• The care system isn’t all horror stories – it gave me a life | Amy-Jo Mook

    It’s easy to find bad news about looked-after children, but some of us have thrived in foster homesThe number of children in care in England has gone up for the ninth successive year, and stood at 72,670 at the end of March, according to figures published last week. There are many reasons to feel sad and angry about this, with local authority leaders blaming rising poverty levels and singling out universal credit delays as one reason why vulnerable families are finding life increasingly di
  • Centenarian celebrates birthday with Mayor and Mayoress of Halton

    100-YEAR-OLD Lilian Beardsmore celebrated her birthday with the Mayor and Mayoress of Halton.Fellow residents of Halton View Care Home, where Lilian lives, as well as friends and staff also joined the centenarian on her big day.
    Mayor Alan Lowe and Mayoress Joan Lowe personally delivered Lilian’s telegram from the queen as part of their visit.
    A singer, birthday cake and decorations all helped her celebrate the milestone.
    Amanda Kelly, home manager at Halton View Care
  • Brunelcare staff celebrate care award success!

    Charity Brunelcare is proudly celebrating and sharing the success of one their care teams this month! The Palliative Care Team, based at Brunelcare’s Robinson House care home scooped the specialist care award for ‘Palliative Care’ at the Care and Support West Awards 2017 held on 14th October at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium.The purpose of this award event was to celebrate the work of individual employees and organisations who have demonstrated outstanding excellence in th
  • Maidstone care home staff celebrate Good outcome from CQC inspection

    A care home based in Maidstone has been rated as ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), following an inspection into the quality of service it provides.  Ashley Gardens Care Centre, which is part of the Healthcare Homes group, was inspected in July and has now received this positive grading.The CQC is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. It makes sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and hig
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  • Stockton care home residents remember WW2

    SURVIVORS of World War 2 took part in a week of reminiscence events and activities at The Beeches Care Home, in Stockton on Tees.The home’s residents requested the commemorative week to share their war time memories and stories.
    Staff contacted Preston Park Museum, on Yarm Road, to borrow items from the 1940s and 50s to help set the scene.
    Residents relished the opportunity to go through and talk about items they used during their childhoods, such as ration books, wartime out
  • Isle of Skye care home residents and nursery children enjoy playtime!

    Tiny tots from Portree Nursery bounced into HC-One’s Home Farm Care Home on the Isle of Skye recently for an afternoon of intergenerational activities. Residents entertained the children by playing with an Octaband, designed for use by the elderly and children with physical and cognitive challenges, as well as to encourage movement and interaction.  
    The initiative enables the development of relationships between generations and has been shown to reduce the likelihood
  • Home care boss takes part in Cheltenham’s Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s Society

    Michael Folkes, Managing Director of new home care company Caremark (Cheltenham & Tewkesbury) joined hundreds of other walkers earlier in October, in the Cheltenham Memory Walk, showing a united front in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease.
    Michael Folkes, partner Jo and baby Edward at Memory Walk Oct 2017
    More than 1500 people gathered at Pittville Park in Cheltenham to walk either the 6.5km or 3km walk, raising money and awareness for people struggling with dementia.
    Also present
  • Live music, dancing, fabulous finery and an abundance of mouth-watering cakes on Silver Sunday

    There was live music, dancing, fabulous finery and an abundance of mouth-watering cakes when Sanctuary Care homes across the country embraced Silver Sunday.On Sunday (1 October), Sanctuary Care hosted tea dances for its residents and visitors from their local communities in support of the national day, which celebrates older people and encourages groups and organisations to host free events to help combat loneliness and reduce isolation.
    For Sanctuary Care, this year’s Silver Sunday celebr
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  • Little Hearts really do Matter at Glasgow’s Cumbrae House Care Home

    Cumbrae House Care Home hosted a very special tea party for the residents and children from Somerset Nursery with a guest appearance from ‘In the Night Garden’s Upsy Daisy’.
    Cumbrae House is a unique development at St. Georges Cross located where the city centre meets the West End. The building has a total of 66 beds which includes nursing, enhanced residential and residential care.
    The tea party was organised also to present the nursery with a cheque for £426.40 f
  • Gloucester based care company scoops second in Luxury Care Home Awards

