Care Home News

Intergenerational care: Children's visits are 'like medicine' for care home residents

Sue Learner (24-Mar-17)

Seven children aged from one to four-years-old have become regular visitors to a care home in Cambridge with their visits being the residents’ ‘highlight of the week’, due to a partnership between two childminders and the home. Since.....

Care home residents go cycling in the Swiss Alps without even leaving their armchairs

Sue Learner (24-Mar-17)

Residents at care village, Belong Macclesfield, have been experiencing cycling through the mountains of the Swiss Alps, walking through the streets of Amsterdam and rowing along the Rhine, with the help of specialist virtual reality.....

Seventy-five-year-old 'follows his dream' and studies for pilot licence

Charley Walker (23-Mar-17)

Despite being a nervous passenger on flights, Roddy Kyle is taking control by studying to obtain a pilot’s licence 60 years after first experiencing life in a cockpit. The 75-year-old, who travelled across.....

New Swansea training centre teaches people with autism life skills and boosts confidence

Sue Learner (23-Mar-17)

People with autism, learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injuries, are being given the opportunity to learn life skills, IT, drama and take part in creative craft sessions. Care provider,.....

Nursery bridges the generational gap with heartwarming visits to care home

Melissa McAlees (22-Mar-17)

We are often told to value all ages in our communities, from the very young to the very old. It is said that developing connections between older adults and the youngest members of the community can have wonderful benefits for both.....

Middleton Hall Retirement Village joins elite group of care homes rated 'Outstanding' in all areas

Sue Learner (22-Mar-17)

Middleton Hall Retirement Village has joined one of only three care homes in the North of England that has received an Outstanding rating in all five inspection areas as well as being found Outstanding overall. The.....

Care home resident tries out news presenting at the BBC

Sue Learner (20-Mar-17)

Care home resident, Pearl Durant, tried out news presenting as part of a behind-the-scenes tour of BBC’s Southampton studios. The trip for residents from Colten Care’s three Lymington homes - Belmore Lodge,.....

Care home advice is top of callers' Christmas wish list

Angeline Albert (17-Mar-17)

Christmas sparked a big rise in calls to Age UK from older people and their families asking for advice about care homes. During the winter, the charity witnessed a significant increase in calls to its national.....

Nursing Association 'disappointed' over Government's 'derisory' NHS-funded nursing care reduction

Melissa McAlees (17-Mar-17)

The NHS-funded nursing care (NHS FNC) standard rate is being reduced from £156.25 to £155 - a decrease of £1.25 per week as from 1 April 2017, following a review of agency costs by the independent accountancy firm Mazars LLP. Funded.....

Care homes serve pureed meals to help residents with dysphagia

Melissa McAlees (16-Mar-17)

For many older people, chewing and swallowing food can be difficult, particularly if they have an illness, have had a stroke or are living with dementia. Milford Care, which has six care homes across Derbyshire.....

Rising demand from younger patients means longer wait for hip operations

Angeline Albert, News Editor (14-Mar-17)

More patients are experiencing longer waits for hip operations, partly because of a higher demand for the procedure from younger people. The average waiting time for a hip operation is now 14 weeks -.....

First UK retirement village wins AA rosette for creative menu and excellent service

Melissa McAlees (13-Mar-17)

The Redwood Bistro at Anchor’s Bishopstoke Park retirement village has been awarded an AA Rosette, making it the first restaurant within a retirement village in the UK to be recognised by such a rating. To.....

Elderly put word out on the street for 1950s shops in care home

Angeline Albert, News Editor (10-Mar-17)

The chance to go shopping every day in a 1950s-style village high street without needing to step outside, has been given to residents at a care home in Stevenage. Martin’s House care home has built a link.....

Alzheimer’s charity one of twenty-two to sign up to Apple Pay donations

Charley Walker (10-Mar-17)

Supporters and fundraisers can now donate to 22 UK charities, including Alzheimer’s Society, Scope and Cancer Research UK, through Apple Pay. The payment method first became available commercially throughout.....

Life-threatening sepsis should be treated within one hour, says NICE

Melissa McAlees (10-Mar-17)

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is urging healthcare professionals to treat people with life-threatening sepsis symptoms within one hour. In a new draft quality standard, NICE.....

Dementia charity fundraiser braves tough desert footrace in memory of grandfather

Charley Walker (08-Mar-17)

A fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Research UK is set to brave a 250km ultramarathon through the Sahara Desert in memory of her grandfather. Georgie Peters hopes to raise £1,500 for Alzheimer’s Research UK by completing.....

Fatigue a 'major problem' for stroke survivors in early days of recovery

Charley Walker (07-Mar-17)

Almost half of people who have experienced a stroke suffer from ‘an overwhelming feeling of exhaustion’ in the early days of their recovery, new findings suggest. A landmark study has, for the first time,.....

Care home's knitters make tiny hats to keep hospital's premature babies warm

Angeline Albert (07-Mar-17)

Knitters at Galsworthy House care home have got their needles and balls of wool out to create hats for the premature babies at nearby Kingston Hospital. Regulars at the home’s Tuesday knitting group in.....

Care home owners left elderly unwashed for weeks in 'prison cells'

Angeline Albert (06-Mar-17)

Residents at Mossley Manor care home did not have access to hot water to wash properly and their bedrooms were described as “prison cells”, resulting in the home's owners being fined more than £82,400. Two.....

MP Kirsty Blackman gets sneak peek at pioneering dementia research in Aberdeen

Charley Walker, News Editor (06-Mar-17)

Scottish MP Kirsty Blackman recently got to witness first-hand the ground-breaking dementia research taking place at the University of Aberdeen. The MP for Aberdeen North was led round the university’s cutting-edge.....