• Huge rise in UK child neglect prompts call for urgent action

    Reports of problems rise 60% in five years with nearly nine in 10 serious enough to refer to social services or police
    Reports of child neglect in the UK have risen by more than 60% in the last five years with nearly nine in 10 calls proving serious enough to be referred to social services or the police.Nearly 19,500 calls reporting child neglect were dealt with by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in the last 12 months. The charity said a growing number of callers w
  • New Shropshire care home to create 150 jobs

    The development of a brand new multi-million pound care home which is set to result in the creation of 150 new local jobs is underway in Shropshire.
     Supported by a £4.4m funding deal from Royal Bank of Scotland, the new specialist centre Cleobury Hills is being created to provide care for adults in the Midlands who are aged over 50 and suffering predominantly from mental illness.
    Located in Cleobury Mortimer, the new state of the art, 60 bed home is expected to open in April 2018 and
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  • Care home residents embark on virtual summer cruise

    Residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Stourport-on-Severn welcomed people from the local community to embark on their ‘virtual’ summer cruise.Last week residents at Ravenhurst Residential Care Home in Lickhill Road North are ‘globe-trotting’, as the team re-create holiday hot spots from across the world right in the heart of the home.
    On Monday 14th August people from the local community joined the residents as they embarked on their ‘maiden voyage’ for
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  • Heathcotes opens specialist care facility in Chesterfield

    Care provider Heathcotes Group has opened a new specialist facility in Chesterfield following the completion of two new build services, each accommodating eight residents. 
    Located off Cuttholme Way, Heathcotes’ Loundsley House comprises two separate services, each offering eight en-suite bedrooms and 24-hour support for adults with learning disabilities, mental illness, dual diagnoses and associated complex needs. The facility will employ 16 full-time care staff, all t
  • Bridgwater care home grants Eric motorbike wish

    Sydenham House staff have pulled out all the stops to grant another wish for one of the residents.  
    Eric next to one of the bikes
    Following Elsie’s wish of a Hawaiian day, Eric was the next resident to have his wish granted.Eric is a motorbike lover and used to ride a Harley Davidson. Unfortunately, Eric had a stroke, which meant he was unable to ride his beloved bike. Despite this, Eric’s passion for motorbikes continues. When asked by staff at the Bridgwater care home what hi
  • Will UK consumer law destroy the care home market?

    The Competition and Markets Authority is investigating amid concerns that the social care system could have competition and consumer protection problemsAdult social care is on the financial ropes. Last year it was the introduction of the “national living wage”, this year it’s the requirement to backdate pay for sleep-in shifts. In both cases, the government is being urged to step in to prop up care providers. There is, however, a new threat lurking in the wings that could plung
  • Nurse Plus Orpington praised in recent CQC inspection

    Staff at Nurse Plus’ Orpington branch are celebrating after receiving a ‘Good’ Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating during a recent inspection.
    The homecare service was found to be performing well across all five areas of the inspection and staff were seen to be demonstrating a good understanding of how to ensure people’s needs were met and maintain dignity in care.
    The CQC carry out regular checks on health and social care services, ensuring that the care provided
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  • Married couple separated for 10 months due to lack of available homecare

    The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has asked Lincolnshire County Council to review other families’ cases after a man was separated from his wife for 10 months because there was no homecare available in his area.The man’s wife, who has mobility problems, should have returned home with the help of a care package following a hip operation. But to get the support needed, she was placed in a residential home some 15 miles away because the council’s contracted providers d
  • Preston care home celebrates after completing a ‘quadruple’ with its latest CQC rating

    Belmont care home is celebrating after completing a ‘quadruple’ with its latest ‘Good’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).The Preston-based home, on Inglewhite Road, Longridge, was deemed ‘Good’ in all categories by the independent regulator, having previously received praise at each of its last three inspections. The CQC judges a care facility on its safety, effectiveness, level of care, responsiveness and leadership.
    Comments in the report fr
  • ‘Seize the Day’ initiative brings the wild to Colne care home re-launch

    102-year-old Elsie Jackson ticked a big ambition off her list on Saturday, after MHA Belvedere Manor on Gibfield Road in Colne invited several birds of prey to their re-launch party.102-year-old Elsie Jackson ticked a big ambition off her list.
    The Silk care home is now under the management of national charity, MHA, which has almost 75 years’ experience providing accommodation and support for older people.
    Elsie, who has lived at Belvedere Manor since 2015, has always loved owls and has de
  • 80 percent of Ebola survivors suffer disabilities one year after discharge

