Care Home News

Couple celebrating 70 years of marriage 'wouldn't change a thing' about each other

Michaela Chirgwin (22-Feb-18)

A couple that met during World War II at an RAF aircraft factory in Flintshire have just celebrated their 70-year wedding anniversary, and according to 92-year-old Ernest Simmonds, he wouldn’t change a thing about his “wonderful wife”......

The secret to a long life? Enjoy a daily drink and gain a few extra pounds

Melissa McAlees (19-Feb-18)

Older people who put on a few extra pounds and enjoy a daily glass of wine are likely to live to a ripe old age, according to new research. A 30-year study into ‘super agers’ – people who live beyond 90 –.....

Care home group scores outstanding hat-trick in the New Forest

Michaela Chirgwin (19-Feb-18)

A group of care homes in the New Forest have just received their third consecutive ‘Outstanding’ within a year from the Quality Care Commission (CQC). The rating was awarded to the Woodpeckers care home in.....

UK sees record number of people search for a care home

Sue Learner (15-Feb-18)

The UK has seen a record number of people search for a care home in January, with over 1.5m visiting the leading care home reviews site at the beginning of this year. January 2018 saw carehome.co.uk have.....

Care home resident who loses wife 'makes most of each day' by baking

Sue Learner (13-Feb-18)

Two years ago, John Sprakes, lost his wife Sybil, but decided to not just sit around feeling sad. “I realised I could choose how I wanted to spend my time, and I chose to throw myself at every opportunity.....

Hip fracture patients left waiting 80 days for physiotherapy

Melissa McAlees (09-Feb-18)

Hip fracture patients can wait up to 80 days before seeing a physiotherapist at home after being discharged from hospital, new research suggests. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) says patients.....

Autism charity 'very sorry' for 'bullying culture' in care home

Sue Learner (09-Feb-18)

The National Autistic Society has said it is “very sorry” for the “bullying culture’ in one of its care homes, where staff threw cake at residents with autism and made them crawl on all fours. Mendip House.....

Half of care workers in England paid £7.50 or less an hour

Sue Learner (08-Feb-18)

Low pay for care workers, coupled with poor career progression and tough, working conditions, has led to the turnover of care staff in England reaching as high as 28 per cent. A report by the National Audit.....

Government's extra £150m for social care is 'sticking plaster over gaping wound'

Sue Learner (07-Feb-18)

The Government has announced an extra £150m for social care which ‘will be allocated according to relative needs’. However social care chiefs have said it "is not going to make a great deal of difference".....

Gloria Hunniford backs stroke campaign urging people to 'act fast'

Melissa McAlees (06-Feb-18)

TV star Gloria Hunniford is one of many celebrities backing Public Health England’s (PHE) Act FAST stroke campaign, which urges the public to call 999 if they notice signs of a stroke in themselves, or in others. Stroke.....

Scotland launches 'milestone' sepsis campaign

Melissa McAlees (05-Feb-18)

A new campaign raising public awareness of the 'silent killer' sepsis has been launched by Scotland's health secretary Shona Robison. The campaign will educate people about the warning signs and symptoms.....

Care home resident dies after oxygen cylinder explodes in bedroom

Sue Learner (05-Feb-18)

An 80-year-old man has died after an oxygen cylinder exploded in his bedroom at Woodlands View care home in Stevenage. Six other people at the home in Magpie Crescent had to be taken to Lister Hospital following.....

Care home residents help homeless with 'shoe box' appeal

Michaela Chirgwin (02-Feb-18)

Residents of a care home in Rugby have been helping homeless people by donating shoe boxes filled with essential items such as blankets, bedding, toiletries, scarves and hats. The scheme was encouraged by.....

World's oldest man who 'didn't feel old' dies aged 113

Angeline Albert (31-Jan-18)

The man who admitted he didn’t feel old but became the oldest man on the planet has died – a month after celebrating his 113th birthday. Francisco Nunez Olivera was born on 13 December 1904 and died in the.....

'Theatre of hope' festival shines light on 71-year-old playwright with dementia

Angeline Albert (29-Jan-18)

Seventy-one-year-old Bob Fulcher may have spent his working life as a farmer but he’s proof it’s never too late to make a career change after co-writing his first ever play - eight years after developing dementia. His.....

Care home resident with MS able to holiday with wife once again

Melissa McAlees (24-Jan-18)

A couple who were forced to end their previous summer holiday after just two days, have been able to enjoy quality time together once again with the help of a Bournemouth care home. Paul and Valerie Griffiths,.....

Dementia and less community support causing rise in mental health detentions

Sue Learner (23-Jan-18)

England has seen a rise in the number of people being detained under the Mental Health Act and this is due to an increase in the number of people with dementia, less support in the community and a change to the definition of a mental.....

Care home giant ditches 'after death' fees following CMA action

Angeline Albert (22-Jan-18)

A care home provider running 64 care homes has agreed to stop charging fees after a resident dies, following action from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). Care home group Maria Mallaband Care Group.....

New blood test promises early detection of cancer

Melissa McAlees (19-Jan-18)

A team of researchers have taken a major step towards one of the biggest goals in cancer research: a blood test that can detect tumours long before a person becomes aware of symptoms. The 'liquid biopsy'.....

Care home residents forced to listen to Beyoncé and Bon Jovi

Michaela Chirgwin (12-Jan-18)

Residents at a care home in Kent have complained to the Care Quality Commission that they are being forced to listen to 'loud music' such as Beyoncé and Bon Jovi. Barham House care home, which provides care.....