Care Home News

Woman with learning disabilities dies in fire at care home

Angeline Albert (20-Apr-18)

A woman with learning disabilities has died at a care home after a fire broke out shortly before 2.14 am on Friday morning. Paramedics worked to try save the woman’s life but she was pronounced dead at.....

Care home boss challenges Jeremy Hunt to find dentist to visit elderly with dementia

Angeline Albert (18-Apr-18)

A care home manager has spoken of her struggle to find a dentist who will check the teeth of residents with dementia and wants Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt to take action. Paula Munday, the.....

Oldest runner completes London Marathon in 8 hours 21 minutes

Sue Learner (18-Apr-18)

John Starbrook, aged 87, was the oldest runner in this year’s London Marathon, completing it in eight hours and 21 minutes. John, who was fundraising for Age UK, ran the London Marathon for the 33rd time......

Care home grants man's wish to meet Pope Francis

Angeline Albert (16-Apr-18)

Want to fly a plane or talk to the Pope? Wishes big and small are being granted for residents by a London care home, which has answered an elderly man's prayers to meet Pope Francis. When 85-year-old Father.....

London to get UK's first LGBT+ care home

Sue Learner (12-Apr-18)

Tonic Housing, which revealed plans for a LGBT+ care village three years ago, has confirmed it is currently looking at sites in London. The organization which was set up with the aim of boosting quality of.....

Care Roadshow Glasgow will show how to boost social interaction in care homes

Sue Learner (11-Apr-18)

The Care Roadshow is returning to Glasgow for the eighth year, with this year's visitors shown how to boost mental stimulation and social interaction in care homes. This free informative event at Hampden.....

109-year-old wishes she had spent more time with her first husband

Sue Learner (10-Apr-18)

Edith Smith, who has just turned 109, has revealed that if she could go back and give her a younger self some advice, it would be to “make the most of things and enjoy every part of life”. Edith, who lives.....

People in Wales to keep £40,000 before they start paying for care

Sue Learner (09-Apr-18)

From today, people in Wales will be able to keep up to £40,000 of their savings before they need to start paying for their care home. The Welsh Government has raised the capital limit from £24,000 up to £50,000.....

Dedicated GP support at care homes reduces hospital admissions by 40%

Melissa McAlees (06-Apr-18)

A new GP service offering support to care homes seven-days-a-week has reduced emergency hospital admissions by almost 40 per cent, a health think-tank has found. According to Nuffield Trust, the Health 1000.....

Britain's oldest men Alf and Bob celebrate their 110th birthdays

Michaela Chirgwin (29-Mar-18)

Britain’s two oldest men, Alf Smith and Bob Weighton, have celebrated turning 110-years-old today. Born on 29 March 1908, they've lived through two world wars, the moon landings and the birth of the NHS......

Levi Roots dementia gig: 'If your elders accept you, you know you're loved'

Michaela Chirgwin (29-Mar-18)

Dragon’s Den Star Levi Roots has revealed that playing reggae tunes at a cafe for people with dementia was one of his 'hardest gigs'. The charismatic entrepreneur and Reggae Reggae sauce inventor chatted.....

Care minister Caroline Dinenage is keynote speaker at leading dementia conference

Sue Learner (26-Mar-18)

Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage, is to speak at The Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo, along with other high-profile care leaders such as CQC’s Andrea Sutcliffe and Care England’s Martin Green. The.....

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston backs #ShareTheOrange dementia campaign

Melissa McAlees (22-Mar-18)

Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston is the latest television star urging the nation to #ShareTheOrange to encourage people to think differently about dementia. The American screenwriter is calling on people.....

Neglect most common in care homes with high rates of staff burnout

Sue Learner (22-Mar-18)

Neglect is widespread in care homes in England where staff are under huge amounts of pressure, unable to offer person-centred care, according to researchers. The study by University College London (UCL) surveyed.....

Stopping overmedication of autistic people prioritized by 'outstanding' care home

Sue Learner (21-Mar-18)

A care home service in Northamptonshire has put ending the overmedication of people with autism at the heart of its care, with inspectors rating the provider outstanding. Alderwood provides residential care.....

Intergenerational care: Residents' faces 'light up' when they see the children

Sue Learner (20-Mar-18)

A Channel 4 experiment on intergenerational care has inspired a care home in Derbyshire to integrate young children into the home. The TV programme ‘Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds’, which brought together.....

Care chief tells care homes 'don't wait for Government to find solution'

Sue Learner (16-Mar-18)

The chief of Care England has called on care homes to look at how they can lead the social care agenda, warning them ‘don’t wait for the Government to find a solution’. At the end of last year, the Competition.....

Care home pharmacists recruited by NHS to help cut overmedication

Melissa McAlees (16-Mar-18)

NHS England is planning to fund the recruitment of 240 pharmacists into care homes to help reduce overmedication and avoid unnecessary hospital stays. Around 180,000 people living in nursing or residential.....

'Poor performing' care homes increase in one in five local authorities

Michaela Chirgwin (15-Mar-18)

One in five local authority areas saw an increase in the proportion of care homes rated Inadequate or Requires Improvement over the past year, according to research by older people’s charity Independent Age......

Councils 'rainy day' money raided to fund 14 per cent rise in demand for care

Angeline Albert (09-Mar-18)

Emergency funds are being raided as local authorities struggle to meet a rise in demand for social care and ease the pain of a 49 per cent fall in funding from the Government since 2010. The major drop in.....