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West of Scotland housing support service gets high praise from Care Inspectorate

July 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
West of Scotland housing support service gets high praise from Care Inspectorate

A housing support service working across the West of Scotland has received high acclaim from Scotland’s care watchdog.   The combined Housing Support and Care At Home service provided by Blackwood to its customers has been praised by the Care Inspectorate achieving an overall grade of ‘very good’ following a recent inspection.   The Care […]

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A right royal birthday bash for care home residents!

July 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
A right royal birthday bash for care home residents!

Stocks Hall Nursing & Care home in Skelmersdale held a special party on Tuesday 22nd July to celebrate Prince George’s first birthday.  People living at the home enjoyed a fabulous garden party in the beautiful surroundings of the Skelmersdale home to celebrate the Royal Baby. Staff and people living within Stocks Hall all got into […]

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Winding up petiton made against Nottingham based home care provider

July 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Winding up petiton made against Nottingham based home care provider

Polkadot Care Ltd based in Nottingham and operated solely by Patrick Quinn who is also director of Great British Care Awards and Learning Disabilities Awards  has been wound up with debts in excess of £760,000 which the company is unable to pay. Patrick Quinn in partnership with Lisa Carr and Mike Padgham set up the […]

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MSc in Later Life Studies launched at University of the West of Scotland

July 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
MSc in Later Life Studies launched at University of the West of Scotland

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is launching its new MSc in Later Life Studies which has been developed in response to the continued rise in the number of older people. The course, which gets underway in September, has been designed to equip professionals with an in-depth knowledge and the critical perspective needed to […]

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Handyman comes to the rescue at Willington care home

July 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Handyman comes to the rescue at Willington care home

A handyman at Willington-based care home, Richmond Court, has been hailed as the home’s hero after coming to the rescue of its residents.   Ray Clarke, who has worked at Richmond Court for the past eight years, worked tirelessly to repair the residents’ greenhouse, which had been severely damaged following a period of bad weather. […]

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Care home residents enjoyed culinary-themed summer shows based on their own life stories

July 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care home residents enjoyed culinary-themed summer shows based on their own life stories

Residents at three Sanctuary Care homes in London enjoyed celebratory culinary-themed summer shows based on their own life stories and memories, as part of Sanctuary’s two-year creative arts programme Shine!   The performances, which took place at The Manse Residential Care Home in South Norwood, Riverlee Residential and Nursing Home in Greenwich and St John’s […]

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Oxfordshire ex-care home available for specialist care investment

July 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Oxfordshire ex-care home available for specialist care investment

Bespoke Care – New Sole Agency Instruction Due to care business re-provision – On behalf of The Trustees of Green Pastures (a Registered Charity) Bespoke Care offer for sale the property currently known as           Green Pastures Nursing Home The Hawthorns, Banbury, OX16 9FA Available: November 2015 Older style purpose built […]

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The assisted dying bill is a slippery slope, says Ridouts

July 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
The assisted dying bill is a slippery slope, says Ridouts

Last week, the House of Lords debated Lord Falconers’ assisted dying Bill, which proposes that doctors are allowed to prescribe a lethal drug dose to terminally ill patients judged to have less than six months to live. By the end of the emotionally charged discussion, the House was divided, with 65 peers speaking in favour […]

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Actor Martin Kemp talks openly about his brain tumours

July 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Actor Martin Kemp talks openly about his brain tumours

Heartthrob Martin Kemp visited The Brain Tumour Charity’s headquarters in Farnborough to lend his support to the charity’s campaign to be named the UK’s Best Health project in this year’s National Lottery Awards.  The Brain Tumour Charity’s HeadSmart campaign is competing for public votes as it bids to top the poll of health projects, win […]

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Scottish care home residents put their taste buds to the test

July 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Scottish care home residents put their taste buds to the test

  Residents at Scottish care homes have put their taste buds to the test in a ‘Come Dine with Me’ style event to offer their critique and help develop new seasonal menus.   Scottish care provider Meallmore has recruited residents from Airthrey care home in Falkirk and Kincaid House in Greenock to share their advice […]

