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Care Home News

More than two million older people struggling with basic aspects of living alone

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (28-Nov-14)

In England, there are over two million older people struggling with basic aspects of living alone in England, according to a new report by Independent Age and the Strategic Society Centre. The Bigger Picture report suggests that.....    read full article

Gateshead care home celebrating renovation and glowing report by CQC

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (26-Nov-14)

A care home in Gateshead is celebrating two recent successes after receiving an excellent report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is undertaking a full renovation to improve services for all of its residents. The Akari.....    read full article

The Silver Line celebrates first birthday by partnering with CQC

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (25-Nov-14)

Free and confidential helpline, The Silver Line is today celebrating its first birthday by announcing a new partnership with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Since launching on 25 November 2013, The Silver.....    read full article

Celebration of those over 100 calls for residents to step forward

Julia Corbett, News Editor (25-Nov-14)

Residents over the age of 100 years old are being encouraged to share their life stories, advice and experiences as part of a new series being created by the BBC. Organisers of a new ‘Ageing Series’ want to find people who have.....    read full article

Mum of dead autistic woman kept in padded hospital room says 'I miss her every day'

Sue Learner, News Editor (25-Nov-14)

The mother of Stephanie Bincliffe, who had a learning disability and autism, and was kept in a padded hospital room for nearly seven years until dying from heart failure and sleep apnoea, due to obesity, said “I miss her every day”. Ms.....    read full article

Public attitudes to disability have improved in the last 20 years

Nina Hathway, News Editor (24-Nov-14)

Six out of ten disabled people believe that public attitudes to disability have improved in the past two decades but a significant proportion still say that they experience discrimination, according to research by the charity Scope......    read full article

Seafarers go green to reduce carbon footprint

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (24-Nov-14)

A care home in Surrey has recently taken steps to reduce its carbon footprint and become self-sufficient. The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society in Banstead, Surrey has newly installed solar panels, a borehole in the grounds and.....    read full article

New dementia partnership devised to help family carers

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (24-Nov-14)

A new dementia partnership has been announced between Dementia Adventure and health and social care provider Care UK. The new initiative will run for the next year and see the introduction of a programme of.....    read full article

BBC show looking for older people urgently needing house adaptations

Sue Learner, News Editor (20-Nov-14)

The BBC programme DIY SOS: The Big Build is searching for older people, in desperate need of having their house adapted, so they can continue to live at home. The programme, which stars Nick Knowles and a.....    read full article

National Audit Office urges Government to 'be better informed' on local authority budgets

Richard Howard, News Editor (19-Nov-14)

A new National Audit Office (NAO) report has furthered concerns over the ability of local authorities to meet their social care funding goals, finding that one quarter of councils have been forced to make unplanned amendments in order.....    read full article

Dementia therapy tool launched for people in early stages of dementia

Sue Learner, News Editor (19-Nov-14)

A ‘dementia discussion map’ has been launched by Bupa, to help its specialist dementia nurses, structure conversations with people in the early stage of dementia. The map which was launched at the UK Dementia.....    read full article

Growing number of 'silver separators' as divorce rates increase among older people

Nina Hathway, News Editor (19-Nov-14)

Growing divorce rates in old age could contribute to increasing isolation and a greater need for formal care, argues the think tank International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK). In its new report, the.....    read full article

Residents from Solihull care home enjoy community meals week

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (14-Nov-14)

A care home in Solihull recently participated in a group meal organised for community meals week created to encourage “good-quality nutrition for older people.” The residents of Lyndon Croft care home in Solihull enjoyed a meal.....    read full article

NHS receives £300m extra funding to prepare for winter months

Julia Corbett, News Editor (14-Nov-14)

Extra funding for the NHS has been announced by the Department of Health in a bid to relieve added pressures faced by health services over the coming winter months. The £300m of extra provision will increase current funds to.....    read full article

Resident and carer become faces behind new Sanctuary Care mission statement campaign

Julia Corbett, News Editor (13-Nov-14)

A Sanctuary Care home resident and care assistant have been revealed as the faces of the care group’s campaign celebrating the launch of its new mission statement. The care group chose to use photos of resident.....    read full article

Learning Disability Work Experience Week back for second year

Julia Corbett, News Editor (12-Nov-14)

A number of companies including British Red Cross and South West Trains are offering placements to people with learning disabilities this week as part of Mencap’s second Work Experience Week. Although 65 per cent are able and.....    read full article

Projected savings of Better Care Fund overestimated by £700m

Julia Corbett, News Editor (11-Nov-14)

The Better Care Fund will fail to make the £1bn of projected savings for the NHS when it is launched in April 2015, the National Audit Office (NAO) has claimed. The fund, aimed at joining up local services for older and disabled.....    read full article

Improvement to flu vaccination could keep older people healthy during winter months

Julia Corbett, News Editor (11-Nov-14)

A new drug has the potential to increase the protection older people receive against seasonal flu and other infections, researchers from the University of Oxford have said. Researchers are looking into the compound, called spermidine,.....    read full article

Mencap and Scope chosen as beneficiaries for Lord Mayor’s Appeal

Julia Corbett, News Editor (10-Nov-14)

Newly elected Lord Mayor of London, Alan Yarrow, has named disability charities Mencap and Scope as the two main beneficiaries of the Lord Mayor’s appeal. The Lord Mayor’s appeal creates a new charitable theme every year and provides.....    read full article

Threat of an impending ageing crisis in Eastern Europe

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (10-Nov-14)

The International Longevity Centre (ILC) has produced a document showing the impact of ageing on Europe, the information reveals that Eastern Europe will be affected the most. The north and west of Europe are currently recognised.....    read full article