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Sheffcare awarded council homecare contract

Posted on September 17th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Sheffcare, a not-for-profit organisation which operates a chain of 11 residential care homes across Sheffield, has been awarded a Sheffield City Council homecare contract.

Launched last November the Sheffcare Home Care Service will provide flexible services as part of Sheffield Council’s Framework for Supported Living Services.


Barchester leads development of new apprenticeship standard

Posted on September 15th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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A new standard for apprenticeships in property maintenance has been developed by a trailblazer group of cross-sector employers, led and supported by national care provider Barchester Healthcare.

Working alongside companies such as Hilton Worldwide, Carillion, Mitie, Interserve, Barchester has established the new standard which is recognised by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM).

The new benchmark means that for the first time there will be an apprenticeship for maintenance staff across a range of business areas, including health and social care, hospitality, the NHS and local authorities.

This development gives apprentices who are not construction based the opportunity to learn how to maintain and care for the condition of buildings and grounds, ensuring they are kept in excellent working condition.

Barchester director of property services Bill Wilson said the new standard would raise the level of quality maintenance provided in sectors … Read More »


Families help to run dementia bistro

Posted on September 12th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

Families and friends of those people with dementia are helping to run their own special bistro at a care home to share advice on the issues surrounding the disease after the bistro was opened by a campaigner.

‘Tea for Two’ was opened at Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, by author and campaigner Ian Donaghy, who wrote the book Dear Dementia: The Laughter and Tears to help share information on dementia for those interested in learning more.

The bistro has been so popular that family members of people with dementia have stepped in to help run it, along with a small shop selling useful items and bric-a-brac. Birch Green general manager Carol Nickeas said that, by creating the relaxing bistro environment, the home was helping families of those people with dementia share their experience and gather information on the disease and … Read More »





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