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Traditional ‘Topping Out’ for Meridian Healthcare’s Denby Dale care home

July 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Traditional ‘Topping Out’ for Meridian Healthcare’s Denby Dale care home

The Civic Mayor of Kirklees helped mark a milestone in the build of Meridian Healthcare’s new Denby Dale care home in West Yorkshire. The Denby Dale, a new 47 bed care home in the village of Denby Dale has reached a key milestone in the development with the topping out of the building. Topping out […]

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Care home Activities Coordinator receives Margaret Butterworth Award 2014 for excellence in dementia care

July 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care home Activities Coordinator receives Margaret Butterworth Award 2014 for excellence in dementia care

Care home Activities Coordinator, Lauren Hyder, has won the Margaret Butterworth Award 2014 for excellence in dementia care, it was announced at last week’s award ceremony at Hallam Conference Centre in London.   Lauren, who is described as a ‘life-line’ by the residents she works with at Magnolia Court Care Home, was nominated for the […]

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Safe Harbor promotes excellent staff within its organisation

July 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Safe Harbor promotes excellent staff within its organisation

Safe Harbor have announced a number of internal promotions recognising the hard work and loyalty of their staff. Care  home manager Jackie Walker has been promoted to run Safe Harbor’s new state of the art care home Agnes and Arthur based in Bradeley in Stock on Trent. Agnes and Arthur is a specialist dementia care […]

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New internship helps three learning disabled students secure employment

July 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
New internship helps three learning disabled students secure employment

Last week, eight Leicester students with learning disabilities celebrated as they graduated from a nine month supported internship with Remploy, based at their head office in Leicestershire. The new internship programme, called Steps into Work is delivered by Remploy in partnership with National Star College.       Without support, many learning disabled people will […]

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Sanctuary Supported Living to provide domestic abuse support

July 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Sanctuary Supported Living to provide domestic abuse support

Sanctuary Supported Living (SSL) has secured a tender to deliver domestic abuse support services in Torbay for the next two years. Commissioned by Torbay Council, SSL’s Integrated Domestic Abuse Service will provide accommodation and outreach support, as well as support for high risk clients, in a contract worth £283,000, starting from September. Under the terms […]

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How a 30 year ambition creates award-winning care home – and a zoo

July 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
How a 30 year ambition creates award-winning care home – and a zoo

A social worker has achieved a heartfelt 20 year ambition by turning a failing residential home into an award-winning care home for elderly people with dementia – complete with its own mini zoo. The last entry Liz Dyson, 60, made in her social work training record in 1993 was a sentence stating that, one day, […]

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Norman Lamb backs CMG in Driving Up Quality of care

July 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Norman Lamb backs CMG in Driving Up Quality of care

Care Minister Norman Lamb has said he is ‘delighted’ with CMG’s latest initiative, which ensures the learning disabilities services provider continues to put the people it supports at the very centre of care. In 2013, Mr. Lamb, CMG and a group of other leading care providers developed and launched the Driving Up Quality Code to […]

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Bespoke Care and Eddisons appointed to sell North Wales care home portfolio

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Bespoke Care and Eddisons appointed to sell North Wales care home portfolio

The Manchester office of Chartered Surveyors Eddisons and healthcare specific agency Bespoke Care have been appointed to handle the disposal of a residential care home portfolio in North Wales.   The three properties are located within the seaside resort of Rhos on Sea within Conwy county borough, between the larger costal towns of Colwyn Bay […]

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Fruity Friday Focuses on Healthy Ageing

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fruity Friday Focuses on Healthy Ageing

Hagley Road Retirement Village in Birmingham is opening its doors to the community for a special ‘Fruity Friday’ event focused on healthy ageing. Residents at the ExtraCare Charitable Trust Village in Edgbaston have already seen the benefits of fitness and improved health. Regular gym users include an 88 year-old man and a 90 year-old woman. […]

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ubu awarded for passion enthusiasm belief and determination

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
ubu awarded for passion enthusiasm belief and determination

