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Social Businesses can be a catalyst for innovation in the social care sector.

November 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Social Businesses can be a catalyst for innovation in the social care sector.

Social Businesses can be a catalyst for innovation in the social care sector.  The new personal care budgets of the Care Act offer a unique opportunity to change the care system for the better, for ever. Finally we have a tool to safely transfer power and choice from the state to the consumer moving them […]

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Care Home Furniture Manufacturer Announced Winner at International Design Awards 2014

November 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care Home Furniture Manufacturer Announced Winner at International Design Awards 2014

Care home furniture manufacturer YTM has been announced a winner at the prestigious SBID International Design Awards 2014.  YTM, in conjunction with interior designer The Drawing Room Interiors, held off tough competition to win the New Build & Development category.  The awards feature 15 categories of design excellence and are judged by international industry leaders; […]

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Leading charity warns UK is leaving thousands of blind people isolated and at risk of depression

November 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Leading charity warns UK is leaving thousands of blind people isolated and at risk of depression

  RNIB says fewer than one in three (30%) eye departments offer adequate support to people who are losing their sigh.   National sight loss charity RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) has issued a stark warning today that the majority of people who are diagnosed with sight loss are being left without any […]

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Diamonds are forever at Shropshire care home

November 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Diamonds are forever at Shropshire care home

Love is in the air for a couple at a Shropshire care home after they celebrated 60 years together. Ronald (82) and Shirley Ditchfield (79), who are residents at Whitchurch-based Edgeley House care home, which is owned and operated by Akari Care, celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary at a party held at the home with […]

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Care and support services receives the Shackletons touch!

November 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care and support services receives the Shackletons touch!

Anchor Lodge care home in Sunderland were looking to create a warm and welcoming domestic environment that would specifically avoid the stereotypical look of a healthcare environment.   Situated near the beach, on the scenic Roker seafront, Anchor Lodge has been designed to provide supported housing and respite care that will assist people with Alzheimer’s […]

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CQC announces partnership to reach out to more lonely ‘cared for’ elderly

November 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
CQC announces partnership to reach out to more lonely ‘cared for’ elderly

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is tomorrow marking the launch of a new partnership with The Silver Line helpline to help reach out to even more elderly people who are cared for in their homes and in residential care. The partnership comes on the same day as The Silver Line celebrates its one-year anniversary as […]

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Heffle Court crowned ‘Best Dementia Care Home’

November 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Heffle Court crowned ‘Best Dementia Care Home’

Staff and residents at Heffle Court care home are celebrating after scooping the coveted title of ‘Best Dementia Care Home’ at the National Dementia Awards.   The Heathfield home was presented with the prestigious award in recognition of the high quality care it provides for people living with dementia.   The Heffle Court team attended […]

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Memory and music creates a Choir to Remember

November 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Memory and music creates a Choir to Remember

RMBI care home Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court in Essex has formed a choir, consisting of 30 members including residents, staff, volunteers and visitors. Named ‘A Choir to Remember’, the group meets every Wednesday morning to rehearse and perform regularly at a variety of venues, including the local church and other RMBI care homes. […]

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Family carers set to benefit from dementia partnership

November 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Family carers set to benefit from dementia partnership

Independent sector health and social care provider Care UK has announced a partnership with Dementia Adventure to deliver a joint programme of free events, which will provide advice and support for around 800 family carers over the next 12 months.   The announcement follows the success of several joint projects between Care UK and Dementia […]

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Newcastle care home has double celebration

November 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Newcastle care home has double celebration

A Newcastle care home is celebrating for two reasons after appointing an experienced new manager and receiving a glowing report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).   Allan Court care home, which is part of Bondcare Shaftesbury Limited and based on Benwell Lane, has appointed Simeon Mulligan, who has more than 14 years’ management experience […]

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Fifty four percent of calls to The Silver Line are from lonely older people

November 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fifty four percent of calls to The Silver Line are from lonely older people

