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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 »


Care professionals: masters of the bottom-up solution

Posted on October 5th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care professionals: masters of the bottom-up solution

‘Pioneers of social care’ was how Dr Claire Royston described the care professionals who attended the Best Practice conference in Birmingham on September 20.

Organised by Caring Times and sponsored by Four Seasons Health Care, the event brought together dozens of examples of forward-thinking and best practice from care homes across the country.

In her keynote address Dr Royston, who is group medical director for Four Seasons, said care homes needed to raise awareness of the many initiatives being taken to improve the lifes of elderly people and those with special needs.

“There are wonderful things happening in the sector but we don’t always shout about it,” said Dr Royston.

“It is a huge problem that many in the NHS feel that only they have the answers and that they need to tell the care sector what to do.

“We are all pioneers and it … Read More »


Balhousie Group refinances

Posted on October 4th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Balhousie Group refinances

Scottish provider Balhousie Care Group has negotiated a £49m refinancing deal with two banks. Coutts are lending on most of Balhousie’s elderly care portfolio while Triodos, an ethical

bank, is supporting its specialist care division.

Chairman Tony Banks, who founded Balhousie 25 years ago, said the last few years had been very challenging for the group.

“Like many other organisations in the care sector, we’ve been under enormous financial pressure,” said Mr Banks.

“Of course, we wholeheartedly support the improved pay and conditions for our people and the increases in minimum and living wage. As yet, however, there has not been a commensurate increase in public funded support and that has made it tough across the board.

“But, there must be something in the water in this region that gives us a granite resolution in the face of challenge. The refinance deal provides us with … Read More »


Children’s nursery opens on care home campus

Posted on October 3rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Children’s nursery opens on care home campus

South London nursery Apples and Honey Nightingale has opened its doors to its first intake of children on-site at Nightingale House care home in South London.

The project integrates both older residents and children into the delivery of the nursery curriculum. Meaningful intergenerational activity is at the heart of the nursery, with daily activities planned between elderly care residents and nursery children.

The first week’s programme included making soup harvested from the vegetables planted by residents and children at the nursery launch, painting alphabet tiles together, designed by 89 year old resident Walter Goldstein.

Every week now, residents will visit the nursery and children will interact with the care home, making maximum use of the whole campus. Diverse activities will be led both by nursery and Nightingale Hammerson staff, all of which are designed to deliver an early years curriculum based on the … Read More »





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