• The Guardian view on children’s homes: no place for profit | Editorial

    The Guardian view on children’s homes: no place for profit | Editorial
    Treating the most vulnerable young people as a money-making opportunity is wrong. The care review must lead to changeIt is impossible, even for an appointee regarded by critics as too close to government and with overly restricted terms of reference, to look at children’s homes without being appalled by what is going on. That is the conclusion to be drawn from remarks this week by Josh MacAlister, who is several months into a long-awaited review of children’s social care. He warned t
  • Should I let my son see a relative who is on the sex offender register?

    Should I let my son see a relative who is on the sex offender register?
    Your instincts to avoid this man are spot on, says Annalisa Barbieri. But why does your husband feel caught in the middle?A few years ago, my brother-in-law was arrested, cautioned and placed on the sex offender register (SOR) for two years, for downloading child abuse images. He denies it, saying it was an accidental click.Our child is of primary-school age, and my only priority is to ensure his safety. I explained to my husband that our son and I would no longer be meeting my brother-in-law. (
  • Burbage care home salutes former resident with donation to the Royal British Legion

    Residents at Burbage-based Moat House Care Home proudly presented a cheque on behalf of the home to remember former Moat House resident and former President of The Royal British Legion’s Hinckley Branch, Ronald (Ron) Collyer.The cheque was presented to Branch Chairman, Lloyd Bagshaw who was joined by other members of the RBL and Ron’s children, Ian and Barbara, as part of the VE Day celebrations held in the gardens at Moat House Care Home. The donation from the residents who’s
  • Perthshire care home trio tackle West Highland challenge to raise funds for sensory garden

    A group of colleagues from a Perthshire care home have pioneered their own version of the notoriously challenging West Highland Way to raise funds for a new sensory garden space.Claire Mackay, Shona Hutchcox and Eilidh Thomson from Balhousie Pitlochry care home walked 81 miles of the West Highland Way locally, tracking the miles on fitness apps. Then, on May 12th, they completed the final 15 miles of the mammoth walk, the stretch between Kinlochleven and Fort William, together.The intrepid trio
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  • Gracewell carer talks about her journey into care work in the midst of COVID

    Rebecca Phipps joined Gracewell of Ascot as carer in July 2020.  Stepping up to the challenge of care work was made more difficult by the Covid-19 pandemic – yet, Rebecca has thrived since joining Gracewell of Ascot.A graphic designer for over 20 years by trade, Rebecca’s journey into care work is far from conventional. With much of her experience coming from the corporate world, her decision to embark into this unknown world of care would have certainly been unexpected to many
  • Study identifies how COVID-19 linked to Alzheimer's disease-like cognitive impairment

    A new study has identified mechanisms by which COVID-19 can lead to Alzheimer's disease-like dementia. The findings indicate an overlap between COVID-19 and brain changes common in Alzheimer's, and may help inform risk management and therapeutic strategies for COVID-19-associated cognitive impairment.
  • G7 summit: Boris Johnson praises Joe Biden as ‘breath of fresh air’ after talks – as it happened

    G7 summit: Boris Johnson praises Joe Biden as ‘breath of fresh air’ after talks – as it happened
    Latest updates: prime minister welcomes US president’s desire to work with UK on issues such as security and climate crisis
    Brexit rains on Boris Johnson’s G7 paradeJohnson must respect rule of law and implement Brexit deal, says EUG7 leaders ‘will call for fresh WHO inquiry into Covid origins’
    Coronavirus – latest global updates7.01pm BST The president and the prime minister set out a global vision in a new Atlantic Charter to deepen cooperation in democracy and hu
  • G7 summit live: Boris Johnson praises Joe Biden as ‘breath of fresh air’ after talks

    G7 summit live: Boris Johnson praises Joe Biden as ‘breath of fresh air’ after talks
    Latest updates: US president arrives in Carbis Bay as world leaders assemble for in-person G7 summitBrexit rains on Boris Johnson’s G7 paradeJohnson must respect rule of law and implement Brexit deal, says EUG7 leaders ‘will call for fresh WHO inquiry into Covid origins’
    Coronavirus – latest global updates6.24pm BST Asked if President Biden urged him to speed up implementation of the Northern Ireland protocol in their talks, Boris Johnson said Biden did not do that. But h
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  • Hancock: no evidence PPE shortages led to health and social care workers dying of Covid – video