    Aura Care Living was awarded second place in the estate agent’s, Knight Frank’s, prestigious Luxury Care Home Awards for this year.  The Gloucestershire based company, which is in its infancy has only just opened its first care home in May of this year and collected the award at a glittering dinner in London.
    Kings Lodge is situated in Camberley, Surrey. It consists of 64 individually-designed rooms, beautifully furnished to accommodate people who require different types of care
  • Persona PersonAwards celebrate the best in social care

    Staff and volunteers from Greater Manchester social care provider Persona saw their achievements celebrated at an annual awards ceremony.The second annual PersonAwards took place at the Elizabethan Suite at Bury Town Hall and was a chance to come together and recognise the achievements of colleagues over the year. 
    Ten awards were presented including team of the year; young carer of the year; manager of the year; volunteer of the year and employee of the year.
    Comedian Bill Woolland
  • New approach to ageing: older people lead project to improve later years | Paul Burstow

    Community research has identified challenges of ageing. Now social entrepreneurs are being invited to develop solutionsBy the time the NHS celebrates its 100th birthday in 2048, there will be more than 100,000 centenarians in the UK. This age shift is both global and personal. We are living longer and many of us are living better too. But too often, ageing seems to be more a source of consternation than celebration.“For more than half a century now, we have treated the trials of sickness,
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  • Spalding care home holds Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s Society

    St John’s Care Home in Spalding held their very own Memory Walk in aid of Alzheimer’s Society on Sunday 8th October. Organised by Home Manager Juliet Peall, the Memory Walk is part of a nationwide campaign to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.The Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walks saw thousands of people across the country raising money to fund research for a world without dementia. The walk by St John’s care home staff, residents and friends raised a fabulous &
  • A parade of pink at a Peterlee care home

    A PARADE of pink at a Peterlee care home marked Wear It Pink Day – which raises awareness and funds to battle breast cancer.Bannatyne Lodge Care Home’s staff and residents all wore an item of pink clothing in support of the charity.
    A photo booth was set up to get snapshots of their bright outfits and fancy dress, including bracelets and necklaces created especially for the day.
    Entertainer Pat Greensmith, who performs under the stage name Chyrelle Addams, spoke about h
  • Barnard Castle thrill seeking residents take to the skies

    Thrill seeking residents from a Hanover Housing Association development in Barnard Castle, County Durham, have been ticking things off their bucket list with an adrenaline-fuelled experience aboard a helicopter in the skies above the North East.The unforgettable flying treat was another event organised by Julie Fawcett, their estate manager, who in the last few years has created a vibrant retirement housing environment boasting a host of social activities for residents that includes the breeding
  • 'A readymade family': adoptive home sought for four Rotherham sisters

    Judge has ruled girls, all under 10, cannot be separated and foster mother feels she is too old to look after themSocial services in Rotherham are looking for a new adoptive home for four sisters because their foster mother feels she is too old to look after them.A care plan approved by a judge has ruled that the girls, all under 10, cannot be separated. Their 66-year-old foster mother, who has been kept anonymous to protect the identity of the children, said the girls needed a home for at least
  • Clare in the Community: best left behind

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  • Four Seasons Health Care to launch financial creditor and leasehold estate restructuring

    For the past 18 months, FSHC has publicly stated that its capital structure is not appropriate for the long term stability and requirements of the business.  Throughout that period, the holding company of FSHC has been engaged in discussions with Terra Firma and other stakeholders to bring about a consensual solution to the capital structure of FSHC. 
    Today’s announcement outlines the proposed restructuring of the business and invites stakeholders to feed back on the proposals, a
  • Lifting support is “just the answer” – comment from Closomat

    Daily life has been given a lift for the Lalor family, with kit that is “just the answer” for them all.The equipment is a ceiling track hoist and Palma Vita wash & dry (bidet) toilet, supplied and installed by Britain’s leading helpful hygiene solutions provider Closomat. It is benefitting the whole family: father Michael can move his 49 years-old son Michael, who has Muscular Dystrophy, easily around the family home in Laois, Leinster, particularly into the bathroom, and s
  • How to stop record numbers of children going into care? Help their mothers | Louise Tickle