ON 25th NOVEMBER 2014, THE SILVER LINE HELPLINE CELEBRATES ITS FIRST BIRTHDAY TAKING ALMOST 300,000 CALLS FROM LONELY OLDER PEOPLE IN ONE YEAR In its first year, the free, confidential helpline for older people has been inundated with calls, far more than they anticipated, the biggest single problem being loneliness. More than half the callers […]

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Lancashire supermarket supports care home

November 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Lancashire supermarket supports care home

A care home is receiving support from a major supermarket chain to help with its activities. Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, is working with Asda supermarket in Ingram Road to offer customers the choice of donating their shopping tokens. The tokens will be turned into a donation to the residents’ fund which will […]

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Overjoyed care home manager recognised in National Dementia Care Awards

November 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Overjoyed care home manager recognised in National Dementia Care Awards

An overjoyed manager of a Sanctuary Care home in Pershore is honoured to have scooped a National Dementia Care Award.   Anita Fletcher, manager at Heathlands Residential Care Home went head to head with four other finalists from homes across the country at an awards ceremony in Brighton recently and was named Best Dementia Care […]

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Mental health trusts to be inspected according to risk

November 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Mental health trusts to be inspected according to risk

Today (Thursday 20 November) and for the first time, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published information on every Mental Health NHS trust in England to show the public how it decides which services it will inspect next and what it will focus on. The information is CQC’s analysis of 59 different sources of evidence, […]

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Stirling care home receives five star review after unannounced inspection

November 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Stirling care home receives five star review after unannounced inspection

A Care Home has continued its reputation for unrivalled excellence, receiving a five-star rating for its services after an unannounced inspection. Blackwood’s Broom Court Care Home, in Stirling, was commended by the Care Inspectorate for its stellar care and support provided to residents. Findings from the report showed the home had achieved top grades for […]

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Wakefield care home celebrates war hero with special Remembrance Day event

November 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Wakefield care home celebrates war hero with special Remembrance Day event

Whyburn Parkes, who will turn 100 next month, attends a Remembrance Day book reading event at Bupa’s West Ridings Residential and Nursing Home Bupa care home resident Whyburn Parkes, who turns 100 next month took part in Remembrance Day celebrations at West Ridings Residential and Nursing Home in Wakefield. Whyburn was commemorated during WWII for his […]

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NHS Confederation responds to CQC guidance on openness and transparency

November 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
NHS Confederation responds to CQC guidance on openness and transparency

Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “We must ensure that we retain the confidence and commitment of the public to the NHS. This means we support anything that will enhance transparency and build a more open culture – while making sure those responsible for neglect, abuse or poor care are held accountable […]

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Bristol dementia care charity welcome planning news

November 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Bristol dementia care charity welcome planning news

A Brentry care home specialising in dementia care has received the welcome news that a planning application to re-develop the home has been approved by Bristol City Council. With the demand for excellent dementia care in purpose-built surroundings growing, Bristol based Milestones Trust are looking to up-date and modernise their flagship dementia care home, Humphry […]

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Striking the right balance with CCTV in care homes

November 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Striking the right balance with CCTV in care homes

Following its Public Board Meeting today, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has agreed in principle to publish information for providers, as well as for people who use services and their loved ones, about the use of covert or overt surveillance to monitor care. Over the last year, CQC has been seeking views from people who […]

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CMG empowers the people it supports to become more involved in community life

November 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
CMG empowers the people it supports to become more involved in community life

Individuals supported by CMG were inspired to become more involved in every day life in their communities during the leading provider’s annual Service User Conference. Following suggestions made by CMG’s Service User Parliament – a group of individuals supported by CMG who are elected to represent their peers – it was decided that this year, […]

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Bupa opens £10.5million state-of-the-art care home in Southborough

November 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Bupa opens £10.5million state-of-the-art care home in Southborough

