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Care Home News

Use of the deprivation of liberty safeguards soars in 2014/15

Julia Corbett, News Editor (26-Jan-15)

There has been a rise in the number of applications for the use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) in the first two quarters of 2014/15, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced. The care regulator has said.....    read full article

Charity calls for the adoption of national standards ‘to protect NHS hearing loss services’

Nina Hathway, News Editor (26-Jan-15)

Two in five NHS audiology departments (41 per cent) are being forced to cut core services due to shrinking budgets or increased demand, affecting hundreds of thousands of people across the UK, according to new research gathered by.....    read full article

Care home re-opens after fire led to relocations

Richard Howard, News Editor (26-Jan-15)

North East England’s Donwell House Nursing Home is a home for residents once again, after the damage caused by a fire meant clients had to be relocated to sister homes run by provider Shaftesbury Care Group. Having broken out in an upstairs bedroom,.....    read full article

Care home minibus crushes resident

Julia Corbett, News Editor (26-Jan-15)

The Care Inspectorate and Police Scotland have launched an investigation into an incident where a woman was killed after being crushed by a minibus at the residential home where she lived. Margaret Jack had been a resident of.....    read full article

Entrepreneur wins £100,000 award with cloud-based personal healthcare platform

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (23-Jan-15)

A Manchester entrepreneur has received a £100,000 award for his creation of cloud-based personal healthcare platform iPersonally which is designed to offer support to people with learning disabilities. Dan Lingard, is chief executive.....    read full article

Mum wins fight for her disabled son to go into care home in his home town

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Jan-15)

A mother in Wigton, Cumbria, has won a battle for her son to be given a residential care place in his home town, instead of at a care home miles away in West Cumbria. Marilyn Calvert, aged 67, has cared for.....    read full article

Age UK launches social care 'score card' highlighting increasing need for care

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (21-Jan-15)

A social care ‘score card’ has been launched today by older people’s charity Age UK to reflect the growing demand for care and support. The charity reports that taking into account additional funding of £1.4 billion received.....    read full article

GPS tracking devices being developed to monitor people with dementia in care homes

Sue Learner, News Editor (21-Jan-15)

Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University are looking into developing low-cost GPS-style tracking devices to monitor the movements of people with dementia in care homes, hospitals and housing associations. Dr.....    read full article

Charity appoints new personalisation officer

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (21-Jan-15)

Disability charity, Walsingham has enforced its commitment to offering person centred care and support by the appointment of Dominique Richards as personalisation officer acting on behalf of the charity throughout England and Wales......    read full article

Recruitment drive aims to offer nursing jobs 'on the same day'

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

Care provider HC-One is holding bespoke recruitment events for qualified nurses who would like to work in care homes in and around Northwich, Cheshire with an added bonus – successful candidates will get a job offer on the same day.....    read full article

Care home appeals for help so resident can achieve life-long dream to read and write

Sue Learner, News Editor (20-Jan-15)

A care home in Hartlepool is appealing for a voluntary adult literacy tutor to teach one of its residents to read and write. Evelyn, aged 76, who has lived at Queen Meadow care home in Stockton Road since.....    read full article

Dementia: Personalised music playlists can aid memory and emotional well-being

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

Specialist training is being undertaken this week at Balhousie Care Group, as the care provider looks to invite the gift of music into its care homes and impact on the fragile psychology of those with memory loss. Welcoming members of charity.....    read full article

One in four older people feel they have no one, says Age UK

Nina Hathway, News Editor (19-Jan-15)

Some 2.9 million people aged 65 and over now feel they have no one to go to for help and support, an Age UK survey has found. Of the people surveyed, 39 per cent said they felt lonely and one in five.....    read full article

Families urged to plan older relatives' care earlier

Richard Howard, News Editor (19-Jan-15)

Care home provider Anchor has commented on figures that show, once again, a surge in care home enquiries during the post-Christmas period. This trend, which sees a boom in Google search statistics for terms such as ‘care home’,.....    read full article

Ageing population seen as one of the top three challenges facing the UK

Sue Learner, News Editor (19-Jan-15)

The ageing population is seen to be the third top challenge facing Britain, over the next 20 years, with healthcare and immigration coming first and second, according to a new survey. The YouGov poll commissioned.....    read full article

More than 200 companies and venues give support to Disabled Access Day

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (16-Jan-15)

Disabled Access Day will take place on Saturday 17 January 2015 and more than 200 companies across the UK have given their support to the new initiative to encourage people living with disabilities and their friends and family members.....    read full article

New partnership between AFC Bournemouth and Care South prompts football kick about

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (16-Jan-15)

Care South have partnered with AFC Bournemouth and residents recently received a visit from The Cherries player, and ambassador for the new partnership, Marc Pugh. The visit took place at Queensmead care home in Christchurch.....    read full article

Dehydrated care home residents a 'systematic problem'

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

Of 21,000 older people admitted to hospital from care homes, an unusually high number are dehydrated, according the findings of an Oxford University study. Published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and taken from.....    read full article

Frailty syndromes should be recognised to prevent older people from significant harm

Julia Corbett, News Editor (15-Jan-15)

Community services should shift their focus from those at a ‘high risk of hospital admission’ to those with a frailty syndrome to reduce hospital bed usage, according to new guidance published this week. ‘Fit for Frailty Part.....    read full article

Charity reveals Alzheimer’s link between blood molecules and cold temperatures

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (15-Jan-15)

A new study has revealed that molecules found in blood that are created from cholesterol could be linked to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to research conducted by King’s College London. The study.....    read full article