    Women whose children are removed have often been abused and through the care system themselves. Specialist therapy can help break this cycleSome 90 children a day were taken into care last year – and the total number of children in care is now at a new high: 72,670 according to the latest statistics, and care numbers are rising at the fastest rate for five years. Financially, this is unsustainable. But in human terms too, it can’t carry on – because where does it leave the thou
  • How rap therapy workshops help foster children tell stories

    Ric Flo, who spent part of his childhood in foster care, is helping others express themselves in a creative wayWhere should I hide? / Where should I go? / I don’t know, I follow my soul / No sense of time, no home/ We’re just playing / If I take that, would they know? / I’m in a dark place, call me mole / Dig deeper, the roots grow / Will they get exposed? Related: What Doctor Who companion Bill Potts teaches viewers about foster careContinue reading...
  • Care home residents in Wrexham enjoy ringing the changes!

    Residents at Stansty House, the Minster-run care home in Wrexham, Wales, have been ringing the changes with a new form of musical therapy: bell ringing. Residents were invited to take part in a class led by the Pulford Ladies Handbell Ringers as a fun way of keeping active and encouraging a sense of community at the home.The session involved members of the Pulford Ladies Handbell Ringers giving each participant a hand bell and showing them how to ring the bells in harmony to make well-known tune
  • Signature Senior Lifestyle announces state-of-the-art care home for Wandsworth

    Luxury care provider Signature Senior Lifestyle has announced that it is bringing a new state-of-the-art care and nursing home to the heart of Wandsworth, London.Due to open its doors in late 2019, the home will be the 15th addition to the Signature family. The stunning new home will feature 98 private apartments ranging from studios to one bedroom suites and will offer Signature’s award-winning residential and nursing care, which is based around outstanding facilities, a varied calendar o
  • Oundle care home celebrations

    A care home in Oundle has celebrated 10 years of providing residential care.
    Abbott House, which is owned and operated by Shaw healthcare, marked the occasion with drinks, a buffet lunch and musical entertainment. The party included the Mayor of Oundle, Councillor Roy Sparks, as well as Shaw healthcare’s deputy CEO, Suzanne Hughes.
    Children from Laxton Nursery School attended and sang nursery rhymes for the residents and volunteer, Madeline Souter, who supports the home by working w
  • Castleford care home residents have been welcoming children from a neighbouring nursery

    A new project which aims to brings together young children and elderly people through shared animal therapy has proved successful in bridging the generation gap. 
    Manor Park Care Home in Castleford have been welcoming children from neighbouring Unicorn Nursery into their home for the past three weeks as part of an intergenerational project. The project involves the hatching of six chickens which have been incubated at the home. 
    Part of Wakefield’s care home vanguard, which opera
  • Christchurch Group opens new specialist neurological rehabilitation facility

    A new service has been launched in Northampton for men who have been diagnosed with an acquired brain injury but more specifically, who also suffer with or have suffered with substance misuse.Wycliffe House is run by the award-winning Christchurch Group, a neurological rehabilitation specialist and the service will focus on people who find it hard to engage with more traditional services.
    The five-bed house will offer regular community meetings to review progress, to challenge behaviours
  • We cannot afford to fund 'dementia tax' proposals, councils warn

    Tory leaders say care home providers could face collapse if financial threshold for state support is increasedConservative council leaders have warned that county councils cannot afford to be hit by a £308m rise in care home costs if controversial social care plans dubbed the “dementia tax” go ahead.Tory-dominated shire councils have warned they cannot afford the extra burden of the manifesto proposal that would offer state support to people with assets of £100,000 or les
  • The Guardian view on social care: the cost of cowardice | Editorial

    For a generation, politicians have ducked the challenge of restructuring health and social care. But if they don’t act now it may be too lateThe cost of social care is bankrupting local councils and threatening the NHS. The latest study points out that any reform based, like the so-called dementia tax, on property values must take account of how different they are in the south of England compared with the north or with Wales. Last week, the normally ultra-cool NHS boss Simon Stevens told M
  • Gestational diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk

    A history of gestational diabetes was associated with a modest higher long-term risk of cardiovascular disease in women in a new study, although the absolute rate of cardiovascular disease was low in the study's younger group of predominantly white women and adhering to a healthy lifestyle over time appeared to help mitigate the risk, according to a new article.
  • Glen Arun care home in Horsham acquired by Zion Care Group

