• My husband is in a care home. I visit him for 30 minutes each week in a car park

    My husband is in a care home. I visit him for 30 minutes each week in a car park
    I understand visits must be restricted because of Covid, but why are families the ones to suffer?My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease eight years ago. I vowed to look after him and never put him in a home.Three years on, after sleepless nights, mental and physical exhaustion, and the sensation that I was disintegrating, I faced the hard truth: I was not the best person to look after my husband any more. After a long and heartbreaking search I found my husband’s present c
  • Report calls for universal care service to transform UK economy

    Report calls for universal care service to transform UK economy
    Women’s Budget Group says plan for free full-time childcare and elderly care would create 2m jobsThe UK economy needs radical transformation equal to the post-second world war era, including the creation of a universal care service providing free full-time childcare and elderly care, according to a seminal report published by the Women’s Budget Group.The service, which would be free at the point of delivery, would create more jobs than equivalent investment in transport and construct
  • Care home coronavirus outbreaks cast doubt on official PHE data

    Care home coronavirus outbreaks cast doubt on official PHE data
    Exclusive: Largest provider says 70 of its homes have had outbreaks, with 20 in the last fortnightCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK’s largest care home provider has had Covid outbreaks in 70 of its facilities, prompting questions about whether official figures on the virus’s return to social care may be too low.As care leaders issued fresh warnings about testing delays, HC-One said it had closed one in five of its 329 homes because of outbreaks
  • Arthritis drug to be trialled as Covid treatment in UK care homes

    Arthritis drug to be trialled as Covid treatment in UK care homes
    Adalimumab could counter hyper-inflammation seen in severe coronavirus casesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA commonly used arthritis drug is to be trialled with care home residents who have Covid, after it was observed that those taking it for their joint pains were less likely to end up in hospital with the virus.Older people in care homes, who often have some degree of dementia, tend not to do well in hospital, where they become more confused and may pick up
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  • Brexit: warnings for care sector in pandemic as freedom of movement ends

    Brexit: warnings for care sector in pandemic as freedom of movement ends
    Wages should rise to make jobs more attractive to UK staff say government advisersThe end of freedom of movement will increase pressure on the social care sector in the midst of a pandemic unless ministers make jobs more attractive to UK workers by increasing salaries, government advisers have warned.The Migration Advisory Committee (Mac) has warned of the “stark consequences” of low wages in social care with most frontline role ineligible for the post-Brexit skilled worker immigrati
  • Sunderland care home residents enjoy messages from across the globe

    Residents from Lansbury Court care home in Sunderland have been lucky enough to receive letters from people all over the world during the coronavirus pandemic. 
     
    The letters arrived from far and wide, some filled with lovely hand drawn pictures, whilst others included words of encouragement and messages to put a smile on their faces.
     
    Everyone thoroughly enjoyed hearing from their correspondents and felt overwhelmed with the kindness that had been shown to them. Residents were s
  • Sally Warren: 'Covid has brutally exposed the fragilities of the care sector'

    Sally Warren: 'Covid has brutally exposed the fragilities of the care sector'
    The policy director of the King’s Fund thinktank on why the government’s social care winter plan won’t save it from a second waveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs the government’s keenly awaited winter plan to protect social care in Englanddribbled out earlier this month, Sally Warren tweeted: “I can’t help but feel this is a missed opportunity to help the sector, those who work in it and those relying on it.”As the pol
  • 'Frail' people like me shouldn't be denied lifesaving Covid care | Patience Owen

    'Frail' people like me shouldn't be denied lifesaving Covid care | Patience Owen
    A frailty index is rationing treatment for older and disabled people who catch coronavirus. We are not sacrificial lambsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLockdown was easy for me, it has become my daily state more frequently throughout my life. I have a debilitating connective tissue disorder that keeps me indoors most days. It was a relief I no longer had to go out and pretend to be normal when wracked with ill-health and hidden pain. Like thousands of others wit
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  • TLC Care recognised by Investors in People

    Team members and residents across TLC Care are celebrating after the elderly care provider was awarded Platinum status by the prestigious and internationally recognised Investors in People accreditation group.
     
