A434,805) from her grandmother, leaving her with just £5516 ($A10,416). Evans-Schreiber faced Northampton Crown Court last week where she pleaded guilty to one count of theft. In the end, the judge gave her a two-year sentence, suspended for 20 months. Evans-Schreiber must also complete 150 hours of community service and attend an alcohol rehab program for six months.

Alzheimer’s Society is has announced that Kate Lee, currently Chief Executive Officer at children and young people’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, will take up the reins as the charity’s new CEO in April 2020. Kate Lee has been CEO at CLIC Sargent for the past four years.

Gary Heather has been appointed chief operating officer at retirement community operator LifeCare Residences (LCR).

Civitas Social Housing appoints Alison Hadden to its board.

Somerset Care has appointed Emma Glynn and Professor Elizabeth Robb OBE as two new non-executive directors of its Board.