Care Home News

Care home rated outstanding for reducing aggression in people with autism

Sue Learner (22-Sep-17)

A care home in London for people with severe learning disabilities and autism has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, for substantially reducing aggressive behaviour. The care regulator.....

Care home resident born the year the Titanic sank turns 105

Sue Learner (21-Sep-17)

Elizabeth Weblin, a resident at Murdoch House Care Home in Wokingham, who was born in 1912, the same year the Titanic sunk, has just celebrated her 105th birthday. Elizabeth who has lived at the care home.....

Lancashire's 'Songaminute Man' releases debut album for World Alzheimer's Day

Melissa McAlees (21-Sep-17)

Viral singing sensation Teddy Mac, also known as 'The Songaminute Man', is releasing his debut album to mark World Alzheimer’s day and to help raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. The 81-year-old, who was.....

Care home for military veterans rated outstanding for LGBT support

Sue Learner (20-Sep-17)

A care home in Solihull for ex-service men and women has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, which found the home to be ‘inclusive’ and supportive of LGBT residents, where ‘people matter’. In.....

NHS Trust admits guilt over Connor Sparrowhawk's 'entirely preventable' death

Angeline Albert (19-Sep-17)

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches over the death of a teenager who drowned in a bath while receiving its care. Eighteen-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk,.....

Care professionals hope to raise thousands on Care Workers Charity bike ride

Sue Learner (15-Sep-17)

A group of up to 40 cyclists, made up of people working in the care sector, are taking part in a 78 mile cycle ride in a bid to raise £30,000 for the Care Workers Charity. The CWC Cycle Challenge takes place.....

CQC finds care homes which champion human rights more likely to be rated outstanding

Sue Learner (14-Sep-17)

Care homes which champion equality and human rights are more likely to be rated outstanding, according to the `Care Quality Commission. The care regulator claims there is a clear link between a provider’s.....

Retirement village installs fire-resistant cladding and bans smoking in wake of Grenfell fire

Sue Learner (13-Sep-17)

A new retirement village which will include apartments as well as a care home, is installing fire-resistant cladding as well as sprinklers and smoke and heat detectors, as part of a fire protection strategy drawn up in the wake of.....

Councils fail to catch care home fee 'dodgers'

Melissa McAlees (12-Sep-17)

Councils are 'failing' to use their powers to clamp down on people who have given away their assets to 'dodge' care home fees, new research suggests. The spiralling cost of care has created an incentive for.....

Retinal imaging eye test could detect early Frontotemporal dementia

Sue Learner (12-Sep-17)

Scientists think they have discovered a simple way of diagnosing Frontotemporal dementia, through a retinal imaging test. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.....

Woman in mental health unit pleads 'not guilty' to attempted murder of care home resident

Melissa McAlees (12-Sep-17)

A 68-year-old woman has pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the attempted murder of a resident at a care home in Burtonwood, Warrington. Marie Seyferth denied the charges of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon at Liverpool.....

New police 'dementia files' seek to find missing people in Scotland

Michaela Mildenhall (08-Sep-17)

Scottish Police plan to collect ‘dementia files’ on hospital patients and care home residents to help to find them if they go missing. Information such as where the person used to live, went to school or.....

Police investigate 12 deaths at care homes run by Sussex Health Care

Angeline Albert (08-Sep-17)

An investigation has been launched by police into the deaths of 12 people at eight care homes run by Sussex Health Care. In conjunction with the ongoing police investigation, taking place in collaboration.....

Outstanding rehabilitation centre for people with brain injuries is a 'life saver'

Michaela Mildenhall (07-Sep-17)

Staff at The Laurels in Lincoln, a neurological rehabilitation centre for people with brain injuries, have received an 'outstanding' rating from Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors for their commitment to safety and caring attitudes. One.....

Judge fines Anchor Trust six figures after man dies smoking alone at care home

Angeline Albert (07-Sep-17)

The death of a wheelchair-bound man whose pyjamas caught fire when he smoked a cigarette at his care home, has led to provider Anchor Trust being fined £210,000 for fire safety breaches. Sixty-six-year-old.....

Special Olympics stars beat thousands of contestants to win top medals

Michaela Mildenhall (06-Sep-17)

Two residents at a care home in Lockerbie have won a trio of medals at this summer’s Special Olympics in Sheffield, competing against over 2,700 other contestants. One hundred metres champion Richard and long jumper and shot put.....

Radical shake up of 'ineffectual' social care qualifications in Wales

Michaela Mildenhall (05-Sep-17)

There is to be a massive overhaul of qualifications for the health and social care sectors in Wales, cutting the amount of qualifications from 243 to just 20. The number of examining boards has also been drastically reduced, with.....

Friends and families failing care home residents with nearly half not getting regular visits

Sue Learner (01-Sep-17)

Care homes are being forced to step in and tackle loneliness among their residents, with nearly half not receiving regular visits from their friends and families. The new figures from care home review site,.....

Poet inspired by care home residents with dementia wins Eisteddfod prize

Sue Learner (30-Aug-17)

The poet Gwion Hallam has won a major prize at the National Eisteddfod, after being inspired by care home residents with dementia. Mr Hallam, whose day job is a television producer, worked on an eight-week.....

Baby boomers' heavy drinking causes 'alarming' rise in hospital admissions

Melissa McAlees (25-Aug-17)

Alcohol and drug misuse among the over 50s is on the rise, with the number of people receiving treatment in hospital expected to double by 2020, new research suggests. Experts say ‘urgent action’ is needed.....