• Corbyn urged to win votes by pledging £10bn more on care for disabled elderly

    Fabian Societyresearch identifies shortfall in funding for 1.2 million older peopleJeremy Corbyn is being urged to tackle a £10bn black hole in provision for older people to help Labour build a coalition that can deliver a majority at the next election.With the main parties neck and neck in the polls, senior figures on the left want Labour’s leader to commit to higher spending on the disabled elderly, which could narrow the Tories’ huge lead among older voters.Only Labour can c
  • Charity duo unite against dementia in Everest adventure

    Two Alzheimer’s Society colleagues will “push themselves to the limit” when they embark on one of the world’s greatest treks.
    Anna Ward and Hayley Woodyatt will swap heels for hiking boots for the dementia charity on a sponsored trek to the iconic Everest Base Camp.
    And they hope their Himalayan hike will raise £20,000 to help the charity find a dementia cure and provide vital support for people affected by the condition.
    “We will be
  • Champagne corks have been popping at a Stalybridge care home

    A resident at a Tameside care home reunited with her Canadian based son after he travelled back to the UK to celebrate her birthday.
    The sound of popping corks filled the corridor of HC-One’s Millbrook Care Centre in Stalybridge recently as Ida Duffy received a memorable visit from her son David, who travelled over from Vancouver especially for the day.
    The centenarian was joined by daughter-in-law Hilary, granddaughter Clare and two great-grandsons Ethan and Ryan, as well as d
  • Council kept boy, 9, in care for whole of his life, judge reveals

    Herefordshire council used section 20 orders to keep children in care without seeking court approvalA boy was kept in local authority care for nine years, the whole of his life, on a stopgap basis that should never have continued beyond a few months, a high court judge has revealed.Mr Justice Keehan revealed the case in a damning family court judgment that accused Herefordshire county council of “dreadful failures” for keeping 14 children in care for “wholly inappropriate&rdquo
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  • I’m a new foster carer. To help children, we need basic rights | Martin Newland

    Caring for children who have experienced terrible things is not easy. Those who do it deserve support and legal protectionA few months ago, we welcomed into our home at a few hours’ notice two children under the age of five who had been removed from their family under an interim care order. In our mid-50s and with our four children largely grown, we decided to become foster carers and had undergone six months of exhaustive checks and training. Related: Government's fostering stocktake is a
  • 20 year anniversary celebrations for Sanctuary Care and Napa

    Tea Party at Ashley House Residential Care Home, Bordon, Hampshire. Left to right: Sylvie Silver, Resident Peggy Ottoway, Sheila O’Connor and Margaret Powell.
    With fine china, vintage decorations and sweet treats galore, there was plenty to celebrate as Sanctuary Care and activities charity NAPA marked joint 20th year anniversaries.
    The leading care provider and the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA), held a celebratory tea party recently at Sanctuary Care’s Ashley House
  • Palliative care provisions are not meeting the needs of an ageing population

    A commentary published in Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, warns despite the fact that frail older people with multiple illnesses and end stage dementia are the most rapidly growing group in need of palliative care current provisions are not aligned to meet their needs.
    The authors of the commentary noted that current projections indicate that between 25% and 47% more people may need palliative care by 2040 in England and Wales. A high proportion of these
  • 'A stepping stone to moving on': home supports women with severe mental health issues

    Project gives freedom, security, independence and the kind of tailored support rarely offered in residential or inpatient careBeing able to do her own washing and having responsibility for her personal possessions symbolised the freedom Michelle Stevens* wanted but was denied in institutional care. Stevens’ severe mental health problems meant she was in and out of residential care and mental health wards for a decade. She recalls staff shouting at her and living circumstances that were &ld
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  • Youth and experience brought together at Northamptonshire care home

    A Northamptonshire care home is leading the way in bridging the generational gap by opening its doors to local young people. 
    Abbott House has welcomed pupils from Oundle School, who have been volunteering at the home by helping staff at meal times, playing board games with residents and providing entertainment using their own musical instruments. Three pupils have also been painting murals on the bathroom walls, while others have given talks on their varied backgrounds, sharing experiences
  • Burnham-on-Sea care home staff celebrate a ‘Good’ from the CQC

    Managers and staff at The Burnham Nursing & Care Home in Burnham-on-sea are celebrating following their rating of ‘Good’ following a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The report rated the care home good in all areas, highlighting that staff were kind, caring and compassionate and supported people’s dignity and independence.
    “We are delighted with the report findings”, said Alykhan Kachra, Managing Director of Country Court Care. &ld
  • How many Telfords before we get serious about child grooming? | Jess Phillips

    Sexual exploitation scandals are not going away. We must reach vulnerable children before the grooming gangs doSome time ago I was sitting in the Sunday school room of a local church, with posters made by kids depicting the teachings of Jesus curling at the corners on the walls. I was there to do my advice surgery in my role as a local councillor.A man came in to ask for help getting his family moved to a bigger house. His daughter had two children who had been removed from her care but were all
  • Underlying cause of brain injury in stroke