    Hancock: no evidence PPE shortages led to health and social care workers dying of Covid – video
    Matt Hancock played down the practice of discharging hospital patients into care homes without Covid tests during a joint hearing of two parliamentary select committees.The health secretary had previously claimed that the government had put a ‘protective ring’ around care homes, but he told MPs it had been ‘very hard’ to achieve. He also said that in respect of health and social care, there was ‘no evidence that I have seen that a shortage of PPE provision led to an
  • G7 summit live: Joe Biden meets Boris Johnson in Cornwall ahead of world leaders’ talks

    G7 summit live: Joe Biden meets Boris Johnson in Cornwall ahead of world leaders’ talks
    Latest updates: US president arrives in Carbis Bay as world leaders assemble for in-person G7 summitHancock defends Covid care home policy in front of MPsNumber of people on England’s NHS waiting list tops 5m for first timeSage modelling warns of risk of ‘substantial’ Covid third waveSecret UK planning exercise in 2016 modelled impact of Mers outbreakCoronavirus – latest global updates 3.55pm BST This is from Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs.“Well, I think that we'
  • Matt Hancock pledges to hand over any advice on discharges to care homes

    Matt Hancock pledges to hand over any advice on discharges to care homes
    Health secretary denies knowledge of reported guidance by Public Health England officials in March 2020 over mandatory Covid testsMatt Hancock has promised to reveal internal advice that is alleged to have required testing for people discharged from hospitals into care homes at the start of the Covid pandemic, amid claims the guidance was weakened following pressure from his department.The claims go to the core of a decision that saw thousands of people discharged without Covid tests from hospit
  • UK coronavirus live: Delta variant now accounts for 91% of Covid cases in UK, Hancock says

    UK coronavirus live: Delta variant now accounts for 91% of Covid cases in UK, Hancock says
    Latest updates: health secretary denies lying to PM under questioning from MPs and details spread of Delta variant in UKHancock defends Covid care home policy in front of MPsNumber of people on England’s NHS waiting list tops 5m for first timeSage modelling warns of risk of ‘substantial’ Covid third waveSecret UK planning exercise in 2016 modelled impact of Mers outbreakCoronavirus – latest global updates 1.51pm BST Greg Clark, the science committee chair, gets the final
  • UK coronavirus live: Hancock says ‘no evidence’ PPE shortages led to any health or social care workers dying of Covid

    UK coronavirus live: Hancock says ‘no evidence’ PPE shortages led to any health or social care workers dying of Covid
    Latest updates: health secretary denies lying to PM under questioning from MPs and says he did not want to overrule scientistsHancock defends Covid care home policy in front of MPsNumber of people on England’s NHS waiting list tops 5m for first timeSage modelling warns of risk of ‘substantial’ Covid third waveSecret UK planning exercise in 2016 modelled impact of Mers outbreakCoronavirus – latest global updates 1.03pm BST When Matt Hancock said there was no evidence of PP
  • Hancock tells MPs: Cummings’ lack of evidence is ‘telling’

    Hancock tells MPs: Cummings’ lack of evidence is ‘telling’
    After allegations over Covid policy, health minister defends record on care homes, testing and PPE
    Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock has defended numerous allegations made by Dominic Cummings, saying it was “telling” the former aide had not provided evidence.Giving evidence to the parliamentary inquiry, Hancock was asked to justify the discharging of elderly patients into care homes without testing for Covid-19, as well as the government&r
  • UK Covid live news: Hancock says earlier first lockdown would have meant ‘overruling scientific consensus’

    UK Covid live news: Hancock says earlier first lockdown would have meant ‘overruling scientific consensus’
    Latest updates: health secretary denies lying to PM under questioning from MPs and says he did not want to overrule scientistsMatt Hancock ‘was warned of Covid care home risk in March 2020’Sage modelling warns of risk of ‘substantial’ Covid third waveCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.15am BST Greg Clark, the chair of the science committee, goes next.Q: Do you accept that we should have locked down earlier, and that it would have
  • Hancock defends Covid care home policy in front of MPs