YORKSHIRE based care provider, ubu, has been praised for creating a culture of ‘passion, enthusiasm, belief and determination’ by Investors In People (IIP) who have awarded them their Gold standard. The award is recognition that the health and social care provider, which supports more than 500 vulnerable adults across Yorkshire, East Midlands, the North West […]

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Barchester care home stars in ‘A better Life’ on social care TV

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Barchester care home stars in ‘A better Life’ on social care TV

Barchester’s Harper Fields care home, a residential care setting in Warwickshire, is the focus of a new film that highlights factors that can enable older people with high support needs achieve a better quality of life. The film promotes the findings of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s ‘A Better Life’ programme and can be viewed on […]

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DC Care secures sale to local care operator of HICA care home

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
DC Care secures sale to local care operator of HICA care home

DC Care have just announced the sale of Holyrood House in Hedon. The home is the first of a series of sales due to complete on behalf of HICA, a regional not for profit organisation. Holyrood House has been sold to Tony Proudfoot, a local operator who is keen to expand his portfolio. The home […]

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Gateshead care home manager shaves head to support residents

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Gateshead care home manager shaves head to support residents

A brave manager at Philips Court care home, which is part of Akari Care, shaved her head during the home’s summer fayre to raise funds for an exciting sensory project for residents. Karleen Taylor-Williams, who has been manager at Philips Court for one year, took the plunge, raising £700 for a giant cow statue as […]

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Access to fantastic care interiors for care providers involved in new build or refurbishment

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Access to fantastic care interiors for care providers involved in new build or refurbishment

  Are you building a new care facility or extending or upgrading an existing one? Have you considered using a design service but are worried that it may be prohibitively expensive? Then Access 21 Care Interiors have the answer. Alongside their usual design and fit out service, they have introduced a new service for the […]

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Failing care services will be supported by CQC’s special measures

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Failing care services will be supported by CQC’s special measures

United Kingdom Homecare Association, the professional body for domiciliary care providers, has welcomed the Secretary of State for Health’s proposals to develop a new regime to deliver rapid improvement in those small number of social care providers in England who fail to meet regulatory requirements. The regime, to be operated by the statutory regulator, the […]

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The Huntercombe Centre in Derby raises money for Cancer Research UK

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Huntercombe  Centre in Derby raises money for Cancer Research UK

Staff and patients from The Huntercombe  Centre in Derby donned their pyjamas on Sunday 13th July 2014 to take part in this year’s Race for Life 5K fun run to raise money for Cancer Research UK.   One of the UK’s leading specialist health care provider’s saw its Derby team dress up in coordinating pink […]

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Peterborough Care care home creates 80 new care jobs

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Peterborough Care care home creates 80 new care jobs

Care home operator Peterborough Care has announced the completion of its first purpose built 50-bed care home and look forward to welcoming new residents to enjoy the luxurious surroundings it has to offer. RBS provided a seven-figure funding package via the Government-backed Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) to financially support Peterborough Care’s latest investment.   […]

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Autism ‘passport’ launched to help hospital staff working with disabled patients

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Autism ‘passport’ launched to help hospital staff working with disabled patients

An innovative free resource to assist hospital staff working with patients with autism is being launched by Baroness Angela Browning and the National Autistic Society (NAS), the UK’s leading charity for people affected by the lifelong developmental disability. Autism affects around 700,000 people in the UK and impacts how a person communicates with others and […]

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Independent Age responds to Special Measures

July 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Independent Age responds to Special Measures

In response to Jeremy Hunt’s announcement of plans for special measures in care homes, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, said:       “Jeremy Hunt’s plan to put failing care homes onto special measures is welcome. But the challenge will be to make what’s worked successfully in health also work in social care […]

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Extracare Charitable Trust confirm £35m retirement village in Longbridge

July 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Extracare Charitable Trust confirm £35m retirement village in Longbridge

A multi-million pound retirement village for people over the age of 55 is planned for St. Modwen’s £1 billion Longbridge regeneration, creating at least 50 full time jobs and up to 200 jobs on site during the construction. Leading retirement village specialist The ExtraCare Charitable Trust has purchased five acres of land fronting Lickey Road, […]

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