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‘Special measures’ raise more questions than answers, says RNHA

Posted on July 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has called on health secretary Jeremy Hunt for reassurance that his hospital-style ‘special measures’ regime for failing care homes, announced last week, will be both workable and fair.

RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell said proposals lacked vital detail and it is was uncertain whether they could sensibly be applied to care homes.

“We welcome any constructive steps aimed at helping care homes to deliver high quality services to their residents,” said Mr Ursell.

“We have been calling for the reintroduction of a care home ratings system for some time and are pleased that it is now happening at last. A good ratings system helps care providers to evaluate how well they are performing against the general standards of their sector. It also helps potential residents and their families to decide which care home to … Read More »

New Care Projects plan £7m care home in Nottingham

Posted on July 16th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. Comments Off

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Manchester based New Care Projects has plans for an 82-bed care facility in Nottingham, worth £7m.

New Care currently operates two care homes in the North West, in Urmston and Timperley, and has now acquired its first site, of 1.8 acres, outside of the North West, in West Bridgford in the Borough of Rushcliffe.

Target Healthcare REIT buys two more care homes

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

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Target Healthcare REIT, a specialist investor in UK care homes, has acquired two care homes – Bromford Lane and Beechdale Manor – in the Midlands, for about £14.3m including acquisition costs.

Located in Washwood Heath, Birmingham and Bilborough, Nottingham, both properties are modern, purpose-built homes and were acquired under a sale and leaseback arrangement from Bondcare, who will continue to operate them.

Accommodating up to 181 residents across the two homes, both are over three floors and offer residential, nursing and dementia care as well as specialist high dependency care at Bromford Lane. The care homes will continue to be leased to the existing operator Bondcare for a period of approximately 21 years at Bromford Lane and 35 years at Beechdale Manor, and the transaction represents an initial yield in excess of 7% The rent payable under the lease is subject … Read More »

Social care will suffer as money goes back to the NHS

Posted on July 14th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. Comments Off

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A Government directive that local authorities must hand money they received through the Better Care Fund back to the NHS will put a huge burden on councils whose social care budgets are already constrained, says the Nuffield Trust.

Responding to the revisions to the Better Care Fund, set out by the Department for Health in early July, Dr Judith Smith of the Nuffield Trust said that, while sound in principle, the Better Care Fund had been built on unrealistic assumptions about the in-year savings that could be achieved by reducing emergency admissions to hospital.

“It’s therefore good to see that the Government has listened to the concerns we and others raised about the impact the Fund could have on hospital finances in 2015/16, which is looking to be a crunch year for the NHS,” said Dr Smith.

“But we should be … Read More »

Albion Ventures invests £16m in new care homes

Posted on July 10th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. Comments Off

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Funds managed by Albion Ventures, one of the biggest independent venture capital investors in the UK, have committed up to £16m for the development of two purpose-built residential care homes for elderly people.

The new facilities will be located in Cumnor Hill, Oxford and Hillingdon, Greater London and will cater for a total of 130 elderly residents, providing hotel style accommodation including a bistro, private dining room, library and spa.

Construction on both facilities will start in September and they are scheduled to open in the autumn of 2015. Berkley Care Group, which currently runs three luxury care homes, will operate the two new facilities.

Albion and Berkley have already established a partnership through owning and operating Bayfield Court, a 46-bed purpose-built facility in Chingford, Greater London. The new developments will build on the model established at Bayfield Court by providing … Read More »

Care Council for Wales gets £10m to support the regulation and training of the social care workforce

Posted on July 7th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. Comments Off

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The Care Council for Wales will receive £10m funding from the Welsh Government in 2014-15 to regulate the social care workforce and ensure workers receive appropriate training and qualifications.

In announcing the funding, deputy minister for social services Gwenda Thomas said the social care sector was one of the major employers in Wales with 70,000 staff delivering care and support for people across Wales every day.

“This is a varied and dynamic sector incorporating services in the public and independent sectors,” said Ms Thomas.

“Its size and significance is growing and the importance of the social care workforce for the population of Wales cannot be overstated. The Council’s work to set standards is part of the fabric of social services and social care in Wales, providing the framework for a professional, well qualified workforce.

“In implementing our programme for change in social … Read More »

Clydesdale Bank backs Tracscare buyout

Posted on July 3rd, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. Comments Off

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Clydesdale Bank has provided funding worth £16.75m, as part of a three bank senior debt package, to support the management buyout of specialist care provider Tracscare Group.

The purchase of Tracscare by its management team was supported by pan-European private equity firm G Square and funded through Clydesdale Bank’s acquisition finance team and two other club partners.

Tracscare provides specialist healthcare to a range of service users with learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries, mental health or autistic spectrum disorders. Established in 1985 when it opened its first residential care unit in Hazeldene, Swansea, the group has since undergone major expansion and now provides care facilities in 75 homes across England and Wales.

Tracscare chief executive Paul Constable said the last decade had seen substantial growth for the group.

“Our strong occupancy rates are testament to the reputation we have developed as a … Read More »

Target Healthcare REIT acquires Leicestershire care home

Posted on July 2nd, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. Comments Off

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Target Healthcare REIT , a specialist investor in UK care homes, has exchanged contracts to acquire a new 72-bed care home in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

The home will be acquired for about £6m including acquisition costs in July, when it is due to be completed and opened.

The care home will be leased to Care Concern Group for a period of 35 years and the transaction represents an initial yield in excess of 7%. The rent payable under the lease is subject to an annual uplift in line with the retail prices index subject to a cap and collar.

Headquartered in Slough, Care Concern Group currently operates 20 care homes across the UK. This is the second home which Care Concern operates in Target’s portfolio, along with Mossvale care home in Glasgow. Target has now invested or committed all of the £95.7m … Read More »

Treat dementia as an illness, says Care England chief

Posted on June 27th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. Comments Off

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People with dementia will be denied specialist care until dementia is treated as an illness, says Care England chief executive professor Martin Green.

Currently, although dementia is classified as a physical illness of the brain, most of the essential care is provided by social services.

“This means people with dementia have to be means tested for social care funding,” said Prof. Green, speaking at a day on cognitive impairment and dementia at PJ Care’s Eagle Wood Neurological Care Centre in Peterborough in June.

“People with dementia and their families shouldn’t have to pay thousands of pounds for treatment from their own pockets, when other conditions had their funding covered by the NHS.”

George McNamara, head of policy & public affairs for the Alzheimer’s Society has responded, saying the system as it stands often fails people with dementia.

“What we need is reform which … Read More »

Union consults members over cameras in care homes

Posted on June 24th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. Comments Off

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GMB, the union for staff at HC-One, the third biggest care home provider in Britain, is carrying out a consultation on the possible installation of visible CCTV cameras in all of the company’s care homes.

Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer for the care sector, said cameras in care homes was a highly emotive subject which provoked understandably strong views.

“The care and safety of residents on the one hand and the rights to privacy of staff and residents on the other, are both very important and rightly raise strong feelings, such a big step therefore requires very careful consideration,” said Mr Bowden.

“HC-One has been the first major care home operator to consider the introduction of visible cameras in residents’ bedrooms and has wisely approached this with caution.

“GMB is in the process of talking to our 6,000 members in 227 HC-One … Read More »

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