• 'Magic Table' game helps dementia patients relax and reminisce

    A new interactive light game for people with mid- to late-stage dementia is being trialled in UK care homesDoris, 90, is prodding at a colourful image of a beach ball projected on to the table in front of her. She sends it wheeling off towards Don, who sweeps at it, bouncing it back. William taps at the image while Cathy watches intently, occasionally reaching out a hand. Doris giggles, Don grins, Cathy smiles gently. William is concentrating hard.This is significant. All four are “difficu
  • Call for targeted campaign to help Black and Minority Ethnic dementia sufferers

    Tim Dlamini is in the later stages of his PhD project, examining end-of-life care for people with dementia, with a focus on black and minority ethnic (BME) groups
    “…in many BME communities, it is still seen as a natural part of ageing and not as an illness, so people do not access the services that are available…”
    “…Families are left to struggle and try to cope with the situation as best they can…”
    THE Government’s stated aim is to make E
  • New report sets out ways to reduce the disability employment gap

    A new report published calls for more practical solutions to close the disability employment gap. 
    Closing the disability and employment gap is published by VODG (the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group), and outlines successful employment and training schemes delivered by specialist disability organisations. It includes recommendations for government, employers and care providers to boost employment for working-age disabled people.
    The publication is a response to the recent gr
  • Mayor puts care home’s winning photographers in the picture

    A CARE home resident who claimed first prize in a photography competition has had his winning picture presented to him by The Mayor of Daventry, Glenda Simmonds.
    Badby Park, a local care home for adults with complex needs, held the ‘Autumn and Fireworks‘ themed annual competition for residents, staff and families.
    Daryl, a resident at Badby Park, was awarded first prize with his photograph of a silhouette set against a backdrop of a stunning firework display.Cllr Simmonds presented D
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  • Cost of social care has rocketed over last year, analysis shows

    Research by TrustedCare.co.uk reveals huge rise in costs yet number of services rated as good or outstanding has fallenThe cost of social care rocketed over the last year, even as the proportion of services ranked good or outstanding fell, according to a new analysis.Related: If austerity is over, why can’t Britain afford proper social care? | John HarrisContinue reading...
  • Welfare reform is vital for old, young and disabled people | the big issue

    Elderly care funding crisis points to the need for a fair and efficient system throughout societyYour front-page piece (“Elderly care ‘close to collapse’ as council funding runs out”, News), coupled with Jennifer Dixon’s and Anita Charlesworth’s analysis of the autumn statement’s implications for social care (Comment) and the letter from the cross-party group of local government leaders, highlight a massive crisis that goes beyond social care. It threate
  • Revealed: the millions paid to social care companies | Daniel Boffey

    Investigation into five biggest firms finds some owners were paid handsomely while an increasing number of services require improvementAn investigation into the five biggest firms providing homecare services in the UK has found millions of pounds has been paid to some owners amid a crisis in standards of care.An analysis of published reports from the Care Quality Commission, the care regulator for England, reveals that of the 192 domiciliary care services run by major companies, and inspected ov
  • Rough sleeping on rise in Birmingham after cuts to homelessness services

    Charities, outreach workers and the council all view ‘frightening’ levels of rough sleeping as a result of local authority cutsThe body of a 30-year-old homeless man was found at the back of a dark loading bay beside the Birmingham New Street railway station car park on Tuesday night, the coldest night of the winter so far. There are no flowers at the place he died, but the flattened, damp cardboard boxes where he slept are still there, along with a couple of woollen hats and a pair
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  • Competition watchdog to investigate UK care homes

    Regulator intervenes amid reports of unfair practices and contracts within the cash-strapped sectorCare homes that hit residents with shock rises in bills or have contracts riddled with hidden charges are to be investigated by regulators looking to see if the sector is treating people fairly and providing value for money. The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) inquiry will cover the 430,000 older people currently in care and nursing homes across the UK.Continue reading...
  • Man jailed for 'hideous' sex crimes against seven girls in Rotherham

    Corie Adams, 18, jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to string of charges relating to girls aged between 12 and 14An 18-year-old man has been jailed for nine years after admitting to committing “hideous” sex crimes against seven girls in Rotherham, police said.Corie Adams pleaded guilty to a string of charges at Sheffield crown court relating to girls aged between 12 and 14. Continue reading...
  • Citizens Advice responds to launch of CMA investigation into care homes

