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Harry Styles visits care home but residents 'hadn't a clue' who he was
Harry Styles visits care home but residents 'hadn't a clue' who he was
Harry Styles, the former One Direction singer, chaired a game of bingo at a Warrington care home, and while there seemed to be initial confusion as to who he was, he won them over with his charm as a bingo-caller. As part of a BBC special with his pal, Radio 1 DJ Nick... Read more
Lonely, older people to stay at care homes for free over Christmas
While the Christmas build-up is a time of excitement for many, for the thousands of older people living alone, it signals a countdown to the time of year when feelings of isolation and anxiety can be at their greatest. As part of its annual Companionship at Christmas... Read more
Husband buys 'magic table' dementia gift for wife
The husband of a woman living in a care home with dementia has raised more than £5,000 to buy a ‘magic table’ to give his wife a chance to relax and have fun with other residents. Pete James, whose wife Nicole lives at in Evesham, spread the word to family and... Read more
Budget 2017: 'Seize opportunities' Chancellor fails to mention social care
Despite his speech’s repetitive slogan that the UK must ‘seize opportunities’ particularly in light of Brexit, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond spread no Christmas cheer for many of the most vulnerable in society, choosing to devote not a word of his budget... Read more
Care homes charging fees after residents die could be forced to pay compensation
Care homes that continue to charge relatives fees for a resident who has died, in some cases for up to four weeks, may be forced to pay compensation, according to a new report. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its final findings following an... Read more
Lord Attenborough, Hollywood and me: A care home resident's extraordinary life
Lord Attenborough, Hollywood and me: A care home resident's extraordinary life
In her youth, Diana Hawkins was a Hollywood publicist, producer and business partner of Lord Richard Attenborough. She lived in a world where she rubbed shoulders with people as wildly diverse as Princess Diana, Ronald Reagan and Mother Teresa. Her friendship and... Read more
Requests to lock up people with dementia hit record high
The number of applications to detain people with mental health issues, dementia or learning difficulties for their own safety has reached the highest level on record. The application process, known as Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), is used when patients who... Read more
Care home resident finally recognised for code-breaking at Bletchley Park
Joanna Chorley, who is in her nineties, has finally been recognised 70 years after WWII for her work as a code breaker at Bletchley Park. Joanna, who lives at Tewkesbury Fields Care Home in Gloucestershire, never received the badge and certificate that were awarded to... Read more
Government to 'take time' with care leaders before publishing Green Paper
Cabinet Office Minister Damian Green has announced the Government will take 'the time needed' to work with care leaders to shape its long-awaited Green Paper on social care, before publishing proposals in Summer 2018. Damian Green: 'Big decisions' The Government... Read more
Top care homes not affected by income level of area
Low income areas do not affect whether a care home is good or outstanding, according to a new report. The research carried out by Which? found that the quality of a care home is not determined by the income level of the area, with Chelsea, one of the wealthiest... Read more
Tips on protecting care home residents from infections
Clean bed linen as well as clean clothes is crucial in care homes, as older people are more susceptible to infections and diseases and will take longer to recover if they do become ill. Immune systems get weaker as people age and care home residents often live in close... Read more
Care staff experience ageing challenges with simulation suit
Care staff experience ageing challenges with simulation suit
Staff at a care home in Suffolk have been experiencing for themselves the challenges that older people face, by wearing age simulation suits. The unusual training method uses a suit to simulate physical symptoms of old age, such as joint stiffness, loss of strength... Read more
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Care worker's footcare for homeless brings 'podiatry and compassion'
Care worker's footcare for homeless brings 'podiatry and compassion'
Deborah Monk works as a visiting podiatrist at Regent Residential Care Home in Worcester, but she spends her spare time giving free chiropody, podiatry, socks and even shoes to homeless people. She feels so passionately that something must be done to help the... Read more
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3720 Jobs Currently Listed
Job Roles # Jobs % Jobs
Registered Manager / Service Manager 123 3.31%
Deputy Manager / Assistant Manager 98 2.63%
Area / Regional Manager 13 0.35%
Clinical Lead / Nurse Team Leader 72 1.94%
Staff Nurse 212 5.70%
Nurse 499 13.41%
Bank Nurse 70 1.88%
Senior Carer / Head of Care / Team Leader 370 9.95%
Carer / Care Assistant / Care Support Worker 1,502 40.38%
Bank Carer / Care Assistant 61 1.64%
Social Worker 10 0.27%
Physiotherapist 5 0.13%
Occupational Therapist 1 0.03%
Training & Development 2 0.05%
Counsellor 1 0.03%
Cook / Chef 125 3.36%
Activity Coordinator 95 2.55%
Kitchen Assistant / Catering Assistant 154 4.14%
Housekeeper / Cleaner 77 2.07%
Domestic / Domestic Assistant 100 2.69%
Laundry Assistant 17 0.46%
Maintenance / Handyperson 27 0.73%
Driver 6 0.16%
Gardener 1 0.03%
Receptionist 9 0.24%
Administrator 30 0.81%
Finance / Accountant / Bookkeeper 8 0.22%
Human Resources / HR / Recruitment 1 0.03%
Marketing 5 0.13%
Other 26 0.70%
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10 Most Read News Articles of the Month
1 Four Seasons care home group urged to strike deal over its debts
2 Care home's elderly record charity Christmas song
3 'Harder than childbirth' says woman cycling 75 miles for care workers
4 Burglar's theft of poppy fund and Christmas raffle gifts prompts worldwide donations
5 Scottish care homes forced to pay £1,000 a shift for agency nurses
6 Brighton's elderly may look at 'inappropriate material' if given free WiFi
7 Care group talks of 'unwavering' care amid police probe into 12 care home deaths
8 'Disappointed' residents told by council they can't play bingo for cash prizes
9 Autumn Budget: A care boss's social care wishlist
10 Ninety-three-year-old waxes care worker's legs to fundraise for dementia dolls
Latest Care Home Statistics
# Homes % Homes # Beds % Beds
All UK Care Homes 18,891 100.00% 543,078 100.00%
Nursing Homes 5,405 28.61% 266,120 49.00%
Residential Homes 13,486 71.39% 276,958 51.00%
England 16,156 85.52% 457,824 84.30%
Wales 1,076 5.70% 25,764 4.74%
Scotland 1,125 5.96% 40,968 7.54%
Northern Ireland 434 2.30% 15,825 2.91%
Part of a Group 13,434 71.11% 404,604 74.50%
Not Part of a Group 5,457 28.89% 138,474 25.50%
Types of Ownership
Local Authority 731 3.87% 17,935 3.30%
NHS 118 0.62% 2,017 0.37%
Private 14,407 76.26% 439,658 80.96%
Voluntary / Charity 3,635 19.24% 83,468 15.37%
Care Categories
Old Age 12,579 66.59%
Dementia 8,643 45.75%
Mental Health Condition 5,308 28.10%
Learning Disability 6,957 36.83%
Physical Disability 7,454 39.46%
Sensory Impairment 4,395 23.27%
No Medical Intervention 398 2.11%
Detention Under Mental Health Act 409 2.17%
Eating Disorders 469 2.48%
Younger Adults 5,781 30.60%
Substance Misuse 567 3.00%

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