    New research highlights the need for long-term rehabilitation of Ebola survivors after almost 80 percent of those interviewed were found to have major limitations in mobility, cognition and vision.
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  • Elderly care home residents have been taken on a trip down memory lane

    ELDERLY care home residents have been taken on a trip down memory lane as part of a youth volunteering service project in Stockton-on-Tees.The Safe in Tees Valley National Citizenship Service (NCS) spent time at Ingleby Care Home creating memory boards of the residents’ life stories.
    The project, named Close the Generation Gap, involved 12 volunteers aged 15 to 17 creating memory boards for 15 residents.
    One of those was 16-year-old Alfie Thomas, who said he wanted to take pa
  • Maidstone & The Weald MP praises live-in care service

    Maidstone & The Weald MP Helen Grant has praised a local home care company for launching a new premium live-in care service, which means older people who need round-the-clock care no longer need to leave their own homes to move into residential care homes. 
    L-R [Shawlene Chance (Live in Care Assistant), Hannah Finch (Care Supervisor), Geoffrey Kellam (Customer) and Helen Grant MPHelen Grant visited local home care provider Bluebird Care Maidstone last week to learn more about the compan
  • Connor Sparrowhawk: no risk assessments before teenager's death, tribunal finds

    Dr Valerie Murphy faces sanction after tribunal finds further failings over death of 18-year-old who drowned at NHS unitA senior psychiatrist failed to carry out any risk assessments on an epileptic teenager before he had a seizure and drowned in a bath, a medical tribunal has found.Dr Valerie Murphy was the lead clinician responsible for treating Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, who died in an NHS care unit in Oxford on 4 July 2013. Related: ‘We never thought he wouldn’t come home’: wh
  • Brunelcare announces appointment of three new Trustees to their Board

    Brunelcare, the Bristol based Charity and Housing Association, has strengthened its Board by appointing three new Trustees.
    ·         Deborah Evans – worked as a senior manager and Chief Executive in the NHS for 35 years. For the last five years Deborah has been Managing Director of the West of England Academic Health Science Network; an NHS funded body whose role is to stimulate innovation in the NHS and to spread best pr
  • The lack of empathy I see at disability assessments is heartbreaking | Julia Watts

    Many don’t have access to professional support so struggle to appeal unfair decisionsJulia Watts is client benefits manager at RegardDowning Street claimed that “no disability applicant will lose out as a result of the changes to personal independence payment (Pip)” but, in my experience, hardly a day has passed without hard evidence to the contrary. It’s heartbreaking.Related: This is a disability assessment: intrusive, humiliating and completely pointless | Rob Crossan
  • Learning from Birmingham – China’s Health Ministry visits £60m care village

    Representatives from China’s Ministry of Health have visited a Birmingham care village to see how its innovative principles could be applied in the Far East. 
    The 19 senior delegates, representing high-level government and health departments, toured the £60m College Green development in Bournville.
    It is being built by Bournville Village Trust, in partnership with ExtraCare Charitable Trust, Avery Healthcare and the NHS, on the former site of Bournville College.
  • Chesterfield care home bar built in Tony’s memory

    A BAR has been constructed at a Chesterfield care home after a former resident left money in his Will.Tony Walsham wanted fellow residents at Springbank House Care Home, on Ashgate Road, to decide what to do with his donation.
    A vote led to the decision of building an outdoors bar for residents and their family members to enjoy.
    Tony, who lived at Springbank House for almost two years, passed away earlier this year aged 91.
    His best friend at the home, 95-year-old Trevor Ans
  • Chorley specialist dementia care home has re-launched its pet therapy facility

    A specialist dementia care home has re-launched its permanent pet therapy facility to contribute to the care of its residents.The Lodge, which is based within the award-winning Buckshaw Retirement Village, Chorley, recently launched The Pet Shop, which is home to several pet rabbits, fish and guinea pigs.The Pet Shop was introduced to provide the residents with therapeutic engagement and interaction with the animals under the supervision of the experienced carers at The Lodge. Residents can pet,
  • Philip Hammond urged to use budget to help low-income families

