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Dismay over negative launch for CQC’s new inspection regime

Dismay over negative launch for CQC’s new inspection regime

A spokesman for social care has expressed his dismay over the way negative language has accompanied the launch of a new inspection regime. Mike Padgham says talk of “awful care” and care “not being good enough at the moment” from the Care Quality Commission did not help the sector to work together to improve standards. […]

October 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
Securing fairer fees for continuing healthcare

Securing fairer fees for continuing healthcare

Monitor has agreed to conduct an inquiry into whether Gateshead CCG followed the application of the rules within the National Tariff with respect to the fees it pays for CHC funded residents in care homes.   Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England said:   “The National Tariff rules for the setting of […]

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Borough Care wins Stockport top business award

Borough Care wins Stockport top business award

The constant drive to improve quality standards at Borough Care has been recognised in Stockport’s Business Awards. The care group, which has 500 permanent staff across 11 homes caring for over 460 residents won the ‘Best Non for Profit Organisation’ in a glittering ceremony held at the Hallmark Hotel in Handforth. The award follows a […]

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100th birthday party at Haywards Heath care home

100th birthday party at Haywards Heath care home

Sylvia Wyatt enjoyed her 100th birthday party at a Haywards Heath residential home where she was presented with a gift and celebration cake.   With Mrs. Wyatt enjoying regular respite stays at Walstead Place in Haywards Heath, the staff and residents were keen to celebrate her milestone event. She enjoyed a birthday tea party with […]

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Care homes host World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Care homes host World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Sanctuary Care homes across the country welcomed coffee lovers from their local communities to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.   The dedicated care home teams organised an array of themed events to support the charity’s annual fundraising World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 26 September.   Pinewood Residential Care Home in Chigwell raised a […]

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Construction starts on £5.6m Neath Care Home

Construction starts on £5.6m Neath Care Home

Work is underway on a state-of-the-art residential care home in Neath, thanks to a partnership between non-profit housing and care company Grŵp Gwalia and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.   Welsh contractors Jehu Project Services have started work on the £5.6 million development at Dwr y Felin Road, Neath. The new care home is […]

October 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
New autism service to open in Wakefield

New autism service to open in Wakefield

Craegmoor, part of the Priory Group of Companies, has invested more than £800,000 in refurbishing and expanding its residential services in Wakefield for individuals requiring specialist support for Autism and related complex needs. To open in two phases, the project will see Woodhouse in East Ardsley undergo a major refurbishment to increase its capacity to […]

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Care home forms innovative partnership with college

Care home forms innovative partnership with college

Amore Care’s Bannview House in Banbridge has formed an innovative partnership with a nearby college by becoming part of its students’ Enrichment Programme.   New-Bridge Integrated College, in Loughbrickland, offers its Sixth Form students an extensive Enrichment Programme, where they can choose from a range of activities that are designed to develop their personal qualities, […]

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Care Home Residents Get By With A Little Help From Friends

Care Home Residents Get By With A Little Help From Friends

Residents at a Bupa Care Home, in Ayr, were so inspired by a recent dementia awareness campaign they created a tribute wall to celebrate the cherished memories within the home.   Staff and residents at Bupa’s Claremont Care Home, in High Thornyflat Wynd, Whitletts, had been motivated by the Dementia Friends campaign – which features […]

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Experts by Experience to make unannounced inspections of care homes

Experts by Experience to make unannounced inspections of care homes

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today confirmed how it will regulate, inspect and rate care homes and community adult social care in England. Following extensive joint development, consultation and testing over the last eighteen months, CQC has issued documents called ‘handbooks’, which will help care providers to understand how they will be assessed and […]

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NHS Confederation responds to Nick Clegg’s conference speech

NHS Confederation responds to Nick Clegg’s conference speech

Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation responds to Nick Clegg’s conference speech Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “We welcome Nick Clegg’s approach which sets out a clear direction for the Liberal Democrats regarding mental health. The clear commitment to reducing waiting times and supporting talking therapies for those wanting […]

October 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
Building work begins on specialist care unit for young adults in Derby

Building work begins on specialist care unit for young adults in Derby

BUILDING work has commenced on a pioneering facility dedicated to the care of young adults with acquired brain injuries or complex disabilities in Derby. Period Victorian property Nightingale House, a former private nursing and midwifery hospital and later a Macmillan unit in the city centre, is undergoing extensive internal renovations to create a luxury home […]

October 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
Praise as care group holds 10-year milestone conference

Praise as care group holds 10-year milestone conference

Leading figures in social care have paid tribute to an influential providers’ group ahead of its 10th anniversary conference. The Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire) will mark its milestone year with a special conference and exhibition in York today, Tuesday 7th October. Some top names in the sector have praised the contribution it […]

October 6, 2014 | By | Reply More
Celebrating 10 years of care!

Celebrating 10 years of care!

Residents and the team at a Sanctuary Care home in Watlington celebrated a major milestone when they marked their home’s 10th anniversary.   Watlington & District Nursing Home opened its doors on 23 July 2004 and to mark its birthday on Friday (26 September) the residents and their loved ones, the team and trustees of […]

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ALTERNATIVE FUTURES GROUP CREATES COMMUNITY CIRCLES TO HELP PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA

ALTERNATIVE FUTURES GROUP CREATES COMMUNITY CIRCLES TO HELP PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA

North West charity Alternative Futures Group (AFG) is taking a lead in the region by adopting a new community approach to help people with dementia and learning disabilities.   AFG is the first provider to invest in a full time community circles connector who is already making a difference by helping people develop circles of […]

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Barnet care home celebrates Older People’s Day by inviting in some unusual friends

Barnet care home celebrates Older People’s Day by inviting in some unusual friends

