Recent UK Care News

Adara Group completes acquisition of two care homes

August 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Adara Group completes acquisition of two care homes

Northampton-based Adara Group has acquired two care homes; Burlington Hall in Woburn Sands and The Shrubbery in Higham Ferrers. An undisclosed funding package has been provided by the Royal Bank of Scotland to support the deal.   Adara Group was established in January 2016 by experienced care home operator Sue Hanspaul, alongside her husband Mike […]

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North East care group celebrates UK first!

August 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
North East care group celebrates UK first!

This week a North East family run group is celebrating following the announcement that they have achieved four outstanding Care Quality Commission (CQC) gradings, the first care providers in the UK to achieve this.   The national average for outstanding CQC inspections is one in 200 care homes and Helen McArdle Care has four out […]

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CQC publish reports on 66 adult social care services in the North of England

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
CQC publish reports on 66 adult social care services in the North of England

CQC inspectors publish reports on 66 adult social care services in the North of England In the past week the Care Quality Commission has published a further 66 reports on the quality of care provided by adult social care services across the North that have been inspected under its new approach. Following recent inspections one […]

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Amazing care home resident completes 412 mile cycle

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Amazing care home resident completes 412 mile cycle

Amazing care home resident with cerebral palsy completes 412 mile cycle challenge and raises more than £1,000 for charity As the UK celebrates Laura Trott’s Olympic success, staff and residents at Drummond Grange Care Home in Lasswade are cheering for their own cycling champion, 63 year old Rhoda Gourlay. Rhoda, who lives with cerebral palsy […]

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Caring Homes receives inaugural Princess Royal Training Award

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Caring Homes receives inaugural Princess Royal Training Award

Caring Homes Group is delighted to be recognised in the first Princess Royal Training Awards for its unique Dementia Training programme, ‘My World’. The award is a new honour for employers in the UK who have created lasting impact by successfully linking their skills development needs to business performance. Caring Homes shares the prestigious accolade […]

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Career move into care brings inspiring rewards

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Career move into care brings inspiring rewards

When Andrew Heath joined Kingdom Homes Work Academy programme little did he or anyone else imagine that in four years he would be appointed Manager of the Company’s Preston House Nursing Home in Glenrothes.   The Work Academy is a 6-week programme run by Kingdom Homes in partnership with Skills Development Scotland and the Department […]

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Bocking residential care homes pass the baton in Relay with Care

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Bocking residential care homes pass the baton in Relay with Care

Residents and staff from The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court residential care homes, in Bocking, took part in a charity relay across Essex. The relay baton travelled across the county over five days, visiting 35 care homes along the way and was brought to The New Deanery this month.  Resident Brenda Boley took the […]

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Belong director brings global research into dementia care facilities back to the UK

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Belong director brings global research into dementia care facilities back to the UK

Award-winning dementia design champion, Tracy Paine, who is the operations director at care provider, Belong, has travelled across the globe investigating housing and care facilities for older people living with dementia, in a bid to bring the best of international practice and design back to the UK.   Tracy travelled to Australia and the USA […]

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Kemsing care home creates sensory garden in memory of former resident

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Kemsing care home creates sensory garden in memory of former resident

Staff at The Dynes in Kemsing have transformed their courtyard into a beautiful sensory garden, thanks to a kind donation from the daughter of a former resident, Eric Lott.   The courtyard, which has been crafted in memory of Eric, has been transformed from an empty and rather uninspiring space, to a bright, innovative and […]

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Urgent action needed to deal with the “triple whammy” battering care homes & home care in Wales

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Urgent action needed to deal with the “triple whammy” battering care homes & home care in Wales

A social care leader has called for urgent action to deal with the “triple whammy” battering care homes and domiciliary care companies in Wales Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales, called on the Welsh Government to act after new figures revealed a steep rise in the number of people aged 85 or […]

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Active Minds launches innovative multi-sensory reminiscence product

