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Profile: 'Both local and national Government needs to put its money where its mouth is,' says chair of the National Care Association

Nina Hathway, News Editor (31-Mar-15)

Nadra Ahmed is certainly well qualified to head up the National Care Association and talk on all matters relating to care. Not only has she more than 30 years of experience in the care sector – “I learned.....

Profile: Care home turnaround specialist reveals some of the tricks of the trade

Nina Hathway, News Editor (16-Dec-14)

What does today’s care home do if either it fails to meet statutory requirements or is running into financial problems? Admit that all is not well and seek professional help is the smart solution. A growing breed of management.....

Profile: ‘People should not be dreading going into a care home – they should be looking forward to it,’ says care home boss

Nina Hathway, News Editor (01-Dec-14)

As it becomes increasingly difficult for people wanting to go into care homes to access funding from the local authorities, the competition among privately-funded care providers continues to grow and, says Signature executive chairman,.....

Experienced care home owner believes local councils shouldn't be involved with healthcare funding

Richard Howard, News Editor (03-Nov-14)

Responsibility for care home services “should never have been placed at the feet of local government”, according to Julian Hume-Kendall, director of Palms Row Health Care Ltd, who blames “constant downward pressure at a local level” for the sector.....

Exercise is key to 'changing the care sector' says provider of exercise therapy in care homes

Richard Howard, News Editor (07-Oct-14)

Care homes, in which visitors can see a wide range of physical activities and interests being undertaken, are the best medicine for diluting the sector’s negative public image, according to Ben Allen, the founder and chief executive.....

Profile: Dementia expert helps families combat guilt and awkwardness during visits to care home residents

Sue Learner, News Editor (04-Aug-14)

Families can find it hard visiting their relative once they have dementia as they may not recognise them and their memory of the visit can quickly fade. However a writer of a new book on dementia, is urging.....

Profile: FitzRoy founder changed the way Britain cares for people with learning disabilities

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

Fifty years ago, it was the norm for people with learning disabilities to be locked away in large institutions for the duration of their lives. Now they are very much part of the community, and it is largely thanks to two people.....

Profile: Luxury care homes see rapid growth as traditional care homes dwindle, reveals care home expert

Sue Learner, News Editor (01-Jul-14)

As the number of luxury care homes continues to grow, the number of traditional style converted care homes which tend to cater for local authority residents is shrinking as care providers chase the big money, according to an expert.....

Profile: 'Acquisition and development are essential' says Emma Charlton of Caring Homes Group

Nina Hathway, News Editor (02-Jun-14)

With a portfolio that spans both the care home and home care sector the Caring Homes Group, which comprises the award-winning Caring Homes and Consensus Support, intends to continue to grow “through both acquisition and development,”.....

Profile: Keeping a charity care home afloat

Nina Hathway, News Editor (06-May-14)

Brian Boxall-Hunt of the Royal Alfred Seafarer’s Society explains how he has brought a third-sector care home up to speed. Founded 149 years ago, the aims of the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, as defined.....

Profile: 'Caring for my father was a privilege I wished had never ended,' says dementia campaigner Beth Britton

Sue Learner, News Editor (01-Apr-14)

When Beth Britton was 12, her father began to suffer from vascular dementia. He went 10 years without a diagnosis and during this time, she and her mother were his main carers. For Ms Britton, who has become.....

Profile: Charity director reveals how singing can transform older people's lives

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

Composer and organist, Adrian Bawtree, has been involved with the charity Sing For Your Life, for 10 years and during that time, he has witnessed a growing realisation of the immense power of music by both academics and care professionals. He.....

Profile: Ex-care worker reveals how she made it to the top

Nina Hathway, News Editor (04-Feb-14)

Amanda Scott started her working life at the coalface of the care sector as a care assistant. Fast forward just over 30 years and she is now the managing director of a leading care home group. Ms Scott.....

Profile: 'End of life care training in care homes should be mandatory', says end of life care expert

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

“You only get one chance to get it right,” says Professor Keri Thomas, who has spent the last decade improving the care given to people at the end of their lives. In 2000, she gave up her career as a GP.....

Bupa boss calls on care sector to change people's perceptions of care homes

Sue Learner, News Editor (04-Dec-13)

It is up to all of us in the sector to change people's perceptions of care homes, says Bupa Care Services’ managing director. Care homes are finding it a struggle to shrug off the negativity that surrounds.....

'We still haven't got it right for people with disabilities,' says Leonard Cheshire chief

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-Nov-13)

Clare Pelham took over the helm of Leonard Cheshire Disability three years ago. This year, she has thrust the disability charity well and truly into the spotlight with a campaign in October to put an end to 15-minute home care visits. She.....

Profile: 'I can’t think of any other job I would rather have', says CQC’s first chief inspector of adult social care

Sue Learner, News Editor (05-Nov-13)

Andrea Sutcliffe began her new job with a bang last month, hitting the headlines with the controversial announcement, that the Care Quality Commission is to explore the benefits and risks of installing hidden cameras in care homes. As.....

National Care Forum chief ‘disheartened’ care homes are only put in the media spotlight ‘when things go wrong’

Laura McCardle, News Editor (02-Oct-13)

The care home sector is currently battling with financial difficulties and an image problem, according to Des Kelly, executive director of the National Care Forum. As executive director of the National Care.....

Care homes urged to prioritize activities to prevent residents going into shutdown mode

Sue Learner, News Editor (08-Aug-13)

Sylvie Silver, director of the National Association for the Providers of Activities for Older People, has been battling for nearly a decade to get more care homes to put activities at the heart of their care. “At.....

Profile: Teenagers should do mandatory care 'national service' says actress and 'dignity in care' campaigner

Sue Learner, News Editor (04-Jun-13)

Actress Amanda Waring, who starred as Gigi in the West End musical and had TV roles in Sherlock Holmes, Casualty and All Creatures Great and Small, has devoted the last 10 years to promoting dignity in care. As.....