Care Home News

Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs dies of dementia but much-loved Manuel lives on

Angeline Albert, News Editor (02-Dec-16)

Best known for being beaten about the head with a frying pan in the 1970s comedy Fawlty Towers, the actor Andrew Sachs, who played Manuel in the sitcom, has died of vascular dementia at a care home for actors. The.....

Older people find Christmas companionship with Abbeyfield charity to combat 'crushing' loneliness and isolation

Charley Walker, News Editor (01-Dec-16)

Older people’s housing and care charity Abbeyfield is opening its doors at its homes across the country this Christmas, welcoming isolated older people who would otherwise spend the festive period alone. The.....

Social care crisis impeding ambulance service efficiency

Charley Walker, News Editor (30-Nov-16)

Ambulances are failing to reach dying patients fast enough because of problems in the NHS and social care. Freedom of Information requests by the BBC revealed that more than 500,000 hours of ambulance teams’.....

Four Seasons revenue rises and occupancy is highest for three years

Angeline Albert, News Editor (30-Nov-16)

Britain’s largest care provider Four Seasons Health Care reports its Q3 revenue and care home occupancy has risen, prompting its chairman to promise to ‘build on the turnaround’. The group has reported.....

'Alarming shortage' of specialist consultants and nurses hindering stroke rehabilitation and aftercare

Charley Walker, News Editor (29-Nov-16)

Health experts are calling for an improvement in stroke rehabilitation services following an official audit of stroke services commissioned by the NHS. Around 9,000 patients a year could be missing out on.....

PM backs '1 Million Minutes' campaign to befriend lonely older people this Christmas

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (29-Nov-16)

Prime Minister Theresa May has backed Good Morning Britain’s '1 Million Minutes' campaign, asking people to pledge just 30 minutes of their time to help a lonely older person this Christmas. Launched in.....

Scottish care home uses pioneering light therapy to treat skin conditions

Sue Learner, Editor (28-Nov-16)

A care home in Scotland has successfully trialled light therapy to treat residents with skin conditions and now plans to use it on a permanent basis. Marchglen Care Centre in Clackmannshire has been using.....

Football mascot becomes Dementia Friend in partnership with Alzheimer's Society

Charley Walker, News Editor (28-Nov-16)

Hartlepool United has taken steps towards becoming a dementia friendly club by training its mascot, H’Angus the Monkey, as a Dementia Friend. Together with full-time staff at the League Two outfit, H’Angus.....

Alzheimer's charity awarded £172,000 grant for 'promising' research

Charley Walker, News Editor (25-Nov-16)

The Denise Coates Foundation has donated a generous £172,000 to Alzheimer’s Research UK to fund two dementia research projects. The grant will be used to fund two three-year PhD research scholarships at the.....

Songwriter of chart-topping charity single misses his mum who had dementia 'most at Christmas'

Sue Learner, Editor (25-Nov-16)

Songwriter Alan Stott has teamed up with Birmingham Conservatoire to join the race for the Christmas number one, with a jazz version of ‘What are we gonna do for Christmas?’ in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. The.....

Care homes join Mannequin challenge craze

Angeline Albert, News Editor (25-Nov-16)

Chelsea pensioners' success in staying still like statues in their Royal Hospital Chelsea home has led to other care homes getting in on the act, by posting videos of residents doing the Mannequin Challenge. Move.....

Animation urging care homes to offer nutritious vegan and vegetarian food shortlisted for film award

Sue Learner, Editor (24-Nov-16)

An animation, which highlights how important it is to respect the beliefs of older vegans and vegetarians, has been shortlisted by the Charity Film Awards. The animation which was created by Vegetarian for Life (VfL).....

Anti-dementia drugs: People taking memantine have highest risk of pneumonia

Sue Learner, Editor (23-Nov-16)

Memantine has been singled out as the riskiest drug, in a study which looked at which anti-dementia drugs put people most of risk of getting pneumonia. The research by the University of Eastern Finland found.....

'Sorry' says care home owner after secret Panorama film reveals 'inhumane' care

Angeline Albert, News Editor (22-Nov-16)

Care provider the Morleigh Group, which became the focus of a BBC Panorama documentary revealing 'inhumane' care in two of its nursing homes in Cornwall, has apologised 'unreservedly'. Broadcast on BBC One on 21.....

'Cruel' care workers who tortured residents' dementia dolls have been jailed

Sue Learner, Editor (22-Nov-16)

Two care workers, who posted video clips online of them torturing residents’ dementia dolls, have been jailed by a judge who called them ‘cruel’ for treating residents as ‘playthings’. Shauna Higgin, 20,.....

Four out of five local authorities admit social care shortages

Angeline Albert, News Editor (21-Nov-16)

Four out of five UK local authorities admit there is a care shortage for older people in their area, new research reveals. The Family and Childcare Trust’s (FACT) Older People’s Care survey 2016, (published.....

Chancellor Hammond urged to introduce social care vouchers

Angeline Albert, News Editor (21-Nov-16)

Chancellor Philip Hammond is being urged to use Wednesday's Autumn Statement to help the public prepare for their social care costs and introduce 'eldercare' vouchers. Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme,.....

Hillary Clinton's done it, now watch Chelsea Pensioners do the Mannequin Challenge

Angeline Albert, News Editor (18-Nov-16)

In her bid to become President of the United States, Hillary Clinton took the Mannequin Challenge to try to outdo Donald Trump but now Britain’s Chelsea Pensioners have been caught on film playing this game of statues. The.....

Helen McArdle Care group unveils its 19th care home

Angeline Albert, News Editor (16-Nov-16)

Care group Helen McArdle Care is unveiling its nineteenth care home to the public on 20 November. The group’s new £6m care home, Fleming Court in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, will provide residential, dementia.....

Living Wage costs put care homes under 'considerable financial strain'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (15-Nov-16)

Around one in eight care homes are at increasing risk of going insolvent within the next three years, according to accountancy firm Moore Stephens. Research suggests that care homes in the UK have been under.....