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Greensleeves Care acquires Glebelands care home in Wokingham

Posted on June 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Greensleeves Care acquires Glebelands care home in Wokingham

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.


YOPEY founder to receive MBE

Posted on June 21st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on YOPEY founder to receive MBE

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 »


Sanctuary buys 35 care homes from Embrace

Posted on June 20th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Sanctuary buys 35 care homes from Embrace

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 »


Crisis, what crisis?

Posted on June 19th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 1 Comment

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 »


Care homes are looking more attractive to investors, says Savills

Posted on June 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care homes are looking more attractive to investors, says Savills

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 »


CMA’s interim report says some care homes may be breaking consumer law

Posted on June 15th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on CMA’s interim report says some care homes may be breaking consumer law

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 »


Care-free holidays

Posted on June 14th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care-free holidays

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 »


Research finds care home design isn’t depressing – providing you can get outside

Posted on June 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Research finds care home design isn’t depressing – providing you can get outside

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 »


No more fudges please

Posted on June 12th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 2 comments

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 »


OSJCT celebrates silver anniversary

Posted on June 9th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on OSJCT celebrates silver anniversary

One of the UK’s biggest not-for-profit care providers has celebrated its Silver Jubilee.

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) first started providing nursing and residential care when it took over responsibility for 16 homes from Lincolnshire County Council in May 1992. Today, the Trust operates 70 care homes and 14 extracare housing schemes across Lincolnshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.

To mark the anniversary, all of the Trust’s homes held Silver Jubilee Tea Parties for residents, relatives, employees and guests during May. Two care homes in each region also planted a silver birch tree for the jubilee.

“The Trust has grown significantly since 1992 and we have developed many new ways of providing care and support for residents, especially for those with dementia,” said OSJCT chief executive Dan Hayes.

“I am sure the next quarter of a century will see us continue to … Read More »





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