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Care village with eight centenarians shares secrets to long lives
Care village with eight centenarians shares secrets to long lives
A Surrey retirement village with the motto ‘living longer, ageing well’, is believed to be the only care provider in the UK to house eight centenarians. While researchers have pondered over the secret to longer life for many years, Whiteley Village in Walton appears... Read more
Care homes championing human rights are more likely to be outstanding
Care homes which champion equality and human rights are more likely to be rated outstanding, according to the Care Quality Commission. The care regulator claims there is a clear link between a provider’s quality of care and how well it treats its staff and residents... Read more
Dance, music and drama boost care home residents' memories
Musical activities have been shown to improve the cognitive abilities and memory recall of people living at 17 care homes run by the Anchor Group. A series of creative workshops held at Anchor care homes in Surrey, have revealed how the innovative adoption of... Read more
Families fail care home residents with nearly half not getting regular visits
Care homes are being forced to step in and tackle loneliness among their residents, with nearly half not receiving regular visits from their friends and families. The new figures from care home review site,, reveal that 42 per cent of residents do not... Read more
Puppetry of dementia: 'Parts of brain disappear but imagination is still there'
Puppetry of dementia: 'Parts of brain disappear but imagination is still there'
If a character in a play dies of dementia, how do you mark the death? Trickier still, how do you kill a puppet? To answer that question you must ask an expert in puppetry and Mayra Stergiou has thought long and hard about it. Having spent time with care home residents who... Read more
Outstanding care home reduces aggression in people with autism
A care home in London for people with severe learning disabilities and autism has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, for substantially reducing aggressive behaviour. The care regulator found that 1 Lichfield Lane which is run by London Care... Read more
Tips on preventing falls in care homes
When an older person has a fall, the effects can be huge, both emotionally and physically. It can hit their confidence, make them feel extremely vulnerable and cause a loss of independence as well as causing extensive, physical injuries from which it can take a long... Read more
Councils fail to catch care home fee 'dodgers'
Councils are 'failing' to use their powers to clamp down on people who have given away their assets to 'dodge' care home fees, new research suggests. The spiralling cost of care has created an incentive for families to give away assets in an attempt to qualify for... Read more
LGBT support makes veterans' care home outstanding
A care home in Solihull for ex-service men and women has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, which found the home to be ‘inclusive’ and supportive of LGBT residents, where ‘people matter’. In addition, the care regulator found that staff at The... Read more
Comedian Jason Manford surprises care home residents with 'gig'
Comedian Jason Manford surprises care home residents with 'gig'
Comedian Jason Manford made a surprise visit to a care home in Greater Manchester last week after a care home worker contacted him on Facebook. In a video clip shared on the performer’s Facebook page, Jason can be seen entertaining 40 residents at The Lakes Nursing... Read more
Jobs & Recruitment
Nurses told care homes are a wise career move
A nurse employed as a care home's deputy manager has been entering classrooms to attract nursing students into care homes, as the recruitment crisis continues in social care. Before nurses from across the country descended on London’s Parliament Square on 6 September... Read more
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4523 Jobs Currently Listed
Job Roles # Jobs % Jobs
Registered Manager / Service Manager 133 2.94%
Deputy Manager / Assistant Manager 100 2.21%
Area / Regional Manager 5 0.11%
Clinical Lead / Nurse Team Leader 92 2.03%
Staff Nurse 325 7.19%
Nurse 725 16.03%
Bank Nurse 80 1.77%
Senior Carer / Head of Care / Team Leader 388 8.58%
Carer / Care Assistant / Care Support Worker 1,504 33.25%
Bank Carer / Care Assistant 159 3.52%
Social Worker 11 0.24%
Physiotherapist 1 0.02%
Occupational Therapist 1 0.02%
Cook / Chef 153 3.38%
Activity Coordinator 127 2.81%
Kitchen Assistant / Catering Assistant 217 4.80%
Housekeeper / Cleaner 158 3.49%
Domestic / Domestic Assistant 104 2.30%
Laundry Assistant 33 0.73%
Maintenance / Handyperson 68 1.50%
Driver 7 0.15%
Gardener 2 0.04%
Receptionist 19 0.42%
Administrator 62 1.37%
Finance / Accountant / Bookkeeper 5 0.11%
Human Resources / HR / Recruitment 2 0.04%
Marketing 2 0.04%
Other 40 0.88%
Upcoming Featured Exhibitions, Conferences & Award Presentations
Independent Living Scotland
Date: 04 Oct 2017 - 05 Oct 2017
Location: SECC
Continence Care Conference 2017
Date: 04 Oct 2017
Location: Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton
Care Show
Date: 10 Oct 2017 - 11 Oct 2017
Location: NEC Birmingham
Care Roadshow Cardiff
Date: 17 Oct 2017
Location: Cardiff City Stadium
National Dementia Care Awards 2017
Date: 09 Nov 2017
Location: Doncaster Racecourse, Yorkshire
Care Roadshow London
Date: 14 Nov 2017
Location: Epsom Downs Racecourse
Care England Conference
Date: 16 Nov 2017
Location: Church House, Westminster, SW1P 3NZ
National Care Awards 2017
Date: 24 Nov 2017
Location: Hilton London Metropole, on the Edgware Road.
BAUN Annual Conference and Exhibition
Date: 27 Nov 2017 - 28 Nov 2017
Location: SEC Centre, Glasgow
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10 Most Read News Articles of the Month
1 Judge fines Anchor Trust six figures after man dies smoking alone at care home
2 Police investigate 12 deaths at care homes run by Sussex Health Care
3 Special Olympics stars beat thousands of contestants to win top medals
4 Families fail care home residents with nearly half not getting regular visits
5 Buyers sought for eight care homes after Eldercare Halifax goes bust
6 Grenfell makes retirement village get fire-resistant cladding and ban smoking
7 Care professionals cycle for Care Workers Charity bike ride
8 Councils fail to catch care home fee 'dodgers'
9 LGBT support makes veterans' care home outstanding
10 Police 'dementia files' seek to find Scotland's missing people
Latest Care Home Statistics
# Homes % Homes # Beds % Beds
All UK Care Homes 18,936 100.00% 542,856 100.00%
Nursing Homes 5,406 28.55% 265,903 48.98%
Residential Homes 13,530 71.45% 276,953 51.02%
England 16,191 85.50% 457,594 84.29%
Wales 1,077 5.69% 25,793 4.75%
Scotland 1,132 5.98% 40,918 7.54%
Northern Ireland 436 2.30% 15,854 2.92%
Part of a Group 13,465 71.11% 404,502 74.51%
Not Part of a Group 5,471 28.89% 138,354 25.49%
Types of Ownership
Local Authority 737 3.89% 18,074 3.33%
NHS 117 0.62% 1,990 0.37%
Private 14,415 76.12% 438,582 80.79%
Voluntary / Charity 3,667 19.37% 84,210 15.51%
Care Categories
Old Age 12,576 66.41%
Dementia 8,612 45.48%
Mental Health Condition 5,290 27.94%
Learning Disability 6,974 36.83%
Physical Disability 7,413 39.15%
Sensory Impairment 4,298 22.70%
No Medical Intervention 393 2.08%
Detention Under Mental Health Act 412 2.18%
Eating Disorders 465 2.46%
Younger Adults 5,767 30.46%
Substance Misuse 569 3.00%

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