    New research shows how the drug QNZ-46 can help to lessen the effects of excess release of glutamate in the brain -- the main cause of brain injury in stroke. As stroke is the second leading cause of disability and early death in the UK, this study could offer hope to thousands of people at risk.
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  • Becky Watts: case review finds eight services failed murdered teenager

    Bristol Safeguarding Children Board said she was seen by 17 experts but received a fragmented serviceProfessionals who worked with a 16-year-old Bristol girl killed in a sexually motivated attack by her stepbrother and his partner treated her as problematic rather than as a vulnerable adolescent with a difficult past, a serious case review has found.Seventeen experts from eight service providers saw Becky Watts in the three and a half years before she was killed by her stepbrother, Nathan Matthe
  • Becky Watts: case review finds care service failed murdered teenager

    Bristol safeguarding children board said she was seen by 17 experts but received a fragmented serviceProfessionals who worked with a 16-year-old Bristol girl killed in a sexually motivated attack by her stepbrother and his partner treated her as problematic rather than as a vulnerable adolescent with a difficult past, a serious case review has found.Seventeen experts from eight service providers saw Becky Watts in the three-and-a-half years before she was killed by her step-brother, Nathan Matth
  • I swapped community nursing for a baker's apron and a bag of flour

    Teaching young people with learning difficulties to make bread is helping them gain independence and transferable skills It may sound strange, but swapping community nursing for a baker’s apron and a bag of flour helped me rediscover why I became a mental health professional.I qualified as a registered mental health nurse in the 1980s and enjoyed helping people to recover from mental ill health and all the societal disadvantages that went with it. I worked for more than 25 years, in frontl
  • Care homes are stuck between a rock and a hard place

    The proportion of care homes rated “inadequate” or “requires improvement” increased in 1 in 5 local authority areas in 2017. A dramatic variation in the quality of care homes at a regional and local authority level across England continues to exist. The North West is the worst performing region when it comes to the proportion of satisfactory care homes, while London and the East of England are the best performing regions. That’s according to new analysis by Independ
  • The NHS needs a reliable source of income. Here’s where to find it | Norman Warner and John Oldham

    From properly taxing tech giants to levies on property owned by overseas firms – there are ways to fund our health serviceOur NHS is nearly 70 years old. Like many older people it has developed some chronic conditions. It hasn’t changed its model for delivering services sufficiently since Nye Bevan’s day to meet the massive changes in demography, complex disease profiles and the expectations of those it serves.But even if it became much more efficient and worked more effectivel
  • Wimbledon care home residents shake a leg to 70’s classics during silent disco

    Residents at Wimbledon Beaumont Care Community in Wimbledon were shaking a leg to 70’s classics during a silent disco that took place at the home. Originally an exercise activity planned to inspire residents to keep fit during the snowy weather, residents at the home were able to enjoy their favourite songs while wearing their own wireless headphones.
    On the day, residents tapped their toes to songs by ABBA and The Bee Gees. General Manager of the home, Nicolas KeeMew, said: &ldquo
  • Bluebird Care Maidstone launches companionship service to reduce loneliness

    One of Kent’s leading home care providers, Bluebird Care Maidstone, has launched a new service to provide companionship and support to its customers when they are in hospital, in order to reduce feelings of isolation, loneliness and anxiety. 
    The new service, which will be delivered to customers free of charge, will see Bluebird’s Care Assistants visit customers when they are in hospital. The visits will be delivered during the time allocated for their
  • Stella celebrates her 105th birthday at Worcester care home

    A popular resident of a Worcester care home has celebrated her 105th birthday.
    Stella Price was surrounded by family and friends for her special day and received a visit from the Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Steve Mackay, at the city’s Northwick Grange Care Home.
    Stella, who has lived at the Old Northwick Lane home since 2014, is one of only 14,500 people in the UK who are currently over the grand age of 100 years old.
    When she was born in North Piddle in 1913, King
  • Awareness and adjustments are key to tackling health inequalities

    Greater awareness of the health issues experienced by disabled people and the use of reasonable adjustments are vital if individuals are to have better health outcomes. These are among the good practice steps for health and care staff outlined in a new publication released today.
    The VODG discussion paper, Tackling Health Inequalities, sets out what social care providers believe can help or hinder the health treatment of people supported.
    The issue of health inequalities is a VODG
  • Scientists search for the clocks behind aging brain disorders

    To understand the link between aging and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, scientists compared the genetic clocks that tick during the lives of normal and mutant flies. They found that altering the activity of a gene called Cdk5 appeared to make the clocks run faster than normal, and the flies older than their chronological age. This caused the flies to have problems walking or flying later in life, to show signs of neurodegeneration, and to die earlier.
  • Goldcrest House Raise Funds for Local Charity

