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No regrets for care home using pole dancers to entertain elderly
No regrets for care home using pole dancers to entertain elderly
Pole dancers have performed for elderly residents at a care home in Dorset but while residents and staff had no regrets about the acrobatic skills performed in cropped tops, some councillors were not amused. Seven pole dancing students from the Pole Dancing... Read more
#SnowHeroes: Care workers ditch day off to battle into work for elderly
Care home staff around the country slept in care homes, undertook marathon shifts and even battled blizzards on their day off to keep elderly safe from the ‘Beast from the East’. The Beast from the East - a nickname used to describe arctic conditions affecting huge... Read more reveals top care homes in the country
The leading care home reviews site,, has announced the winners of their Top 20 care home awards. The award is based on reviews of the care home written by their residents, as well as their friends and relatives, with thousands of homes battling it out... Read more
93-year-old ex-Chelsea player gets VIP treatment at Stamford Bridge
A 93-year-old ex-Chelsea FC player living at a care home in Berkshire got to relive the glory days of his professional football career by revisiting the grounds of his old stadium, Stamford Bridge. Care home resident Phillip McKnight arrived at the stadium wearing his... Read more
Therapy alpacas 'comfort' dementia care home residents
Therapy alpacas 'comfort' dementia care home residents
A group of alpacas have been touring care homes in Bournemouth, Poole and Edinburgh, bringing comfort to residents with dementia. Five of the alpacas were given a tour of various care homes by their handlers, and even visited residents in their bedrooms. Oliver,... Read more
Care home resident at end of life 'defies all odds' and is discharged
Irene Mickleburgh entered St Catherine’s care home in Bolton in May last year needing end of life care. Now six months on, she has been discharged by the care home, after being well enough to go home. Irene was admitted to the home in Horwich, with a grade 4 pressure... Read more
Fire chief warns about hazards of vanity mirrors after care home blaze
The fire chief of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Services has issued a warning about the dangers of make-up and vanity mirrors when placed in direct sunlight, after a fire broke out at a care home in Staffordshire. The warning comes in the wake of a fire at Nethermoor... Read more
Personal trainer helps care home's elderly turn back time
Care home residents in their seventies are seizing the opportunity to get physical in their new state-of-the art gym, proving that age is no barrier when it comes to working out. Adopting the ‘healthy body healthy mind’ philosophy, Pine Martin Grange Care Home is... Read more
Social interaction in care homes reduces aggression in people with dementia
Just one hour of social interaction combined with personalized care, can reduce anxiety and aggression in care home residents with dementia, according to a new study. A large-scale trial led by the University of Exeter, King’s College London and Oxford Health NHS... Read more
UK sees record number of people search for a care home
The UK has seen a record number of people search for a care home in January, with over 1.5m visiting the leading care home reviews site at the beginning of this year. January 2018 saw have its highest ever traffic to the site with 1,579,285 visits. This... Read more
Pet dog at outstanding care home 'lights up' residents
Pet dog at outstanding care home 'lights up' residents
A much-loved pet dog, adopted by a care home in Bury Saint Edmunds, has encouraged residents to leave their rooms and exercise. Mildenhall Lodge was rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after the care home introduced a voting system so that... Read more
Jobs & Recruitment
Nail technician makes care home resident 'feel like a woman again'
Volunteer nail technician, Sharon Williams, was such a hit with residents at a group of care homes in Wrexham, that they wrote to the care home owners and asked that the 45-year-old-mum of two be given a permanent job. For the past year, residents have been queuing... Read more
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4549 Jobs Currently Listed
Job Roles # Jobs % Jobs
Registered Manager / Service Manager 130 2.86%
Deputy Manager / Assistant Manager 116 2.55%
Area / Regional Manager 2 0.04%
Clinical Lead / Nurse Team Leader 89 1.96%
Staff Nurse 211 4.64%
Nurse 765 16.82%
Bank Nurse 173 3.80%
Senior Carer / Head of Care / Team Leader 381 8.38%
Carer / Care Assistant / Care Support Worker 1,617 35.55%
Bank Carer / Care Assistant 83 1.82%
Social Worker 12 0.26%
Physiotherapist 2 0.04%
Occupational Therapist 2 0.04%
Training & Development 4 0.09%
Cook / Chef 144 3.17%
Activity Coordinator 146 3.21%
Kitchen Assistant / Catering Assistant 189 4.15%
Housekeeper / Cleaner 131 2.88%
Domestic / Domestic Assistant 90 1.98%
Laundry Assistant 24 0.53%
Maintenance / Handyperson 97 2.13%
Driver 17 0.37%
Gardener 3 0.07%
Receptionist 24 0.53%
Administrator 56 1.23%
Director / Divisional Director 1 0.02%
Finance / Accountant / Bookkeeper 4 0.09%
Human Resources / HR / Recruitment 5 0.11%
Marketing 4 0.09%
Other 27 0.59%
Upcoming Featured Exhibitions, Conferences & Award Presentations
Autism Professionals Annual Conference 2018
Date: 07 Mar 2018 - 08 Mar 2018
Location: Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate
Future of Care Conference
Date: 13 Mar 2018
Location: No.11 Cavendish Square, London
Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo 2018
Date: 25 Apr 2018 - 26 Apr 2018
Location: NEC, Birmingham
Digital Health and Care Congress 2018
Date: 10 Jul 2018 - 11 Jul 2018
Location: The King's Fund, London, W1G 0AN
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10 Most Read News Articles of the Month
1 Half of care workers in England paid £7.50 or less an hour
2 Care home resident dies after oxygen cylinder explodes in bedroom
3 Autism charity 'very sorry' for 'bullying culture' in care home
4 Care home resident who loses wife 'makes most of each day' by baking
5 Care home group scores outstanding hat-trick in the New Forest
6 UK sees record number of people search for a care home
7 Government's extra £150m for social care is 'sticking plaster over gaping wound'
8 Care home residents help homeless with 'shoe box' appeal
9 Couple celebrating 70 years of marriage 'wouldn't change a thing' about each other
10 Aussie family watch UK funeral of care home resident on live webcam feed
Latest Care Home Statistics
# Homes % Homes # Beds % Beds
All UK Care Homes 18,792 100.00% 542,737 100.00%
Nursing Homes 5,394 28.70% 266,251 49.06%
Residential Homes 13,398 71.30% 276,486 50.94%
England 16,062 85.47% 457,431 84.28%
Wales 1,071 5.70% 25,733 4.74%
Scotland 1,125 5.99% 41,008 7.56%
Northern Ireland 433 2.30% 15,826 2.92%
Part of a Group 13,326 70.91% 403,606 74.36%
Not Part of a Group 5,466 29.09% 139,131 25.64%
Types of Ownership
Local Authority 728 3.87% 17,892 3.30%
NHS 118 0.63% 2,098 0.39%
Private 14,345 76.34% 439,691 81.01%
Voluntary / Charity 3,601 19.16% 83,056 15.30%
Care Categories
Old Age 12,535 66.70%
Dementia 8,661 46.09%
Mental Health Condition 5,321 28.32%
Learning Disability 6,915 36.80%
Physical Disability 7,486 39.84%
Sensory Impairment 4,454 23.70%
No Medical Intervention 409 2.18%
Detention Under Mental Health Act 409 2.18%
Eating Disorders 469 2.50%
Younger Adults 5,806 30.90%
Substance Misuse 561 2.99%

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