Residents and staff at Apthorp Care Centre in Barnet, run by local charity and care home provider, The Fremantle Trust, celebrated ‘Older People’s Day’ on 1st October by welcoming some furry, scaly and slippery friends to their home. Animal experts from local company, Wild Science Ltd., brought in various creatures from around the world – […]

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Choosing a care home is ‘Like walking into a maze blindfolded’

Choosing a care home is ‘Like walking into a maze blindfolded’

Eight out of ten people find that choosing care for an older relative is one of the most stressful moments in life, according to a survey arranged by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In the survey, carried out through the websites, Mumsnet and Gransnet, 84% of respondents reported that choosing care for their parent or […]

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North East care group joins £1.2M dementia research project

North East care group joins £1.2M dementia research project

A North East care provider is taking part in an innovative national study analysing the impact of art on people suffering from dementia and memory loss. The focus has been on a group of dementia and memory loss residents at a South Shields care home, which is the first residential and dementia specialist care home […]

October 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Two Inverness colleagues celebrate 40 years between them working within the care sector

Two Inverness colleagues celebrate 40 years between them working within the care sector

An Inverness woman who has battled a life threatening health condition but has remained committed to working to help care for older people, and a head chef who helps people with mental health conditions learn to cook for themselves, have both been honoured for their outstanding loyal service by colleagues.   For over 20 years, […]

October 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care homes aren’t all bad news

Care homes aren’t all bad news

Care homes have generally taken a reactive approach to PR and communications, but with aging and related care becoming increasingly prominent in public debate, it’s time for care specialists to get on the front foot.   Here, we outline some of the simple steps care homes can take to start a more positive and proactive […]

October 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
New Avery care home sponsors Northampton General Hospital equipment

New Avery care home sponsors Northampton General Hospital equipment

Avery Healthcare has just opened Spencer House, sister-home to the company’s highly rated and successful Cliftonville care home in Northampton. Purpose built Spencer House will deliver the same caring excellence in residential, dementia, nursing and respite care as Cliftonville. To mark the occasion owners Avery Healthcare have donated vital specialist diagnostic equipment to the neighbouring Northampton General Hospital. Spencer House Home manager Marius […]

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South Yorkshire care home welcomes first residents

South Yorkshire care home welcomes first residents

New Barnsley care home, Ward Green Lodge officially welcomed its first residents last week, Pamela Grist and Iris Haigh, who moved into the home to enjoy the new luxurious facilities.   Pamela Grist was born and bred in Barnsley. After her school years, Pamela started work as a bakery delivery driver, where she met her […]

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Scarborough care home highlighted in major national launch of residential care report

Scarborough care home highlighted in major national launch of residential care report

A Scarborough care home has been used in a major national report calling for an overhaul of the residential care sector in England. St Cecilia’s care home in Stepney Road and in particular the way it uses new technology to help it look after residents, is highlighted in the Demos Commission on Residential Care. Working […]

October 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
Former RAF nurse to strengthen community links at Dorset care home

Former RAF nurse to strengthen community links at Dorset care home

An experienced care manager who started out as an RAF enrolled nurse is the new manager at Colten Care’s Brook View home in West Moors, Dorset. Maxine Spincer spent more than four years at RAF Ely in Cambridgeshire. As well as learning how to strip down and fire a sub-machine gun, she nursed armed forces […]

October 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
Gillie Court Garden Blooms in Time for Summer Sunshine

Gillie Court Garden Blooms in Time for Summer Sunshine

Councillor Joe Rosiejak and his wife, Dorothy, have successfully finished a gardening project at Bield’s Gillie Court Care Home in perfect time to allow tenants soak up the last of the summer sunshine.   Dorothy’s late mother was a tenant at the Dunfermline based care home and since her passing, Dorothy has been an enthusiastic […]

September 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Government must provide CCTV grants to get the ball rolling on stamping out abuse

The Government must provide CCTV grants to get the ball rolling on stamping out abuse

The Government must provide CCTV grants to get the ball rolling on stamping out abuse, says Ridouts   There have been many well-publicised failings in care homes across the country recently, where institutional abuse has been uncovered. Surveillance cameras have been hailed as a possible solution to this, to refocus on accountability and transparency and […]

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What does Adult Social Care look like across CQC’s new ratings?

What does Adult Social Care look like across CQC’s new ratings?

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has set out what Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement and Inadequate Adult Social Care would look like across each of the key areas it will routinely inspect services against. From next month, CQC will roll out its new approach to regulating Adult Social Care in England. Specialist teams, including trained members […]

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Harvest celebration at Stocks Hall

Harvest celebration at Stocks Hall

Scarecrows, harvest thanksgiving, cakes and dancing were amongst the activities enjoyed at Stocks Hall, Burscough Nursing Home this weekend. Senior members of staff allowed themselves to  be turned into scarecrows! Laughter, fun, and quiet reflection were all part of the Sunday afternoon celebrations within Stocks Hall. Traditional organ hymns were played, during a thanksgiving service, […]

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CQC SUCCESS FOR MIDDLETON CARE HOME

CQC SUCCESS FOR MIDDLETON CARE HOME

Bondcare St Andrews Langfield Nursing & Residential Home has been praised following a recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection.   The care home in Middleton, Manchester, was found to be fully compliant in all the required standards in the glowing report.   Treating people with respect and involving them in their care Providing care, treatment […]

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Care homes hit right note for Macmillan coffee morning

Care homes hit right note for Macmillan coffee morning

Coffee and homemade cakes were the order of the day as all 19 care homes owned and run by Colten Care took part in the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Belmore Lodge and Linden House in Lymington were among those welcoming friends and families for the annual event in aid of cancer support. Bournemouth-based jazz […]

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