    Zion Care Group has completed the acquisition of Glen Arun care home in Horsham, Surrey after securing a seven figure funding deal from the Royal Bank of Scotland. 
    Glen Arun is set in generous, well maintained gardens and is located on the outskirts of Horsham in Surrey. It provides elderly general nursing and residential care and has 35 single rooms and 10 en-suites. Facilities include 24-hour nurses, carers, daily freshly cooked meals and the provision of a variety of daily activities. S
  • Meet Pepper the robot – Southend's newest social care recruit

    Humanoid robot can read emotions, play memory games, send emails and show videos Pepper, the newest recruit to the people team at Southend-on-Sea borough council, has many of the skills and characteristics of a model social care employee. He perceives emotions and adapts his behaviour accordingly, and he can memorise personality traits. He can also speak 12 different languages, dance to Gangnam Style and does a mean impression of R2D2. But Pepper’s not like any other member of staff &ndash
  • “Loneliness epidemic” being tackled in Birmingham

    New research has revealed nine out of ten people in Birmingham fear the prospect of isolation in older age as a “loneliness epidemic” hits the city.
    Left to right – Helping to put an end to loneliness in Birmingham, Jeraldene Dew and Marc Ryder, a participant in Ageing Better groups
    The Campaign to End Loneliness has found that 89 per cent of people believe loneliness in older age is more likely now than ever – with more than half of all adults saying admitting to lonelin
  • Plymouth care provider wins big at local care awards

    Plymouth based care provider, Caremark (Plymouth) were triumphant at the recent Plymouth City Council ‘Celebrating Excellence in Care Awards’, scooping two awards on the night for their Dementia Care services.Graham Livingston (50) Managing Director of Caremark (Plymouth) and his team were among the first to be awarded the Dementia Quality Mark for Domiciliary Care by Plymouth City Council.
    This accolade is awarded by a panel of representatives from the Plymouth City Council, new Dev
  • Care group hosts 25th anniversary ball for hundreds of residents

    A Hull and East Riding based care organisation has marked its 25th year by throwing a glamourous ball for hundreds of its residents. 
    The Hica Group, a not-for-profit organisation which runs 19 homes and two retirement villages across the area, held its annual Shine Ball at the Station Hotel, Hull. The event included a luxurious afternoon tea with entertainment for guests to enjoy.
    Penni Brown, chief executive at Hica Group, took to the stage to reflect on the organisations achievements ove
  • Ealing nursing home rated Inadequate and remains in special measures

    Threen House Nursing Home, in Mattock Lane, Ealing, was rated Inadequate overall and for providing care that was not safe and well-led following the recent inspection in August 2017. It was rated Requires Improvement for being effective and caring and Good for being responsive.The care home is registered to provide nursing and personal care for up to 26 older people, some of whom are living with dementia. At the time of this inspection, 12 people were using the service.
    The provider, Mr Alan Han
  • 99 year old World War Two veteran relives his naval career

    Quantum Care has helped make a 99-year-old World War Two veteran’s dream come true by granting his wish to relive his illustrious naval career as the guest of honour in a visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.Ernie laughing with Royal Navy Caplain Keith Robus
    Ernie Searling, a World War Two veteran who served in the Royal Marines, was given the chance to visit the Dockyard by his care home Heath House as part of Quantum Care’s Silver Wishes initiative.
  • Care event discusses challenges facing Newcastle and Gateshead’s care homes

    Region shines spotlight on care homes with event celebrating the success stories and discussing the challenges taking place across Newcastle and Gateshead’s care homes.Around 100 care professionals from across the region came together in Newcastle to celebrate the work taking place in care homes throughout Newcastle and Gateshead.
    The #CareHomesMatter event brought together clinicians, care deliverers and academics, who understand the complex needs of older people living with frailty, to c
  • Chaplain to ceramicist: social care careers you never knew existed

    There’s more to social care than jobs as housing officers and nurses. Meet the workers whose roles might not at first spring to mindWhen we think of social care jobs, we might think of the wonderful carers, housing officers and nurses who work tirelessly to help the most vulnerable people in society. But with a whole host of other inspirational occupations in the sector, we throw a spotlight on three workers in roles that might not at first spring to mind. Continue reading...
  • In Britain’s landscape of cuts, it’s our children who are lost | Deborah Orr

