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Dementia Friendly Communities programme exceeds Prime Minister’s expectations

Julia Corbett, News Editor (28-Jul-14)

Over 60 towns and cities have pledged to become Dementia Friendly Communities, more than triple the expectation first set out in the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia. David Cameron’s initial ambition... read full article

Older people can boost their health by doing short bursts of intense exercise

Sue Learner, News Editor (28-Jul-14)

Pensioners can dramatically improve their health by doing one minute of intense exercise just twice a week, according to a new study. Research carried out by Abertay University in Scotland found that in just... read full article

'Excessively bureaucratic' safeguards for people lacking mental capacity to be reviewed

Julia Corbett, News Editor (24-Jul-14)

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) provision will be reviewed and simplified to improve the protection of people who lack mental capacity, the Department of Health has announced. DOLS allow people, such as those with... read full article

Government called to back programme to make dying in hospital last resort

Julia Corbett, News Editor (23-Jul-14)

The Government is being called on to back a new programme aimed at reducing the number of people dying in hospitals by utilising alternative care options in hospices, care homes or at home. According to Help the Hospices, the... read full article

Horticultural project for vulnerable adults raises money from its own produce

Julia Corbett, News Editor (23-Jul-14)

After months of planting, growing and harvesting, a range of fruit and vegetables home grown by adults with learning disabilities has gone on sale in Bomersund, Northumberland. Money raised will be invested back into the project... read full article

Care minister says that older people are being 'exploited' by care homes' top-up fees

Nina Hathway, News Editor (23-Jul-14)

A parliamentary debate on the subject of care home top up fees has raised questions about their necessity. In a speech, Care Minister Norman Lamb said he fears ‘exploitation’ of vulnerable older people over such fees.... read full article

Castleford RUFC hosts first ever disability sports day with Care UK

Julia Corbett, News Editor (22-Jul-14)

Around 150 people attended a sports day which gave disabled people, their families and carers the opportunity to learn sports skills and take part in a range of activities organised by Care UK. Care UK provides both care in the... read full article

London care homes take residents on culinary remininscence journey

Nina Hathway, News Editor (22-Jul-14)

Residents at three Sanctuary Group care homes in London enjoyed celebratory culinary-themed summer shows based on their own life stories and memories, as part of Sanctuary’s two-year creative arts programme, Shine! The performances,... read full article

'Special measures' inspections for care homes risk becoming a fruitless exercise

Julia Corbett, News Editor (21-Jul-14)

Queries have been raised about the fairness of the new expert led hospital style inspection for all care homes and home care services announced last week by Health Secretary Jeremey Hunt. The Registered Nursing... read full article

Care home tackling loneliness in residents with animal therapy

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Jul-14)

Residents from a care home in Northfleet have been celebrating the arrival of the home’s two newest residents, Penny and Kennedy the kittens. Named by Dene Holm residential home’s residents, it is hoped the animals will combat... read full article

Care home gardens have 'promising' therapeutic potential for dementia residents

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Jul-14)

Accessing gardens and outdoor spaces can reduce levels of agitation in care home residents living with dementia. A research team has measured the benefits spending time in gardens has for people with dementia to help care homes... read full article

Woodwork and IT classes offered to older people at new retirement village

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Jul-14)

Plans for a retirement village in Longbridge near Birmingham have been announced as part of the town’s £1bn regeneration scheme. The village will provide the local community with over 50 permanent jobs and up to 200 jobs during... read full article

New regime to tackle failing care announced by the Government

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

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will create a new expert led inspection regime to tackle failing care homes and home care services, following the success of the CQC’s new style of inspection of 11 hospitals placed in special measures... read full article

Government’s 'dismal failure' to get people with learning disabilities out of Treatment and Assessment Units

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-Jul-14)

Labour has called on the Government to commit to a two-year deadline to end the practice of placing people with learning disabilities in Treatment and Assessment Units, such as the former Winterbourne View, for long periods of time. During... read full article

Care home staff complete midnight mountain climb for charity

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-Jul-14)

Nearly £2,500 has been raised for the Alzheimer’s Society after three care home staff members climbed the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, for the charity. The team made their task even harder by choosing to complete the 4,409... read full article

Cataract surgery slows decline in cognition for dementia patients

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-Jul-14)

People with Alzheimer’s disease who have surgery to remove cataracts benefit from an improved quality of life as well as better vision, a clinical trial has shown. Preliminary results have been published at the Alzheimer’s Association... read full article

Improved lifestyle choices could cut Alzheimer's by third

Julia Corbett, News Editor (14-Jul-14)

A third of cases of Alzheimer’s disease could be prevented if people start taking steps to improve their lifestyles, a study published in the journal Lancet Neurology has claimed. Research was carried out to understand the impact... read full article

CQC’s chief inspector of adult social care wins 'inspirational woman' award

Sue Learner, News Editor (14-Jul-14)

Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector of adult social care for the Care Quality Commission, has been named as one of the top 50 inspirational women in healthcare. The awards run by the Health Service Journal... read full article

End of life care better in care homes than hospitals

Sue Learner, News Editor (10-Jul-14)

The quality of care given to people at the end of their lives is significantly better in care homes, hospices and at home than in hospitals, according to a new survey. The third National Survey of Bereaved... read full article

Care workers' low pay jeopardising quality of care with abuse complaints on the rise

Sue Learner, News Editor (10-Jul-14)

The quality of care in both care homes and domiciliary care is being put at risk by the low pay and working conditions of care workers, with abuse and neglect complaints on the rise, according to MPs. The... read full article

Torchwood star John Barrowman says being deaf made him feel 'invisible'

Sue Learner, News Editor (09-Jul-14)

TV star John Barrowman, best known for his role as Captain Jack Harkness in Torchwood, agreed to go ‘deaf’ for the day as part of a filmed experiment so he could understand more the difficulties that deaf people face. Gel... read full article

Think tank upbraids politicians for sidelining hearing loss

Nina Hathway, News Editor (09-Jul-14)

A report launched today presents new data to show not only the predicted growth in the number of people with hearing loss, which is set to account for almost 20 per cent of the UK’s total population by 2031,... read full article

New blood test to predict onset of dementia could be 'devastating' for sufferers

Sue Learner, News Editor (09-Jul-14)

An academic has warned that a new blood test which identifies people who will go to develop Alzheimer’s disease could be ‘devastating’ to sufferers. Professor Mike Jackson of Birmingham City University said:... read full article

Dementia residents can stimulate their senses in safe and colourful outdoor space

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

A £10,000 scheme has been completed to transform the gardens of Brookdale Nursing Home, in Kidderminster, in order to allow clients with dementia to enjoy all the benefits of sensory surroundings. Taking four months to complete, the garden... read full article

NHS chief executive out of touch with reality over future of care homes

Julia Corbett, News Editor (04-Jul-14)

Care sector professionals have criticised NHS chief executive Simon Stevens for saying he would be ‘disappointed’ if nursing homes still existed in 50 years’ time. Chair of the Independent Care Group (York... read full article

Charity coalition campaigns for free social care for end of life support

Julia Corbett, News Editor (26-Jun-14)

Social care should be accessible and free to everyone at the end of their life, a charity coalition has claimed. The coalition, made up of six charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association... read full article

Attorney General urged to review sentencing of three abusers of care home dementia resident

Julia Corbett, News Editor (25-Jun-14)

Action on Elder Abuse has written to the Attorney General calling for him to review the recent sentences given to three care home staff members who were found guilty of abusing a care home resident in their care. The abuse was... read full article

First of ten care homes open as part of Care UK's £60m investment project

Julia Corbett, News Editor (24-Jun-14)

As part of its plan to open ten new care homes in the Suffolk area in 2014 and 2015, Care UK has celebrated the opening of Milden Lodge in Mildenhall. The care home has been designed and built to ensure residents can continue... read full article

Charity album released by Barchester Healthcare band

Julia Corbett, News Editor (24-Jun-14)

A charity album has been produced by The Tin Shakers, a band made up of staff members of national care home group Barchester to raise money for the group’s charitable foundation. The Tin Shakers was formed by drummer Malcolm... read full article

Ageing and geriatric medicine should be taught to undergraduate doctors to improve attitudes

Julia Corbett, News Editor (23-Jun-14)

More time should be devoted to teaching medical students how to interact with older patients to prepare the medical workforce for the needs of an ageing population. International journal Age and Ageing has published a report... read full article

Guide dogs for people with combined sight and hearing loss celebrate tenth anniversary

Nina Hathway, News Editor (23-Jun-14)

Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People are marking Deafblind Awareness Week, which this year runs from 23 to 29 June, by celebrating 10 years of working together to produce 25 very special assistance dog partnerships. Over... read full article

Great Yarmouth care home welcomes first residents

Richard Howard, News Editor (20-Jun-14)

Lydia Eva Court is a new care home from Norse Care (Services) Ltd designed to allow small communities to thrive, having adopted a vision recommended by Stirling University researchers. An 88 capacity facility, Lydia Eva Court... read full article

Prime Minister calls for 'bold, global push' to beat dementia

Sue Learner, News Editor (19-Jun-14)

David Cameron is calling for a “big, bold global push” to fight dementia, in a drive to rectify the “achingly slow” progress on dementia research. Mr Cameron, who is speaking at a summit of world health and... read full article

Hospitals now have to inform patients about Do Not Resuscitate orders

Sue Learner, News Editor (17-Jun-14)

Doctors will now have a legal duty to tell patients when they have placed a Do Not Resuscitate order on their medical records. The landmark judgment, from three Court of Appeal judges, follows a hearing in... read full article

Celebrations edge closer for National Care Home Open Day

Nina Hathway, News Editor (17-Jun-14)

More than 220 inspectors and staff from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are expected to visit care homes across the country on Friday, 20 June to mark this year’s National Care Home Open Day. With just a few days to go, National... read full article

Care home chosen as site for time capsule to celebrate National Care Home Open Day

Nina Hathway, News Editor (17-Jun-14)

Children from a nearby school will send a message to the future this week when they bury a time capsule containing treasured possessions at Amherst House Care Home in Horley, Surrey. The event celebrates... read full article

District nurses are 'critically endangered' and face extinction

Sue Learner, News Editor (17-Jun-14)

The Royal College of Nursing is warning that district nurses are currently “critically endangered” and face extinction by the end of 2025 unless urgent investment is made. The past decade has seen a 47 per... read full article

Healthcare system is 'failing' older people with HIV

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-Jun-14)

Nurses are calling for more support and training to help care for older people with HIV. Nursing staff have been debating the issue of HIV awareness on the first day of the (Royal College of Nursing) RCN’s... read full article

Eastenders star June Brown urges older people suffering in silence to call elder abuse hotline

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-Jun-14)

June Brown best known for playing Dot Cotton in Eastenders, is in a new video encouraging older people who are being abused, to ring the free Action on Elder Abuse hotline. Over 500,000 older people experience... read full article

'Grey' manifesto to be launched for general election

Nina Hathway, News Editor (16-Jun-14)

More than 1,000 members of Britain’s biggest organisation for older people, the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) will gather on 17 June for the start of their annual three-day Pensioners’ Parliament in Blackpool.... read full article

Surrey care home uses Father's Day to highlight the importance of visiting loved ones

Richard Howard, News Editor (15-Jun-14)

Life for older people in care is far more content if family ties outside of the home remain strong, owners of the Royal Alfred Seafarers Society in Banstead are keen to remind us. A specialist care and nursing home for retired... read full article

Care sector insurance broker supports The Care Workers Charity

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

The Care Workers Charity has been chosen as one of the Quality Care Insurance Services’ (QCIS) new charity partners. The QCIS is a specialist care home insurance broker which provides services to single, small... read full article

Carbon reduction and saving energy costs among the key themes of Care Forum 2014

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

Managing care home energy output was a leading concern at this year’s Care Forum 2014, which has been hailed as the most popular since it was first held 14 years ago. Held on 9–10 June at the Whittlebury... read full article

World Cup inspires 'virtual' Mexican wave across care homes

Richard Howard, News Editor (12-Jun-14)

Hundreds of UK care homes are joining forces with care services on the other side of the world and also South Africa, looking to create the largest virtual Mexican wave in history to celebrate the World Cup in Brazil, at the same... read full article

Home care visits for elderly can cost more than a place in a care home

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Jun-14)

Just a few hours of care visits a day for elderly people in their own homes may be costing the taxpayer more than it would to provide around the clock care in a care home, according to a new study. The research... read full article

Welsh health minister says 'devolution is working for mental health in Wales'

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-Jun-14)

Devolution has enabled Wales to take a different approach to mental health policy to the rest of the UK - a decision that’s making a positive difference to people suffering from mental ill health, according to Health Minister Mark... read full article

Northern Ireland's care home residents are vulnerable to financial abuse

Richard Howard, News Editor (11-Jun-14)

A review into the finances of residential care and supported living service users, in Northern Ireland, has concluded that new measures are required to ensure that safeguarding procedures are not overlooked. The Regulation and... read full article

Care home managers urged to take part in important stroke survey

Sue Learner, News Editor (10-Jun-14)

Managers of care homes are being urged to participate in a survey about the assessment of stroke survivors in care homes. The structured assessment of stroke survivors' needs has been recommended by clinical... read full article

D-Day veteran Bernard Jordan says he never imagined his trip 'would cause such a stir'

Sue Learner, News Editor (10-Jun-14)

D-Day veteran Bernard Jordan, who became front page news after leaving The Pines care home unannounced and making his way to Normandy for the D-Day commemorations, has been welcomed back to the care home in Hove by staff waving union... read full article

Bristol care home brings the gym to its residents

Richard Howard, News Editor (10-Jun-14)

Care home provider Brunelcare has begun weekly gym sessions at Deerhurst care home, in Soundwell, Bristol, looking to show how fitness and mobility can be supported in older people. Incorporating a wide range of equipment, including... read full article

Financial health of care homes improving slowly, but credit crunch still being felt

Richard Howard, News Editor (10-Jun-14)

Statistics on care home insolvency, released by accountancy firm Wilkins Kennedy, show that the number of homes going bust fell in 2013 to 51, having peaked at 67 in 2012. Although an improvement on 2011... read full article

Orchid View care home review makes 30 recommendations to prevent future abuse

Sue Learner, News Editor (09-Jun-14)

The Serious Case Review into the abuse and neglect that contributed to the deaths of five elderly people at the Sussex care home, has made 30 recommendations to prevent a repeat of what the Department of Health called ‘truly appalling’... read full article

Lawyers and families of Orchid View care home residents call for 'overhaul of the care industry'

Sue Learner, News Editor (09-Jun-14)

Lawyers and families of the residents who suffered ‘institutionalised abuse’ at Orchid View care home in Sussex are calling for an ‘overhaul of the care industry’, in advance of the Serious Care Review due to be published this afternoon. Medical... read full article

Carers Week Quest reaches out to support the work of nation’s carers

Julia Corbett, News Editor (09-Jun-14)

The real number of unpaid carers across the country is underestimated by the general public, and few think they will have to take on a caring role at all in the future. Only nine per cent of adults asked in a recent You GOV... read full article

Another Derbyshire care home proposed for closure

Richard Howard, News Editor (09-Jun-14)

Derbyshire County Council has begun a 12-week consultation on the future of Long Eaton’s Southlands Care Home, which it proposes to close and relocate residents to a new extra care facility. The local authority has... read full article

CQC chief urges British public to take part in National Care Home Open Day

Sue Learner, News Editor (05-Jun-14)

The chief inspector of adult social care for the Care Quality Commission is urging the British public to gain a better understanding of care homes, by visiting their local care home on National Care Home Open Day. The... read full article

Anchor asks 'Are we ready for ageing' through new infographic

Julia Corbett, News Editor (04-Jun-14)

The country’s largest not for profit residential care provider has published an infographic asking whether the UK is ready for the impact of aging on society. With the number of people aged over 85 set... read full article

Alzheimer's Society garden design proves Gold medal winning

Richard Howard, News Editor (30-May-14)

Award-winning garden designer Adam Frost has received his sixth Chelsea Flower Show Gold RHS Medal this year, after designing a garden in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society. Entitled ‘Time to Reflect’, the Homebase Garden... read full article

Grassroots movement targets 2015 General Election to promote learning disability issues

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-May-14)

Learning disability charity Mencap wants to see the voices of millions of people united during the run-up to next year’s General Election, having today launched its ‘Hear My Voice!’ campaign. Aiming to ‘mobilise the grassroots... read full article

Experts launch diabetes care home training programme

Nina Hathway, News Editor (28-May-14)

The Institute of Diabetes for Older People (IDOP) has produced a new diabetes care home training and educational course in a bid to improve the current poor standards of care. In response to a growing demand to raise the quality... read full article

England's social care ombudsman urges providers to scrutinise their complaints process

Richard Howard, News Editor (28-May-14)

Domiciliary care complaint statistics have been published today for the first time by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO), after experiencing a 14 per cent increase in complaints and enquiries. Having taken on the responsibility... read full article

Care products retailer produces fact sheet on dementia diagnosis

Julia Corbett, News Editor (23-May-14)

As part of Dementia Awareness Week care sector suppliers, Care Shop has created an informative infographic to help people understand the signs and symptoms of dementia. The Infographic details the symptoms... read full article

More dementia-friendly communities needed, according to owners of specialist care home

Richard Howard, News Editor (23-May-14)

Training a ‘Dementia Friends’ Champion can have a significant impact on the lives of adults with memory loss, according to owners of Surrey care home the Royal Alfred Seafarers Society. The home for retired seafarers wants to see the issue highlighted... read full article

Round table discussion on CCTV in care homes 'could not have been better timed' says chief inspector of adult social care

Ellie Neville News Editor (21-May-14)

A round table discussion led by the Care Quality Commission on CCTV in care homes took place yesterday. A post on the chief inspector of adult social care, Andrea Sutcliffe’s blog entitled ‘Surveillance uncovered…’... read full article

Welsh Government unveils £50m care fund to support older people

Julia Corbett, News Editor (21-May-14)

Details of a major investment in services which improve life for older people in Wales have been announced. As well as easing pressure on NHS services, the £50m Intermediate Care Fund will help older people maintain their independence... read full article

Local businesses hold 'home shopping' event for nursing home

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-May-14)

Brands such as Avon and Brantano joined a selection of independent retailers at the weekend to create an innovative home shopping experience to residents of a local care home in Rugby. The shopping fair, which included a number... read full article

Deaf friendly care village awarded Care Quality Mark

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-May-14)

Peaker Place Care Village has been presented with a Care Quality Mark for Older Deaf People, in recognition of its commitment to creating a deaf friendly community for it residents. The quality mark was granted to the Prime Life... read full article

Sports programme to encourage people with a learning disability to take part in athletics

Nina Hathway, News Editor (19-May-14)

The charity Mencap, Special Olympics GB (SOGB) and England Athletics have announced a joint programme to enable more people with a learning disability to participate in athletics. The announcement came... read full article

Alzheimer's Society says 'don't bottle it up' this Dementia Awareness Week

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-May-14)

The Alzheimer’s Society has launched Dementia Awareness Week 2014 this week and is encouraging people to open up and talk about the difficult subject of dementia with friends and family. The charity,... read full article

The Princess Royal unveils new residential facilities for former seafarers

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

The Trinity House hub, part of a programme of new developments at Nautilus International Mariners’ Park, has been formally opened by the HRH the Princess Royal. The £4m project on the banks of the river... read full article

Tributes paid to Denise Boyd of Urgent Care 24

Sue Learner, News Editor (14-May-14)

Denise Boyd, managing director of Urgent Care 24, an out of hours GP care provider, has died of cancer. Kate Lucy, chair of Urgent Care 24, paid tribute to her saying: “Denise was simply an outstanding person... read full article

Manchester poet gives voice to care village residents

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

UK performance poet, Tony Walsh has given the first public reading of his new poem, 'We are Belong villagers', at the Belong Wigan community care village. The poem was specially commissioned by Belong... read full article

Urgent need to tackle loneliness among the over 85s

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

More must be done to combat loneliness and isolation among Britain’s oldest residents, a new report from liberal think tank CentreForum argues. The think tank warns that more than half of over 85s,... read full article

Adults with learning disabilities need more support and encouragement to vote

Sue Learner, News Editor (13-May-14)

Voting needs to be made more accessible to people with a learning disability, according to the Parliamentary Committee. Less than a third (31 per cent) of people with learning disabilities voted in the 2001... read full article

Care provider encourages clients to exercise their creativity

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

A two-year national arts programme has been launched by Sanctuary Care Ltd in order to highlight the creative talents of care home residents in its 61 facilities. Launched at Hawthorn Green Residential and Nursing Home, in London, the Shine! programme... read full article

New social care cap will only help 10 per cent of elderly

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-May-14)

The new social care cap being introduced in 2016 will help just eight per cent of men and 15 per cent of women, according to new research. The report from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), has... read full article

Care Workers Charity seeks new trustees

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-May-14)

The Care Workers Charity, formerly the Care Professionals Benevolent Fund, is calling for people interested in becoming a trustee of the charity to come forward and submit their interest. The Care Workers Charity supports current,... read full article

Training certificate required for new care workers from March 2015

Nina Hathway, News Editor (07-May-14)

New care workers will have to earn a training certificate within 12 weeks of starting a job. The certificate, which is being piloted across England this summer, will be introduced in in March 2015 for... read full article

Employers are neglecting to provide training opportunities to older workers

Julia Corbett, News Editor (01-May-14)

Too many companies are overlooking older people in favour of young employees when considering training opportunities, an international sales training organisation has claimed. Managing director of Sales... read full article

Half of care workers say friends don't understand demands of caring profession

Julia Corbett, News Editor (01-May-14)

More than half of people working in the care profession feel their friends do not understand the complexities and demands of the caring role they fulfil. In the poll of 173 people working in the care sector, including nurses... read full article

Cherry juice may help older people with insomnia

Nina Hathway, News Editor (30-Apr-14)

A drink of tart cherry juice in the morning and evening may help people sleep better at night, according to a new study. Researchers from Louisiana State University in the US found that drinking Montmorency... read full article

BBC Panorama exposes abuse and neglect at two care homes

Sue Learner, News Editor (30-Apr-14)

An investigation by BBC Panorama has uncovered abuse and neglect at two care homes, which led to two convictions for common assault, one care worker being sacked and seven other staff being suspended. The... read full article

Hospice charity appeal inspires record-breaking speech

Richard Howard, News Editor (30-Apr-14)

A Peterborough-based property investor has broken the world record for the longest speech ever made and raised over £25,000 for care charity Sue Ryder in the process. Entrepreneur Rob Moore, who is also... read full article

Care home resident calls school visit programme 'best thing he has ever done'

Sue Learner, News Editor (29-Apr-14)

A resident at Willow care home in Chesterfield, who took part in a programme where the residents partnered up with children from Netherthorpe School, has called it the “best thing he has ever done”. Amore... read full article

Close monitoring of contract firms would slash costs in care homes

Sue Learner, News Editor (28-Apr-14)

Close monitoring of contract firms that offer catering and cleaning services to care homes could save the homes money, according to a boss of an award scheme for catering and cleaning services. A recent... read full article

Funding announced to protect older people next winter

Julia Corbett, News Editor (23-Apr-14)

Volunteer-led projects aimed at helping older people stay healthy over the winter period are set to benefit from £2m of funding, the Government has announced. Projects which will support potentially vulnerable older people over... read full article

Puppy love cheers care home residents

Nina Hathway, News Editor (23-Apr-14)

Residents at Richmond Court in Willington, County Durham, which is one of the Bondcare care homes, enjoyed a visit from man’s best friend for a Pets as Therapy session. Cockapoo, Golden Retriever and... read full article

Barchester signs for Cardiff care home development

Nina Hathway, News Editor (23-Apr-14)

One of the UK’s largest healthcare providers, Barchester Healthcare has signed another 35-year lease agreement with leading care developer, Castleoak, this time for an 80-bed care home in Castleton on the outskirts of Cardiff.... read full article

Former firefighter calls on Government to make fire sprinklers compulsory in care homes

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

A fall in the number of fire fatalities in England show the benefits of increased enforcement of regulation and the installation of sprinklers, according to former firefighter and managing director of Safety Management UK (SMUK) Brian... read full article

Vital support is lacking during serious cases of sight loss

Richard Howard, News Editor (15-Apr-14)

Almost half of eye hospitals in the UK do not offer support to people who are going blind, according to research by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). The charity are looking to highlight the multiple barriers... read full article

Lymington care home gets seal of approval from TV's Dr Hilary Jones

Richard Howard, News Editor (15-Apr-14)

Owners of Linden House, in Lymington, were pleased to welcome TV’s Doctor Hilary Jones to their public open day yesterday and even more delighted when he said that he was “absolutely blown away’ by the £7.5m facility. Dr... read full article

Diagnosing diabetes in elderly should be 'a priority'

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-Apr-14)

Everyone entering older age should be screened for diabetes to prevent the worsening of complications associated with the condition, according to a leading expert. Professor Alan Sinclair, director of the... read full article

CQC asks for views on 'new, independent and rigorous inspection regime'

Sue Learner, News Editor (10-Apr-14)

The Care Quality Commission is asking people who use and run health and adult social care services and the general public for their views on its new "rigorous" plans for inspecting and rating care services. Over... read full article

NHS could save £15 for every £1 invested in mental health early intervention

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

Early intervention for mental health patients creates huge long term cost savings for the NHS and improves the lives of people struggling with illnesses such as schizophrenia and psychosis. The long term economic benefits of... read full article

Britain's oldest Rubik's Cube player keeps mind alert by solving 3D puzzle every day

Sue Learner, News Editor (10-Apr-14)

A ninety-five-year-old care home resident is keeping his mind alert and fingers nimble by solving the 3D puzzle every day. Bob Andrew, who is thought to be the oldest Rubik's Cube player in the UK, lives... read full article

Two Coventry City players show their support for dementia awareness

Richard Howard, News Editor (09-Apr-14)

University Hospital (UHCW), Coventry has received a visit from two local footballing favourites in support of its Forget-Me-Not campaign launched to raise awareness of dementia. Sky Blues goalkeeper Joe Murphy and midfielder Franck... read full article

Scientists turn back ageing process and regenerate living body parts for first time

Sue Learner, News Editor (09-Apr-14)

Scientists from Edinburgh University have succeeded in regenerating a living organ for the first time. The team from the Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh,... read full article

Third of UK adults would refuse to move ageing parents into their home

Julia Corbett, News Editor (09-Apr-14)

The majority of adults would refuse, or need to seriously think about whether they would let their ageing parents move in with them if they required full time care. An in-depth study from Care UK of 2,000 people with parents... read full article

Specialist care home designed to dispel negative dementia care myths

Richard Howard, News Editor (08-Apr-14)

Growing care provider Colten Care Ltd has opened its latest new facility, the purpose-built Linden House based in Lymington. More than 150 guests attended the opening, including the town’s Mayor Anna Rostand,... read full article

People diagnosed with Parkinson's find hospitals to be scary places due to medication issues

Richard Howard, News Editor (08-Apr-14)

Care quality within hospital wards is the focus of a new report from charity Parkinson’s UK, which highlights a number of disturbing statistics adults with the condition face. Marking Parkinson’s Awareness... read full article

Extra Care Schemes favoured in £24m Carmarthenshire Council investment

Richard Howard, News Editor (08-Apr-14)

Site inspections of two extra care developments, in Carmarthen and Ammanford, have confirmed that work is progressing well on bringing this modern and versatile form of provision to the county. A joint project,... read full article

Australian government announces migration opportunities for skilled carers from the UK

Julia Corbett, News Editor (04-Apr-14)

The Australian Government has announced plans to increase its migrant intake quota by 30,000 next year, and is encouraging skilled health profesisonals in the UK to find out about the migration opportunities available to them. The... read full article

King's Fund claim health and social care system 'no longer fit for purpose'

Julia Corbett, News Editor (03-Apr-14)

Independent charity The King’s Fund has called for the health and social care systems to be over hauled after claiming they are no longer fit for the twenty-first century. The report, chaired by Kate Barker, business economist... read full article

Government pledges £4.5m to autism strategy to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day

Julia Corbett, News Editor (02-Apr-14)

To coincide with World Autism Awareness Day, the Government has pledged £4.5m to the new initiative Think Autism which will improve adult autism services and create community-led awareness and support programmes. The Government... read full article

Charity urges Government to reduce learning disability deaths

Nina Hathway, News Editor (02-Apr-14)