    Citizens Advice has welcomed the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) market study into the care and nursing home market.
    The national charity called for the CMA to investigate the care home market after its research found people were getting shock bills, having as little as a week’s notice about fees going up, and paying deposits that they were offered no protection for.
    Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Gillian Guy said:
    “A lack of protections in th
  • Social care provider officially launches in Coventry & South Warwickshire

    From left Surecare’s Tervinder Bhangal with the Lord Mayor of Coventry Councillor Lindsley Harvard and Coventry’s Lady Godiva Pro Porretta
    A fast growing company which provides care and home services to children and adults in Coventry and South Warwickshire is celebrating its official launch.
    The SureCare franchise for Coventry and South Warwickshire was opened in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Lindsley Harvard and Coventry’s Lady Godiva, Pro Porretta, o
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  • As care homes come under CMA scrutiny Your Voice Matters speaks out on ‘banning’

    As the Competitions and Markets Authority launches a market study into care homes for the elderly, to review how well the market works and whether people are treated fairly Care Industry News speaks to Jenny Moore of Your Voice Matters a body developed to protect the interests of both care home residents and their loved ones.“In March 2015 I met Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham to discuss areas of failings within the care home sector.  This included the issue of banning of re
  • New Care & Quality Director for Orders of St John Care Trust

    Jo Blackburn
    One of the UK’s largest not-for-profit care home providers has appointed a new Care & Quality Director to join its Executive Team. 
    With over 30 years’ experience working in the healthcare sector within both the NHS and voluntary sector, Jo Blackburn has successfully developed and implemented plans aimed at influencing organisational strategy and promoting partnership working across the statutory and voluntary sector as part of End Of Life Care working with the
  • Competition and Markets Authority to review care homes market and customer experience

    The size of the UK care home market is estimated at £15.9 billion
    The CMA has today launched a market study into care homes for the elderly, to review how well the market works and whether people are treated fairly.
    By its very nature, the need to find a care home can come at a distressing time, with decisions taken in challenging circumstances. The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) study will assess how people find the experience of choosing a care home, explore whether the
  • NorthStar raises the bar on delivering five star care home design in Norfolk

    Care home design and development specialists NorthStar have delivered a stunning new care home in the heart of Norwich for regional operator Castlemeadow Care.  This is the third collaboration for the two companies in as many years.
    The location of the new home in leafy Heigham Road in the heart of Norwich’s ‘Golden Triangle’ demanded the highest quality of design and internal finishes.  Working with interior design specialists Bernard Interiors, Northstar embraced th
  • We could all be Daniel Blake: social workers stand with disabled adults

    A new charter, written by disabled adults and social workers, calls for collaboration to tackle pressure on welfare servicesSocial workers: tell us about work-life balance and job satisfactionI, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach’s study of a working man’s descent into poverty and despair while battling to receive disability benefit, has rightly caused disquiet at the ways the systems and services established to provide welfare can instead cause misery. Many who work in society’s “s
  • Residents celebrate as Eddie ‘The Eagle’ lands in Stroud

    Residents living at Hanover Lodge have welcomed a new communal space after their landlord, Hanover Housing Association, unveiled a new lounge area where residents at the Stroud estate can relax and unwind.
    The purpose-built common room provides a warm environment where residents can meet up with their neighbours for coffee mornings and enjoy social activities such as bingo, quiz nights and exercise classes.
    The lounge was officially opened by former Olympian and local celebrity Edd
  • Red carpet rolled out for nursing home’s new cinema

    A nursing home for the elderly and young adults with disabilities has unveiled a new cinema for residents and their families.
    Film fans among the residents of Barnes Court Care Home in High Barnes flocked to the grand opening of the cinema with a premier showing of ‘Mama Mia’.
    The event had a suitably Hollywood flare with a Grauman’s Chinese Theatre themed official opening, with the cinema decorated in red Chinese style lanterns, fans and paper chains and framed p
  • Carer of the Year scoop for Richmond carer

    Tina Rivenhall, Senior Care Assistant with Cllr David Linette, Mayor of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
    Tina Ravenhill has been named Carer of the Year by Richmond Council in their recent Dignity in Care Awards. Tina, who works as a Senior Care Assistant at Deer Park View Care Centre in Teddington, was nominated for the award by Mary Mitchell the daughter of a resident at the home.
    In her nomination Mrs Mitchell commented: “Tina is a pivotal part of a strong, caring team. I have
  • Run the NHS and social care like John Lewis, says Frank Field

