June 2017 Newsletter
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Sue Learner, Melissa McAlees, Angeline Albert, Michaela Mildenhall
General Election's grey vote: How will care home residents decide?
General Election's grey vote: How will care home residents decide?
Britain's over 65s have seen promises broken by many governments and some recall better leadership choices stretching back to Winston Churchill - so who gets the grey vote on 8 June? door-stepped residents at Shinfield View Care Home to find out.... Read more
Ex-soldier with dementia cycles 934 miles in 'fightback' for family
Forty-one-year-old Chris Graham has Alzheimer’s but is wasting no time in cycling the length of Britain to raise money for research into a disease that has killed his father at 42, grandfather at 46, aunt at 38 and cousin at 41. Chris Graham, was told by doctors he... Read more
Care home residents who 'accidentally found love' become Britain's oldest newlyweds
With a combined age of 165, Peter Barratts and Nancy Evans recently tied the knot in their hometown of Chard, Somerset, making them Britain’s oldest newlyweds. The 82-year-old former engineer and his now wife, an 83-year-old retired secretary, first met at a group... Read more
'Weak and wobbly' Theresa May makes social care cap U-turn
Prime Minister Theresa May, has announced the public will be given the chance to have ‘an absolute limit’ on what they must pay for their social care costs, in a Conservative manifesto U-turn that has been described as more ‘weak and wobbly’ than ‘strong and stable’.... Read more
Growing number of care homes using personalised playlists to reduce use of anti-psychotic drugs
Growing number of care homes using personalised playlists to reduce use of anti-psychotic drugs
A growing number of care homes are creating personalized music playlists after research showed people with dementia who listened to music tailored to their tastes and memories, needed less anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic medication. The study by researchers from Brown... Read more
Norman Lamb calls decision to prosecute over Connor Sparrowhawk’s death 'better late than never'
MP Norman Lamb has welcomed the decision by the Health and Safety Executive to prosecute Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust over the death of Connor Sparrowhawk, saying it has “taken far too long” but is “better late than never”. Connor, aged 18, who had a learning... Read more
Cyber security experts to advise care sector at Health+Care Show
IT experts will speak to care providers at London’s Health+Care Show to try to protect staff and patients from the threat of a ‘Computer says No’ effect, triggered by hackers. At the show's ExCel London venue, Daniel Taylor, head of security at NHS Digital and Will... Read more
Elderly with dementia benefit from Japanese chair gymnastics
Elderly with dementia benefit from Japanese chair gymnastics
If you thought rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time was a mindless game for kids, think again, as the country’s care homes look to embrace a Japanese import that sees chair-based gymnastics benefit people with dementia. Specific chair-based... Read more
Jobs & Recruitment
Care home exercise sessions get centenarian 'waving pom poms and swinging her legs'
Meaningful activities in care homes are vital for boosting residents’ health and wellbeing so it is good news that an increasing number of residential homes have their own activity coordinators. These activity coordinators are often responsible for offering a whole... Read more
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4044 Jobs Currently Listed
Job Roles # Jobs % Jobs
Registered Manager / Service Manager 178 4.40%
Deputy Manager / Assistant Manager 101 2.50%
Area / Regional Manager 8 0.20%
Clinical Lead / Nurse Team Leader 88 2.18%
Staff Nurse 236 5.84%
Nurse 660 16.32%
Bank Nurse 87 2.15%
Senior Carer / Head of Care / Team Leader 345 8.53%
Carer / Care Assistant / Care Support Worker 1,354 33.48%
Bank Carer / Care Assistant 111 2.74%
Social Worker 2 0.05%
Doctor 1 0.02%
Physiotherapist 1 0.02%
Occupational Therapist 1 0.02%
Training & Development 1 0.02%
Cook / Chef 136 3.36%
Activity Coordinator 103 2.55%
Kitchen Assistant / Catering Assistant 125 3.09%
Housekeeper / Cleaner 96 2.37%
Domestic / Domestic Assistant 118 2.92%
Laundry Assistant 16 0.40%
Maintenance / Handyperson 49 1.21%
Driver 3 0.07%
Gardener 5 0.12%
Receptionist 14 0.35%
Administrator 57 1.41%
Finance / Accountant / Bookkeeper 5 0.12%
Human Resources / HR / Recruitment 5 0.12%
Marketing 5 0.12%
Other 133 3.29%
Upcoming Featured Exhibitions, Conferences & Award Presentations
The Alzheimer's Show
Date: 09 Jun 2017 - 10 Jun 2017
Location: Olympia, London
The Alzheimer's Show
Date: 23 Jun 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
Location: EventCity Manchester
Health Plus Care Show
Date: 28 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
Location: ExCel London
Care Roadshow Birmingham
Date: 04 Jul 2017
Location: Villa Park Stadium
Alzheimer's Association International Conference
Date: 16 Jul 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
Location: ExCeL London Royal Victoria Dock 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL
Care & Dementia Show
Date: 10 Oct 2017 - 11 Oct 2017
Location: NEC Birmingham
Show all Events
10 Most Read News Articles of the Month
1 Care home group tackles loneliness with 'don't dine alone' evenings
2 Residents forced to move after mice infestation shuts care home
3 Over 65s with care needs to rise by a quarter by 2025
4 Judge: 'inhumane' to split up couples and send one to care home
5 Care homes urged to sign pledge to stop over-medicating people with learning disabilities
6 Dolly Parton tops residents' playlists at 'outstanding' care home
7 Gold Care Homes sells 18 care homes in £90m deal and leases them back
8 Canterbury care home residents cook their own food in kitchen 'take over' bid
9 Care homes share Forget-Me-Nots and champagne to remember past residents
10 Music and dementia: 'When we talk to Mum about the choir her eyes light up'
Latest Care Home Statistics
# Homes % Homes # Beds % Beds
All UK Care Homes 19,080 100.00% 540,823 100.00%
Nursing Homes 5,437 28.50% 265,243 49.04%
Residential Homes 13,643 71.50% 275,580 50.96%
England 16,314 85.50% 455,540 84.23%
Wales 1,086 5.69% 25,750 4.76%
Scotland 1,142 5.99% 41,007 7.58%
Northern Ireland 436 2.29% 15,754 2.91%
Part of a Group 13,536 70.94% 402,347 74.40%
Not Part of a Group 5,544 29.06% 138,476 25.60%
Types of Ownership
Local Authority 755 3.96% 18,305 3.38%
NHS 120 0.63% 2,021 0.37%
Private 14,493 75.96% 436,044 80.63%
Voluntary / Charity 3,712 19.45% 84,453 15.62%
Care Categories
Old Age 12,588 65.97%
Dementia 8,600 45.07%
Mental Health Condition 5,304 27.80%
Learning Disability 7,035 36.87%
Physical Disability 7,390 38.73%
Sensory Impairment 4,230 22.17%
No Medical Intervention 386 2.02%
Detention Under Mental Health Act 413 2.16%
Eating Disorders 469 2.46%
Younger Adults 5,762 30.20%
Substance Misuse 582 3.05%

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