Fountains Lodge Nursing and Residential Home, Southborough, opened its doors this week in an official ceremony attended by Tunbridge Wells Borough Councillor Lynne Weatherly, the cabinet member for Communities and Wellbeing.    The £10.5 million Bupa care home boasts state-of-the-art facilities including a cinema, hair salon, therapy room and sensory garden. Extra home comforts include […]

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£30 million secures St Cloud Care sale

November 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
£30 million secures St Cloud Care sale

The privately owned quality care provider St Cloud Care has been sold.  Acting on behalf of the vendors Bespoke Care managed the ‘off market’ sales process and confirmed the share sale achieved a consideration in excess of £30 million. St Cloud Care comprises five established care homes and adjacent supported living apartments. The homes, in […]

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Data can drive up standards in care says NHS Confederation

November 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Data can drive up standards in care says NHS Confederation

Commenting on the launch of MyNHS at the Foundation Trust Network Conference, Rob  Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “Having comparative data on the quality of services is an essential part of improving care. Data that are owned by clinicians and accessible to the public can drive up standards in care. This will […]

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More care homes mark World War One

November 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
More care homes mark World War One

Embrace Residents, relatives and staff members gathered together to pay tribute to those fallen in the Great War. Residents created a special memorial for the occasion, lighting candles and placing crosses adorned with poppies. Residents and staff at Rosewell Care Home in Bristol created a special tribute this week to commemorate those fallen in the […]

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Alzheimer’s Society responds to HSJ Commission on Hospital Care For Frail Older People

November 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Alzheimer’s Society responds to HSJ Commission on Hospital Care For Frail Older People

The Health Service Journal  has today published the findings of its Commission on Hospital Care for Frail Older People. The Commission’s central conclusion is that hospitals and commissioners shouldn’t rely on Government plans for greater integration between health and social care as a solution – they must and can take action now themselves to tackle […]

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Is there a link between poor sleep patterns and dementia?

November 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Is there a link between poor sleep patterns and dementia?

Eating during normal times for sleep may be harmful to memory according to a study presented at Neuroscience 2014 conference in Washington DC today. Research in mice by academics at the University of California Los Angeles found that mice that ate during a normal time of sleep had their sleep time altered. Even when they […]

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Obesity linked to memory issues

November 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Obesity linked to memory issues

Obesity in healthy older adults may be linked to memory and thinking problems, according to research presented at Neuroscience 2014 in Washington DC today (18 November 2014). Researchers at the Australian National University in Canberra followed 420 cognitively healthy adults aged 60-64 for eight years. The participants’ body mass index was measured at the start […]

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Care entrepreneur Farrer acquires SureCare from Housing & Care 21

November 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care entrepreneur Farrer acquires SureCare from Housing & Care 21

The boss of Chester-based care company SureCare has acquired the business from Housing & Care 21. Gary Farrer, who has been SureCare’s Managing Director for two years, has completed a deal to buy the franchise company. Since Farrer came on board, he has developed the range of services offered by the company’s 27 franchises and […]

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Final phase of £10 million tailor made Norfolk healthcare village begins

November 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Final phase of £10 million tailor made Norfolk healthcare village begins

Work begins on the final phase of a £10 million pound tailor made healthcare village in the Norfolk village of Swanton Morley as the NorthStar team oversee the development  of 25 independent living retirement bungalows.   Called Woodgate Park, the development is owned and managed by Castlemeadow Care, who contracted NorthStar to deliver a unique […]

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Green-fingered resident named ‘Director of Gardens’ at New Barnet care home

November 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Green-fingered resident named ‘Director of Gardens’ at New Barnet care home

John Scott Martin, a 70 year old green-fingered resident at a New Barnet care home has taken on the new honorary role of Director of Gardens, tasked with choosing planting schemes and providing advice on the extensive gardens at the Cedar Gardens Care Centre (known as Cedars), on Richmond Road in New Barnet. “Last year, […]

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