Care Home News

Sainsbury's trials 'Slow Shopping' to help elderly and vulnerable customers

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (30-Aug-16)

A Sainsbury’s store in Gosport has introduced a new experience to make food shopping less stressful for older people and those living with mental and physical disabilities. ‘Slow Shopping’ offers dedicated.....

Nursing home fined for data breach after laptop with residents' details is stolen

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

A nursing home in County Antrim has been fined £15,000 for failing to adequately protect sensitive data about its staff and residents. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) launched the investigation.....

'Guns are not keepsakes' warn police after care home shooting

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

Old weapons from the past must be surrendered say police, following the sentencing of an 87-year-old man who shot his wife at a care home using a gun from World War II. Ronald King who has dementia was sentenced.....

Elderly man arrested on suspicion of murder after wife dies in sheltered housing

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Aug-16)

An 87-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after police found the body of his wife at their extra care housing flat in Cambridgeshire. Police questioned Brendan Constant at the Poppyfields.....

Most over 55s have not budgeted for future care

Angeline Albert, News Editor (23-Aug-16)

The majority of people aged over 55 have not budgeted for their future care needs but have spent money from their pension pot early, new research reveals. A Citizens Advice poll of 501 British people aged.....

Hearing loss charity delivers vital support in care homes across North England

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (23-Aug-16)

The charity Action on Hearing Loss has launched a new project in mainstream care homes across the North of England to improve the care and support provided to older people with hearing loss and reduce social isolation. The.....

Hundreds of volunteers participate in 'landmark study' to find cure for Alzheimer's disease

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (22-Aug-16)

A landmark £6.9m study, which will see 250 volunteers undergo a series of thorough and rigorous tests, has been launched in the UK and could mark a turning point in tackling Alzheimer's disease. The Deep.....

Welsh social care's 'triple whammy' includes 145% rise in over 85s

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

Social care providers are calling for urgent action from the Government to deal with ‘a triple whammy’ threatening care homes and domiciliary care services in Wales caused by ‘chronic underfunding’, staff pay increases and a steep.....

Parkinson's symptoms could be detected by 'simple' eye test

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

Researchers have discovered a ‘revolutionary’ eye test that could identify signs of Parkinson's disease before brain changes occur. The findings, published in the journal Acta Neuropathologica Communications,.....

Calcium supplements linked to increased risk of dementia in women

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

Calcium supplements have been linked to an increased risk of developing dementia in older women with certain health conditions. In a new study in the latest edition (17 August) of online journal Neurology,.....

Cancer overtakes heart disease as main cause of death in UK

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

With over 17 million deaths globally, cancer has overtaken cardiovascular disease as the main cause of death in 12 European countries, including the UK. Research published in the European Heart Journal has.....

Average cost of a care home hits £30k - more than double pensioners’ income

Sue Learner, Editor (17-Aug-16)

The average cost of a care home has exceeded £30,000 for the first time ever, with the annual cost rising ten times faster than pensioners’ incomes, according to new research. The average cost of a care home.....

Care sector invited to connect for #CareHour

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (17-Aug-16)

Social media users from across the adult social care sector are being invited to connect and take part in a weekly Twitter discussion using the hashtag #CareHour. The new regular Twitter chat was launched.....

Belfast care home resident renews marriage vows to sound of bagpipes

Sue Learner, Editor (16-Aug-16)

Care home resident Vincent Wilson renewed his wedding vows with his wife Margaret in celebration of their 50 years of marriage. Mr Wilson who lives at Bradley Manor care home in Belfast had a second wedding.....

Deaths at Nottinghamshire care home being investigated as murder

Sue Learner, Editor (15-Aug-16)

Two deaths at Springwater Care Home in Calverton, Nottinghamshire are being investigated by police as murder. The deaths took place on 2 and 3 August this year and the family of one of the residents who.....

Sunderland man to take on Great North Run for parents with dementia

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

A man from Sunderland has decided to take part in the Great North Run and raise vital funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK, after both of his parents were diagnosed with dementia. Steve Dodsworth, aged 53, only.....

'Premier Inn' funding for top-end social care? Have your say by 19 August

Angeline Albert, News Editor (10-Aug-16)

Social care providers have until 19 August to have their say in a Government inquiry into whether they think councils have enough money to support people needing care. The House of Commons' Communities and.....

Volunteering boosts mental health and wellbeing in later life

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (10-Aug-16)

Choosing to volunteer later in life can improve a person’s wellbeing and support good mental health, research has revealed. The study conducted by researchers from the University of Southampton and the University of Birmingham.....

Care home residents and staff inspired to 'go for gold' as Rio 2016 Olympic Games begin

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (08-Aug-16)

Residents and staff at 11 Care UK care homes across Norfolk and Suffolk recently joined together to take part in a Rio 2016 themed sports day in celebration of the Olympic Games. The day was hosted at Mills.....

Care home residents become season ticket holders for Blackburn Rovers Football Club

Sue Learner, Editor (05-Aug-16)

Residents from EachStep Blackburn specialist dementia care home now have season tickets for Blackburn Rovers Football Club and due to a partnership between the home and club they received a special exclusive tour of the stadium......