Care Home News

CQC board member to head up policy unit at 10 Downing Street

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

Camilla Cavendish has been appointed Head of the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street. She will take up this post with immediate effect and will therefore step aside from her role as a member of CQC’s board. David.....

Older people want more opportunities to plan their care, says research

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

A new study reveals that patients are increasingly planning for end-of-life care, but services aren’t always available. Older people who want to talk to health professionals about advance care planning (ACP).....

Exercising for 30 minutes a day could reduce the risk of death in older men by 40 per cent

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (19-May-15)

The British Journal of Sports Medicine has published research conducted by Oslo University Hospital that indicates 30 minutes of regular exercise could be as beneficial to health as quitting smoking. The report suggests that doing.....

Doctors denounce PM’s seven-day NHS announcement as 'empty headline grabbing'

Sue Learner, News Editor (18-May-15)

The British Medical Association has criticised the Prime Minister’s seven-day NHS announcement today as “empty headline grabbing” and questioned how it will be delivered, when the NHS is facing a funding gap of £30bn and a chronic.....

End of life care should be a priority for the new Conservative Government

Sue Learner, News Editor (18-May-15)

Nearly two-thirds of people in Britain would like to see end of life care being made a priority by the new Tory Government, according to a new study. The ComRes research commissioned by the Dying Matters.....

Scotland's first ever collaborative folk single raises money for veterans' care homes

Richard Howard, News Editor (15-May-15)

A collection of Scottish musicians have come together to record a folk single, to be released Monday 18 May, which will raise money for the charity Erskine. The song ‘Our Heroes’ was written by Gary Innes, of folk rock band Mànran,.....

Student creates computer game to explore the impact of Alzheimer's disease

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

A university student studying at Abertay University in Scotland has created a computer game to explore the emotional impact of Alzheimer's disease. The game was revealed at the Abertay Digital Graduate Show on Friday 8th May. The.....

CQC chair David Prior is made health minister

Sue Learner, News Editor (15-May-15)

David Prior, the chair of the Care Quality Commission, has been appointed to the position of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health. Mr Prior, who is a former deputy chairman.....

High blood sugar may contribute towards Alzheimer’s disease, research finds

Nina Hathway, News Editor (12-May-15)

Scientists have uncovered a mechanism that links high blood sugar with Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The research was carried out in mice.....

Durham care home inspires multiple entries into Step and Refresh programme

Richard Howard, News Editor (11-May-15)

Care home workers, residents and even family members at Manor House, in County Durham, are reaping the benefits of a new health and fitness programme that has helped entrants to lose weight and feel better hydrated. Designed by.....

Toolkit published to support the management of care sector volunteers

Julia Corbett, News Editor (06-May-15)

Resources and support have been made available to help managers and care providers address key issues surrounding the use of volunteers in the care sector. The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG).....

Care group launches petition for better adult social care

Julia Corbett, News Editor (06-May-15)

The Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire) has launched a petition calling on all political parties to prioritize social care funding for older people ahead of the General Election. The social care group wants all.....

High standard care homes to receive 'Anchor Inspires' accreditation

Julia Corbett, News Editor (30-Apr-15)

Care provider Anchor will be awarding its highest performing care homes a new dementia accreditation to recognise the exceptional work being carried out to provide person-centred dementia care. ‘Anchor Inspires’ has been developed.....

Care staff to walk 54 miles in 24 hours for charity

Julia Corbett, News Editor (30-Apr-15)

Staff from home care provider Blackwood are getting ready to embark on The Caledonian Challenge in June by walking 54 miles within a 24-hour timeframe. The group of nine will be making the 86km journey to.....

Fear of being called 'frail' deters older people from asking for help

Sue Learner, News Editor (30-Apr-15)

Older people don’t like to ask for help as they fear they may be defined as ‘frail’ and lose their independence. The British Geriatrics Society and Age UK carried out research looking at older people’s perceptions.....

Care home nurse retires after 25 years of service

Julia Corbett, News Editor (29-Apr-15)

Felicia Onwuagha, has said her goodbyes to residents and staff at Elm Bank Nursing Home and started retirement after spending a quarter of a century caring for residents in the care home. In recognition of.....

Political parties launch 'easy read' manifestos to attract learning disability vote in general election

Nina Hathway, News Editor (28-Apr-15)

Inaccessible politics discouraged a majority of people with a learning disability from voting in local elections last May, so Mencap’s Parliamentary Affairs Assistant, who has a learning disability, contacted all the party leaders.....

Care home residents enjoy visit from local farm animals

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (28-Apr-15)

Residents at two care homes in Lymington recently received a visit from some farm animals in the comfort of their own gardens. Colten Care arranged for residents to receive a visit from a selection of lambs,.....

Disabled people feel ignored by political parties, but will turn out to vote in general election for NHS

Nina Hathway, News Editor (28-Apr-15)

According to a recent survey conducted by a leading disability charity, some 79 per cent of disabled voters feel that the political parties have so far not focused enough on the issues that affect them. Despite this, 92 per cent say.....

Health & social care PR agency continues its rise in Top 150 PR league table

Sue Learner, News Editor (27-Apr-15)

Political Lobbying and Media Relations Ltd (PLMR) has climbed the UK Top 150 PR Agencies rankings for the fourth year in a row, after achieving 22 per cent growth in turnover in the last calendar year. After.....