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Sanctuary buys three care homes from LNT

Posted on May 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Sanctuary buys three care homes from LNT

Housing and care provider Sanctuary Group has purchased three care homes from LNT Care Developments.

he homes, which will be built in Pensby in Merseyside, Nantwich in Cheshire and Devizes in Wiltshire, are ‘turnkey’ properties, which means Sanctuary will take on ownership and management once they are built and fitted out. Their locations have been carefully selected to dovetail with the group’s existing care homes, which are managed by the group’s subsidiary Sanctuary Care.

Sanctuary Care runs 68 homes around the country,most of which are in the midlands and south, serving thousands of residents. The Pensby home will have 60 bedrooms and is due to open in January 2018, the Nantwich home, also 60 beds, is due to open in April 2018 and offering 66 bedrooms, the home in Devizes is due to open in July 2018.

The three new homes will be … Read More »


Partnership to offer inspections and quality assessment

Posted on May 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Partnership to offer inspections and quality assessment

LaingBuisson and BKR Care Consultancy have joined in partnership to provide CQC-type and Ofsted-type inspections across England, Wales and Scotland.

Inspections will be conducted by a highly experienced, 26-strong inspection team, the members of which have undertaken more than 300 inspections. They include former CQC inspectors, senior managers, former heads of safeguarding, mental health specialists, acute care specialists, former Ofsted inspectors and educational specialists.

LaingBuisson chief executive Henry Elphick said the partnership would work with providers, lenders and advisors providing impartial and robust mock inspections to support service improvement, commercial due diligence and risk management.

“LaingBuisson’s partnership with BKR represents an important development in our consultancy offering,” said Mr Elphick.

“Independent inspections provide our clients with a valuable way of managing risk and ensuring the integrity of their due diligence as advisors and gaining a whole-market perspective on how a facility is doing. BKR’s … Read More »


An upgraded Better Care Fund: game changing or game playing?

Posted on May 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. No Comments

By Guest Blogger BOB FERGUSON

You’ll have heard few cheers for the Better Care Fund (BCF), the bright idea intended to nudge the NHS and local authorities into each other’s arms – mostly, it should be added, for the benefit of the former. Although it may have set hearts aflutter at the time, it hasn’t actually produced a match made in heaven.

The fragile nature of the relationship has never been better illustrated than in one hospital’s attempt to combat delayed discharges. It mounted a predatory raid on capacity normally contracted by the local authority for ongoing care, securing beds for step-down purposes by the simple expedient of overpaying. Its comeuppance for this aggressive procurement came subsequently when residents were stranded by the resultant reduction in council-funded accommodation for long-term usage.

A failure to consider, let alone consult on, expanding capacity sparked a … Read More »


A quiet achiever

Posted on May 19th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on A quiet achiever

Talkative Deborah Pritchard took on a sponsored silence to raise funds for a dementia friendly sensory garden at a care home in Widnes, Cheshire.

The locquacious carer at Halton View care homerecently spent an entire day silently carrying out her duties. She wore a sign around her neck reading “I am on a sponsored silence” and carried a note book so she could communicate with colleagues, residents and visitors.

The quiet achiever raised £289 for the sensory garden which will include planters, furniture, a water feature, bird table and a wide variety of flowers.

“Deb is usually such a bubbly little chatterbox,” said Halton View manager Amanda Kelly.

“The staff, residents and regular visitors all thought they’d gone deaf, it’s been so quiet around the home compared to normal. Deb has raised a lot of money for the sensory garden through her sponsored silence … Read More »


Retirement Living properties set to double in value in just over a decade, says JLL

Posted on May 17th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Retirement Living properties set to double in value in just over a decade, says JLL

Under supply of retirement living accommodation in the mid to upper market tiers and increase in life expectancy is driving strong re-sale and price growth in the retirement living market, according to real estate investment advisors JLL.

Analysis was undertaken by the firm into the performance of properties in the housing with care market, managed by members of the Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) over the past 22 years. This form of housing comprises self-contained units with communal facilities and on-site care. It is the fastest growing form of housing in the retirement living sector.