Leading learning disability charity, Mencap, is calling for the Government to set up a full National Learning Disability Mortality Review, which could help the NHS take the steps needed to address the fact that 1,200 people with a... read full article

Nutrition and Hydration campaign inspires care providers and clients

Richard Howard, News Editor (27-Mar-14)

Organisers of Nutrition and Hydration Week 2014 have praised the care sector for its support, reporting on an ‘unprecedented success’ that saw care settings staging events all over the country. Promoted by the National Association... read full article

Northern Ireland charities champion rights for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues

Nina Hathway, News Editor (26-Mar-14)

More than 100 people with a learning disability and people with experience of mental ill-health have attended a symposium in Belfast to explore how their right to make decisions in all aspects of their lives can be made a reality.... read full article

JK Rowling praises new website offering disabled access reviews

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Mar-14)

A new website has launched that focuses on helping families with disabled people feel better informed as to the accessibility of venues they are looking to visit. Disabled access reviews website EuansGuide.com... read full article

Scottish care homes aim to make residents more active

Nina Hathway, News Editor (25-Mar-14)

A thousand care homes in Scotland are being asked to join a campaign to encourage physical activity for older residents. Scotland’s social care watchdog, the Care Inspectorate, has launched a new multimedia... read full article

Care system 'confusing' families says watchdog

Nina Hathway (24-Mar-14)

Families are being driven to 'breaking point' by an increasingly complex social care system, warns a consumer watchdog. As a result, it has launched a website for those seeking clear information. Which?... read full article

Assisted living developments announced for Swindon and Peterborough

Julia Corbett, News Editor (24-Mar-14)

Development has started on two assisted living schemes which will provide support appropriate for those who might need more assistance than living alone but do not require the 24 hour care offered from a care home environment. The... read full article

Innovative social inclusion network secures 15 local council commitments

Richard Howard, News Editor (20-Mar-14)

Fifteen local authorities have signed up to a National Social Inclusion Network, launched by Birmingham City Council and the Bishop of Birmingham after seeing positive results at a local level over the last two years. The... read full article

Healthcare organisations collaborate on project to improve 'joined up' care for older people

Nina Hathway, News Editor (19-Mar-14)

Five leading independent healthcare organisations have launched a new 18-month project aiming to capture older people’s experiences of care coordination and from this develop a diagnostic tool that can effectively measure the quality... read full article

Cheap cholesterol drug could help control multiple sclerosis

Sue Learner, News Editor (19-Mar-14)

A high dose of a cheap drug used to control blood cholesterol could help slow down advanced multiple sclerosis, according to a new study. The cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin was found by researchers... read full article

Anchor’s chief executive collects CBE award for services to older people

Sue Learner, News Editor (19-Mar-14)

Jane Ashcroft, chief executive of Anchor, provider of care and housing for older people, has collected her CBE from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace. Ms Ashcroft was recognised in the... read full article

Care provider invests in strengthening activities programmes

Nina Hathway, News Editor (19-Mar-14)

Northwest care provider, CLS Care Homes, has enrolled its activity coordinators on a creative development programme to refresh its residents’ activities programmes. The move is part of CLS’s wider commitment... read full article

New dementia care home with community benefits for Dorset

Nina Hathway, News Editor (18-Mar-14)

Expected to be completed by early 2015, a £6.8m Waypoints dementia care home is being built in Upton, near Poole, Dorset. Situated in the centre of Upton village and built on the site of a former public... read full article

Nearly quarter of adults do not look forward to living longer

Sue Learner, News Editor (17-Mar-14)

Negative perceptions of later life need to change as 23 per cent of adults are not looking forward to living longer, according to the charity Age UK. A survey carried out by Age UK found nine out of ten (91... read full article

Government spending accused of causing nursing home funding shortfall

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

Cutting government grants to local authorities has been responsible for causing a financial scandal in nursing home funding, according to new research from the National Audit Office (NAO). Already widely recognised as causing a... read full article

Alliance marks one year on from Ready for Ageing report

Julia Corbett, News Editor (14-Mar-14)

The Ready for Ageing Alliance has marked the one year anniversary since the publication of Lord Filkin's Select Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change report, 'Ready for Ageing' by sending an... read full article

Care homes urged to encourage 'LGBT-friendly atmosphere'

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Mar-14)

Academics are calling on care homes to encourage an ‘LGBT-friendly atmosphere’, after finding only a minority of care home staff receiving training in LGBT issues. A study carried out by researchers from... read full article

Mental health organisations warn NHS funding cut will put lives at risk

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Mar-14)

Six leading mental health organisations are warning people could die, because of a decision by NHS England and the health regulator Monitor, to cut funding for mental health services. NHS England and Monitor,... read full article

Churches urged to become dementia-friendly communities

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-Mar-14)

Catholic charities are calling on churches to become dementia-friendly communities. The message from Catholic charities coincides with the National Week of Prayer and Awareness of Dementia (12-19 March). Kathleen... read full article

Academic calls for end to ageism in cancer care

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-Mar-14)

Older people all over the world are being denied proper access to cancer care, according to a leading cancer academic. Professor Mark Lawler of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen’s University... read full article

Major breakthrough in the identification of Alzheimer's onset

Richard Howard, News Editor (10-Mar-14)

Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center, in Washington, have this week announced a significant development in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. In studying how mild cognitive impairment... read full article

Bandana for Brain Tumour Day raising money for pioneering brain tumour research

Julia Corbett, News Editor (07-Mar-14)

Schools, care homes and offices throughout the country have been taking part in Bandana’s for Brain Tumours Day today, to raise awareness about the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40. Staff... read full article

Five star luxury care home welcomes first resident after successful launch

Julia Corbett, News Editor (07-Mar-14)

Homefield Grange Care Home near Christchurch has welcomed its first resident through its doors after it was officially opened unveiled by the Mayor of Christchurch, Honorary Freeman Councillor John Lofts on 28 February. The... read full article

Registration opens for healthcare buildings forum

Julia Corbett, News Editor (06-Mar-14)

The healthcare buildings forum, which is run by events company Stable Events to provide networking and business meeting opportunities for professionals in the healthcare building industry, is now open for registration. A series... read full article

Draft plan launched to make the care sector better prepared for Rare Diseases

Richard Howard, News Editor (06-Mar-14)

Even though a rare disease is categorised as affecting fewer than 5 people in 10,000 of the generation population, when taken as a whole statistics show that, in the UK, 1 in 17 people will be affected by a rare disease during the... read full article

High street businesses to support Government's dementia package

Nina Hathway, News Editor (05-Mar-14)

Following the Government’s recent decision to implement a £90 million package to improve dementia diagnosis and care, leading British high street businesses have pledged that more than 190,000 staff will learn to support customers... read full article

Research team seeks information about diabetes medication errors

Nina Hathway, News Editor (04-Mar-14)

In return for providing information on care home residents with diabetes residing in Bedfordshire or Hertfordshire who may have had problems as a result of a prescription error, free help is available with understanding how that error... read full article

Bid to make Britain the 'global leader' in dementia diagnosis and research

Richard Howard, News Editor (28-Feb-14)

An early diagnosis for dementia onset is the target of a new £90m Government funding package, announced today by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Pledging support for more research and looking to secure more... read full article

Quarter of care homes remain financially vulnerable despite overall sector improvements

Julia Corbett, News Editor (28-Feb-14)

Marketing research analysts Company Watch has released figures on the financial health of 5,037 UK care home companies six months on from their last study revealing a quarter have remained in its financial warning area. Although... read full article

Landmark mural painted by residents unveiled in Dartmouth care home

Julia Corbett, News Editor (27-Feb-14)

A ‘harbour scene’ mural, painted and contributed to by residents at the home, has been unveiled at River View Care Centre in Dartmouth. The mural depicts Dartmouth harbour and features local landmarks and is now being enjoyed... read full article

Staff at flooded care home praised for teamwork during resident evacuation

Julia Corbett, News Editor (27-Feb-14)

Care staff at the White House care home in Datchet have been praised for their quick reactions and teamwork after successfully evacuating seven residents from the recently flooded care home. The home is... read full article

Blood pressure medication may cause serious falls for older people

Nina Hathway, News Editor (25-Feb-14)

Blood pressure pills may be doing more harm than good as they increase the risk of having falls, research has found. A Yale School of Medicine study looked at the health records of nearly 5,000 people... read full article

Artwork helps dementia residents to remember their city's history

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Feb-14)

Clients of Berkeley House care home, in Hull, who are diagnosed with dementia, now share their home with a specially created artwork that owners hope will have a positive impact on declining cognitive ability. Thanks to strong community... read full article

Global campaign promotes nutrition and hydration as a 'fundamental aspect of care'

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Feb-14)

Nutrition and Hydration Week 2014 organisers are encouraging health and social care settings to get involved in raising awareness and demonstrating good practice, with the previously nationwide campaign going global this year. Many... read full article

Luxury care home to open in Dorset

Nina Hathway, News Editor (24-Feb-14)

The award-winning care provider, Maria Mallaband Care Group, is opening an elegant new care home, Homefield Grange, near Christchurch, Dorset to add to its existing network of 62 homes. Funded by... read full article

Former Archbishop speaks out against society 'obsessed' with youth

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-Feb-14)

Older people are being side-lined and ignored because of society’s obsession with youth, a former Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed. Marking his appointment as Patron for older person’s charity Abbeyfield Society, Lord Williams... read full article

Care homes see a 'distinct shift' in interior design towards hotel-style luxury

Sue Learner, News Editor (19-Feb-14)

Care homes have undergone a transformation over the past couple of decades and a growing number are offering luxury interiors more similar to that of a hotel. Shackletons, has been providing furniture to... read full article

Volunteer inspectors to be recruited across Scotland's care services

Richard Howard, News Editor (19-Feb-14)

Scotland’s social care watchdog, the Care Inspectorate, is looking to volunteer inspectors as a means of keeping care standards high and exposing those services that produce poor practice. Members of the public who have first-hand... read full article

Jamie Oliver-style campaign launched to revolutionise food in care homes

Sue Learner, News Editor (19-Feb-14)

Milestones Trust is launching a campaign to revolutionise the quality of food served to people in Britain’s care homes. The charity based in Bristol, aims to raise the standards of care home food, similarly... read full article

'Safe places' scheme to support vulnerable people in the community

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Feb-14)

A new scheme is giving people with learning disabilities and autism more confidence when going out in the community has been launched across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Local businesses,... read full article

Wall Street investment firm takes controlling stake in leading care home group

Sue Learner, News Editor (18-Feb-14)

US hedge fund, Anchorage Capital Group, is now the biggest shareholder in leading care home group, New Century Care. Anchorage Capital Group, has acquired £80m worth of debt from Lloyds Banking Group, as... read full article

Charity predicts big rise in number of South Asians with dementia

Sue Learner, News Editor (18-Feb-14)

The Alzheimer’s Society has launched a new initiative giving people from South Asian communities specific dementia support, after it predicted a big rise in the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic people with dementia. The... read full article

Scottish social care watchdog promises to make services 'transparent'

Nina Hathway, News Editor (17-Feb-14)

Scotland’s social care watchdog, the Care Inspectorate, has announced a drive to provide better information about poorly performing care services, as well as highlight those services that demonstrate leading-edge practice. The... read full article

Vocational excellence of staff to be acknowledged by VQ Day awards

Julia Corbett, News Editor (14-Feb-14)

Companies are being encouraged to put themselves forward for the Vocational Qualifications (VQ) Employer of the Year award to celebrate the range of opportunities available in the UK for VQ achievers. The seventh annual VQ Day... read full article

Love-themed activities help care home residents celebrate Valentine's Day

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

Memory capacity is a vital ally to embrace when caring for adults diagnosed with dementia, with Hill Care being one care home group that looks to mark memorable calendar dates in order to inspire positive emotions. Today The Gables... read full article

Participation commitments outlined by Wales care regulator

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

A tougher but more collaborative approach to underperforming care services is being backed by Wales’s care regulator in order to drive up standards. Imelda Richardson, the chief inspector of CSSIW (Care and Social Services Inspectorate... read full article

Extra care progress continues in Derbyshire

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

Phase two of a three-phase development to bring more extra care accommodation to Derbyshire is now under way in Alfreton. From the combined vision of the Chevin Housing Association, a member of the Together Housing Group, and Derbyshire... read full article

Care home manager jailed for defrauding residents of thousands of pounds

Sue Learner, News Editor (13-Feb-14)

A former deputy manager of a Sheffield care home for adults with learning disabilities has been jailed for defrauding more than 20 residents of thousands of pounds. Denise Nichols, 55, of Kiveton Lane, Kiveton... read full article

Disability charity welcomes learning disability storyline in Call the Midwife

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Feb-14)

This Sunday’s episode of BBC series Call The Midwife, examines the discrimation faced by people with disabilities in the 1950s, with its tale of a love affair between a woman with Down Syndrome and a man with cerebral palsy. The... read full article

Charity hopes Prince Andrew's visit triggers more investment into hearing loss research

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Feb-14)

Action on Hearing Loss hopes a visit by the Duke of York to two of its research projects on hearing loss will help raise awareness of “this largely-ignored area of health research”. Prince Andrew, patron... read full article

Hundreds of thousands with dementia suffer from malnutrition, says research

Nina Hathway, News Editor (11-Feb-14)

More attention needs to be focused on the problem of malnutrition in people living with dementia, according to a new report from Alzheimer’s Disease International and the contract foodservice company, Compass... read full article

Colten Care opening £8.5m dementia care home in Lymington

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-Feb-14)

Care home provider Colten Care is opening a £8.5m dementia care home in Lymington in March. The care home, Linden House, in New Street will create around a hundred jobs including posts for nurses, healthcare... read full article

National Museums Liverpool makes commitment to being dementia aware

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-Feb-14)

National Museums Liverpool has become the first national museums service to take part in the Dementia Friends initiative. More than 200 staff from across the organisation including those from the front of... read full article

Women have a poorer quality of life after a stroke than men

Nina Hathway, News Editor (11-Feb-14)

A US research paper has found that women suffer more depression and anxiety, pain and discomfort, and have more restricted mobility. The research which was carried out at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center,... read full article

Purpose-built Helen McArdle care home opens its doors for the first time

Richard Howard, News Editor (11-Feb-14)

Expanding care provider Helen McArdle Care has held an open day at its latest new facility, situated in Redcar, after a 3.4m investment that has also resulted in the creation of 60 jobs in the community. St Peter's Court... read full article

Well-known code of 'three rings' to indicate safety now available on a smart phone app

Ellie Neville, News Editor (06-Feb-14)

The 3rings app aims to help the older generation inform their family and friends that they are safe and well, by automatically ringing the recipient’s phone or sending them a text message or email. Founder... read full article

Leading provider's Suffolk care homes win praise from fire chiefs

Nina Hathway (05-Feb-14)

Care UK’s new care homes, which will begin opening later this year, have been praised by the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service for going above and beyond the fire safety regulations currently required and fitting high quality water... read full article

South Shields care home residents enjoy royal visit

Julia Corbett, News Editor (31-Jan-14)

Care home residents spent the day at Marsden Road Health and Wellbeing Centre with HRH The Princess Royal, who received a tour and watched many of the residents demonstrate some of their favourite chair based arm exercises. Twelve... read full article

Thousands of care homes plan to celebrate Dignity Action Day

Sue Learner, News Editor (30-Jan-14)

Care homes up and down the country are preparing for Dignity Action Day, which takes place on Saturday 1 February. Dignity Action Day was set up to ensure people, who use care services are treated as individuals,... read full article

CQC 'seriously concerned' about record number of people detained under Mental Health Act

Nina Hathway, News Editor (29-Jan-14)

A series of failings in the way mental health services are being commissioned and run is damaging the care of patients detained under the Mental Health Act and undermining their rights, a report by the regulator... read full article

Only 50 per cent call elderly relatives only once a week

Nina Hathway, News Editor (29-Jan-14)

A call centre for the elderly, Senior Response, has conducted research into how much telephone contact 40 to 60 year olds have with their closest elderly relatives. The bespoke research revealed that... read full article

Care workers in Glasgow City Council's care homes go on strike

Sue Learner, News Editor (29-Jan-14)

Care workers employed by Glasgow City Council have been staging a two-day strike. It is the second strike action taken by care workers in Glasgow in response to what Unison says is a council decision to bring... read full article

Last chance for care home residents to take part in Parkinson's survey

Sue Learner, News Editor (29-Jan-14)

Parkinson’s UK is urging care home residents and staff to take part in a survey to find out what they think could make a real difference to people living with Parkinson’s. The survey closes at the end of... read full article

Exposure to pesticide DDT could increase risk of Alzheimer's disease

Sue Learner, News Editor (28-Jan-14)

Exposure to the pesticide DDT could be linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. The research by Rutgers Medical School in America, published in the journal, JAMA Neurology,... read full article

Cost of care loans scheme 'massively underestimated' by Government

Sue Learner, News Editor (28-Jan-14)

The care loans scheme set up to help older people pay for care, could be almost five times more expensive to administer than the Government estimates, according to the Local Government Association. The Government... read full article

Market Harborough care home praised for quality care

Nina Hathway, News Editor (28-Jan-14)

A Leicestershire care home has been highly rated by its residents for offering “high-quality care” after attaining the best possible standards during an inspection. Peaker Park, in Market Harborough, is now fully compliant with... read full article

Scotland boosts employment opportunities for young disabled people

Julia Corbett, News Editor (27-Jan-14)

Employers in Scotland could receive a payment of up to £1,500 if they recruit a young person with a disability for a minimum of 15 hours or more a week. The Open Doors project has been launched by a partnership between six Scottish... read full article

Mencap president celebrates 90th birthday with charity dinner

Julia Corbett, News Editor (24-Jan-14)

During discussions about his 90th birthday celebrations, Mencap president Lord Rix has described the charity’s decision to change its constitution to include all people with a learning disability in 1998 as one of its finest moments. Brian... read full article

Carers Trust delighted to see new dementia guide recognised by MPs

Richard Howard, News Editor (23-Jan-14)

A joint project to create a definitive guide for dementia care, undertaken by the Carers Trust and Royal College of Nursing, has been acknowledged in Parliament this week as ideal material for health and social care professionals. Research... read full article

Workable care insurance products still a long way off

Richard Howard, News Editor (22-Jan-14)

Manipulation of current financial markets will be necessary in order to make effective care insurance products a reality, according to an industry-led review published this week by the Department of Health. ‘Financial care products:... read full article

Flags go up in honour of centenarian resident's birthday

Nina Hathway, News Editor (22-Jan-14)

In the course of her working life, Alice Shill, now 102 years old, spent many hours making flags for national ceremonial events, but now the bunting has been put up in her honour in a care home in Hailsham, East Sussex.... read full article

New director of autism appointed to develop best practice for the Priory Group

Julia Corbett, News Editor (21-Jan-14)

Special education expert Allison Hope-West has joined the Priory Education Services after being appointed as the team’s new director of autism. The Priory Group runs specialist young adults’ residential homes throughout the UK... read full article

Research reveals potential of Cranberry supplements for nursing home residents

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-Jan-14)

Cranberries capsules have been championed as the natural alternative to anti-biotics for preventing bladder infections in vulnerable older nursing home residents. Research carried out by the Public Health and Primary Care (PHEG)... read full article

Care home offering high quality dementia care to open in Cambridgeshire

Nina Hathway (20-Jan-14)

A new, state-of-the-art care home offering high quality dementia, residential and nursing care is to open in the historic market town of St Ives, Cambridgeshire. To celebrate the occasion, pupils from a nearby primary school were... read full article

Imperial College London is first university to offer emergency child and adult care

Sue Learner, News Editor (20-Jan-14)

Imperial College London is the first university in the UK to offer its staff access to emergency child and adult care, as part of a new service to support parents and carers at the College. The new service... read full article

Nick Clegg announces plans to drag mental health discrimination out of 'the dark ages'

Richard Howard, News Editor (20-Jan-14)

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is today launching a campaign alongside charity Time To Change, which is appealing for NHS services to treat mental health issues as seriously as physical health. Speaking... read full article

Specialist reminiscence care home opened by health minister

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Jan-14)

A new care home in Bearsden has been officially opened by Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing in Scotland. The residential home, which cost £9.1m, has been caring for its residents... read full article

Age UK attacks Government U-turn on human rights amendment

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

The law should be the same for all care service users, according to leading older people’s charity Age UK, who are critical of the Government for seeking to disregard a key Care Bill amendment. Ensuring that people who pay for... read full article

Wrexham on its way to becoming Wales’ first dementia-friendly town

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-Jan-14)

A campaign to turn Wrexham into Wales's first dementia-friendly town has been backed by the town’s university and college. David Jones, the principal of Coleg Cambria, and Professor Mike Scott, the vice... read full article

Care UK expands portfolio with state-of-the-art facility

Richard Howard, News Editor (15-Jan-14)

Sandfields is a new Cheltenham care home that will soon be welcoming its first residents, thanks to a £6m Care UK investment. Opening in February, the home is to offer person-centred residential and nursing care packages,... read full article

Campaigners urge potential organ donors to inform their family

Sue Learner, News Editor (14-Jan-14)

People who want to donate their organs when they die, are being urged to inform their families, so it is easier for the transplant to go ahead. NHS Blood and Transplant has joined forces with the National... read full article

Self-administered 15-minute test may spot early signs of dementia

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

US researchers have developed a test which can be taken at home to identify the early signs of dementia and Alzheimer's disease The simple 15-minute test has been developed by researchers at Ohio State... read full article

New Barchester Healthcare care home aims to be 'best in class'

Nina Hathway, News Editor (08-Jan-14)

Construction starts this month on a £3.8million care home in Deeping St James, near Peterborough, that will offer care for older people as well as those living with dementia. The care home is being built... read full article

Comedian to front Alzheimer's Society radio appeal

Nina Hathway, News Editor (08-Jan-14)

Welsh stand up comedy star, Rhod Gilbert, will present an appeal on BBC Radio 4 next Sunday, 12 January on behalf of Alzheimer’s Society. Mr Gilbert has recorded the short programme on behalf of Alzheimer's... read full article

Anchor chief executive Jane Ashcroft receives CBE for services to older people

Julia Corbett, News Editor (08-Jan-14)

Jane Ashcroft has been recognised in the New Year’s honours list by being made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to older people. In 2010 Ms Ashcroft became the chief executive for Anchor, the... read full article

National arts and older people project receives £250,000 Arts Council funding

Julia Corbett, News Editor (07-Jan-14)

Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation have granted The Courtyard Centre for the Arts £250,000 to fund a three year project delivering arts to people in care homes throughout the country. The Arts and Older People project... read full article

Local netball team helps care home residents reminisce with sports session

Julia Corbett, News Editor (03-Jan-14)

Edward Moore House welcomed a team of professional netball players into the care home to get residents active and reminiscing in the New Year. After discovering many residents had played in netball teams... read full article

New Year's Honours list recognises two Alzheimer's Society ambassadors

Julia Corbett, News Editor (02-Jan-14)

In acknowledgment of their work to raise awareness about dementia, two Alzheimer’s Society ambassadors have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list. Actress Lynda Bellingham has been awarded an OBE... read full article

Daily dose of vitamin E benefits people with dementia

Sue Learner, News Editor (02-Jan-14)

A daily dose of vitamin E could help people with dementia carry out everyday tasks for longer, according to a new study. The research published in the journal JAMA found people taking vitamin E had slower... read full article

Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson's death marked by dementia documentary

Sue Learner, News Editor (31-Dec-13)

A moving documentary about Gerry Anderson’s life with dementia, was launched on Boxing Day, to commemorate a year since he passed away with the condition. Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson, who died in... read full article

New project launched to tackle malnutrition in older people

Sue Learner, News Editor (30-Dec-13)

The Malnutrition Task Force has launched the Malnutrition Prevention Project to increase the diagnosis and treatment of malnutrition and improve the care and support for older people. Three million people... read full article

People's Republic of China seek out Scotland's care expertise

Richard Howard, News Editor (20-Dec-13)

Scotland’s Care Inspectorate, which regulates and inspects all care services, has welcomed 12 delegates from China as part of a research programme. The delegates from the Ministry of Civil Affairs visited the regulator’s Dundee... read full article

Most sought after gift for over 65s is an iPad

Sue Learner, News Editor (20-Dec-13)

The most sought after gift for over 65s this year is an iPad, tablet or laptop, according to research by care home provider Anchor. Forty-three per cent of older people want an iPad, tablet or laptop, according... read full article

Learning disability and autism care provider named as 'Company to Inspire Britain'

Sue Learner, News Editor (19-Dec-13)

Cupio Healthcare, which runs Precious Homes, offering residential care and supported housing services for adults with learning disabilities, mental health and autism, has been named as a ‘Company to Inspire Britain’. Cupio... read full article

State-of-the-art dementia care home opens in Greenwich

Nina Hathway, News Editor (18-Dec-13)

Dementia specialists Avante Care and Support have opened Puddingstone Grange care home in Plumstead, Greenwich, offering specialist dementia care and support. The new care centre has been designed around... read full article

Care provider for people with learning disabilities in financial difficulties

Sue Learner, News Editor (18-Dec-13)

European Care, a care provider for people with learning difficulties, is said to be facing a takeover or a restructure due to financial problems. Its chief executive, Ted Smith claims the company has a “very... read full article

Campaign launched to combat fear and guilt over care homes

Sue Learner, News Editor (18-Dec-13)

Care UK, which is one of the UK’s biggest investors in new care homes, has launched a campaign to combat the fear and guilt felt by people, when searching for a care home for their relative. The campaign... read full article

Ex-care worker becomes managing director of Sunrise Senior Living UK

Sue Learner, News Editor (18-Dec-13)

Amanda Scott, who began her career at the age of 16 working as a care assistant, has been appointed as managing director of Sunrise Senior Living UK. The company which has its headquarters in America, runs... read full article

Care home residents spend festive afternoon with local nursery children

Julia Corbett, News Editor (16-Dec-13)

Residents from Jack Sears House enjoyed a Christmas afternoon with children from a local day nursery in their care home in Paignton. The afternoon event was organised by national healthcare charity... read full article

University of Salford opens research institute for dementia

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-Dec-13)

The University of Salford has opened a research institute dedicated to improving the lives of people living with dementia. The Salford Institute for Dementia will bring together academics from across the... read full article

Welsh Government to give older people a voice with Declaration of the Rights of Older People

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-Dec-13)

The Welsh Government is to hold a public consultation on proposals for a Declaration of the Rights of Older People. The Declaration of the Rights of Older People, a first for Wales if adopted, will clearly... read full article

CQC to inspect 150 care homes and hospitals in national review of dementia care

Julia Corbett, News Editor (11-Dec-13)

The Care Quality Commission will be inspecting 150 care homes and acute hospitals to examine the quality of dementia care being provided for people living in these settings. The announcement comes as G8 ministers, charities and... read full article

Dementia expert gives tips on living well with dementia

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-Dec-13)

A dementia consultant for care provider Anchor has issued tips and guidance on spotting signs of dementia and how a person can live well with dementia. There are currently 800,000 people living with dementia... read full article

Health Secretary calls on G8 ministers to find a cure, improve diagnosis and fight stigma at Dementia Summit

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-Dec-13)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has called on ministers from the G8 countries to use the world’s first G8 Dementia Summit to find a cure for dementia, improve diagnosis rates and fight the stigma around the disease. Mr... read full article

Alzheimer's Society pledges £100m to a decade of dementia research at G8 dementia summit

Julia Corbett, News Editor (11-Dec-13)

At the first G8 dementia summit, Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes has pledged to spend at least £100m over the next decade solely on dementia research. Taking place at Lancaster House... read full article

Yorkshire history and tradition integral to William Wilberforce care home design

Richard Howard, News Editor (09-Dec-13)

The opening ribbon has been cut at a new Yorkshire care home, designed by award-winning architects Brierley Groom to embrace traditional qualities and achieve a purpose-built accommodation that celebrates local history. Named... read full article

First care home in £45m development on track for 2014 opening

Julia Corbett, News Editor (29-Nov-13)

Care UK’s £45m reprovisioning programme for ten care homes in Suffolk is on track to open two homes in the summer of 2014. Seven of the ten care homes receiving extensive redevelopment and construction have now reached on-site... read full article

CQC chief promises to keep identity of whistleblowers secret

Sue Learner, News Editor (28-Nov-13)

CQC chief executive, David Behan, has confirmed he will protect the identity of whistleblowers in the NHS. At a keynote address at the Hospital Directions 2013 conference, Care Quality Commission chief... read full article

