Care Home News

Elderly spared Christmas home alone as care home welcomes them

Angeline Albert (14-Dec-17)

A number of older people in Worcestershire will no longer spend Christmas Day at home on their own, thanks to a care home which is opening up its doors to lonely locals. Single or widowed people aged over.....

Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds returns for a Christmas special

Melissa McAlees (14-Dec-17)

Old People’s Home for 4 Year olds - Channel 4’s heart-warming documentary series about intergenerational care - will be returning to our television screens once again for an hour-long Christmas special. The festive return will.....

Care home boss on 2017 list of '100 Women to Watch'

Sue Learner (13-Dec-17)

Carole Edmond, who used to be in charge of Bright Horizons nursery group, and is now managing director of The Regard Group, a care provider, is on the 2017 list of ‘100 Women to Watch’. The list features.....

Hundreds with dementia won't be home for Christmas but needlessly stuck in hospital

Angeline Albert (13-Dec-17)

A lack of available care homes and home care, due to underfunding, will see at least 1,400 people with dementia spending Christmas Day in hospital, despite being fit enough to go home. Those with dementia.....

Think tank calls for evidence that opt-out organ donation works

Sue Learner (12-Dec-17)

People will have to opt out of donating their organs under new plans to boost the number of donations in England. However ethics think tank. the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, has expressed concern that there.....

Care home staff 'very proud' as autistic woman undergoes transformation

Sue Learner (11-Dec-17)

Staff at a care home in Worthing have said they are “very proud” after one of their residents who has autism and severe learning difficulties, changed from being very angry and withdrawn to greeting them with a smile. Leanna.....

'Ground-breaking' new discovery in search for Huntington's cure

Michaela Chirgwin (11-Dec-17)

A ‘ground-breaking’ new drug trialled by University College London (UCL) is thought to be one of the biggest finds in the treatment of neurodegenerative disease in a generation. In the trials, an experimental.....

Police warn elderly after rise in accidents involving drivers aged over 70

Angeline Albert (08-Dec-17)

A rise in the number of road accidents involving people over the age of 70, has led police to warn elderly drivers to check they are still safe to drive. Failing eyesight and age-related conditions such.....

Slippers for Christmas can help prevent falls in elderly

Melissa McAlees (08-Dec-17)

Doctors at a Welsh hospital are urging people to buy well-fitted slippers as gifts for Christmas to prevent their loved ones from falling. Cardiff and Vale University Health Board hope their Slippers for.....

Nurseries reach out to care home leaders to fight for young and old

Angeline Albert (04-Dec-17)

Nursery managers are working to join forces with residential and nursing home owners to end the ‘national disgrace’ of underfunding against the young and old. Nursery manager Jo Morris, the spokeswoman for.....

Stephen Fry relaunches Christmas ad to raise money for dementia research

Angeline Albert (29-Nov-17)

Actor Stephen Fry is urging the public to donate money to dementia research in the hope that future generations “will only be reading about Alzheimer’s and not experiencing it”. 'Pernicious' dementia “I.....

Ninety-three-year-old waxes care worker's legs to fundraise for dementia dolls

Sue Learner (27-Nov-17)

A 93-year-old resident helped to wax the legs of the deputy manager of a care home in Stockton on Tees, who went through the ordeal to raise money for projectors, bubble lights and dementia dolls for a sensory room. John.....

Care home's elderly record charity Christmas song

Angeline Albert (23-Nov-17)

A woman who had panic attacks whenever she thought about going outside her care home, bravely stepped outside the building for the first time to record a Christmas song for charity. Jean Thorpe, aged 86,.....

Brighton's elderly may look at 'inappropriate material' if given free WiFi

Sue Learner (23-Nov-17)

Brighton Council is looking at installing WiFi into the communal areas of its sheltered housing schemes, but has expressed fears over elderly people “accessing illegal or inappropriate material”. The issue.....

Four Seasons care home group urged to strike deal over its debts

Sue Learner (22-Nov-17)

The future of over 300 care homes and 17,000 residents hangs in the balance as Four Seasons, one of the biggest care home groups in the UK, struggles to cope with its mounting debt. The care home group, Four.....

Drug for insomnia and anxiety increases risk of death in people with dementia

Sue Learner (22-Nov-17)

Benzodiazepines, which act as a sedative and are used to treat insomnia and anxiety, have been found to increase the risk of death in people with Alzheimer’s disease. A study by the University of Eastern.....

People should complain about poor care as it can 'change services for the better for everyone'

Sue Learner (20-Nov-17)

If one person speaks out and complains about the care they are receiving, it can ‘change services for the better for everyone’, according to the social care ombudsman. The Ombudsman’s Review of Adult Social.....

'Disappointed' residents told by council they can't play bingo for cash prizes

Melissa McAlees (20-Nov-17)

Residents at a sheltered housing complex have been happily playing bingo every Friday night for the past 38 years, but they have been told they can continue to play for fun – as long as there is no money on the table. Redditch.....

Brownlee brothers cheer on care staff cycling 2,300 miles for BBC Children In Need

Angeline Albert (17-Nov-17)

More than 150 members of staff from care homes across the UK took turns peddling from Scotland to Jersey in the brighterkind fundraising bike ride for BBC Children In Need. The brighterkind Wishing Wheels.....

A looming pandemic: Cases of Parkinson's disease double in 25 years

Melissa McAlees (16-Nov-17)

A Parkinson's disease pandemic is imminent, scientists have warned, with cases of the disease more than doubling in just 25 years. Research published in the journal JAMA Neurology, suggests it is now the.....