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Alarming backlog of applications for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

January 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Alarming backlog of applications for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

There has been a sharp increase in the number of applications for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs) according to a report issued today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Since 2009 the rate of applications for people aged 85 and over has nearly doubled. DoLs, which apply in England and Wales, are intended to ensure […]

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Midas Care announces nutritionist to help employees this year

January 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Midas Care announces nutritionist to help employees this year

Leading Cambridgeshire-based care agency Midas Care Ltd has announced the introduction of a top nutritionist to their team.   Eddie Halls has been a personal trainer for five years and specialises in nutrition.  She will work with Midas Care employees to help improve their health and wellbeing this year.   Midas Care is one of […]

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Report on the deprivation of liberty safeguards published by CQC

January 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Report on the deprivation of liberty safeguards published by CQC

The Care Quality Commission today publishes its fifth annual monitoring report on the implementation of the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS). These are part of the Mental Capacity Act, and they protect the rights of adults in care homes and hospitals who lack mental capacity, in situations where they need to be deprived of their […]

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Donwell care home celebrates re-opening after fire

January 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Donwell care home celebrates re-opening after fire

Residents and members of staff at Donwell House care home, which is based in Donwell and part of Shaftesbury Care Group Ltd, are celebrating after the home officially re-opened following a fire which damaged some areas. The fire, which broke out in an upstairs bedroom, caused smoke damage to nearby bedrooms and corridors. Thankfully no-one […]

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Care home welcomes VIP guest to celebrate refurbishment

January 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Care home welcomes VIP guest to celebrate refurbishment

Residents at Bridge View care home, which is based in Stakeford and is part of Akari Care, welcomed a special VIP guest to officially open their newly refurbished home.   Staff and residents were joined by members of the public as they watched local Councillor, Ray Butler, cut the ribbon and officially launch the new […]

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‘Rambling Roses’ See Charity Efforts Grow

January 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
‘Rambling Roses’ See Charity Efforts Grow

  A charity that provides holiday accommodation for disabled people has received a massive boost – thanks to the efforts of two Bield tenants.   Maria Duncan and friend Bee Henderson, who are both tenants at Bield’s Inchkeith Court retirement housing development in Glenrothes, joined three others from the ‘Rambling Roses (and a Thorn)’ group […]

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Brain injury patients from The Huntercombe Group showcase artwork at St Paul’s Cathedral

January 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
Brain injury patients from The Huntercombe Group showcase artwork at St Paul’s Cathedral

Three patients from The Huntercombe Group have been selected to display their artwork at the ‘This is Not Me’ exhibition, at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The exhibition is a collection of paintings from the unique perspective of people with an acquired brain injury. Their art aims to portray the reality of losing their identity and the […]

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Feathered theme to activities at Care UK homes

January 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
Feathered theme to activities at Care UK homes

Residents and care teams at several of Care UK’s homes have their binoculars at the ready and their bird feeders filled as they prepare to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend Known as the largest wildlife survey in the world, the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch encourages people throughout the UK to […]

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Frozen meals to replace freshly cooked for most vulnerable in society

January 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
Frozen meals to replace freshly cooked for most vulnerable in society

GMB, the union for meals on wheels and home care staff, is asking the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust to reconsider the proposal to end the daily meals service to the most vulnerable in society. We are dismayed that the Trust is forging ahead with this proposal without full consultation with the people […]

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CQC launches consultation on the future of regulating, inspecting and rating specialist substance misuse services England

January 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
CQC launches consultation on the future of regulating, inspecting and rating specialist substance misuse services England

CQC launches consultation on the future of regulating, inspecting and rating specialist substance misuse services England The Care Quality Commission is asking people for their views on proposed plans for inspecting and rating substance misuse services Specialist substance misuse services for people who misuse alcohol and drugs offer treatment in inpatient, community and residential settings. […]

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Huddersfield care home residents find they’re ‘at hoME with the arts’

January 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Huddersfield care home residents find they’re ‘at hoME with the arts’