Bupa helpline launched to simplify care options for older people

Julia Corbett, News Editor (28-Nov-13)

A helpline has been launched by Bupa offering free information to all older people about their care options and advice about other age related issues. Care experts will be available seven days a week to offer guidance for people... read full article

Dementia song released as charity Christmas single

Julia Corbett, News Editor (28-Nov-13)

A song written by pupils in Kent will be released as a charity single to raise awareness about dementia and loneliness in older people. Four pupils from Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School wrote the single... read full article

Care home receives £80,000 refurbishment in time for Christmas

Julia Corbett, News Editor (27-Nov-13)

The communal areas of Collisdene Care Centre have benefited from an £80,000 renovation to improve life for residents living there. Canterbury Care made the investment in the home, which provides care for adults with learning... read full article

Go ahead for new dementia care home in North Wales

Nina Hathway (26-Nov-13)

Despite significant opposition, a £7m scheme in North Wales to provide specialist dementia care has finally been given the green light. In addition, this development by care home providers Pendine Park will provide 100 new jobs. Gwynedd... read full article

End of life care improves with more dying in care homes than hospital

Sue Learner, News Editor (26-Nov-13)

Around 24,000 more people died at home or in care homes in 2012 compared to four years ago, showing a rise in the number of people who are dying in a place of their choice. The proportion of people dying... read full article

Free helpline for older people offers support and advice

Nina Hathway, News Editor (26-Nov-13)

A free 24-hour dedicated helpline for older people across the UK has been launched by Esther Rantzen. ‘The Silverline’ aims to combat loneliness in the over-65s by providing friendship, information and... read full article

Nearly half of care home providers pay less than national minimum wage

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Nov-13)

Nearly a half of care home providers investigated by HMRC have paid one or more of their workers less than the national minimum wage, according to a new report. HMRC’s report ‘National Minimum Wage compliance... read full article

Councils set to be inundated with inquiries once £72,000 care cap is introduced

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Nov-13)

Councils are set to be inundated with people asking to be assessed, once the £72,000 care cap is introduced, warns Partnership, specialist insurer of older people. Currently, just 19 per cent of people contact... read full article

Over half of British people racked with guilt about how little they visit their older relatives

Ellie Neville News Editor (21-Nov-13)

Over three-quarters of Britons feel that visiting their relative is a high priority, however just under a quarter rarely manage to do it, according to new research. The survey carried out by care provider Anchor found the British... read full article

Autism care provider to open nursing home for people with dementia

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Nov-13)

Brookdale Care, which has been a specialist care provider for people with autism since 2005, is now launching a new nursing home for people with dementia, acquired brain injury and other neurological conditions. The... read full article

Closed Stoke-on-Trent care home reborn with green energy credentials

Richard Howard, News Editor (21-Nov-13)

An ageing Stoke-on-Trent care home has been transformed with an environmentally-friendly vision, after a £1m investment from provider Safe Harbor. Formerly Eardley House, the renovated accommodation has been... read full article

Think tank calls for improvements in approach to immunisation for older people

Nina Hathway, News Editor (20-Nov-13)

A new report urges a rethink of how the UK organises and promotes immunisation, advocating among a raft of suggestions, a greater role for pharmacies and a more active part to be played by GPs. Called ‘Immune’ Response, the report... read full article

Ex-chief of Four Seasons Health Care to become boss of Barchester care homes

Sue Learner, News Editor (20-Nov-13)

Dr Pete Calveley is joining Barchester Healthcare as its new chief executive. Dr Calveley has been chief executive of Four Seasons Health Care, which has 445 care homes, for the last six years. He is joining... read full article

Head of dementia care at Four Seasons Health Care wins lifetime achievement award

Sue Learner, News Editor (20-Nov-13)

Caroline Baker, head of Quality and Dementia Care at Four Seasons Health Care has won the Lifetime Achievement award at this year’s National Dementia Awards. Ms Baker has been recognised for her contribution... read full article

Forthcoming London debate on the impact of older people on society

Nina Hathway (19-Nov-13)

The contribution of older Londoners to their city will be the subject of a debate at London’s Older People's Assembly on Thursday, 21 November. Around 250 older Londoners are expected to attend the event... read full article

Modern and purpose-built dementia care homes prove an enticing investment

Richard Howard, News Editor (18-Nov-13)

Care home investment company, Target Healthcare REIT, predicts increasing financial possibilities due to a growing demand for dementia and end-of-life care facilities. The newly-launched company has been... read full article

Dementia 'safe haven' established in Surrey based on national vision

Richard Howard, News Editor (18-Nov-13)

A specialist maritime care home, in Banstead, Surrey, is looking to reach out to individuals and families living with the challenges of dementia, in support of the national drive to establish dementia-friendly communities. The... read full article

Health and social care PR agency PLMR scoops Consultancy of the Year award

Sue Learner, News Editor (18-Nov-13)

PLMR has won Consultancy of the Year at the Public Affairs News Awards 2013. PLMR managed to fend off stiff competition from Open Road and Bellenden and was named ‘Consultancy of the Year’, following a successful... read full article

GPs to become personally accountable for the health of older patients

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-Nov-13)

Jeremy Hunt made the announcement today that GPs will be the named practitioner responsible for older people’s personal care plans and said the change will improve long term pressures on A&E as well as improve... read full article

Edinburgh researchers claim ageing population fears to be based on a false economy

Richard Howard, News Editor (13-Nov-13)

Caring for an ageing populace has been central to the Government’s Health and Social Care reforms, voted for last year and set to come into effect in 2015. Experts at Edinburgh University, however, now claim to have research that... read full article

NHS England mandate revamped to recognise dementia as a national priority

Sue Learner, News Editor (13-Nov-13)

The Department of Health has published the NHS Mandate for England for 2014-15 - which has been updated to recognise dementia as a national priority. The first Mandate between the Government and the NHS Commissioning... read full article

Leading care home experts publish book designed to inspire and stimulate care home managers

Sue Learner, News Editor (13-Nov-13)

Over a hundred key people in the care sector, including Davina Ludlow, director of carehome.co.uk, have contributed to a book aimed to energise and inform care home managers. The book titled ‘Not another... read full article

Louis Armstrong hit 'What a Wonderful World' is older people's top feel good song

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Nov-13)

Louis Armstrong’s hit song ‘What a Wonderful World’ is the song that gives older people the greatest sense of wellbeing, according to a survey by Bupa Care Services. Louis Armstrong’s song came top of a 50-song... read full article

Care and housing researchers find LGBT people feel excluded and isolated

Richard Howard, News Editor (12-Nov-13)

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people represent a growing portion of the care market, according to new research from Housing 21. The research paper ‘Improving the housing and care experiences of LGBT people in later... read full article

Animation and e-learning at the centre of award-winning care training vision

Richard Howard, News Editor (12-Nov-13)

Innovative care training techniques, incorporating a wide range of mixed media, have led to care home provider HC-One being presented with a prestigious Peer Award. The Technology for People and Performance Award recognises the... read full article

A third of care home owners in Wales to leave care sector over next five years

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Nov-13)

Over a third of care home owners in Wales don't expect to be in business in five years’ time, according to a new survey. The survey carried out by Care Forum Wales, which represents more than 500 independent... read full article

One-sixth of over 65’s hiding a serious illness or injury from relatives

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-Nov-13)

One in six people over the age 65 may have hidden a serious illness, injury or accident from people close to them in the past five years. Two thirds wanted to prevent loved ones from worrying and 12 per cent feared being seen... read full article

British Geriatric Society welcomes new chief executive

Julia Corbett, News Editor (11-Nov-13)

A professional body of specialists promoting the health of older people in the UK has welcomed Colin Nee as their new chief executive. The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) has over 2,750 members worldwide including doctors, nurses,... read full article

How older people are unknowingly causing fire safety issues

Richard Howard, News Editor (07-Nov-13)

Poorly considered additions to older people’s living environments can turn buildings into ‘potential deathtraps’, according to former Scot Guards Fire Service professional Brian Gregory. The experienced fire fighter, who now runs... read full article

Care UK opens dementia suite in Ascot

Julia Corbett, News Editor (07-Nov-13)

A new dementia residential suite has been opened in Ascot which will provide specialist dementia nursing care for up to 14 people. The new service has been designed to minimise the confusion people living with Alzheimer’s and... read full article

Britons suffering under immense stress, according to Bupa research

Richard Howard, News Editor (06-Nov-13)

A major study exploring how stressed the population is has produced some alarming results, as revealed by leading care provider Bupa. In a survey of 10,000 individuals it was found that not only are 44 per cent of us currently... read full article

Five fold increase in people celebrating their 100th birthdays

Julia Corbett, News Editor (06-Nov-13)

There are now currently over 12,000 people living in England and Wales over 100 years old, with an estimated 610 aged more than 105. The Office of National Statistics revealed the figures which show... read full article

Gloria Hunniford helps care home promote an active lifestyle with Strictly Dancing Final

Richard Howard, News Editor (05-Nov-13)

With six weeks still to go before the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing final, one West Byfleet care home has decided it could not wait and staged its own ‘Strictly Dancing Final’ on Friday 1, which was attended by television and radio... read full article

Doors open to state-of-the-art North London care home

Nina Hathway, News Editor (05-Nov-13)

Camden Council in partnership with home care provider Shaw Healthcare has welcomed the first residents to a brand new care home, Maitland Park. The new north London home, the first to be completed under a £25m “homes for older... read full article

Voyage Care move into new premises

Richard Howard, News Editor (04-Nov-13)

Learning disability care specialist, Voyage Care, has taken another important stride on a mission for on-going expansion, having moved into a new head office. One of the UK’s largest care home providers,... read full article

New drug may help prevent psychosis in people with Parkinson’s

Nina Hathway, News Editor (04-Nov-13)

Medical researchers have announced a safer new drug for the treatment of disturbing psychological symptoms. A study published in the The Lancet reports that Pimavanserin is a potential new drug for the... read full article

'Be Safe' campaign warns of unregistered health and care workers

Richard Howard, News Editor (04-Nov-13)

Carers and older people are the target of a new campaign by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), who want to highlight the importance of making sure that a health and care professional is registered. The ‘Be Sure’ campaign... read full article

Care village developers thank local community for saving building

Richard Howard, News Editor (04-Nov-13)

A Leeds community that refused to let go of a treasured historic building has made the opening of a state-of-the-art £5m care village possible, according to one of the region’s leading care providers. Seacroft Grange care village... read full article

Integration Pioneers to lead the way for better joined up care

Julia Corbett, News Editor (01-Nov-13)

Care and Support minister Norman Lamb has announced 14 pioneering initiatives which will lead the way in joining up health and social care throughout the country. Picked from 111 applications, the... read full article

Care home managers rank quality of care as their main priority for third year

Julia Corbett, News Editor (31-Oct-13)

Delivering high quality care and support is the most significant issue within a care home setting managers have described. The result of the National Care Forum ballot conducted at the NCF Managers Conference in South Gloucester... read full article

Care home provider supports new, tougher apprenticeships

Nina Hathway, News Editor (30-Oct-13)

Following the launch of a new type of high-quality apprenticeship scheme by the prime minister, major care provider Barchester Healthcare is proud to announce that it is committed to apprenticeships in the care industry.... read full article

Financial services challenged to sign up to dementia commitments

Richard Howard, News Editor (30-Oct-13)

Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Scotland have teamed up with the Lloyds Banking Group to produce a ‘landmark guide’ designed to help financial services meet the needs of clients living with dementia. The... read full article

Academics given £2.4m funding to improve dementia care in care homes

Sue Learner, News Editor (29-Oct-13)

Academics from the Bradford Dementia Group at Bradford University have been given £2.4m to carry out a four year study exploring how the quality of care for people with dementia in care homes can be improved. The... read full article

Bupa to tackle mental health problems in care home employees

Sue Learner, News Editor (28-Oct-13)

Care home provider Bupa has launched a new health and support scheme for its care home employees. The scheme called Business Fit is aimed at helping people to stay healthy and provides a range of support... read full article

A 'family feel' at the heart of Hayling Island care home's success

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Oct-13)

Alton House Care Home, located in a tranquil Hayling Island setting, is soon to celebrate its 10-year anniversary since opening as a specialist old-age and dementia care residence. Owned by Alton Care Group, who have another facility in Hampshire,... read full article

Mistreatment allegations result in seven care workers arrested

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Oct-13)

Devon and Cornwall police have confirmed that seven arrests have been made this week, after assessing the results of an investigation into a number of care homes that were run by Atlas Project Team Ltd. The police statement confirms... read full article

Golf addictions still going strong in later years

Richard Howard, News Editor (24-Oct-13)

Thorrington’s Silversprings care home makes a unique choice for a retirement in that residents now have their own golf course within the grounds. Seeing the addition as the best way of allowing clients to continue... read full article

New Yorkshire care centre under construction

Richard Howard, News Editor (23-Oct-13)

Meridian Healthcare Ltd and developer Conroy Brook have started construction on a state-of-the-art £4.5m care centre, after proposals were successful in securing planning permission from Kirklees Council. Designed to... read full article

Community artwork unveiled by Iffley residents

Richard Howard, News Editor (22-Oct-13)

Mosaic artist Amanda McCrann’s latest completed project shows how art can embrace community life, including some of its oldest and youngest members. Residents and carers at Iffley Residential and Nursing Home, near Oxford, joined with local adults and schoolchildren... read full article

Local authorities need scrutiny on care issues, ministers told

Richard Howard, News Editor (22-Oct-13)

Front bench Government support to end 15-minute home care visits has been welcomed by care sector organisations, but there is an increasing disillusionment that local councils are not subject to the same checks as care providers. Last... read full article

Neglect and 'institutionalised' abuse caused care home deaths

Nina Hathway, News Editor (21-Oct-13)

A coroner’s inquest has found 19 elderly patients died amid ‘institutionalised’ abuse and that, in the case of five of them, neglect was a contributing factor in their deaths. Speaking at the close of the... read full article

carehome.co.uk director is named finalist for Care Personality of the Year

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Oct-13)

Davina Ludlow, director of carehome.co.uk and homecare.co.uk has been named as one of the finalists for Care Personality of the Year. Ms Ludlow runs the two leading online guides to care homes and home... read full article

Over £7m invested in new dementia care home in Walsall

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Oct-13)

A 71 bedroom dementia care home will be built in the Midlands in a £7.52m deal with a Derbyshire based construction firm. The new home should be completed in 56 weeks and will feature a roof top garden for residents to enjoy... read full article

Lonely and ignored older people 'our national shame', says minister

Richard Howard, News Editor (18-Oct-13)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will call upon the general public to recognise the plight of older members of society, in a speech later today. Pre-released excerpts from the speech, to be made at today’s National Children and Adults... read full article

Care UK ranked in top 25 of national business league table

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Oct-13)

Care UK has been ranked 22nd in the Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table of Britain’s leading mid-market private companies. Published last week in the Sunday Times, the league table featured Care UK as the... read full article

Environmental Health praises five star food hygiene standards in Akari care home

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Oct-13)

Seale Pastures House in Derbyshire has been awarded a five star rating by Environmental Health after a rigorous inspection found excellent food hygiene throughout the home. The achievement is the highest rating a care home can... read full article

Common prescription drug could prevent Alzheimer's in older people undergoing surgery

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Oct-13)

Statin has been found to prevent the negative effects surgery can have on brain function after initial successful tests on mice. The drug, also known as atorvastatin and commonly prescribed for high cholesterol, decreases inflammation... read full article

Parkinson's UK urges care home residents and staff to take part in vital survey

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-Oct-13)

The charity Parkinson’s UK is calling on care home residents and staff to take part in a vital survey on the symptoms, day-to-day care and treatments of people with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s UK has launched... read full article

Older People's Commissioner team to make unannounced visits to hundred Welsh care homes

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-Oct-13)

The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales has launched her Residential Care Review into the quality of life and care of older people living in care homes in Wales. As part of the Review, the Commissioner... read full article

Assisted living at Richmond Care Villages for those who need a 'helping hand'

Ellie Neville News Editor (11-Oct-13)

With winter approaching and an increasing amount of older people in Britain requiring support to live comfortably Richmond Care Villages has tailored its services to those who just need a ‘helping hand,’ in the form of an assisted... read full article

Reports of suspected abuse of older people sees steep increase

Nina Hathway, News Editor (07-Oct-13)

In the last year there has been a 28.4 per cent increase in alerts made to councils about abuse to older people, fuelling worries about abuse in the UK. The newest set of data from the government run Health... read full article

National diabetes care home survey highlights 'concerning' results

Nina Hathway, News Editor (07-Oct-13)

Nearly one in five care home residents with diabetes self-medicate without any checks, according to new research. Self-management is usually encouraged, but vulnerable people with diabetes, especially those on the potentially-dangerous... read full article

PJ Care encourages its care home staff to speak out anonymously

Nina Hathway (07-Oct-13)

A leading provider of specialist neurological care has installed a SpeakInConfidence system in its three care homes, which enables staff to start a dialogue with senior management or HR safe in the knowledge... read full article

Stress in mid life may increase risk of female dementia, says study

Nina Hathway (02-Oct-13)

Women who suffer from a lot of stress in middle age may increase their risk of developing dementia in later life, according to recent research. The research published in the online journal BMJ Open says... read full article

Government wants Care Quality Commission to be 'chief whistleblower' for care homes

Nina Hathway (02-Oct-13)

New Government proposals promise to give health care regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), greater powers of investigation into care homes. The package of proposed reforms presented at the recent... read full article

Care Quality Commission proposes fee increase for care home providers

Nina Hathway, News Editor (01-Oct-13)

Independent health care regulator, Care Quality Commission (CQC), has published a consultative document outlining the fees that it proposes to charge registered care providers in 2014/15. Under the proposal,... read full article

Gracewell Healthcare celebrates its inspirational care home residents on Older People's Day

Julia Corbett, News Editor (01-Oct-13)

Gracewell Healthcare care home provider has been celebrating its most inspirational residents at its Home Champion Awards 2013. The finalists from Gracewell’s nine care homes, were nominated for leading outstanding lives both... read full article

Nursing association urges speedier care home manager registration

Nina Hathway, News Editor (01-Oct-13)

The Care Quality Commission is taking far too long to process the registration of newly appointed care home managers, according to the Registered Nursing Home Association. RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell... read full article

Innovative dementia care home opens in Newark

Nina Hathway, News Editor (01-Oct-13)

A purpose-built care home for dementia patients that features state-of-the-art facilities has been completed by care home property experts Bullock. Costing £3.4million, Lancaster Grange Care Home, which... read full article

Three-quarters of population feel the Government is underprepared for impact of ageing population

Julia Corbett, News Editor (30-Sep-13)

A charity alliance has expressed its concerns about the Government’s readiness to deal with the effects of an ageing population. Ready for Ageing Alliance’s concerns seem to be echoed by the population,... read full article

carehome.co.uk enjoys homemade cake at coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support

Julia Corbett, News Editor (27-Sep-13)

Staff from the UK’s leading care industry website and care home directory enjoyed a cup of coffee and slice of homemade cake to support Macmillan’s annual World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. The World’s... read full article

England's social care professionals challenged to raise public confidence

Richard Howard, News Editor (24-Sep-13)

Leading care organisations have backed a new ‘Social Care Commitment’ that care workers will be asked to sign up to as a mark of their professionalism. The Department of Health want carers and their employees to support the Commitment,... read full article

Standard of food higher in care homes than hospitals

Sue Learner, News Editor (23-Sep-13)

Over half of people with friends and relatives in care homes say food standards are better than in NHS hospitals. The 'Care Home Catering' survey carried out by YouGov also revealed that many care home residents... read full article

Care provider calls for redirection of dementia funding into earlier diagnosis

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-Sep-13)

A leading care provider has claimed that a ‘no cure no point’ attitude towards dementia has left thousands of people living with dementia unsupported. Barry Sweetbaum, managing director of SweetTree... read full article

Call for urgent worldwide action so Alzheimer's patients 'live well with dementia'

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-Sep-13)

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and Bupa have called for governments around the world to make dementia a priority as part of World Alzheimer’s Month this September. In their report, ‘Journey... read full article

1940s Wartime themed afternoon gets care home residents reminiscing

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Sep-13)

Care home residents from Redworth House, Sheldon spent the afternoon singing along to their favourite war time songs as part of a reminiscence show. As well as being entertained by the wartime themed show ‘We’ll meet again’ residents... read full article

Robbie Savage raises money for dementia charity at Bupa Great North Run

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Sep-13)

Ex-premier league footballer Robbie Savage has completed a half marathon to raise over £2,500 for Alzheimer’s Society. Mr Savage was running in memory of his father Colin who had a less common form of... read full article

World's Biggest Coffee Morning continues to be a success in raising money for cancer support

Richard Howard, News Editor (18-Sep-13)

Stokefield Residential Home, in Woking, will be one of many care services marking the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ on 27 September, raising funds for cancer support charity Macmillan. Last year 115,000 people joined in... read full article

London becomes the world’s first dementia-friendly capital city

Sue Learner, News Editor (17-Sep-13)

London has launched itself as the first dementia-friendly capital city with initiatives such as training bus drivers to spot the signs of dementia and making historic royal palaces more accessible. The launch... read full article

Carers should fly free of charge when assisting disabled people, ministers claim

Julia Corbett (17-Sep-13)

The Government has been warned it needs to work harder to improve accessibility for disabled people across the UK’s transport networks. The Department for Transport has been told that improvements must be made after a report has... read full article

Blind care home resident shaves care assistant's head for charity

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Sep-13)

A care home worker has raised £250 for charity by allowing residents to give him a haircut as part of a sponsored head shave. James Cash works at Braemar Lodge home in Salisbury and will be donating his... read full article

Nearly half of people have no idea how much a care home costs

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-Sep-13)

People in Britain have a very poor understanding of the care system, according to a report by the Strategic Society Centre and care home provider Anchor. The report ‘Right Care, Right Price’ reveals that... read full article

Care home welcomes ten chickens as part of Big Lottery Silver Dreams programme

Julia Corbett, News Editor (16-Sep-13)

Philips Court care home has built a chicken coop to house its ten new chickens, which are set to provide both residents and the community with fresh eggs. The care home, located in Gateshead, will sell fresh eggs laid by the... read full article

Screening tool made free to boost vital eye health checks for care home residents

Julia Corbett, News Editor (16-Sep-13)

Thomas Pocklington Trust is marking National Eye Health Week by announcing two new initiatives aimed at improving the eye health of older people in care homes. Two initiatives have been launched after research by the sight... read full article

Care sector 'mixed economy' reform needs to begin at a local level

Richard Howard, News Editor (16-Sep-13)

Care service users need to be better informed on the care options available to them, according to a joint report from Anchor and the Strategic Society Centre. Care home provider Anchor joined forces... read full article

Robotic animals can help make people with dementia less anxious

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Sep-13)

Robotic animals can help to improve the quality of life for people with dementia, according to recent research. A study has found interacting with a cuddly robotic seal made people with mid- to late-stage... read full article

Prime Minister agrees to look into improving protection of older and disabled people from abuse

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-Sep-13)

Prime Minister, David Cameron has committed to looking again at proposals to strengthen legislation aimed at protecting older and vulnerable people from neglect and abuse. The commitment was given to a delegation including Action... read full article

GPs set to become named clinicians responsible for vulnerable older adults

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-Sep-13)

GPs are likely to become named clinicians responsible for the care of vulnerable older adults, as part of the Government’s plan to alleviate pressure on A&E. Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt revealed GPs are currently the favourite... read full article

NHS facility reports strong response to improved healthcare access for busy Londoners

Richard Howard, News Editor (12-Sep-13)

Wandsworth’s Clapham Junction Health Centre has announced a new timetable of available appointments, as the facility looks to impact upon public health by making services available seven days a week and at evenings and weekends. Operated... read full article

New mental health partnership outlines Bupa's 21st century vision

Richard Howard, News Editor (12-Sep-13)

Provider Bupa Care Homes has announced the start of a partnership with two centres of excellence for mental health, as part of the company’s mission to remain at the cutting edge of innovative treatment and care.... read full article

England needs an Older People's Commissioner to act as a 'powerful voice' for pensioners, says former care minister

Ellie Neville, News Editor (11-Sep-13)

England needs an Older People’s Commissioner to act as a ‘powerful voice’ for pensioners, says former care minister. Former care minister Paul Burstow is calling for an Older People’s Commissioner to represent... read full article

Alzheimer’s Society dismisses expert's claim dementia screening is ‘potentially harmful’

Julia Corbett, News Editor (11-Sep-13)

Academics from Australia and the UK have been criticised by Alzheimer’s Society after publishing claims that a move to a dementia screening process is ‘politically driven.’ Publishing their research... read full article

Jeremy Hunt reveals ‘fundamental changes’ to the NHS to improve the care of older people

Laura McCardle, News Editor (11-Sep-13)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced plans to make “fundamental changes” to the NHS in an attempt to improve the care of older people. Yesterday he pledged the Government’s commitment to improving the... read full article

Adult social care apprentice stars in new Skills for Care cinema advert

Ellie Neville, News Editor (10-Sep-13)

A new cinema advert aimed at recruiting young people to join the care sector will be shown before the new Richard Curtis blockbuster ‘About Time’ in cinemas across England during September. The 30 second advert will star 18-year-old... read full article

Dementia care home opens its own pub

Sue Learner, News Editor (10-Sep-13)

A care home in Bristol has opened its own pub where residents can sit and have a chat over a pint of beer. Humphry Repton House, which is run by the charity Milestones Trust, has become one of the first dementia care... read full article

Care home residents join in with worldwide promotion of good literacy

Richard Howard, News Editor (10-Sep-13)

A Barton on Sea care home marked International Literacy Day this weekend, looking to highlight the importance of literacy throughout all age groups and sections of society. Bethel House carers treated their... read full article

Health professionals devise innovative training programme to improve care of people with dementia in hospitals

Laura McCardle, News Editor (06-Sep-13)

Health professionals in Greater Manchester have designed an innovative training programme to improve the care of people with dementia when they are admitted to hospital. ‘Getting to Know Me’, the brainchild... read full article

Sanctuary Care residents show off new gardens during summer fete

Laura McCardle, News Editor (06-Sep-13)

Residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Bromsgrove showed off the results of a garden makeover during their summer fete last weekend. The event, held at Breme Residential Care Home, saw visitors enjoy a variety... read full article

Brain-training computer game improves cognitive function of older people

Laura McCardle, News Editor (05-Sep-13)

American scientists have shown how a simple computer game can improve the cognitive function of older people. Researchers at the University of California, led by neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley, asked 174 people... read full article

Czajka Care Group anniversary dinner supports Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Laura McCardle, News Editor (05-Sep-13)

A special dinner held to mark the 30th anniversary of Czajka Care Group has raised £500 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Staff, friends of the company, care home residents and their families were invited to... read full article

Scientists find link between good hygiene and Alzheimer’s

Laura McCardle, News Editor (05-Sep-13)

Scientists at the University of Cambridge claim they have found a link between good hygiene standards and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. They say there appears to be a relationship between a country’s... read full article

500 people gather to cheer on people with learning disabilities at care provider's annual Athletics Championships

Julia Corbett, News Editor (04-Sep-13)

Five hundred people were joined by double Olympian Goldie Sayers and Paralympian Olivia Breen to support people with learning disabilities who are residents and services users of Care Management Group Ltd (CMG.) The... read full article

Massey wins multi-million pound contract to build Sutton Coldfield nursing home

Laura McCardle, News Editor (04-Sep-13)

Massey Ltd has started work on a new 34-bed nursing home in Sutton Coldfield after winning a £3m contract to build the development. Plans for the home, in Somerville Road, was given the go-ahead by Birmingham... read full article

Amore Care home pays tribute to 'well-loved' kitchen assistant

Laura McCardle, News Editor (03-Sep-13)

A memorial bench has been dedicated to a “well-loved and respected” Amore Care kitchen assistant who has tragically killed in a road accident. Mary Byrne, 51, worked at Cooper House, in Bradford, from 2010... read full article

Pendine Park bids fond farewell to 'Queen of Care'

Laura McCardle, News Editor (03-Sep-13)

Residents, staff and friends of Gwern Alyn Care Home have bid a fond farewell to Mildred Heyward – dubbed the “Queen of Care” - who has retired from her role as manager. The 71-year-old, who worked as a nurse... read full article

Sanctuary Care residents show off their creative side at Worcester art gallery

Laura McCardle, News Editor (02-Sep-13)

