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Barclays funds Keane Premier Healthcare acquisition

Posted on April 25th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Barclays funds Keane Premier Healthcare acquisition

Lanarkshire based Keane Premier Healthcare has agreed a £2.7m loan with Barclays, enabling the company to expand its portfolio with the acquisition of a third care home.

The funding package will also support the refurbishment of the former Greenlees home in Cambuslang which has been renamed Georgia Park. The 39-bed facility had been trading in administration but with the new management team and investment funding confirmed, residency has now grown by more than 50% to 36.

Keane Premier Healthcare has a strong track record of rejuvenating existing care home facilities, embarking on its first project in 2009: the transformation of an 18-bed care home in Dunvegan, Cambuslang, into a 24-room luxury facility by 2011. Following its success, the group committed to a similar project with Duncraggan care home in Burnside, Rutherglen in 2012, expanding the 18-bed setup to a capacity of 24 … Read More »


Balhousie’s Terry Banks retires

Posted on April 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Balhousie’s Terry Banks retires

Terry Banks, older sister of Balhousie Care Group founder Tony Banks, has retired today, Monday 24th April, after 25 years working for the care home provider.

Terry has been part of Balhousie since its beginnings 25 years ago, helping her parents and brother Tony to fix up the company’s first care home, Balhousie Lisden in Kirriemuir. For Terry, working with her little brother has been a joy.

“I’ve always looked after him as we are so close in age” says Terry. “I’m really proud of him and what he’s achieved and it’s been wonderful to have played a part in that too.”

Terry went from welcoming babies into the world in her midwifery post with NHS Tayside, which she left almost 18 years ago to go full time at Balhousie, to caring for those in the last moments of their life.

Terry has worked … Read More »


Self-funding: the gift that keeps on giving

Posted on April 24th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. No Comments

By guest blogger BOB FERGUSON

Last month MPs lambasted providers for “mercilessly” ripping off customers “when they are not looking”. Okay, they weren’t talking about care homes. But they could have been. These providers exploit self-funders by way of what a relative called “hidden and dishonest” subsidies – the neglected story behind the underfunding headlines.

LaingBuisson is convinced the sector is being kept afloat by cross-subsidies from unsuspecting self-funders. The industry’s injured innocents, meanwhile, prefer an alternative reality: self-funders pay the “real costs” of care and providers absorb the shortfall in council prices. Unfortunately for the deniers, there’s ample evidence that the pollutant of underhand cross-subsidy is “endemic”, with private fees not only considerably higher than authority rates, but often soaring above even LaingBuisson’s benchmarks.

Without a breakdown of costs – advertised fees are all tip and no iceberg – self-funders can never … Read More »


Greensleeves Care appoints three new trustees

Posted on April 21st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Greensleeves Care appoints three new trustees

Not-for-profit care operator Greensleeves Care has appointed three new trustees – Des Kelly, Dallas Pounds and Kim Davies – who bring a wealth of experience from the care and healthcare industry, property and estates expertise, as well as leadership and governance.

Greensleeves says the appointments reinforce the board at a time of significant expansion and sustainable growth.

Des Kelly brings tremendous experience gained in the care industry. He was the executive director of the National Care Forum from 2003 until his retirement in 2016 and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2007 for services to social care.

Des was also the founder chair of the Care Provider Alliance, is currently the chair of the charity the Centre for Policy on Ageing (CPA) and previously chaired the advisory group of the ‘My Home Life’ culture change programme and also … Read More »


Care England launches judicial review

Posted on April 20th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care England launches judicial review

Provider representative body Care England, in the face of opposition from Essex Council, is proceeding to judicial review of the fee rates Essex pays to independent care home providers.

The judicial review brought by Care England seeks to challenge the lawfulness of the Council’s fee setting decision in respect of the ‘old contract’ and its refusal to review the rates under the ‘new contract’.