    Ex-Labour welfare minister says new integrated service run on a mutual basis should be funded exclusively by national insurance contributionsThe NHS and social care would be run by a John Lewis-style mutual organisation and funded by higher national insurance contributions, under a radical shakeup proposed by Labour MP Frank Field.The former welfare minister says a looming financial crisis could be tackled by making the NI system more progressive and earmarking the entire proceeds to pay for the
  • If austerity is over, why can’t Britain afford proper social care? | John Harris

    The services hit hardest by Tory cuts are those that allow the needy to live with dignity. Surely they should now be the highest priorityThe 82-year-old man said he wanted to remain anonymous. Then he spent half an hour telling me about the increasing difficulty of his day-to-day life. “I feel helpless,” he said. He lives alone around 40 minutes from London, and has a neurological condition that leads to long spells of physical weakness. He uses a wheelchair, and depends on the
  • Phantom movements in augmented reality helps patients with chronic intractable phantom limb pain

    A novel method of treating phantom limb pain has been developed using machine learning and augmented reality. This approach has been tested on over a dozen of amputees with chronic phantom limb pain who found no relief by other clinically available methods before. The new treatment reduced their pain by approximately 50 per cent, reports a clinical study.
  • Possible new target for treating and preventing Alzheimer's

    Researchers have compared prevalence of aquaporin-4 in the brains of those who had Alzheimer's to those who didn't have the disease, and report that they may have found a new target for treating and preventing the disease.
  • Looked-after children deserve more stability | Letters

    In Scotland, where there are about 15,000 looked-after children (including looked-after children at home), we are committed to ending unacceptably long waiting times for a permanent home as experienced by so many children (Safety in numbers, 26 November).Delaying decisions on a child’s permanent home can seriously impact on their life chances. While speed is of the essence, we need to be considered in our decision making, using all evidence available, and ensuring the child’s we
  • Sutton-in-Ashfield care home acquisition adds to Target Healthcare’s portfolio

    Target Healthcare REIT Limited and its subsidiaries (“the Group”), the only listed specialist investor in UK care homes, is pleased to announce that it has exchanged contracts to acquire a purpose-built care home located in the town of Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.  The home will be acquired for approximately £5.6 million including acquisition costs. The transaction is expected to conclude by April 2017 once the build has been completed and the home has been fitted
  • Four daring care staff members from Linlithgow take a huge leap to raise a whopping £1,200 for charity

    Four daring staff members from a Linlithgow very sheltered housing development have taken a huge leap to raise a whopping £1,200 for charity.
    Kashmir Potter, Gillian Scott, Helen Dunn and James Hill from Bield’s Brae Court very sheltered housing development completed the 165ft abseil down Scotland’s iconic Forth Rail Bridge, to cap off a wonderful year of fundraising for Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS).
    Rena Kirton-Vaughan, Manager at Brae Court, said: &ld
  • Savour not 'slop': the revolution transforming care home catering

    A new training scheme for chefs aims to tackle outdated perceptions of care home food and provide a platform for excellenceCare catering isn’t seen as comparable with Michelin-starred gastronomy nor with the offerings in bars, restaurants and hotels around the country. But thanks to a pioneering new training programme, the face of food in the care industry could soon be given a much-needed makeover.“People think retirement home food is slop,” says Gareth O’Hara, one of 12
  • West Sussex council adult social care managers joins home care workers on home visits

    As part of West Sussex County Council’s “back to the floor” campaign this month, several senior managers from County Hall have shelved meetings in favour of learning what it is like to be a home care worker and how the care is actually delivered on the ground.
    Tracie Thomas, Head of Adult Social Care and Principal Social Worker visited Sussex home care provider, Caremark (Mid-Sussex & Crawley) at their Haywards Heath office and spent time with the management and office staf
  • Healing light therapy trial for Forth Valley care home

    Pioneering light therapy used on a trial basis at a specialist care home in Forth Valley is now to become a permanent treatment at the home for a range of conditions, including pressure ulcers.  
    The light therapy will assist patients at Marchglen Care Centre in Clackmannanshire, where it has been used to help long term resident  Andrew Clark.Mr Clark, a retired charge nurse who worked at Stirling Royal Infirmary, is pictured with (left to right) Marchglen deputy manager
  • Gravesend extra care tenants get crafty for Christmas