Residents from three Sanctuary Care homes showcased their artwork during a special exhibition in Worcester. More than 20 people from Cranham Residential Care Home in Worcester, Ravenhurst Residential Care... read full article

Suffolk people take on the task of naming local care homes

Julia Corbett, News Editor (02-Sep-13)

Care UK is calling on local people to suggest names for two new homes being built in Suffolk. Due to open at the end of 2014, the homes will be built at Alnesbourn Crescent in Ravenswood, Ipswich and on the former site of Chalkstone... read full article

Bield residents celebrate legacy left by garden-loving donor

Laura McCardle, News Editor (02-Sep-13)

Residents at a Bield retirement home in Argyll held a special party in their newly refurbished garden as a tribute to a ‘happy’ lady who left them a generous legacy. The unnamed former resident left an undisclosed... read full article

Older people's savings failing to cover rising care costs

Laura McCardle, News Editor (30-Aug-13)

The average older person’s savings are failing to cover the rising care costs, with most people only having enough stored away to pay for just six months in a residential home. Prestige Nursing+Care is urging... read full article

Belong recruits first Admiral Nurse

Laura McCardle, News Editor (30-Aug-13)

Older people living at Belong villages now have access to specialist dementia care after the provider recruited its first Admiral Nurse. Caroline Clifton, a mental health nurse who specialises in dementia,... read full article

Canterbury Care dementia residents make exotic new friends

Laura McCardle, News Editor (29-Aug-13)

Residents at a Canterbury Care home in Sawley, Lancashire, made some exotic new friends when Home Safari visited with its Animal Encounters roadshow. Riverside Care Centre, which provides specialist dementia... read full article

Naidex Scotland 2013 already confirmed as welcoming more than 2,600 visitors

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Aug-13)

Health and social care professionals in Scotland and the north of England can get up-to-date with some of the latest industry innovations for free on the 18 & 19 September, by visiting the Naidex Scotland event at the SECC, Glasgow. The... read full article

Bield home offers unique dining experience to people with dementia

Laura McCardle, News Editor (29-Aug-13)

A Bield care home is offering people with dementia a unique opportunity to enjoy the experience of dining out with their families. Whitehill Court, in Kirkintilloch, has launched Mary’s Kitchen, a relaxing... read full article

Charity fun run helps Akari Care residents enjoy extra treats

Laura McCardle, News Editor (28-Aug-13)

Residents at Alexandra House care home, in Gateshead, are set to enjoy extra treats after a sponsored fun run raised more than £200 for their comfort fund. Care home staff, residents’ families and their... read full article

Colten Care to give ex-airmen VIP experience at Bournemouth Air Festival

Laura McCardle, News Editor (28-Aug-13)

Former pilots and crewmen living at Colten Care homes will be able to enjoy this weekend’s Bournemouth Air Festival from a prime spot. The care provider, which has 19 homes across Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire,... read full article

Dementia prevention and volunteering in focus this World Alzheimer's Day

Richard Howard, News Editor (27-Aug-13)

Volunteering members of the retirement community are essential for helping the UK deal with the challenges of an ageing population, according to cognitive neuroscientist and ageing specialist Dr Lynda Shaw. Dr... read full article

Winchester City Council secures funding for extra care housing scheme

Laura McCardle, News Editor (27-Aug-13)

Winchester City Council has secured £1.8m of funding from the Department of Health to provide extra care housing. The cash, from the Specialised Housing Funding, will boost Hampshire County Council’s commitment... read full article

Dementia charity awarded Government voluntary organisation funds

Julia Corbett, News Editor (23-Aug-13)

Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb has announced that a new round of funding will be awarded to voluntary organisations which work to improve people’s health and well-being. Among the organisations that have already received... read full article

Gracewell Healthcare backs carehome.co.uk's call for ICT in all care homes

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Aug-13)

Care provider, Gracewell Healthcare, has thrown its support behind a plea from carehome.co.uk, leading guide to care homes, for all care homes to give their residents internet access. A survey by carehome.co.uk... read full article

ICT is at the core of a pioneering integrated dementia care service in Manchester

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Aug-13)

ICT is an integral part of life at EachStep Blackley care home, as its ethos is if 'there is no ICT in a care home, residents are being excluded from modern society'. The £5m care service run by Community... read full article

Free networking events for care home owners and managers

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Aug-13)

Care home owners and managers in the south of England can attend free Care Roadshows where they can gain invaluable information and find out about new products and services. Having already visited Glasgow,... read full article

Care village pioneer calls Bupa's acquisition of Richmond Villages 'major endorsement' of care village concept

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Aug-13)

The man who pioneered Britain’s growing care village industry has called Bupa’s acquisition of his former company Richmond Care Villages a “major endorsement” of the care village concept. Keith Cockell,... read full article

Bupa moves further into care village sector with acquisition of Richmond Care Villages

Sue Learner, News Editor (20-Aug-13)

Bupa has acquired Richmond Care Villages, which comprises of five care villages in England that are home to over 660 people. The deal also includes three further sites for developing new care villages. Care... read full article

Health and social care PR agency PLMR climbs further up the PR rankings

Sue Learner, News Editor (20-Aug-13)

PLMR, the specialist health and social care communications agency, has climbed another six places in the ‘Top 25 Healthcare Consultancies’ table this year, in its third consecutive year in the rankings. Elin... read full article

Scarborough and Whitby MP presents first Excellence in Care Standard award

Laura McCardle, News Editor (20-Aug-13)

The MP for Scarborough and Whitby took some time out of his busy schedule to present the first ever Excellence in Care Standard award. Robert Goodwill congratulated staff and chatted with residents during... read full article

UK to host first ever G8 dementia summit in bid to tackle ‘global challenge’

Laura McCardle, News Editor (19-Aug-13)

Health ministers from across the world will flock to London in December for the first ever G8 summit on dementia. The Department of Health has today unveiled David Cameron’s ambitious plans to tackle the... read full article

OUTFIT raises thousands of pounds in charity partnership with Alzheimer’s Society

Laura McCardle, News Editor (16-Aug-13)

A fashion chain has raised more than £470,000 for the Alzheimer's Society. OUTFIT raised the cash during a two-year partnership with the charity, which came to an end in July. Rob Thomas, general manager... read full article

Care staff complete 320-mile charity cycle

Laura McCardle, News Editor (16-Aug-13)

Staff from SweetTree Home Care Services and Barchester Healthcare came together to raise £17,000, which will be split between two charities. Over five days a team of 11 cyclists completed a 320-mile challenge,... read full article

Breakthrough finds possible indicator of dementia 10 years before symptoms develop

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-Aug-13)

An indicator for dementia as early as 10 years before symptoms develop has been discovered by scientists in Barcelona. The aim of their small research project was to discover a novel biochemical marker in the body that precedes... read full article

Star of The Great Gatsby raises awareness of Alzheimer's disease by talking about grandmother's dementia diagnosis

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-Aug-13)

Actress Carey Mulligan has appeared on BBC Breakfast to speak about understanding the changes that have affected her grandmother since she was diagnosed with dementia over ten years ago. As well as talking about her grandma “Nans”,... read full article

Ageing specialist urges families to avoid extreme worry when moving loved ones into a care home

Richard Howard, News Editor (15-Aug-13)

Negative press coverage of the care sector has led to increasing paranoia over care home service quality, according to ageing specialist and psychologist Dr Lynda Shaw. Dr Shaw wants to stress to those families feeling anxiety... read full article

Alzheimer's Society CEO Jeremy Hughes discusses dementia care on visit to care home

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-Aug-13)

Jeremy Hughes was welcomed by Marlborough Court care home staff and residents to deliver a presentation about dementia care. The presentation titled ‘Dementia Care- What makes a difference?’ was followed by a tour of the home... read full article

Eleven arrests announced over death of care home resident

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

A police investigation into the death of a care home resident in Nottingham has led to the arrest of eleven people on suspicion of manslaughter. Ivy Atkin, an 86-year-old resident of Autumn Grange, in Sherwood Rise, died in November... read full article

Dental guide for care homes aims to boost oral health of Scottish dementia residents

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

A new resource for care homes has been created which will emphasise the importance of providing effective mouth care for older people in care homes. Caring for Smiles- A Guide for Care Homes has been created by Scotland’s National... read full article

Drinking alcohol excessively could increase the risk of dementia

Laura McCardle, News Editor (14-Aug-13)

Swedish researchers have warned how excessive alcohol intake in adolescence could increase the risk of developing early-onset dementia. Scientists at Umea University analysed data from 488,484 men, with... read full article

A quarter of over 65s find being called 'old' and 'elderly' offensive

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

Over 65s have revealed that they think ageism in society is holding them back and not truthfully reflecting the feeling of their generation. A survey showed that people aged over 65 feel that the terms ‘old’ and ‘elderly’ have... read full article

Construction begins on extra care housing inspired by Pottery heritage

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

An extra care housing site under development, in Chesterfield, has welcomed its first visitors to see how building work is progressing. The 55-apartment Potters Place, named to reflect the area’s pottery... read full article

Durham care provider sees regeneration vision become a reality

Richard Howard, News Editor (13-Aug-13)

A series of modernisation and renovation projects are going from strength to strength in County Durham, with the latest being the flagship £3.6m Castle Court opened by local MP Kevan Jones. Work on Castle... read full article

Fears grow about an increase in people relying on property to fund their retirement

Julia Corbett, News Editor (13-Aug-13)

Nearly five million people have reported that in order to fund their retirement they plan to rent or sell property, a figure that has worried investment management firm Barings. A survey of over 1,500 non-retired people revealed... read full article

Famous face recognition test could help detect rare form of dementia

Laura McCardle, News Editor (13-Aug-13)

American researchers say a simple famous face recognition test could help detect a rare form of dementia. Details of ‘Naming vs knowing faces in primary progressive aphasia (PPA)’, the study carried out at... read full article

Dementia care home given the personal touch as residents name facility after famous landmark

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-Aug-13)

A specialist dementia care home set to open in the next summer has been named ‘Lydia Eva Court’ after a famous landmark in Gorleston, Norfolk. The £6.9m care home, which is being built by care group Norse Care, will be named... read full article

Residents find new friendships through dance classes at Richmond Retirement Village

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-Aug-13)

Residents have put on their dancing shoes to perform in front of neighbours and staff to celebrate the many benefits that dancing has brought to their health and wellbeing. The performers gave the two dance performance as part... read full article

Jeremy Hunt awards shares of multi-million pound fund to create dementia friendly environments

Laura McCardle, News Editor (12-Aug-13)

Jeremy Hunt has awarded shares of a £50m fund to health trusts and local authorities to help them create dementia friendly environments. The Health Secretary recently revealed details of the 116 successful... read full article

Multiple Sclerosis Society set to receive boost in funds from 101 mile mobility scooter challenge

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-Aug-13)

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, James Pagram has taken to his mobility scooter to raise funds for the MS Society by embarking on a 101 mile challenge. Four days into the challenge, Mr Pagram is expected to complete... read full article

St John's House home to world's oldest choir

Laura McCardle, News Editor (12-Aug-13)

A residential home in north Yorkshire has secured its place in the record books after its choir was named the oldest in the world. The ensemble at St John’s House, in Kirk Hammerton, which has a combined... read full article

Multi-million pound investment for ‘ground-breaking’ research into dementia

Laura McCardle, News Editor (09-Aug-13)

The Government has invested £124m into “ground-breaking” research into the nation’s most pressing health problems, including dementia. Earlier today, Health Minister Lord Howe revealed the grant from the... read full article

Bield fundraiser steps up to charity challenge

Laura McCardle, News Editor (09-Aug-13)

A fit fundraiser who conquered Ben Nevis for charity put his best foot forward once again and walked 79 miles in aid of Bield. Kevin Rowe raised more than £500 for the charity, which is Scotland’s leading... read full article

Dementia residents help the power of memory take centre stage

Laura McCardle, News Editor (09-Aug-13)

Dementia residents at a Colten Care home in Poole are helping a theatre company stage a show inspired by the power of memory. People living at The Aldbury will inform performances of Memory Points, by Winchester-based... read full article

Maritime care charity marks milestone of dedicated staff

Richard Howard, News Editor (08-Aug-13)

Carers, residents and their visiting loved ones have been celebrating how far maritime care home the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, in Banstead, has come after two employees marked their collective 80 years of service. One... read full article

English Community Care Association and National Care Association announce merger

Laura McCardle, News Editor (08-Aug-13)

The UK’s two largest social care provider representative bodies have today revealed plans to merge and form a “powerful” new organisation called Care England. The English Community Care Association (ECCA)... read full article

'Safe and comfortable' care home praised by CQC

Laura McCardle, News Editor (08-Aug-13)

An Akari Care home in Wigan has won praise from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following a recent inspection. Inspectors commended staff at Lindsay House, which provides residential care for 25 elderly... read full article

Silver Surfer celebrates 109th birthday with Facebook friends

Julia Corbett, News Editor (08-Aug-13)

A care home on the Isle of Wight has helped one resident to celebrate her 109th birthday with friends and family. Mrs Strugnell is the oldest surviving war widow, and was visited by Elaine Duggan of the War Widows Association... read full article

Expert sceptical about claims drinking hot chocolate reduces the risk of developing dementia

Laura McCardle, News Editor (08-Aug-13)

The head of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK has said it is “too soon to draw any conclusions” about a study claiming that cocoa – the key ingredient in chocolate – improves blood flow to the brain, and therefore reduces the risk... read full article

Dementia aware hospitals are awarded the Purple Angel logo

Julia Corbett, News Editor (07-Aug-13)

A dementia awareness campaigner has helped two hospitals in the Teignmouth community to become dementia aware through a new training initiative. Norman McNamara was diagnosed with Lewys Bodies disease,... read full article

'Strong and insightful’ Berwick report calls on Government officials to revitalise and restore the NHS

Laura McCardle, News Editor (07-Aug-13)

Barack Obama’s former health advisor has called on Government officials to lead change within the NHS, restoring it to its former glory and ensuring patient safety and high standards of care. Prime Minister... read full article

Skin condition charity thanks care home for promoting its cause

Richard Howard, News Editor (06-Aug-13)

Charity DEBRA, the only national organisation that helps those affected by the rare skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), has praised the efforts of a Poole care home in helping the cause. The Laurels & Pine Lodge... read full article

Mothers who breastfeed might be at a lower risk of developing dementia

Julia Corbett, News Editor (06-Aug-13)

Scientists from two UK universities have discovered that women who breastfeed might have a lowered risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. By interviewing 81 British women aged between 70 and 100, research has suggested that... read full article

Dedicated care home manager celebrates 20 years with Shaw healthcare

Laura McCardle, News Editor (06-Aug-13)

Residents and staff at a Dorset residential home helped a dedicated care home manager celebrate 20 years with Shaw healthcare by throwing a party in her honour. Mel Bennett, 42, started working at Glebe House,... read full article

NorseCare wins double bid to provide 'high quality' care and dementia support in Norfolk

Laura McCardle, News Editor (05-Aug-13)

Elderly people in Norfolk are set to benefit from a new £4.2m housing with care scheme, thanks to a successful bid by NorseCare. The cash for the development, which will be built on the Three Score site... read full article

Scientists claim Alzheimer's drug breakthrough

Laura McCardle, News Editor (05-Aug-13)

Scientists in Switzerland believe they are a step closer to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s following an “invaluable” drug breakthrough. While carrying out clinical trials, experts at École Polytechnique Fédérale... read full article

Colten Care home helps 'lovely couple' celebrate 65 years of wedded bliss

Laura McCardle, News Editor (05-Aug-13)

A couple celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary at a Colten Care home were “touched” to be presented with an engraved wood carving honouring their love story. Staff at Avon Reach in Mudeford gave the... read full article

Grateful nephew in charity cycle for West Lothian dementia home

Laura McCardle, News Editor (02-Aug-13)

A 35-year-old man has raised £2,000 for a West Lothian residential home as a sign of gratitude for the care it provides to his aunt, who has dementia, by cycling 220 miles. John Halliday, from Aberdeen,... read full article

Essex MP sneaks preview of 'dazzling' new luxury retirement apartments

Laura McCardle, News Editor (02-Aug-13)

Sir Alan Haselhurst, MP for Saffron Walden in Essex, recently visited the site of a new £15m Retirement Villages Group home in Great Easton to see how development is progressing. Sir Alan was given a tour... read full article

Aberdeen care home's expansion dream one step closer thanks to donation

Laura McCardle, News Editor (02-Aug-13)

A residential home in Aberdeen is one step closer to expanding its services after a donation from a global company. Simeon Care for the Elderly, which provides care and support to 18 older people, is now able to start a development... read full article

Could drinking Guinness and eating spinach reduce the risk of dementia?

Laura McCardle, News Editor (01-Aug-13)

Eating foods with high levels of iron – or drinking the odd pint of Guinness - could reduce the risk of developing dementia. A study carried out by academics at the University of California San Francisco... read full article

CIC outlines five-year vision to become the UK's leading social care charity

Richard Howard, News Editor (01-Aug-13)

Social care charity Community Integrated Care (CIC) has launched a Five Year Corporate Strategy, with the intention of growing its workforce by 30 per cent over the next five years. Pursuing an innovative programme of ‘investment, development... read full article

Nick Clegg backs Alzheimer's Society campaign to make England more dementia friendly

Laura McCardle, News Editor (01-Aug-13)

Nick Clegg has shown his support for a campaign led by the Alzheimer’s Society by becoming a Dementia Friend. Yesterday the Deputy Prime Minister attended an information session led by the charity’s chief... read full article

Belong Village dementia garden wins silver at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Laura McCardle, News Editor (31-Jul-13)

A garden based on the ideas of residents of Belong Villages has won a silver medal at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. ‘The Belong Garden – A Sense of Place’ was designed by Carolyn Hardern, who consulted older... read full article

Poole schoolchildren name facilities at new Care UK dementia home

Laura McCardle, News Editor (31-Jul-13)

Poole schoolchildren have had the honour of naming some of the facilities at a new Care UK development. Youngsters from Broadstone Middle School entered a competition for the chance to name the suites and... read full article

Gum disease bacteria linked to dementia brain changes, study claims

Laura McCardle, News Editor (30-Jul-13)

A study published today has revealed that people with poor dental hygiene are potentially at a greater risk of developing dementia. The University of Central Lancashire’s School of Medicine and Dentistry... read full article

Leicestershire County Council praises dignified care at nursing and residential homes

Laura McCardle, News Editor (30-Jul-13)

More than 40 private nursing and residential care homes have been recognised by Leicestershire County Council for providing dignified care to residents. The homes were recently awarded Quality Assessment... read full article

Colten Care residents to sample real ale in unique new partnership

Laura McCardle, News Editor (29-Jul-13)

Residents at Colten Care homes in Hampshire and east Dorset will be able to sample real ales thanks to a new unique partnership with Ringwood Brewery. The Hampshire-based brewery will help activities organisers... read full article

Alzheimer's Society launches first 'Dementia Guide'

Laura McCardle, News Editor (29-Jul-13)

The Alzheimer’s Society has today launched an innovative booklet designed to support people with dementia and their carers. The ‘Dementia Guide’ is the first of its kind to provide people with vital information... read full article

CQC publishes report into 'shocking and unacceptable' bullying of its staff

Laura McCardle, News Editor (29-Jul-13)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published the findings of an independent report into “shocking and unacceptable” bullying and harassment of its staff. David Behan, chief executive of the organisation,... read full article

Norman Lamb to reform 'outdated' social care data collection process

Laura McCardle, News Editor (29-Jul-13)

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb has announced plans to shake up the way social care data is collected from local authorities. On Friday he revealed an overhaul of the system, which will see the Department... read full article

No need for hip surgery thanks to fitness programme

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Jul-13)

Owners of a Manchester care village are delighted with the effects a fitness programme has had on one of their residents, resulting in the cancellation of major surgery. Resident of Belong Atherton, Malcolm... read full article

Dementia-friendly environments the focus of £50m Government funding

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Jul-13)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a £50m fund to be awarded to more than 100 care homes and hospitals, with the aim of establishing pioneering dementia care environments. The pilot scheme, looking for a positive impact... read full article

Leading think tank finds one in ten aged over 85 have no friends

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Jul-13)

One in ten people aged over 85 say they have no friends and over a quarter are dissatisfied with their lives, according to a new survey. The study 'Understanding Society', carried out by the Personal Finance... read full article

Heathcotes Group announce learning disability care home environments in development

Richard Howard, News Editor (24-Jul-13)

Specialist residential care provider for adults with learning disabilities, Heathcotes Group, have announced a number of exciting new projects in development across Central England. Sheffield will welcome two... read full article

'One of the most innovative' dementia services celebrates first birthday

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Jul-13)

EachStep Blackley, a £5m dementia care service, has celebrated its first year of delivering specialist care and support to people in Manchester. The service, which is operated by social care charity Community... read full article

Care homes listed among high risk properties in new Welsh fire safety measures

Richard Howard, News Editor (24-Jul-13)

From April 2014, care home developments in Wales will be required to comply with new fire safety legislation, installing fire sprinklers to protect both residents and firefighters during the event of a blaze. Though... read full article

Dementia research funding aims for a worldwide impact

Richard Howard, News Editor (23-Jul-13)

Improving care for adults with dementia is the focus of a fresh research drive at the University of East Anglia, which has been awarded a £2m grant by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). The largest dementia grant... read full article

Breast cancer awareness needs to be improved amongst older women, report warns

Julia Corbett, News Editor (22-Jul-13)

New recommendations to improve the inequalities in the treatment, services and support experienced by older breast cancer patients have been backed by leading charities. The report, which has been published by The All Party... read full article

Inspirational blind twins open new Barchester care home

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Jul-13)

Twin brothers, who lost their sight a few years ago due to a rare genetic condition and yet are determined to live life to the full, have officially opened Beaufort Grange Care Home in Stoke Gifford. Identical... read full article

Nursing & Residential Care magazine launches new awards scheme for innovative care

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Jul-13)

Nursing & Residential Care magazine has launched the Nursing & Residential Care Awards - a new national awards initiative to celebrate innovative and compassionate care. The event will be held on Friday... read full article

Malvern Hills care home invests to upgrade service potential

Richard Howard, News Editor (22-Jul-13)

A Worcestershire care provider is promising more nursing and support jobs, after successfully seeing through the first phase of a major refurbishment programme. Welland House Care Centre, near Malvern, is investing in... read full article

CQC appoints first chief inspector of adult social care

Laura McCardle, News Editor (19-Jul-13)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has appointed its first chief inspector of adult social care. Andrea Sutcliffe, who is currently chief executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), is “delighted”... read full article

Fitness regime causes octogenarian to no longer need a hip replacement operation

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Jul-13)

An older resident at Belong Atherton in Manchester has been told his hip replacement operation is no longer necessary after taking part in a fitness regime which has dramatically improved his health. Malcolm... read full article

National Skills Academy for Social Care pilots new values-based recruitment kit for employers

Laura McCardle, News Editor (18-Jul-13)

Social care employers can now use a new toolkit to help them find the right candidate for the job. Yesterday, Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb launched the values-based recruitment kit, which has been... read full article

Noticing changes in your memory could be an early indicator of Alzheimer's

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Jul-13)

Alzheimer’s society has claimed that noticing a change in your memory should not be ignored because it could be an early indicator of the cognitive changes linked to Alzheimer’s. A group of research studies reveal that people... read full article

Number of people with dementia lower than experts projected

Richard Howard, News Editor (17-Jul-13)

Dementia diagnosis rates in the UK have actually fallen over the last 20 years, according to the findings of two Medical Research Council studies. A lower prevalence amongst adults over 65 than previously estimated is shown by... read full article

Jeremy Hunt vows to tackle 'mediocrity' in NHS following Sir Bruce Keogh’s review

Laura McCardle, News Editor (17-Jul-13)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has vowed to tackle “mediocrity and inadequate leadership head on” after a review of 14 NHS hospitals with high mortality rates revealed that care in some settings is “not good enough”. Sir... read full article

Specialist nursing and dementia care home opens in Colchester

Richard Howard, News Editor (17-Jul-13)

Not-for-profit care provider Outlook Care has opened its first major design & build project, in the shape of 66-capacity Foxburrow Grange. Made possible through a partnership with the Pinders project management team, the £4.7m facility... read full article

The structure of social care is at risk from the depletion of self-funders' assets

Julia Corbett, News Editor (16-Jul-13)

Self-funders need access to better independent financial advice from local authorities to help manage the cost of their own care. A new report has suggested that without effective financial support, the 57 per cent of older people... read full article

End of life care providers told to trust in personalised solutions

Richard Howard, News Editors (16-Jul-13)

An independent review into end of life care practice has led to the Government scrapping the Liverpool Care Pathway, a widely practised form of terminal care. The Liverpool Care Pathway was developed in the late 90s to inform care... read full article

National Autistic Society claims elderly people are missing out on vital support services

Laura McCardle, News Editor (16-Jul-13)

Elderly people with autism are missing out on vital support services, says a leading charity. The National Autistic Society (NAS) has published the ‘Getting on? Growing older with autism’ report which... read full article

Residents have spent an afternoon horsing around with Molly the Dartmoor pony

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-Jul-13)

Residents from an Akari Care residential home in Wallsend spent the afternoon enjoying the benefits of a pony therapy session. The pony therapy session involved residents petting and interacting with Molly and Mr P, a Dartmoor... read full article

New form of Alzheimer's therapy is set to be safety tested on people

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-Jul-13)

Alzheimer’s therapy which may promote brain cell creation in animals is set to be safety tested on humans. A therapy has been approved to be tested on humans which could form the basis of a treatment for Alzheimer’s. Scientists... read full article

Alzheimer's Society appoints new director of external affairs

Laura McCardle, News Editor (12-Jul-13)

The Alzheimer’s Society has appointed a new director of external affairs. Alison Cook, previously a director at leading consultancy MHP Health Mandate, has taken up the role, replacing Andrew Chidgey who... read full article

CQC to appoint bank inspectors to help meet demand

Laura McCardle, News Editor (12-Jul-13)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) hopes to recruit around 200 social care professionals to help with its inspection programmes. The bank inspectors, who will work under the direction of permanent CQC staff,... read full article

Care sector backs National Minimum Training Standard for Healthcare Assistants

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-Jul-13)

The recommendation to train all healthcare assistants made in the Cavendish review published this week has been welcomed by many in the sector. In the review it was recommended that all healthcare assistants... read full article

Gaelic choir hits all the right notes at Wrexham care home

Laura McCardle, News Editor (12-Jul-13)

A Gaelic choir took time out from performing at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddford to give residents at a Wrexham care home a musical treat. The Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir came straight from the stage of the five-day... read full article

Regal Care staff to complete charity bike rides in aid of the Alzheimer's Society

Laura McCardle, News Editor (11-Jul-13)

Four fit fundraisers from Northamptonshire are getting ready to saddle up and complete three charity bike rides in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. The team from Westlands Care Home, in Wellingborough,... read full article

Fred Longworth High School students cook up a treat for dementia residents

Laura McCardle, News Editor (11-Jul-13)

“Kind” pupils from a school in Greater Manchester cooked up a treat for elderly people with dementia. The Year 10 students from Fred Longworth High School invited residents from Belong Atherton, a purpose-built... read full article

Redworth House staff walk the 'extra mile' for residents

Laura McCardle, News Editor (11-Jul-13)

Residents of a County Durham care home are set to receive extra treats thanks to the efforts of a team of staff who put their best feet forward and completed a sponsored walk. The group from Redworth House,... read full article

Portsmouth City Council seeks residents' views on proposed new care home

Laura McCardle, News Editor (11-Jul-13)

Portsmouth City Council is asking residents who live close to the site of a proposed new care home to give their views on its design and layout. The authority hopes to build a 72-bedroom facility for older... read full article

Dementia cure could be discovered as early as 2020 claims the Health Secretary

Julia Corbett, News Editor (10-Jul-13)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has claimed that drug companies could find a cure for the disease, which affects 800,000 people in the UK, by 2020. During a speech at the Local Government Association’s annual conference, Mr Hunt... read full article

Sheltered housing complex in Falkirk praised by Keep Scotland Beautiful campaign

Laura McCardle, News Editor (10-Jul-13)

A sheltered housing complex in Falkirk has won praise for a project that gives older people the opportunity to develop their own garden. Thornhill Court - part of Bield, Scotland’s largest care, community... read full article

All healthcare assistants will have to undergo basic training, according to Compassion and Care report

Julia Corbett, News Editor (10-Jul-13)

