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Care Home News

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

CQC to publish guidance on using hidden cameras in care homes

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

The Care Quality Commission has agreed to publish guidance on using overt and covert surveillance in care homes, for both the general public and care home providers. The decision to go ahead and print the.....    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

A third of local councils criticised for cutting community meals services

Richard Howard, News Editor (13-Nov-14)

Concerns have been raised by the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) over the risk older people face from malnutrition and social isolation, with austerity having a massive impact on the provision of meals on wheels, luncheon.....    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

Many older people in Welsh care homes 'quickly become institutionalised'

Sue Learner, News Editor (10-Nov-14)

Too many older people living in care homes in Wales ‘quickly become institutionalised, their identity and individuality ‘rapidly diminishes’ and they have ‘a lack of choice and control’, according to the first major review of residential.....    read full article

Learning disability conference held at the University of West London

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (07-Nov-14)

Some of the most prominent figures within the learning disability sector were recently invited to speak at a large conference titled ‘Together We Stand’, held at the University of West London (UWL.) The.....    read full article

Eighty-four-year-old ex-nurse calls for nurses to do less paperwork and more care

Sue Learner, News Editor (07-Nov-14)

A retired nurse has spoken out after the Royal College of Nursing revealed that only one in 10 nurses say they are able to deliver high-quality end of life care. Their inability to deliver the right level.....    read full article

Women's feelings of 'guilt' delay important care decisions

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (06-Nov-14)

Women are feeling the strain of being solely responsible for the care of their relatives. One in three women said that caring for a relative has caused a strain on their relationships and two fifths felt fully responsible for.....    read full article

HC-One care homes acquired for £477m

Sue Learner, News Editor (06-Nov-14)

Court Cavendish, which has been managing HC-One care homes, has joined up with two investment companies, in a deal to acquire its parent company NHP for £477m. HC-One was formed in 2011, when it took over.....    read full article

New project encourages people with mental health difficulties to blog their everyday lives

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (06-Nov-14)

A new project funded by Public Health England, invites people living with mental health difficulties, to blog about their daily experiences. 'A Day in the Life' asks that people write blog posts to give others an insight into.....    read full article