Residents of Anchor’s Tolson Grange care home, Huddersfield went back in time to beach life of the 40’s as the girls of Million Dollar Memory performed their ‘synchronized swimming on dry land’ show. This performance was by no means your traditional theatre show, but as they say, variety is the spice of life and Anchor […]

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Dignity in Care Award for Allingham House Care Centre

January 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Dignity in Care Award for Allingham House Care Centre

New Care Projects’ Allingham House Care Centre, on Deansgate Lane in Timperley, has received the prestigious Trafford Dignity in Care Award.   Part of a national awareness campaign, the Dignity in Care Award recognises homes, hospitals and individuals who demonstrate respect for residents, offer a personalised service, encourage independence and confidence, listen, act to alleviate […]

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Precious Homes Achieves Investors in People Accreditation

January 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Precious Homes Achieves Investors in People Accreditation

Precious Homes Ltd is pleased to announce that it has once again been awarded the Investors In People Accreditation, in recognition of its ongoing commitment to excellence. The company has held the accreditation since 2002. The Investors in People (IIP) Core Standard is series of 39 objectives that organisations need to meet to demonstrate their […]

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New investment plans to transform lives of those affected by dementia in Scotland

January 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
New investment plans to transform lives of those affected by dementia in Scotland

The Life Changes Trust charity was established with a £50 million endowment by the Big Lottery Fund to invest in ways which will transform the lives of people affected by dementia and care experienced young people. Today the Trust publishes its Business Strategy, which sets out the Trust’s investment approach to achieve this aim. Maddy […]

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BBC produce a day in the life of a care home

January 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
BBC produce a day in the life of a care home

With care homes receiving a bashing from the media this week it’s good to see the BBC have taken time to show how life can be a good care home. From the BBC website; ‘It may seem a trivial thing – but to Eastlake Care Home manager Linda Grout, it is important. “We have 52 […]

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CMG’s Outstanding service is a first for England

January 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
CMG’s Outstanding service is a first for England

A CMG service for people living with learning disabilities is the first of its kind in England to have been rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It is, so far, the only time a supported living service has received the highest commendation, since the regulator changed its system of inspection. The Ridgeway in […]

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Care Home Receives Five Star Review After Unannounced Inspection

January 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Care Home Receives Five Star Review After Unannounced Inspection

  A Care Home has continued its reputation for unrivalled excellence, receiving a five-star rating for its services after an unannounced inspection.   Blackwood’s St Leonards Court, in Ayr, was commended by the Care Inspectorate for its stellar care and the support provided to residents.   Findings from the report showed the home had achieved […]

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All three parties should take action to address the historic underfunding of social care

January 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
All three parties should take action to address the historic underfunding of social care

Despite rising demand the amount spent on social care for older people has fallen nationally by £1.1 billion (14.4 per cent) since 2010/11, according to research from Age UK. The charity’s social care ‘score card’ reveals that between 2010/11 and 2013/14: Older people receiving home care has fallen by 31.7 per cent (542,965 to 370,630) […]

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MHA and Castleoak celebrate opening of marketing suite for new assisted living apartments in Swindon

January 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
MHA and Castleoak celebrate opening of marketing suite for new assisted living apartments in Swindon

Methodist Homes (MHA) has celebrated the opening of its marketing suite at its new assisted living development in Swindon with a tree planting ceremony with Castleoak, its construction partner. Assisted living apartments at Fitzwarren Court will be available from spring 2015. The 33 one- and two-bed apartments and four studios are offered for sale, rent […]

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North Wales centre of excellence for dementia creates 100 new care jobs

January 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
North Wales centre of excellence for dementia creates 100 new care jobs

A care organisation has started recruiting staff for a new centre of excellence for dementia care in North Wales. Pendine Park is creating 100 jobs at the £7 million complex at the site of the former Bryn Seiont community hospital on the outskirts of Caernarfon. Construction work is on track and Canolfan Gofal Bryn Seiont […]

