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Cordia launches homecare service in Glasgow

Posted on October 20th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Cordia launches homecare service in Glasgow

Cordia, Scotland’s biggest homecare provider is now operating in Glasgow in partnership with the Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP).

The service ‘Supported Living’ is specially tailored for elderly service-users with complex needs, supporting them within their own homes to help live semi-independently – reducing the risk of hospital or care home admission.

Around 82 service-users across the city are currently registered with plans to increase this to 140 by December. Frances McMeeking, Cordia’s head of care services said said the company was working in partnership with Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership to manage referrals.

“The operations team is growing and we’re actively recruiting,” said Ms McMeeking.

Cordia employs 2,800 home-carers and 161 co-ordinators – carrying out 95,000 visits to 6200 elderly service-users in Scotland every week.


Events celebrated dementia-friendly cinema

Posted on October 19th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Events celebrated dementia-friendly cinema

Cinemas across the UK recognised World Alzheimer’s Month in September with a series of dementia-friendly film events.

The BFI Film Audience Network and venue partners have made film accessible throughout September and beyond, for audiences living with dementia. Regular relaxed screenings, full of live entertainment, offer safe and welcoming experiences.

The film screenings are developed by venues and supported by the eight BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) Hubs across the UK and National Lottery funding, who provide dementia-friendly guidance, training and support to cinema operators.


Four Seasons proposes major financial and property restructure

Posted on October 18th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Four Seasons proposes major financial and property restructure

Major care home operator Four Seasons Health Care has published a proposed financial and property restructuring package.

The key elements of the proposal, planned for implementation in November, are that:

Major stakeholder Terra Firma will inject equity value by way of 24 homes outside of FSHC that they valued at £136m in December 2016. These homes would contribute an estimated EBITDA increase of £18.9m and a cash flow increase of £17.1m.
Proposed refinancing of the debt with existing Senior Secured Notes (SSNs) of £350m being exchanged for £350m of new SSNs which would come with an extensive guarantee and first ranking security package granted by the restructured group. Under the proposal, the existing Senior Notes (SNs) of £175m will be exchanged for £60m of New SNs and 20% of the equity in the restructured group. In addition, there would be no payment of … Read More »


Carterwood offers bespoke staffing and dementia reports

Posted on October 17th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Carterwood offers bespoke staffing and dementia reports

Specialist care sector property consultancy Carterwood has launched a staffing and dementia analysis service for older people’s care homes.

The bespoke, site-specific analysis is designed to help operators mitigate risk and respond to the opportunities presented by the staffing crisis and demand for specialist dementia care.

Co-founder and director of Carterwood, Ben Hartley said the new staffing analysis report provided a detailed study of a new development’s proposed staff catchment area, to help reduce the risk of investing millions of pounds into a new care home, only to be unable to recruit sufficient staff.

“Staffing and dementia are two of the biggest issues in social care today.,” said Mr Hartley.

“We have responded with an innovative, detailed analysis of Great Britain’s care home staffing market, and with an extensive dementia provision survey into more than 10,000 care homes across the UK. The care home … Read More »


End of life care – care homes can do it well

Posted on October 16th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. No Comments

By guest blogger Professor Keri Thomas,

Clinical director, National GSF Centre for End of Life Care

News that care homes could, based on current trends, overtake hospitals as the most common place for people to die, has many implications for the sector. Aside from the questions of funding and staffing, consider for a moment the preparedness of the existing care homes’ workforce.

As the number of deaths in care homes annually has risen over the last decade from 85,000 to 106,000, so the sector has, at least in pockets, upped its game in the way it cares for people in their final years of life.

Whereas ten years ago many residents would have endured numerous inappropriate hospital admissions and died in hospital, increasing numbers are benefiting from a better trained, more confident workforce equipped to better anticipate and fulfil their wishes. But these pockets … Read More »


Capital Care refinances

Posted on October 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Capital Care refinances

Capital Care Group has acquired the 47-bed Anville Court care home in Wolverhampton, adding it to its four homes in Stoke-on-Trent, Macclesfield, Shropshire and Worcestershire, with a £10.2m refinancing package, secured by law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys.


William Laing publishes care home fees funding proposal

Posted on October 12th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on William Laing publishes care home fees funding proposal

Leading health economist William Laing has published his ‘Personal Asset Protection Guarantee’ (PAPG) White Paper, the key proposal of which is that individuals are guaranteed to keep

about three-quarters of their personal assets in the event of their needing residential care in their old age.

The White Paper deals with the question of how the cost of long term care should be divided between the State and those individuals (mainly property owners) with care needs who have the resources to pay for themselves. The PAPG proposes a novel mechanism which defines individuals’ eligibility for council support for residential care in terms of the percentage of each individual’s assets which has been spent-down since being assessed as needing care.

William Laing, the founder of healthcare analysts LaingBuission, argues that the PAPG would be more efficient and equitable as well as easier to understand than … Read More »


Adelphi acquired by Regard

Posted on October 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Adelphi acquired by Regard

Adelphi Care Services, which provides services to adults with learning disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour, has become part of the Regard Group, the UK’s fourth biggest specialist care provider.

Adelphi had previously operated three specialist care homes in Shrewsbury. More than 60 people attended a special event in September, marking the end of an era as Adelphi farewelled its founders, Joe and Annette Kwaterski, who have retired, and for Regard to formally welcome Adelphi into their group.

Guests included service users, family members and staff. Kim Walshaw, area service manager, said Regard had handled the transfer of Adelphi to Regard with care and kindness.

“The values of Regard appear to be the same as Adelphi, in that the needs of the service user are at the centre of everything we do, and we’re committed to delivering high-quality services,” said Ms Walshaw.


The DTOCs dashboard dilemma

Posted on October 9th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 2 comments

By guest blogger JEF SMITH

The Department of Health refers to delayed transfers of care – the issue of people not being able to move quickly from acute hospitals to less intensively medical care in the wider community – as DTOCs. My problem is – how do you pronounce it? Is it DeeTeeOhCees or detox? Until someone puts me out of my misery, I’m having to avoid the abbreviation in conversation, instead spelling out the whole inelegant phrase. It almost makes me want to bring back ‘bed-blocking’.

There are, of course, bigger issues at stake. In the absence of a timely discharge, hospital managers are left holding the baby – or, more often of course, the older person – and a hospital system which depends on steady throughput suffers increasing pressure. Fresh patients wait on trolleys or in ambulances because there are … Read More »


Windsor retirement village goes to extra lengths in fire safety

Posted on October 6th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Windsor retirement village goes to extra lengths in fire safety

Castle Retirement Living is putting in place a fire safety system and strategy which exceeds all legal requirements at its flagship Castle View Windsor retirement village development.

Due for completion in October 2018, the new urban retirement village in the heart of Windsor will have a multi-faceted, fire safety strategy to ensure resident welfare goes beyond legal requirements, giving greater protection for the 63 homes for the over 55s including 12 one-bedroom, 43 two-bedroom and eight three-bedroom apartments, together with an additional 72-bed care home.

Fire prevention investment includes installing automatic sprinklers in all corridors, in addition to smoke and heat detectors in each apartment, all linked to a central fire detection centre with 24-hour managed attendance in all buildings.

Castle View Windsor has also been built with a more expensive concrete frame across its structure for greater fire resistance, while fire resistant … Read More »





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