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Care Home News

Patients will rate hospitals on food quality in drive to improve nutrition

Sue Learner, News Editor (01-Sep-14)

The Government is giving patients the power to rate food on hospital wards, in order to encourage hospitals, to raise standards of the food they serve. For the first time, the NHS will have to abide by mandatory.....    read full article

Attenborough fans wanting to pay tribute asked to give donations to care home

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

Lord Attenborough’s family have asked people wishing to pay tribute to the film star and director, to give a donation to the care home, where he spent the last years of his life. Oscar winner, Richard Attenborough,.....    read full article

Care workers in court charged with abusing residents at Old Deanery care home

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-Aug-14)

Three care workers accused of assaulting and harassing residents, at the Old Deanery care home in Essex, have appeared in court. All three women are from Braintree and are Adeshola Adediwura, 32, Lorna Clark,.....    read full article

Care home resident celebrates 'growing old disgracefully' at annual awards

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

The National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) has been recognising the variety of activities organised within care homes for residents throughout the country. The positive impact activities have on the quality of life for.....    read full article

CQC shuts down Nottinghamshire care home

Sue Learner, News Editor (26-Aug-14)

Care home regulator, Care Quality Commission, has taken urgent legal action to shut down a care home, due to concerns over the health and wellbeing of its residents. CQC successfully applied to the court.....    read full article

Big Brother presenter Rylan Clark hosts Bupa Care Home Awards

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

TV presenter and Big Brother’s Bit On The Side host, Rylan Clark, hosted the 2014 Bupa Care Home Awards, celebrating the achievements of around 27,000 employees from nearly 300 care homes. The Awards, which.....    read full article

Pioneering research offers genetic clues to the causes of Alzheimer’s

Nina Hathway, News Editor (20-Aug-14)

The discovery of a link between Alzheimer's disease and changes in genes associated with inflammation has opened a new frontier for investigation into the cause of the disease. Two independent studies.....    read full article

Lack of medically trained staff in Wales forcing nursing homes to close

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

A shortage of trained nursing staff in Wales is forcing nursing homes to close, according to Care Forum Wales. Mario Kreft, chair of Care Forum Wales, has called for fundamental changes to tackle the dire.....    read full article

Elderly need lessons on internet surfing as it plays vital role in fighting memory loss and dementia

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

Older people urgently need lessons in how to use the internet, which can play a vital role in preventing the degeneration of mental abilities in the elderly. London Bridge Hospital has joined forces with.....    read full article

Care minister urges care homes to personalise rooms with residents' own curtains and furniture

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

Care minister Norman Lamb has called for care homes to let residents personalise their rooms with their own curtains, duvets and furniture. Under a new inspection regime, which comes into force in October,.....    read full article

Nottinghamshire action group fights to keep respite centre open

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

Campaigners in Nottinghamshire are urging the county council not to close what they say is a vital respite care centre for adults with learning difficulties. Kingsbridge Way Short Break Service in Chilwell.....    read full article

Work starts on luxury retirement apartments in Weybridge

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

A collaboration between Anchor and Castleoak will create 65 luxury retirement apartments in the Weybridge area, offering residents tailored care to help them live independently. The one and two bedroom apartments will be built.....    read full article

Wales first in UK to make cannabis-based Multiple Sclerosis drug available on NHS

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

Wales has become the first in the UK to approve NHS funding for a new cannabis-based medicine, which helps people living with Multiple Sclerosis. The Health Minister Mark Drakeford has agreed to make Sativex.....    read full article

Residential Care Provider of the Year sold for £153m

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

Sunrise Senior Living and Health Care REIT (HCN) have completed the acquisition of Gracewell Healthcare, purchased from investment firm Patron Capital for £153m. Gracewell Healthcare, which consists of 11 modern care facilities,.....    read full article

Care home and social care regulation in Northern Ireland subject to full review

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

Claire Keatinge, the Older People’s Commissioner for Northern Ireland, has admitted there are ‘fundamental failings’ that need to be addressed in order for care regulation to effectively safeguard service users. Announcing.....    read full article

Films about care homes aim to make choosing the right home easier

Nina Hathway, News Editor (12-Aug-14)

Two online films, one about general care and the other specifically on dementia care, have been released that feature residents, relatives and team members talking about their personal experiences of care homes......    read full article

Anchor’s Grey Matters campaign highlights people’s fears surrounding ageing

Julia Corbett, News Editor (11-Aug-14)

Marking the launch of its new Grey Matters campaign, care charity Anchor has released figures highlighting the main worries and fears people over the age of 55 have about ageing. The loss of independence and worries about.....    read full article

Stem cell therapy may aid stroke recovery

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

A stroke therapy that infuses stem cells into the damaged sections of the brain may help boost recovery after a stroke, according to a pilot study by Imperial College London. Five patients received this.....    read full article

Consortium acquires Voyage Care for £375m

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

A major care acquisition has been confirmed this week with the sale of Voyage Care from Hg Capital to the private equity house Duke Street. Currently listed as registered for a total 285 care homes within the UK, Voyage Care are.....    read full article

Local authority funding inadequacies are caused by central Government, say RNHA

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

A ’fair and accurate’ assessment of the fees nursing homes should be paid by local authorities needs to be conducted, according to the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA). Chief executive Frank Ursell has called upon Care.....    read full article