A new independent report published today has revealed plans to ensure that all frontline healthcare assistants undergo the same basic training before being able to work unsupervised. The report showed... read full article

Trade union Unison calls for Government to scrap cap on social care costs

Sue Learner, News Editor (10-Jul-13)

The trade union Unison has joined forces with the National Pensioners Convention and is calling for the cap on social care costs to be scrapped. Instead they want social care to be provided free at the point... read full article

West Lothian care home manager faces her fears for charity with 165ft abseil

Laura McCardle, News Editor (10-Jul-13)

The manager of a West Lothian care home is celebrating after facing her fears and abseiling down the Forth Road Bridge for charity. Helen McLeod was joined by other members of her team from St Andrews Court... read full article

Prestwick care home residents and schoolchildren bond over Wally the scarecrow

Laura McCardle, News Editor (10-Jul-13)

Residents of a Prestwick care home have a new addition in their recently renovated gardens thanks to a group of primary schoolchildren. Pupils at St Ninian’s Primary School helped residents at Berelands... read full article

Planners grant permission for five and a half storey care home

Julia Corbett, News Editor (09-Jul-13)

Planning permission has been granted for a new care home in Poole which is set to have a contemporary design running through its five and a half storeys. Primetower’s managing director John Yeoman said, “With the success of our... read full article

Planners grant permission for five and a half storey high care home

Julia Corbett, News Editor (09-Jul-13)

Planning permission has been granted for a new care home in Poole which is set to have a contemporary design running through its five and a half storeys. Primetower’s managing director John Yeoman said, “With the success of our... read full article

Caring Homes Group director completes gruelling double marathon and raises £15,000 for charity

Sue Learner, News Editor (09-Jul-13)

Robert Jeffery, director of Caring Homes Group and First Care Homes, raised £15,000 for charity after he completed the challenging Comrades Ultra Marathon in South Africa. The gruelling 56 mile race began... read full article

Art competition won by residents from dementia care home

Julia Corbett, News Editor (09-Jul-13)

Residents have won an art competition run by Akari care group, which challenged them to create a piece of artwork that represented ‘new beginnings’. The winning art work was a calendar with a picture of a ‘new beginning’ for... read full article

Plans approved for new Haverhill care home

Laura McCardle, News Editor (09-Jul-13)

St Edmundsbury Borough Council has approved plans to build a state-of-the-art care home and wellbeing centre in Haverhill, Suffolk. The new facility in Chalkstone will house 60 residents and will be built... read full article

Care UK's bid to make care homes more environmentally friendly

Laura McCardle, News Editor (08-Jul-13)

Care UK has launched a two-month pilot scheme designed to make its care homes more environmentally friendly. The initiative, which has so far been launched at 11 facilities across the country, will help... read full article

CQC praises quality of care at Lancashire home

Laura McCardle, News Editor (08-Jul-13)

A residential home with a “lovely atmosphere” has been commended for the quality of its care by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Shevington Court Nursing Home in Rainhill, Lancashire, was recently visited... read full article

Wales’ top government official to join Alzheimer’s Society as new chair

Sue Learner, News Editor (08-Jul-13)

Dame Gill Morgan, who retired from her post as Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Government last year, is to become the new chair of the Alzheimer’s Society. Dame Gill, who was the most senior civil servant... read full article

CQC to prosecute care home directors that allow neglect and abuse

Sue Learner, News Editor (05-Jul-13)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will have the power to prosecute directors of care homes and hospitals and will also carry out mandatory checks to ensure they are ‘fit’ to lead their organisation, according to new proposals set out by the Care Minister. Care... read full article

Vulnerable elderly people to have 'named' clinician responsible for their care in the community

Sue Learner, News Editor (05-Jul-13)

All vulnerable, elderly people are to have 'named' clinicians responsible for coordinating their care once they have left hospital. The proposal is one of just a raft of proposals setting out improvements... read full article

Nearly all care home inspections are unannounced

Julia Corbett, News Editor (03-Jul-13)

Inspectors from the Care Inspectorate are using their power to visit care homes 24 hours a day to check standards in 98 per cent of visits this year. The figure is up from two years ago, where only 50 per cent of care homes in... read full article

Activity book published as vital resource to help those caring for dementia

Richard Howard, News Editor (03-Jul-13)

A dementia-care themed publication has been launched by Care UK, with the helping of dancing judge and choreographer Arlene Phillips. Designed to inform carers and loved ones of adults with dementia with up-to-date expertise, the... read full article

Staffordshire extra care scheme welcomes Royal visitor

Richard Howard, News Editor (28-Jun-13)

Developers of a £9m extra care housing scheme, in Burton-upon-Trent, were delighted to welcome HRH The Duke of Gloucester to unveil a plaque at the official opening. From national contractor Bullock and partners Trent & Dove Housing,... read full article

Network encouraging care homes to get involved in dementia research launches in East Anglia

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-Jun-13)

The Research Ready Care Home Network, which encourages care homes to take part in research studies to improve the treatment and care of people with dementia, has been launched in East Anglia. The network... read full article

Scottish Government investigation announced into false care charges

Richard Howard, News Editor (27-Jun-13)

Figures showing a reduction in Continuing Health Care patients have led to an independent review being announced by Holyrood ministers, who are under pressure to show the NHS is fulfilling its obligations. Designed to make sure... read full article

Jarrow care home renamed with vision for community partnership

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Jun-13)

A Jarrow care home has undergone an official renaming ceremony, after the completion of a significant refurbishment programme carried out by Executive Care. The 49-capacity Hillcrest Care Home has been... read full article

Young people champion pensioners' rights to remain exempt from benefits cuts

Julia Corbett, News Editor (26-Jun-13)

A survey has found that both pensioners and the wider general public feel that over 65s should not be exempt from benefit cuts. Opposing this view was the youngest age group asked, with 52 per cent of 18-24 year- olds feeling... read full article

Social care charities call on Chancellor to acknowledge care funding crisis

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Jun-13)

Government needs to realise the necessity of fresh care provision funding, according to leading sector voices who are hoping to see the realities of an ageing population recognised in today’s Comprehensive Spending Review. The... read full article

Flagship Birmingham care village earns prestigious quality award

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Jun-13)

The developers behind Pannel Croft Extra Care Village, Birmingham, are celebrating after their vision for creating new communities was recognised at the Built in Quality awards. Specialists in regeneration... read full article

Gracewell Healthcare continues to expand with acquisition of Shelbourne Senior Living care village

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Jun-13)

Gracewell Healthcare has acquired Shelbourne Senior Living care village in Sway, Hampshire. The 68-bed care home and 14 assisted living cottages is the latest addition to this rapidly growing group. Gracewell healthcare... read full article

Dementia care innovations aplenty at Liverpool's new support centre

Richard Howard, News Editor (24-Jun-13)

Located in Norris Green, Sedgemoor Dementia Support Centre is a purpose-built £1.2m facility with a unique design and build, incorporating advanced dementia care research. Constructed by Bullock, the Centre... read full article

CQC publish names of people claimed responsible for cover up of failings

Julia Corbett, News Editor (21-Jun-13)

The CQC has published the names of people within the organisation who it is claimed aided the deletion of a critical report of the CQC to hide the failings within the watchdog. This follows the report... read full article

Advances in dementia-friendly and recreational technology can lessen the Technology Gap

Richard Howard, News Editor (21-Jun-13)

Parker Meadows, in Fareham, has chosen National Care Home Open Day to highlight the impact that modern technology can have on older people’s lives. One of many providers marking the occasion across the country today, the Gracewell Healthcare home... read full article

Parkinson's UK challenge American rapper over offensive lyrics

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-Jun-13)

The chief executive of Parkinson’s UK has spoken out about American rapper Kanye West’s choice of offensive lyrics in a song on his new album. In the song, Mr West has included lyrics which are perceived to ridicule one of the... read full article

Online films raise awareness of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities

Sue Learner, News Editor (20-Jun-13)

Mencap and the PMLD Network have launched a series of free films and how-to guides to help people better meet the needs of those with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), a group of people that has often been... read full article

The Government and CQC take action as report on Morecambe Bay maternity failings revealed

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-Jun-13)

Both the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Government have released statements promising to make improvements to overhaul their services after a report released by the CQC detailed their oversights of University Hospitals Morecambe... read full article

Blackadder star and Alzheimer’s Society ambassador Tony Robinson receives knighthood

Sue Learner, News Editor (19-Jun-13)

Tony Robinson, best known for playing Baldrick in the popular TV series Blackadder and presenting Channel 4’s Time Team, has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. The actor, presenter... read full article

CQC on the hunt for ‘Experts by Experience’ to take part in inspections

Sue Learner, News Editor (19-Jun-13)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is looking for people, who have experience of using or caring for someone who uses health or social care services, to take part in inspections. Known as ‘Experts by Experience’, these... read full article

Lifelong learning for Belong Villages staff to be enhanced by Royal College of Nursing partnership

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Jun-13)

Belong care group and the Royal College of Nurses (RCN) has agreed a partnership that will enhance the service residents and customers receive from staff. The formal learning agreement was signed this week at Belong Atherton in... read full article

Digital technology trialled as a doorway to community life

Richard Howard, News Editor (19-Jun-13)

‘Information kiosks’ have been incorporated into two extra care schemes in the Midlands, as a way of helping older people feel more confident and informed in accessing community services and activities. The extra care properties... read full article

Latest dementia expertise incorporated into new Care UK facility

Richard Howard, News Editor (19-Jun-13)

Care UK, one of the UK’s largest care providers, are delighted to have opened a new state-of-the-art care home, in Colinton. Designed by renowned architect Richard Pollock, whose work at Stirling University has been influential... read full article

South Downs care home expands assisted living provision

Richard Howard, News Editor (18-Jun-13)

A reputation for quality assisted living facilities has led to Barlavington Manor Care Home, in West Sussex, being granted planning permission to create three extra bungalows. Working with a team of consultants, which include Tanner & Tilley... read full article

National Care Home Open Day prepares to challenge misconceptions about care homes

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Jun-13)

The project to combat the misconceptions associated with care homes will take place on 21 June 2013. National Care Home Open Day will be taking place throughout care homes on Friday and will see many... read full article

Staff at Care South are recognised for their achievements at annual awards

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Jun-13)

Care provider Care South spent an evening recognising the achievements of staff at their annual awards ceremony. Care South is a registered charity organisation which provides both residential and home... read full article

Leading think tank to look at how best to organise health and social care

Sue Learner, News Editor (18-Jun-13)

Leading health care think tank, The King’s Fund, has launched a new Commission to look at how best to organise health and social care. The NHS and social care system were established in 1948, but since... read full article

New Oswestry care home impresses on opening

Richard Howard, News Editor (17-Jun-13)

North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson has praised the design of the latest addition to the Coverage Care Services Ltd portfolio, the 88-bed New Fairholme in Oswestry. Mr Paterson, who is also Secretary of State for Environment,... read full article

Activity advisor from Anchor care group receives MBE

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Jun-13)

Debbie Sharples has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) after her work for Anchor care group. Ms Sharples has worked as a customer engagement advisor within the group for over... read full article

Former health secretary’s vision for the future of health and social care

Laura McCardle, News Editor (14-Jun-13)

Integrating health and social care is the way to achieve a better NHS, according to a former health secretary. Stephen Dorrell also highlighted the need to improve efficiency in order to fulfil care needs for the 21st Century when... read full article

Sanctuary Care group set to launch chef academy to improve care home cuisine.

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

The Sanctuary Care group chef academy will improve the standard of chefs in care homes throughout the care group. All kitchen staff and chefs are welcome from within the organisation, where they will be able to continue to develop... read full article

Women Lifetime Achievement award awarded to co-founder of Alzheimer's Society

Julia Corbett, News Editor (13-Jun-13)

Morella Kayman MBE has been awarded the lifetime achievement award at the First Women Awards ceremony. Ms Kayman received the award in recognition of her work in co-founding Alzheimer’s Society at... read full article

Proposed cuts to fire service budgets could put care homes at risk

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-Jun-13)

Britain’s top fire safety experts have warned that fire service cuts in funding could have a dramatic impact on the safety of care home residents. After a recent report suggested that £200m in savings... read full article

Local community is encouraged to name new state of the art care home

Julia Corbett, News Editor (11-Jun-13)

Local people have been invited to think of a new name for a specialist dementia care home which has begun construction in Gorleston. Peterhouse Avenue in Gorleston will be operated by care group NorseCare, and is planned to... read full article

Investors in People award Stonehaven care group accreditation

Julia Corbett, News Editor (11-Jun-13)

Stonehaven Care Group has acheived the Investors in People accreditation, after staff from six of their care homes were assessed on their role within the organisation. Investors in People specialises in improving... read full article

Care assistants put on pyjamas for evening with dementia residents

Julia Corbett, News Editor (10-Jun-13)

Care home staff have taken a course to help them improve the lives of residents living with dementia. The Hockeredge Care Centre has taken part in the project, funded by the Kent County Council, to learn about what it is like to live with dementia... read full article

Wish tree project grants resident her wedding dream

Julia Corbett, News Editor (10-Jun-13)

Staff from St Marks Court in Gateshead granted the wish of one of the residents by creating a wedding day scene inside the care home for her to attend. Lily Dodds expressed her wish to witness a wedding ceremony through the home’s... read full article

Scottish minister opens new Four Seasons care home

Laura McCardle, News Editor (07-Jun-13)

Scotland’s cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing officially opened Four Seasons Health Care’s new care home in Edinburgh yesterday. Alex Neil MSP was guest of honour at the ceremony at St Margaret’s... read full article

Party for Northumberland care home residents to celebrate the Queen's Coronation

Laura McCardle, News Editor (07-Jun-13)

Residents at a Northumberland care celebrated the Queen’s Coronation this week with a special party. While Her Majesty marked the occasion with a special service at Westminster Abbey, Debaliol Nursing Home,... read full article

CQC inspectors to support National Care Home Open Day

Laura McCardle, News Editor (07-Jun-13)

Members of the public will have the opportunity to meet their local Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors on National Care Home Open Day. On June 21, hundreds of care homes across the country will open... read full article

Colten Care residents raise thousands of pounds for charity

Laura McCardle, News Editor (07-Jun-13)

Colten Care residents have helped to raise £17,000 for a variety of charities in the last year. They have supported a wide range of causes, including Sports Relief, Parkinson’s UK and Macmillan Cancer support,... read full article

Freckle the lamb brings joy to people with dementia

Laura McCardle, News Editor (06-Jun-13)

Residents at a County Durham care home have adopted a cuddly lamb. Freckle regularly visits Raby Cottage, part of Bondcare’ s Willington Care Village, and has his own special pen in the garden. He joined... read full article

Extra care housing potentially 'vital' in reducing loneliness in older people

Laura McCardle, News Editor (06-Jun-13)

Extra care housing has the potential to reduce isolation and loneliness in older people, according to a leading think-tank on ageing and demographic change. The International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK)... read full article

Mayor officially opens new Orpington care home

Laura McCardle, News Editor (05-Jun-13)

The Mayor of Bromley has officially opened a new care home in Orpington. Councillor Michael Turner was joined by his wife Janice at Foxbridge House for the ceremony, which was attended by around 70 people.... read full article

Derbyshire councillors visit care homes in countywide campaign

Laura McCardle, News Editor (05-Jun-13)

Derbyshire County Council’s new member for social care has been visiting the county’s care homes in an attempt to experience services first hand. Councillor Clare Neill and her deputies Cllr Paul Jones... read full article

Vida Healthcare plans two new specialist dementia care homes

Laura McCardle, News Editor (05-Jun-13)

A Yorkshire-based company is developing plans to build two new specialist dementia care homes. Vida Healthcare’s proposals follow the success of Vida Hall - its first £5 million venture - which was launched... read full article

Signature Senior Lifestyle appoints new chief operating officer

Laura McCardle, News Editor (04-Jun-13)

Carole Hunt has joined Signature Senior Lifestyle as chief operating officer. She takes up her role with the company, which provides luxury care for older people, as result of its expansion plans, which... read full article

Thamesfield residents host fundraising tea dance

Laura McCardle, News Editor (04-Jun-13)

Staff and residents at Thamesfield retirement village put on their dancing shoes and raised money for Independent Age. They recently hosted a tea dance at the luxury retirement village in Henley-on-Thames... read full article

Dementia Challenge organisers outline 2015 vision for England

Richard Howard, News Editor (04-Jun-13)

A year on since the Government’s Dementia Challenge was launched the first report has been published detailing the progress of the champion groups involved. Looking for advances in three key areas: improvements... read full article

Retirement village gives stage curtains a new lease of life

Laura McCardle, News Editor (04-Jun-13)

A community arts theatre in West Sussex has a new set of stage curtains, thanks to a new retirement village. Staff from Charters Village donated the burgundy drapes to Chequer Mead Theatre in East Grinstead. They... read full article

Care UK's nationwide residential home investment programme launched in Ipswich

Laura McCardle, News Editor (03-Jun-13)

Suffolk County Council and Care UK launched a £60 million programme of investment in new care homes and wellbeing centres during a special on-site ceremony in Ipswich. Councillor Alan Murray, and Care UK’s... read full article

National Care Home Open Day to raise awareness of residential homes

Laura McCardle, News Editor (03-Jun-13)

Hundreds of care homes across the country are set to open their doors to the public to show people what they are really about. National Care Home Open Day will be held on 21 June and is being backed by... read full article

Ageing seafarers urged not to overlook care services

Richard Howard, News Editor (31-May-13)

A Surrey care home for former mariners is looking to highlight the reality of social isolation among former mariners, with veterans of the Royal and Merchant Navy often found to be cut off from available support services. Keen... read full article

Care UK announce major care home developments in Suffolk

Richard Howard, News Editor (30-May-13)

Building work on a new Ipswich care home has begun in the same week that residential home provider Care UK has been granted planning permission for another facility in Framlingham. Taking important steps in seeing through the company’s... read full article

New legislation for Disclosure and Barring Service certificate (DBS) changes application criteria for home carers

Julia Corbett, News Editor (30-May-13)

The DBS check, formerly the Criminal Records Background (CRB) has introduced new filtering rules this week. Legislation has been passed which will allow some old and minor offences to stop appearing on DBS certificates. Applicants... read full article

Over 95 per cent of care home residents would recommend their home to a friend

Sue Learner, News Editor (29-May-13)

The majority of care home residents would recommend their care home to a friend, according to a recent survey of small care home providers. The poll of small care home providers, each with a minimum of 15... read full article

Care system overlooks Britons living abroad

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-May-13)

Expats finding a care home for a loved one from abroad face considerable emotional stress, according to age specialist and cognitive neuroscientist Dr Lynda Shaw. Dr Shaw’s experience with clients has led to her highlight what... read full article

Older People's Commissioner for Wales to review quality of care in Welsh care homes

Sue Learner, News Editor (28-May-13)

The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, has launched a review into the quality of life and care of older people in care homes across Wales. The Review will use the voices of older people,... read full article

Government to give dementia training to over 100,000 NHS staff within the next 12 months

Sue Learner, News Editor (28-May-13)

The Government is to give over 100,000 NHS staff foundation level dementia training by March 2014. The dementia training is part of a commitment by the Government to spend £5bn on a wide ranging series of... read full article

Castle Care Villages enter Lion Awards for first time

Julia Corbett, News Editor (24-May-13)

Barchester Healthcare has entered a resident and staff duo into the Lion awards, which recognise excellence among learners and tutors who have received the City and Guilds Medal for Excellence. Resident Sarah... read full article

Simon Hughes MP welcomes Southwark attempt to advance dementia care

Richard Howard, News Editor (24-May-13)

An innovative new dementia wing has been unveiled by care home group HC-One, as a pioneering addition to Southwark’s Tower Bridge Care Home. The sixteen-bed specialist unit has been designed to achieve the... read full article

National response to Winterbourne View care home scandal will see providers held to account

Richard Howard, News Editor (23-May-13)

Care services minister Norman Lamb has announced the changes he wants to see to ensure that shocking abuse recorded at Bristol’s Winterbourne View, in 2011, does not happen again. Filmed by a BBC Panorama undercover operation,... read full article

Alzheimer's Society wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show

Julia Corbett, News Editor (23-May-13)

The prestigious Chelsea Flower Show has awarded their top prize to the Homebase Garden ‘Sowing seeds of Change’, which is in association with Alzheimer’s Society. The garden attracted crowds of visitors on Monday when it was officially... read full article

NHS Innovation Challenge prize for Dementia enters the second stage of the competition

Julia Corbett, News Editor (22-May-13)

Stage two of the NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Dementia has opened, and has invited social care professionals to send in their applications. Janssen Healthcare Innovation has joined with the NHS... read full article

Critics claim the Government cap on the cost of care will not solve funding challenge

Julia Corbett, News Editor (21-May-13)

The King’s Fund has claimed that the Government reforms alone will not solve the challenge of funding social care in their new report ‘Paying for social care: Beyond Dilnot.’ In the report it is argued that although the introductions... read full article

Breakthrough by scientists discovers the early trigger that can lead to dementia

Julia Corbett, News Editor (21-May-13)

Research from Cambridge University’s Department of Chemistry has established the nature of malfunction in protein molecules that triggers Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have discovered a catalytic trigger, which causes the death... read full article

Managers benefit from new dementia support guide from Skills for Care

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-May-13)

The Department of Health has commissioned a new managers’ guide, in order to drive up the learning and development of the social care workforce that supports people with dementia. Skills for Care has created the guide, which... read full article

£50m care home funding deal announced by care group Maria Mallaband

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-May-13)

The Maria Mallaband Care Group Ltd (MMCG) has announced a £50m care home funding deal with Apache Capital Partners. The funding will enable up to eight luxury five star care homes to be developed under the MMCG brand. Apache Capital Partners... read full article

London Fire Brigade can remain world class despite need to make savings

Richard Howard, News Editor (20-May-13)

Londoners are being invited to have their say on fire safety issues, after a public consultation was launched by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. The Draft Fifth London Safety Plan includes... read full article

Gracewell Healthcare backs campaign to install fire sprinklers in all care homes

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-May-13)

Gracewell Healthcare has given its backing to a campaign by London Fire Brigade to get all care homes to install fire sprinkler systems. The London Fire Brigade called for all care homes to install sprinklers,... read full article

Raymond Blanc creates edible garden at Sanctuary Care home

Laura McCardle, News Editor (16-May-13)

Residents at a Watlington care home will be able to enjoy their own fruit and vegetables thanks to a top celebrity chef. Raymond Blanc helped staff plant an edible garden, including tomato plants and currant... read full article

Residents at a Perth care home to enjoy a colourful summer following makeover

Laura McCardle, News Editor (15-May-13)

Residents at Perth’s Balhousie North Inch Care Home will enjoy a colourful summer after a group of volunteers transformed one of the home’s courtyards. Members of the Perth and District YMCA Prince’s Trust... read full article

UK to use G8 to spearhead new international approach on dementia research

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-May-13)

The UK will use its presidency of the G8 to identify and agree a new international approach on dementia research, according to the Government. The G8 is a forum for the governments of the world's eight wealthiest... read full article

Government pledges to tackle ‘shockingly low’ dementia diagnosis rates

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-May-13)

For the first time, the Government has set a target to improve dementia diagnosis rates, after a report into the progress of the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge, found they were “shockingly low”. The... read full article

Report advises carers how to prevent malnutrition in older people

Laura McCardle, News Editor (15-May-13)

A group of health and social care experts, as well as local government members, has published a report advising carers how to deal with malnutrition in older people. The Malnutrition Task Force compiled... read full article

Legal & General funds production of charity single raising money for lonely elderly people

Laura McCardle, News Editor (14-May-13)

Legal & General has joined forces with Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit housing and care provider for people over the age of 55, to raise money for lonely elderly people. The financial services... read full article

Specialist dementia unit opens at London care home

Laura McCardle, News Editor (14-May-13)

A new specialist dementia unit has opened at a London care home. Simon Hughes, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, officially opened the new facility at HC-One Tower Bridge Care Home in Southwark during... read full article

Archers actor, Arnold Peters, who played the part of someone living with dementia has died

Sue Learner, News Editor (14-May-13)

Archers actor, Arnold Peters, who played the part of someone living with dementia has died. Arnold Peters, who had Alzheimer’s disease and also played the part of someone with dementia, as Jack Woolley... read full article

Coverage Care staff presented with prestigious Dementia Care qualifications

Laura McCardle, News Editor (14-May-13)

Senior staff at Shropshire’s largest independent care provider are celebrating after they were awarded with a prestigious Dementia Care qualification. A number of staff from Coverage Care Services were recently presented with City... read full article

Health and social care to be fully joined-up by 2018

Laura McCardle, News Editor (14-May-13)

Later today Norman Lamb, the care and support minister, is to reveal plans for health and social care to be fully joined-up up by 2018. Joined-up health and community care is not currently the norm, instead... read full article

Nutritionist works with Hadrian Healthcare Group to help it provide residents with healthy seasonal foods

Laura McCardle, News Editor (13-May-13)

A registered nutritionist has joined forces with a care home company to help it provide its residents with the best seasonal foods. Carole Marshall, who is a senior lecturer in human nutrition and food science... read full article

New Forest care home celebrates VE Day with a 1940s street party

Laura McCardle, News Editor (13-May-13)

Staff and residents at a care home in the New Forest held an indoor 1940s street party to celebrate the 68th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. Woodpeckers Care Home in Brockenhurst, which is part of Colten Care, was decorated... read full article

Local authorities criticised for failing 'to give a higher priority to older people'

Richard Howard, News Editor (10-May-13)

Adults social services directors need to be answerable to their own ‘bleak picture’ outlook, according to the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA). The annual survey of ADASS (the Association of Directors... read full article

No end in sight for social care funding trauma

Richard Howard, News Editor (08-May-13)

A review of social care budgets produces a ‘bleak outlook’ for the sector, according to the president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services. Having already been faced with a £2.68bn funding shortfall since the... read full article

Mike Parsons steps down as chief executive of Barchester Healthcare

Sue Learner, News Editor (07-May-13)

Mike Parsons has announced he is retiring from his role as chief executive of Barchester Healthcare Ltd. Mr Parsons, who founded the company over 20 years ago, will work with the Barchester board on identifying a successor.... read full article

Video games slow cognitive decline in older people, according to University of Iowa study

Richard Howard, News Editor (03-May-13)

Public health researchers in Iowa claim their studies show proof that the playing of video games can slow the natural ageing process of our minds. A paper published this week by the UI College of Public Health claims that just... read full article

CQC staff to receive dementia awareness training from Alzheimer's Society

Julia Corbett, News Editor (03-May-13)

Staff working for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will for the first time receive dementia awareness training. Through a partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, staff from the body that regulates health... read full article

Steven Gerrard delighted to launch modern care development in Huyton

Richard Howard, News Editor (02-May-13)

Liverpool and England footballer Steven Gerrard has helped a £14.4m extra care scheme to get off the ground in the area where he grew up, pleased to see a development that will bring more jobs to the area. Developed... read full article

Construction begins on flagship retirement village in Eastleigh

Richard Howard, News Editor (01-May-13)

Care provider Anchor have spoken of their excitement at the progress of the company’s first retirement village, an Eastleigh site consisting of 170 properties. For the flagship development, the Bishopstoke Park site was host... read full article

Secretary of State's controversial comments on wealthy pensioners' benefits criticised by Age UK

Julia Corbett, News Editor (30-Apr-13)

UK charity Age UK has criticised the Secretary of State’s recent remarks about wealthier pensioners and their benefits, saying it fears less well-off pensioners will also feel obliged to hand them back. Iain Duncan Smith said... read full article

Needs of elderly patients must not be forgotten, says dentists' leader

Sue Learner, News Editor (30-Apr-13)

The needs of elderly patients must not be forgotten as the development of a new dental contract in England continues, the leader of England’s high street dentists has warned. Speaking at the 2013 British... read full article

Mediterranean diet could reduce memory problems later on in life

Julia Corbett, News Editor (30-Apr-13)

A study has claimed that following a ‘Mediterranean diet’ can be linked with preserving cognitive function. Academics at the University of Alabama and University of Athens tested 17,478 people to see how closely they followed... read full article

Country Court Care complete renovation of dementia home

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Apr-13)

A multi-million pound refurbishment at St John's Care Home, in Spalding, has been completed and unveiled to the public. Specialists in dementia care, the home’s owners have collaborated with award-winning interior designers Catalyst Interiors... read full article

Over 10 fires a week in London's care homes triggers call for sprinklers

Sue Learner, News Editor (29-Apr-13)