    Platinum is the highest accreditation possible and is held by only 2% of the 8,000 UK companies that apply. To receive this award, companies must prove that they invest in employees at all levels of the business and enshrine the company’s values in every aspect of its work.
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  • Stockport’s Borough Care supports dementia World Alzheimer’s Month

    Borough Care is supporting September’s World Alzheimer’s Month, a whole month dedicated to raising awareness of dementia and challenging the stigma that surrounds it.  Borough Care has over 20 years of experience helping older people with dementia who live in its eleven homes across Stockport; a borough with dementia prevalence rates higher than the national average.
    Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults.  It is an irreversib
  • Dementia UK launches UK-wide fundraising bid with classic board games

    This October, Dementia UK’s brand-new fundraising event, Raise Your Game, sees fundraisers across the UK getting out their Jenga/Snakes and Ladders/Ludo/Scrabble sets to help families face dementia. Families are invited to spend time together (either virtually, socially distanced or within their household) having fun, as well raising awareness and funds, for more of Dementia UK’s dementia specialist Admiral Nurses.
     
    When things get challenging or difficult for people with demen
  • Dream comes true for Castleford care home resident

    Staff at Newfield Lodge care home in Castleford have made 97 year old resident, Nellie Reed’s dreams come true with a brand new bedroom makeover.
     
    Nellie, who has lived at Newfield Lodge since April 2019, placed a ‘wish’ on the homes wishing tree to move into a garden suite from her first floor room at the Brookfield Avenue care home.  Nellie loves to be outdoors in the fresh air and has a keen passion for gardening, so it was her dream to have a room that
  • Belmont Healthcare Group announce appointments

    A recent duo of appointments at Belmont Healthcare Group, a UK care group specialising in older person care, has pair turning their attention to a company-wide older person care strategy of excellence after receiving credit from the CQC (Care Quality Commission) for effectively managing the risks from the coronavirus pandemic to being Covid free.
    The recent appointments, Clare Swan, Head of Quality and Compliance, and Sallyann Briggs, Registered Care Manager. Both bring their considerable corpor
  • World first study links obesity with reduced brain plasticity

    World first study links obesity with reduced brain plasticity
    A world-first study has found that severely overweight people are less likely to be able to re-wire their brains and find new neural pathways, a discovery that has significant implications for people recovering from a stroke or brain injury.
  • Open University partners with Oxford University to improve support for older people with learning disabilities

    The Open University and The University of Oxford are delighted to announce that they have been awarded just under £900,000 by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to investigate how to improve support for older people with learning disabilities and family carers. The project is funded through a specific call issued by the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme for studies of community health and care services to support people with learning disabiliti
  • Nottingham supported living service opens its door

    One of the country’s leading supported living providers, Eden Futures, is welcoming service users for the first time to its newly opened service in the Sherwood area of Nottingham city.  
     
    Six of the eight self-contained apartments are now full as part of the company’s first phase of moving, with referrals in place for the remaining apartments and shared house accommodation as lockdown restrictions continue to relax.
     
    Eden Futures supports adults with learning disabi
  • Your neighborhood may raise your risk of chronic kidney disease

    Your neighborhood may raise your risk of chronic kidney disease
    A neighborhood's overall socioeconomic status, including income and education-level, may influence its residents' risk of chronic kidney disease, according to a new study.
  • Fructose made in the brain could be a mechanism driving Alzheimer's disease, researchers propose

    Fructose made in the brain could be a mechanism driving Alzheimer's disease, researchers propose
    New research proposes that Alzheimer's disease may be driven by the overactivation of fructose made in the brain. The study outlined the hypothesis that Alzheimer's is a modern disease driven by changes in dietary lifestyle that has resulted in excessive fructose metabolism in the brain.
  • As UK care homes face a Covid second wave, families are seeking alternatives

    As UK care homes face a Covid second wave, families are seeking alternatives
    Growing numbers of older people are choosing live-in care or to move in with homeowners who have spare rooms
    Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAnxiety is running high about the risk of loved ones contracting Covid in a care home over the coming months. And not without reason. Between early March and early August, care homes in England and Wales recorded some 26,500 excess deaths.With this in mind, many families are now looking for an alternative to residential car
  • Care home residents strut their stuff on the dancefloor

    Brinnington Hall care home residents have been strutting their stuff on the dancefloor to keep fit and have fun during the coronavirus pandemic.
     