    Austerity has starved their families of help. There are now 72,000 children are in care, and we don’t know what to doThe number of children being taken into care in England has risen every year since the financial crash of 2008. The figure now stands at 72,000. As failures of progress go, I can’t think of anything else that’s quite so singularly bleak as this steady, inexorable rise in childhood misery, pain and trauma. Related: Austerity policy blamed for record numbers o
  • Frontline social workers reluctant to move into management, leader warns

    The profession is losing too many staff early in their career, says British Association of Social Workers chief executive Too few social workers feel they can step up to be future managers in the sector, one of the profession’s most senior leaders has warned.
    Huge amounts of talent are being lost because many frontline staff do not feel they can have an impact at a higher level, said Ruth Allen, chief executive of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). Related: Reduced workloads
  • Care England welcomes NHS England’s offer of free flu jabs for care staff

    NHS England, Public Health England, the Department of Health and NHS Improvement have today unveiled measures to boost the uptake of flu vaccinations along with package of new contingency actions to respond to pressures on frontline services this winter.Intensified preparations include:Providing free flu vaccines for hundreds of thousands of care home staff at a cost of up to £10m as well as increasing the number of jabs for young children in schools and vulnerable people
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  • Care staff recognised for outstanding performance and dedication at the Meallmore Staff Awards

    A group of top carers have been recognised for their outstanding performance and dedication at the Meallmore Staff Awards, which took place last week.Meallmore Ltd opened the doors of its first nursing home for the elderly in 1987, marking this year as their 30th anniversary and a special occasion for the company, the 2017 awards and the staff.  
    Members of staff from Meallmore’s 23 care homes across Scotland came together at Perth Race Course to celebrate a successful year
  • Many disciplines, one goal: a new way to care for children and families

    When working collaboratively, social care workers can draw on a broader set of skills to get the best result for childrenA new way of working is transforming the lives of “looked-after” children and their families in Hertfordshire and saving millions of pounds at the same time. Social worker caseloads have shrunk, the time children spend in the care system has dropped by 50% and the number of new child protection plans has been cut by more than half.But the statistics tell only half
  • Poole care home welcomes youngsters in exciting new project

    Residents at Ashley Court care home in Poole are benefitting from an exciting new project that brings generations together in a partnership with a local childcare group.The home has teamed up with Hedgehogs Childcare Ltd, also based in Poole, and welcomes their group of young children into the home every week.
    Hedgehogs practitioner Richard Potts visited the home in June this year to see if they would be interested in having the children come to visit. Staff at the home were keen to explo
  • First CQC local system review published in Halton in Cheshire

    The Care Quality Commission has published its findings following a local system review of Halton in Cheshire.This report is the first of 20 targeted reviews of local authority areas looking specifically at how people move through the health and social care system – with a focus on how services work together. 
    The reviews look at how hospitals, community health services, GP practices, care homes and homecare agencies work together to provide seamless care for older  people living
  • Elysium appoints new Clinical Director of Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation Services

    ELYSIUM Healthcare has appointed Professor Nick Alderman as its new Clinical Director of Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation Services. 
    Prof Alderman is regarded internationally as one of the foremost experts in neurobehavioural rehabilitation. 
    Formerly with Priory Healthcare, Prof Alderman will now head up Elysium’s rapidly growing neurological services division which has operations across the UK.
    Prof Alderman said he was delighted to be joining the Elysium Healthcare team.
  • Talking to vulnerable children on their terms helps to build trust

    A case-by-case approach trumps any ‘tools’ when it comes to social workers building a meaningful relationship with childrenPolly Cowan has been verbally abused and intimidated with knives. Once, a desperate mother threatened to kill her if she tried to take her child away.“I didn’t really believe her,” says Cowan, a social worker in Edinburgh. “She was a new mum, in a desperate situation; and it is not the case that we want to remove children from their famili
  • Drag queen performs pop classics for Chester Le Street residents

    ELDERLY care home residents enjoyed entertainment of an unusual sort when they attended a drag act in Chester Le Street.Residents from Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, took a stroll to the nearby community centre to watch the show.
    The drag artist and cabaret entertainer, Miss Dixie Swallows, covered songs by Tina Turner and Cilla Black, among other classic pop songs.
    Resident Norma White said: “I’m so pleased I went. I laughed so much.”
    Lindsay Sa

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