The London Fire Brigade has called for all care homes to install sprinklers, after it revealed there are more than 10 fires a week in London’s care homes and sheltered accommodation. Last year, the Brigade... read full article

Nine residential care homes to be shut in Northern Ireland

Julia Corbett, News Editor (29-Apr-13)

Northern Health and Social Care Trust are to shut all nine of their residential care homes in Northern Ireland. A spokesperson for the Northern Trust announced: "Given the level of media interest, the trust has taken the unusual... read full article

Secretary of State warns 'primary care system has become reactive when it needs to be proactive'

Julia Corbett, News Editor (26-Apr-13)

Jeremy Hunt has called for the UK to have a proactive approach to care in his speech addressing the challenges facing the emergency care system in the UK. The British Medical Association has responded... read full article

Old and vulnerable people need to be engaged with the way their care is delivered, Care Inspectorate warns

Julia Corbett, News Editor (25-Apr-13)

The Care Inspectorate has warned that it is ‘essential’ to involve older people in key decisions about the care they receive. The Care Inspectorate is the independent scrutiny and improvement body for... read full article

Best and worst UK cities for older people named

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Apr-13)

Charity Friends of the Elderly have named Belfast as the UK’s top friendly city for older people, based on a survey of the qualities most important to adults over 60. Edinburgh came in at second place in the results, with Southampton... read full article

Hampshire care home revamped to suit autistic spectrum disorder

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Apr-13)

Priory Group’s Fernlea care home has reached the end of a thorough refurbishment programme and has now reopened to welcome young people aged 16 to 25 with specialist needs. While focusing on autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), the... read full article

carehome.co.uk and homecare.co.uk director raises thousands of pounds for care charity by running London Marathon

Laura McCardle, News Editor (25-Apr-13)

A director of carehome.co.uk and homecare.co.uk put on his running shoes and completed the London Marathon in aid of the Care Professionals Benevolent Fund. Oli Blackwell raised £2,200 for the charity when... read full article

Employee attitudes represent the greatest challenge for implementing health and safety policies

Julia Corbett, News Editor (25-Apr-13)

Social care professionals have rated employee attitudes as the highest difficulty faced when implementing health and safety policies within the care environment. According to research conducted by the National Association for... read full article

Care home charity single heading for the charts this summer

Richard Howard, News Editor (24-Apr-13)

‘See Yourself’ is the charity single in which more than 350 care home residents perform, now available for pre-order for those who wish to raise money to combat loneliness. Anchor, the care provider who... read full article

Ninety per cent of people are not saving adequately for their retirement funds

Julia Corbett, News Editor (24-Apr-13)

Ninety per cent of people are not saving adequately for their retirement funds, according to an independent financial advisory firm. A report by deVere Group has shown that nine out of 10 of the working... read full article

Independent care homes can be utilised better so 'the need for hospitalisation can be avoided', says Four Seasons chief executive

Richard Howard, News Editor (23-Apr-13)

Yesterday the Labour Party announced an Independent Commission to look into how health and care services can work more effectively together, with shadow health secretary Andy Burnham accusing the Coalition of “taking the NHS down... read full article

The Government is warned to address the implications of the UK's ageing society

Julia Corbett, News Editor (23-Apr-13)

Six national charities have formed an Alliance to urge all political parties to face up to the challenges of a rapidly aging population. The Ready for Ageing Alliance has today been launched at a public... read full article

National champions named at the Great British Care Home Awards

Laura McCardle, News Editor (23-Apr-13)

The national winners of the Great British Care Home Awards were announced during a glittering ceremony at the weekend. The spectacular event, hosted by the English Community Care Association, was held... read full article

Spring Online campaign is set to give thousands their first taste of technology

Julia Corbett, News Editor (23-Apr-13)

This week marks the start of one of the UK’s biggest digital inclusion campaigns of the year. More than seven million people have never been online in the UK, with 6.3 million of these over the age of... read full article

Labour launch NHS battle ahead of local elections

Richard Howard, News Editor (22-Apr-13)

Opposition leader Ed Miliband is looking to the NHS and the care sector as a platform for engaging with voters, in the run up to the local elections of May 2. Joined by shadow health minister Andy Burnham... read full article

Welsh leaders pledge to help dementia charity to create dementia supportive communities

Julia Corbett, News Editor (22-Apr-13)

A new programme has been announced which is hoped will make a difference to people who have dementia living in Wales. The Alzheimer’s Society is working with organisations throughout Wales with the aim of creating dementia supportive... read full article

Ed Miliband to announce care homes should be run by NHS

Richard Howard, News Editor (22-Apr-13)

Labour leader Ed Miliband is poised to speak in Lancashire this afternoon on his party’s new vision on integrating health and social care services. Expanding upon the party’s Whole Person Care approach,... read full article

CQC chief executive criticises knowledge of mental health as 'very, very poor' in care homes and hospitals

Laura McCardle, News Editor (22-Apr-13)

The chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) criticised the knowledge of mental health in care homes and hospitals when he addressed an audience at the Alzheimer’s Show. David Behan made the... read full article

GPs need the proper tools to test for dementia

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Apr-13)

The computerised neuropsychological tests specialist, Cambridge Cognition, has claimed that in order for GPs to be able to meet NHS recommendations to test people more frequently for signs of dementia, GPs need to be given proper... read full article

The CQC announces its plan for the next three years will be 'focused on people'

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Apr-13)

The Care Quality Commission has launched its three-year plan to improve the way it inspects and regulates care in the United Kingdom. Throughout the plans, the CQC has emphasised its commitment to patients... read full article

Health professionals to get more training on end of life care in Wales

Sue Learner, News Editor (18-Apr-13)

The Welsh Government has launched its ‘Delivering End of Life Care’ plan ensuring families and professionals work together to plan for the end of life and that people are well-supported, wherever they choose to die. The... read full article

Visual plans for multi-million pound extra care development revealed

Laura McCardle, News Editor (18-Apr-13)

Blackburn with Darwen Council has released images showing how a new multi-million pound extra care development could look. The Shorey Bank complex will have 119 units, which will be a mix of apartments and... read full article

Care home residents from Kew win £1,000 for gardening award

Julia Corbett, News Editor (18-Apr-13)

Cecil Court care home in Kew has won an award for a project run by residents with keen interests in gardening. The 'growing together gardening group' was named the winner of the Nature-themed arts and crafts category at the City... read full article

New website launched to bring people with disabilities together

Sue Learner, News Editor (17-Apr-13)

A new website called Disability Book has been launched offering disability advice ranging from holidays for disabled people to disabled dating, plus a disability forum where people can share stories and experiences. Paul... read full article

ADASS president promises adult social services will 'give people better lives than they have now'

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Apr-13)

Sandie Keene, incoming president for the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has spoken to audiences at the Association’s spring seminar. During her speech she urged social care departments to embrace the future,... read full article

Former NHS chief executive claims the Francis enquiry has 'let the Government off the hook'

Julia Corbett, News Editor (17-Apr-13)

The Francis inquiry, which looked into the maltreatment of patients at the Mid Staffordshire Hospital, has been criticised by a former NHS chief executive. David Hands, former NHS chief executive of North Wales Health has told... read full article

Three-quarters of care workers want to be regulated and renamed as 'nursing assistants'

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-Apr-13)

Over three-quarters of health care support workers want to be regulated and renamed as 'nursing assistants', according to a new survey. The survey carried out by the British Journal of Health Care Assistants... read full article

Scottish ministers appoint new Care Inspectorate chair

Laura McCardle, News Editor (16-Apr-13)

Earlier today Scottish ministers appointed Paul Edie as chair of the Care Inspectorate. Mr Edie succeeds Professor Frank Clark CBE as chair of the body, which regulates and inspects care services and social... read full article

Care home resident celebrates her 107th birthday with family

Julia Corbett, News Editor (16-Apr-13)

Sanctuary Care Ltd resident Mary Joy has this month celebrated her 107th birthday in Don Thomson House Residential Care Home, Harwich. Born in 1906, when King Edward VII was on the throne, Mrs Joy celebrated with a small family party and birthday cake with residents... read full article

Mencap launches e-campaign calling on the Government to end care crisis

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-Apr-13)

The charity Mencap has launched an e-campaign asking people to email the Government and urge them to find the money needed to end the care crisis. Recent welfare reforms have particularly affected... read full article

Shropshire's largest independent care provider bids a fond farewell to its founding chairman

Laura McCardle, News Editor (16-Apr-13)

The founding chairman of Shropshire’s largest independent care provider has retired after 17 years of continuous service. Arthur Ware became chairman of Coverage Care Services when it formed in 1995. He... read full article

Campaigning award for over 60s opens nominations

Julia Corbett, News Editor (16-Apr-13)

A campaigning charity is looking to recognise the efforts of a passionate campaigner over the age of 60 through their 2013 Take Action award. The charity are looking for someone aged 60 or over who has campaigned to improve society... read full article

Report calls for joined-up approach to assessing and treating dementia and hearing loss

Laura McCardle, News Editor (15-Apr-13)

People with dementia and hearing problems are being failed by a lack of joined-up health and social care services, according to Action on Hearing Loss and University College London’s Deafness Cognition and... read full article

Two Sanctuary Care homes to host fundraising breakfasts in aid of sick children

Laura McCardle, News Editor (15-Apr-13)

Two Sanctuary Care homes will raise money for sick children next week by hosting Wallace and Gromit’s Big Breakfast events. Brambles Care Home, in Redditch, will host its event on Monday between 9am and... read full article

Alzheimer’s Society hopes Thatcher’s death will help tackle stigma of dementia

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-Apr-13)

The Alzheimer’s Society is hoping the death of Margaret Thatcher will help raise the profile of dementia and help to tackle some of the stigma that surrounds it. Margaret Thatcher died last week at the age... read full article

Annual report outlines performance of Luton Borough Council’s adult social care team

Laura McCardle, News Editor (15-Apr-13)

Luton Borough Council has published a report outlining how its adult social care team performed over the past 12 months. The annual Adult Social Care ‘Local Account’ identifies where services are performing... read full article

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services appoints new president

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-Apr-13)

A new president has been appointed for the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services. Changes to senior positions at ADASS will be taking effect on 17 April 2013, at the association's annual general meeting held at Warwick... read full article

Four Seasons Health Care acquires Optimum Care

Laura McCardle, News Editor (12-Apr-13)

Four Seasons Health Care has acquired Optimum Care, which manages 17 elderly care homes. It is the first major strategic addition to the health and social care provider since it came under the ownership... read full article

Shakespeare proved right after rosemary oil was found to boost memory

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It seems William Shakespeare was right all along, after a study revealed memory can be improved by the aroma of rosemary essential oil. Shakespeare, way back in the sixteenth century was aware of this... read full article

Leicester City Council to close or sell off elderly people's homes due to low resident numbers

Laura McCardle, News Editor (11-Apr-13)

Leicester City Council has announced its plans to close or sell eight of its elderly people’s homes which house low numbers of residents. It proposes to close three homes – Herrick Lodge, Elizabeth House... read full article

Specialist housing key to preventing loneliness in older people

Laura McCardle, News Editor (11-Apr-13)

Investing in specialist housing for older people is key to preventing them from feeling isolated, according to the chief executive of Audley Retirement Villages. Nick Sanderson made the comment in response... read full article

Care UK strengthens commitment to supporting people with learning disabilities by buying a supported living service

Laura McCardle, News Editor (11-Apr-13)

A leading provider of health and social care has acquired a local supported living service for adults with learning disabilities in Lancashire. Care UK’s decision to buy Living Ambitions further strengthens... read full article

Charity staff to cycle 100 kilometres in aid of care home residents living with dementia

Laura McCardle, News Editor (10-Apr-13)

Staff at Christian charity Mission Care will raise money for care home residents who are living with dementia by taking part in a midnight bike ride around London. Seven members of staff from the charity,... read full article

Care Quality Commission chief executive to speak about dementia care at the Alzheimer's Show

Laura McCardle, News Editor (10-Apr-13)

The chief executive of Care Quality Commission will be one of the key speakers the Alzheimer’s Show next week. The event, which will be held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on 19 and 20 April,... read full article

Government strategy celebrates the difference nurses make to people with dementia

Laura McCardle, News Editor (10-Apr-13)

The Department of Health has introduced a new nursing strategy which celebrates the unique contribution nurses make to the lives of people with dementia. ‘Making a Difference in Dementia’, which was launched... read full article

Specialist dementia programme reduces antipsychotic medication in dementia care homes by nearly half

Sue Learner, News Editor (10-Apr-13)

Use of antipsychotic medication in specialised dementia care homes run by Four Seasons Health Care has dropped by nearly a half, due to its PEARL dementia care programme. Data from 16 homes on the programme was analysed... read full article

Bupa's tea-themed events to tackle loneliness amongst older people

Laura McCardle, News Editor (09-Apr-13)

Staff at Bupa care homes will tackle loneliness amongst older people by hosting tea parties. Elderly people will be invited to join staff and residents at homes across the country during Bupa’s Communi-tea... read full article

Work to turn Essex care home into a retirement village begins

Laura McCardle, News Editor (09-Apr-13)

Work to expand a purpose built care home in Essex has begun. The Moat House, in Great Baddow, opened in autumn 2011 and offers residential, nursing and dementia care. Over the next year 26 one and two... read full article

NHS contributions to nursing care rates increased by one per cent

Laura McCardle, News Editor (08-Apr-13)

The amount the NHS contributes towards the costs of a place in a care home where nursing is required has been increased. Last week the Department of Health announced an increase of one per cent in funding,... read full article

Adult abuse charity criticises Government's “very weak” proposals on the protection of vulnerable adults

Laura McCardle, News Editor (08-Apr-13)

The chief executive of Action on Elder Abuse has written to the Government expressing his concern about “very weak” proposals on the protection of vulnerable adults. Gary FitzGerald wrote to health minister... read full article

Wales care regulatory body targets more effective data collection

Richard Howard, News Editor (08-Apr-13)

Older women living in their own homes are the most common victims of abuse in Wales, according to the latest research into adult protection monitoring. The ‘Adult Protection Monitoring Report 2010-12’ confirmed previous research... read full article

Kent County Council initiative wants people to open their homes to those with dementia

Laura McCardle, News Editor (08-Apr-13)

Kent County Council looking for people who are willing to open up their homes and care for people with dementia. The council wants paid carers to sign up to the initiative, which is an extension of its... read full article

Pinders Design Awards celebrate the best care home developments

Laura McCardle, News Editor (08-Apr-13)

Six care homes were celebrating last month after winning Pinders Design Awards. The prestigious awards, which celebrate the best developments in all types of care-related property, were handed out at Lord’s cricket ground on 21... read full article

Potential breakthrough in epilepsy research

Richard Howard, News Editor (05-Apr-13)

The Epilepsy Society has given a ‘cautious welcome’ to claims of a breakthrough in the development of drugs for treating epilepsy. University of Sheffield scientists believe that the discovery of 46 compounds with anticonvulsant... read full article

Controversial reform of disability services in Glasgow includes plan to shut three day centres

Julia Corbett, News Editor (05-Apr-13)

Glasgow Council’s executive committee has approved plans to reform services for disabled people, which have been described as having the potential to rapidly change services. The Public Social Partnership is one of the main aspects... read full article

Care for the Family announces the UK's first Super Grandparent awards

Julia Corbett, News Editor (04-Apr-13)

A UK charity has launched the first ever Super Grandparent Awards, and is calling on children and adults to send in their nominations for loved family members. The aim of the award is to highlight the importance that grandparents... read full article

Dementia given social care quality standards by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Julia Corbett, News Editor (03-Apr-13)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has made dementia one of the first conditions to have been given social care quality standards. Service providers for people with dementia will need to follow the... read full article

Design team behind an innovative dementia home wins a prestigious award

Laura McCardle, News Editor (02-Apr-13)

The team who designed, built and manage a specialist dementia care home in Hampshire has won a Pinders Healthcare Design Award. Colten Care won the award in recognition of St Catherines View in Winchester... read full article

Award winning care home manager to tell her story at Care Home Managers Workshop

Julia Corbett, News Editor (02-Apr-13)

The first ever Care Home Managers seminar and workshop, taking place in Alfrison, East Sussex on 26 April 2013 will be opened by award winning care home manager Asvinta Thakkar. Ms Thakkar is the... read full article

Focusing on Life Story helps carers to connect with the challenges of dementia

Richard Howard, News Editor (02-Apr-13)

Life Story Network is an organisation that encourages care services to capture each client’s past in order to make a positive impact upon a diagnosis of dementia. A recent HealthEXPO event, held at ExCel London on the 13 & 14... read full article

Specialist investor in care homes acquires a portfolio of four new purpose built homes

Laura McCardle, News Editor (02-Apr-13)

Target Healthcare REIT Ltd has acquired the freehold of four new care homes in the Midlands from Ideal Carehomes Group, which is part of the LNT Group. The purpose built care homes in Castleford, Nottingham,... read full article

Eastenders star is running the Virgin London Marathon to raise money for Dementia charity

Julia Corbett, News Editor (28-Mar-13)

Eastenders actor Aykut Hilmi will be running the Virgin London Marathon in support of his father, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2005. The money raised by his efforts will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society, which supports... read full article

Staff union pledges to do everything it can to implement Government recommendations in the wake of the Francis Inquiry

Laura McCardle, News Editor (28-Mar-13)

A union representing NHS staff has vowed to do everything it can to implement the recommendations made by the Government in its official response to the Francis Inquiry. GMB has said it will meet with Robert Francis QC, who conducted... read full article

CQC tells care providers to minimise use of restraint on people with dementia and learning disabilities

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-Mar-13)

The Care Quality Commission has called on care providers to implement policies that minimise the use of restraint on people with dementia and severe learning disabilities, after it found too many are being inappropriately restrained. It... read full article

Planning permission granted for new extra care housing in Devon

Laura McCardle, News Editor (27-Mar-13)

Devon County Council has granted planning permission for an £8.2 million extra care housing development. It will be built on part of an old hospital site in Newton Abbot town centre and will be designed... read full article

Report on telecare and telehealth shows services can lower mortality rates in older people

Julia Corbett, News Editor (27-Mar-13)

Telehealth and telecare services have been shown to reduce death rates by as much as 45 per cent, according to a review of the Department of Health’s 3 Million Lives initiative. Care services Minister Paul Burstow said: "This paper... read full article

Leading care provider wins prestigious award for the third year running

Laura McCardle, News Editor (27-Mar-13)

A leading care provider has been honoured with a prestigious Pinders Design Award for the third year in a row. Staff from Bucklesham Grange Care Home, part of Hallmark Care Homes, was presented with the... read full article

Southern Cross care home standards found 'woefully inadequate' after woman dies

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-Mar-13)

Health and safety standards at Lakeside Care Centre, part of Southern Cross Healthcare, were criticised as “woefully inadequate” by Aylesbury Crown Court, after a woman died following a fall from a hoist. The... read full article

Contractor announcement signals the start of building work on Gorleston dementia care home

Laura McCardle, News Editor (27-Mar-13)

Work is due to begin on a £6.9 million specialist dementia care home in Norfolk next week after building contractors were announced. R G Carter will build the new state-of-the-art development on the site... read full article

Extra Care Housing plans announced in Lincolnshire dubbed 'modern care of the future'

Julia Corbett, News Editor (27-Mar-13)

Older people in Lincolnshire are set to benefit from their County Council’s new plan to develop land in Nettleham into extra care housing. Councillor Graham Marsh, executive member for adult services, said: “This will be modern... read full article

ILC-UK launches initiative to advise and protect self-funders in the care system

Julia Corbett, News Editor (26-Mar-13)

The International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) has announced a new initiative to ensure that care self-funders will be able to access regulated financial advice about meeting their care costs. Self-funders are defined as people... read full article

Health Secretary outlines action plan in Government’s official response to the Francis Inquiry

Laura McCardle, News Editor (26-Mar-13)

Jeremy Hunt labelled the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust scandal a “betrayal of the worst kind” during his speech to the House of Commons today. The Health Secretary made the bold statement as he outlined the... read full article

Official care homes rating system set to return after Nuffield review finds people have been 'left in the dark'

Sue Learner, News Editor (26-Mar-13)

An official care homes rating system looks set to return after a review by the Nuffield Trust found people have been “left in the dark” over the quality of care homes, hospitals and GP practices. The care... read full article

Shadow Health Secretary urges Government to learn from the Francis Inquiry

Laura McCardle, News Editor (26-Mar-13)

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has spoken out about the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust scandal ahead of today’s official Government response to the Francis Inquiry. The Labour MP believes “necessary... read full article

NICE to have crucial role in value-based pricing of medicines

Laura McCardle, News Editor (26-Mar-13)

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is set to take responsibility for assessing the value of branded medicines when new pricing arrangements are introduced next year. Last... read full article

Care providers urged to follow in the footsteps of 360 others who have already signed the Dementia Pledge

Laura McCardle, News Editor (25-Mar-13)

Social care providers are being encouraged to show their commitment to providing excellent care and support for people with dementia by signing the Dementia Pledge. Since it was launched last month, the... read full article

Employees are to take 'Warm Welcome' training in all Colten Care homes

Julia Corbett, News Editor (25-Mar-13)

Colten Care team members are taking part in the training to ensure that a consistent approach to customer care is being provided from across all of their 19 care homes. The care group, which provides... read full article

Film director Richard Attenborough moves into care home after health deteriorates

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Mar-13)

Richard Attenborough, director of Oscar-winning film Gandhi, has moved into a care home with his wife who suffers from dementia. Lord Attenborough, 89, and wife, Sheila Sim, 90, have moved into a care home,... read full article

Patients in Wales to get stronger voice in wake of Francis Inquiry

Laura McCardle, News Editor (25-Mar-13)

Patients at care homes and being cared for at home in Wales are to get a stronger voice, following a review into the role and function of Community Health Councils. Community Health Councils (CHCs) are... read full article

Balhousie Care Group founder awarded regional director of the year by Institute of Directors

Julia Corbett, News Editor (25-Mar-13)

Tony Banks has been named as the Tayside regional director of the year by the Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland at the director of the year award ceremony. Mr Banks was chosen because of his continual... read full article

Community art work brings together residents and school children at Sanctuary Care Group care home

Julia Corbett, News Editor (22-Mar-13)

Residents have joined with children from a local school to transform a local poet's work into a mosaic wall for their newly built care home in Iffley, Oxford. The artwork has been commissioned by Seddon... read full article

NHS not lifestyle to blame for shorter lifespan amongst people with a learning disability

Richard Howard, News Editor (22-Mar-13)

A three-year study undertaken by the University of Bristol has found that adults with a learning disability are more likely to have a premature death than those without, due to their needs not being as effectively identified, diagnosed... read full article

Community Integrated Care celebrates 25 years as a charity

Julia Corbett, News Editor (21-Mar-13)

One of the UK’s largest social care and health care charities, which provides support to over 2500 people, is marking its twenty-fifth anniversary. Community Integrated Care provide senior care services including residential care... read full article

New national programme for registered managers is celebrated by social care sector

Julia Corbett, News Editor (21-Mar-13)

The Skills Academy has been commended by the social care sector for the launch of its national programme which responds to the needs identified by registered managers to strengthen their leadership capacity. The... read full article

Campaigners for older people urge Government to 'turn a good Bill into a great Bill'

Richard Howard, News Editor (21-Mar-13)

Ministers are being urged to welcome the recommendations of a Joint Committee on its Care and Support Bill, which released the conclusions of a cross-party group of MPs and Peers this week. The recommendations included calls for... read full article

Calls for a fair and forward-thinking approach to healthcare ahead of this week's Budget

Richard Howard, News Editor (19-Mar-13)

Healthcare figures are gathering this week to put pressure on the Government ahead of this Wednesday’s Budget, with Chancellor George Osborne challenged to make sure fairness is at the heart of any care sector related announcements. The... read full article

Social care cap now scheduled for 2016 and set at £72,000

Richard Howard, News Editor (18-Mar-13)

Chancellor George Osborne has over the weekend confirmed that the Dilnot Commission’s cap of individual social care costs is to be brought forwards, while the threshold itself is also to be reduced. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew... read full article

The economic value of England's social care sector is estimated at £43bn

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-Mar-13)

The total economic value of the English adult social care sector including all, direct, indirect and induced effects is an estimated £43bn according to research commissioned by Skills for Care. The research... read full article

Staff celebrate Red Nose Day with Zumba marathon

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-Mar-13)

In order to raise funds for Comic Relief, carers, trainers and assessors from Pendine Park Care Homes in Wrexham took part in a Zumba Marathon this week. Not only were members of staff involved in the one hour dance... read full article

Keep elderly out of 'dangerous' hospitals, say NHS Alliance

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

Elderly patients need to be treated in the community instead of in hospitals “which can be dangerous places”, says the NHS Alliance, which represents doctors, nurses and managers on the front line. The NHS alliance has launched... read full article

Voyage Care has announced the acquisition of Independent Learning Group

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

Voyage Care, who provide care services for people with learning disabilities, brain injuries and other complex needs, has announced the acquisition of Independent Living Group (ILG). ILG have 28 homes in the south of England... read full article

Palliative care Gold Standard Framework awarded to Frindsbury Hall

Julia Corbett, News Editor (13-Mar-13)

The Gold Standards Framework (GSF) has been awarded to Frindsbury Hall care home in recognition of the high quality palliative care it provides elderly residents. Staff from the 74 bed home have undertaken a GSF quality training... read full article

Older women are 'invisible' and desperately in need of a voice

Sue Learner, News Editor (13-Mar-13)

The International Longevity Centre-UK is setting up the Older Women’s Policy and Research Action Alliance to give a voice to older women, who are too invisible in today’s society. The think tank announced... read full article

Retirement Communities celebrated through launch of new sector trade association

Julia Corbett, News Editor (13-Mar-13)

The retirement community model has been given both a new trade association and a charter to maintain and drive up standards within the sector. The launch of the Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) at the House of... read full article

Charities call for more training for care staff after CQC reveals care homes are 'failing people with dementia'

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-Mar-13)

The Care Quality Commission’s Care Update has highlighted two areas where the quality of care provided in the UK is currently not achieving CQC standards. The areas of failings highlighted were primarily... read full article

Disabled people urged to vote in May local elections

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Mar-13)

The independent elections watchdog The Electoral Commission and disability charity Scope are urging people with disabilities to make their voices heard and vote in this year’s local elections. Local elections... read full article

Older people can benefit from getting to know their neighbour

Julia Corbett, News Editor (11-Mar-13)

Over 50 per cent of British people do not know their neighbours, and of the 3,000 people recently surveyed, 25 per cent have admitted to not even knowing their first name. Lottery funded initiative The... read full article

New study labels loneliness in older people a 'hidden killer'

Julia Corbett, News Editor (11-Mar-13)

Older people spend over a third of the year on their own, according to a new survey published by the Associated Retirement Community Operators(ARCO). Loneliness has been described as a ‘hidden killer’ increasing the risks of... read full article

Richmond Village launches new radio show across five retirement villages

Julia Corbett, News Editor (08-Mar-13)

Richmond Villages, one of the leading groups of retirement villages, are launching a new radio show which will be tuned into by residents as it becomes available to listen to online. There are carers on site 24 hours a day in... read full article

Surrey care home hosting open day to showcase benefits of green energy

Richard Howard, News Editor (06-Mar-13)

Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing to older people, has responded to a high level of interest in its West Byfleet facility with the announcement of a special open day... read full article

Castlebeck owners confirm administration, with 16 care homes up for sale

Richard Howard, News Editor (06-Mar-13)

It has been confirmed that Castlebeck, the care provider at the centre of the Winterbourne View care home scandal, has now entered administration. The following statement has been issued jointly by the Department of Health, the... read full article

Care villages offer a vision for addressing the UK's dementia challenge

Richard Howard, News Editor (06-Mar-13)

Construction is underway in Warrington to transform an old brewery site into a state-of-the-art care village, which will consist of 18 independent living apartments for specialist nursing and dementia care... read full article

Specialist dementia facility confirmed among £15m of Lancashire investments

Richard Howard, News Editor (01-Mar-13)

A Lancashire County Council leader has credited strong financial management as central to the securing of a new programme of investments, which includes the creation of a £5m centre of excellence for people with dementia. Construction... read full article

Local authority balances care home versus social care priorities

Richard Howard, News Editor (01-Mar-13)

East Lothian Council’s plans to open a new care facility in 2014, at the same time as feeling pressure to extend social care budgets, is a dilemma many more authorities look likely to face as the population ages. The ruling Labour... read full article

