Caring Times News
Staff at Home Close residential care home in Fulbourn near Cambridge are helping residents and local community members to stay physically strong in an effort to stop them coming to harm through falls.
Every Thursday morning for nearly two years, the home has hosted ‘Falls Prevention’ classes which are open to members of the community as well as the home’s residents.
Led by a local physiotherapist and exercise leader, the classes guide attendees through a series of exercises that help provide strength and conditioning to reduce the chance of them being likely to fall. The session involves seated and standing exercises to strengthen muscles that are known to weaken with old age.
81-year old Shirley French, who lives in the village, has been attending the classes regularly with her husband Don and speaks enthusiastically about the effects they have had on her.
“The classes … Read More »
Glebelands, a 42-bed care home with nursing in Wokingham, Berkshire, has been acquired by not-for-profit provider Greensleeves Care, becoming the 21st member of the Greensleeves portfolio.
The sale of the home by the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) is a key part of The CTBF’s change to its long-term strategy which involves a refocusing of its efforts to better support its members to meet their changing needs and lifestyles.
The former national newspaper journalist who runs ‘YOPEY Befriender’ – a scheme that recruits young people to volunteer in care homes – was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours on June 17.
Tony Gearing used to work for the print media – at one point he was deputy editor on the Daily Telegraph – but left full-time journalism to set up YOPEY, which stands for Young People of the Year in the early noughties.
He started YOPEY Befriender in 2013 after becoming aware of the loneliness of many elderly people. After taking YOPEY Befriender into care homes he realised he needed to learn about dementia and pass these skills on to the young people who volunteer to become YOPEY Befrienders. He and his wife Jo, who also works of the organisation, are Dementia Champions with the Alzheimer’s Society.
Tony is currently … Read More »
Housing and care provider Sanctuary Group has purchased 35 residential care homes and a supported living scheme from Embrace Group.
The homes are largely in Scotland and the North East, broadening Sanctuary’s geographical spread as the group’s 68 existing care homes are mostly in the Midlands and South. The purchase will bring the total number of bed spaces provided by Sanctuary Group to more than 5,300.
The 1,800 staff members in these homes will become part of Sanctuary Group which employs around 11,000 people at present.
Sanctuary’s Group chief executive David Bennett said the group’s existing portfolio had been assembled through a mixture of acquisition, development and self-build.
“As such, we have extensive experience of integrations of this nature,” said Mr Bennett.
“We believe that experience combined with a complete dedication to caring for older residents will ensure that these homes are seamlessly brought into … Read More »
By guest blogger JEF SMITH
The news that there has been a drop in the numbers of nurses from the European Union registering to work in Britain caused consternation in mid-June when the Health Foundation published comparative figures for July 2016 and April 2017. On reflection though, there are three words in that sentence which need qualification – ‘news’, ‘drop’ and ‘consternation’.
Is this statistic really ‘news’, in the sense of being information which we didn’t have before, which is unexpected, which comes across as new? In reality it hardly fits any of those criteria. The UK has long depended on recruitment from overseas to make up for the shortfall of British candidates for the nursing profession, and since 2008 the majority of international nurses registering in the UK have come from other EU countries. So no-one should really be surprised that … Read More »
According to the latest market update from Savills Healthcare, strong fundamentals combined with an ageing demographic in the UK has made healthcare, and in particular, care homes, a very attractive asset class.
The international real estate advisor notes that the long indexed income with either RPI or fixed uplifts have made an appealing proposition for investors struggling to find similar opportunities in the mainstream markets. In addition, care home yields have moved in significantly over the last five years and now fall in line with many other traditional commercial asset classes.
Savills healthcare team director Chris Wishart said the last 18 months had seen care homes achieve unprecedented yields with those let to annuity grade tenants and in excess of 30 years unexpired attracting interest of levels below 4%
“We expect this trend to continue with the care home market being put under … Read More »
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published the initial findings of its care homes market study, and is investigating if some homes are breaking consumer law.
Launched in December last year, the market study has examined whether the residential care homes sector is working well for elderly people and their families. Having reached the halfway point of the study, the CMA has published emerging findings and announced that, as a result of information received during this work, it has opened a consumer protection case to investigate its concerns that some care homes may be breaking consumer law. This is focused on concerns about certain care homes charging families for extended periods after a resident has died, and homes charging large upfront fees.
The initial findings of the study highlight wider concerns about the sector, which will form the focus of the … Read More »
Research by provider representative body Care England has shown that almost half of Brits (47%) have a holiday fund as opposed to only 3% who have a care home fund. Furthermore almost three quarters of Brits (73%) have no idea how much the average weekly cost of a room in residential care is and 56% of Brits have no idea as to whether they would be entitled to state funding for a stay in a care home.
Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said the findings came at a time when social care was high on the political agenda.
“It shows that we as a sector need to do more to inform the public and dispel the myths that have evolved,” said Prof. Green.
“We hope that communities will engage with Care Home Open Day on Friday 16 June as a means … Read More »
With about 40% of residents in UK care homes having significant depressive symptoms, researchers have questioned whether the design of the physical environment of homes could be contributing to the problem, and how this could be addressed.
New research led by the University of Warwick has found that although the physical environment alone is unlikely to negatively affect the mood of residents, poor access to gardens and outdoor spaces could. Procedural, staffing and physical barriers can prevent older people using outdoor spaces and the researchers at Warwick Medical School and WMG at the University of Warwick have found that access to the outdoors is significantly associated with depressive symptoms.
There has been a growing interest in the role of the physical environment on health. An early study found that hospital patients residing in rooms with windows looking at a natural scene had … Read More »
By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON
A few blogs ago I opined that social care would not figure as a key issue in the general election. Well, I was wrong, but who could have predicted that the Tories would be so ill-advised as to make it part of their manifesto in such a cack-handed way?
Still, it was right up there alongside Brexit and the NHS, and that’s good news for the sector as social care will not now be easily relegated to its former corner of the ‘issues to dodge’ box. As the sun sets on the current administration, perhaps we should be grateful that, in proposing a £100k asset threshold while at the same time extending the means test to include homecare, and then hurriedly tacking-on an unspecified cap to an individual’s liability, future governments have been given a pretty clear … Read More »