    The care team created the ‘Strictly Come Brinnington’ competition to bring both staff and residents together through their love of music and dancing. The residents and team worked together to create fun routines to showcase to their ‘studio audience’ in the homes social area. The competition was such a succe
  • Aberdeen care facility keeps residents hydrated

    Residents at an award-winning Aberdeen care facility for the elderly have been keeping hydrated this summer, thanks to an innovative project.
    Staff and residents at Aberdeen’s Rubislaw Park Care home have teamed up to create an innovative “Hydration Station” which has transformed a small area of the home into a self-service area for drinks and snacks.
    Although other hydration points were already in use throughout the facility, the recent addition of a sensory-orientated station
  • Relatives invited to move into care homes in England amid Covid lockdowns

    Relatives invited to move into care homes in England amid Covid lockdowns
    Two-week stays among efforts by providers to keep residents in contact with familiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA care home group is inviting family members to move in with their loved ones as part of efforts across social care to try to keep the most vulnerable people in touch with relatives as rising Covid-19 cases trigger fresh lockdowns.Brendoncare, which runs 10 care homes in the south of England, will allow a relative of newly-admitted residents to sta
  • Covid ban on care home visitors risks premature deaths, experts warn

    Covid ban on care home visitors risks premature deaths, experts warn
    Charities call for elderly residents’ loved ones to be given limited visiting rights to maintain ‘will to live’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSweeping bans on visiting at thousands of care homes risk residents dying prematurely this winter as they give up hope in the absence of loved ones, experts in elderly care have warned.More than 2,700 care homes in England are either already shut or will be told to do so imminently by local public health
  • Having high cholesterol levels early in life leads to heart problems by middle age

    Having high cholesterol levels early in life leads to heart problems by middle age
    Having elevated cholesterol during the teens or early twenties increases a person's risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event during middle age.
  • Parkinson's disease is not one, but two diseases

    Parkinson's disease is not one, but two diseases
    Researchers around the world have been puzzled by the different symptoms and varied disease pathways of Parkinson's patients. A major study has now identified that there are actually two types of the disease.
  • Care providers should act now as UK care home operator faces legal action over Covid response

    Jack Baumgardt, Associate in Ashfords’ Business Risk and Regulation Team
    Comments from Jack Baumgardt, Associate in Ashfords’ Business Risk and Regulation Team
    News of the first spate of legal actions by bereaved families against care homes has been long anticipated. The Covid-19 Pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges, from staffing to PPE, testing, reporting and perceived lack of Government support. The vulnerability of older persons and the anxiety caused by restrictions on vi
  • 'Nine at night and my laptop is still open': social work in a pandemic

    'Nine at night and my laptop is still open': social work in a pandemic
    Covid-19 has blurred social workers’ personal and professional lives but multi-agency working has improved, say expertsGuardian Social Lives research finds only 29% of social workers feel workload is manageableThe coronavirus crisis has heaped pressure on social workers by blurring the boundaries between their professional and personal lives, a Guardian event heard.An online discussion, chaired by Guardian public services editor David Brindle, to launch the findings of Guardian Jobs’
  • I could lose my child if Covid closes her special needs school again | Beverley Cohen

    I could lose my child if Covid closes her special needs school again | Beverley Cohen
    Parents like me need more help. I couldn’t cope with having my severely disabled daughter back at home full time Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLike most parents, I love my child with all my heart. Unlike most parents, if there’s a Covid-19 case at her school and it has to close again, I could lose her.My daughter Liora Sangeeta is 14, she has complex needs: epilepsy that medication can’t control, a chronic kidney condition and autism. Liora c
  • Oxfordshire care home staff recognised for long service during ‘care appreciation week’

    Members of staff at Cedar Court care home in Witney, Oxfordshire, have been thanked and recognised for their ongoing efforts to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, in a special week of appreciation.
    The home is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, which operates 45 residential care homes and 12 homecare branches in East Anglia and the south of England. The group launched its very own ‘Care Appreciation Week’ during August as a sign of its gratitude for all staff.
    Throughou
  • Wakefield Little Free Libraries donates Little Library to local care home

    Residents at West Ridings Care Home in Wakefield can now borrow a bestseller from their own ‘Little Library’.
     
    The outdoor cupboard-style library was donated by the lovely people at Wakefield Little Free Libraries.
     
    When Clinical Services Manager Lauren Hermann spotted the community Little Free Library on nearby Ledger Lane, she contacted organiser Sue to enquire about buying one for the home.
     
    However, as luck would have it, Sue and her team were in the process of

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