Care Home News

UK’s largest care home operator Four Seasons suffers £263.5m loss

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

Four Seasons Health Care, which cares for more than 18,000 older people across Britain, has reported an operating loss of £263.6m in 2015. Up from a £70.1m loss in 2014, last year's loss of almost £264m.....

Glitter beard world record challenge launched to support dementia research

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (27-Apr-16)

Men with beards across the UK are being encouraged to take part in a world record challenge to raise money for dementia research. The ‘beardjazzled’ event has been organised by Northampton-based company.....

Grandmother pays tribute to 850,000 people living with dementia

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

A Buckinghamshire grandmother is walking 850,000 steps to pay tribute to the 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. Liz Stoddard, a former nurse, has already raised more than £2,000 for Alzheimer’s.....

Care home insolvencies rise by one third in three years

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

The number of care home providers becoming insolvent in England and Wales has risen by 34 per cent in three years and 18 per cent in the last year ending September 2015. Some 47 care home providers in England.....

Man jailed for stabbing to death his ex and her fiancé at sheltered housing complex

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

A man who killed his ex-girlfriend and her 86-year-old fiancé at Fernways sheltered housing complex, has been jailed for 19 years. 51-year-old Paul Mallin, who's been living at the sheltered housing unit.....

Older than the Queen but they still have hots for each other

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

They may be older than the Queen but Les Racle, aged 90, and his wife Hilda (92) know how to keep their love alive and say being the best of friends helps. The couple, who live at Ash Tree House care home.....

Loneliness 'increases risk' of heart disease and stroke

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

New research has revealed that loneliness and social isolation can increase a person’s risk of heart disease or stroke by 30 per cent. Researchers from the University of York believe loneliness should be.....

Dementia cases fall as men lead healthier lifestyles

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

The proportion of older people living with dementia has fallen by a fifth over the past two decades, as individuals are smoking less and living healthier lives, according to new research published in the journal Nature Communications. A.....

Mismanagement of dementia costs health care system £1bn each year

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

A failure to prevent, diagnose and treat depression, diabetes and urinary tract infections in people living with dementia could be costing the UK’s health and social care system up to £1bn per year, according to research published.....

Protein discovery could 'reverse' symptoms of Alzheimer's disease

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

Alzheimer’s symptoms could be reversed by restoring a protein which is missing in the brains of those living with dementia, according to new research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Researchers.....

Ukelele band has 'calming effect' on care home residents

Sue Learner, Editor (18-Apr-16)

A ukulele band visited Aden Court care home in Huddersfield, producing a ‘calming effect’ on residents and boosting their mood. Residents at the home have been enjoying regular music sessions as part of the.....

People living with Parkinson's disease 'forced' to hide their emotions

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (18-Apr-16)

Almost two-fifths of people in the UK with Parkinson's disease hide their symptoms or lie about having the condition, new research has revealed. To mark Parkinson's Awareness Week (18-24 April), Parkinson's.....

Paralympic coach with cerebral palsy tests care home residents' Boccia skills

Angeline Albert, News Editor (15-Apr-16)

Some of North Wales’ oldest players led by paralympic Boccia coach Matt Palamarczuk, have been shaming local school children by beating them in a sport designed to improve motor skills. Older players at.....

Scientists to look at ways of using turmeric to prevent and treat cancer

Sue Learner, Editor (15-Apr-16)

Scientists from Brighton University have been awarded a grant of £148,600 to find new ways of using the spice turmeric to prevent and treat cancer. They will be working with fellow scientists in Vietnam where.....

UK adults invited to join 'Big Lunch' to reduce the number of people dining alone

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (14-Apr-16)

A new study has revealed the eating habits of people in the UK, finding that one quarter of over 55s rarely eat with friends with many often dining alone. The research commission by Eden Project initiative, 'The Big Lunch' revealed.....

Therapeutic gardening project urges care homes to enter its gardening competition

Sue Learner, Editor (14-Apr-16)

Growing Support, which works with care homes, has launched its Gardening Challenge Competition so more care home residents can benefit from gardening outside in the fresh air. Care homes will be able to enter.....

New academy aims to promote active ageing with holistic multi-disciplinary approach

Sue Learner, Editor (13-Apr-16)

The Leicester Academy for the Study of Ageing hopes to tackle the challenges of ageing and improve outcomes for older people through new models of care. The vision of the new Centre is to promote active ageing,.....

Care home residents challenged to create royal celebration cake

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (12-Apr-16)

Unilever Food Solutions (UFS) has launched its Novelty 90th Birthday Cake Challenge to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday in June. Residents from care homes across the UK are invited to get involved and create a special royal.....

Runner to race up 5,164 steps of China's Great Wall for his grandma

Angeline Albert, News Editor (11-Apr-16)

A British man is determined to run along China’s Great Wall to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK and is doing it in memory of his nan who had dementia. Thirty-three-year-old Richard Bazeley, who has.....

Social experiment reveals one in five adults have experienced ageism in the UK

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (11-Apr-16)

A study conducted by BBC Radio 5 live has revealed that one in five UK adults believe they have experienced ageism in the UK, while one quarter of young adults feel they have been discriminated against because of their age. The.....