    Hancock defends Covid care home policy in front of MPs
    Health minister says lack of evidence for allegations made by Dominic Cummings is ‘telling’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock has defended discharges to care homes without testing for Covid-19 in the early weeks of the pandemic, as well as numerous allegations made by Dominic Cummings, saying it was “telling” the former aide had not provided evidence.Giving evidence to the parliamentary inquiry, Hancock was also asked to justify
  • UK Covid live news: Matt Hancock denies lying to PM as he faces questions on handling of pandemic

    UK Covid live news: Matt Hancock denies lying to PM as he faces questions on handling of pandemic
    Latest updates: health secretary questioned by MPs from Commons health and science committees about handling of pandemicMatt Hancock ‘was warned of Covid care home risk in March 2020’Sage modelling warns of risk of ‘substantial’ Covid third waveCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 9.56am BST Jeremy Hunt, the chair of the health committee, is asking the questions now. He asks about testing capacity.Hancock says it was important at first
  • UK Covid live news: fresh accusations Hancock neglected care homes as he faces MPs questions

    UK Covid live news: fresh accusations Hancock neglected care homes as he faces MPs questions
    Latest updates: health secretary to be questioned by MPs from Commons health and science committees about handling of pandemicMatt Hancock ‘was warned of Covid care home risk in March 2020’Sage modelling warns of risk of ‘substantial’ Covid third waveCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 9.33am BST EU leaders attend G7 summits and this morning Ursula von der Leyen, the European commission president, held a press conference ahead of her
  • First CEO of Hallmark Care Homes Foundation appointed

    The trustees of Hallmark Care Homes Foundation have appointed Stephen Burke as the charity’s first Chief Executive.  The foundation was established by Avnish Goyal, Chair of Hallmark Care Homes to champion social care and to fund initiatives to improve the quality of life for older people as well as support care workers to fulfil their full potential.Since the charity was established in 2020, the foundation has already backed several projects promoting the care workforce such as The C
  • Matt Hancock ‘was warned of Covid care home risk in March 2020’

    Matt Hancock ‘was warned of Covid care home risk in March 2020’
    Exclusive: leading UK operators say they repeatedly raised concerns about not testing people discharged from hospitalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSome of the UK’s biggest care home operators have told the Guardian they repeatedly warned Matt Hancock’s department about the risk of not testing people discharged from hospitals into care homes in March 2020.Their claims are likely to increase pressure on the health secretary when he appears before MPs
  • Profits from English children’s care homes indefensible, bosses to be told

    Profits from English children’s care homes indefensible, bosses to be told
    Head of government review of sector will urge private operators to cut costs and be responsive to children’s needsThe children’s residential care home sector is “broken” and dominated by private companies that rack up excessive profits despite delivering consistently poor outcomes for young people, a government adviser is to say.Josh MacAlister, the head of the government’s review of children’s social care, will warn children’s homes bosses they must cut
  • Profit levels in children’s care homes in England indefensible, bosses told

    Profit levels in children’s care homes in England indefensible, bosses told
    Head of government review of sector urges private operators to cut costs and be responsive to children’s needsThe children’s residential care home market is “broken” and dominated by private companies that rack up excessive profits despite delivering consistently poor outcomes for young people, a government adviser is to say.Josh MacAlister, the head of the government’s review of children’s social care, will warn children’s homes bosses they must cut &ld
  • The adoption system isn’t perfect, but it has evolved to protect children | Letters

    The adoption system isn’t perfect, but it has evolved to protect children | Letters
    Anne Porteous shares her perspective on forced adoptions, and Linda Weir and Ann Titman highlight charity work that supports families I read Nina Lopez’s letter (1 June) on adoption with sadness, both because of the example she gave and also because she doesn’t tell the whole story around adoption today. “Forced” is an emotive term and that applies appropriately to those adoptions of the 1960s and 1970s. That 90% of adoptions are forced – ie court ordered – is
  • Royal Star & Garter wins prestigious award for outstanding dementia care