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Bright Care appoints new manager in Glasgow office

January 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
Bright Care appoints new manager in Glasgow office

Scottish domiciliary care provider Bright Care has strengthened its senior management team as it continues to grow its staff numbers, turnover and its geographical reach. It has appointed care professional Karen McGregor as manager at its Glasgow office in Clarkston, in a role which will have an increasingly strategic dimension as the company’s growth strategy […]

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MP Alec Shelbrooke visits Award-Winning Care Company

January 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
MP Alec Shelbrooke visits Award-Winning Care Company

Elmet and Rothwell MP, Alec Shelbrooke, has visited the offices of local elderly home care and dementia care specialist, Carefound Home Care. Ahead of a Dementia Summit Mr Shelbrooke is to host in January, he met with Carefound Home Care founder and Director Oliver Stirk to learn more about their model of care and how […]

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CQC apologises for not publishing Grantley Court report earlier

January 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
CQC apologises for not publishing Grantley Court report earlier

There has been further media coverage on CQC’s actions in relation to Grantley Court Nursing Home in Sutton, south London, and the provider Mr Cooppen. To read the report click here CQC has acknowledged that it should have published the report from the January 2014 inspection sooner and has apologised for this. CQC took action […]

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Chief Inspector of Hospitals welcomes new Mental Health Act code of practice

January 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
Chief Inspector of Hospitals welcomes new Mental Health Act code of practice

This year saw publication of the latest revision of the Mental Health Act (MHA) code of practice. The MHA Code of Practice gives providers advice on how to make sure that the Mental Health Act 1983 is followed correctly and is used in the best interest of people who are detained under that Act. The […]

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Figures support the devastating truth of the social care crisis

January 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
Figures support the devastating truth of the social care crisis

Age UK today publishes a social care ‘score card’ that shows despite rising demand from growing numbers of people in need of support, the amount spent on social care services for older people has fallen nationally by £1.1 billion (14.4 per cent) since 2010/11, even after accounting for additional funding from the NHS, and by […]

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More reasons to use Fusion for your Care Management Software

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
More reasons to use Fusion for your Care Management Software

Leeds based Fusion Care Solutions Ltd announced today that it has acquired the assets of Hertfordshire based Blue Parrot Software Ltd/Everyday Care System, providers of Care Management Software to the sector. The two companies will operate jointly as one being Fusion Care Solutions Ltd. Effective December 24th, 2014. Martin Jones Managing Director of Fusion Care […]

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Founder and Chairman of North East care home group named CBE in New Year Honours

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Founder and Chairman of North East care home group named CBE in New Year Honours

The Founder and Chairman of Helen McArdle Care has been honoured on the 2015 New Year Honours List as a CBE.   Helen McArdle has been recognised by the Queen for her services to the Care Home Business and the community in the North East.   Helen, who founded the company in 1989, along with […]

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Adullam Homes launches mental health wellbeing training programme in North West

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Adullam Homes launches mental health wellbeing training programme in North West

Mental health workers across the North West are to benefit from an innovative new training initiative designed to equip them with the expertise to deliver techniques to help service users improve their mental wellbeing, reduce their stress and anxiety levels and improve their physical health and social skills.   The Wellbeing programme has been launched […]

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Vocare appoints Head of Commercial to manage planned growth

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Vocare appoints Head of Commercial to manage planned growth

Vocare, a leading provider of outsourced quality clinical healthcare services to the NHS, has appointed Carl Moffett as Commercial Director. Moffett will lead the Finance, Commercial and Business Analyst teams, with a focus on managing Vocare’s performance during its planned growth. Moffett began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He […]

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Helping Hands rescues local families

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Helping Hands rescues local families

Helping Hands Homecare have stepped in at the last moment to ensure all of the families due to receive care at home from Stratford based Choice Healthcare over the Christmas period continued to do so after Choice formally went into administration on 22nd December. The move also saw the employment secured of 35 carers and […]

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