Care England believes the Council’s actions to date to be a breach of its responsibilities under the Care Act 2014.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said the association was deeply concerned about the Council’s conduct towards the care home market within Essex and as a result, the sustainability of that market.

“This is an important challenge in support of providers in Essex and those new and existing residents receiving care,” said Prof. Green.


Time to start planning for Care Home Open Day

Posted on April 18th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 3 comments

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

While it’s only mid-April, perhaps it’s time to start thinking about Care Home Open Day. This year it’s on Friday, June 19th and will be the fifth time the event has been held.

Now is the time to send out your first press release to the local media so that they can diarise it and perhaps run a story in the lead-up to the event.

Now is also a good time to get signs organised – signs which can be placed at the front of care homes, promoting the event and encouraging the community to use the opportunity to come and have a look around. This is really cheap marketing and shows a willingness to be a part of the local community.

Some sort of special event can be planned for the day. As this year’s theme is … Read More »


Allotments have a lot to offer

Posted on April 10th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. Comments Off on Allotments have a lot to offer

 

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

We have recently acquired an allotment, complete with inherited rhubarb patch and compost bins, so I have a bit of a bee in the bonnet about allotments.

I know that some care homes with extensive grounds have created their own allotments, making plots available to individuals from around the neighbourhood, which is a great way to engage with the local community.

Not all care homes have this option of course, but I think allotments should be included on the list of stimulating destinations to be offered as ‘trips out’, along with public gardens and the like.

Allotments are a riot of visual texture and, for me anyway, evoke those arcane times when humankind ceased being hunter-gatherers and began the epic task of cultivating the land and so laying the foundations for modern civilisation. I think allotments have the … Read More »


Nothing should replace the human touch

Posted on April 3rd, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 4 comments

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Something I like about electric screwdrivers is that when the battery suddenly gives out, or they otherwise fail, one can always put it back in its case and finish whatever it was you were doing the old way – with a manual screwdriver and muscle power.

Something I dislike about computers and information technology in general is that when they fail, you’re buggered. Take publishing, which has depended on technology ever since William Caxton put town criers out of business. These days, when your Macintosh crashes, there is no option to go back to the older methods of hot metal typesetting and linotype machines; the hardware doesn’t exist outside museums and the skills have been lost.

It is the loss of skills that worries me most when I think about technology and care (both kinds; health and … Read More »


Clawing the way out of special measures

Posted on March 30th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Clawing the way out of special measures

Caring Times, April 2017

In just two years a Sussex care home has been transformed from being rated inadequate, and in special measures, to a good service. Here, registered manager ALISON BARNES looks back at the way change has been embraced since she joined Temple Grove at Herons Ghyll in East Sussex.

 

What is the key to achieving a good rating for a care home? – understanding and embracing regulations. What is the most challenging element of improving an inadequate service? – embedding new practices throughout nursing and care. What is the most valuable resource beyond your team? – support from family and friends when, for example, you leave home at midnight to help on a night shift at short notice, or when you step in to help cover maternity leave.

This is what I have found in a two-year journey with my … Read More »


With tailored access rights for all users, SMARTair™ brings added flexibility and security to a Danish care home

Posted on March 29th, by admin in Caring Times, Sponsored post. No Comments

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Residents, staff, visitors and contractors all need different levels of access at a residential care premises. Creating a safe, secure environment demands that the needs of all these separate user groups are met. At Dagmargården — a newly built care home operated by the Skanderborg Housing Cooperative — SMARTair™ wireless access control delivered just that.

When making plans for a new, state-of-the-art care centre, the Skanderborg Housing Cooperative sought modern access control suited to every user’s needs. Also important to the cooperative was that their Dagmargården care home should be a welcoming, key-free environment, without the negative associations of key chains and mechanically locked doors.

Working with a trusted local installer, the Skanderborg Housing Cooperative chose SMARTair™ wireless access control from ASSA ABLOY. Because installation is wire-free — SMARTair™ components are battery-powered — the new system saves the cooperative both time … Read More »





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