    Royal Star & Garter receives a top national award for its outstanding dementia care.The charity won the Professional Excellence category at the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Hero Awards on Thursday 20 May.Royal Star & Garter provides loving, compassionate care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia, from Homes in Solihull, Surbiton and High Wycombe.Judges were impressed at how staff across the Homes have been able to meet the challenges posed by th
  • Ethical investor and extra care operator join forces to unveil £300m push for new generation of ultra-sustainable assisted living communities

    Ethical investor and extra care operator join forces to deliver their first net zero scheme in Bristol, with sights set on series of further communities creating as many as 1,000 later-living homesFORE Partnership, the purpose-driven, transformational real estate investment firm, has formed a joint venture with extra care operator Amicala to deliver a new generation of ultra-sustainable later living developments in southern and central England.The JV is actively seeking opportunities to develop
  • Benefits claimants suffering under end-of-life DWP rule

    Benefits claimants suffering under end-of-life DWP rule
    Terminally ill people in UK spending final weeks struggling to get social security help as six-month rule demands ‘proof’ of life expectancyMore than 100 terminally ill people are each month being rejected for benefits despite having less than six months to live, and many are spending their final weeks fighting in vain for social security support, say campaigners.The Marie Curie and the Motor Neurone Disease Association charities have called for an urgent review of Department for Wor
  • Love, fear and Covid failures in Australia’s aged care

    Love, fear and Covid failures in Australia’s aged care
    The coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne has spread to aged care, with multiple cases linked to one facility: Arcare in Maidstone. For young carer Ai-Lin, whose 86-year-old grandmother Ann lives at the facility, this outbreak raises serious questions about Australia’s aged care system and the federal government’s vaccination rollout.Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to Ai-Lin about her experience as a young carer living through the pandemicYou can also read: Continue reading...
  • Edinburgh care home partners with physiotherapist to help reduce trip ups

    WITH the easing of lockdown restrictions, an Edinburgh care home is resuming its physiotherapy-led falls prevention class which looks to prevent falls and support residents’ mobility and wellbeing.Cramond Residence had been holding weekly classes with reduced numbers, led by the home’s lifestyle coordinators, but as of early April they have reinstated the specialist physiotherapists from Balanced to resume their classes as normal.
    The classes are available free of charge to all resid
  • Adept Care Homes receive keys to purpose-built Hucknall care home

    Family-run, award winning Adept Care Homes have received the keys to Harrier House, a new multi-million-pound luxury care facility in Hucknall.Harrier House is a purpose built, modern, luxury care home which truly embodies the groups vision of offering both the residents and team a truly superb place to live and work.  Offering a range of wonderful facilities including a roof top café, a pub complete with beer garden, cinema, private dining room, library, hair salon and a spa. The in
  • Staff burnout in health and social care putting safety at risk, say MPs

    Staff burnout in health and social care putting safety at risk, say MPs
    Staff shortages piling pressure on workforce, threatening proper functioning of key servicesBurnout among NHS staff is prompting some to quit, causing medical blunders and putting patients’ safety at risk, a committee of MPs has said.The problem, exacerbated by the pandemic, is so widespread across health and social care that both key public services are in danger of no longer working properly, the Commons select committee that monitors the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said.
  • Proud mum Jean welcomes newlyweds to care home garden

    Family care home connections guided the progress of a happy wedding day in the New Forest.As soon as they tied the knot at Ringwood registry office, Stuart and Hannah Judd drove straight to Colten Care’s Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst.The trip meant they could spend time in the garden with Stuart’s mum Jean, a resident at the Outstanding-rated home.Because of Covid restrictions, Jean was unable to attend the ceremony but enjoyed dressing up for the newlyweds’ visit to see her and
  • Dorset care home’s kind hearts deliver hampers to frontline heroes

    Community-minded residents and staff at a Dorset care home have delivered hampers of goodies to frontline workers as a surprise thank-you for keeping us safe during the pandemic.Police officers, staff at doctors’ surgeries and teams at fellow nursing homes have all received pamper boxes and treats from representatives of Colten Care’s Poundbury home, Castle View.Residents there funded the initiative through an Easter raffle, building on a similar ‘Hearts of Kindness’ idea
  • First non-virtual performance of Royal Albert Hall Songbook since start of Covid-19 pandemic

