Care Home News

Care homes share Forget-Me-Nots and champagne to remember past residents

Angeline Albert (26-May-17)

Loved ones who have died in the past year in care homes across the South were remembered with poetry, Forget-Me-Nots ...and champagne in a ‘Celebration of Life’ day that attracted many family members. Dozens.....

Over 65s with care needs to rise by a quarter by 2025

Angeline Albert (24-May-17)

The number of people over the age of 65 who will need care could rise by 25 per cent to 2.8m by 2025 in England and Wales, resulting in more people with disabilities such as dementia. According to research.....

Gold Care Homes sells 18 care homes in £90m deal and leases them back

Sue Learner (19-May-17)

Gold Care Homes has sold 18 of its 21 care homes, in a leaseback deal, to an overseas real estate investor. Gold Care Homes was set up in 1999 by the Gidar brothers, who are both qualified pharmacists and.....

Nurses with dementia 'may forget' to give patients medication

Sue Learner (19-May-17)

In the wake of the Royal College of Nursing calling for nurses with dementia to be allowed to carry on working, an expert on dementia has voiced concerns that a nurse with dementia may forget to give patients their medication. The.....

Dolly Parton tops residents' playlists at 'outstanding' care home

Sue Learner (15-May-17)

Dolly Parton and Frank Sinatra are firm favourites of residents at an ‘outstanding’ care home in Wimbledon, where each resident has their own personalised playlist to listen to on an ipod or ipad. Other popular.....

Residents forced to move after mice infestation shuts care home

Angeline Albert (12-May-17)

A nursing home has been shut down by health inspectors after it was found to be infested with mice. Some 42 residents with conditions including dementia, manic depression and schizophrenia are currently.....

Judge: 'inhumane' to split up couples and send one to care home

Angeline Albert (10-May-17)

Sir James Munby, the head of the family court, has called the act of separating older couples by sending one to a care home ‘shocking’ and ‘inhumane’. Speaking to an audience of local authority adult social.....

Care homes urged to sign pledge to stop over-medicating people with learning disabilities

Michaela Mildenhall (09-May-17)

Care homes are being urged to sign up to the STOMP pledge (STopping the Over-Medication of People with a learning disability, Autism or both) in a drive to stop the over-reliance on antipsychotic and antidepressant medications to.....

Canterbury care home residents cook their own food in kitchen 'take over' bid

Michaela Mildenhall (04-May-17)

Residents at a Canterbury care home took over the kitchen and made their own lunches for a week. The lunches were prepared in the activity centre kitchen under the supervision of the regular kitchen staff,.....

Care home group tackles loneliness with 'don't dine alone' evenings

Michaela Mildenhall (02-May-17)

Barchester Healthcare group is tackling loneliness by introducing a regular ‘don’t dine alone’ evening, providing companionship for those living at their residential homes, as well as those living within the community at large. Over.....

Watchdog fines care home owner £4,000 for not hiring a registered manager

Angeline Albert (28-Apr-17)

A care home which operated without a registered manager has been fined £4,000 by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The care watchdog issued the fine to Epsom Lodge Care Homes Ltd after inspectors discovered.....

Simple eye test for glaucoma could save millions from blindness

Michaela Mildenhall (27-Apr-17)

A new eye test designed to detect early signs of glaucoma – a major cause of blindness - has been developed by University College London and the Western Eye Hospital. Glaucoma affects an estimated 60 million people worldwide,.....

UK to get eight new specialist MS nurses to help people manage the disease

Sue Learner (26-Apr-17)

People with Multiple Sclerosis in the UK are to get eight new specialist MS nurses to help thousands of people affected by the disease. The MS Trust will be funding the new nurses, with the first two of these.....

Brits urged to forget age, race and Brexit and unite in fight against dementia

Sue Learner (26-Apr-17)

A whole host of celebrities including Jo Brand, Bill Nighy, Meera Syal and Robbie Savage are backing a new campaign to unite in the fight against dementia. The campaign by Alzheimer's Society has been launched by a TV ad voiced.....

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.....

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.....