Care Home News

Students organise 'a night to remember' for care home residents

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (23-Feb-17)

A group of young volunteers recently arranged a musical night out for a group of residents from a Sudbury care home. Attending their local secondary school to watch a musical production was the first night.....

Oomph! launches initiative to get care home residents 'Out and About'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (22-Feb-17)

Social enterprise business, Oomph! Wellness, has launched a new £4m 'Out and About' service to offer regular, meaningful excursions for those in care. The initiative was launched by Oomph! following research.....

Scottish football legend Ally McCoist never misses tea-time date with care home pal 'Tiny'

Sue Learner, Editor (21-Feb-17)

Ally McCoist, former manager at Rangers football club, has become a familiar face at a Glasgow care home, where his 70-year-old friend Mary ‘Tiny’ Gallagher lives, regularly taking her out for afternoon tea. Mr.....

Painted murals inspire residents with dementia to share memories at care home

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (20-Feb-17)

With an increasing focus on the development of care home environments and the provision of activities for those living with dementia, more care homes have been turning to artistic wall décor to improve the wellbeing of residents. Camelot Care Group.....

Council tax rises won't halt 'deep cuts' to social care and bin collections

Angeline Albert, News Editor (20-Feb-17)

All but four councils across England will raise council tax to try to pay for social care, however the Local Government Association (LGA) warns cutbacks in all services will continue. More money used to.....

UK's first LGBT majority extra care scheme set to open in Manchester

Charley Walker, News Editor (17-Feb-17)

Plans to create a community for older lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) have been announced by Manchester City Council. With more than 7,000 people in Manchester who identify as LGBT and an expected.....

Charity calls on crafters to break world record and raise money for Alzheimer's research

Charley Walker, News Editor (16-Feb-17)

Alzheimer’s Research UK is calling on charitable crafters across the globe to get involved in its attempt to break a world record by knitting, crocheting and sewing snakes. Hoping to break the world record.....

Charity urges Government to inject 'urgent funds' into care system in Spring Budget

Sue Learner, Editor (16-Feb-17)

Age UK is calling on the Government to inject some ‘urgent funds’ into adult social care in the Spring Budget, after warning that the care system for older people is living on ‘borrowed time’. The report.....

Heading footballs could 'cause brain damage and trigger dementia'

Sue Learner, Editor (15-Feb-17)

Researchers have found what could be a causal link between heading a football and dementia, fuelling concerns, which have been brewing for some time, as an increasing number of high-profile retired footballers are diagnosed with dementia. Notably,.....

Women in their 80s have better sex lives than women in their 50s

Sue Learner, Editor (14-Feb-17)

Women in their 80s are having better sex lives than those aged between 50-79, according to a think tank which has called for more to be done to improve the sexual healthcare of older people. A new report.....

'Be romantic all year round': Devoted couple celebrate 71st Valentine's Day together

Charley Walker, News Editor (14-Feb-17)

A couple in a Dundee care home celebrating their 71st Valentine’s Day together have revealed the key to a long and happy marriage is to be romantic all year round, not just on 14 February. Ninety-six-year-old.....

Care home residents complete year-long fundraising for children's hospice

Charley Walker, News Editor (13-Feb-17)

Following a year-long campaign of fundraising events, residents proudly presented their chosen charity for 2016 with a cheque for almost £2,000. Staff at Noami House and Jacksplace, which helps children and.....

Charity publishes 'top ten' tips to help people make right social care choice

Angeline Albert, News Editor (13-Feb-17)

Anyone worried about how they can pick the best social care support for them or their family, can now take a look at some top tips published by the disability charity Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG). The.....

Police launch investigation into death of 87-year-old after care home lift collapses

Sue Learner, Editor (10-Feb-17)

Great Manchester Police and the Health and Safety Executive have launched an investigation into the death of an 87-year-old man, who died from the injuries he sustained, when the lift he was in at Serendipity Care Home collapsed. Police.....

Bristol care home with highest award for dementia care gets top rating from CQC

Sue Learner, Editor (09-Feb-17)

Brunelcare’s Deerhurst Care and Nursing Home has been awarded an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, after an unannounced inspection last November. Currently, only one per cent.....

Whitby care home forced to close due to 'national shortage of trained nursing and care staff'

Sue Learner, Editor (09-Feb-17)

A care home in Whitby, rated Good by the Care Quality Commission, has revealed it is having to close, due to a ‘national shortage of trained nursing and care staff’. Hawkesgarth Lodge care home on Station.....

Care home resident born the year Scott set sail for the Antarctic, turns 107

Sue Learner, Editor (08-Feb-17)

Victoria Middlemiss, who was born the same year that Robert Falcon Scott set sail for the Antarctic, has celebrated her 107th birthday. When Mrs Middlemiss was born, King Edward VII was on the throne. In.....

Charity encourages people to 'make it your decision' and record wishes in case tragedy strikes

Charley Walker, News Editor (08-Feb-17)

A new campaign, Make It Your Decision, is urging people to prepare for the unexpected by planning ahead for medical treatment and care. Launched on 8 February by Compassion in Dying, the campaign encourages.....

Public invited to care group's free dementia classes

Angeline Albert, News Editor (07-Feb-17)

Anyone wishing to understand what dementia is, how it is diagnosed and the effects it can have on friends and family, are being invited to two free ‘dementia awareness’ classes in Wootton Bassett and Salisbury. Staff.....

MP backs campaign to raise awareness of the sector's unsung heroes

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (02-Feb-17)

A campaign being run by Springhill Care Group, which raises awareness of the unsung heroes of the care sector and the dangers it faces, is being taken to Parliament. Graham Jones, the Labour MP for Hyndburn.....