    A care home in Swiss Cottage, Camden, has marked the resumption of in-person activities with a special singalong concert performed by musicians from the Royal Albert Hall.The Hall’s in-house group Albert’s Band visited Compton Lodge on Wednesday 12 May, putting on their one-hour show “The Royal Albert Hall Songbook” for the benefit of 24 residents at the home. This is the first time the group has performed the show live to an audience since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pa
  • Hallmark Care Homes promotes Aneurin Brown to Group Operations Director

    Aneurin Brown, Regional Director for England, of the multi-award-winning care provider Hallmark Care Homes has been promoted to Group Operations Director.Aneurin started his career at the family run care group in 2014 as a Hospitality Services Manager and steadily progressed throughout the group before becoming a Regional Manager in 2019. He was promoted again in October that same year, becoming a Regional Director before being appointed as Group Operations Director in May 2020.He will now overs
  • York manager shares her vision for transforming care home

    Just weeks into her new role as care home manager at Minster Grange Care Home in York, Victoria Darlow, is already making changes to boost communication and empower staff to deliver the best care.Victoria has worked in health and social care for 14 years, working her way up from care assistant to home manager. She comes from a successful care home in Leeds, where she was manager for 18 months, and before that deputy manager and unit manager for five years. She took the helm at Minster Grange in
  • Computer simulations of the brain can predict language recovery in stroke survivors

    Speech rehabilitation experts can predict how well a patient will recover from aphasia, a disorder caused by damage to the part of the brain responsible for producing language.
  • Threadbare social services have lost the trust of families | Letter

    Threadbare social services have lost the trust of families | Letter
    By the time a family gets a social worker, it’s usually 20 years too late, writes Jean Robertson-Molloy, who has 40 years of experience in the sectorHaving worked in social services at the “coalface” for nearly 40 years, and also being a member of the Movement for an Adoption Apology, I welcome Nina Lopez’s letter drawing attention to today’s forced adoptions (Letters, 1 June). I believe we are the only country in western Europe which regularly sanctions adoptions o
  • Eight-hour relay at Braintree care homes unites community to raise over £1,000 for Covid relief in India

    Residents from two Braintree care homes took part in an eight-hour relay with children and churchgoers from the local community to raise over £1,000 for India as the country grapples with the Covid-19 outbreak. Residents from St Mary’s Court and The New Deanery, along with children from Scallywags Day Nursery and parishioners of St Mary’s church in Bocking, each took turns covering part of the care homes’ six-acre gardens, handing sanitised batons to each other to co
  • Belong Wigan resident gains new lease of life

    A lifelong resident of Leigh in Greater Manchester, who previously required the use of a wheelchair, is walking again and socialising after moving to Honeysuckle Court independent living apartments at Belong Wigan and embracing the village’s activities programme, including following a personalised exercise programme.
Celia has even turned walking into a fundraising initiative, recently joining a group of ladies at the village in raising over £300 in sponsorship for charity Brea
  • Neurological symptoms like fatigue common in mild COVID, review finds

    Neurological and psychiatric symptoms such as fatigue and depression are common among people with COVID-19 and may be just as likely in people with mild cases, according to a new review.
  • The Guardian view on social care and disability: a cruel policy vacuum | Editorial

    The Guardian view on social care and disability: a cruel policy vacuum | Editorial
    The issue is often framed around ageing. But disabled people of all ages urgently need answers to the social care question There cannot be many adults in the UK who are unaware of the importance of social care. Whether they have encountered the issue through personal experience of supporting friends or relatives, or on the news, most will also recognise that meeting the needs of the growing number of people who cannot take care of themselves is a serious challenge. What fewer may notice is that
  • Covid care home tragedy: we, the bereaved, need to know the full truth

