Care Home News

Fire at Tamworth care home caused by discarded cigarette

Melissa McAlees (20-Apr-17)

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have issued a reminder to care homes to take care when disposing of smoking materials. The call comes after an investigation into a serious fire at a Tamworth care home was found to have been.....

Chai Patel hands over reins as chief executive of HC-One - one of UK's biggest care providers

Sue Learner, Editor (19-Apr-17)

Chai Patel, founder of HC-One, the UK’s third largest care home provider has stepped down from his position as chief executive. Dr Patel who founded HC-One in 2011, will continue as chairman of HC-One. Justin.....

GPs are not diagnosing IBS early enough

Michaela Mildenhall (19-Apr-17)

GPs are not detecting Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) early enough, new research reveals. One third of IBS and IBD patients asked by researchers reveals they visited.....

Never too old to graduate: 101-year-old care home resident finally gets degree

Melissa McAlees (19-Apr-17)

Care home resident Betty Yorke had double the reason to celebrate on 17 March, after turning 101 and becoming one of the UK’s oldest graduates, proving you are never too old to fulfil your wishes. Last year,.....

New church at Dundee care home answers residents' prayers

Melissa McAlees (18-Apr-17)

Residents at Bupa’s Balcarres Care Home no longer need to worry about missing Sunday service, after dedicated staff created their own church in the home’s garden. The chapel - complete with pews, an altar, stained glass windows and an organ.....

Hats off to ladies' egg-ceptional Easter bonnets

Angeline Albert (13-Apr-17)

The Easter Bunny paid an early visit to Dene Holm Care Home, where ladies inspired by Spring’s blooming flowers, donned colourful bonnets they'd made in time for a festive parade this Bank holiday weekend. The.....

Care home owner fined thousands after 98-year-old's bed fall death

Angeline Albert (12-Apr-17)

The owner of a care home has been ordered to pay £163,185.15 for care failings that led to the death of a 98-year-old man who fell from his bed. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has prosecuted Joseph Rowntree.....

Scientists discover 'game-changing' therapy to reverse Parkinson's symptoms

Melissa McAlees (11-Apr-17)

To mark World Parkinson’s Awareness Day, new research suggests that for the first time it may be possible to reprogramme cells inside the brain to reverse the symptoms of Parkinson's. Scientists have discovered.....

Charity finds 'stark variation' in quality of care homes in England

Sue Learner (11-Apr-17)

Older people are victims of a postcode lottery when it comes to the quality of their care homes, with the North West being the worst performing region and London being the best performing, according to a new report. The.....

Brain tumour survivor spearheads #HATTASTIC care home campaign

Michaela Mildenhall (11-Apr-17)

Dionne Ferguson, a former mental health nurse, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour leaving her unable to speak or move, has been taking part in a ‘Wear a Hat Day’ campaign to help raise money for brain tumour research. The.....

Stroke patients set to receive 'revolutionary' treatment to reduce risk of long-term disability

Melissa McAlees (11-Apr-17)

Thousands of stroke patients are set to benefit from an advanced emergency treatment which can significantly decrease the risk of long-term disability. Around 8,000 people per year who suffer a severe form.....

Two women die in Hertfordshire care home fire

Michaela Mildenhall (10-Apr-17)

Two female care home residents died after a fire took hold of the New Grange care home in Cheshunt at 5.56am on 8 April. Ivy Spriggs, 91, and Daphne Holloway, 88, have been named by Hertfordshire Constabulary.....

Care home praised for 'invaluable contributions' to Emmerdale's dementia storyline

Melissa McAlees (07-Apr-17)

For almost two years, MHA (Methodist Homes) have been advising ITV’s long-running Emmerdale show on its storyline involving village vicar, Ashley Thomas, developing dementia. The storyline, which has also been conceived.....

Neuro-disability care provider The Badby Group is bought by Elysium Healthcare

Sue Learner (07-Apr-17)

The investor, Patron Capital, which focusses on property backed investments has sold the specialist neuro-disability care provider, The Badby Group, to Elysium Healthcare. The Badby Group, led by healthcare.....

Hairdressers name Alzheimer's Research UK charity of the year in memory of loyal client

Charley Walker (31-Mar-17)

A family-run hairdressing salon has named Alzheimer’s Research UK charity of the year and has already raised over £1,000 in honour of a loyal client of 12 years. Penny Jarvis was a long-standing client of.....

Care home resident with dementia learns violin at the age of 85

Charley Walker (30-Mar-17)

An 85-year-old living with dementia has learnt to play the violin and taken part in her first live concert with a local community group. Pearl Durrant began playing the violin with Bournemouth University’s.....

Birthday boys: UK's oldest men celebrate 109th birthday on same day

Angeline Albert (30-Mar-17)

At 109-years-old, Bob Weighton is the oldest man in England but is happy to share the title of ‘Britain's oldest man’ with his friend Alf Smith in Scotland - also born on 29 March,1908. Bob Weighton lives.....

Charities call for better care for LGBT people with dementia

Charley Walker (29-Mar-17)

More research, partnerships and training for health and care professionals is needed to ensure LGBT people with dementia receive appropriate care, according to a new report by the government-backed strategic partner programme (SPP). The.....

Football helps people with mental health problems 'feel better'

Sue Learner (29-Mar-17)

Five-a-side football and walking football sessions have been found to help people form and sustain relationships and friendships and improve their fitness and health. Since December 2015, Emma Lamont, and.....

David Baddiel joins forces with Alzheimer's Society in the fight against dementia

Charley Walker (28-Mar-17)

Writer and comedian David Baddiel has become Alzheimer’s Society’s newest ambassador in the charity’s fight against dementia. Mr Baddiel, whose father has a rare form on dementia known as Pick’s disease,.....