Care Home News

Mental health stigma leaves nearly 90 per cent of people feeling isolated and ashamed

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (04-Feb-16)

In a survey of more than 7,000 people living with mental health problems, it has been revealed that nearly 90 per cent of respondents have experienced stigma and discrimination as a result of their mental health problems. The.....

CQC experts’ pay dispute threatens to delay care inspections

Angeline Albert News Editor (02-Feb-16)

A pay dispute that risks delaying care inspections has forced the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to negotiate better wages for inspection experts, as part of the £7m a year contract it recently awarded to Remploy. On.....

£1.3m lottery cash helps care homes' dementia gardens grow

Angeline Albert, News Editor (01-Feb-16)

Lottery cash totalling £1.3m will be spent on transforming the outdoor spaces of 30 care homes into dementia-friendly gardens. Money from The Big Lottery Fund will be used by charity Learning through Landscapes.....

Care for older people requires ‘radical’ new approach, Commission says

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (01-Feb-16)

Care for older people should be driven by the needs of individuals, rather than institutions and structures, The Commission on Improving Care for Older People has said in a new independent report. The Commission has called for.....

'Grandbuddies' project aims to bridge the generation gap

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (01-Feb-16)

Young children from the Ballerup Nursery Centre made a recent visit to Rosaburn House in South Lanarkshire, as part of a new intergenerational community project. The ‘Grandbuddies’ initiative was designed to bring children and.....

Care firm opens academy and will create 100 jobs to meet home care demand

Angeline Albert, News Editor (28-Jan-16)

A care provider has unveiled a new training academy and aims to offer up to 100 new jobs in 2016 to meet ’growing demand’ in the home care market. Family run firm Townfield and Coach Care Ltd, run by two.....

Care providers urged to prepare nurses for new competency checks

Angeline Albert, News Editor (27-Jan-16)

Care providers are being encouraged to get their nurses ready for incoming competency checks that will determine whether they can continue working for them. From April, the new checks system, called revalidation,.....

Toxic algae could increase risk of Alzheimer's disease

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (26-Jan-16)

Toxic algae found in 12 freshwater lakes and reservoirs across Britain may be responsible for an increase in dementia, scientists have warned. Researchers in the US have discovered that a chemical called BMAA, a by-product of a.....

£4m centre for people with learning disabilities to create over 100 jobs in North Tyneside

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (26-Jan-16)

A new 40 bed specialist care facility, specifically designed for adults with learning difficulties and autism, will provide more than 100 jobs for people living in North Tyneside. Kendal House Properties are working with care provider.....

Care home staff suspended after footage emerges of dementia dolls being 'tortured'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (25-Jan-16)

Care workers from Ashbourne House Nursing Home in Middleton, Manchester have been suspended after a video emerged of them ‘torturing’ dolls used to comfort residents living with dementia. The video, taken at the Middleton home.....

Care provider reminds older people of the importance of breakfast during National Breakfast Week

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (25-Jan-16)

Older people, including those in care homes across the UK, are being reminded of the importance of eating breakfast during National Breakfast Week. The initiative promotes the advantages of eating a healthy breakfast and reminds.....

Chronic stress and anxiety increases risk of developing depression and dementia

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (25-Jan-16)

New research has warned people to find ways to reduce chronic stress and anxiety or they may be at an increased risk of developing depression and even dementia. Led by the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest.....

Residents begin to arrive at new £30m care village

Sue Learner, Editor (21-Jan-16)

The first residents have moved into the £30m Richmond retirement village at Witney in Oxfordshire. Work begun on constructing the care home 18 months ago. Now 17 care village apartments are occupied, with more people moving.....

Innovative spoon to help those with Parkinson's disease wins top design award

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (21-Jan-16)

A spoon that reduces spillage, designed to aid those with shaky hands as a result of Cerebral Palsy, essential tremor and Parkinson’s, has been awarded the top prize in a Dragons Den style design competition. Housing and care provider,.....

Current therapies for Parkinson's disease do not improve quality of life, researchers claim

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (20-Jan-16)

New research from the University of Birmingham has shown that physiotherapy and occupational therapy do not produce improvements in quality of life for patients with mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease. The.....

Christopher Eccleston urges nation to #sharetheorange to challenge attitudes towards dementia

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (19-Jan-16)

Award winning actor, Christopher Eccleston is urging people to share a new thought-provoking animation from Alzheimer’s Research UK which has been created to confront common misconceptions surrounding dementia using only an orange. The.....

Vitamin B can help boost learning and memory in older people

Sue Learner, Editor (19-Jan-16)

Vitamin B can help to improve learning and memory in older people who have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood, according to new research. In the study by Oxford University, over 250 older people.....

Neurological nurse wins top care award

Sue Learner, Editor (19-Jan-16)

A lead nurse in a specialist centre that cares for younger adults with neurological conditions has been named Good Nurse of the Year at the Great South East Care Awards. Registered nurse Paulina Meyers,.....

Cancer drug improves Alzheimer's disease symptoms in mice

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (19-Jan-16)

Cancer drugs available on the NHS could help reverse Alzheimer’s disease by boosting the immune system, according to new research published in the journal Nature Medicine. The drug targets a protein called.....

British Sign Language pilot leads to more accessible Government services

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (18-Jan-16)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has introduced a new video relay service to support British Sign Language (BSL) users to access the DWP website. The system will ensure BSL users can easily access Government services.....