    Rising inflation is exacerbating benefits cuts, says Child Poverty Action Group, making it harder for parents to make ends meetPhilip Hammond is being urged to use his autumn budget to ease the plight of low-income families, as research shows that rising inflation is making benefits cuts bite harder.A couple both working full-time on the “national living wage” in 2017 will generate only enough income to meet 87% of the basic costs of bringing up a child, according to research publish
  • Care workers abseil for Alzheimer’s off Liverpool Cathedral raises over £900

    PETRIFIED care home workers abseiled from Liverpool cathedral to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.Emma Willoughby, Lynn Walter and her niece Lucy Mellor strapped into harnesses and lowered themselves off the landmark for the charity.
    Emma is acting home manager for Alderwood Care Home, in Salford, and Lynn is senior regional manager for the Hill Care Group, which operates the home.
    Together they raised £907 for the fight against dementia.
    “I was petr
  • The Croft Residential Home in Wolverhampton found Outstanding following a CQC inspection

    The Care Quality Commission has found the quality of care provided by The Croft Residential Home, in Finchfield, Wolverhampton to be Outstanding following an inspection in April.  The Croft is registered to provide accommodation for up to 24 older people, some of whom are living with dementia, who require personal care and support. 
    Inspectors found staff were caring and compassionate and people were being provided with safe, responsive, caring, effective and well-led care. A fu
  • Young people spruce up Nursing Home gardens for Leiston residents

    A group of young people currently on Inspire Suffolk’s Team programme have been working hard to benefit the residents of Aldringham Court Nursing Home, located between Leiston and Aldeburgh, by improving their garden area.
    As part of their course, the young people are required to plan, raise funds for and lead a project of their choice to benefit their local community, which provides a fantastic opportunity to put on their CV’s. The Team have spent a week enhancing the gardens of the
  • Royal Star & Garter Homes receives Level 1 Kitemark for exceptional dementia care

    The Royal Star & Garter Homes is proud to announce that both the Charity’s Homes’ have been awarded the Level 1 Kitemark by Dementia Care Matters, following recent, unannounced audits. The Charity has Homes in Solihull, West Midlands, and Surbiton, Surrey.Level 1 is the highest accolade achievable through Dementia Care Matters’ National ‘Butterfly Home Quality of Life National Accreditation Kitemark’ awards. It indicates that a Home is demonstrating ‘excep
  • Norfolk care home team accredited in specialist care

    The care team at Olive House Care Home in Newton Flotman have become accredited as specialists in providing support around end of life care.Head of Care, Kerry Gooda and Home Manager, Lesley Eastoll have become recognised ‘Six Steps Champions’ as part of a scheme led by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, and have shared their knowledge with the rest of their team.
    Olive House is part of the Healthcare Homes Group and provides residential care for up to 45 people. Kerry and
  • The Fremantle Trust gets into the festival spirit to mark its 25th anniversary

    Due to popular demand, local charity event, FreFest returned to the calendar for the third year running with a special programme of activities to celebrate The Fremantle Trust’s 25th anniversary.The festival took place at Rivets Sports and Social Club in Aylesbury and was officially opened by the Town Mayor of Aylesbury, Cllr Tom Hunter-Watts.
    The Trust, which provides person-centred care and support for older people and adults with learning disabilities, welcomed more than 350 people from
  • Yorkshire care home in Hessle gets residents moving to music

    Residents at Emmanuel House, the Minster-run care home in East Yorkshire, have been having fun while keeping active, by taking part in exercise classes set to music. The ‘Movement 2 Music’ sessions involve group-based exercises designed to improve the overall health of participants, including their mobility, balance and mental well-being.The ‘Movement 2 Music’ sessions involve muscle-strengthening exercises with balls, hula-hoops and scarves. Residents exercise and sing a
  • Experiences of stroke survivors with visual impairments examined

    A new study identifies simple measures that could substantially improve the quality of life of stroke survivors with visual impairments.
  • Smoking linked to frailty in older adults

    A recent article finds that current smoking in older people increases the risk of developing frailty, though former smokers did not appear to be at higher risk.
  • Big Picnic Fortnight Come Rain Or Shine

    All over the country the people who live or work at supported living and residential services run by the Regard Group, the UK’s fourth largest private organisation providing for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury, are coming together to take part in ‘Regard’s Big Picnic Fortnight’ and raise funds in support of YoungMinds, their recently announced charity of the year.The organisation has a long history of charity fundraising, w
  • Gravesend Care Staff’s Fundraiser Raises Cash for Outings

