Care Home News

TV presenter Penny Smith urges people to enter Age International's charity photo competition

Sue Learner, Editor (27-May-16)

TV and radio presenter Penny Smith is encouraging people to enter Age International’s photo competition to raise awareness of and celebrate older people around the world. The theme of the competition ‘Strength.....

Three-quarters of care homes rated Inadequate have shown improvement

Sue Learner, Editor (25-May-16)

Nearly three quarters of care homes originally rated Inadequate have improved their ratings following re-inspection by the Care Quality Commission. The CQC has published an analysis which shows that during.....

High blood pressure linked to vascular dementia, study reveals

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

High blood pressure could ‘significantly raise’ the risk of developing the second most common form of dementia, according to a new study by The George Institute for Global Health, published in the journal Stroke. Researchers.....

Fiona Phillips opens luxury Hampshire retirement village

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

Journalist, broadcaster and television presenter, Fiona Phillips, officially opened Anchor’s new Bishopstoke Park Village in Hampshire last week. Best known for her 12 years on the GMTV sofa, Ms Phillips enjoyed a tour of the luxurious.....

Care workers and nurses 'to learn together' in new Teaching Care Home partnership

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (17-May-16)

Care England, the largest representative body for independent care providers, has welcomed the launch of ‘Teaching Care Home’, a ground-breaking, nurse-led pilot to improve the learning environment for staff working in homes, undergraduate.....

More than half of people delay dementia diagnosis, fearing 'life is over'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (16-May-16)

A new study has revealed that 56 per cent of people are putting off seeking a dementia diagnosis for up to a year or longer, according to research conducted by Alzheimer’s Society. The study launches as part of Dementia Awareness.....

Care home uses pygmy goats in innovative animal therapy

Sue Learner, Editor (13-May-16)

A Leonard Cheshire Disability care home is pioneering new forms of pet therapy and has opened a pygmy goat centre at the home for people with disabilities. The Greathouse in Kington Langley, Wiltshire, has.....

Former WW2 pilot celebrates his birthday saying 'I don’t feel 103'

Sue Learner, Editor (13-May-16)

A former WW2 pilot celebrated his 103rd birthday saying: “I have had a good day, I don’t feel 103.” Eric Lewiston, who has lived at Hallmark Care Home, Anisha Grange in Billericay, Essex for three years,.....

People encouraged to put 'end-of-life care plans in place'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (12-May-16)

More than half of those living in the UK feel more comfortable talking about their own death or that of people close to them than they did five years ago, yet are failing to get their ‘affairs in order’, according to research compiled.....

Shropshire care homes deliver a 'Good' standard of care

Sue Learner, Editor (12-May-16)

The Care Quality Commission has rated two Shropshire homes as delivering a ‘Good’ standard of care. New Fairholme in Oswestry and Crowmoor House in Shrewsbury, which are both run by not-for-profit firm Coverage.....

Widnes Vikings rugby league club gives weekly activity and reminiscence sessions in dementia care homes

Sue Learner, Editor (12-May-16)

The Super League club, Widnes Vikings, are joining forces with Community Integrated Care in a bid to improve the lives of people with dementia and autism. Star players Patrick Ah Van, Lloyd White, Tom Gilmore.....

Care home provider joins forces with care workers union to promote staff rights

Sue Learner, Editor (10-May-16)

Graham Care which runs eight care homes in Surrey, Kent and Sussex has signed an agreement with GMB, the union for care workers, enabling its care workers to use the union if they wish to air any grievances. GMB.....

Britain's biggest care home provider Four Seasons is financially 'unsustainable'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (06-May-16)

International credit agency Moody's has called the financial structure of Four Seasons Health Care (FSHC) unsustainable, a week after the company reported a 39 per cent fall in annual earnings to £38.7m. The.....

Care home residents with dementia pay for 'free' NHS care but get 'second class' treatment

Angeline Albert, News Editor (05-May-16)

Residents with dementia are paying for free NHS care and are treated like second class citizens say care home managers. Many care home residents with dementia are left bed-bound, incontinent and sedated.....

Care home inspectors find a lack of staff and poor manual handling skills

Angeline Albert, News Editor (04-May-16)

Not enough staff and poor manual handling skills have been identified in some care homes by Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors in the last week. Some 18 care homes and home care agencies in England.....

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.....