    Covid care home tragedy: we, the bereaved, need to know the full truth
    Susan Hemmings would like to know the origins of the directive that led to elderly patients being discharged from hospitals without being tested for coronavirusI was relieved to see, in letters (30 May), the truths gradually emerging on the care home tragedy. The unspeakable duty-of-care failure of both the NHS and the Department of Health and Social Care has often been described as returning elderly patients to “their care homes” untested for Covid. Yes, that was bad enough. But wha
  • Cummings’ care homes claims could lead to corporate manslaughter charges | Alex Bailin

    Cummings’ care homes claims could lead to corporate manslaughter charges | Alex Bailin
    The former adviser’s testimony on Covid and care homes should sound legal alarm bells at the Department of HealthCriminal lawyers watched Dominic Cummings’ electric testimony at the health and science select committees last week with considerable interest. Not just because every select committee cries out for forensic cross-examination, but because if some of Cummings’ key claims are true then legal alarm bells should sound.Cummings’ central claim was “We were told
  • Cummings’ care homes claim could lead to corporate manslaughter charges | Alex Bailin

    Cummings’ care homes claim could lead to corporate manslaughter charges | Alex Bailin
    The former adviser’s testimony on Covid and care homes should sound legal alarm bells at the Department of HealthCriminal lawyers watched Dominic Cummings’ electric testimony at the health and science select committees last week with considerable interest. Not just because every select committee cries out for forensic cross-examination, but because if some of Cummings’ key claims are true then legal alarm bells should sound.Cummings’ central claim was “We were told
  • Solihull resident enjoys heart-warming trip down memory lane

    A Royal Star & Garter resident has enjoyed an unforgettable 95th birthday after the staff at the Solihull Home teamed up with a local school for a trip down memory lane.Celebrations to mark Barbara Bale’s special day on Friday 7 May started with a surprise visit to Solihull School on Warwick Road, a place dear to her heart as it was where husband Bill taught Latin for 17 years, before his death in 1969.Barbara described the visit as “a wonderful surprise” and said she was &
  • Loanhead care home hosts Spring Olympics to stir activity among its residents

    A CARE home has hosted a ‘Spring Olympics’ event for its residents to fulfil their cravings for competition and activity.Organised by the care staff, the week-long series of competitions at Mansfield Care’s Pine Villa featured rounds of pool, Jenga, and basketball, with a Sports Quiz to close the tournament.It comes after the residents enjoyed a programme of competitions throughout the winter months which inspired the care staff to curate the Spring Olympics, creating opportuni
  • Rotherham care home residents overjoyed with drum and light show!

    Residents at Moorgate Croft residential care home in Rotherham were overjoyed when World Beaters performed their dynamic drum and light show outside the home.Rotherham council contacted Moorgate Croft to organise a performance of the Spark! street theatre show for the residents as part of the Rotherham Together project. The programme provides cultural events that bring Rotherham’s residents and communities together.Three performers volunteered their time to entertain the residents in a 20-
  • Somerset care home residents celebrate International Nurses Day

    Residents at a Somerset care home have been enjoying a reminiscence session and craft activities to celebrate how much they respect the nurses who support them – and nurses up and down the country – in anticipation of International Nurses’ Day on 12 May.A couple of the residents living with dementia at Camelot House and Lodge in Wellington shared their memories of working as nurses when they were younger.Activities co-ordinator, Richard Dempslake, said: “We were keen to l
  • UK rights watchdog endorses compulsory Covid jabs for care home staff

    UK rights watchdog endorses compulsory Covid jabs for care home staff
    EHRC says ministers right to make protecting life a priority despite ‘departure’ from health policyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe prospect of care home workers being required to get vaccinated against Covid-19 has moved a step closer, with a crucial endorsement from the UK’s human rights watchdog.Ministers are considering changing the law to make vaccination a condition of deployment for people in some professions that come into regular cl
  • Improved detection of atrial fibrillation could prevent disabling strokes

    A clinical trial examining the efficacy of two devices to monitor and detect atrial fibrillation (AF), or an irregular heartbeat, in ischemic stroke patients -- one an implantable device that monitors over 12 months, the other an external device that monitors over a 30-day period -- found the implantable device is more than three times more effective in detecting AF.

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