Care Home News

Average cost of a care home now more than £29,000 a year

Richard Howard, News Editor (31-Jul-15)

Average care home costs have shown a dramatic rise in the last year, as shown in data released today by Prestige Nursing + Care. From 2014–15 care costs were found to rise by 2.5 per cent (equating to a rise of £723), considerably.....

Local authorities urged to do more to reduce loneliness in older people

Richard Howard, News Editor (30-Jul-15)

A ‘strategic approach’ has been published by the Campaign to End Loneliness, which targets local councils and advises on how effective interventions to help at-risk adults can be achieved. Acknowledging multiple reasons for loneliness.....

BBC Three's Defying the Label season focuses on daily problems faced by people with disabilities

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (29-Jul-15)

A new BBC season of fifteen programmes focuses on the different struggles faced on people living with disabilities across the globe. Including titles such as: factual drama ‘Don’t Take My Baby’, ‘The Ugly Face of Disability Hate.....

End of life care guidelines under review

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Jul-15)

New palliative care guidelines have been published as part of a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) consultation on measures that will replace the abolished Liverpool Care Pathway. Key to the new direction.....

New research finds link between common medicines and serious falls in older men

Richard Howard, News Editor (29-Jul-15)

Scientists from the University of East Anglia have today announced the results of research into links between medication and serious falls in older men, after finding that certain prescriptions lead to an increased risk of injury. According.....

Pioneering HenPower project launched in London

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (28-Jul-15)

An innovative hen-based project connecting older people with hens to aid social isolation has launched in London. The £1m project is establishing itself in Hammersmith and Westminster after beginning life in the North East where.....

Essex care home receives visit from celebrity gardener

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (27-Jul-15)

Hallmark care home Anisha Grange in Essex, recently received a visit from celebrity gardener David Domoney as part of a company-wide gardening competition. Mr Domoney is most recognisable for his work on the Alan Titchmarsh Show.....

Nearly three-quarters of residents feel happier and less isolated after moving to a care home

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-Jul-15)

Seventy-four per cent of residents feel happier or just as happy and experience less isolation after moving to a care home, according to a new survey. The research carried out by Hallmark Care Homes found.....

Goalball players to fundraise money by cycling 170 miles for charity

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Jul-15)

Goalball players from across the UK will be cycling 170 miles of ‘The Way of the Roses ’ to raise money for Goalball UK, a rehabilitation programme for injured soldiers returning from World War Two. The ‘Way of the Roses’ is the.....

Solihull care home welcomes care team from Singapore in dementia information sharing initiative

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (24-Jul-15)

Care staff at The Royal Star and Garter Home in Solihull recently received a visit from the elderly care team at Changi General Hospital in Singapore as part of a dementia information-sharing initiative. The visiting team consisted.....

End of life care review called by the National Council for Palliative Care

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Jul-15)

A review on how Government departments and public bodies deal with death and bereavement has been requested by The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC). The NCPC’s recent report titled, ‘Time for action: why end of life.....

Study finds rise in suicide among males in mental health care

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (23-Jul-15)

The number of suicides by men under the care of mental health services in the UK has risen, reports a new study, published by the University of Manchester. The findings from the 2003 to 2013 National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide.....

Women with memory problems experience faster cognitive decline than in men

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (22-Jul-15)

Women with memory problems could experience faster rates of cognitive decline than men, a new study has found. The first study presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Washington, found that women with.....

Dementia risk linked to school performance, job complexity and loneliness

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (21-Jul-15)

A recent conference has highlighted three risk factors in the development of dementia drawing on studies gathered from research centres around the world. Doing well at school and job complexity are associated with a lower risk.....

CQC claims to have transformed health and social care regulation

Richard Howard, News Editor (21-Jul-15)

According to England’s care regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the health and social care sector is now benefitting from a robust new inspection method the organisation has developed over the last year. Published as.....

Radical changes to NHS diagnosis of cancer to ensure test results within four weeks

Nina Hathway, News Editor (20-Jul-15)

Major reforms recommended by the Independent Cancer Taskforce (ICT) will lead to an 80 per cent increase in the number of cancer tests, with NHS patients in England given a definitive diagnosis within a month to enable treatment to.....

Major breakthrough announcement expected this week on Alzheimer's drugs

Richard Howard, News Editor (20-Jul-15)

Scientists working for the US drugs company Eli Lilly are reported to be preparing a mid-week announcement regarding two new drugs they believe will prevent the brain changes that lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Scheduled to be unveiled.....

Children’s time capsule buried at Southampton care home

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (17-Jul-15)

Children at Highfield Infant School buried treasured items in a time capsule at the grounds of Mayflower Court, a residential care home in Southampton. A competition at the school led to children finalising letters, drawings,.....

UK sees a rise in ‘Young Active Pensioners’

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (17-Jul-15)

Nearly half of British older people are feeling at least ten years younger than their age, with the average pensioner now trying at least four activities since retirement, according to a new survey carried out by independent market.....

Rising compliance costs risk dragging down the care home industry

Richard Howard, News Editor (16-Jul-15)

Care home costs are becoming bloated by compliance costs, according to data released by business support organisation The Forum of Private Business (Forum). When compared with other small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), care.....