    With Christmas quickly approaching, tenants of Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme decided to turn their hand to some festive crafting.
    It may only be November, with Halloween and Bonfire Night barely over, but tenants at Watling Court have been embracing the upcoming festivities by injecting a bit of festive fun into their weekly craft sessions.
    The group of creative tenants gathered in the activity room at the Ifield Way extra care housing scheme, ready for a morning of Chris
  • Tracscare go for gold triple at Wales Care Awards

    Two leading practitioners in Mental Health have been awarded the highest accolade at the Wales Care Awards, which was held in Cardiff City Hall on Friday 21st October. Neil Jeremiah, an Area Operations Manager for Tracscare, won Gold in the “Excellence in Mental Health Care” category and Helen Kermode, Deputy Manager at Tracscare’s Ty Camlas service in Ystradgynlais, won Gold in the “Residential Care Practitioner” category. Helen was also presented wi
  • Research will look at scale of emergency calls related to dementia

    A NIHR-funded research project led by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) in partnership with University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust will look at calls to emergency services from older people with multiple health problems which include dementia.
    Working with East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) and South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) the 18-month project aims to analyse data, look closely at the decision making process of
  • People with Alzheimer’s who enjoy singing songs from their youth | Letter

    I read the heartwarming letter (29 November) in which Dennis Ruston said that even when his late wife had advanced Alzheimer’s she loved to join in the hymns on TV’s Songs of Praise and was word-perfect. Singing for the Brain groups, organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, allow people with dementia to join in songs from their youth. They normally each have a carer with them to support and encourage them to sing. Researchers have found that the brain’s musical pathways rema
  • CQC confirms Chair of Healthwatch England and non-executive Board member

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced that Jane Mordue has been appointed as the Chair of Healthwatch England (the independent ‘consumer champion’ in health and care) and as a non-executive Board member.
    Jane has held both of these positions on an interim basis since December 2015, following the departure of Anna Bradley.
    Jane has been a committee member of Healthwatch England since 2012.  Her experience prior to that includes being the Deputy Chair of Citizens Advice
  • Jeremy Hunt says calls for more NHS money are a 'misjudgment'

    Health secretary criticises NHS Providers for seeking additional funds less than a year after receiving a ‘good settlement’ Jeremy Hunt has said calls for more money for the NHS are a “misjudgment” less than a year after the health service received a “good settlement” from the government.The health secretary was responding to comments from Chris Hopson, the head of NHS Providers, the body that represents hospitals across England, who said on Tuesday that NHS t
  • Social care is life support for millions. The chancellor has a duty to fund it | Vicky McDermott

    Washing, dressing and eating: it can be as basic as that. Yet in the autumn statement, the crisis caused by cuts was brushed asideIn last week’s autumn statement, the chancellor failed to even acknowledge the crisis facing adult social care. Ignoring one of the country’s most under-appreciated public services has become a bad habit of governments of all colours. Yet it was a habit that charities, councils, social care workers, NHS managers, former ministers, and of course those who n
  • Lords Committee on Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS to hear from Jeremy Hunt

    The House of Lords Committee on the Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS enters its final month of oral evidence sessions in December before it drafts its report ahead of expected publication in late March 2017.
    Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
    The Committee’s final month of evidence sessions is a busy one, seeing it take evidence from 24 witnesses across three days. This includes evidence from Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Simon Stevens and Dr Sarah Wollaston MP and others.
  • May and Corbyn clash over NHS and social care funding at PMQs – video highlights

    Jeremy Corbyn attacks Theresa May on funding for the NHS and social care at PMQs on Wednesday. He says neither were mentioned in the chancellor’s speech last week, and also addresses the problem of child poverty. May ridicules what she says is Labour’s policy to increase borrowing and their last election plan to take away NHS fundingPMQs verdict: score draw, but Corbyn senses weakness on social careContinue reading...
  • Aberdeen Carer scoops Scottish Carer of the Year Award

    Sarah Taylor of Rubislaw Park Care home
    An Aberdeen carer has won a major award in recognition of her work at a leading city facility for the elderly.
    Sarah Taylor who works at the city’s Rubislaw Park Care Home was named Carer of the Year at the Scottish Care Awards in Glasgow on Friday (November 18th).  The awards celebrate: “the tremendous work undertaken by organisations and staff who work in residential care and nursing home services.”
    Sarah has worked a
  • PMQs verdict: score draw, but Corbyn senses weakness on social care

