Care Home News

Innovative balance app reduces falls risk in care home

Melissa McAlees (18-Oct-17)

A care home in West Yorkshire has reduced the chances of its residents having falls and accidents by trialling an innovative program designed to improve balance. Seven residents from Czajka Care Group’s Brookfield Residential Care Home.....

Robots to care for elderly and check if they are happy or sad

Sue Learner (16-Oct-17)

Robots are being created to help care for older people, find out if they are sad, happy or angry and check they are hydrated and have taken their medication. As well as caring for older people, researchers.....

'Severe pressure' forces Scottish firm Bield to exit care home market

Angeline Albert (13-Oct-17)

One of Scotland’s largest care home providers has decided shut down its care homes and exit the care home market because of severe financial pressures. Bield, based in Edinburgh, has taken the ‘last resort’.....

Dementia 'hotspots' in UK revealed

Angeline Albert (12-Oct-17)

The areas hardest hit by dementia in the UK have been revealed in two interactive maps – with areas on the South coast among the worst affected. For the first time, people can see the impact of dementia in.....

Nurse numbers fall with Brexit exposing workforce 'fragility'

Angeline Albert (12-Oct-17)

The number of nurses in the NHS has fallen for the first time since April 2013, sparking The King’s Fund to warn that Brexit has 'exposed the fragility of NHS workforce planning', a day after the Prime Minister promised more money.....

West Sussex care home wins accolade for top reviewed home

Sue Learner (10-Oct-17)

Elizabeth House care home in Bognor Regis has been selected from over 80 care homes as Shaw healthcare’s top reviewed care home. The care home won the ‘carehome.co.uk Award’ at Shaw Healthcare’s annual Shaw.....

One in 10 care home staff rejects obese residents due to lack of bariatric facilities

Sue Learner (09-Oct-17)

One in 10 care home staff has been forced to turn away an obese person due to their care home not having bariatric facilities, according to a new survey. The research carried out by leading care home reviews.....

People with challenging behaviour should only be hospitalised as 'last resort', says NICE

Michaela Mildenhall (09-Oct-17)

People with challenging behaviour should be only be treated in a mental health hospital or a residential setting as a last resort, according to new draft NICE guidelines. According to the guideline committee,.....

Care home resident with dementia found guilty of stabbing fellow resident

Sue Learner (06-Oct-17)

A care home resident with dementia, aged 79, has been found guilty of attempted murder by repeatedly stabbing a 90-year-old female resident, in the face with a table knife, as she lay in bed. Dennis Latter,.....

Ethnic minorities care for elderly better, says care minister

Angeline Albert (04-Oct-17)

People have a lot to learn from ethnic minorities about how to care for their own ageing relatives and friends, care minister Jackie Doyle-Price has said. Speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative.....

Which? calls for CMA's inquiry to address care home bed shortages

Angeline Albert (04-Oct-17)

Consumer body Which? is calling for an inquiry into the care home market by Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to go beyond issues of care quality, fees and complaints and address regional disparities in care home bed provision......

Jeremy Hunt's plan to train 25% more nurses criticised as 'too hospital-focused'

Angeline Albert (03-Oct-17)

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has promised the number of nurses in training would rise by 25 per cent and the Government would make it easier for people to become nurses without needing a degree. In his.....

Dance, music and drama boost care home residents' memories

Angeline Albert (27-Sep-17)

Musical activities have been shown to improve the cognitive abilities and memory recall of people living at 17 care homes run by the Anchor Group. A series of creative workshops held at Anchor care homes.....

Buyers sought for eight care homes after Eldercare Halifax goes bust

Angeline Albert (25-Sep-17)

Care home operator Eldercare (Halifax) Ltd has entered administration, leaving eight care homes up for sale The care homes, located across West Yorkshire and Lancashire, provide care to 215 residents. Some.....

Girl guides visit elderly to tackle 'devastating loneliness'

Melissa McAlees (25-Sep-17)

Girl guides as young as five have been visiting lonely older people in Manchester to combat social isolation and to earn themselves a brand-new badge. Rainbows, Brownies and Guides can typically earn badges.....

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.....

LGBT support makes veterans' care home outstanding

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 cycle for 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.....

Grenfell makes retirement village get fire-resistant cladding and ban smoking

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.....