The key finding is that this form of retirement living accommodation tends to follow UK house price growth. Since 1995 the compound growth rate for housing with care has been 6.0%, with an average price difference between sales of just over £41,000. JLL predicts that based on … Read More »


Rhyl care home acquired by existing management

Posted on May 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Rhyl care home acquired by existing management

St David’s residential care home in Rhyl, North Wales, has been acquired by new owners in a seven figure funding deal supported by Allied Irish Bank (GB).

The home’s registered manager Ruth Waltho, along with her husband David, have acquired the 52-bed facility for an undisclosed sum.

Located in a seafront setting on East Parade in Rhyl, St David’s has 48 bedrooms, many of which have en-suite facilities. Three of the bedrooms are suitable for dual occupancy.

St David’s is the biggest care home in North Wales and employs 40 members of staff. The property was originally built in 1904 as a preparatory school for boys and has also previously been used as a convalescent home for Yorkshire miners. Following its acquisition, plans are now underway to improve and refurbish the care home, including the creation of two new bathrooms and a home … Read More »


Clear thinking on care funding

Posted on May 15th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. Comments Off on Clear thinking on care funding

By Guest Blogger JEF SMITH

In the rarified atmosphere of political debate engendered by the general election, social care is only just about hanging on. General elections do not spread attention fairly and, sadly, the best that we can expect – and by and large are getting – is the occasional mention, usually coupled with the more widespread worries associated with the NHS.

When the dust of election settles, those of us who care about social care funding need to be prepared to renew the struggle for political attention. At that point, it will be important to separate two distinct strands of the problem, both of which must feature in the promised Green Paper.

The first is that explored – six years ago! – by the Dilnot Commission. This would lessen the unpredictable financial impact of needing extensive care late in life by … Read More »


HC-One care home celebrates role in government-backed training pilot

Posted on May 12th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on HC-One care home celebrates role in government-backed training pilot

HC-One’s Rose Court care home in Radcliffe, Manchester, has received high praise for its role as part of a government-backed pilot scheme in the recently published Teaching Care Home Impact Report.

Rose Court was one of a group of services chosen to take part in the scheme, led by Care England and funded by the Department for Health. The pilot scheme aimed to improve the learning environment for care home staff, develop new undergraduate nurse apprenticeships and encourage nurses to join learning placements in care homes.

The impact report, launched at a Parliamentary reception in the House of Lords, highlighted how the pilot had helped staff at Rose Court to increase knowledge, skills and confidence in using reflective practice to improve their work, as well as increased confidence in their ability to carry out their work. The pilot built upon HC-One’s existing … Read More »


South West education and care specialist secures growth funding

Posted on May 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on South West education and care specialist secures growth funding

Phoenix Learning and Care Group has agreed a £4.5m refinance facility with the Royal Bank of Scotland to support the future growth of the business as it looks to develop new sites across the region.

Established in 2006 and headquartered in Barnstaple, Devon, Phoenix Learning and Care Group is a provider of social and educational needs facilities including primary and secondary schools, further education colleges and related care homes for children and young adults.

A funding package has been structured by the corporate transactions team at the Royal Bank of Scotland which includes refinancing an existing loan, working capital and growth capital finance, which will support Phoenix’s future growth strategy to expand their footprint of schools, colleges and care facilities across the South West.

Following a Management Buyout in 2012 by investment firm Ashridge Capital, the management team of Jonathan Pain, chief executive, … Read More »


David McCullough takes the helm at Abbeyfield

Posted on May 10th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on David McCullough takes the helm at Abbeyfield

Abbeyfield Society has appointed David McCullough as its new chief executive.

David will join the older peoples housing and care charity from the 1st August 2017. He joins from the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) and brings with him a background of experience working across the voluntary sector.

As a organisation founded on the principles of serving local need through volunteer led services, the Abbeyfield movement has operated this successful model since it’s inception more than 60 years ago. David’s understanding of this operating model, his recognition of the important role of volunteers and his successful financial transformation of the RVS, are key to his appointment.

David’s lead will help to support The Abbeyfield Society in continuing to meet the increasing future demands for suitable older persons accommodation and care. His compassionate appreciation of this vulnerable sector of society will strengthen the movements commitment to … Read More »





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