    Statistics flew in weekly exchange dominated by autumn statement’s lack of extra funding for NHS or social careThis week’s exchange was dominated by fallout from the autumn statement, with Jeremy Corbyn attacking Theresa May on the broad economic outlook – “growth down, wage growth down; borrowing up, debt up” – the deficit, and more specifically on funding for the NHS and social care, neither of which, he said, were mentioned even once in the chancellor&rsquo
  • MHA launches fundraising campaign to address ‘Music Therapy gap’

    World-renowned piano makers Steinway & Sons joined forces with MHA to host launch event at Steinway Hall, London
    MHA has launched its fundraising campaign for its ground breaking Music Therapy treatment for people living with dementia.  This treatment has been proven to seriously alleviate the symptoms of dementia for people living with dementia (whether suffering or carers), yet figures from MHA show that only one in 1,000 dementia patients are exposed to this therapy. 
    To address
  • Police will need licence to practise for child sex abuse cases, says Rudd

    Home secretary wants only registered officers with specialist skills to investigate crimes against the most vulnerable peoplePolice officers investigating child sex abuse are to be required to be specially trained and accredited in the same way as specialist firearms officers under proposals announced by the home secretary.Amber Rudd said she wanted to see only registered officers who could demonstrate specialist skills used to investigate complex “high harm” crimes involving the mos
  • Government inaction on social care funding needs a radical response

    Re-stating the case for better funding is not enough, the sector needs a grassroots social movement to press for reformThe sense of disappointment bordering on despair about the autumn statement’s silence on social care is palpable throughout local government and the social care sector. The chorus of support for action was impressive and unprecedented, unifying many politicians of all parties, NHS leaders, royal medical colleges, the health select committee, independent thinktanks and the
  • Residents don their Sunday best as local care home bids to combat loneliness

    Peter Burnard and care assistant, Amber McCormick
    Reminiscence and sausage-rolls were on the menu last week at South Haven Lodge care home in Woolston. As part of New Century Care’s commitment to make sure all residents are spending valuable time with their friends and family, staff members organised a very special tea party and reminiscence session for all to enjoy.
    Guests at the event were treated to a wide selection of tasty treats, including home-made cakes and cupcakes, arrange
  • Cheshire care home residents celebrate fair’s fundraising success

    Elm House resident Dorothy Knowles (R) keeps longtime friend Janice Harding company on the fair’s homemade jewellery stall.
    Elm House residential care home in Nantwich, Cheshire, is celebrating its fundraising success after raising over £270 at its Autumn Fair. The event saw staff, residents and friends of the home come together to raise money for the Elm House residents’ activities fund.
    The Autumn Fair, which is held annually at Elm House, hosted a number of stalls run
  • New nursing chief bristles with enthusiasm for the job and her fundraising challenge

    New head of nursing at Bryn Seiont, Anne Jones wearing one of her moustaches for Movember.
    The new head of nursing at a dementia care centre of excellence in Caernarfon has certainly had a hair-raising start in the job.
    That’s because 47-year-old Anne Jones has spent most of her time since starting at Bryn Seiont Newydd wearing some magnificent examples of facial fuzz.
    The hairy appearance grew out of the fact that her new job at the home coincided with the start of this year’s Movem
  • First City Group appoints Excalibur Communicaations of Swindon as its new IT and mobile partner

    First City Group appoints Excalibur Communications of Swindon as its new IT and mobile partner
    First City Group, who employ almost 500 staff for its nursing and training services, has appointed Excalibur Communications of Swindon as its new IT and mobile partner.
    The appointment follows the successful new communications infrastructure that Excalibur recently introduced for Home Instead Senior Care Swindon & Vale of the White Horse, a growing provider of high quality, reliable, relatio
  • Guardian Public Service Awards 2016 care winner: Pause Southwark

    Project comes to the aid of women who don’t meet the thresholds for statutory supportGuardian Public Service Awards 2016: all the winners & runners-upAt just 24, Ania has had seven children – and said goodbye to them all. One is in foster care, five are adopted, and a seventh pregnancy ended in a still birth. Raised in a violent household and forced into marriage, Ania, of British/Bangladeshi origin, has spent most of her life isolated and cut off from wider society. Diagnosed wi

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