Father and son entrepreneurs open £5m purpose built dementia care home, creating 70 jobs

Julia Corbett, News Editor (27-Feb-13)

Chris and James Rycroft from Knaresborough will be welcoming people with Dementia into their pioneering new care home in Harrogate this week after the Care Quality Commission officially certified it for opening. Vida Hall has... read full article

Older people's charity warns against too much "focus on poor quality care"

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Feb-13)

Advice and support charity Independent Age has spoken out against the negative image of care homes being reported throughout UK media. The ‘Low Expectations’ report, published today by the Alzheimer’s Society, has led to widespread... read full article

Coverage Care's new £6.9m home opens its doors to host charity sleepover

Julia Corbett, News Editor (26-Feb-13)

Shropshire care home New Fairholme will be marking its opening by accommodating over 80 women for a charity pamper party and sleepover session in April. The supporters of Age UK in North Shropshire will enjoy supper,... read full article

"We were able to find an excellent home, but he had to go through hell to find it," actor Kevin Whately says of UK dementia care homes

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Feb-13)

A new Alzheimer's Society report highlights the extent to which care homes are having to direct their services towards dementia care, with an estimated 80 per cent of residents now having some kind of memory loss. This is more than ever... read full article

ECCA chief Martin Green appointed visiting professor of social care

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Feb-13)

Martin Green, chief executive of the , has been appointed visiting professor of social care at Buckinghamshire New University. ECCA works to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly,... read full article

CQC joins forces with patients’ charity to help stamp out poor elderly care

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Feb-13)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Patients Association have joined forces to ensure concerns raised by people about poor care, can be acted on quickly. The CQC, which regulates healthcare and adult social care... read full article

Independent review launched to improve training for care workers

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Feb-13)

The Government has launched an independent review to look at how training and support for care workers can be strengthened so they give better care to patients. The review will be led by Times journalist... read full article

Extra care show flat in Warwick impresses visitors

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Feb-13)

First impressions of an £8m extra care development in Warwick have been positive, after the opening of a show flat has enabled visitors to view its spacious two-bedroom apartments. Made up of 42 self-contained... read full article

Care employers urged to avoid confusion on DBS checks, after landmark ruling

Richard Howard, News Editor (21-Feb-13)

Employment law specialists ELAS are urging care sector professionals to keep DBS check standards high, after recent controversy at the Court of Appeal (CA). The CA ruled that the UK’s current criminal record checking system had... read full article

Managerial qualifications keep standards high at West Lancashire care home

Richard Howard, News Editor (21-Feb-13)

Silver Birch Lodge care home, in West Lancashire, has a number of training initiatives in place to enhance the skills of their workforce, from which even managers are not exempt. Owner Joan Parr believes a personal development... read full article

Finalists announced for HealthInvestor Awards

Julia Corbett, News Editor (20-Feb-13)

The HealthInvestor Awards recognise excellence and innovation in the health care sector, rewarding a range of services in the six categories. Under the category of Social Care, Sevacare (UK) Ltd has been shortlisted for the national... read full article

Wetherby-based care group highlight the importance of sound workforce training and development

Richard Howard, News Editor (20-Feb-13)

A drive to embrace industry-leading training and qualifications is the focus of care provider Key Healthcare’s new investment in staff development. The Wetherby-based company consider up-to-date training to be essential in getting... read full article

New Chichester care home with traditional design gets approval

Richard Howard, News Editor (20-Feb-13)

Planning permission for the construction of a 72-bedroom Chichester care home has been confirmed, thanks to the efforts of Colten Care Ltd and specialists Tanner & Tilley Town Planning and Development Consultants. Chichester planners approved the development after a spec, designed... read full article

Leading charities pay tribute to TV star Richard Briers

Julia Corbett, News Editor (19-Feb-13)

Charities have been offering their condolences to family and friends of actor Richard Briers, famed for his role in British sitcom ‘The Good Life’, who passed away on 17 February 2013, at the age of 79. As well as being awarded... read full article

Former Birmingham City Council head joins leading learning disability care provider

Richard Howard, News Editor (19-Feb-13)

Voyage Care has announced the appointment of former head of employee relations at Birmingham City Council, Donna Williams, as the company’s new head of people management. The appointment comes as the company look to see through... read full article

Care homes advised to read up on the prevention and control of infection

Richard Howard, News Editor (18-Feb-13)

Guidance on how to safeguard care home residents from infection has been published by the Department of Health. The publication ‘Prevention and control of infection in care homes’ has been compiled to provide ‘clear information’... read full article

Prize to reward innovative solutions to challenges facing dementia, announced by Janssen Healthcare Innovation

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-Feb-13)

A new prize is set to reward innovative ideas that can help re shape and improve the way dementia care is delivered. Janssen Healthcare Innovation, an entrepreneurial team within Janssen Research and Development, in partnership... read full article

King's Fund review reveals concerns about the NHS health and care system

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-Feb-13)

The King’s Fund have released their quarterly monitoring report as part of the think tank’s work to track, analyse and comment on the changes and challenges facing the NHS health and care system. It reports on the performance... read full article

Social care cap a historic reform but financial planning remains an area of uncertainty

Richard Howard, News Editor (13-Feb-13)

Confirmed this week, the Coalition Government’s £75,000 cap on care costs was announced as a ‘landmark reform’ that previous administrations had failed to realise. Since the Dilnot Commission recommended a cap in July 2011, media... read full article

Dementia carers are given support by new Dementia Pledge initiative

Julia Corbett, News Editor (13-Feb-13)

Dementia Pledge has been created to give support to care providers allowing them to give the best possible care to people suffering from dementia, their families and friends. The launch of the initiative took... read full article

Colten Care's newest dementia home in the running for Pinders healthcare design award

Julia Corbett, News Editor (13-Feb-13)

After opening in Winchester in May 2012, St Catherines View has been revealed as one of three homes nominated for ‘best specialist dementia facility’ at the Pinders Healthcare Design Awards. The home has been presented... read full article

Care homes and NHS need closer working relationship to improve levels of care

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Feb-13)

NHS healthcare services are failing to discuss residents' health needs with care home staff, according to a new study, which is calling for a closer working relationship to improve levels of care. The study led by researchers at... read full article

Any changes in regulation in wake of Mid Staffordshire Trust scandal must include care homes

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Feb-13)

The Relatives & Residents Association is calling for any changes in regulation, following the Francis Report into the Mid Staffordshire Trust scandal, to include the improved regulation of care homes. An... read full article

Balhousie Care Group to pilot online reminiscence therapy project for dementia patients

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-Feb-13)

Balhousie Care Group has agreed to pilot a new reminiscence therapy project, to trigger memories in people with dementia, across its care homes in Scotland. The Memory Box Network is a charity which aims... read full article

MedicX Healthfund invests £18m into its care homes portfolio

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-Feb-13)

Leading UK healthcare investment fund MedicX Healthfund has acquired two purpose-built care homes as well as committing to fund the construction of a new build care home in Newbury. Tim Meggitt, chief operating officer of MedicX,... read full article

TV stars Jo Brand and Meera Syal become two of Alzheimer's Society's first Dementia Friends

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-Feb-13)

Popular comedian Jo Brand and ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ actress Meera Syal have become two of the first Dementia Friends, as part of a new initiative launched by the Alzheimer’s Society. It is hoped that through... read full article

Signature Senior Lifestyle to spend over £250m on 11 new care homes in the South-East

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-Feb-13)

Signature Senior Lifestyle Ltd, a developer and operator of care homes, is to spend over £250m on opening 11 new homes in London and the Home Counties over the next four years. Signature currently runs four care homes in Surrey,... read full article

Four charities join forces to give people a voice in how health and social care services are run

Julia Corbett, News Editor (11-Feb-13)

A new initiative has been launched to encourage more people to become involved in the shaping of health and social care issues in their own communities. Healthwatch-Communities Involved has been created by four leading UK charities:... read full article

Government sets cap for social care bills at £75,000, but pensioners call plan 'as credible as Findus Lasagne'

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-Feb-13)

The Government has revealed it is to set the cap for social care bills at £75,000, claiming it will end the “scandal” of people being forced to sell their homes to fund care. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt... read full article

Government apologises for Mid Staffordshire Trust scandal

Julia Corbett, News Editor (07-Feb-13)

The Department of Health has apologised “wholeheartedly” for the part it played in the failings at Mid Staffordshire Trust. An inquiry by Robert Francis QC into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust found... read full article

HC-One care homes get over 200 minibuses enabling residents to go on more trips and outings

Julia Corbett, News Editor (07-Feb-13)

Over 200 minibuses have been converted and delivered to 241 HC-One Ltd care homes enabling its residents to go on more trips and outings. Debbie Carling, HC-One procurement liaison manager, said: “For HC-One the delivery of over... read full article

Campaign to make Internet more accessible to disabled and older people gains support

Julia Corbett, News Editor (05-Feb-13)

Two public sector bodies have been the first of their kind to join a national campaign which helps disabled and older people overcome the difficulties faced when using the Internet. Go ON Gold is a national... read full article

Funds for the professional development of England's social care sector released

Julia Corbett, News Editor (05-Feb-13)

Skills For Care has opened the application process to allocate workforce development funds (WDF) which provides support for the on-going professional development of staff across the adult social care sector in England. The funding... read full article

Construction begins on specialist dementia care home in Grantham

Julia Corbett, News Editor (04-Feb-13)

Building on a new state-of-the-art care home in Grantham is underway and is due for completion in 2014. The plans include a 48-bed specialist dementia unit which will promote reminiscence as therapy, accompanied by a 16-bed short... read full article

Care homes mark Dignity in Action Day across the UK

Richard Howard, News Editor (01-Feb-13)

Today is Dignity in Action Day, a date that many health and social care professionals choose to mark by organising memorable events for care service users. Activities and entertainments are being organised all over the country,... read full article

Sanctuary Group opens new care home with purpose built dementia suite

Julia Corbett, News Editor (31-Jan-13)

Leading care provider Sanctuary Group has opened a new care home with a purpose built dementia suite in Iffley in Oxford. The home, which will be managed by Sanctuary Care, has 76 en-suite bedrooms including... read full article

First of Care UK's ten controversial new care homes wins planning approval

Julia Corbett, News Editor (31-Jan-13)

The first of Care UK’s ten new care homes, that are replacing 16 local authority care homes in Suffolk, has been given planning approval. The transfer of Suffolk’s local authority care homes to the private equity-owned healthcare... read full article

Care industry professionals to benefit from Care Roadshow Glasgow

Julia Corbett, News Editor (31-Jan-13)

Care Roadshow Glasgow will be coming to Hampden Park Stadium on 5 March, hosting seminars and workshops from many experts within the care sector. Care home owners, managers and those involved in the care... read full article

Adults with mental health problems in Wales are given a new voice

Julia Corbett, News Editor (30-Jan-13)

Care Forum Wales has created a new group, where service providers for vulnerable young adults with complex mental needs, will be supported and given a unified voice in Wales. The aim of the group is to drive... read full article

Thunderbirds creator, Gerry Anderson, donated his brain to dementia research

Sue Learner, News Editor (30-Jan-13)

Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson, who died on Boxing Day, donated his brain for medical research into Alzheimer’s disease. Mr Anderson, who died at the age of 83, wanted to help other dementia sufferers... read full article

Alzheimer's Society launches independent guide to choosing care homes

Julia Corbett, News editor (29-Jan-13)

The Alzheimer’s Society has launched its new tool, the 'Handy Guide to Selecting a Care Home’, an independent aid for people when choosing care homes. The Alzheimer’s Society has also launched an updated... read full article

NHS chief criticised for saying hospitals are 'very bad places' for the elderly

Sue Learner, News Editor (29-Jan-13)

The president of the British Geriatrics Society has criticised David Nicholson, head of the NHS Commissioning Board, for saying hospitals are “very bad places” to care for the elderly. Forty per cent of people... read full article

New £8m dementia care home under construction welcomes trainee plumbers

Julia Corbett, News Editor (29-Jan-13)

Linden House, a care home currently under construction in Lymington, was visited by over 20 Newbury College students last week. The students are all trainee plumbers and were shown around the site to give... read full article

Dementia UK urges care homes to support its Time for a Cuppa campaign

Sue Learner, News Editor (28-Jan-13)

Dementia UK is calling on the care industry to support its Time for a Cuppa campaign. The event, which this year runs from 1-8 March, is dedicated to raising money to provide more Admiral Nurses - highly... read full article

Pioneering scientists to help stroke patients ‘rewire’ their brains

Sue Learner, News Editor (28-Jan-13)

Researchers at the University of Glasgow are hoping to help people who have had a stroke overcome their physical disabilities by stimulating their brains to ‘rewire’ themselves. Doctors and scientists from... read full article

New specialist Hyde nursing unit will reduce dependency on hospital stays

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Jan-13)

Post-hospital care is the focus of a new specialist unit at Meridian Healthcare Ltd’s Hyde Nursing Home, as the provider looks for innovative ways of working more closely with local health services. The new unit, Grange View, has been set up in partnership... read full article

In-house sunbathing helps care home raise money for local lifeboat station

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Jan-13)

The snow might be lingering this January, but one care home in the New Forest has found an innovative way of helping visitors recall that summer feeling with the use of its own ‘sun cove’. Belmore Lodge is a fifty-five capacity Lymington... read full article

Andy Burnham reveals Labour's 'Whole-Person' vision on health and care

Richard Howard, News Editor (24-Jan-13)

In a speech being made today to think-tank the King’s Fund, Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham is setting out the Labour Party’s ‘One Nation’ approach to health and care in the twenty-first century. Key... read full article

Scotland's care homes show healthy improvement through 'period of uncertainty and change'

Richard Howard, News Editor (24-Jan-13)

According to findings from Scotland’s Care Inspectorate, the majority of care homes with service issues raised at inspection are moving in the right direction despite a turbulent time for the sector. Published this week, the ‘Care... read full article

Care providers advised to use Nutrition Advocates in support of a healthy diet

Richard Howard, News Editor (23-Jan-13)

Good nutrition and hydration within health and social care settings is the focus of a new joint initiative from the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) and the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA). The Nutrition Advocates... read full article

First arts centre to declare Dementia Action Alliance commitment

Richard Howard, News Editor (23-Jan-13)

The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, in Herefordshire, has become the first arts venue nationally to join the Dementia Action Alliance. Looking to set an example as to how the arts community can contribute... read full article

Nursing association blasts local councils for 'bully-boy' tactics on care cuts

Richard Howard, News Editor (22-Jan-13)

Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) chief executive Frank Ursell has warned local authorities who use older people’s care budgets to balance their books that they will face legal consequences. Speaking out for care homes... read full article

New owners save West Lancashire care home from administration

Richard Howard, News Editor (18-Jan-13)

Holt Green Residential Homes Ltd have saved the jobs of 16 carers at Ormskirk’s Willow Lodge care home and made secure nursing and dementia care packages for 22 clients. Formerly known as Moss View, Willow Lodge’s future had been... read full article

Welsh care home receives top award from Investors in People

Sue Learner, News Editor (17-Jan-13)

Pendine Park Care Homes has become one of only a handful of social care companies across the UK to receive the Investors in People Gold Award. The award was presented to care home owners Mario Kreft and his wife, Gill,... read full article

Call for care home owners to be criminally accountable in cases of abuse

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-Jan-13)

Tougher laws are needed to make care home owners criminally accountable if there are cases of abuse and neglect in their care home, says former care minister. Lib Dem MP Paul Burstow has published a report... read full article

Care UK and MedicX Healthfund to open new £8.3m care home in Newbury

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-Jan-13)

Healthcare property investment fund, MedicX Healthfund, is funding the construction of a £8.3m care home in Newbury, Berkshire. Once the 80 bed care home is completed, a 30 year lease will be given to Care... read full article

Health Secretary calls “dramatic variation” in dementia diagnosis across the UK “unacceptable”

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-Jan-13)

Health Secretary has called for the “worst performing areas to wake up to the dementia time bomb”, after new figures revealed the extreme variation in dementia diagnosis across the country. New figures released... read full article

Former Care Minister claims dementia research is underfunded

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Former Care Minister Paul Burstow has called for more investment in dementia research to enable scientists to find a cure and better treatments. The Liberal Democrat MP, was speaking during a backbench debate... read full article

Priory Group opens new residential dementia unit at Cooper House care home

Sue Learner, News Editor (14-Jan-13)

The Priory Group has opened a new residential dementia unit at Cooper House care home in Bradford. Cooper House, in Bradford, is a purpose built home currently providing care to older people. The new 21-bedded... read full article

Older people urged to master the Internet in light of benefit reforms

Richard Howard, News Editor (09-Jan-13)

West Midlands social housing provider, The Accord Group, is urging more older people to get to grips with the Internet, in preparation for benefit changes that come into effect in April. By providing free Internet training workshops,... read full article

Independent living and dementia care the focus of Sutton extra care scheme

Richard Howard, News Editor (09-Jan-13)

Specialists in a wide range of housing, care and health services, Housing & Care 21 have received planning permission for an innovative supported living development in the London Borough of Sutton. The plans are tailored to the care and... read full article

Coalition leaders confirm agreement for cap on individual care costs

Richard Howard, News Editor (07-Jan-13)

Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg have today confirmed the Coalition Government’s intention to place a cap on individual care costs, as part of the ‘Mid Term Review’ presented to the media this afternoon. A... read full article

New Buckinghamshire care home will adopt low carbon technology

Richard Howard, News Editor (04-Jan-13)

Signature Senior Lifestyle Ltd have awarded a second care home project to developers G B Building Solutions Ltd, set to get underway in Marlow, Buckinghamshire for completion in spring 2014. The announcement follows last month’s news that GB and Signature have agreed... read full article

East Grinstead care village to be showcased with computer generated tour

Richard Howard, News Editor (04-Jan-13)

The visuals of an underdevelopment East Grinstead luxury care accommodation are set to be unveiled by Retirement Villages Ltd, who have announced an event to take place between Thursday 31 January and Saturday 2 February. Retirement Villages... read full article

Staff at Coverage Care Services among the best qualified in care sector

Sue Learner, News Editor (03-Jan-13)

Staff working for Coverage Care Services Ltd are among the best qualified in the UK's not-for-profit care sector, according to a new national survey. The not-for profit company which operates 16 care homes in Shropshire,... read full article

New acquisition set to make Bupa largest private care provider in Australia

Sue Learner, News Editor (03-Jan-13)

A new acquisition by Bupa is set to make it the largest private care provider in Australia, with its portfolio growing to 60 homes in total. Bupa is set to acquire the aged care operations of Innovative Care... read full article

Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips recognised in honours list for helping raise awareness of dementia

Sue Learner, News Editor (02-Jan-13)

Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips was awarded a CBE and Dr Ann Johnson, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s honours list. Arlene Phillips, who has been a... read full article

Aerial view released of new Oswestry care development

Richard Howard, News Editor (27-Dec-12)

Care home developers Castlemead Group Ltd have released aerial photographs of their latest development, showing the construction in progress at New Fairholme in Oswestry. This £6.9m Shropshire care home will be a... read full article

Urgent Government action needed on social care costs to save families from financial turmoil

Richard Howard, News Editor (27-Dec-12)

The Local Government Association (LGA) have published research compiled by ComRes that shows how many families across England are considering ‘drastic measures’ in order to meet the rising costs of care. According to the findings,... read full article

Lifetime achievement award for Sahara Homes director

Richard Howard, News Editor (27-Dec-12)

Sahara Homes, specialists in looking after adults with complex care needs, including learning and physical disabilities, have spoken of their delight at seeing one of their directors receiving the prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement... read full article

Dementia volunteers in Hereford focus on 'access to the arts'

Richard Howard, News Editor (27-Dec-12)

Herefordshire’s ‘Centre for the Arts’, The Courtyard, has been successful in securing the contribution of an Alzheimer’s Society’s William Brooks Award winner, who will work as an arts & older people’s project coordinator in order... read full article

Dementia research receives £22m funding initiative

Richard Howard, News Editor (21-Dec-12)

Despite closing in on the Christmas period, the Government has made significant announcements this week on the ever-present issue of dementia. Having begun its ‘Dementia Challenge’ this year which, amongst other things, calls for... read full article

Nominate your Elderly Care Nurse of the Year for BJN award

Rachel Baker, News Editor (20-Dec-12)

Do you know a nurse who should be nominated for Elderly Care Nurse of the Year? The British Journal of Nursing Awards 2013 has launched this category for the first time this year to raise the profile of this vital branch of... read full article

CQC continue unannounced inspections over festive period as 'care homes and NHS services can often be at their most stretched during this period'

Rachel Baker, News Editor (20-Dec-12)

Care home and health and social care providers will continue to receive unannounced inspections over the Christmas period the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced. This will be the third year that CQC’s inspection programme covers the... read full article

Age UK research reveals 3 million over 65s are not looking forward to Christmas

Rachel Baker, News Editor (20-Dec-12)

Over 3 million people over 65 are not looking forward to Christmas this year, new research from Age UK has revealed. • 18 per cent, (540,000) said it was because they were going to be on their own. • 28 per cent, (840,000... read full article

One Direction auctions signed T-shirt to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society

Sue Learner, News Editor (19-Dec-12)

Chart topping boy band One Direction is supporting Alzheimer's Society by donating a hand signed T-shirt that is being auctioned on eBay until Thursday 20 December. Band member Louis Tomlinson is supporting the charity... read full article

Darlington care home fined £4,000 by CQC for failing to meet medication regulations

Rachel Baker, News Editor (19-Dec-12)

St Martin’s Care Ltd has been issued with a fixed penalty notice by CQC for failing persistently to comply with national standards on the safe management of medicines. The care provider has been fined £4,000. CQC issued the... read full article

Six more Care Roadshows announced for 2013

Richard Howard, News Editor (18-Dec-12)

Organisers of the Care Roadshows, Broadway Events Ltd, have confirmed there will be six more trade events taking place in 2013, after 2012 saw an enthusiastic take-up from care sector professionals of all the events have to offer. The Care... read full article

New PR coaching programme launched for care homes and home care providers

Sue Learner (18-Dec-12)

A new PR coaching programme has been launched exclusively for health and social care service providers. It has been designed to equip providers with the skills, tools, processes and systems to enable them... read full article

Medication management issues 'should not be present in 21st century care'

Richard Howard, New Editor (18-Dec-12)

The Care Quality Commission’s ‘State of Care’ report highlights the multiple issues care services still face when managing medication, according to Norman Niven, the CEO of one of the UK’s leading medication management specialists... read full article

Care UK works with Scottish secondary school to teach pupils social care skills

Rachel Baker, News Editor (18-Dec-12)

has joined forces with East Lothian’s Musselburgh Grammar School to give students experience of working in the care sector. Seventeen 16-17 year olds from Musselburgh Grammar School... read full article

HC-One chairman and care staff win at National Care Awards

Rachel Baker, News Editor (17-Dec-12)

The ‘Care Personality of the Year’ award has been won by Dr Chai Patel, chairman of HC-One, at the National Care Awards. HC-One is also celebrating as its staff from across the country have won gold and many others have received nominations.... read full article

Care home founder awarded 'Asian of the Year 2012'

Rachel Baker, News Editor (17-Dec-12)

Ravi Gidar, founder of care provider Gold Care Homes, has been awarded the prestigious Asian of the Year 2012 accolade in recognition of his tireless contribution to the Asian community in the UK. An independent... read full article

Innovative music technology brought to Tunbridge Wells care home

Rachel Baker, News Editor (17-Dec-12)

The latest cutting edge music technology was brought to Tunbridge Wells Care Centre giving residents the opportunity to make their own music. Instructors helped ten residents to use the touch free device, which uses... read full article

New chair of Care Quality Commission David Prior says 'no room for complacency'

Sue Learner, News Editor (13-Dec-12)

David Prior has been selected as the new chair of the Care Quality Commission. Mr Prior, who is currently chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted... read full article

Winterbourne View highlights the need for providers to be "properly held to account"

Richard Howard, News Editor (11-Dec-12)

The care system has been ‘found wanting’ in relation to the safeguarding of adults with complex needs, according to Sarah Pickup, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS). Responding to the Government’s... read full article

Care home research shows significant health benefits of group interaction

Rachel Baker, News Editor (10-Dec-12)

‘Water clubs’ at care homes for older people where residents regularly gather together to drink water have significant health benefits an unusual investigation has found. The benefits to health are from the social nature of... read full article

New guide launched for carers to help people with dementia in pain or distress

Sue Learner, News Editor (10-Dec-12)

A new guide has been launched for carers of people with dementia giving advice on how to help with pain and distress. The guide ‘How would I know’ has been published by the National Council of Palliative... read full article

Great Gatsby star Carey Mulligan launches dementia Christmas campaign at Downing Street

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Actress Carey Mulligan shared her memories of Christmas with her grandmother who has dementia, with Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street, launching a new campaign to help relatives spot and support loved ones with dementia... read full article

Chair of Care Forum Wales wins two top awards

Sue Learner, News Editor (05-Dec-12)

Chair of Care Forum Wales, Mario Kreft, has won two top awards for his work in the care sector. Mr Kreft, who also runs Pendine Park Care Homes won the award for the Most Outstanding Contribution to Dementia Care in the UK in... read full article

Coverage Care Services to open new £6.9m home in Shropshire

Sue Learner, News Editor (05-Dec-12)

Not-for-profit care provider, Coverage Care Services Ltd is building a new £6.9m home in Oswestry. The new home to be called New Fairholme will replace Coverage Care's existing site, Fairholme, on Morda Road, though it will... read full article

Care workers asked to prioritise compassion as part of new NHS vision

Richard Howard, News Editor (05-Dec-12)

UK charity Action on Hearing Loss has welcomed the announcement of the NHS Commissioning Board’s ‘Compassion in Practice’ strategy, launched yesterday at the Chief Nursing Officer’s conference in Manchester. The strategy sets out... read full article

Care UK calls for more integration between health and social care following Dr Foster report

Sue Learner News Editor (04-Dec-12)

Care home provider Care UK has called for more integration between health and social care, in the wake of a report by hospital performance experts Dr Foster. The research showed 29 per cent of hospital beds... read full article

Care home staff brave floods to rescue residents

Sue Learner, News Editor (03-Dec-12)

Staff from a care home in St Asaph, North Wales, waded through icy waist-deep water to make sure elderly residents at the The Old Deanery were safe. The Old Deanery, in St Asaph, was one of 400 properties affected... read full article

Esher hospice awarded GSF status to provide national quality end of life care training to care homes

Rachel Baker, News Editor (29-Nov-12)

Princess Alice Hospice in Esher will provide care homes in the south east with training in a national quality standard of end of life care, after becoming a regional centre for the Gold Standard Framework (GSF). The GSF in... read full article

Government plans to put £75,000 cap on care bills for elderly

Sue Learner, News Editor (29-Nov-12)

Ministers are said to be considering putting a £75,000 cap on care bills for the elderly, over twice the amount suggested by economist Andrew Dilnot in his report. The Dilnot Commission’s report which came... read full article

Devon care homes call council's legal action over care home fees "appalling"

Rachel Baker and Sue Learner, News Editors (29-Nov-12)

Devon care homes have called Devon County Council's decision, to lodge an appeal over the High Court ruling ordering it to raise its fees, "appalling". Alan Beale, one of the claimants in the Judicial Review... read full article

Quality of end of life care varies across the country, survey reveals

Rachel Baker, News Editor (29-Nov-12)

End of life care varies widely across the country according to statistics published by the Office of National Statistics today. Bereaved people were asked for their experiences on the quality of care their loved ones received... read full article

Barchester care home featured in BBC documentary on music therapy

Rachel Baker, News Editor (28-Nov-12)

Barchester Adlington Manor Care Home in Macclesfield appeared in the BBC Imagine series exploring how music plays an important role in rehabilitation and wellbeing. Aired last night, ‘How Music Makes Us Feel’, edited by Alan Yentnob... read full article

Retirement Minister could make a “significant difference” says report

Sue Learner, News Editor (28-Nov-12)

A Retirement Minister could make a “significant difference” ensuring older people’s needs are heard at the highest level, according to a new report. The 2012 Retirement Nation report by MGM Advantage has... read full article

Health secretary orders review on merits of OFSTED style ratings for care homes

Rachel Baker, News Editor (28-Nov-12)

Care homes and hospitals could be rated under a new ‘OFSTED style’ system, health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today. The health secretary has ordered a review identifying how a ratings system could... read full article