    Celebrating a full year of fundraising Goldcrest House present the final count of funds of £352.20 to the Goole based charity the Waterways Museum and Sobriety Project.
    Throughout 2017 service users at Goldcrest House walked the length of the Humber Bridge and back to raise funds for the charity, which has a special place in their hearts.
    Many of the service users have first hand experience of the good work and opportunities provided through the charity with many embarking an
  • Plymouth care home residents take a trip down memory lane with local youngsters

    Residents at a care home in Plymouth enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane with a visit from youngsters from nearby St Budeaux Foundation School. 
    Eight pupils met up with four people who live at Freshfields as part of the Archie Project, a scheme that links local schools with people with dementia.
    The ‘Life Stories’ project involves children asking residents questions about their life, including favourite holidays, fashion, and former beloved pets. 
    Dog lover Eliz
  • Care home resident celebrates 62nd wedding anniversary

    A resident at Blandford Grange care home in Blandford Forum has celebrated his 62nd wedding anniversary, with a special lunch held at the home.
    87-year-old resident Harold Wallis married his wife June in Blandford Parish Church in 1956 and the couple have lived in Dorset all their lives.  Harold, originally from Tolpuddle, was with a friend when they met June and her sister Jean off the work bus in Blandford for their first date, going to the Palace cinema  in the town.  S
  • The UK child protection system is laudable. Why risk it with reform? | Ray Jones

    The government plans to scrap local safeguarding children boards, which have improved the way agencies work togetherAs the government ploughs ahead with plans to abolish local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs), turning over the ground on which good child protection has flourished and helped to nurture fertile multi-professional and multi-agency working, it is urgent to reflect on what will be discarded.
    The boards’ genesis goes back to the mid-1970s and the response to the inquiry follo
  • Kingdom Homes appoints Care Director

    Kingdom Homes Ltd have announced the appointment of Susan Connell as Care Director.Susan has worked for Kingdom Homes since 2004 and has held several management roles over the years. Her most recent role was Operations Manager overseeing the 10 care homes currently owned by the Group within Fife.
    As well as many years’ practical experience in care of the elderly Susan has various formal qualifications including SVQ Health & Social Care level 4, Registered Managers Award, CIPD – P
  • Twickenham woman takes independent living in her stride

    Kelyn Esprit at her own front door
    A Twickenham woman is celebrating living an independent life in the community. Kelyn Esprit who has been living in care settings since she was 18 has recently moved into her own flat.
    Kelyn, 34, is being supported by care staff from nearby Jubilee House, run by the Regard Group who provide care services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.
    “Keyln has been dreaming about moving into a ho
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  • Long-term proton pump inhibitor use does not increase hip fracture risk among Alzheimer's patients

    Long-term proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use does not increase the risk of hip fracture among persons with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study.
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells care home shortlisted for prestigious design award

    Hallmark Care Homes’ facility in Royal Tunbridge Wells has been shortlisted for an esteemed design award.
    Chamberlain Court Care Home, which opened in July 2017, is in the running for an award in the ‘Best New Care Home’ category at the prestigious Pinders Healthcare Design Awards.
    The national awards ceremony first established in 1999, seek to acknowledge the contribution made by designers, architects and the owners of care homes, hospitals and other care schemes
  • How can child abuse and neglect be prevented? - live Q&A

    Join us on 22 March to discuss how social care services can work with other agencies to identify and tackle child protection risksEfforts to combat child abuse and child sexual exploitation have traditionally taken a reactionary – rather than preventative – approach. But in the wake of scandals across the country, councils and organisations are redesigning child protection to try to identify and address risks before they escalate. A change of process at Rochdale borough council means
  • Gravesend Extra Care tenants delighted to bring Border Collie to new home

    Dave and Gillian Sayer, new tenants at Watling Court in Gravesend, were delighted they could bring their border collie of seven years, Rusty, to their new extra care apartment.
    Moving into their new home, an extra care housing scheme with 56 apartments for over 55s, Dave and Gillian thought they might have to rehome their beloved dog, Rusty, so they were delighted when Rapport Housing & Care’s pet policy meant they could bring him with them.
    Huge advocates of regular inte
  • Buckinghamshire College Group teams up with Fremantle Court during Student Volunteering Week

    12 young people studying Health and Social Care at The Buckinghamshire College Group visited Fremantle Court residential and nursing home in Stoke Mandeville to deepen their understanding about pursuing a career in the care sector.
    The event was organised by leisure and lifestyle manager at The Fremantle Trust, Sue Faulkner, and placement officer at the college’s Aylesbury Campus, Gemma Jones. It took place during Student Volunteering Week, a nationwide initiative developed by the Student
  • Balloon buddies and cycle rides: the care staff getting active at work

