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Care Home News

Angela Rippon crowns winners of Anchor’s Strictly Dancing 2014 competition

Nina Hathway, News Editor (21-Oct-14)

TV legend and former Come Dancing host, Angela Rippon, returned to the dance floor to judge the dance moves of the 14 finalists of Anchor’s Strictly Dancing 2014. Run by care home provider Anchor, the competition.....    read full article

Alzheimer’s Society pays tribute to Lynda Bellingham’s charity work

Nina Hathway, News Editor (21-Oct-14)

Actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who had cancer, has died aged 66. Best known for her work in All Creatures Great and Small as well as a long running role in the Oxo TV adverts and on the panel of ITV’s Loose Women, she was.....    read full article

Nearly 200,000 people struggle to find the true value of wills

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (21-Oct-14)

More than 175,000 people find it difficult to track down all assets listed in the wills of loved ones, according to research conducted by Willsandassets.co.uk. The nationwide survey found 31 per cent of people who have lost loved.....    read full article

Police release e-fit of intruder who stabbed and punched care home worker

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Oct-14)

Police have released an e-fit of an intruder who forced his way into a care home and stabbed a care home worker in the arm. The stabbing happened at 6.15am on Saturday 18 October at The Beeches care home.....    read full article

Care product retailer offers free prevention of infection posters

Nina Hathway, News Editor (21-Oct-14)

As part of International Infection Prevention Week, which this year runs from 19 to 25 October, a care products’ retailer has produced some free downloadable posters for use in care homes to spread the message that everyone plays.....    read full article

No excuses for bad care despite challenging times, states CQC

Richard Howard, News Editor (17-Oct-14)

Care Quality Commission (CQC) chief executive David Behan has committed the regulator to ‘calling time on unacceptable inadequate care’, pointing out that many financially challenged organisations have nevertheless achieved good or.....    read full article

Woman from Little Chalfont bakes her way to London Marathon for Leonard Cheshire Disability charity

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (16-Oct-14)

A woman from Little Chalfont is preparing to run the Virgin Money London Marathon for the first time fundraising for the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity. Alexandra Wilson-Jones, 29, will be one of 30,000 runners on 26 April.....    read full article

Mental health waiting time standards set to bring treatments in line with physical health

Julia Corbett, News Editor (16-Oct-14)

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has officially outlined the first ever NHS waiting time standards for mental health conditions, bringing psychosis standards in line with consultations targets for cancer patients. Patients.....    read full article

Cost of dying rises seven times faster than the cost of living

Richard Howard, News Editor (16-Oct-14)

Funeral costs, researched by financial services experts SunLife and recorded in the company’s annual Cost of Dying report, show that the costs loved ones face at a time of loss continue to grow and with no sign of slowing down. In.....    read full article

Disability charities call Lord Freud 'not worth the full wage' comments 'offensive and outdated'

Julia Corbett, News Editor (16-Oct-14)

Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud has issued an official apology, after receiving substantial criticism about his comments that some disabled people are 'not worthy' of being paid the minimum wage, calling his.....    read full article

Sanctuary Care home manager shortlisted in National Dementia Care Awards 2014

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (16-Oct-14)

Sanctuary Care home manager, Anita Fletcher of Heathlands Residential Care Home in Pershore, has been shortlisted for the Best Dementia Care Manager award at the National Dementia Care Awards 2014. In addition to Ms Fletchers’.....    read full article

Cabinet to become 'Dementia Friends'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (15-Oct-14)

All Cabinet ministers are to join Prime Minister David Cameron in becoming Dementia Friends. Mr Cameron told BBC Radio Oxford that the whole of the Cabinet has made a pledge to join the initiative. Jeremy.....    read full article

The National Care Forum appoints David Coull as chair

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (15-Oct-14)

David Coull, chief executive of Coverage Care Services, has become the new chair of the National Care Forum (NCF). Mr Coull took over from Gerald Lee, chief executive of St Monica Trust at the National Care Forum annual meeting.....    read full article

NICE calls for care homes to empower residents to manage their own medication

Nina Hathway, News Editor (14-Oct-14)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has called for care homes across England to empower and support residents to make decisions about their own medicines. The institute has developed.....    read full article

Positive thinking plays a crucial role in self-healing, says ex-breast cancer patient

Richard Howard, News Editor (14-Oct-14)

Breast cancer survivor Tessa Guy is challenging care programmes that advise patients to rest rather than seek physical activity, in support of a Macmillan study that reached the same conclusions. The study.....    read full article

Quality, not quantity, of support can minimise loneliness in people with sight loss

Julia Corbett, News Editor (13-Oct-14)

Despite being more common among people with sight loss, loneliness is not inevitable, national charity the Thomas Pocklington Trust has found. Looking into research on loneliness in people with sight loss, the charity found services.....    read full article

Patchy care puts people living with dementia at risk, says CQC

Nina Hathway, News Editor (13-Oct-14)

A major review of dementia care carried out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) says the unacceptable gap in the quality of care means it is likely that many people living with dementia will experience poor care as they move between.....    read full article

Sensory art helps adults to live with dementia

Richard Howard, News Editor (13-Oct-14)

Clients of community village Belong Warrington have been supported in getting creative thanks to a Five Senses workshop, led by local artist Christina Milarvie Quarrell. The care village, which has recently opened, wants to help.....    read full article

GP practices to receive rating for first time ever

Julia Corbett, News Editor (10-Oct-14)

GP practices services and out of hours services in England will be given a rating as part of the new style inspections being carried out by the Care Quality Commission. Around 8,000 practices will now be inspected and rated as.....    read full article

CQC promises new inspection results will be 'jargon-free and reliable'

Richard Howard, News Editor (07-Oct-14)

This month sees England’s care regulatory body, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), begin new methods of inspection and regulation that are aimed at providing service users with clear information that will inform their choice-making. Specialist.....    read full article