Dr Chai Patel awarded 'Care Personality of the Year'

Rachel Baker, News Editor (28-Nov-12)

The ‘Care Personality of the Year’ award has been won by Dr Chai Patel, chairman of HC-One, at the National Care Awards. Dr Chai Patel was nominated for the award after successfully leading the transfer... read full article

Network encouraging care homes to get involved in dementia research expands across Scotland

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-Nov-12)

The Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network is embarking on a programme of work to extend the Research Ready Care Home Network across Scotland. The Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network (SDCRN),... read full article

Government asks care home staff for suggestions to improve standards of care

Rachel Baker, News Editor (27-Nov-12)

Care homes are invited to inform the government how enforcement of regulation can be improved during a six week consultation. ‘Focus on Enforcement’ is an initiative to remove the bureaucracy that diverts carers from meeting... read full article

Health Secretary announces dementia as one of his four key health priorities

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-Nov-12)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced improving dementia care and treatment as one of his four key priorities between now and the next general election. Recognising that for far too long, people... read full article

Care staff awarded for long service with Shrewsbury care provider

Rachel Baker, News Editor (27-Nov-12)

Seven care assistants from Coverage Care Services Ltd have been awarded for clocking up 130 years of long service between them. A special presentation afternoon was held at Lightmoor View care home in Telford where chief... read full article

New nursing home for Sutton Coldfield

Rachel Baker, News Editor (27-Nov-12)

Work on a new nursing home specialising in end of life care will begin in Sutton Coldfield in the new year. Birmingham City Council planners have given approval for the 34-bed home which will be... read full article

Actors play role of person with dementia at innovative dementia training day

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-Nov-12)

Leaders from the care team at Garswood House care home in Wigan attended an innovative training day with actors playing the role of a person with dementia. The training day which was held at the House of Memories... read full article

Bupa becomes first big care home operator to achieve 'Gold' Investors in People standard

Rachel Baker, News Editor (26-Nov-12)

Bupa Care Services UK is celebrating after becoming the largest healthcare company and first big care home operator to achieve the Investors in People Gold Standard, for demonstrating excellence in staff development and support. Bupa Care Homes... read full article

Study suggests smoking and high blood pressure could cause dementia

Sue Learner, News Editor (26-Nov-12)

Smoking and high blood pressure could cause dementia, according to a new study. Researchers at the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS... read full article

Social care training bodies concerned at pressures on care staff highlighted in CQC report

Sue Learner, News Editor (26-Nov-12)

Two social care training bodies have expressed their concern over the pressures on staff and the rise in complex conditions, highlighted in the CQC report, that has left care providers struggling to provide ‘person-centred care’. David... read full article

CQC chief warns there are "no excuses to deliver poor care"

Richard Howard, News Editor (23-Nov-12)

Today has seen England’s care regulator publish its ‘State of Care’ report, an in-depth study into the reasons why some care services are falling short of standards. Results from Care Quality Commission inspections find that pressures... read full article

Work progresses at new West Sussex retirement village

Richard Howard, News Editor (23-Nov-12)

An East Grinstead care community is beginning to take shape, after developers Kier Construction began work at the Charters Village site in September with a view to completion at the end of summer 2013. The... read full article

40 care homes praised for long-term commitment to end-of-life care

Richard Howard, News Editor (23-Nov-12)

An awards ceremony is being held on 28 November to recognise the achievements of 40 care homes in providing quality end-of-life care. The homes were the first to achieve the Gold Standards Framework in Care Homes (GSFCH) reaccreditation... read full article

Care homes challenged by hearing loss charity to "follow Orchard's lead"

Richard Howard, News Editor (22-Nov-12)

National charity Action on Hearing Loss have praised the approach of care home provider Orchard Care Homes to residents who are deaf or hard of hearing. Featured in the charity’s report ‘A World of Silence’, Orchard... read full article

Measures to tackle loneliness and improve care for older people, announced by health secretary

Rachel Baker, News Editor (22-Nov-12)

Loneliness, social isolation and its ‘harmful effects’ in older people, will be tackled by identifying the areas where it is most prevalent, health secretary, Jeremy Hunt has announced. Local councils will map the areas where... read full article

Couple-friendly care comes to Letcombe Regis

Richard Howard, News Editor (22-Nov-12)

Helping couples to remain together despite personal care or nursing needs has inspired the latest development at Richmond Letcombe Regis Care Home, Oxfordshire. The home’s new two-bedroom care apartment is designed to suit couples who both have 24-hour... read full article

Leading care home resource carehome.co.uk joins forces with Research Ready Care Home Network

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Nov-12)

The leading care home resource carehome.co.uk has joined forces with the Research Ready Care Home Network in an innovative project to encourage more care homes to take part in research studies to improve the treatment and care of... read full article

Fears over price of Continuing Healthcare in London being inadequate

Richard Howard, News Editor (21-Nov-12)

Leading voices in the care sector have taken exception to a price rationale of £700 to cover the cost of continuing healthcare in London care homes. The NHS CHC (NHS Continuing Healthcare) is an NHS funded... read full article

Banbury extra care housing scheme impresses visiting councillors

Richard Howard, News Editor (21-Nov-12)

Guests gathered at Stanbridge House, in Banbury, last week in order to mark the opening of Housing & Care 21’s latest extra care housing facility. Many residents have already settled into the £9.7m scheme that has been designed to suit... read full article

Sold Dudley care centre to reopen as Himley Manor in the spring

Richard Howard, News Editor (20-Nov-12)

Property agents DC Care Property Agents and ES Group have reported on overseeing the successful acquisition of Dudley’s Grange Park Care Centre, a purpose-built home that will now undergo refurbishment in order to re-open in spring 2013. Having... read full article

Survey reveals Top 10 list of concerns amongst care managers

Richard Howard, News Editor (19-Nov-12)

A survey of care provider managers, conducted by the National Care Forum (NCF), has found care quality to be listed as chief among the priorities of the profession for the second year running, followed by methods of person-centred... read full article

"Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at a rate that is both alarming and irreversible", says chief medical officer

Rachel Baker, News Editor (19-Nov-12)

Antibiotic resistance is a threat to modern health and there could be a future without cures for infection if antibiotics are not used responsibly, the chief medical officer (CMO), Professor Dame Sally Davies has warned. She... read full article

How the new NHS Mandate will impact upon the care sector

Richard Howard, News Editor (16-Nov-12)

A new NHS Mandate, unveiled this week by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, sets out the Government’s ambitions for health services over the remainder of the Coalition’s administration. Key objectives include... read full article

Social work expert calls for more transparency in care homes to prevent abuse

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-Nov-12)

A leading professor in the field of social work has called for a more transparent culture in care homes in a drive to stamp out abuse of vulnerable adults. Professor Keith Brown, director of the national... read full article

Stratford and District Mencap to expand and become Heart of England Mencap

Sue Learner, News Editor (14-Nov-12)

Stratford & District Mencap, the Stratford-based charity which supports people with learning disabilities, is to expand and change its name to Heart of England Mencap. The charity is growing to meet the... read full article

Free places at conference for tackling healthcare associated infections

Sue Learner, News Editor (14-Nov-12)

The GovKnow conference on reducing healthcare associated infections and improving patient safety is offering a limited number of free places until 20 November. The conference, which is being held on Thursday... read full article

Devon care homes could still be at risk despite winning fees battle

Sue Learner, News Editor (14-Nov-12)

Care homes in Devon could still face closure, despite winning a court battle to get Devon County Council to raise its fees. A group of Devon care home providers has just won a second Judicial Review action... read full article

Calls to stop unnecessary suffering in care homes on World Diabetes Day

Sue Learner, News Editor (13-Nov-12)

A leading diabetes expert is calling on care homes on World Diabetes Day to improve the ways in which diabetes care is organised and delivered. Professor Alan Sinclair, director of the Institute of Diabetes... read full article

Young care worker praised at Welsh care awards for helping dying man

Sue Learner, News Editor (12-Nov-12)

A young care worker was praised at the Wales Care Awards for her compassion in helping a dying man and awarded the most exceptional newcomer in Wales’ social care sector. Teenager Cerys Williams won the gold... read full article

Prime Minister launches next phase of Dementia Challenge

Richard Howard, News Editor (09-Nov-12)

The Prime Minister’s ‘Dementia Challenge’, outlined at the start of 2012, has moved into a new phase this week as the Department of Health has announced a collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Society in order to find one million ‘Dementia... read full article

Open days at new £5m Dundee care home

Rachel Baker, News Editor (07-Nov-12)

A £5million, Dundee care home is holding open days this week for the public to view its purpose built features including 66 large bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, spacious lounges, TV rooms and a secure garden with panoramic views... read full article

Gold for Barchester at The Wales Care Awards

Rachel Baker, News Editor (07-Nov-12)

Three gold awards have been won by two Barchester Healthcare Ltd employees at The Wales Care Awards. Head Chef Andy White at Barchester Llys-y-Tywysog won the ‘Catering in Care Gold Award’ and Emma Price of Sudbury House won the ‘Supported... read full article

Strictly, Corrie and Calendar Girls stars come together to launch calendar for Alzheimer's Society

Rachel Baker, News Editor (06-Nov-12)

Celebrities with a link to dementia appear in a series of paintings and photographs in a new calendar for Alzheimer's Society. Lisa Riley, currently a hot favourite in Strictly Come Dancing, has come from a stage... read full article

Plans for £100m retirement village and luxury care home submitted in Tees Valley

Rachel Baker, News Editor (06-Nov-12)

An ambitious £100 million retirement village that will bring hundreds of jobs and major overseas investment into the Tees Valley has had planning permission submitted. Maher Developments Ltd has submitted... read full article

Action plan for NHS to help vulnerable people this winter

Rachel Baker, News Editor (05-Nov-12)

With winter setting in, plans to keep people safe from the cold have been announced by health secretary Jeremy Hunt, to help the NHS prepare for winter and meet the increase in winter related health problems.... read full article

Memory loss can start as early as thirties, with average age of 57, new research finds

Rachel Baker, News Editor (02-Nov-12)

Memory loss begins at 57 but for some people may start as early thirties and forties according to new research published today. People over 50 are plagued by the fear of memory loss and forget everyday words like 'apple' and... read full article

Study finds high level of undiagnosed hearing loss in care home residents

Sue Learner, News Editor (31-Oct-12)

A charity is calling on care homes to have clear procedures to manage residents’ hearing loss after it discovered a high level of undiagnosed hearing loss in people in care homes. Action on Hearing Loss wants the Care Quality Commission (CQC)... read full article

Norman Lamb promises "real improvements" in wake of Winterbourne View scandal

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Oct-12)

The abuse that occurred at Winterbourne View care home, in Bristol, remains a source of keen media debate since eleven of the home’s care workers were sentenced on Friday – a verdict that included six jail sentences. Today, the... read full article

Care homes need star ratings reintroduced, according to National Care Forum

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Oct-12)

The National Care Forum (NCF) is looking to persuade the new Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, to support the return of the star ratings system for care homes. The system was abolished by England’s care regulator the... read full article

England's care homes urged to get behind diabetes research

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Oct-12)

The organisers of a groundbreaking diabetes survey are urging care home owners and managers to get behind their project, being eager to source vital information on current procedures and practice. The... read full article

Community Integrated Care showcases care services to Singapore government officials

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Oct-12)

A number of specialist and innovative care services, from the portfolio of national social care charity Community Integrated Care (CIC Group), were the focus of a visit from senior government officials of Singapore earlier this month. The officials... read full article

Eleven former Winterbourne View care workers are sentenced

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Oct-12)

Care workers found guilty of the mistreatment and abuse of adults with learning disabilities, at Bristol’s Winterbourne View care home, have been sentenced today at Bristol Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to a total of thirty-eight... read full article

Downton Abbey writer, Julian Fellowes, opens revamped Care South care home

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Oct-12)

Lord Julian Fellowes, writer of the hit TV series, Downton Abbey, has officially opened the revamped Care South care home. Beauchamp Country House Care, in Hatch Beauchamp, Taunton, which has now got 54 beds with full ensuite... read full article

£50m Government funding to help care providers adapt care homes for people with dementia

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Oct-12)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced £50m of dedicated funding to enable care homes and hospitals adapt their environment for people with dementia. The funding will be available to NHS trusts and local... read full article

Anchor's £30m new care home heated by innovative green energy scheme

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Oct-12)

Anchor’s £30m new care home is being heated by an innovative green energy scheme. The luxury West Hall care home in West Byfleet, Surrey, uses a £280,000 environmentally-friendly heating system. West... read full article

Failure to plan for death means adults with dementia are unable to die at home

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Oct-12)

The Alzheimer’s Society has today published a report exploring why so many adults diagnosed with a form of dementia are unable, or unsuccessful, to end their days in the comfort of their own homes. The report ‘My Life Until... read full article

Ageing experts urge older people to remain physically active

Richard Howard, News Editor (24-Oct-12)

An active lifestyle in old age is crucial for keeping the brain healthy and guarding against the onset of conditions like dementia, according to University of Edinburgh research funded by charity Age UK. The research utilised MRI... read full article

Police to carry out new investigation into man allegedly punched at Winterbourne View care home

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Oct-12)

Lawyers acting for an autistic man with bi-polar have welcomed news that the police are to review his claim that he was punched in the face by a care worker at Winterbourne View care home. The alleged abuse... read full article

Campaigners launch petition to save dementia care home and day centre in Sheffield from closure

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Oct-12)

Campaigners have launched a petition to save a care home which offers short term respite dementia care and a day centre, that have been earmarked for closure, by Sheffield Council. respite care... read full article

Residents at a retirement village shake their stuff at Zumba classes

Sue Learner, News Editor (24-Oct-12)

The popular dance craze, Zumba, which has taken the world by storm, has now found new converts in the shape of residents of a Cornish retirement village. Residents at , in Tregony, near Truro... read full article

Most Britons do not understand the care system

Sue Learner, News Editor (23-Oct-12)

The majority of people in Britain are mystified by the care system with two thirds clueless as to how much care costs, according to new research. The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has released... read full article

New care home creates hundred new jobs in Edinburgh

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Oct-12)

A new care home being built by Care UK Nursing & Residential Care Services, has created a hundred new jobs in Edinburgh. The home, which will provide residential and dementia care for around 90 people, is currently being built on Redford... read full article

Transfer of Suffolk's local authority care homes to Care UK put on hold

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Oct-12)

The transfer of Suffolk’s local authority care homes to the private equity-owned healthcare company Care UK Nursing & Residential Care Services, has been put on hold after Labour councillors called for the plan to be re-examined. Under the... read full article

Alzheimer's Society appoints new director

Rachel Baker, News Editor (19-Oct-12)

Dr Doug Brown has been announced as Alzheimer's Society's director of research and development. Dr Brown will move from his post as head of biomedical research at the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Inspired... read full article

£450,000 refurbishment for The Lodge care home in Highbridge

Rachel Baker, News Editor (19-Oct-12)

A major refurbishment programme has taken place at The Lodge in Highbridge, a home providing support for people with mental illnesses, learning disabilities and autism. Craegmoor, part of the Priory... read full article

Care UK nominated at National Care Awards and National Dementia Awards

Rachel Baker, News Editor (19-Oct-12)

Care UK Nursing & Residential Care Services has its care teams, a resident and a volunteer all named as finalists in two national award programmes. Forrester Court, in Paddington, London has been named as a finalist in two categories at... read full article

Dementia awareness days for people working in telecare

Rachel Baker, News Editor (19-Oct-12)

Dementia awareness days are taking place throughout the country to deepen service providers’ understanding of and insight into dementia, with the next one taking place in Bristol on 29 November. Being held in partnership with... read full article

Older people's care in Suffolk to receive £60m for new care homes and wellbeing centres

Rachel Baker, News Editor (19-Oct-12)

Suffolk County Council has approved a contract for Care UK Nursing & Residential Care Services to invest over £60 million in 10 new care homes and 10 new wellbeing centres for the county. The council’s vision for older people’s care... read full article

NHS spending more money on hospital food, yet regional differences exist

Rachel Baker, News Editor (18-Oct-12)

The NHS is spending more money on hospital food than ever before, Department of Health figures have revealed. Over the last two years, the amount spent on a patient per day has increased by almost over ten per cent to £8.77. However,... read full article

Richmond Villages awarded Gold in New Homes Gardens Awards

Rachel Baker, News Editor (18-Oct-12)

Richmond Villages has been awarded Gold in the ‘Best Landscaped Retirement Development (Luxury Sector)’ category, in the New Homes Gardens Awards, adding a further horticultural accolade to its impressive list.... read full article

Coverage Care's homes and care at home win at Shropshire Care Awards

Rachel Baker, News Editor (18-Oct-12)

Coverage Care Services Ltd has been named Care Business of the Year at the prestigious Shropshire Care Awards. Directors and staff at the company are celebrating as three of the company's 16 homes also scooped honours... read full article

Coronation Street stars present Care Innovator award to Meridian Healthcare employee

Rachel Baker, News Editor (18-Oct-12)

Sharon Wood, quality assurance manager has been recognised by the Great North West Care Awards for her new approach to dementia care. The Meridian Healthcare Ltd employee was awarded Care Innovator 2012 by Coronation... read full article

Most social workers in favour of a new ‘power of entry’ to protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect

Sue Learner, News Editor (18-Oct-12)

More than 80 per cent of social care workers are in favour of a new ‘power of entry’ so they can protect adults who they believe are at risk of abuse or neglect by family members or carers. The College of... read full article

Priory Group launches Amore Care in a rebrand of its older people's services

Rachel Baker, News Editor (17-Oct-12)

The Priory Group has announced that its older people’s services division is currently undergoing transformation with a multi-million pound investment programme and new name, Amore Care. The company states... read full article

"An open culture in which patient safety is paramount", is aim of new 'Speaking Up' charter

Rachel Baker, News Editor (17-Oct-12)

Supporting people who raise safety concerns in the public interest, and working together to affect a difference in NHS culture is the aim of a new charter. The Speaking Up charter has been signed by twenty-eight organisations,... read full article

New £13m care home to be built in Coombe, Kingston-upon-Thames

Rachel Baker, News Editor (16-Oct-12)

A new, £13 million care home is to be built in Coombe, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey. The Signature Senior Lifestyle development will provide 92 suites with 24 of them being specially designed for dementia... read full article

Book launched to improve care for deaf people with additional needs

Sue Learner, News Editor (16-Oct-12)

A mini book of ‘person centred thinking tools’ has been launched to improve the care and support of deaf people who have additional needs. Helen Sanderson Associates and the charity Action on Hearing Loss... read full article

Nursing and Midwifery Council offered £20m grant from Government

Rachel Baker, News Editor (16-Oct-12)

The Nursing and Midwifery Council, (NMC) has been offered a ‘one off’ grant of £20 million by the Government to improve its performance, Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter has announced. The Government expects that this support... read full article

MP David Blunkett tells care sector "money won't be available" to meet cost of reform

Richard Howard, News Editor (15-Oct-12)

The BBC will this evening broadcast an ‘Inside Out’ programme focusing on the problems the UK faces in financing care for older people, in which former cabinet secretary David Blunkett warns that a political solution is unlikely,... read full article

New Dundee care home welcomes first residents

Richard Howard, News Editor (12-Oct-12)

Scotland-based care home provider Balhousie Care Group celebrated the opening of their latest state-of-the-art accommodation earlier this week, at the opening of the £5m Balhousie St Ronan's Care Home in Dundee. A purpose-built care facility has the capacity... read full article

Gateshead dementia unit to provide person-centred care and versatile lifestyles

Richard Howard, News Editor (12-Oct-12)

Carers of Armstrong House, Gateshead, will soon be able to practise their skills in expertly designed dementia suites, when doors to the care home’s new unit open next week. The suites are tailored towards independent living, helping... read full article

Alzheimer's Society supports Bupa toolkit helping loved ones discuss dementia

Rachel Baker, News Editor (12-Oct-12)

Helping people to communicate with their friends and loved ones living with dementia is the purpose of a new Talking Toolkit launched by Bupa. The toolkit has been developed in response to research commissioned by Bupa and carried... read full article

Suffolk councillor looks to calm anxieties over care home closures

Richard Howard, News Editor (11-Oct-12)

Suffolk County Council has confirmed plans to replace sixteen existing residential homes, along with eight community well-being centres, with ten state-of-art care homes and well-being centres to be run by Care UK, one of the country’s... read full article

Aylesbury care home development and jobs boost announced by The Fremantle Trust

Richard Howard, News Editor (11-Oct-12)

Buckinghamshire-based charity and care home provider, The Fremantle Trust, have announced they are to collaborate with specialist care developer Castleoak and the CarePlaces Fund in order to build a state-of-the-art care facility in Stoke Mandeville,... read full article

Six arrests made after investigation into abuse at Lancaster nursing home

Richard Howard, News Editor (11-Oct-12)

The Lancashire Constabulary yesterday confirmed the arrest of six care workers for alleged mistreatment and neglect of residents at Hillcroft Nursing Home, a thirty-six capacity accommodation located in Slyne-with-Hest, Lancaster. The... read full article

Social care funding cap "as soon as we are able", Jeremy Hunt tells conference

Richard Howard, News Editor (10-Oct-12)

It was the turn of the new Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to give his speech to the Conservative Party Conference yesterday, during which the minister did confirm his commitment to funding a cap on social care, but without giving any... read full article

Government bids to become world-leader in dementia by showcasing UK's world-class research

Rachel Baker, News Editor (10-Oct-12)

The UK’s world-leading research dementia facilities are being showcased today at an invite-only event for more than 150 global leaders from research, charities, biotech and pharmaceutical. The Government is bringing together... read full article

Recruitment drive announced for Harrogate dementia facility Vida Hall

Richard Howard, News Editor (10-Oct-12)

NHS partnership Vida Healthcare has announced a recruitment drive for a new residential care home currently being constructed in Harrogate, aiming to build up a team of 70 healthcare professionals by February to deliver a specialist... read full article

National Association of Care Catering proud to announce a new Patron

Richard Howard, News Editor (09-Oct-12)

Older people’s campaigner Baroness Sally Greengross OBE has been confirmed as the new Patron of the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), an announcement welcomed by the organisation’s supporters with Baroness Greengross already... read full article

Government plans to modernise NHS dentistry as dental pilot project is extended

Rachel Baker, News Editor (09-Oct-12)

Spitting after brushing your teeth instead of rinsing, can help teeth to absorb fluoride from the toothpaste and protect your mouth from disease, is the key message being given by dentists as the Government announces it will extend... read full article

Carers in Wales are becoming better qualified

Richard Howard, News Editor (09-Oct-12)

The Care Council for Wales has called for the Welsh Government to support a new analysis of social care worker regulation, in partnership with care regulators and local authorities, in order to assemble a workforce fully prepared... read full article

Charlie Dimmock impressed by Barchester care home gardens

Richard Howard, News Editor (09-Oct-12)

The UK’s fourth largest care home provider, Barchester Healthcare Ltd, have held their 2012 ‘Barchester in Bloom’ competition, holding an event at Birmingham Botanical Gardens where six winners were announced with the help of celebrity gardener Charlie... read full article

NHS funding drive focuses on nursing and midwifery

Richard Howard, News Editor (09-Oct-12)

The Prime Minister and new Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt have announced £140m of funding to go towards improving the care standards of nursing and midwifery in the NHS. The funding will enable services to incorporate new technology... read full article

New snack shop brings sound nutrition to care home's dementia residents

Richard Howard, News Editor (08-Oct-12)

A community dietician working at Longridge Hall and Lodge care home, an Orchard Care Homes accommodation in Preston, has praised the implementation of a new ‘snack shop’ initiative that has so far seemed to answer all of the residents’ nutritional needs. Visiting... read full article

Worcestershire to see "new generation of retirement homes"

Richard Howard, News Editor (08-Oct-12)

Building work has commenced on a new extra care housing site in Malvern, Worcestershire, which developer Festival Housing predicts will be the first of many in the region. Clarence Park Village will consist of 101 apartments and... read full article

York to be transformed into a "dementia-friendly city"

Richard Howard, News Editor (05-Oct-12)

Dedicated to inspiring social change, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have announced plans to turn the city of York into the UK’s first ‘dementia-friendly city, as part of a pioneering project to help communities embrace an ageing... read full article

Survey to find out what workers think on "pension revolution"

Richard Howard, News Editor (05-Oct-12)

A national survey is under way to find out how British people feel regarding their pensions, announced today by the British Pension Survey who are poised to collate responses from UK workers and employees. Views are being gathered... read full article

Care homes to hold a national open day

Sue Learner, News Editor (03-Oct-12)

Care homes all over the UK are to hold a national care home open day. The idea behind the day, which will be on 21 June 2013, will be to encourage communities to visit their local care homes and to connect... read full article

Woman arrested over care home death on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence

Sue Learner, News Editor (03-Oct-12)

A woman has been arrested, on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence, over the death of Jean Halfpenny in May 2010 at Orchid View care home in Copthorne, Sussex. The 44-year-old woman from Tunbridge... read full article

New learning resource pack to improve end of life care for people in extra care housing

Sue Learner, News Editor (02-Oct-12)

A new learning resource pack to help deliver end of life care for residents of extra care housing has been launched. The pack is to help those working in extra care housing to plan and deliver care and housing... read full article

Barchester Healthcare continue to unveil new care homes in 20th year

Richard Howard, News Editor (02-Oct-12)

Luxury care home provider Barchester Healthcare Ltd celebrate their 20th Anniversary this year, after two decades of growth that have seen the company grow into the UK’s fourth largest care home portfolio, since opening their first accommodation... read full article

New Social Care Information Service to help women over 50 hit most by austerity measures

Sue Learner, News Editor (01-Oct-12)

The Labour Party has launched a new Social Care Information Service as part of the launch of a special older women’s commission to be chaired by MP Harriet Harman. The new service was announced by Yvette... read full article

CQC consultation welcomes views on fee proposals

Richard Howard, News Editor (28-Sep-12)

England’s care regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today published a consultation outlining its fee proposals, to affect registered providers from April 2013. In doing so, the regulator welcomes providers to express their views as... read full article

New Aberdeenshire care home to open in November

Richard Howard, News Editor (27-Sep-12)

Scotland-based residential care provider Balhousie Care Group are looking forward to opening their twenty-seventh care home, with construction going well at a 60-capacity development in Huntly, Aberdeenshire. The care home and... read full article

Priory Group acquire learning disability care provider

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Sep-12)

Independent mental health care provider the Priory Group have announced the acquisition of High Quality Lifestyles (HQL), a specialist in services for adults with a learning disability located in the Dover and Ramsgate areas. HQL... read full article

Community exercise programmes help reduce risk of falls in the over 65s

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Sep-12)

Low-cost, community exercise programmes can help reduce the risk of falls in people over 65, according to a new study. Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust has just published findings from its new research.... read full article

Age UK backs Which? campaign for older shoppers to be able to compare food prices.

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Sep-12)

MP Jo Swinson has joined forces with consumer magazine Which? to call on the Government to ensure supermarkets have clear, consistent food unit pricing. Age UK has given its backing to the 'Price it Right'... read full article

£1.5m available to "ensure more care is tailored around people's individual needs and preferences"

Rachel Baker, News Editor (25-Sep-12)

Personal health budgets could be rolled out to help individuals choose the most appropriate care for their needs, Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb announced today. £1.5 million has been identified to support this potential... read full article

Care UK shares dementia training expertise with Suffolk students

Richard Howard, News Editor (25-Sep-12)

An expert in the challenges of effective dementia care provision, Maizie Mears-Owen, who is head of dementia at Care UK, has been contributing towards the learning and development of Masters students at the University Campus Suffolk... read full article

Paul Burstow accuses Treasury of trying to "smother" care reform

Richard Howard, News Editor (21-Sep-12)

The Coalition’s former Care Services Minister, Paul Burstow, who lost his position in the recent Government reshuffle, has raised tensions over the issue of long-term care funding by claiming that the Treasury is eager to “kick the... read full article

World Alzheimer's Report highlights importance of Dementia Awareness Campaign

Richard Howard, News Editor (21-Sep-12)

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day, which has been met by a new Department of Health campaign supported by the Alzheimer’s Society. The three-month campaign aims to encourage early diagnosis by encouraging people to talk more openly... read full article

New Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt called upon to prioritise social care funding shortfall

Richard Howard, News Editor (20-Sep-12)

Of the UK’s biggest care providers, Bupa Care Homes, has called upon the newly appointed Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to focus on social care funding as his key challenge, after a recent report estimated the total funding shortfall... read full article