    Making healthy choices can be tricky for some care workers, but activities with clients help incorporate exercise into a shiftEmma Chick is passionate about helping her team maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. As head of caregiver experience at Home Instead in Maidstone, she compares the office to a base camp for the 30 staff who spend most of their shifts delivering domiciliary care.“We’re a place our caregivers can come to if they need us – if they want a coffee [or] if
  • Lincolnshire MP visits local near rehab centre to celebrate their Outstanding CQC rating

    A Lincoln based neurological rehabilitation centre received a visit from MP Karen Lee recently to celebrate its ‘Outstanding’ CQC rating.
    The MP for Lincoln took a tour of The Laurels before talking with service users and learning all about why the centre was awarded with the prestigious recognition.
    Sue Houston, Registered Manager at The Laurels, commented: “It was a pleasure to receive a visit from MP Karen Lee and our service users were only too eager to talk to her about wh
  • Andover care home supports Alzheimer’s Society skydive

    An Andover care home is supporting the son-in –law of one of its residents, who is going to take part in a tandem skydive at 10,000 feet to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.
    Kevin Bellis, who is 41, will be braving the jump on Sunday 27 May to raise sponsorship money for the Alzheimer’s Society, which researches the disease in order to find a cure. The jump will coincide with Dementia Action Week, which runs from 21 to 27 May.Kevin decided to take part in the charity’
  • 6 Ways to Boost Staff Retention in Your Care Home

     StriveCare have examined the working methods of the few care homes that have the lowest staff turnover rates – those that lose less than 1 in 10 of their staff each year. They wanted to discover if there are any common practices these care homes employ to retain staff. And there are.
    In this free white paper, you’ll learn what it is that these successful care homes do differently to those that find it difficult to keep their best employees. It’s a must-read for care home
  • Activities galore for Surrey care centre for complex needs

    It has been a busy couple of weeks for residents of Kings Lodge Centre for Complex Needs with themed activities for Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, and a pottery workshop.
    Activities Co-ordinator, Jane Neave, said: “We pride ourselves on offering a wide range of activities for our residents so there really is something for everyone. As well as being fun, the activities encourage social interaction and creativity, as well as supporting independence.”
    Residents c
  • NHS faces year-round crisis over lack of social care, says council chief

    Comments come as chancellor warned that inaction on social care is no longer an option The NHS could be plunged into a year-round crisis because of a lack of social care provision, the head of one of England’s biggest councils has warned.The comments by Andrew Travers, the chief executive of Lambeth council in south London, were made as the chancellor, Philip Hammond, faces pressure to address funding shortages in his spring statement. They follow a warning by the Local Government Associat
  • Not everyone has a nest to ‘scurry back’ to | Letters

    Grandparents can help with empty nest syndrome, writes Jonathan Hauxwell, while Jane Lawson, Mike Stein and Carol Taylor point out that not everyone lives this wayGaby Hinsliff talks wittily and poignantly about the empty nest and the re-filled nest, and the guilt, happiness and angst that accompany the process (Don’t fall for the hype about the empty nest syndrome, 9 March).Whatever state of emptiness or refilling you find yourself in, if you are fed up with your syndrome, you should
  • Worldwide study triples number of known genetic risk factors for stroke

    The largest genetic study of stroke to date triples the number of known genetic risk factors for the disease and also should enable researchers to find novel treatments for dementia.
  • Ageing populations are growing around our youth-obsessed Commonwealth

    New research shows the size of the older population in most Commonwealth countries will double in the next 25 yearsAs the Commonwealth celebrates its shared history, one aspect of life remains stubbornly absent from its collective thinking: ageing societies. Until now, Commonwealth heads of government have not discussed issues of ageing and older people at their regular meetings.With substantial numbers of young people in many Commonwealth countries, the emphasis on younger generations is unders
  • Trial for gout drug meets primary endpoint, raises safety

    Febuxostat, a gout drug that has been in use for nearly a decade, was found to significantly increase the risk of death, even though it did not raise the risk of the trial's primary endpoint, a combined rate of fatal and nonfatal adverse cardiovascular events, according to new research.
  • Dengue fever linked to increased risk of stroke

    A new study has found that people with dengue fever have a higher risk of stroke, especially in the first 2 months following infection.
  • HC-One shortlisted for title of Residential Care Provider of the Year at HealthInvestor Awards

    HC-One, the Kind Care Company, are celebrating being named as a finalist for HealthInvestor’s Residential Care Provider of the Year award. The shortlisting is in recognition of the excellent work that goes on day in, day out throughout HC-One’s family of homes.
    The HealthInvestor Awards, which will be held on 13 June 2018, promote excellence and recognise innovation in the independent healthcare sector. They offer an opportunity to showcase expertise and commitment to what is an incr

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