    Staff of Edward Moore House Residential Home challenged themselves to a sponsored walk, to raise money for the residents of the home.Feeling inspired by the long summer days, staff of the Trinity Road residential care home decided to challenge themselves to a fundraising walk, in hope of raising some money, which would enable their residents to enjoy a summer day out at the seaside.
    The group of hikers successfully completed 10 laps of the running track adjacent to the Gurdwara Sikh Templ
  • The Conservatives’ solution for unaffordable care? No care | Barbara Keeley

    Seventy thousand older people with complex needs left to fend for themselves: Tory apathy on social care funding could turn a crisis into a catastrophe• Barbara Keeley, Labour MP for Worsley and Eccles South, is shadow minister for social care and mental healthDespite evidence that life expectancy may be stagnating, the century-long rise should be a cause for celebration. However, for too many people – unsure whether they will be able to afford the care they may need or to plan for th
  • Care Quality Commission find Leicestershire care home Outstanding

    The Care Quality Commission has found the quality of care provided by Diamond House in Beaumont Leys, Leicester, to be Outstanding overall following an inspection in May. Diamond House provides care and support for up to 44 older people a majority of whom are living with dementia. There were 40 people living at the home at the time of our inspection visit. 
    Inspectors found staff were caring and compassionate and people were being provided with safe, responsive, caring, effectiv
  • Life in the 40s could be fun-St Annes care home residents have a swell time!

    Life in the 40s could be fun – as demonstrated by residents, family, friends and the care team at a local St Annes rest home.Rosewood Lodge, one of the four Lakeview Rest Homes, hosted a Flirty ‘40s Garden Party. They invited people to “Come swing with us and have a real swell time.” And sure enough they did. 
    There was plenty to do and residents from Lakeview’s other rest homes, namely The Moorings, Lakeview and Newfield Lodge, joined in the fun too.
  • Residents enjoy Mary Poppins-themed garden party and show at a New Forest care home

    Residents from four Hampshire care homes came together for a Mary Poppins-themed garden party complete with acting and music.
    Mary Poppins was the theme of the garden party at Colten Care’s Woodpeckers care home in Brockenhurst, Hampshire.
    More than 100 guests enjoyed the singing, dancing and costume spectacular at Colten Care’s Woodpeckers home at Brockenhurst in the New Forest.  
  • Care home residents get up-close to both civilian and military aircraft dating from World War I

    Residents at The Meadows, the Minster-run care home in Haverhill, Sussex, have been transported back in time to wartime Britain with a visit to the Imperial War Museum at RAF Duxford. The trip allowed residents to get up-close to both civilian and military aircraft dating from World War I to the present day and learn about the airfield’s role in the Battle of Britain.
    The group of residents, their family members and staff from The Meadows spent the afternoon exploring the airfield, includi
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage and the need for expert treatment

    Subarachnoid hemorrhages, which are caused by ruptured brain aneurysms, account for 5-10 percent of all strokes and are best managed by experienced and dedicated experts at high-volume centers with neurosurgeons, endovascular surgeons and stroke neurologists, research shows.
  • Telemedicine as effective as in-person care for Parkinson's disease

    Telemedicine can successfully deliver quality care, new findings from a nationwide program that links neurologists with patients with Parkinson's disease in their homes via video conferencing shows. The study points to a new way to improve care for people who suffer from the disease, but may have not have access to a neurologist.
  • The Old Rectory Nursing Home, Exeter rated Outstanding by the CQC

    A care home in Exeter that goes out of its way to establish links with the local community has been rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission following an inspection in May.
    The Old Rectory Nursing Home
    Inspectors rated The Old Rectory Nursing Home, in Old Tiverton Road, Exeter Outstanding for being effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well led and Good for being safe. Overall the service was rated as Outstanding.
    The Old Rectory Nursing Home is a care home wit
  • Castleoak and Care UK celebrate latest construction milestone of new Windsor care home