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Active Minds launches innovative multi-sensory reminiscence product

Dementia activity company, Active Minds, launch a first-of-its-kind reminiscence activity incorporating sound and smell for people with mid- to late-stage dementia   As dementia progresses it can become increasingly hard for carers to provide appropriate games or activities for people living with dementia, particularly in the later stages. Spotting a gap in their product list, […]

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Mencap statement on death of Lord Rix, President of the Royal Mencap Society

August 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Mencap statement on death of Lord Rix, President of the Royal Mencap Society

It is with deep sadness that Mencap has received news from the family of Lord Brian Rix CBE, DL that he passed away during the morning of 20th August 2016 at the age of 92.   Lord Rix played a central role in the history of the Royal Mencap Society, performing the roles of Secretary General, Chairman […]

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Croydon care home retains prestigious Beacon Status for recognition of care

August 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Croydon care home retains prestigious Beacon Status for recognition of care

Whitgift House, part of Whitgift Care, received confirmation this week that it has retained ‘Beacon Status’ for the next three years, having first been awarded it in 2013. The prestigious ‘Beacon Status’ by the Gold Standards Framework in Care Homes (GSFCH) is awarded for excellence in care homes. Whitgift House is only one of two […]

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Major drive to reduce older people falls in East Midlands

August 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Major drive to reduce older people falls in East Midlands

A new initiative has been helping to reduce the number of falls among older people in parts of the East Midlands.   A series of exercise classes focusing on improving the strength and balance for over 65s have been taking place across the city.   The Falls Management Exercise programme (FaME) includes balance, endurance and […]

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Horsing around at Edinburgh care home

August 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Horsing around at Edinburgh care home

Residents at a care home in Edinburgh have been horsing around thanks to an in-house visit from Therapy Ponies Scotland.   Bupa’s Braid Hills care home, on Liberton Drive, welcomed the Shetland ponies into the home, giving the residents the chance to hold and touch the animals and learn about their new miniature friends.   […]

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Derby £7.8m care home on target for September opening

August 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Derby £7.8m care home on target for September opening

Adept Care Homes based in Hinckley Leicestershire has been handed the keys to its latest project – a brand new £7.8m care home on Coleman Street in Derby. Kiwi House has the facilities of a luxury hotel. From whirlpool baths and easy access en-suite wet rooms to ‘Flicks’ cinema and a pub called the ‘Horse […]

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Bristol’s new homecare company provides top training for care staff

August 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Bristol’s new homecare company provides top training for care staff

Registered home care provider, Caremark (Bristol) is preparing to launch its new care service very soon.  Top of their list is ensuring all members of staff have the appropriate training to enable them to deliver the best possible service to their clients. Gemma Cheesewright, part of Caremark (Bristol)’s team successfully completed and attained certification on […]

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Investment in Darlington residential care service

August 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Investment in Darlington residential care service

Hollyhurst residential care service in Darlington, part of the Danshell Group, has undergone a significant investment to refurbish the home, with service users playing a full part in the plans.   A number of bedrooms have been re-configured to provide modern en-suite bathrooms, with walk-in showers, supporting the privacy and dignity of service users.   […]

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Care provider honours green fingered talent

August 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Care provider honours green fingered talent

Care provider and charity, The Fremantle Trust, showcased green-fingered talent across its care homes and learning disability services in the region, with the return of its Fremantle in Bloom initiative.   Set up to recognise the importance of the natural habitat, Fremantle in Bloom brings together residents, tenants, families and employees with a shared passion […]

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Widnes Vikings star leaves pitch for garden party

August 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Widnes Vikings star leaves pitch for garden party

John Timms, a 75-year-old Grandad from Runcorn, who recently completed a 100-mile trek in memory of his late wife, presented a cheque for over £3000 to St Luke’s Care Home, in Widnes, on Friday 12 August. Vikings star player, Gil Dudson, left the pitch to visit the specialist dementia care home to give a special […]

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