    One of the UK’s leading independent care home providers, Care UK, has moved a step closer to delivering a new care home in Windsor, with a ‘topping out’ ceremony held on site to mark the latest construction milestone.
    Care UK’s Hannah Lee, Mayor of Windsor, Cllr John Lenton, Mayoress Margaret lenton and Castleoak’s, Doug Jones.
    The new Care UK home, which will offer views of Windsor Castle, forms part of the Castle View £24.6 million retirement village. 
  • Devon care home that goes out of its way to promote independence and wellbeing rated Outstanding

    A care home in Devon that goes out of its way to promote the independence and wellbeing of people living with dementia has been rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission following an inspection in May.Inspectors rated Sefton Hall, in Plantation Terrace, Dawlish Outstanding for being effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led and Good for being safe.  
    Sefton Hall is registered to provide accommodation for up to 49 people needing personal and nursing car
  • Person-centred care celebrated in Grimsby care home video

    A Grimsby care home is one of only two residential services in the UK featured in new videos about person-centred care.  The Anchorage, on Rutland Street, is featured in a new set of films the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) on personalised support in residential settings.Filming has already started at The Anchorage, which was recently one of only three care homes in the area to win the NELincs GGC Gold Award for the third year running. It comes at SCIE publish their new resourc
  • Music to their ears workshop launched for care home residents in the Midlands

    A surveyor with a passion for music is helping to tackle the problem of social isolation and loneliness which is often experienced by those affected by dementia  in Care Homes.
    John Reed, 69, has launched his “music to their ears” musical workshop series to transport care home residents to a world of music, storytelling and song.
    John Reed, 69, has launched his “music to their ears” musical workshop series to transport care home residents to a world of music, storyte
  • I was labelled a bad kid in care. That really hurt

    It’s easy to judge or stereotype children in care, but it’s not helpful and can be damaging• Ellen Maloney is a care experienced adultThe closest I came to getting into trouble at school was when I was six years old. I was colouring in large pictures of sunflowers and my best friend, Anna, wanted to borrow my crayons. I didn’t object to sharing in principle but Anna always put them back in the wrong order and I had a very particular way of keeping all my belongings.I belie
  • Taunton respite centre receives outstanding CQC inspection rating

    Staff from the Halcon Centre are celebrating following the results of their recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection. The Taunton respite centre, which provides support to adults with physical disabilities, was given the highest rating of ‘Outstanding’ by the social care inspectorate who published their report on 25th July.
    This now puts the Halcon Centre in the 1.4% of adult social care providers nationally that are rated ‘Outstanding’ overall.The inspection took
  • Tonbridge care home residents enjoy the summer and getting stuck into a spot of flower arranging

    With summer in full bloom, residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home spent an afternoon embracing a seasonal activity of flower arranging.
    Creativity was in the air at the new Tudeley Lane care home, when the residents go together to let out their artistic sides and create some beautiful bouquets.
    Using lots of different flowers in an array of colours, the inventive residents spent a relaxing afternoon building their bouquets and making some beautiful displays. Whilst creating their
  • Nottingham’s elderly care home residents enjoy a day of games with toddlers

    TODDLERS took a trip to a Nottingham care home to enjoy a day of games with the elderly residents.Arts and crafts, playdough making, balloons and singing kept both young and elderly entertained before they shared lunch.
    Longmoor Lodge Care Home, on Longmoor Lane, Sandicare, hosted the children from Brookhill House Day Nursery, on Brookhill Street, Stapleford.
    The three to five year olds have been making regular trips to the care home, playing parachute and ball games, reading and s
  • ‘Caring for my elderly parent from afar risks turning him into the child’

    Judith Cameron’s 91-year-old dad is in decline, and she’s concerned she can’t always be there for him. But he says he’s in good health and doesn’t need her to worry so much about him‘But I remember something when it’s important,” Dad protests. We’re sitting in his back garden on a warm summer’s afternoon. “If you’ve forgotten it, how do you know if it’s important?” I ask. “Don’t treat me as if I was y
  • Atherton community comes together to celebrate care village resident’s 104th birthday

    Amy Hirst has celebrated her 104th birthday in style, with a nostalgic trip in a Cadillac coupe and an ‘around-the-world’ themed party at the Belong care village in Atherton where she lives. Well-wishers included Andrew Whyment from Coronation Street, Atherton’s fire crew who surprised Amy with a hand delivered card and over fifty cards and gifts from local businesses and friends of the care village.Amy with the 1959 Cadillac Coupe outside Belong Atherton
    Amy, from Leigh, who l

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